FINA: Etihad Arena is the best place to host the World Swimming Championships in its history

The building can accommodate 18,000 spectators and host many types of events, including large-scale international concerts, sporting events, corporate gatherings, private receptions and local community celebrations.

Using the latest technology from FINA partner Myrtha Pools, the arena has been transformed into a world-class swimming facility for the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m). Besides the competition pool, a warm-up pool has also been installed next to the main stage, and all athletes representing 183 countries can enjoy the utmost comfort in the team areas, while media requests are also fully satisfied.

The athletes at the opening press conference have already praised the venue, both Italian Olympic champion Gregorio Paltrinieri and American sprint star, Olympic relay swimming champion Abbey Weitzeil agreed that the place was extraordinary. “It’s going to be really exciting to swim in a world class facility,said Paltrinieri, who holds the short course world record in the 1,500 freestyle.

Compared to venues from previous editions, the Etihad Arena stands out, although all venues used over the past decades have offered something special and the racing environment is of the highest standard. However, the dimensions, the space, the level of services are all superior to what has been seen in the past.

Although not a competition, the first gold medal can already go to the Arena and the organizers as they have also created a unique combination of venues for the already underway aquatic festival.

Competitors from other disciplines, open water swimmers, snorkelers and high performance divers can also use the Arena facilities for their preparations before heading to the riparian venues for their respective sports. With the accommodations located just a stone’s throw away, these are perhaps the most athlete-friendly championships FINA has ever hosted – and in the end, that’s what matters.


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About the Abu Dhabi Sports Council

The Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) was established in 2006 by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates.

ADSC aligns with the emirate’s leadership vision to develop sports and youth activities. The Council promotes an effective Emirate-wide sports calendar that stimulates the desire to participate in quality sports among all residents of Abu Dhabi and helps talented and motivated individuals to reach their sporting potential.

The Sports Council supports the organization and hosting of many international sporting events in Abu Dhabi.

These include HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, UAE Circuit, WTA Abu Dhabi International Women’s Tennis Championship, World Triathlon Championship, Sports Leaders Summit, World Championship Abu Dhabi Professional Jiu-Jitsu and IJF Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Judo.

The Abu Dhabi Etihad Airways Formula 1 Grand Prix, ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon, Spartan World Championship, Swimming World Championships, Mubadala World Tennis Championships and many other international events strengthen the Abu Dhabi’s reputation and position as a global sporting destination.

The ADSC believes that global and community sporting events provide many positive opportunities, including the encouragement of all segments and groups of society to participate in sporting activities.

Make the practice of sport a daily way of life, representing its positive impact on public health.

ADSC strongly believes that sporting events provide many benefits for the emirate and its people.

These include improving health and wellness, strengthening community spirit, uncovering local talent, and enhancing the emirate’s reputation as a world-class sporting destination.


The International Swimming Federation (FINA), founded in 1908, is the governing body for aquatic sports around the world. FINA’s five disciplines – swimming, open water swimming, diving, water polo and artistic swimming – are all included in the Olympic program. High performance diving made its first appearance in FINA events at the 2013 FINA World Championships. FINA has 209 Member National Federations on five continents and is headquartered in Lausanne (SUI).

FINA has partnered with global brands over the years, which builds value around the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m). A magnificent event spread over more than 200 territories around the world, welcoming the participation of approximately 950 athletes from more than 175 countries, participating in 46 events over a 6-day format. This world-class competition is complemented by the FINA World Aquatic Convention which brings together the aquatic community in a unique B2B experience.


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