Zayed Sports City recently 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.

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 UAE's passion for sports. Thirty-five years later, the property is now a 1.2 million sq.m 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 F&B options.

Zayed Sports City is home to 28 sports and 27 formal sporting groups,


academies and federations. As well as its central role to support UAE-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 UAE's first open Ladies Tennis Tournament, ACE IT, 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 UAE national figure skater to win a gold medal at an international competition. Zayed Sports City also strengthened its collaboration with the UAE Ice Skating Federation, supporting their successful bid to become a member of the International



Skating Union.

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.

"Looking ahead, we will continue to work closely with the local sport councils and international federations, listening to the opinions of the local community while looking at ways to diversify our programmes to increase quality and revenues, to ensure that Zayed Sports City continues to live up to its original goal."

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