The Sport Industry Forum Abu Dhabi will take place on 14 April 2020.

The theme of our last edition which took place in April 2019 was “The Changing Face of Community Sports”, prompted by the recent formation of the Department of Community Development (DCD).

During a highly interactive format, attendees discussed how community sports integrate with international sporting events, and priority areas for government investment in sport.

And following on from the Special Olympics, including its flagship Healthy Athletes and Unified Sports programs, we also explored harnessing the power of sport for inclusion and to tackle societal health issues.

Topics at our last forum included:

  • Developing a policy framework for community sports in Abu Dhabi
  • Priority areas and objectives for government investment in grassroots
  • Linking community sports with international sporting events to deliver a legacy of increased participation
  • Harnessing the power of sport to tackle rampant inactivity and non-communicable diseases
  • Sport for inclusion after the Special Olympics World Games: No person left behind!

About the Forum and why we are different

  • Our Sport Industry Forums help to shape the industry’s future so that collectively, with the support of the government, we can work together to ensure a cohesive strategy for sport
  • We do not invite media to attend to encourage open and honest discussion
  • Our Forums gather passionate decision makers who can effect change in the industry and drive new initiatives in sport
  • It is an intimate and interactive event with 100 guests in attendance where discussion and contribution is encouraged

Who will attend?

Guests are by invitation only and limited to 100 attendees who are decision makers in sport, Director level and above, including:

  • Government officials
  • Brands
  • Federations
  • Clubs
  • Venue owners and operators

What our attendees & partners say about the forums

“The Forum exceeds expectations and Abu Dhabi Sports Council is glad to support it. It is important for the industry to gather together to talk about the opportunities in sport.”
H.E. Aref Al Awani, Secretary General, Abu Dhabi Sports Council

“Great gathering of all senior stakeholders to discuss where we are now and where we are going in the future”
Mohamed Ben Sulayem, Vice President, FIA, and President, UAE ATC

“A wonderful chance to discover from business leaders what they are doing in their respective sports and to learn from their experiences”
Waleed Al Hosani, CEO, Arabian Gulf League / Pro League Committee

“The ‘must-attend’ meeting for sport business preofessionals in the UAE. The one date in the calendar that can not be missed.”
Dr. Sven Rohte, former Chief Commercial Officer, Daman – National Insurance Company


The next Sport Industry Forum Abu Dhabi will take place on
Tuesday 14 April 2020.

We hope you can join us!