Four Emirati members of the growing family of ATCUAE motorsport volunteers became the first UAE nationals to qualify as officials to race and judge at national and international motorcycle events held in the Emirates.
Mohammed Al Shatri, Saeed Al Marzouqi, Mohammed Al Hashmi and Tuaiba Al Darmaki have each received race director licenses issued by the FIM, the international motorcycling federation.
The licenses were presented by Dr Mohammed bin Sulayem, President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates, the national motor sport authority and official representative of FIM in the country.
“This is another important step forward in our efforts to make the UAE fully autonomous in the management of motorsport, even by the highest international standards, with an emphasis on the safety of all. those involved, ”Sulayem said.
Al Shatri, Al Marzouqi, Al Hashmi and Al Darmaki obtained their FIM licenses after completing a demanding two-day course supervised by FIM in the United Arab Emirates last month.
“It was a thorough examination of their knowledge of the latest FIM rules and regulations for international events,” said Sulayem. “They were trained here in the United Arab Emirates, and we are as proud of their accomplishments as they are all.”
The four Emiratis, and a growing number of other UAE nationals, are among the more than 1,000 volunteers of the UAE Motorsport Marshals Club, established by ATCUAE in 2009 to manage and promote the growth of a national cadre of motorsport officials and organized events.
FIM licenses now allow them to operate in motorcycle events as Clerk of the Course, the key official in charge of all track operations, including the management of safety and rescue teams.
They are also able to work as stewards, who interpret incidents and decide whether penalties or fines should be imposed, while overseeing the activities of the Clerk of the Course.
The UAE has a growing calendar of competitive motorcycle events, highlighted by the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, a round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, but also including 600 cc classes and rookies, as well as the National and Club Motocross series.
Tuaiba Al Darmaki, Middle Management Programs Specialist in the Leadership Programs Department at the General Secretariat of the Executive Council, Abu Dhabi, is one of the few Arab women to have obtained the FIM license.
She was introduced to motorsport marshaling by a friend in 2011 and was convinced that she should volunteer when she heard Sulayem speak in a first training session.
“He inspired me,” she says. “It is my passion to volunteer, help others and help my country.
I am so happy and proud to be the first Emirati woman to have the FIM license. I hope others will follow.