Abu Dhabi Stages Successful First Directors’ Club

November 11, 2014

The successful inaugural Abu Dhabi iSportconnect Directors’ Club, in partnership with INTERACT took place at the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi yesterday and saw over 70 key stakeholders gather to discuss their challenges in the sports industry in the region.

The event was supported by Abu Dhabi Sports Council. Organisations who attended the event included Al Qattara Investment, Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, ADIB, Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management, Yas Marina Circuit, Arabian Gulf League, Abu Dhabi Cricket Club, Yas Links, Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club.


The Directors’ Club started with an opening speech from H.E. Aref Al Awani, Secretary General of Abu Dhabi Sports Council which was followed by a keynote with Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of the Yas Marina Circuit and Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management – the hosts of the finale race of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in just two weeks’ time.


The panel included Brian Lott, Executive Director, Group Communications of Mubadala, Dr Sven Rohte, Chief Commercial Officer of National Health Insurance Company, Daman, and John Craig, Head of Sailing World Cup at ISAF.

The debate saw very open discussions and a lot of interaction from the audience on local participation, grassroots, health and corporate wellness and how to ensure a cohesive strategy is in place to improve these areas.

A lot of discussion took place on grassroots sport with many of the participants keen to ensure the industry comes together collectively to imbed sport into the culture of the city.

More pictures below:



Pre-event networking


Directors’ Club introduction by Sally Corander, Managing Director at INTERACT, Business Event Specialists


Delegates at the Directors’ Club Abu Dhabi


Post-event networking at the Yas Viceroy, Abu Dhabi


Delegates and speakers including Aref Al Awani & Al Tareq Al Ameri

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