Abu Dhabi: The International Masters Games Association (IMGA) has announced that Abu Dhabi will host the Masters Games Series in 2026 for Asia, the Pacific, and the Middle East.
The event is to take place under the patronage of Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.
The first ever Masters Games in the Middle East shall be held from March 23 to April 1, 2026. Hosting the Games, which is the first of its kind in the Arab world, is expected to reaffirm Abu Dhabi’s global position in attracting leading events and the UAE’s commitment to advancing global sporting events.
Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, observed that “the upcoming event is more than just a global sporting event; it is a catalyst for improving the quality of life and providing an opportunity for various members of society to participate in competitions, alongside professional and amateur participants from different nations of the world.”
The President of IMGA and Olympic Champion Mr. Sergeii Bubka commented that “choosing Abu Dhabi as the host of the 2026 Open Masters Series is absolutely thrilling! With its amazing sports facilities and exciting attractions in close proximity, it’s the perfect destination for sports enthusiasts and tourists alike. Plus, the city’s rich cultural offerings, including museums, art galleries, and historic landmarks, provide an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re looking for entertainment options or a place to stay, Abu Dhabi has got it covered.”
The games consist of 30 sports and are open to all people of all abilities, aged 25 and above. The event seeks to encourage all Emiratis and expatriates to engage in sports, improve community members’ physical and mental health, bring athletes together from different generations, and develop sports facilities while highlighting the host nation’s intrinsic culture, heritage, and traditions.