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Event FAQ

Where is the 15th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) being held?

The venue for the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) is Etihad Arena. The largest of its kind in the UAE, this breath-taking multi-purpose arena sets new standards of excellence for sports and entertainment in the region, creating an intimate yet exhilarating environment for unforgettable experiences!

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When is 15th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) being held?

The FINA World Swimming Championship (25m) takes place over 5 action–packed days from 16 - 21 December 2021. View the full schedule here.

How can I watch the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)?

Stay tuned – tickets for the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) will go on sale soon. Fans will also be able to watch the Championship live [insert live watching information]

Is there parking at the venue?

Yes, there is ample parking at Etihad Arena for all fans and spectators.

What are the event opening days and times?
DATE VENUE OPENS MORNING SESSION EVENING SESSION VENUE CLOSES
Thurs 16 Dec 08.00 FROM 09.30 FROM 18.00 21.00
Fri 17 Dec 08.00 FROM 09.30 FROM 18.00 21.00
Sat 18 Dec 08.00 FROM 09.30 FROM 18.00 21.00
Sun 19 Dec 08.00 FROM 09.30 FROM 18.00 21.00
Mon 20 Dec 08.00 FROM 09.30 FROM 18.00 21.00
Tues 21 Dec 08.00 FROM 09.30 FROM 18.00 21.00

View the full event schedule here.

What events will be hosted at the 15th FINA World Swimming Championship (25m)?
Thurs 16 Dec 2021 Fri 17 Dec 2021 Sat 18 Dec 2021 Sun 19 Dec 2021 Mon 20 Dec 2021 Tues 21 Dec 2021
HEATS
400m freestyle M 4x 50m Medley W 100m Ind. Medley M 4x 50m Freestyle M 4x 50m Medley M 4x 50m Freestyle W
200m freestyle W 200m Freestyle M 50m Butterfly W 50m Backstroke W 200m Ind. Medley W 200m Backstroke M
200m butterfly M 100m Freestyle W 50m Backstroke M 50m Butterfly M 400m Ind. Medley M 200m Breaststroke W
50m breaststroke W 100m Butterfly M 100m Ind. Medley W 400m Freestyle W 100m Butterfly W 4x 100m Medley M
100m breaststroke W 200m Butterfly W 50m Freestyle M 100m Breaststroke W 100m Freestyle M 4x 100m Medley W
400m ind. medley W 4x 50m Freestyle Mixed 200m Backstroke W 4x 200m Freestyle M 50m Freestyle W  
100m breaststroke M  800m Freestyle W 200m Breaststroke M   50m Breaststroke M  
100m breaststroke W   4x 50m Medley Mixed   4x 200m Freestyle W  
200m ind. medley M       1500m Freestyle M  
4x 100m freestyle M          
4x 100m freestyle W          
SEMI-FINALS & FINALS
400m freestyle M 4x 50m Medley W 200m Breaststroke M 4x 50m Freestyle M 4x 50m Medley M 4x 50m Freestyle W
200m freestyle W 100m Backstroke M 100m Freestyle W 50m Butterfly W 200m Ind. Medley W 1500m Freestyle M
100m backstroke M (SF) 200m Butterfly W 100m Ind. Medley M (SF) 100m Ind. Medley M 100m Freestyle M (SF) 100m Freestyle M
50m breaststroke W (SF) 100m Breaststroke M 200m Backstroke W 100m Ind. Medley W 100m Butterfly W (SF) 200m Breaststroke W
200m butterfly M 50m Breaststroke W 50m Freestyle M (SF) 50m Butterfly M (SF) 50m Butterfly M 200m Backstroke M
400m ind. medley W 200m Freestyle M 50m Butterfly W (SF) 400m Freestyle W 50m Freestyle W (SF) 100m Butterfly W
100m breaststroke M (SF) 100m Freestyle W (SF) 100m Butterfly M 50m Freestyle M 50m Breaststroke M (SF) 50m Breaststroke M
100m backstroke W (SF) 100m Butterfly M (SF) 100m Ind. Medley W (SF) 50m Backstroke W (SF) 50m Backstroke W 50m Freestyle W
200m ind. medley M 100m Backstroke W 50m Backstroke M (SF) 50m Backstroke M 400m Ind. Medley M 4x 100m Medley M
4x 100m freestyle W 4x 50m Freestyle Mixed 800m Freestyle W 100m Breaststroke W (SF) 100m Breaststroke W 4x 100m Medley W
4x 100m freestyle M   4x 50m Medley Mixed 4x 200m Freestyle M 4x 200m Freestyle W  

Alongside the swimming action, the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) will feature an array of family-friendly entertainment including the Market Street, packed with family-friendly entertainment, cultural learning experiences and delicious food and beverage for all to enjoy.

Which swimmers will be racing?

The FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) is set to welcome the world’s best ‘short course’ swimmers to Etihad Arena from 16 - 21 December 2021.

