Zayed Sports Tournament welcomes 2750 national and international athletes to celebrate The Year of Tolerance

The Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel hosts the 23rd annual Ramadan Tournament

17 April 2019, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, the Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel is organizing the annual Ramadan Tournament for the twenty-third consecutive year. Scheduled for the first week of Ramadan, the tournament will last for 21 days, with the participation of 68 local and international teams competing in various sports competitions.

Commenting on the event, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Zayed Sports Tournament, Lt. Gen. Mohammed Hilal Al Kaabi (also Chairman of the Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel) said: “We are proud to organize and host the Zayed Sports Tournament at the Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel for the twenty-third year. This coincides with the “Year of Tolerance” announced by the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as an extension of the Year of Goodwill and a demonstration of his firm humanist approach which he has instilled in the UAE society to reap the fruits of its finest manifestations. “

“The Zayed Sport tournament, organized by the club, is one of the leading sporting events in the country. Over the years, we have been hosting about 37,370 athletes and have witnessed a crowd of 60,750 people.”


This unique event, which has witnessed great success in previous editions, combines many cultures and nationalities without discrimination in color, religion and race; in accordance with the immortal legacy of the late founding leader, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. “The culture of tolerance, which is the strong foundation of the UAE’s long-standing human heritage, encourages work and living in accordance with the highest humanitarian principles that constitute a sustainable and solid foundation for a society that enjoys happiness, love, brotherhood and harmony among all,” said Mr Al Kaabi.

It is worth mentioning that, since last year, all the events and competitions of the Tournament have been dedicated in the honor of the founding leader of the United Arab Emirates; to enhance the rich heritage, which he has left to benefit all future generations. Sport is one of the most prominent areas that reflect the civilized image of UAE tolerance. Sheikh Zayed was a great sportsman and his strategies and contributions clearly contributed to the comprehensive and sustainable development in the sport spectrum of the country.

“We are honored to host the Zayed Sports Tournament on the ground of tolerance, fraternity and happiness,” said Shaikha Al Kaabi, Chief Executive Officer of the Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel. “We are proud to be able to bring this large crowd of fans and teams together in a spirit of fraternal sportsmanship during the blessed month of Ramadan.”

“In 2019, the tournament will see a variety of competitions involving 16 different sports, including basketball, football, Shooting, swimming, judo, jujitsu, muay thai, chess and volleyball, as well as gymnastics, handball, karting, archery, ice hockey, Duathlon and table tennis that has been added this year,” she added.

The registration for teams and individuals is open on the website: