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Abu Dhabi to host UIM showpiece

The Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), the global governing body of powerboating, has confirmed that its 2016 Class 1 World Championship will take place in Abu Dhabi.

The capital of the United Arab Emirates will stage the event from November 23-25. The announcement was made following a meeting between UIM president Raffaele Chiulli and Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, an advisor to the UAE Head of State and chairman of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club.

The UIM said the agreement marked an “important step forward” for the championship following the withdrawal earlier this year of its long-time promoter, H2O Racing.

“We are delighted that Abu Dhabi has become a key venue of our sports,” Chiulli said. “The UAE has demonstrated its support for the UIM through its long-term commitment as an extremely active national authority and an outstanding host of a number of powerboating championships.

“The agreement further strengthens our ties and lays the foundation for an even closer cooperation in the future.”

Sheikh Sultan added: “The UIM has my full support in its endeavour to take the powerboating sport to ever higher levels and I am very pleased for Abu Dhabi to play a leading role in the development of the sport.”