Source: The National
Hamel Al Qubaisi, vice-president of the UAE Winter Sports Federation, dedicated the landmark victory to the UAE leadership, which he said had provided support and assistance.
“This achievement is a culmination of well-planned strategy and accumulative work by the federation to win international championships,” he said.
Juma Al Dhaheri, captain of the UAE team, said the victory was the culmination of ten years’ work to assemble a competitive team.
UAE joined the IIHF in 2001 but didn’t play their first World Championship until 2010, and earned their first win four years later.