With only four days away, a new official trophy for the 12th edition of the Arabian Gulf’s leading tennis experience has been unveiled -- and it is a special tribute to the best of Abu Dhabi.
As the UAE capital readies for the return of the world’s best male and female tennis stars at this week’s Mubadala World Tennis Championship at the International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City, from 19 – 21 December, the instantly iconic new trophy is the work of homegrown talent.
Designed by acclaimed Emirati artist, designer and Mubadala employee Ashwaq Abdulla, the trophy pays homage to the "Volcano Fountain", one of Abu Dhabi’s preeminent landmarks. The fountain was built in the 1980s and became a symbol of co-existence, unity and tolerance, key values upon which a modern Abu Dhabi continues to thrive.
The new official trophy for the 12th edition of the Arabian Gulf’s leading tennis experience has been unveiled
The new trophy evokes the original fountain’s distinguishing characteristics of unique Emirati architecture prevalent in key Abu Dhabi cultural attractions such as the capital’s majestic Qasr Al Hosn, and Al Maqtaa fort in the city’s Bab Al Bahr waterway, as well as Al Jahili fort in the desert oasis city of Al Ain.
“The Volcano Fountain and the iconography of our historic forts are synonymous with Abu Dhabi and its vibrant culture. Abu Dhabi’s unique heritage shines through in architecture at so many of our cultural attractions. This design blends traditional elements with modern materials – the trophy is symbolic of Abu Dhabi. I hope it rekindles fond memories of Abu Dhabi every time the winner looks at it.”
Made from colored crystal, Abdulla’s stunning trophy took two months to make and will be on display at the International Tennis Centre throughout the three-day championship for fans to experience.