Sheikh Nahyan pays tribute to sportsmanship, excellence and pluralism at the opening of the 2016 Jubilee Games

His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan addresses the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai.

His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan addresses the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai. JG / ALY RAMJI

Prince Rahim presents Sheikh Nahyan with a momento of the 2016 Jubilee Games during the opening ceremony, as LIF Chairman Mahmoud Eboo looks on

Prince Rahim presents Sheikh Nahyan with a momento of the 2016 Jubilee Games during the opening ceremony, as LIF Chairman Mahmoud Eboo looks on. JG / ALY RAMJI

Prince Rahim speaking at the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai.

Prince Rahim speaking at the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai. JG / ALY RAMJI

Prince Rahim, Sheikh Nahyan and leaders of the United Arab Emirates and the Ismaili Muslim community at the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Jubilee Games

Prince Rahim, Sheikh Nahyan and leaders of the United Arab Emirates and the Ismaili Muslim community at the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Jubilee Games. JG / ALY RAMJI

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 23 July 2016 – UAE’s Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan today launched the 2016 Jubilee Games. The event is the emirate’s first intra-community global sports tournament. “We are delighted to have, if only for a few days, our global community enlarged by the visit of over 2 000 athletes and their supporters from more than 25 countries.” said Sheikh Nahyan.

Organised by the Ismaili Muslim community in association with the Dubai Sports Council, the Opening Ceremony was also attended by Prince Rahim Aga Khan, the eldest son of His Highness the Aga Khan. “You have clearly responded to the extraordinary leadership of His Highness the Aga Khan.” noted Sheikh Nahayan. He continued “These Jubilee Games speak eloquently to the wisdom, courage, global vision, humanitarian initiatives and moral strength that have marked his fifty-nine years of enlightened guidance and leadership as Imam of the Ismaili community.”

Thanking Sheikh Nahyan for his patronage of the Jubilee Games, Prince Rahim also expressed gratitude to the government of UAE for its support of the Games. “These moments will be memorable for all of us and particularly for our young athletes who will remember these Games and cherish the memories for a very very long time.” Prince Rahim continued, “In the current times, I can think of no better way than this and of no better place than Dubai to promote the notion of bringing young minds from diverse backgrounds and different environments together in the spirit of friendship and peace. Indeed this is in keeping with the theme of Expo 2020.”

The inaugural Jubilee Games was held in 2008 as a commemorative international programme and legacy of the Golden Jubilee of His Highness the Aga Khan.

The 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai have attracted more than 10,000 spectators from over 25 countries. The Games will be played at a number of different venues across the city, including the prestigious Hamdan Sports Complex and the Sevens Stadium. The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) will serve as the hub of all activities, including cultural performances that will showcase local and international talent.

“Being awarded the honour of hosting the Jubilee Games is recognition of Dubai’s stature as a global leading city, built on the fabric of its multi-cultural society, and the city’s inherent ability to bring together people, perspectives and passions from all over the world. This, coupled with the city’s cutting edge infrastructure and smart services, both decisive enablers of successful mega event delivery, will make these Games a truly international hallmark in the world of sport and one that we are proud to have the opportunity to deliver,” said His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai Tourism and Commercial Marketing.

Over 2 000 volunteers, many of whom have been working for over 18 months, have come together from around the world to deliver the Jubilee Games. The Ismaili community has been nominated by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sport Award for “Local Category of Sports Creativity.”

His Excellency Saeed Mohamed Harib, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council said, “The vision of Dubai Sport Council is to create a unique sports community and we do this by increasing community awareness as well as setting up strategic partnerships and thus our collaboration with the Jubilee Games is a manifestation of the same.”

In amongst the many activities being organised as part of the Jubilee Games, the event provides an opportunity to showcase programmes being undertaken by agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network.

The 2016 Jubilee Games are expected to conclude on Friday, 29 July.

For more information on the Jubilee Games, please visitwww.TheIsmaili.org/JubileeGames or follow @TheIsmaili on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Source: Press Release by The Ismaili org

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Speech by His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan,United Arab Emirates’ Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Jubilee Games Dubai, UAE

Admirable Participants in the 2016 Jubilee Games,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen:

Dubai and the United Arab Emirates are pleased to be the site of the 2016 Jubilee Games. We are delighted to have, if only for a few days, our global community enlarged by the visit of over 2 000 athletes and their supporters from more than twenty-five countries. We are proud to welcome you all under our commodious Arab tent.

