Giselle_Davies_head_and_shouldersJuly 6 - Giselle Davies (pictured), the former communications director of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), is to head a new company overseeing a study to decide whether Dubai should bid for the 2020 Olympics.

Davies is to be chief executive of Falcon and Associates, who are leading a United Arab Emirates Government feasability study into a possible bid by Dubai to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, issued a new law last week establishing the company.

Maktoum announced the city’s plans to consider hosting the Games and the World Expo, and Falcon and Associates’ managing role last month.

It will also focus on helping Dubai achieve social, economic and trade-related goals.

Ahmad Abdullah Al Shaikh, the media escort of Maktoum and managing director of his media offiice, has been appointed chairman of Falcon and Associates.

Davies resigned from the IOC last September and has since spent much of her time in Dubai.

The Cambridge University graduate joined the IOC in 2002 from Formula One team Jordan.

She took over at a difficult time when the scars of the Salt Lake City bidding bribery scandal were still raw and the IOC was struggling to overcome its poor reputation.