The illustrious Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental in Abu Dhabi set a grand stage for the UAE Pro League’s 10th annual awards ceremony, commemorating the achievements of the 2022-2023 sports season. A dazzling spectacle, the event drew notable figures from across the region, including Abdulla Naser Al Jneibi, UAE Pro League Chairman, esteemed board members, sponsor representatives, club delegates, and a distinguished array of sports and media luminaries.
In a glamorous affair, the ceremony acknowledged the stellar contributions of key players within the realm of UAE sports, while celebrating a season marked by remarkable fan engagement and excellence in football.
Al Jneibi, extending a warm welcome to attendees, expressed his pride in the exceptional accomplishments of the past season, attributing the league’s success to unwavering support from visionary national leadership. He remarked, “Our achievements have been propelled by the guidance of our leaders, who have spurred us to push the boundaries of football excellence.”
The Chairman lauded the invaluable contributions of strategic partners, sponsors, and media outlets, attributing collaborative efforts to the season’s triumphs and strategic objectives.
Every nominee, Al Jneibi emphasized, emerged as a victor, each embodying the spirit of a star. As a new season beckons, he urged attendees to build upon past achievements and aim even higher, fostering an environment of boundless growth and aspiration.
The evening also served as a platform to honor partners and sponsors who have been instrumental in organizing and elevating the UAE Pro League’s competitions. Among the major honorees were industry stalwarts such as ADNOC, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Emirates, and a host of prominent broadcasting channels.
An exhibition accompanying the gala showcased the evolution of the UAE Pro League, spotlighting iconic trophies and awards. Guests were introduced to the newly inaugurated UAE PL store, an initiative set to bolster professional clubs, promote the league’s brand, and align with its strategic vision.
Acknowledging the critical role of media institutions and digital sports platforms, the ceremony underscored their exceptional coverage throughout the season.
The highlight of the evening was the unveiling of the upcoming 2023-2024 season, set to commence with the “ADNOC Pro League” matches on August 18th and 19th. This eagerly anticipated season promises to uphold the league’s legacy of excitement and excellence.
Capping the gala, standout performers of the 2022-2023 season were lauded for their achievements. Award recipients were determined through advanced analytics from Opta, complemented by a comprehensive voting mechanism involving fans, players, and media.
Notable honorees included Ali Mabkhout of Al Jazira, awarded the Golden Ball for Best Emirati Player, and Shabab Al Ahli’s Federico Cartabia, clinching the Golden Ball for Best Foreign Player. Other accolades celebrated coaches, goalkeepers, and rising stars, solidifying the event as a resounding tribute to the prowess and dedication within the UAE Pro League.
The unveiling of the “Dream Team” for the 2022-2023 season, comprising football luminaries who shone on the pitch, added a final flourish to the celebratory occasion. The event, a triumphant fusion of sporting excellence and opulence, reaffirmed the UAE Pro League’s commitment to fostering a legacy of achievement and sportsmanship.