Etihad-Airways-B789Elite athletes including the reigning Black Belt Open Heavyweight World Champion, Marcus Almeida, and the female Open Weight Black Belt Champion, Mackenzie Dern will fly with Etihad Airways to attend the prestigious Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

This is the sixth year that Etihad Airways has been the official carrier for the tournament, which will take place from 19 to 24 April at the IPIC Arena in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The Brazilian combat sport has continued to rise in popularity in recent years, and in 2008 was added to the national curriculum in schools across Abu Dhabi. One year later, the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation launched the first edition of the championship and since then the tournament has played an integral role in advancing the sport around the world, and further promoting the UAE as a great sporting nation.

The 2016 championship is set to be the biggest to date with a generous prize fund of over 2.5 million AED ($680,000 USD).  A number of exciting events and interactive games will be on offer at the venue’s ‘family village’ for the duration of the tournament.  Etihad Airways is hosting a series of activities at the IPIC Arena; visitors will be able to enjoy two popular simulators – an aeroplane and Formula One race car. The airline will also be giving away daily return flights to a number of destinations.