4th Sport Industry Forum Abu Dhabi

When & Where?

Date: Wednesday 19 April 2017

Venue: IPIC Arena, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, UAE

About the Forum

Held under the patronage of Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), the Sport Industry Forum Abu Dhabi is a closed door meeting which invites real debate and encourages multi-stakeholder action for the benefit of the industry as a whole.

Government authorities, federations, venues, brands, rights holders and event organisers will meet to discuss how to ensure a sustainable future for sport in Abu Dhabi.

Attendees will also discover new commercial opportunities in Abu Dhabi sport through the Forum’s high level networking sessions.


Wednesday 19 April 2017

09.30 Registration, Refreshments & Networking

The Launch of Sport in Abu Dhabi: A global capital for sports tourism, training and international competition

  • Showcasing Abu Dhabi as a world-class destination for winter training and off-season competition for teams, federations, governing bodies and athletes
  • Facilitating sports tourism in the Emirate, encouraging visitors to compete, play and watch great sporting events

11.00 Refreshment Break & Networking

11.15 Welcome Speech from UAE Jiu Jitsu Federation Chairman
HE Abdulmunam Al Hashemi, Chairman, UAE Jiu Jitsu Federation

11.20 Introduction and Welcome: Opening Remarks from INTERACT and Forum Moderator

Sally Corander, MD, INTERACT
Robbie Greenfield, Sports Presenter, Arabian Radio Network

11.30 Opening Government Speech: Strategy update from Abu Dhabi Sports Council

  • Overview of events plan to 2019
  • Main priorities for the year ahead in community and youth sport and international events
  • The role of the private sector in delivering Abu Dhabi’s vision for sport

H.E. Aref Al Awani, Secretary General, Abu Dhabi Sports Council

12.00 International Keynote: This Girl Can – A Game Changing Government Campaign that Increased Female Participation and Activity

A further 2.8 million women in the UK are now regularly active due to a brave and disruptive marketing campaign led by Sport England – #thisgirlcan.
Find out from Kate how she and her team created the campaign, challenges they overcame, the statistical outcome, and the commercial model for phase 2 of the campaign to ensure sustainability.

Kate will also look at why women are such a crucial target audience for sport participation and the importance of role models (but not as we know them!)

Kate has led UK and European communications strategies for major brands including Adidas, European Tour – 2010 Ryder Cup, Lucozade, Technogym, The London Marathon, North Face, UEFA and Unilever.

Kate Bosomworth, Sports PR Consultant, and Board Member, Sport England

12.30 Speed Networking Session

A quick fire speed networking session to ensure you meet as many people in the room as possible in 10 mins. Bring plenty of business cards.

12.40 Refreshment Break & Networking

13.10 Interactive Panel Session:What is the key to developing top UAE talent? How much should start at a grassroots level?
School sport, coaching, facilities, accessibility               

  • More players = more talent. Widening the talent pool through inclusive events, and tournaments, both at a local level and an international level
  • Ensuring children get a good quality sport education, whilst also involving partnerships with clubs, tournaments and events
  • The development of young players/athletes: Are there sufficient support systems currently in place?

Steve Thompson, former player, England Rugby, and winner of Rugby World Cup 2003
Olivier Turkell, Head of Commercial, City Football Group Middle East
Professional UAE Jiu Jitsu Athlete
Representative from Abu Dhabi Education Council (to be confirmed) 

13.40 Break Out Sessions

Roundtable 1: Striking the Right Balance between Elite and Community Sport

  • Are there enough elite events to inspire people to take up sport in their communities?
  • Is there enough focus on community sport to drive interest in elite sporting events?
  • How do we ensure Abu Dhabi is marketed successfully through sport to increase tourism while also improving the health and well being of UAE residents and nurturing sporting talent for the future?

Roundtable 2: The Real Youth Insights

We need to understand how the youth of today think and what influences them in order to significantly grow spectatorship at major events and grow participation in community sport. This is your chance to hear from youth directly. Put questions to the youth of today about factors that influence their relationship with sport. Find out why they do or don’t participate in sport, how technology has really influenced physical activity and what they would change about sport in Abu Dhabi.

Roundtable 3: ADSC Feedback

Abu Dhabi Sports Council invites your input on how they and the local industry can improve. Discuss the benefits and challenges of working in the Abu Dhabi sports industry: What is successful, what needs to change and what else can Abu Dhabi Sports Council do to improve sport in the Emirate? Chatham House Rule applies (all comments remain anonymous and the views expressed are individual and not those of their organisation) and ADSC representatives will not be present at this session.

14.20 Short Feedback Presentations from Facilitators on Roundtables 1 and 2

14.30 Closing Remarks from Moderator

14.30 Lunch and Networking

15.30 End of Forum


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Register Your Interest

The Sport Industry Forum Abu Dhabi is an invitation only event. If you would like to register your interest in speaking at or attending the Forum, please contact us.

Register Your Interest


The Sport Industry Forum Abu Dhabi is a closed door, invite only meeting with no press allowed. That means attendees don’t simply pay lip service to important topics. Instead, senior decision makers share business intelligence and specific challenges not readily available in the public domain.

Furthermore attendance from solution providers is limited. As a sponsor you will benefit from maximum connectivity and face time with potential clients.

Attending the Sport Industry Forum will help you to identify and profit from business opportunities in the UAE sport industry. You will also align your brand with a forum that drives new initiatives and effects positive change within the industry.

If you are interested in connecting with senior executives attending the next forum, and have a product or service that can help them, please get in touch with us.

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