Stay tuned! The athlete field will be announced in November 2021. 

How much do tickets costs?

Tickets start from AED 25. For more information on the ticket categories available, click here

Stay tuned – tickets for the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) will go on sale on 1 September 2021.

Are children permitted?

Yes! The FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) offers world-class entertainment for the whole family. Children under XXX years old enter for free.

Is the venue accessible for people of determination?

Yes, the venue is fully accessible for people of determination.

Is there food and beverage available at the venue?

Yes, there will be plentiful food and beverage options available at the venue. Please note that no outside food and beverage will be permitted in the venue.

Is there entertainment other than the swimming?

Absolutely! The Market Street, situated at the main venue plaza at Etihad Arena, will be jam-packed with children's entertainment and activities (including a soft play area and inflatable zone), cultural learning opportunities, food and beverage outlets, sponsor activations, public viewing areas, Instagram-able moments, as well as information booths. 

Is there ATM facilities available at the venue?

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Can I bring my own food and drink into the venue?

No outside food and beverage will be permitted in the venue. There will be plentiful food and beverage options available at the venue. 

Are pets allowed?

Pets, other than service dogs, are not permitted.

Destination FAQ

What is the time zone in Abu Dhabi?

The UAE is four hours ahead of UTC (Co-ordinated Universal Time - formerly known as GMT) and there is no daylight saving.

What weather can I expect in Abu Dhabi in December?

Abu Dhabi has a sub-tropical, arid climate. Sunny blue skies and high temperatures can be expected most of the year, and rainfall is rare. December has an average temperature of 21°C. Daytime averages reach a pleasant 26°C while the nights cool down to 15°C.

What is the electricity supply standard in Abu Dhabi?

Abu Dhabi’s electricity supply is 220/240 volts at 50 Hz. Square three-pin sockets are standard. It is advisable to bring a plug adapter with you, though most hotels can supply adapters for other kinds of plug and they can be bought locally.

Is Abu Dhabi accessible for people of determination?

Absolutely! The event official hotels all have wheelchair facilities.

Abu Dhabi International Airport is well equipped for physically challenged travellers. There is a special check-in gate with direct access from the car park, as well as dedicated lifts, and a meet and assist service.

Etihad Arena is fully accessible for people of determination.

Is Abu Dhabi a family-friendly destination?

Abu Dhabi has a very family-friendly environment. Baby changing rooms, play areas and kids facilities are commonplace in malls and hotels alike; most hotels have paid child care services. Kids’ menus, high chairs and play areas are common in most restaurants.

What is the religion in Abu Dhabi?

Islam is the official religion of the UAE, and is widely practised. The Islamic holy day is Friday. Muslims are required to pray (facing Makkah) five times a day. The times vary according to the position of the sun, when the modern day call to prayer is transmitted through loudspeakers on mosque minarets.

The UAE Constitution provides for freedom of religion in accordance with established customs. Abu Dhabi is tolerant of other religions with people being free to practice their religious beliefs, so long as they do not interfere with Islam. Non-Muslims can get an insight into Islam through complimentary guided tours of the spectacular Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - one of the world's largest. The tours run at different times during the week.

Is there a dresscode in Abu Dhabi?

Lightweight summer clothing is suitable for most of the year, but something slightly warmer may be needed in winter months.

Although the attitude towards dress is fairly liberal throughout the Emirates, a healthy amount of respect for local customs doesn't go amiss, especially when shopping or sightseeing.

What is the currency in Abu Dhabi?

The local currency is the UAE dirham (AED or Dhs) which is divided into 100 fils and is pegged against the US $ (US$ 1: AED 3.6725).

Most shops, hotels and restaurants in Abu Dhabi accept major credit and debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, etc.). Most ATMs across Abu Dhabi bear the Visa, MasterCard,

American Express Cirrus, Maestro or Plus logos, which means credit card owners can withdraw cash against their accounts from them. Hotels also provide foreign exchange services, and there are many foreign exchange bureaus across the city centre.

What are the Emergency Contacts telephone numbers in Abu Dhabi?

The emergency phone number for Abu Dhabi Police is 999 (police assistance, ambulance, fire brigade). Calls to this number are free of charge.

Abu Dhabi has been named the Middle East’s safest city in the 2011 Mercer Quality of Living Index. Abu Dhabi's virtually crime free environment and well organised emergency services will bring you peace of mind and a relaxing stay.

Do I need a visa to enter Abu Dhabi?

Citizens of over 50 selected countries can get a free-of-charge entry visa upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), including GCC citizens. Citizens of all other countries will need to apply for a Tourist, Transit or Visit Visa prior to their trip. Click here for more information.

Athletes and federations travelling to Abu Dhabi to compete in the FINA World Swimming Championship (25m) can apply for a Special Entry Permit. Please click here for more information.

 

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