Abu Dhabi is completing its preparations for the launching of the upcoming UFC activities on Yas Island during the summer from 11 to 26 July, as more than 1,500 event curators, staff and Yas Island employees went to quarantine in the safe area to undergo a series of measures and precautionary measures related to covid-19.
This aims to ensure the health and safety of those responsible for the event, the UFC team and Yas Island employees, in addition to the public safety of the community of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and all participating parties within Al Nazzal Island have committed to quarantine for a period of 14 days from the date of arrival at Yas Island hotels, to ensure that they are free from the emerging virus, thus contributing to providing an enjoyable event for everyone, away from any risk.
The procedures for logging the teams inside the country into the hotels during the past weekend, after all hotels were subjected to comprehensive sterilization campaigns in preparation for their reception. In addition to adopting their entry to the island is according to a preset schedule, it allows for a maximum of four people in the reception area to ensure the greatest possible protection and security.
After the expiry of the quarantine period, the participants were allowed to leave the hotel and move within the safe area currently known as Al-Nazzal Island.
The safe area extends over an area of 11 square kilometers on Yas Island, and contains a circuit for the hostel, hotels, training facilities, and a number of restaurants that are exclusively reserved for athletes, coaches, and UFC employees, event managers and participating parties, in addition to Yas Island employees who will not be in contact with any Residents of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi during their time on the island
So far, more than two thousand people have been tested for Corona virus, and significant progress has been made in building the event site, as a team of more than 740 individuals began the process of converting the event site in Flash Arena to a global stage to receive the expected UFC matches, using more than 350 tons of iron and 18 km of connection cables
His Excellency Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Executive Director of the Tourism and Marketing Sector at the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi said: “The preparations for this event are different from its predecessors. Abu Dhabi has proven its ability to host the most prominent international sporting events such as UFC and others in the past.
In the current circumstances, it is necessary to set and implement international standards to host similar events, and to unify the work of the relevant government agencies to create a new business plan for the tourism and sports sectors, consistent with the conditions imposed by the Covid-19 virus while maintaining the security and safety of all workers and participants in this event.
He thanked the team, residents, and government employees present inside the island for their efforts and dedication to accomplishing this unique event, and their commitment to all preventive measures and measures, and commended their pivotal role in the return of global tourism and sports activities and events to Abu Dhabi
The UFC events series includes four games, including a paid UFC 251 match and three games under the title “Fight Nights”.
The enthusiastic matches expected in the UFC 251 match will start on Sunday, June 12th, at exactly two o’clock after midnight local time for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, to be followed by “fighting nights” matches on Thursday and Sunday 16 and 19 July at the same time, and on Saturday 25 July at 8 pm.
The UFC events are being shown in 175 countries around the world in 40 different languages, with a billion viewership. The event will also be broadcast in the UAE and the entire Middle East and North Africa region through the “UFC Arabia” service, the first paid subscription service in the Arabic language from UFC in the region, which is available through the Apple Store and Google Play stores and can also be used via a web browser On computers, tablets or smart TVs.