Roads closed on Abu Dhabi's Yas Island as UFC 'Safe Zone' gets sealed for a month

Road users are urged to drive cautiously and abide by traffic rules and regulations

Aerial view of Yas Island Abu Dhabi.

Aerial view of Yas Island Abu Dhabi.

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UAE  -  All the roads leading to the 25-km 'Safe Zone' created for the UFC Fight Island have been closed as final preparations are under way for the mega event on Yas Island, the local authorities have announced.

Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) of the Department of Municipalities and Transport said: "Road closure will take place on Yas Drive till July 30. Road users are urged to drive cautiously and abide by traffic rules and regulations."

The 'Safe Zone' includes Yas Links, Yas Beach, W Abu Dhabi and Yas Plaza Hotels, which will now be open only to the UFC team members and local staff needed for operations of the facilities.

However, Yas Mall, Yas Marina, which can be accessed through Yas Tunnel and Yas Marina Circuit via East Gate will remain open for the general public.

Apart from strict protocols on access to 'Safe Zone', police checkpoints have been set up, dry run preparations held at the airport to receive the UFC team and other logistics are in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone on the Fight Island.

The biggest mixed martial arts fights of the year starts with the pay-per-view UFC 251 on July 12 and then three Fight Nights on July 16, 19 and 26.


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