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Health, safety top priority at Abu Dhabi Fight Island

KT Report/Abu Dhabi
Filed on July 5, 2020
The high-profile event will be staged on Abu Dhabi's Yas Island from July 11 to July 26

Keeping in mind the Covid-19 pandemic, the authorities have put all the strict health protocols in place

The organisers have left no stone unturned in their attempt to make the UFC Fight Island a resounding success.

The high-profile event will be staged on Abu Dhabi's Yas Island from July 11 to July 26.

And keeping in mind the Covid-19 pandemic, the authorities have put all the strict health protocols in place.

Over 1,500 event personnel and Yas Island employees have been stationed within Yas Island's 'safe zone' to employ strict Covid-19 precautionary measures.

To ensure the safety of UFC staff, event personnel, Yas Island employees and the wider Abu Dhabi community, all attendees of UFC Fight IslandTM have quarantined for 14 days at Yas Island hotels. This safety clearance serves as a precautionary measure that will ensure a risk-free safe zone and an enjoyable event for all.

All UAE-based personnel and Yas Island support staff reported to Yas Island hotels in the past few weeks, following a complete and comprehensive sanitation of all hotels. Strict measures, including scheduled check-in times allowing for only four people at a time, were taken to ensure the utmost protection and security.

Following a 14-day hotel quarantine and a negative test result, individuals are now permitted to leave the hotel and move around Yas Island's safe zone, now known as UFC Fight IslandTM.

The zone sits within roughly 11 km on Yas Island and includes the venue, the hotels, the training facilities and the dining establishments. Only UFC athletes and their coaches, UFC staff and event personnel, along with Yas Island employees will be provided access to the safe zone. None of these individuals will mix with Abu Dhabi residents at any point during their stay.

"DCT Abu Dhabi has taken extreme and outstanding preparatory measures for the much-anticipated UFC event, more rigorous than any event ever held in Abu Dhabi," said Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing at the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).

"Abu Dhabi has demonstrated significant expertise as far as hosting major sporting events in the past, but during these challenging times, it is important that we continue to set global standards for hosting major events and unite our governmental entities to create a new roadmap for sport and tourism, all whilst ensuring everyone's safety.

"Our sincere thanks to all event personnel and government employees that are now within the safe zone. They are a key element in the positioning the Emirate at the forefront of global sports tourism. We appreciate the dedication and patience they have demonstrated whilst preparing for this unique event."

The UFC will hold four events on Yas Island, including one Pay Per View - UFC 251 - and three Fight Nights.

The action-packed schedule begins with UFC 251 at 2:00am local time on July 12 and will be followed with successive ESPN Fight Night events to be held on July 16 (from 3:00am local time); July 19 (from 1:00am local time) and July 26 (from 1:00am).

The UFC events are broadcast in 175 countries in 40 different languages and reach approximately one billion TV households. In the UAE and throughout the rest of the Middle East and North Africa, UFC Fight IslandTM events will be broadcast on UFC Arabia.

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