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His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan opens Abu Dhabi Destination Village

"Themed around Abu Dhabi’s maritime heritage, the village is packed with exhibitions, shows, simulators, hospitality, game zones, food and beverage outlets and merchandise shops"


The opening ceremony for the 55,000 square metre village took place at 1100 local time (0700 UTC) led by His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, along with His Excellency Mubarak Al Muhairi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, His Excellency Ahmed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sailing & Yacht Club, Peter Baumgarten, Commercial Director of Etihad, and Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race.

The Destination Village will be open free of charge every day and is expected to welcome as many as 100,000 visitors through its gates during the stopover which runs from December 31 to January 14.

Themed around Abu Dhabi’s maritime heritage, the village is packed with exhibitions, shows, simulators, hospitality, game zones, food and beverage outlets and merchandise shops.

The Abu Dhabi stopover marks the first visit to the United Arab Emirates in the Volvo Ocean Race’s 38-year history. and a key attraction in the village will be the presence of the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing crew, led by British double Olympic medallist Ian Walker and including the first ever UAE national to compete in the race, Adil Khalid.


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