CITY 

A breath-taking destination

Captivating culture, breath-taking luxury, exhilarating adventure, world-class training facilities and sports venues, and the warmth of Arabian hospitality await you in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi, the capital and second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf. The UAE truly is a place of the future. As a major hub for innovation and transformation, the country is at the forefront in developing the latest technology and is continually investing in what comes next.

The UAE’s capital is an eventful city with an action-packed calendar - including a Formula 1TM Grand Prix, the World Cup of Sailing, a PGA golf championship, international art, music, sport, gourmet, heritage and cultural festivals, high profile business conferences, vibrant trade fairs – and for the first time in 2021, the FINA Swimming World Championships (25m).

But that’s not all. Away from the excitement of the event calendar, visitors can enjoy the peace and tranquility of Al Ain's cooling oases; indulge in delicious food and drink at an array of restaurants; feel awed by one of the world’s top landmarks – the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque; take on the planet’s fastest roller coaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi; sail along the UAE capital’s stunning coastline; sandboard in the Al Dhafra desert; and much more.

Whether you’re looking for an ultra-modern break, a family adventure, a luxurious haven, or to watch or compete in some of the world’s biggest sports events – there really is something for everyone in Abu Dhabi.

VENUE

The venue for the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) is Etihad Arena. Standing proudly on the shores of Yas Bay, Yas Island, the iconic Etihad Arena will host world-class concerts, sporting events, musicals, exhibitions, e-sports and more when doors open in 2021

The largest of its kind in the UAE, this breath-taking multi-purpose arena sets new standards of excellence for sports and entertainment in the region, creating an intimate yet exhilarating environment for unforgettable experiences!

Designed with sustainability at its core, the venue’s dynamic event space will be transformed into an aquatics haven for the FINA World Swimming Championship (25m). 

Access

Easy access from Abu Dhabi International Airport (15 minutes by car) and Dubai International Airport (approx 1 hour 15 minute by car):

  • 45 minutes away from Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport and EXPO 2020
  • An array of 3, 4 and 5-star hotels, and multiple F&B outlets, just minutes from the competition venue
  • Complimentary shuttle bus service around the island
  • Shopping, dining and entertainment all under one roof at Yas Mall
  • An array of tourist attractions including Ferrari World, Yas Beach, Yas Links, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld and more