Terms & Conditions for all Desert Barbell events

The following terms govern all events relating to Desert Barbell, including but not limited to all Power Meet competitions, workshops and the Classic.

You must be a registered athlete to compete:

  • You MUST be registered with your local IPF affiliated federation to compete in Power Meet.
  • For UAE Nationals and Residents, you must be registered with the UAE BBF in order to compete.
  • The registration cost is AED210 and is valid for 2 years. This can be done on the day of the competition.
  • For international competitors, you must be registered with your local federation AND you must provide a letter of 'no objection' from your federation that includes your name as per passport and passport number. Failure to provide evidence of both of these documents before or on the day of competition will mean you cannot compete.
  • If you are not registered, or approved, you will not be allowed to compete.


  • Power Meet is a drug tested competition. Athletes are selected at Random. This is done in the interest of clean sports and fair play.
  • In line with anti-doping protocols, once athletes have signed in, you are not permitted to leave the venue until the awards are completed. If you leave the venue at any point before this, it will result in an automatic ban. This includes going out the venue for any reason.
  • Athletes caught for doping will receive a minimum two year ban on all local competitions, including all competitions run by Desert Barbell.
  • Athletes caught for doping may face legal challenges from the relevant sport authorities in the UAE. 
  • If you are unsure, please visit the International Powerlifting Federation's (IPF) Anti-Doping page and WADA List of Prohibited Substances and Methods. We advise checking your regular supplements and pre-workouts to ensure they comply WADA (World Anti-Doping Authority) and the IPF's supplements guidelines. If you are still unsure, please speak to a member of the Desert Barbell staff.


  • No refunds will be issued on entry fees under any circumstances. In completing payment you understand that your fee is non-refundable.
  • If you are injured before the competition, or unable to attend due to special circumstances such as family related issues or illness, you must notify the organizers on email to support@desertbarbell.co with proof. Once submitted and approved, your registration will be refunded. Registrations will no longer be deferred to the next competition.
  • No refunds will be issues for no-shows
  • If you fail to notify the organizers before the start of the competition, no refunds will be issued after the competition for any reason.

Changing Weight-Classes:

  • You will have an opportunity to change your weight class 2 weeks out from the competition.
  • You must make weight on the day for the class you have signed up for.
  • If you do not make weight on the day you will not be able to compete.

Late arrivals:

  • A schedule will be shared with all athletes prior to the competition. This will specify the weigh-in times for your weight class and group. If you miss the weigh-in time you will not be allowed to compete and you will forfeit your entry fee.


  • Power Meet follows the IPF equipment rules for Classic lifting. This means only knee sleeves, belts and wrist wraps are permitted. These must fall inside the IPF guidelines for Classic lifting. Knee wraps and other supportive equipment is not allowed.
  • Only IPF Approved equipment will be permitted for any and all competitions operated by Desert Barbell.
  • A singlet must be worn by all athletes.

Other terms:

  • Desert Barbell competitions are sanctioned under the UAE Powerlifting Committee, which is affiliated with the IPF (International Powerlifting Federation). If you are currently registered or an active member with a federation outside of the IPF, then you are not eligible to enter the Power Meet or associated competitions. If you have previously competed in a powerlifting competition, please check what federation or organization this was associated with and check your membership status with them. 
  • You MUST be a registered IPF lifter to compete in our competitions. You can be registered in UAE or in your home country.
  • In signing up for the competition, you agree that you are able to perform the movements and activities required to compete. Desert Barbell is not responsible for coaching, guiding or assisting you in any way. 
  • While Desert Barbell is responsible for insuring the event, athletes agree that their personal health insurance is kept up to date and that they are fully covered in the event that an injury or accident may occur.
  • You agree to abide by the Club rules and respect the competition rules, equipment, staff, officials and fellow competitors at all times. Failure to do so, and should Desert Barbell management or event officials agree that a participant's behavior damages the integrity of the event, or endangers fellow participants, staff or volunteers, this will result in immediate expulsion from the event and a possible ban on future events hosted by Desert Barbell and its partners without any refund or recourse.
  • You agree that the referees decision is final and cannot be changed after the event.
  • Desert Barbell reserves the right to cancel or postpone an event should it be deemed necessary for the success of the event, or in the best interest and safety of the athletes, or on the request of local government authorities. In this case, your entry will automatically be moved to the next event. 
  • If Desert Barbell cancels the event without cause, all athletes will be refunded.