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Successful ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon Brings Together a Community of More Than 10,000 from 119 Nationalities


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 8, 2018: The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) successfully hosted, this weekend, one of the world’s most iconic events, the marathon, bringing together, at its headquarters, a community of more than 10,000 participants – from 119 nationalities – to race in the inaugural ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon, further cementing Abu Dhabi’s global reputation as a world-class sporting destination and place of rich culture, inclusivity and respect. 

As title sponsor for the event – and as a key socio-economic driver for the UAE – ADNOC played a critical role in bringing to Abu Dhabi’s streets the world’s most historic and well-recognized race, giving friends, families and visitors an unforgettable multicultural experience that was grounded in health and wellness, exciting competition and memorable celebrations.

UAE Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO H.E. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber fired the starting gun of the inaugural ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon, and stated, “ADNOC has always actively supported events and initiatives that positively impact the UAE community and promote a culture of inclusivity and mutual respect. As a key socio-economic driver for the UAE, ADNOC has always been – and will always be – at the center of our community’s social fabric. 

“In our role as title sponsor of the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon, we are proud to cement Abu Dhabi’s global reputation as a world-class sporting destination, emphasize the importance of healthy and active lifestyles, and to provide a unique opportunity for the entire community to come together in celebration.”

H.E. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber added: “This historic event would not have been possible without the support and contribution of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Abu Dhabi Police, Abu Dhabi Municipality and the thousands of community volunteers and participants who made this inaugural event so special.”

Professional and novice runners took part in the event, competing in one of four race categories – 42k, 10k, 5k and 2.5k – and were able to take in the capital’s iconic landmarks, including Emirates Heritage Village and Qasr Al Hosn. 

In a special awards ceremony held outside ADNOC’s headquarters, trophies were presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd-place male and female finishers in the 42k, 10k and wheelchair races. All participants who took part also received a congratulatory medal.  

Kenya’s Marius Kipserem and Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh were the male and female 1st-place winners of the first-ever ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon, officially adding Abu Dhabi to their long list of the great marathon cities of the world.

The Abu Dhabi Sports Council and ADNOC will announce the next edition of the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon as soon the 2019 date has been selected. Registrations will open several months in advance to give participants plenty of time to prepare.


ADNOC is one of the world’s leading diversified energy and petrochemicals groups with a daily output of about 3 million barrels of oil and 10.5 cubic feet of natural gas. With 14 specialist subsidiary and joint venture companies, ADNOC is a primary catalyst for the UAE’s growth and diversification. To find out more visit For further information:



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December 07, 2018