The UAE’s diverse global culture embraces a population representing virtually all cultures, ethnicities, languages, religions, and beliefs. That global culture has benefitted from the actions of all who live and work in our country, and of all who visit our country — actions that exhibit universal values admired throughout the world. Prominent among those values are human dignity, self-reliance, and selfless generosity in promoting peace, understanding and well-being for all.

In organising these games, you have clearly responded to the extraordinary leadership of His Highness the Aga Khan. These Jubilee Games speak eloquently to the wisdom, courage, global vision, humanitarian initiatives, and moral strength that have marked his 59 years of enlightened guidance and leadership as Imam of the Ismaili community.

I am certain that His Highness the Aga Khan strongly supports the notion that sport enriches our lives. Sport has always proven to be a wonderful medium for countries, communities, and individuals to gain cross-cultural understanding and to build friendships with others who share the same values and interests. Sport calls upon us to appreciate human achievement in a way that crosses boundaries of nationality, religion, and gender. It enhances teamwork skills, individual talent, problem solving, fitness, hard work, healthy competition and peaceful coexistence and, in the end, it makes us better people and the world a better place for all.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

All of us here this evening are unusually fortunate. We will be observing marvelously skilled athletes striving for excellence. We will be observing the striking ethnic and cultural diversity of the Ismaili community. We will be observing the respect and understanding that unite all of you spiritually and mark you as good people, dedicated to being powerful forces for peace and understanding in our tempestuous world.

Although the increasing frequency of international sporting events in Dubai and Abu Dhabi challenges the schedules of loyal spectators, the 2016 Jubilee Games deserve a special place on those schedules. The Games present an example worthy of the world’s attention and are much admired in the United Arab Emirates. The values, so evidently promoted in these games, of individual striving, teamwork, excellence, peaceable competition, and understanding of others reflect the values of our country, and our leadership. His Highness, the President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan leads our country with these values at the forefront.

Under his wise leadership, and with the strong support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, and of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahayan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, the United Arab Emirates has become a vibrant and balanced society. We accommodate and thrive on diversity that is accorded respect and understanding. Universal values, the sort endorsed by these games, unite us in the United Arab Emirates.

As we watch the competing athletes during the next five days, we will naturally be most aware of the victors. Every one of you competitors will hope to be the victors in your sport. Although your reason tells you that some people will not win, your heart tells you that you will not be a loser. Let me assure you, both your reason and your heart are correct. Victors will be in the minority. But all of you are winners.

Sports inherently promote that paradox. All participants play the game every bit as well as the eventual victors. All participants are winners in human terms. They pursue excellence, live by the highest principles, and perform with skill and courage.

I am confident that all of you competitors in the 2016 Jubilee Games will be winners. We look forward to your heroics and wish you the best. We are eager to celebrate how well you play the game.

Good luck to you all!

Source:The Ismaili org

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Speech by Prince Rahim Aga Khan

Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim

Your Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak al Nahyan,

Distinguished leaders from the UAE,

Excellencies and leaders of the Ismaili Muslim community

Athletes, volunteers and staff of the Jubilee Games,

Ladies and Gentlemen:

As-Salaam-Alaikum.

First and foremost, I wish to thank His Highness Sheikh Nahyan for both his patronage of the Jubilee Games, and for having taken the time to travel from Abu Dhabi to be with us today.

Thank you, Your Highness.

I also must express my deepest gratitude to His Highness for encouraging us to hold these games in UAE and for his kind assistance in ensuring that these moments will be memorable for all of us, and particularly for our young athletes who will remember these games and cherish the memories for a very, very long time.

I also wish to thank and express my sincere gratitude to the Government of the UAE, to its ministries, to all governmental and non-governmental institutions, for welcoming us, for their support to us and for doing whatever was necessary to enable us to create this exceptional gathering.

I would like to congratulate everyone who is participating in and helping out in these games, as well as those who participated in and helped to organise the events leading up to them for their collective effort to promote fitness and camaraderie through sports.

In the current times, I can think of no better way than this and of no better place than Dubai to promote the notion of bringing young minds from diverse backgrounds and different environments together in the spirit of friendship and peace. Indeed this is in keeping with the theme of Expo 2020, which will take place here in Dubai in just a few years.

I know the efforts that all you young and able athletes made to come here. I salute your resolve and I pray that you may carry that spirit of friendship and peace with you when you return to your homes.

Finally, I would like to conclude my brief remarks by conveying warmest greetings from my father, His Highness the Aga Khan to His Highness Sheikh Nahyan and to the Government of the UAE, and to all who have enabled these games to take place.

I convey also his very best wishes, to which I add mine, for a most enjoyable and fulfilling week for you all.

Thank you.

Source: The Ismaili org

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