The games opened with much fanfare yesterday evening. Led by Salem Rasljanin, the ADPC squad participated in the Grand Parade of Athletes that marched into the Zayed Stadium as part of the opening ceremony. A key highlight of ADPC’s participation will be witnessed at the football and cricket matches that have been earmarked for 22 November. The team will also take on the challenge in games such as table tennis, shooting and golf.
Organized for the last 24 years in 53 cities across 25 countries in five continents, Corporate Games is the world’s largest multi-sports festival for businesses and organizations. The Abu Dhabi Corporate Games mark the sporting extravaganza’s foray into the UAE. While the games’ agenda includes a series of events at different venues in Abu Dhabi, the Zayed Sports City has taken centre-stage as the main arena.
The Abu Dhabi Corporate Games features 17 sporting events, of which three are exclusively female-only competitions.
Tawfeeq Yousuf Al Mubarak, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Support, ADPC, said: “At ADPC, we take keen interest in the well-being and personal development of our employees. Practicing sport not only ensures a healthy lifestyle but also offers additional advantages such as enhancing team spirit and allowing colleagues to interact in an informal environment. Sports also promote problem solving capacities and inculcate a spirit of tolerance and camaraderie. We are indeed proud of our players who have put in exhaustive hours of practice during the last few weeks in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
“The Abu Dhabi Corporate Games 2012 will allow our teams to showcase their talent and meet with new people who share a passion for sports. We hope the event becomes an annual fixture in Abu Dhabi’s sporting calendar.”
The ADPC team is set to clash with some of the UAE’s leading corporate names such as Etihad, Mubadala, GHC, CNBC Arabia, Europcar, Standard Chartered, Spinneys, Abu Dhabi Airport Services, Bayt.com, Al Bawardi Enterprises, Al Fahim Group and Abu Dhabi Finance.