Abu Dhabi's Yas Island will host another edition of UFC Fight Island, following the success of a pioneering ‘bubble’ concept at the inaugural UFC Fight Island in July, which welcomed 2,500 people.
A collaboration between the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu
Dhabi and UFC, 'Return to UFC Fight Island', started on 26 September and
will run until 24 October. Yas Island incorporates an arena, hotels,
training facilities, as well as entertainment and dining establishments.
As part of stringent health and safety protocols, the UFC Fight
Island Safe Zone is accessible only to UFC athletes and their coaches,
UFC staff, event personnel and essential employees necessary to ensure
the operational continuity of all Yas Island facilities. Entry to the
safe zone requires a mandatory period of quarantine and negative
Covid-19 test, and everybody inside will be tested regularly.
“UFC Fight Island proved to be a tremendous success and its rapid
return is testament to the strength of our partnership with UFC, and the
global confidence in Abu Dhabi's ability and preparedness to host major
international events with the highest standards of health and safety,”
said Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi.
“The Return to UFC Fight Island concept underlines both Abu Dhabi’s
commitment to global sporting and tourism events as well as the
collaborative approach taken by various government departments to ensure
the emirate is ready to safely welcome back visitors, business and more
major international events across multiple sectors.”
Dana White, the UFC president, added, “ While the rest of the world
shut down, we worked with our partners in Abu Dhabi to put on the best
live sporting experience, and we did it safely and responsibly. The
infrastructure they have in place, from the arena, to the hotels, to the
restaurants, is second to none."