From humble beginnings 48 years ago, the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens has grown into an incredible three day event that attracts fans from all over the world.
The action on the pitch is world-class, Dubai is the first round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series. The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens is also a big social event, from family fun to fancy dress, if you want to let your hair down this is the place to be. Watch the rugby, support your team and then party late into the night for a weekend to remember!
The heart and soul of The Sevens Stadium is pitch one which is transformed into a fantastic sporting arena for the tournament, hosting the world's best rugby sevens players and some of THE most passionate fans on the planet. Yes, they come to have fun, but they take supporting their team very seriously!
But the rugby isn't limited to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and the World Rugby HSBC World Rugby Women's Series. There’s also the Invitation Tournament, with over 290 teams in the the rugby and netball tournament meaning over the three days all eight pitches and netball courts are in full swing. The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens actually started as an Invitation Tournament so it’s a proud part of the event’s history.
But the event isn’t just about the rugby, the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens is a fantastic place to be for all the family.
The Rugby Village has everything from entertainment to official merchandise, concerts, competitions, and plenty of food and drinks to choose from for all ages and tastes. Have a go at cool activities from our sponsors, win some great prizes or just catch up with friends for a drink or a bite to eat.
For kids, the Sabaa 7s Club will be buzzing again with lots of activities on offer for younger fans. Circus workshops will keep aspiring acrobats and jugglers entertained, there’s face painting, mascots to play with, bouncy castles and a whole load of other cool stuff to do. For the very little ones our dedicated nursery will be offering excellent professional childcare and entertainment, giving parents a chance to relax with friends knowing their children are well looked after.
Plus, there’s a special entrance for families, and 2,000 designated seats reserved for families and kids in a no alcohol zone in the family stand, so you can come and enjoy the rugby in a genuinely family friendly environment.
Here’s a simple guide to following the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series at the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens:
The 16 teams are drawn into four pool groups of four. They play each other once. The top two teams in each pool will progress to the Main Cup competition and the chance to win a gold medal, while lower ranked teams will contest a new Challenge Trophy competition.
The Cup is the main trophy the teams are competing for, and the quarter-final winners go on to the semi-finals, and the winners of those two matches meet in the final. The losing semi-finalists play off for 3rd/4th place.
The Plate is what losing quarter-finalists then play-off for – two semi-finals, then the final. The winners of the Plate take 5th place, the runners-up 6th. The losing semi-finalists play-off for 7th/8th place.
The teams that finish third and fourth in the pools go into the Bowl and Shield competition. The eight teams meet in a quarter-final.
The Bowl: The winning quarter-final teams from this section then meet in the Bowl semi-final, and then the final. According to how they fare, the teams will then be placed from 9th to 12th.
The Shield: The losing quarter-finalists play each other in the Shield semi-final, and then the final. Again, depending on results, teams are then placed 13th to 16th.
The 12 teams are placed in three pools of 4 and play in a round robin. The top eight teams play off in the Cup Competition with the chance to win a gold medal. Teams ranked 9-12 play off for the Challenge Trophy.
The Cup: The winners of the quarter-finals go forward to the semi-finals. The winners play off in the Cup final, and the losers play off for 3rd and 4th place.
The Plate: The losers in the Cup quarter-finals then play in the Plate semi-finals. The winners meet in the Plate final, which decides who finishes 5th and 6th.
The losers of those semi-final matches then play-off for 7th and 8th.
The Bowl: The teams ranked 9-12 play in the bowl semi-finals. The winners then meet in the Bowl final, which also decides who finishes 9th/10th. The semi-final losers play-off for 11th/12th place.