The Dubai Tour and Abu Dhabi Tour cycling events are to be unified in 2019 to create the UAE Tour, the heads of the Dubai and Abu Dhabi Sports Councils have confirmed.

Aref Al Awani, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of the Dubai Sports Council signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday.

The new event, which it is believed will take place next February, was then announced during a press conference.

“It will be a seven-day, seven-stage and that will allow us to pass through all the Emirates,” Al-Awani said. “This is our aim and we hope that all the Emirates participate in it.

“It is time to elevate the success we have had from both the Abu Dhabi and Dubai Tours to another level. The nature of the UAE has always been to have a united passion.

“The instructions have come from our leadership that we should utilise the success that we have got as one nation.”

Cycling stars including Mark Cavendish, Rui Costa, Marcel Kittel and Nacer Bouhanni are among those to have competed in the Dubai Tour and Abu Dhabi Tour in recent years.

It is hoped that the UAE Tour will consolidate the success of the respective events and help enhance the United Arab Emirates’ standing as a destination for world-class cycling.

Both the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Dubai Sports Council in conjunction with the UAE Cycling Federation will be addressing the Union Cycliste Internationale to list the unified UAE Tour in the agenda of the world cycling competition, starting 2019.