The Dubai Netball League (DNL) was formed back in 1974, starting with just four (4) teams and matches of only 20 minute halves. Players consisted mostly of housewives and teachers with games held in the early afternoon. In the early 80s the number of teams started increasing due to popular demand for the sport. To enable women working in other professions to play in the competition, game timings were changed to evenings. Wednesday nights came to be known as “netball night” in Dubai.
Over the years, games have been held at the Dubai English Speaking School (1975 onwards), Dutco Paulings Club and Exiles Rugby Club (early 80s), Dubai International Hotel (1985 – 1986), Mirdif Tennis Academy; and The Sevens. As the League has grown, so has the need to move with the times and relocate the venue to ensure optimum facilities. The DNL home base is now at The Sevens with 4 floodlit courts, clubrooms offering drinks and food as well as full shower facilities.
DNL is now the largest netball league in the UAE with over 400 members and growing. Over the last 5 years, teams have managed to secure sponsors while DNL partnered with other businesses to further develop the League. The committee consists of five (5) mandatory positions with sub-committees who all volunteer their unpaid time to support, develop and grow the League. Each member has a critical role to play and an opportunity to make a significant contribution to development of netball in Dubai.