United Arab Emirates men's national ice hockey team

The UAE national ice hockey team (Arabic: منتخب الإمارات العربية المتحدة لهوكي الجليد) is the national men's ice hockey team of the United Arab Emirates. It is operated under the UAE Ice Sports Federation and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).[2] As of 2018, the UAE is currently ranked 47th in the IIHF World Ranking and competes in Division III qualification tournament of the IIHF World Championships.

United Arab Emirates
The UAE uses their national emblem as a badge on their players jerseys.
Nickname(s)فريق دبي (Team Dubai)
AssociationUAE Ice Sports Federation
General ManagerKhaled Al-Qubaisi
Head coachArtyom Senkevich
AssistantsMikhail Klimin
Sergei Zadelenov
CaptainJuma Al-Dhaheri
Most gamesJuma Al-Dhaheri &
Omar Al-Shamisi (65)
Most pointsJuma Al-Dhaheri (136)
Home stadiumAbu Dhabi Ice Rink
Team colors                   
Current IIHF48 1 (26 May 2019)[1]
Highest IIHF44 (first in 2015)
Lowest IIHF47 (first in 2010)
First international
United Arab Emirates  4–0  Thailand
(Changchun, China; 26 January 2007)
Biggest win
United Arab Emirates  25–0  Bahrain
(Astana, Kazakhstan; 31 January 2011)
Biggest defeat
Kazakhstan  38–0  United Arab Emirates
(Changchun, China; 27 January 2007)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances7 (first in 2010)
Best result45th (2014)
Asian Winter Games
Appearances3 (first in 2007)
Best result6th (2007)
Arab Cup of Ice Hockey
Appearances1 (first in 2008)
Best result 1st (2008)
IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia
Appearances9 (first in 2009)
Best result 1st (2009, 2012, 2017)
Gulf Ice Hockey Championship
Appearances4 (first in 2010)
Best result 1st (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
International record (W–L–T)
Medal record
Division III
2019 United Arab Emirates (Qualification)
2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina (Qualification)
Arab Cup
2008 Abu Dhabi
GCC Gulf Championship
2010 Kuwait City
2012 Abu Dhabi
2014 Kuwait City
2016 Doha
Challenge Cup of Asia
2009 Abu Dhabi
2012 Dehradun
2017 Bangkok
2010 Taipei City
2011 Kuwait City
2014 Abu Dhabi
2015 Taipei City
2016 Abu Dhabi


In June 2008, the UAE took part in the inaugural Arab Cup in Abu Dhabi, also involving the national teams of Algeria, Morocco and Kuwait. They went on to finish first in the standings and won the gold medal after defeating Kuwait, 4–1. They won the gold in the 2009 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia also in Abu Dhabi.

In 2010, the UAE became the first from an Arab nation to play in the IIHF World Championship when they participated in Division III.[3] Although the UAE was not ranked in the world rankings until they played against Ireland, Luxembourg, and Greece, and finished last in Group A with a record of four losses. Their new head coach is Teemu Taruvuori of Finland. In May 2010, the UAE participated in the Kuwaiti organized GCC Gulf Championship, finishing first after winning all three of their games.[4]

Withdrawal from 2011 and 2016 IIHF tournaments

The UAE decided to withdraw from the 2011 Division III tournament in Cape Town, South Africa because they refused to compete against Israel, who was also in the tournament. They also withdrew from the 2016 Division III tournament, with no reason cited.[5]


Current roster of UAE as of 2019[6]

