Some of the top shooters from around the world will descend in Dubai for the 2nd Nad Al Sheba Desert Shooting Competition to be held at the Nad Al Sheba shooting range from February 25 to 28.
Touted as the most lucrative shooting competition ever, the elite field for the men’s competition has attracted 75 top shooters including current and former world champions competing for a total prize of $675,000 with the champion standing to win an amazing $200,000.
The women’s category has also attracted a strong squad of 40 shooters who will be vying for a total fund of $220,000 with the winner taking home $50,000, while the second and third places will get $25,000 and $20,000 respectively.
Held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, more than 950 shooters from nearly 50 countries have confirmed for the annual competition. There will be separate contests to decide the best shooter in the UAE and in the Gulf and Arab regions as well.
During the inaugural edition of the competition held last year, shooters from the USA had dominated with world champion Gebben Miles and Anthony Matarese taking the gold and bronze respectively in the men’s section. Spain’s Jose Manuel Rodriguez had won the silver.
The women’s competition too had been keenly contested with Beatriz Laparra Cuenca of Spain walking away with the top place ahead of American Desirae Edmunds and Italian Martina Maruzzo.
In addition to the two categories of competition, there will be a daily prize of $15,000 for the highest score of the day. As per the schedule, the competitors will start arriving from February 22, after which they will have the following two days allocated for training and practice at the range. The actual competition will get under way on February 25 with the final round and presentation taking place on February 28.
“We are pleased with the level of shooters that this competition will have this time. We have ensured we have all world champions, past and present, here so that we can have a true champion of champions at the end of four days,” noted sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammad bin Hasher Al Maktoum, Head of organizing committee.