Updated: Jul 25
AD Ports Group, the leading global enabler of logistics, industry and trade, has announced its title sponsorship of the highly anticipated Wingfoil Racing World Cup Championship.
The event, set to take place from March 15th to 19th, 2023, at Al Mughirah Beach, during the Al Dhafra Water Festival, will be the first race in the championship series. Hosted by AD Ports Group and the UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation, in collaboration with the International Wing Sports Association (ISWA), the World Cup Championship will be held in Abu Dhabi for the first time, marking a milestone moment in the Cup's history.
With numerous male and female athletes from various countries competing in the World Cup Series, Abu Dhabi will join the ranks of other international venues spanning continents from Australia, Asia and Europe to South America in showcasing the races of this exhilarating series.
Throughout 2023, a total of five World Cup rounds will take place around the globe, starting in the UAE, and continuing onto Italy, Switzerland, Italy once more, China, and ultimately Brazil. As part of the Cup competition, six races are scheduled per racing day, and medals will be awarded to the first four competitors per racing category.
Wingfoiling, predicted to become an increasingly popular sport, is a thrilling and dynamic activity combining elements from kitesurfing, windsurfing and surfing. Participants stand on a board and control a wing not connected to the board, relying on upwards force and sideways propulsion to move across the water.
H.E. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation and Chairman of the Emirates Kiteboarding Association, said: "I am delighted to see this exciting and dynamic event being held in Abu Dhabi, as it demonstrates our commitment to supporting and promoting the development of sustainable sports. I want to thank our partners at AD Ports Group, the International Wing Sports Association, the International Kiteboarding Association and the Emirates Kiteboarding Committee, whose collaborative efforts have helped make this year's Cup a reality.
As wingfoiling gains popularity worldwide, we are proud to be part of this global movement towards eco-friendly water sports. We look forward to welcoming athletes and spectators alike to experience the thrill of this sport in our beautiful city."
Commenting on the sponsorship, Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director and Group CEO of AD Ports Group, said: "We are excited to announce our title sponsorship of this rapidly growing, international water sport. As we continue to develop Abu Dhabi into a leading global maritime capital, this event is a fantastic opportunity to raise the Emirate's profile in front of an international audience and demonstrate our ability to host high-calibre events."
He continued, "AD Ports Group takes great pride in being the foremost guardian of our Emirate's waterways. We believe in offering unparalleled experiences that not only cater to the needs of our valued patrons in the commercial and recreational sectors but will also endure for generations to come."
The Al Dhafra Water Festival is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Al Dhafra Region, and celebrates the Emirate's maritime heritage through a range of activities, including dhow sailing races, beach sports, shows, concerts and a traditional market. With AD Ports Group Wingfoil Racing World Cup Abu Dhabi 2023 set to take centre stage, the festival will be an exciting and unforgettable experience for locals and visitors alike.
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