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Volvo Ocean Race ‘Destination Village’ development complete

  • Volvo Ocean Race Corniche Destination Village
With exactly 100 days to go before Abu Dhabi hosts the spectacular Volvo Ocean Race 2011/12 yachting fleet and its thousands of fans this New Year, construction infrastructure has been completed on the Abu Dhabi Corniche ‘Destination Village’ where a fortnight of activities will celebrate the hosting.
The result of more than 61,000 man hours, the site – as big as eight football pitches - will be the focal point for the UAE capital as it welcomes the procession of awe-inspiring racing yachts, sea hardened sailors and more than 100,000 fans for the third leg stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race – the ‘Everest of Sailing’. It will open free of charge to the public from December 31st 2011– 14th January 2012.
Adjacent to the Heritage Village, the Destination Village, which overlooks Abu Dhabi’s impressive city skyline, was cleared and flattened before a staggering 873,000 paving stones were laid over almost half its area. Seven permanent yacht pontoons have also been installed. Weighing 55 tonnes each, and covering a 560m² area off the breakwater, they will house the teams’ state-of-the-art Volvo Open 70 race yachts whilst in Abu Dhabi.
Installation took two-and-half weeks with a 500 tonne crane lifting the concrete structures into position, before they were individually fixed into place. The revolutionary design of the pontoons will give spectators up-close access to the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, further enhancing the entire experience. 
The unit is now a fixed working facility ready for the arrival of the Volvo Open 70s and is a key component of the site, which will serve a permanent sailing centre once the Volvo Ocean Race fleet sails out of the UAE capital in mid-January to Sanya, China.   

Tailored holiday packages for the emirate’s New Year hosting of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011/12 are currently developed, to cater to international travellers looking to take advantage of the UAE capital’s fully-packed January events and attraction portfolio. Full details will be released in the coming weeks.
The packages are being developed around key hosting milestones, including:
- Arrival of Volvo Ocean Race yachts: 31 Dec 2011 - 3 Jan 2012 (approx)
- Destination Village Opens: 31 Dec 2011 - 14 Jan 2012
- New Year Countdown Concert: 31 Dec 2011
- Pro-Am Race: 12 Jan 2012

- In-Port Race and Send-Off Concert: 13 Jan 2012
- Race Re-start: 14 Jan 2012

The Volvo Ocean Race 2011/12 begins in Alicante, Spain, in October 2011 and ends in Galway, Ireland in summer next year. It is a 39,000 nautical mile, nine-month round the world sailing race, taking in 10 destinations over nine grueling legs.

With teams vying for top honours, the race will cover some of the most treacherous and remote seas on the planet. The seven teams competing in the 2011/12 race are: Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), Groupama Sailing Team (FR),
PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG Propulsion (USA), Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (NZ), Team Telefónica (ESP), Team Sanya (CHN) and a final Spanish outfit to be confirmed.  
The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort the iconic luxurious brands first Middle East property in Abu Dhabi opening on November 1st, 2011 – is the Volvo Ocean Race Official Hotel in the emirate.
For more information on the Abu Dhabi stopover, please visit volvooceanraceabudhabi.com

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