Etihad, ADSC team up to bring major sporting events to Abu Dhabi

Agreement with Abu Dhabi Sports Council sets out longer term vision for sports in line with Abu Dhabi Vision 2030
Etihad, ADSC team up to bring major sporting events to Abu Dhabi
Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP drives during final practice ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit. (Getty Images)
By Staff writer
Sat 22 Oct 2016 02:00 AM

Etihad Airways has teamed up with Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) to become a driving force behind attracting global sporting events to the emirate.

The airline said it has entered a three year deal with ADSC to support sports activities and major sporting events in Abu Dhabi.

The strategic initiative replaces an event-by-event approach and contributes to a longer term vision for sports in line with Abu Dhabi Vision 2030. 

Hareb Almuhairy, senior vice president, Corporate and International Affairs, Etihad Airways, said: “This agreement cements our work together to promote Abu Dhabi as an outstanding destination for major international sporting events. These events bring considerable economic benefits, provide excellent opportunities for resident and visiting sports fans and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.”

At least 15 events will be covered under the new partnership, including headliners such as January’s annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and this month’s professional cycling race, the Abu Dhabi Tour.

It is expected that eventually, dozens of events will be jointly supported as new sports initiatives are attracted to the emirate, the statement said.

Aref Al Awani, general secretary, ADSC, added: “This deal represents a more structured and long-term approach to delivering on our vision of evolving Abu Dhabi into an international destination for sport, competitiveness and international events. Etihad Airways will bring to the table considerable marketing clout which will further build local, regional and global awareness of our headline events.”

The new partnership will see Etihad Airways leverage all of its marketing channels to promote major sporting events in the emirate. The agreement also opens the way for special athlete appearances, guest experiences and community engagement activities. 

Etihad Cargo will also provide support for sports equipment, contributing to what is effectively a bridge to bring the world’s best athletes and action to Abu Dhabi.   

Abu Dhabi has emerged on the global sporting map over the past few years by hosting high profile events such as the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the ITU World Triathlon Series, the Volvo Ocean Race and the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open (Ladies European Tour).    

Among the other events covered under the new partnership are the FINA 10k Open Water World Championship, the FINA High-Dive World Cup, Emirates Football Forum and the FIBA Basketball 3 x 3 World Championship.

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