Active Hub Press Conference

With the aim of encouraging all segments of society to exercise:

Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Emirates School Establishment and Palms Sports launch “Active Hub”


Abu Dhabi, Monday 8 February 2022


The Abu Dhabi Sports Council, in cooperation with the Emirates Schools Establishment and Palms Sports launched the “Active Hub” program which aims to provide public access to the sports facilities available in 20 schools across the Emirate of Abu Dhab. The facilities will be accessible after official working hours for male and female students, their families, and all members of the society.

The “Active Hub” program was announced today during a press conference held at the headquarters of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, in the presence of His Excellency Talal Al Hashemi, Executive Director of the Sports Development Sector at the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, His Excellency Mohammed Hilal Al Balushi, Executive Director of the Strategic Affairs Office at the Department of Community Development, and Mr. Nasser Khamis Al Marri, Director of the Educational Institutions’ Sports Department at the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Eng. Khaled Al Ansari from the Emirates Schools Establishment, and Mr. Fouad Darwish, CEO of Palms Sports.

The program will launch next Monday, February 14th. It aims to raise and enhance the level of adoption of sports in the community, encourage the daily practice of sports, and emphasize its role in improving physical fitness and wellbeing.

Nasser Khamis Al Marri, Director of the Educational Institution’s Sports Department at the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, stressed the importance and status of the Active Hub program and its anticipated role in spreading the culture of active lifestyle across all segments of society, indicating that it is important to benefit from the sports infrastructure in the schools participating in the program. Active Hub, he added, provides a safe and accessible environment for exercising in the various areas of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra while following and taking into account the precautionary and preventive measures to limit the spread of the Covid 19 virus

Mr. Al Marri stated: “The Active Hub program reflects our constant interest in motivating all segments of society to practice sports, and translates the plans and vision of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi into building a healthy and active community, which supports the quality of life index in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.”

Mr. Al-Marri concluded, “we are pleased to cooperate with the Emirates Schools Establishment and Palms Sports, in organizing this initiative, wishing all participants to benefit from it.”

For his part, Eng. Khaled Al-Ansari, representative of the Emirates Schools Establishment, stressed the importance of the “Active Hub” program, which will be launched next week, pointing out that schools are ready to receive all segments of society as of the 14th of February, and that the program covers – geographically – most residential regions of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Eng. Al-Ansari said: “The Active Hub program will encourage more cohesion in our community as it will bring together the family, as well as those living in the same neighborhood, in an environment full of vitality, activity and dynamism.

For his part, Mr. Fouad Darwish, CEO of Palms Sports, expressed his excitement for partnering with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the Emirates Schools Establishment to realize the vision and aspirations for the “Active Hub” program. He hoped it will raise the community’s appetite for regular exercise and engagement in all forms of physical activity.

Mr. Darwish said: “The schools participating in the Active Hub program have many distinguished sports facilities that enable all members of society to practice sports safely and effectively. This places Abu Dhabi among the leading countries in terms of quality of life which is a direct translation of the vision of the UAE’s Leadership and their constant endeavors to elevate the standard of living in the country.”

In the city of Abu Dhabi, 10 schools are included in the Active Hub program: Al Qimma – Al Rowad – Al Bawadi – Khalifa A – Abu Dhabi High School – Al Shawamekh – Al Ghazali – Umm Al Arab – Yas – Al Bahia Complex. The schools in Al Ain area include : Al Jahili – Al Tamouh – Ahmed bin Zayed – Al Khair – Al-Ma’ali, and in the Al-Dhafra region: Al-Dhafra – Al-Siddiq – Allegiance of Radwan – Al-Nokhba – Al-Sila’. The sports facilities will be accessible on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays of every week from 16:00 in the evening until 20:00, two days for males and two days for females.


The Abu Dhabi Sports Council works with a specialized team from Palms Sports Company which brings together sports experts and professionals to develop scheduling sports sessions that focus on the elements of enjoyment, participation, and challenge.

Sports training activities include football – volleyball – basketball – fitness classes – aerobics – athletics – swimming – water games – jiu-jitsu… and other sports.

Registration for the program will be available for all segments of society, starting next week, via the online link:



About the Abu Dhabi Sports Council

The Abu Dhabi Sports Council was established by Resolution No. 16 of 2006 issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

The establishment of the Council comes in line with the vision of the wise Leadership to develop the sports sector and youth activities through the development of sports clubs and institutions in the emirate by providing an integrated sports environment, and working to motivate and support talented athletes to achieve their aspirations.

The Abu Dhabi Sports Council supports the organization and hosting of many international sporting events in Abu Dhabi, including: the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, the Emirates Tour, the Abu Dhabi International Professional Tennis Championship, the World Triathlon Championship, the World Sports Leaders Summit, the World Cup for Professional Jiu-Jitsu, the Grand Slam Judo Championship, the World Championships The UFC World, the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Grand Prix, the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon, the Spartan World Championship, the World Swimming Championships, the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, and other important events that cement the reputation and position of Abu Dhabi as a global destination for sports.

The Abu Dhabi Sports Council believes that global and community sporting events provide.


About the Emirates Foundation for School Education

Emirates Schools Establishment was established based on Federal Decree Law No. 15 of 2016 issued by the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, May Allah protect him, to contribute and partake as an integral part of the efforts made to develop the public education sector in the UAE, in line with the country’s vision and it’s centennial that was based on the quality of the educational output to sustain the development process by joining and uniting efforts and visions to offer quality education to the students in public schools.

The ESE aims to develop strategies, educating and learning plans, as well as the student welfare programs, promote and enhance the competence of the Federal State Education sector, operate, manage and establish schools and kindergartens, and encourage educational studies and research for developing learning.



Established in 2011, Palms Sports PJSC. is a UAE-based company that promotes niche sporting activities with specific focus on Jiu-Jitsu & Martial Arts to UAE Nationals. Palms Sports is one of the many leading companies in their fields under the world renowned International Holding Company (IHC) emphasizing the importance of sports in our daily-lives and we are determined to assist our community to integrate ‘sports’ & ‘leisure’ into the very fabric of day-to-day lifestyles. Palms Sports, along with its management and esteemed board of directors, is confident in the multifaceted benefits of promoting and encouraging UAE nationals and future generations to take part in regular sporting activities as it is directly related to improved physical, mental and health conditions, empowering UAE nationals to become stronger, fit and able to contribute more to our beloved United Arab Emirates.

The Palms Sports brand rose to the international scene only few months of being assigned as the new management of the world-famous MMA promotion UAE Warriors.