Abu Dhabi - June 18, 2018: Under the gracious patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the General Women's Union, Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation, Chairwoman of Motherhood and Childhood Supreme Council, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, President of the Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Ladies Club, officially inaugurated the Abu Dhabi Ladies' Club on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the Club's headquarters.
Her Excellency Dr. Maitha Bint Salem Al Shamsi, Minister of State, delivered the ribbon-cutting ceremony on behalf of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza, in the presence of: Noura Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the General Women's Union; Dr. Rawda Al Saadi, Director General of Smart Systems and Services Authority; Maryam Al Rumaithi, Director General of the Family Development Foundation; Reem Abdullah Al Falasi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Motherhood and Childhood; Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri, the first Emirati fighter pilot and Members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the State as well as Board members of Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Acdemy(FBMA).
On the occasion, HH Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan said: 'The inauguration of such an important cultural destination is aimed at meeting the aspirations of UAE women, supporting their ambitions and facilitating their journey to play sports along with other activities and hobbies. The Club is not only limited to practicing sports, but also extends to include culture, arts, public health, entertainment and children activities.
'Since opening Al Ain Ladies Club a year ago, we continue moving forward with the opening of this new club, aiming to provide happiness and success for women in our society and to lead us towards excellence and creativity in line with our plans and programmes that emphasize the importance of sports as a healthy and ideal lifestyle, added Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Her Highness continued: 'We are proud to inaugurate such a grand project, which coincides with the Year of Zayed, our leader and the founding father, who believed in the essential role of women and empowered them to reach the highest degrees of excellence in various disciplines and become role models for leadership and success on a global level. The Year of Zayed represents great importance to the UAE people for its true meanings and solid and humanitarian values, which certainly contributed to the opening of this new landmark.
Her Highness then concluded by stressing that Emirati women are fortunate to have the support of the Mother of the Emirates, which contributes to enhancing their role in community in the UAE and abroad.
On her behalf, Raysa Al Ketbi, CEO of FBMA, said: 'Opening the Abu Dhabi Ladies' Club comes in line with Abu Dhabi's keenness to provide all support for women to excel in the community. It truly represents the generous support and attention paid by our wise leadership to develop women position in all walks of life. The club is an important addition to this scene and serves women through a variety of sports, social, recreational and cultural activities.
'The Abu Dhabi ladies' Club follows Al Ain Ladies' Club, which opened a year ago, and now welcomes women to practice their favorite hobbies, continued Raysa Al Ketbi. 'These projects underscore the achievements and the importance of women in our society. The Club also represents one of the most important urban projects and sports monuments by the ambitious Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the FBMA, to instill sports as lifestyle and an ideal tool to support social interaction within the community.
Abu Dhabi Ladies' Club is strategically located next to the Armed Forces Officers Club on Al Khaleej Al Arabi Road, and is designed and built in accordance with the highest international standards. The project consists of a main building with a main entrance overlooking the outdoor swimming pool with an area of 2000 square meters, a semi-Olympic swimming pool, a training pool, a multipurpose gym, a squash and a tennis court, a health club in proximity to a beauty center and an arts center. In addition, the building also houses management offices, a library and a children's sports area.
The Club also consists of a health and recreation spa, which provides the necessary facilities for exercise, social interaction and relaxation. The Club also offers a hydro-resort for women's physical and mental health and teaching young girls to swim.
Furthermore, the Club will contribute to achieving the objectives of the Abu Dhabi Government plan to support Emirati women and enhance their social and sporting presence. The Club's building span over an area of 17,000 square meters, while the total area of the site is around 270,000 square meters with an 800-meter waterfront.
Areas of sports facilities:
- Outdoor swimming pool 4,643 m2
Depth: 0.8 to 2.2 m
Total capacity around 3300 liters
- The indoor pool is 775 m²
Length: 25 m,
Width: 12 m,
Depth: 1.6 to 2.2 m
Total capacity of 540 liters
- Waterfront length: 800 meters
- Multipurpose gym 772 m2 • Tennis courts 1,599 m2
- Squash court 222 m2
- gym 476 m²
- Kids Club 450 m2 VIP
- lounge 341 m2
- Food Court 1,144 m2
- Library 218 m2
- Cafe 462 m2
- Spa 572 m2
- Salon 231 m2
- Arts Gallery 321 m2