BY Anna Cummins on 3 Oct 2023

The first ever Mubadala Abu Dhabi Sail Grand Prix takes place at Mina Zayed, from January 13 to 14, 2024.

SailGP Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi will play host to SailGP, the high-octane global racing league, for the first time in January 2024. 

Tickets are now on sale to witness the sport of sailing’s best athletes representing national teams from around the globe on the waters of Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi’s historic port – on January 13-14, 2024. The inaugural Abu Dhabi Sail Grand Prix is presented in partnership with SailGP’s Global Series Partner, Mubadala Investment Group, and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council.

With an exhilarating Season 4 schedule already underway, SailGP is ready to make history by bringing the global racing championship – and one of the world’s fastest-growing sports leagues – to the UAE capital. Fans will get to witness ten teams going head-to-head on the waterfront of Abu Dhabi’s bustling port.

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Four of the five Orient Express Racing Team are sailing as part of the SailGP France team in Season 4 of SailGP © Felix Diemer SailGP

Photo: SailGP/Felix Diemer

The city of Abu Dhabi will be the latest addition to the growing, purpose-driven series, becoming the latest stop on the global league’s calendar for Season 4 – which also includes venues such as New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, Saint-Tropez, and San Francisco.

Tickets are now on sale to witness this thrilling racing on water, with thousands expected to gather to watch the high-speed action. The event showcases world-class athletes as they compete in identical hydrofoiling F50 catamarans, capable of reaching speeds of nearly 100 km/h. National teams from Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland and the United States will engage in a fierce two-day competition, racing close to the shore, all vying for the ultimate victory.

The skyline of Abu Dhabi, UAE

The skyline of Abu Dhabi, UAE

“I am honoured to announce that a new championship has joined the calendar of international events organized and hosted by Abu Dhabi,” says Aref Hamad Al Awani, general secretary of Abu Dhabi Sport Council.

“This is a testament to the capital’s infrastructure and huge potential. As SailGP is one of the latest sports that is growing rapidly, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council is keen to support the championship. We also have a strategic and permanent partnership with Mubadala in hosting and organizing tournaments.” 

Homaid Al Shimmari, deputy group CEO and chief corporate & human capital officer at Mubadala, says: “We’re excited to bring SailGP to Abu Dhabi, building on our strong maritime heritage and showcasing our role as a responsible investor. Driving positive change has been our core mandate since our inception, and our partnership with SailGP, a like-minded trailblazing organisation, reinforces this commitment.”

New Zealand SailGP Team Australia SailGP Team and Emirates Great Britain SailGP Team in action on Race Day 1 of the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix in Christchurch photo © David Gray SailGP

New Zealand Sail Grand Prix in Christchurch. Photo: David Gray/SailGP

SailGP CEO Russell Coutts adds: “This is another great moment for our global championship as we continue our rapid expansion. I am delighted that we are adding another new capital city to our event roster for Season 4. Of course, this wouldn’t be possible without our partners and, in particular, Mubadala Investment Company – who has increased its commitment to SailGP over the next three seasons – along with the support of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council. Together we will work to promote climate-positive solutions and foster transformative change within the region – through initiatives such as Inspire – and look at ways that we can make an impact long into the future.”

Mina Zayed provides a spectacular viewpoint for fans to immerse themselves in the adrenaline-filled action as the high-speed foiling F50 catamarans race right in front of their eyes at Dhow Harbour. Fans will witness the ten national teams vying for points over two days across five races before a final showdown featuring the top three teams to decide the event winner.

A number of ticket categories are available such as premier grandstand seats, which include complimentary drinks, snacks and upgraded grandstand seating, or for those keen to get to the heart of the action team, base tours are available to take fans on an exclusive tour behind the scenes. Those with their own boats, can enjoy on-water viewing right on the racecourse perimeter.

Bob Martin SailGP

Photo: Bob Martin/SailGP

Bring Your Own Boat

Watch the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Sail Grand Prix from your own boat, by getting the SailGP VIP flag to get the best vantage spot right on the racecourse perimeter, in the heart of the action. Enjoy exclusive access on both days of racing and access to the live race commentary via VHF. Boats without a flag will be held at least 200m behind the flag-bearing boats.

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