Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island confirmed to host the upcoming Fight Island event from UFC. The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) confirmed the event would be hosted in the popular leisure, shopping, and entertainment destination next month.
The action-packed schedule begins with UFC 251 on Saturday
UFC will produce four events on Yas Island, beginning on Saturday, July 11th, followed by fight night events on Wednesday, July 15th; Saturday, July 18th; and Saturday, July 25th. Details for each event will be announced in the coming weeks.
UFC Fight Island events will air live on global broadcasters around the world and pay-per-view in select markets. They will be broadcasted in 172 countries and territories in 40 different languages, reaching approximately one billion TV households. UFC content is streamed on the UFC Arabia app, UFC’s first Arabic-language streaming subscription service in the region.
DCT Abu Dhabi will create a safety zone within Yas Island
The safety zone includes an arena, hotel, training facilities, and dining establishments. This zone will only be open to UFC athletes and their coaches; UFC staff and other event personnel; and Yas Island employees who will run the operation of the facilities.
Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “Our partnership with the UFC, now in its second year, has proved to be one of our most successful ventures in recent years”
“This year, Abu Dhabi has successfully proven its ability to handle all challenges and promote the well-being of its visitors and residents; and today, we are here to showcase the best that our capital has to offer, as we look forward to opening our doors once again to the world,” he added
The UFC and DTC Abu Dhabi’s Partnership
In 2019, UFC and DCT Abu Dhabi entered into a five-year partnership to bring UFC events to the emirate. The first event, UFC 242: Khabib Vs. Poirier, attracted more than 14,000 fans to Yas Island last September. The agreement to bring UFC Fight Island to Abu Dhabi is an expansion of the original five-year partnership between them.
UFC president, Dana White, commented: “We came up with the idea of having ‘Fight Island’ because we needed a destination to hold international events during the global pandemic”
Yas Island is one of the fastest-growing leisure and entertainment destinations in the world
It is located on the golden shores of Abu Dhabi – just 20 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and 50 minutes from Dubai. World Travel Awards awarded the destination as the World’s Leading Tourism Development Project.
Yas Island offers a diverse mix of leisure and entertainment experiences. From one-of-a-kind theme parks, world-class shopping and superb dining, to a links golf course, exciting water, and motorsports, and the most enjoyable musical and family events all within the 25 square kilometer island.
Abu Dhabi-based developer Miral is considering further developments on Yas Island, which is only 55% complete. They are planning for it to be bigger than the first SeaWorld Entertainment attraction in the Arabian Gulf, planning to open in 2022. It will be the first SeaWorld without Orca Whales.
The developer has also partnered with Sportainment Entertainment & Sports and Feld Entertainment to host events and live shows at the Yas Bay Arena. It is scheduled to open later this year. The island will also add 800 new hotel rooms by 2021 and 250 rooms in the new Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi.
DCT-Abu Dhabi conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate, making them a world-class, sustainable destination. The department supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honor the emirate’s heritage. The department mainly creates synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.