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Mubadala announces sponsorship of the FIFA Club World Cup and UAE national football teams

Mubadala will support UAE Football and the development of the nation’s youth

16 September 2009

Mubadala will support UAE Football and the development of the nation’s youth

Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) today announced two significant new sponsorships in football. Mubadala is now the Official National Supporter of the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2009 and 2010, and Official National Sponsor of all UAE Football Association’s (UAEFA) national teams.

In line with Mubadala’s mission to facilitate the growth and development of Abu Dhabi’s community and economy, Mubadala’s investment in football will extend beyond its sponsorships to deliver long-term tangible benefits for the sport and the wider UAE community. This includes the development of world-class stadium facilities, the support of youth development programs to help shape the nation‘s future leaders and facilitating widespread involvement in football.

FIFA Club World Cup UAE

Mubadala’s sponsorship of the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2009 and 2010 reflects its commitment to working alongside world-class organizations to create long-term opportunities for Abu Dhabi and the UAE. Mubadala will work with the Local Organizing Committee of the FIFA Club World Cup to undertake a series of community-focused activities, ensuring widespread involvement in the event.

Mubadala’s refurbishment of the Zayed Stadium will deliver world-class facilities for international teams and media at the FIFA Club World Cup and a lasting legacy for the UAE.


As the official sponsor of the UAEFA’s national teams and youth development program, Mubadala will work closely with the UAEFA to increase participation in football across the country. Through football, younger generations will learn important team and leadership skills essential for professional and personal development.

In line with Mubadala’s investment philosophy, the company will work alongside the UAEFA to share knowledge and insights that will benefit the long-term operations of both organizations. Mubadala will support the development of UAEFA business operations and the UAEFA will bring leading sports experience to the business world via a series of ‘learn from the experts’ sessions covering a range of topics including team building and motivation.

“Mubadala is proud to support football in the UAE,” said His Excellency Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Mubadala. “We are committed to playing an active role in facilitating the growth of the sport across the nation, from developing essential infrastructure and facilities through to supporting the UAEFA in its ambitions to create a talent pool for years to come”.

“Our goal is to inspire young people – our nation’s future leaders – to participate and learn the important life and leadership skills associated with playing sport. We hope to encourage many young people to participate in football over the coming months, to realize first-hand the countless opportunities awaiting them,” added Al Mubarak.

“We are very pleased to have Mubadala’s support and commitment to football and youth development in the UAE,” said His Excellency Mohammed Khalfan Al-Rumaithi, President of the UAE Football Association and Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee of the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2009 & 2010. “Football is the nation’s most loved sport – but we need to engage the youth and shape their skills early to ensure we have the talent to compete with the world’s best in the future”.

“Grass-roots programs coupled with major international events such as the FIFA Club World Cup gives football in the UAE an essential boost,” added His Excellency Al-Rumaithi. “The tournament will be an unmissable event bringing the best Clubs and players from around the world to the UAE. It’s also an opportunity to showcase our world-class facilities and infrastructure, and above all our famed hospitality.”

Mubadala’s sponsorship of the FIFA Club World Cup encompasses both the 2009 and 2010 tournament. Its sponsorship of the UAEFA national teams will run for four years.

About Mubadala Development Company:

Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) is a public joint stock company headquartered in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. Its focus is on developing and managing an extensive and economically diverse portfolio of commercial initiatives. It does this either independently or in partnership with leading international organizations. Mubadala’s commercial strategy is fundamentally built on long-term capital-intensive investments that deliver strong financial returns.

The company manages a multi-billion-dollar portfolio of local, regional and international investments, projects and initiatives. Through its investment and development projects, Mubadala is both a catalyst for, and a reflection of, the drive for economic diversification of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Its impact is evident domestically and internationally in sectors such as energy, aerospace, real estate, healthcare, technology, infrastructure and services.

Mubadala’s sole shareholder is the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. For more information about Mubadala, its partnerships and activities please visit

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