Spread on a wide surface of 1,600,000sqm in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s new 2030 city plan at Khalifa City, the newly opened Al Forsan International Sports Resort is the first of its kind in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East. The Resort is set to become the countries and the region’s preferred destination for world class sports and leisure without equal competitor.
On this new and unique project, Atef Nagib, the Resort’s Managing Director explains: “When we were building Al Forsan, our aim was to cater for Abu Dhabi, the region and the world. This is not a slogan, it is our vision. We have worked towards supporting this vision by offering world class facilities of international standards capable of hosting international events. We aspire to become an internationally recognized and top rated world class sports and leisure destination for local sports talents and sports professionals alike, as well as individuals, families and companies.” He adds on saying: “By consistently providing quality service and state of the art facilities, we are establishing the Resort as a major hub for local and regional events, setting new standards and contributing significantly to the economic growth of the emirate of Abu Dhabi.”
The Resort is built to nurture local sporting talents and help establish Abu Dhabi as a top international sports destination. It is also created to provide a unique facility for hosting corporate and team building events enriching the social and leisure life of Abu Dhabi and the rest of the UAE; by providing a healthy, competitive and relaxing environment for families and friends with fun and entertainment for all ages. It is also worth saying that another factor behind Al Forsan International Sports Resort’s development is helping increase the emirate GDP by establishing a new and major attraction.
Al Forsan features five world class sports for novices to professional and includes a comprehensive Shooting area, Water Sports area featuring the first cable ski lakes in the Middle East, Equestrian Centre, Motor Sports and themed indoor air conditioned Paintball fields. Each one of these sports is built to international standards and offer outstanding facilities and services. The Resort also offers a full size football pitch, tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts.
The Equestrian centre offers outdoor and air conditioned indoor arenas for training and lessons, a fully floodlit polo field that is ideal for international or local polo matches, large events and gatherings, world class stable facilities that meet international standards, show jumping courses, private horse riding tuition, full livery services and indoor air conditioned stables for up to 167 horses.
For high-speed thrills, the Motor Sports Centre is a perfect day out. The 1.2 km CIK approved professional circuit offers a challenging and exhilarating experience for beginners and advanced drivers. It was designed and homologated by the CIK (Commission Internationale De Karting), which is the international FIA approved body for kart racing. Al Forsan is an ideal venue for endurance and grand prix racing, off-road karting and kids karting.
The centre has a karting circuit, including a Supermoto section that meets FIM regulations, three globally-recognized types of kart that can reach speeds of between 30 mph and 70 mph, and a monitored circuit with cameras to catch all the action. It is an ideal activity for corporate and team-building events, and birthday parties. Other facilities and services include twin-seat and 270cc karts, beginner and advanced tuition, briefing rooms, a service support centre with full-sized paddock, and kids karting track. Buggy riding across an off-road circuit is also available.
For more aqua-based fun, the Water Sports Centre is an ideal stop-off. It is home to the region’s first Cable Park (an over-head cable system built around the banks of a freshwater lake that pulls wake boarders and water-skiers along at speeds of 29-38 kph). There are two man-made lakes (one each for beginners and more experienced riders respectively) for visitors to indulge in their favorite water sports. The centre also has a pro shop to rent and buy equipment, tutors and safety equipment.
Back on dry land, the Paintball fields are perfect for letting off steam. There are three indoor, air-conditioned domes for players to roam around during paintball shoot-outs with rival gunners. Each arena has a different theme including the Wild West and World War II Pacific Island Zone. The centre also has an international standard, fully floodlit tournament field for the best paintballers in town.
Over at the Shooting facilities, visitors will find a facility that caters to both novices that have never fired a gun before to expert, Olympic-standard shooters. The centre is the first in the Gulf to offer Olympic discipline and sporting clays combined with handgun and rifle ranges. Coaching for all skill levels and a host of facilities suited to international shooting competitions are also available. In total, the centre has 18 sporting clay ranges with four different traps and additional four air-conditioned clay ranges based in luxurious pavilions with verandas; Olympic / Double trap fields with electronic voice release and world-class La Porte traps; and indoor laser simulators for family fun. There are also 10 archery lanes ranging from 5 to 60 meters in distance.
Additionally, culinary connoisseurs are invited to enjoy a rich range of dining options at the Resort with five specialty restaurants and lounges. They include international specialties at The Café and The Terrace, Asian choices at Asian Zenses, gourmet and grills at The Lodge and casual and relaxed options at Wave located in the Water Sports area.
The Resort also offers a comprehensive conference centre and unique outdoor function spaces and caters to meetings, conferences, incentives, team building, gala dinners and corporate gatherings with a number of meeting spaces equipped with high tech audio visual facilities. The Resort can accommodate small to large events offering a range of venues and providing high service standards.
Al Forsan International Sports Resort is an ideal venue for people of all ages and for international sporting events, special family occasions or large group events. Enjoy a short visit to one of the sporting options or an unforgettable day out with family or friends. Al Forsan provides a winning combination of unique activities and unparalleled service.