Having just returned to Dubai and finding hockey a lot healthier than when I left 5 years ago, it looks like United Arab Emirates hockey is going down the pan again. Clubs got access to 2 nice water based pitches 1 or 2 years ago (the facilities were probably ready 2 years before that but the gates stayed locked). Today we hear news that the pitches are going to be ripped up and replaced with grass pitches for football and rugby. They will make more money Looks like hockey is heading back to bouncy non-hockey astro pitches. Crap!!