Corporate Games in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI - Already a hugely successful event in major cities across the globe, the world leaders in staging corporate-based sports festivals – Corporate Games - have today announced plans to hold the first official event in the UAE capital, in November this year – the Abu Dhabi Corporate Games 2012.

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Published: Thu 26 Jan 2012, 12:50 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 12:05 PM

Already attracting high-level support from leading Abu Dhabi officials and institutions, Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister for Higher Education, was announced as the official Games Patron, by lead speaker and key supporter at the launch event, Mohammed Ibrahim Al Mahmoud, General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council.

In addition, the captain of the UAE international football team and of Al Jazira FC, Subait Khater, was also revealed as the official Sports Patron for The Games.

Offering a choice of 16 popular sports for teams mainly made up from employees of businesses and companies in the UAE, and their family members, the event will be staged over a four-day ‘weekend’ period from 21-24 November.

Participants can enter any of the 16 sporting events as either as a team or as an individual. In addition, there are no restrictions applied on age, gender, disability, or overall skill level, so the event is truly open to all types of competitor. To emphasise this point, organisers highlighted that the oldest competitor ever to compete at a Corporate Games’ event was 89.

Shaikh Nahyan said: “It is a great pleasure have the first corporate-based, multi-sport event, to be held in the UAE capital under my patronage. Having a long-term interest in a variety of sports, I am pleased to lend my support and urge companies across the UAE to get involved. Abu Dhabi Corporate Games represents exactly the type of initiative that the Abu Dhabi Government is committed to encouraging and supporting.”

Al Mahmood said: “The Abu Dhabi Corporate Games 2012 is an excellent example of how sport can reach out to the everyday man and woman in society and encourage us all to be better people, healthier people”

To become an Abu Dhabi Corporate Games 2012 competitor, the entry fee – per person – is Dh495.

For companies registering early, however, there is a two-stage “Early Bird” scheme. Essentially, that means that until 31st March, for every 15 employees a company signs up, they will get two additional persons entered for free.

For companies signing up from 1 April to 30 June, every 10 competitors registered will get the company one additional free entrant.

The Abu Dhabi Corporate Games 2012 is supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and will run from 21-24 November 2012 at venues across Abu Dhabi including: Zayed Sports City (main venue), Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, and Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Abu Dhabi.

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