Abu Dhabi has earned a reputation as a sporting events capital, with the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix hosted at the Yas Marina Circuit its most famous annual fixture.
With Yas Island the destination’s undisputed entertainment hub, not only home to the circuit, but multiple attractions and hotels, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), has been trialling this district as an innovative ‘safe zone’ that has already hosted two major UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) events.
The inaugural UFC Fight Island™ in July saw the creation of a 6km² area of Yas Island cordoned off for five weeks, incorporating the arena, hotels, training facilities and Yas Beach, as well as dining and entertainment venues, and accommodating around 2,500 people including personnel from government entities, maintenance teams, operations staff, Yas Island employees and UFC delegates for the entire period.
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