The main competition gets under way on Tuesday with plenty of exciting battles and entertainment to look forward to
The world’s best athletes will descend on the UAE this week as the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship returns for its 10th edition.
Not only can you watch the exciting battles for free, there’s also plenty of activities to keep you and your family busy as well as winning some attractive prizes.
All eyes will be on the Mubadala Arena from Tuesday until Saturday as more than 2,000 will take to the mat over the five days.
Since launching in 2009, the competition has gone from strength to strength, attracting the world’s best to the capital. It will be the same this time round while UAE’s Faisal Al Ketbi will be aiming to claim his first gold in the black belt in this competition.
The Mubadala Arena has already attracted big numbers after hosting the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Festival since last Sunday and with the main event set to begin, UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation chairman Abdeulmonem Al Hashemi believes attending the competition will inspire more people to take up the sport.
“We have a great responsibility in uncovering new talents and supporting thousands of champions. It is crucial to continue opening up new training opportunities and access to international events,” he said. “All of this contributes to the establishment of a world-leading model, and we are proud of this sporting experience that has placed us at the forefront of the global sports scene.”
He added: “Ten years after launching this event, we feel proud of our successes in spreading Jiu-Jitsu throughout the country, as well as the sports regional and global achievements. This sport promotes the values of patience, endurance, discipline and courage. As a result, it plays a major role in building the upcoming generation.”
Throughout the event, there will also be a dedicated children’s area that caters for fans and family. Children can look forward to face-painting, arts and crafts, while there are a range of cultural activities including Arabic calligraphy, falconry and henna drawings.
Fahad Ali Al Shamsi, CEO of the UAEJJF, added: “The tenth edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu Jitsu Championship is one of the largest sports events in the world and has become the most important international event for the UAE and the global Jiu-Jitsu agenda. As such, the Championship has imbued a sense of pride among Emiratis, since it is one of the most significant national products.”
What: Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship
Where: Mubadala Arena, Abu Dhabi
When: Tuesday April 24 until Saturday, April 28
Contact: For more information, visit www.uaejjf.org