ABU DHABI // For the second year in a row, one of the world's major international sporting award ceremonies is to be held in the capital.
The Laureus World Sports Awards will be held at Emirates Palace hotel on February 7, and will be shown live on television to a worldwide audience.
Leading sportsmen and women will travel to the emirate to salute the world's finest athletes of the year. The winners are selected by the 46 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, which consists of internationally renowned athletes.
The Laureus Academy chairman and double Olympic 400m hurdle champion, Edwin Moses, said his last visit to the UAE was unforgettable and produced a memorable awards ceremony.
"This is an exciting city with a growing reputation in the sporting world and I am very happy that Laureus can be part of that," Moses said. "The welcome we received last year was warm and we look forward to returning to Abu Dhabi to celebrate another memorable year of sport."
In March, the double Oscar winner Kevin Spacey hosted the award ceremony. The audience included celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Hugh Grant and Clive Owen.
Winners of the 2010 Laureus World Sports Awards included Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, US tennis champion Serena Williams, British Formula One driver Jenson Button and Belgian tennis player Kim Clijsters.