The standard of rugby played in the Gulf, is still very much amateur and could be compared to that of Level 3 rugby in the English National League.
Known as the West Asia Premiership, a cross border championship between the UAE and the addition of Bahrain RFC and (normally) Qatar’s Doha RFC. In June 2017, the UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain, severed ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism, so Doha RFC were withdrawn from the competition. They do, however, still feature in the Dubai Rugby 7s that takes place each December. According to analysts, the feud between the two countries might come to an end soon.
The West Asia Premiership consists of seven rugby clubs, with five clubs featuring from Dubai, one club from Abu Dhabi and the aforementioned Bahrain RFC.