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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah won the Fans' Player of the Year 2022. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: The 18th edition of the Dubai International Sports Conference, held in conjunction with the 14th edition of the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards and supported by Dubai Sports Council, will see a plethora of current and former international superstars descending on Atlantis, The Palm on Friday.

A night of glitz and glamour will see more than 1,000 guests gather at the iconic venue. A host of familiar faces will be reunited in the emirate, including a range of representatives from European champions Manchester City, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni, Brazil captain Casemiro, Italian veteran coach Fabio Capello, former England captain John Terry, and a host of other high-profile personnel from clubs and organisations around the world.

Key issues in sport

The Dubai International Sports Conference, organised under the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, will take place alongside the Globe Soccer Awards 2023. Since its inception in 2010, the awards have brought together football’s most prominent stakeholders for an evening of celebration across domestic, regional and international levels, while the co-located Conference provides the industry a platform to discuss and explore some of the key issues of the sport.

The theme of this year’s summit centres around ‘Sustainability and Performance in Football’, coinciding with the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards and DSC announcing a pioneering partnership with Neutral Carbon Zone. The collaboration marks the first step of Globe Soccer’s journey to #NetZero, starting with the World’s First Carbon Neutral Soccer Awards.

Record votes for nomination

On the night, there will be 18 main awards, including Best Men’s Player, Best Woman’s Player, Best Men’s Club and Best Woman’s Club and Fans’ Favourite Player, as well as five digital awards and two inaugural Serie A accolades.

A new record was set during the two respective stages of the nomination process, with an accumulative total of more than 70 million votes — double the number of votes registered in 2022.