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Guardian reports return of Ultimate Fighting Championship to the UAE despite human rights concerns

Author: Karim Zidan, the Guardian (UK), Published on: 5 September 2019

"Arabian fights: Inside the UFC's long-term partnership with the UAE", 5 Sep. 2019

On Saturday, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will return to the United Arab Emirates for the first time following a five-year hiatus...

Previously, the UFC held its Abu Dhabi shows in custom build arenas that prompted concerns regarding the potential hardships facing the migrant workers involved in their construction...In response to the concerns, the UFC defender their [Abu Dhabi-based] partner [Flash Entertainment]: “ ...Flash adheres to industry standards as it relates to its event production, one of which is the UFC event from Abu Dhabi"...

[Concerns have been raised about] the UFC’s platform being used to rehabilitate the UAE’s image and improve economic gains from tourism. 

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