July 9, 2009

Class 1 - Abu Dhabi New 2009 Venue

The Class 1 World Powerboat Championship has added a new jewel to its crown and a second new venue for 2009, announcing that the United Arab Emirates Capital, Abu Dhabi, will host its first Class 1 Grand Prix in November. IOTA (International Offshore Team Association) confirmed that Abu Dhabi will host the penultimate round of the 2009 Class 1 World Powerboat Championship, 19-21 November, after reaching an agreement with the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC). Saeed Hareb, president of the World Professional Powerboating Association (WPPA) was instrumental in laying the foundations for this prestigious agreement, brokered by His Royal Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, chairman of the board of directors of the ADIMSC, on 27 June at a meeting with His Excellency Sheikh Hassan Bin Jabor Al-Thani, president of the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF) and president of IOTA - the organiser of the UIM WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Championship. The agreement, which sees the country's Capital and largest of the seven Emirates joining its Middle East neighbours, Dubai and Doha, Qatar on the Class 1 calendar, was finalised between the assistant general manager of the ADIMSC, Salem Rashed Al Romaithi, IOTA general secretary, Marco Sala, IOTA operations director, Pasquale Sesana, WPPA general secretary, Sid Bensalah and WPPA race director, Rory Power.

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