It’s the best way of staying fit while socialising in Abu Dhabi over the summer months. The Abu Dhabi Sports Council’s (ADSC) partnership with the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) to host the Abu Dhabi Sports Festival continues apace in its second month as people in the city gear up for indoor sports away from the summer heat.
The Abu Dhabi Sports Festival has drawn in thousands since its launch at the start of Ramadan. State of the art air-conditioned courts within ADNEC are hosting the entire UAE community in sports ranging from badminton, CrossFit, gym, fitness and pump track to bounce, climbing wall, spinning class, inline skating, boxing and running.
Football and volleyball action also gets underway every day as ADSC brings on a bonanza of community sports to help #AbuDhabiFit. Meanwhile, 3-side basketball lights up indoors arenas. Kids get to enjoy honing their drawing skills with the supervised Kids Art Labs.
“We are very pleased with how much the community is enjoying a chance to play sports and get moving through exciting activities during the hot summer months. This time of the year is usually associated with less physical activity due to the climate, but we’re delighted at the positive response that the Abu Dhabi Sports Festival is getting. There’s something here for everyone, be they casual visitor or dedicated sports enthusiast, as the Festival encourages everyone to “Stay Active, Stay Fit,” says H.E. Aref Al Awani ,General Secretary Abu Dhabi Sports council.
Other activities drawing crowds include in-line skating, paddle tennis, cycling, chess and running.
“The Abu Dhabi Sports Festival is designed to ensure people get together, stay healthy, and forge new bonds through sports during the summer. It’s part of our strategy to bring year-round events to Abu Dhabi’s calendar. Our message for everyone is to join in – and bring your family. It’s really a wonderful way for people have fun, with the added benefit of staying fit and healthy,” he adds.
The Abu Dhabi Sports Festival offers 13 different sports, with activities ranging across venues including ADNEC, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi Coutnry Club, Family Development Foundation and Carcal Club. “We’ve created activities in key community hubs and destinations around Abu Dhabi to make sure neighbourhoods have accessible options available to them,” says H.E. Aref Al Awani ,General Secretary Abu Dhabi Sports council.
The first month of the Festival saw exciting football and volleyball tournament action during Ramadan where victorious teams walked away with up to AED 300,000. But indoor arenas across the UAE’s capital city are still alive with sports activities and have turned into a hub of community involvement.
“While we’ve organised formal tournaments to build excitement, create a fan following, and celebrate sporting excellence, the Abu Dhabi Sports Festival is also dedicated to families. It doesn’t matter if you’re an athlete or not. The wide range of activities on offer are designed to include everyone, and get the public involved,” says H.E. Aref Al Awani ,General Secretary Abu Dhabi Sports council.