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Welcome to the Sport Industry Forum

4-5 October 2023

WB Abu Dhabi By Hilton on Yas Island

The Sport Industry Forum is a one-of-a-kind sport business forum with content relevant to the region. The Forum is strongly supported by government and attendees are decision-makers.

This year’s Sport Industry Forum takes place on 4-5 October 2023 at The WB Abu Dhabi by Hilton on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

Join us this October to discover Abu Dhabi’s, the UAE’s and other Gulf countries’ latest priorities in sport and physical activity. Benefit from meeting and networking with over 200 directors working in sport business.

Government, brands, federations, clubs, rights holders, event organisers and venues come together to discuss the challenges we face in our industry, and what we can do collectively to improve the sports sector.

The Sport Industry Forum is officially supported by the Department of Community Development and Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi.

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2023 speakers

Discover who is taking the stage this year to share valuable business insights.

Executive Director, Sports Development Sector, General Authority of Sports

Executive Director – Student Wellbeing Sector, Emirates Schools Establishment

Executive Director Community Health Sector, Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre

CEO, Saudi Sports for All Federation

CEO, Dallas Mavericks

CEO, Minnesota Timberwolves

Welcome to Abu Dhabi

With its world-class sporting facilities, cutting-edge infrastructure, and thriving sports community, Abu Dhabi provides the perfect backdrop for industry leaders to come together, exchange ideas, and shape the future of the sports industry.
Find information about the agenda here.

The Agenda .

The highly anticipated 2023 Sport Industry Forum event 2023 features a power-packed two-day agenda, designed to inspire, educate and connect professionals from across the Gulf sports industry.
09.00 – 15.30


Sessions to include:

Government Interviews: When Sport, Health and Education Come Together

Listen to senior Government leaders on how each entity will work together, why sport and physical activity matters so much and the latest opportunities for your company to get involved.

Top Priorities for Sport in Abu Dhabi & An Update on AD360

An update after last year’s launch of Abu Dhabi Sports Council’s app – AD360, how the app advances health, well-being and nutrition and what’s next for AD360.


Student health and well-being has taken a hit following the pandemic – hear how focus on physical activity and greater student engagement forms a major part of well-being for the future.

09.00 – 15.30


Sessions to include:

Exclusive Keynote: Technology and the Rise of AI

How will AI continue to change the sports industry?
Top ways to harness AI for your sports business

Engaging the Next Generation: Do We Really Know What Young People Want? 

Understanding evolving preferences and interests of the next generation
Exploring the role of technology in shaping youth expectations
Youth tournaments and initiatives -challenges and successes
Capturing youth insights – what data is really available in the region?
Young people share their perspectives on what they want, their sporting experiences and what they need.

Delegate pricing .

Government, federations, clubs & brands

AED Free
  • 2 days of inspiring content
  • Learn from international, regional and local sport leaders
  • Meet clients and new partners
  • Networking/meetings opportunity
  • Media interview opportunity
  • Promotion
  • Refreshments and Lunch

Rights holders and agencies

AED 3000
  • 2 days of inspiring content
  • Access to international, regional and local speakers
  • Meet clients and new partners
  • Networking
  • Promotion
  • Refreshments and Lunch

Vendors and suppliers

AED 3800
  • 2 days of inspiring content
  • Access to international, regional and local speakers
  • Meet clients and new partners
  • Networking
  • Promotion
  • Refreshments and Lunch

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    Our Partners .

    Discover the partners who have joined forces with The Sport Industry Forum to foster an interactive and exclusive event.

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    The Forum exceeds expectations and Abu Dhabi Sports Council is glad to support it. It is important for the industry to gather together to talk about the opportunities in sport.

    H.E. Aref Al Awani Secretary General, Abu Dhabi Sports Council

    A wonderful chance to discover from business leaders what they are doing in their respective sports and to learn from their experiences.

    Waleed Al Hosani CEO, UAE Pro League

    The ‘must-attend’ meeting for sport business professionals in the UAE. The one date in the calendar that can not be missed.

    Dr. Sven Rohte Former Chief Commercial Officer, Daman – National Insurance Company