The sports and cultural clubs are considered economic public utilities in the United Arab Emirates Legal system. Since the presence in international sports events has become a popular demand and a governmental imperative, to keep pace with the political, social, economic and developmental successes experienced by the United Arab Emirates, the legislative branch published the legislative Decree number (7) of 2008 concerning the Public Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare and those working in it, that allowing the registered sports clubs to apply the professionalism system and to convert to commercial companies. This decree coincided with AFC decision of the necessity of turning professional soccer clubs to commercial companies as a requirement to the participation in the Asian Champions league. This shift in the professional soccer clubs from economic public utilities to commercial company has raised many questions about the legal nature of those clubs: are they public facilities or commercial businesses? After the examinations, this study approved that the professional soccer clubs are a public utilities that managed through the theory of mixed economic companies. These clubs are subject to the public authority because the government is a partner. Although it is subject to the private law rules, it’s also subject the public law rules in terms of the establishment and operations of public utilities.
"The Legal Nature of the Professional Football Clubs in the United Arab Emirates,"
UAEU Law Journal: Vol. 2017:
69, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uaeu.ac.ae/sharia_and_law/vol2017/iss69/3