A host of accomplished Arab women will take the spotlight in Abu Dhabi. Leading the charge is Tunisia's Ons Jabeur, currently ranked world no.
6 and a two-time Wimbledon finalist.
She stands as the first confirmed entrant in the main draw.
Known for her formidable groundstrokes and tenacious spirit, Ons is set to bring her extensive big-stage experience to the capital's prestigious WTA-500 tournament.
Earlier this week, Saudi Arabia’s first female professional tennis player, Yara Al Hogbani was awarded a wild card to the tournament in Abu Dhabi.
Yara turned professional at only 14 years of age, and became the first ever Saudi Arabian woman to win a professional tennis event in 2022.
The Talented Emirati Quartet
Supporting all the action on court will be an inspiring Emirati quartet with a diverse skill set.
Azza Al Qubaisi, a past winner of the British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur Awards and Emirates Woman of the Year Awards, will design the trophy that this year’s Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open champion will lift after the final on February 11.
There’s also Hind Al Raeesi, who will be using her expertise as a professional photographer to capture images of competitors and key figures at the tournament in Abu Dhabi.
Hind was the Saudi Arabia football team’s official photographer during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and has also worked with Manchester City football club.
Thirdly, there’s artist Aysha Al Shamsi, who’s designed the master artwork for the Mubadala Pavilion at the tournament.
Self-taught and driven by a goal to make art more accessible to the masses, Aysha’s art honours Abu Dhabi’s legacy while blending it with title sponsor Mubadala’s achievements.
The Emirati quartet is completed by chef Meera Al Naqbi, whose career highlights including working at a Michelin star restaurant in Croatia.
Meera will bring her experience to the table in Abu Dhabi, creating dishes for players and spectators at this year’s tournament.
In addition to all the on-court action this year, a number of exciting food and music offerings will also be on site to cater to everyone’s tastes.
With global headliners competing at the all-female tennis tournament, the Abu Dhabi contest is expected to draw big crowds from across the UAE, as well as from the GCC and the rest of the world.