Exclusive First-Look Images of Competition Pool
To mark the 50-day countdown, today the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and FINA exclusively revealed first-look images of the main competition pool for this year’s FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), which is set to take place at the Etihad Arena on December 16-21.
With the countdown to the event well and truly on, the initial images of the pool add to the immense sense of excitement and anticipation ahead of the competition, which will see the world’s best short-course swimmers from across the globe descend on Abu Dhabi in December for what promises to be an exhilarating display of talent.
In the lead-up to the event, two separate pools will be installed at Yas Island’s Etihad Arena by world-renowned pool design specialists, Myrtha Pools. The installation will transform the MENA region’s largest state-of-the-art indoor entertainment establishment, into a purpose-built swimming venue.
The competition pool (25m x 26m) is where the race action will take place, while athletes will also be granted access to a warm-up pool (25m x 20m), both of which will have a depth of two metres and will be filled and heated with water from the Etihad Arena system.
The pools will be flown into the UAE from Italy in containers and built from the arena floor up, with the work scheduled to run from November 29 until December 12.
Taking place from Thursday 16 - Tuesday 21 December 2021, the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) will showcase the very best in aquatic sporting talent, providing both local and international fans with the opportunity to watch top-quality competitive swimming action in the heart of Abu Dhabi. The FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) will feature men’s and women’s events in all four strokes – freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly – along with the individual medley and relays.
Alongside the swimming inside Etihad Arena, an Aquatics Festival will also be hosted in Yas Bay showcasing high diving and open water swimming disciplines, as well as a Market Street interactive village providing entertainment for the whole family.
“Etihad Arena is the perfect location for the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) – not only because of the elite-level facilities that athletes and spectators will enjoy, but also because of its location on Yas Bay and Yas Island.” Said HE Aref Alawani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, host of the event.
“We’re excited to watch the arena transform into an aquatics haven for the event. And of course, it is not only inside the Arena that our operations are focused - a 27m high dive tower will be built into the water of Yas Bay, adjacent to Etihad Arena, along with three spring diving boards. The results will be spectacular!”
Tickets for the upcoming championships are now on sale and spectators are urged to buy as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available from just AED 10, as well as family packages from AED 35.