Although Abu Dhabi has a long, rich history, it is also one of the world’s most modern cities, and its state-of-the-art architectural personality is reflected in the venues and facilities that will host the Special Olympics World Games events and competitions.
These venues have hosted numerous international sports competitions and events in recent years, offering an unbeatable combination of excellent facilities and amenities for the athletes, as well as the highest quality spectator experience.
ADNEC, or the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, offers 133,000 square meters of interconnected floor space to meet the requirements of a wide variety of events and exhibitions. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and built to international standards, the venue attracted 1.5 million people across 480 events in 2016. ADNEC will be home to several World Games indoor sports.
Zayed Sports City is an iconic multi-purpose open-air venue featuring 26,340 square meters of contiguous grass space, house and temporary power, fully floodlit, locker facilities and seating gallery. For the football competitions, 16 football pitches will be in use: 8 full size pitches, 5 7-a-side pitches (plus 2 additional fields on the softball pitch), 1 5-a-side pitch. Zayed Sports City is also the home of the International Tennis Centre, frequent venue for international competition.
NYU Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Campus Center is home to competitive-level sports and recreation facilities including a 50-meter swimming pool, a Performance Gymnasium and indoor track, a fitness center, squash and racquetball courts, dance and exercise rooms, multi-use fields, an outdoor track stadium, tennis courts, as well as basketball and multi-use courts. For the 2019 Games, athletics will be held at the new NYUAD stadium and the powerlifting competition will take place at NYU’s multi-use performance gym.
The Abu Dhabi Yacht and Sailing Club will host all sailing and kayaking competitions. The Club is host to hundreds of sailing events from the ISAF World Sailing Championships to the Volvo Ocean Race to the regionally popular Dhow Races.
YAS Marina Circuit is the venue for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the culminating race each year for the Formula One season. Designed by Hermann Tilke, the 5.5-kilometer course boasts 21 corners twisting through Yas Island off the Abu Dhabi coast, passing by the Yas Marina and winding its way through sand dunes with several long straights and tight corners. Beyond the Grand Prix, the Circuit has been host to the ITU World Triathlon, Abu Dhabi World Tour, Yas Marathon and every week venue for thousands of cyclists from the community. The Yas Marina Circuit will host the cycling events and triathlon for the World Games.
The Khalifa International Bowling Centre, built for the 1999 World Bowling Championships, bears the name of UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Recent renovations and updates have ensured it remains a bustling sports center that is enjoyed by all. The Center features World Bowling standard lanes with scoring monitors above each lane and Brunswick Vector Plus scoring systems. The Center also houses 13 billiards tables, six table tennis tables, a video arcade, three restaurants and two pro-shops.
Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club is the largest equestrian facility in the region and was originally founded as a riding club by the late UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in 1976. Aside from its famous racetrack event facility, the venue includes eight sand surface practice arenas between 1’212 and 3’500 square meters and a grass surface show jumping arena of 8’650 square meters.
The Saadiyat Golf Club is one of the most beautiful golf facilities in Abu Dhabi and a world-renowned destination for golf. The club features world-class 18-hole championship courses and is host to the annual Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open.
The Armed Forces Officers Club hosts multiple indoor and outdoor recreational facilities including a shooting range, bowling alley, indoor Olympic size swimming pool, gym, squash courts, outdoor football pitches and a hotel. The athletes competing in the Armed Forces Officers Club will also be staying in the hotel. During the 2019 World Games, the Armed Forces Officers Club will host the bocce competition.