Faisal Al Ketbi (left), Abdul Monem Al Hashemi, Homaid Al Shimmari and Shamma Al Kalbani pose for a photo after the press conference.
Gulf today, Staff reporter
The United Arab Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) and Mubadala Investment Company on Thursday signed a landmark agreement that will allow the investment arm of the government of Abu Dhabi to sponsor the UAE national team and obtain the naming rights for the Jiu Jitsu Arena in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
The strategic partnership reinforces both parties’ commitment to supporting the country’s athletes, broadening sporting horizons and strengthening the country’s leadership position globally.
The agreement was signed in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday by Abdul Monem Al Hashemi, President of the United Arab Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Federation, President of the Asian Jiu-Jitsu Union and Senior Vice President of the International Jiu Federation. -Jitsu, and Homaid Al Shimmari, Deputy Group Managing Director and Chief Corporate & Human Capital Officer at Mubadala.
The sponsorship confirms Mubadala as the exclusive sponsor of the UAE National Jiu-Jitsu Team in all its divisions and lends its name to the Jiu-Jitsu Arena at Zayed Sports City. The deal aligns with Mubadala’s community initiatives to support Emirati talent and demonstrates the sovereign wealth fund’s eagerness to support the country’s national team, which has won numerous world championships in recent years.
Speaking at a press conference announcing the partnership, Hashemi thanked His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, for his unwavering support for athletics and sport.
“The UAEJJF is always keen to work with key national institutions to develop the sport in the UAE,” Hashemi said.
“The Mubadala Investment Company is seen as a role model for all national institutions when it comes to empowering the country’s youth and encouraging our talented athletes to continue to shine. We look forward to strengthening the relationship. Mubadala already plays an important role in supporting the sports movement through its various community programs and together we hope to support each other to achieve our goals of positioning the country as a world leader in sport and empowering our champions – and future champions – to excel on the world stage.
Shimmari said, “Seeing the local youth achieve incredible milestones in sport is a great source of national pride for Mubadala. Through our strategic partnership with the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, we sponsor the UAE Jiu-Jitsu National Teams and the Jiu Jitsu Arena. “We continue to build our commitment to sport in communities, which creates lasting impact. Health and well-being are a priority, and we are proud to offer athletes the opportunity to excel at local, regional and international levels.
The announcement comes at a good time, as the national team prepares to participate in several international tournaments, including the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Abu Dhabi at the end of this month, the Asian Championship in Thailand in February and eight other world tournaments. championships in the next 12 months.
UAE’s top jiu-jitsu athlete, Faisal Al Ketbi, hailed Mubadala for his intervention to strengthen the UAE national jiu-jitsu team.
“My fellow team members and I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and its partners, especially the team’s exclusive sponsor, Mubadala Investment Company,” said said Ketbi after the announcement.
“We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support and we are deeply moved. We promise to do everything in our power to deliver our best work and make you all proud. We will continue our successful journey with the World Championships of Jiujitsu.
The United Arab Emirates National Jiu-Jitsu Team has seen great success lately, winning the Asian Championship, World Championship and 2022 World Games in Birmingham, USA.
Promising star Shamma Al Kalbani said: “I wanted to thank all the officials, sponsors and partners of the UAEJJF on behalf of the women’s national team for all they do to ensure that we have access to the resources that will help us prepare for world-class competitions.
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