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Abu Dhabi Creates ‘Safe Zone’ Framework for Events

The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) had recently celebrated the successful delivery of UFC Fight Island, establishing the emirate of Abu Dhabi as an ideal destination and global partner to high-profile events.

UFC Fight Island featured the creation of a world-class ‘safe zone’ for approximately 2,500 people over five weeks on Yas Island as well as one of UFC’s most watched fight nights of all time.

 UFC Fight Island occupied an 11 km stretch of the island - the ‘safe zone’ - which was locked off and completely secluded from the rest of the emirate for the five-week period. UFC personnel from 35 nations, event staff and Yas Island employees were housed for the entire duration of the event in some of Abu Dhabi’s prime hotels, surrounded by top entertainment attractions.

 In line with the principles of the ‘Go Safe’ certification programme, led by DCT Abu Dhabi and endorsed by the Abu Dhabi government, the health and safety procedures undertaken by event staff were extensive and included COVID-19 testing every 72 hours and 14-day isolation periods.

 These strict measures helped achieve a COVID-free sanctuary, with the added benefits of world-class hospitality, including luxury hotels and entertainment facilities, all within the ‘protected bubble’.

 The ‘safe zone’ included Yas Marina Circuit, home of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Links Golf Course, Yas Beach, and the Flash Forum, a multi-purpose indoor venue where the fights were staged.