# Player Catches Height Weight Date of birth Club
20 Ahmed Al Dhaheri L 173 cm 85 kg (1985-12-20) 20 December 1985 Al Ain Theebs
1 Khaled Al Suwaidi L 175 cm 80 kg (1980-03-27) 27 March 1980 Al Ain Theebs
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
17 Saif Al Ameri R 166 cm 58 kg (1998-12-28) 28 December 1998 Abu Dhabi Storms
3 Mohammed Al Dhaheri R 178 cm 78 kg (1994-12-10) 10 December 1994 Al Ain Theebs
16 Mohammed Al Shamsi L 173 cm 80 kg (1998-08-01) 1 August 1998 Al Ain Theebs
6 Ahmed Al Suwaidi R 187 cm 110 kg (1997-09-16) 16 September 1997 Abu Dhabi Storms
11 Nils Rem L 180 cm 65 kg (1990-05-19) 19 May 1990 Abu Dhabi Storms
21 Vitali Savko R 189 cm 88 kg (1974-03-08) 8 March 1974 Al Ain Theebs
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
12 Faisal Al Baloushi L 173 cm 70 kg (1983-10-06) 6 October 1983 Al Ain Theebs
7 Juma Al Dhaheri L 174 cm 59 kg (1975-07-15) 15 July 1975 Abu Dhabi Storms
8 Mohammed Al Kaabi R 174 cm 59 kg (1999-09-13) 13 September 1999 Abu Dhabi Storms
23 Mubarak Al Mazrouei R 173 cm 66 kg (1993-02-25) 25 February 1993 Abu Dhabi Storms
5 Khaled Al Mahrouqi R 171 cm 65 kg (1996-08-01) 1 August 1996 Al Ain Theebs
2 Suhail Al Mehairi L 172 cm 71 kg (1982-01-07) 7 January 1982 Abu Dhabi Storms
18 Saeed Al Nuaimi L 174 cm 63 kg (1991-05-12) 12 May 1991 Abu Dhabi Storms
9 Omar Al Shamsi L 170 cm 68 kg (1974-01-01) 1 January 1974 Abu Dhabi Storms
14 Salem Al Yafeai R 167 cm 68 kg (1994-08-08) 8 August 1994 Al Ain Theebs
15 Artyom Karkotsky L 187 cm 91 kg (1985-10-28) 28 October 1985 Al Ain Theebs
19 Artur Zainutdinov L 180 cm 85 kg (1992-02-07) 7 February 1992 Al Ain Theebs

Tournament record

World Championships

Year Host Division/Group Group Position Overall Position
1930–2009 Did not participate
2010 Kockelscheuer Division III – Group A 4th 46th
2011 Cape Town Withdrew from the tournament
2012 Erzurum Did not participate
2013 Cape Town Division III 6th 46th
2014 Kockelscheuer Division III 5th 45th
2015 İzmir Division III 6th 46th
2016 Istanbul Withdrew from the tournament
2017 Sofia Division III 7th 47th
2018 Sarajevo Division III Q 3rd 49th
2019 Abu Dhabi Division III Q 1st 47th
2020 Kockelscheuer Division III – Group A TBD TBD

Asian Winter Games

Year Host Result GP W OTW OTL L
1986 through 2003Did not enter
2007 Changchun6th place42002
2011 Astana8th place
(3rd in Premier Division)
2017 Sapporo7th place
(3rd in Division I)

Arab Cup/GCC Gulf Championship

Year Host Result GP W OTW OTL L
Arab Cup (2008)
2008 Abu Dhabi 1st place54100
GCC Gulf Championship (2010–present)
2010 Kuwait City 1st place33000
2012 Abu Dhabi 1st place54100
2014 Kuwait City 1st place55000
2016 Doha 1st place55000

Challenge Cup of Asia

Year Host Result GP W OTW OTL L
2008 Hong KongDid not participate
2009 Abu Dhabi 1st place55000
2010 Taipei City 2nd place53011
2011 Kuwait City 2nd place54001
2012 Dehradun 1st place55000
2013 Bangkok6th place52012
2014 Abu Dhabi 2nd place53101
2015 Taipei City 2nd place43001
2016 Abu Dhabi 2nd place43001
2017 Bangkok 1st place43100
2018 ManilaDid not participate
2019 Kuala Lumpur
2020 Singapore

All-time record against other nations

Last match update: 6 April 2019

    Positive balance (more Wins)
    Neutral balance (Wins = Losses)
    Negative balance (more Losses)
 Bosnia and Herzegovina*43012111
 Saudi Arabia1100141
 Hong Kong94143727
 South Africa2002023
 North Korea4004633
 Chinese Taipei92072937

Note: The UAE was awarded a 5–0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 2017 IIHF World Championship Division III after Bosnia and Herzegovina forfeited the game.[7]

See also


  1. "IIHF Men's World Ranking". IIHF. 26 May 2019. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  2. "UAE ice hockey team 'know we can compete' | The National". Thenational.ae. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  3. Loonen, Joeri (20 April 2010). "From Abu Dhabi to the Acropolis". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 20 April 2010.
  4. Merk, Martin (8 June 2010). "UAE wins Gulf Championship". International Ice Hockey Federation. Archived from the original on 9 June 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2010.
  5. "Men's Div. III begins". IIHF.com. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  6. https://www.eliteprospects.com/team/6675/uae/2018-2019
  7. "Bosnia withdraws". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
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