Zayed Sports City celebrates 35 years since establishment with its 2013 annual review

ABU DHABI: Zayed Sports City, the premier sports and entertainment venue in the U.A.E, has released details of its 2013 review, announcing 12% growth in annual revenue and 20% growth in visitor numbers to 1.2 million for the year.

The review, carried out annually, looks at a range of indicators to evaluate the facility’s overall performance. Zayed Sports City forms part of the real estate and infrastructure portfolio of Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company.

Ali Eid Al-Muhairi, Executive Director, Mubadala Real Estate and Infrastructure, said, “Mubadala is helping to develop the physical and social infrastructure required to support a modern and rapidly evolving society in Abu Dhabi. Zayed Sports City is an essential part of this process and I am delighted that it continues to grow while still playing a central role in the lives of Abu Dhabi residents through a combination of world-class leisure, healthcare and residential facilities.” Established in 1979 with the opening of the Zayed Sport City Stadium, Zayed Sports City was created to fulfil the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to create a world-class sports complex that reflects the U.A.E’s passion for sports.

35 years later, Zayed Sport City is now a 1.2 million SQM development which encompasses the 43,000 seat national stadium, 14 multipurpose grass pitches, a 5,000-seat ATP standard tennis stadium with eight additional courts, a 40-lane bowling centre and an Olympic size ice rink as well as nine multi-purpose hard and soft surface courts, state-of-the-art fitness facilities and multiple FandB options.

Zayed Sports City is now home to 28 sports (2012: 23) and 27 organised sporting groups, academies and federations. As well as its central role to support U.A.E-based teams, Zayed Sports City continues to build its reputation as a world-class training venue with international, Premier League and Bundesliga football teams using its facilities in 2013.

In 2013, Zayed Sport City played host to 143 events, up 43% from 2012. In addition to the annual Mubadala World Tennis Championship and major events like WWE Live and Monster Jam, Abu Dhabi Alive, Abu Dhabi Wilson Tennis Cup and the U.A.E’s first open Ladies Tennis Tournament were on the calendar.

Zayed Sports City continues to provide a platform to develop the country’s promising sporting talent. In 2013, Zahri Lari became the first U.A.E national figure skater to win a gold medal at an international competition.

Commenting on the annual review, Barry Bremner, General Manager of Zayed Sports City, said, “2013 was another great year of progress for Zayed Sport City. We take a holistic approach to the management of this important component of social infrastructure for the people of Abu Dhabi, combining operational excellence with a commitment to supporting sporting talent and healthy lifestyles.

Winning the Sports Industry Award for Best Sport and Recreation Venue in the Middle East was a great endorsement of our efforts in 2013 and I would like to thank everyone involved with Zayed Sports City, from employees to volunteers and all those who use these great facilities for making this possible.