Match Race marking UAE National Sports Day sparks three days of spectacular action at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club


Abu Dhabi, 24 November, 2015:  Abu Dhabi’s big motor sport week is being given an extra dimension by a three-day super show on water starting tomorrow when the 2015 UIM XCAT World Series marks UAE National Sports Day in spectacular fashion.

The extreme catamarans contesting Friday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, final round of this thrilling championship, all line up for the Abu Dhabi Match Race which roars to life at 3.30pm over a 1km course between the Corniche and Breakwater.

Bringing the excitement of offshore powerboat racing closer to the public than ever before, this dramatic head-to-head drag race style knockout contest is helping to grow the XCAT World Series into a major attraction for motor sport fans worldwide.

While it will have no bearing on this year’s world title race – to be decided by Friday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - it will give spectators a close up view of how XCAT racing matches the power and thrills of Formula One.

Etihad Airways, sponsors of Sunday’s F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, also support Team Abu Dhabi as official carrier for all their worldwide powerboat activities, none of which generate more excitement or exposure than the XCAT World series.

One of the most challenging and extreme powerboat series in the world has reached the UAE capital with just a single point separating XDubai and Team Abu Dhabi crews now facing a tense championship showdown.

“This is a spectacular motor sport series on the water, with the boats reaching speeds of up to 120mph,” said Salem Al Rumaithi, Assistant Director General of Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, hosts of the season’s final grand prix event.

“Working with the UIM and the World Professional Powerboating Association, we’ve created a great stage here in Abu Dhabi to show the public just how competitive and compelling XCAT racing has become.

“We’re staging the Abu Dhabi Match Race as an additional event to mark UAE National Sports Day, and spectators can look forward to some fantastic, high speed action.”

A second drag race knockout event, the Dubai Duty Free Speed Cat Run, sets off at 3.30pm on Thursday, and this time bonus points contributing to the championship standings will be at stake.

Adding to the appeal for spectators will be the water shows starting at 2.45pm on Thursday and Friday, with skilled performers doing acrobatic tricks on flyboards propelled by a jet skis.

The pole position race getting under way at 11am on Thursday will determine the starting positions for Friday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix starting at 3.30pm.

This will be a spectacle in its own right, as 15 multi-hull XCAT boats made of advanced carbon technology extracting the maximum from their two 600hp outboard engines of up to 5,000cc. 

Incredibly, Rashid Al-Tayer and Faleh Al-Mansoori, who are trying to land a second world powerboat title for Team Abu Dhabi this month, go into their home event just one point adrift of the defending champions, XDubai’s Arif Saif Al-Zafeen and Nadir bin Hendi.

Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club is laying on a big welcome for spectators, who will be able to watch the racing from a grandstand and giant screen, with traditional tents offering henna, a Kids Zone for face painting, hospitality areas and raffle prizes.




1.         Staged to mark UAE National Sports Day, the Abu Dhabi Match Race brings the thrills of XCAT racing closer to the public than ever before.

2.         Water shows on Thursday and Friday will see skilled performers doing acrobatic tricks