The International Masters Games Association inked a contract on 21 March 2023 that gives Abu Dhabi the rights to host and organize the Open Masters Series in 2026. The first- ever Masters Games in the Middle East which will take place in March supports the development of the sports sector and its direct positive impact on profitable, tourism, and promotional coffers.

  • The Abu Dhabi Masters Games are expected to host between 5,000-10,000 athletes over nine days of competitions that include over 20 sports and promote global communication and world peace.
  • Sergey Bubka, President of IMGA, said that Abu Dhabi is the perfect destination for sports enthusiasts and tourists, and that the city’s rich cultural offerings provide an unforgettable experience.
  • His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, affirmed that the 2026 Masters Games Series will be held in Abu Dhabi and that the hosting of this global event further proves Abu Dhabi’s leading position in hosting major global sporting events.

The Masters Games further establish Abu Dhabi’s role in promoting opportunities for global communication and peace by demonstrating their willingness to support elite international events. The Games have 30 sports for people of all ages and physical abilities over 25 years old without age restrictions. The goal is to build bridges of interaction between generations to strengthen the sports ecosystem, develop sports facilities while highlighting culture, heritage, and traditions, and encourage sports participation for all residents, expats, and athletes from around the world.

Over the course of nine days, the capital city is anticipated to host between 5,000 and 10,000 athletes competing in more than 20 sports. The debut Experts Games was held in Toronto, Canada, in 1985, and in excess of 200,000 male and female competitors have taken part in the competitions since their beginning as of recently.

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The Leader of IMGA and Olympic Boss Sergey Bubka said: “It’s thrilling that the 2026 Open Masters Series will be held in Abu Dhabi. It is the ideal destination for sports fans and tourists alike due to the close proximity of amazing sports facilities and exciting attractions.

Additionally, the city’s numerous cultural attractions, such as museums, art galleries, and historic sites, offer an unforgettable experience. Abu Dhabi has everything you need, from places to stay to entertainment options. In addition, amazing programs like Abu Dhabi 360 demonstrate a deep commitment to involving the community through sports.

The decision to host the 2026 Masters Games Series in Abu Dhabi, the country’s capital, was confirmed by Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan. “This is yet another success in a chain that has been achieved thanks to the vision and support of the country’s wise leadership,” he said. Abu Dhabi’s victory in hosting the global event, of which we are so proud, is largely due to the support of the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

His Majesty stated, The fact that the upcoming event will be held in the Middle East for the first time demonstrates Abu Dhabi’s leading position as the host of major global sporting events. With the participation of thousands of athletes from all over the world and various segments of UAE society, which is tolerant and open to all cultures, these events present various important goals.

Together, we will be able to present an impressive show to the entire world with the support of our wise leadership, our approach to adhering to the highest professional standards, and the cutting-edge infrastructure we have built.

The Abu Dhabi Sports Council’s General Secretary, Aref Hamad Al Awani, stated: We are pleased to host the Masters Games – Abu Dhabi 2026, which strengthens Abu Dhabi’s international standing and prominent role in attracting elite international events.

Al Awani brought up that the series is an extraordinary and significant expansion to the plan of games facilitated and coordinated by Abu Dhabi, which affirms the certainty of the worldwide organizations in the framework and HR equipped for making it a triumph.


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