One Hope One Goal One Victory

Athletes! It’s time to showcase your talents, perseverance, respect, fair-play, technical skills and emotional strength celebrating the hardwork, dedication and commitment.

This is a chance to strive in your physical best with the spirit of sportsmanship and the passion that you have for this great sports.

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About the championship

The vibrant city of Abu Dhabi will host IFMA Muaythai World Championship 2022, bringing together the athletes from all 6 continents.

The World Championship will be held from May 26 to June 04, 2022 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) Hall 5 and will see under 23 and Elite divisions compete for podium positions at the pinnacle event for the world's top athletes.

The event will be the first in the qualification series of the World Combat Games 2023 in Riyadh, with Gold medalists directly qualifying and other finalists gaining valuable qualification points in the rankings race for the Games.

For all European the Teams, this event will be their first step in the race towards the 2023 European Games in Poland, with our European “Nak Muay” claiming the first direct qualification spot at the Games.

This will be Abu Dhabi’s first time hosting the Muaythai World Championship, with an 8-day action packed schedule featuring more than 100 nations, and 600 + athletes battling on its grounds.

The championship will include diverse cultural activities, social and executive meetings, seminars, workshops, in addition to the main prestigious event the “World Championship.”

An exciting time awaits the future stars of this combat sports.



On behalf of the UAE Muaythai and Kickboxing Federation, it is with great pleasure to welcome you all to the IFMA Muaythai World Championship 2022 in our beautiful city Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi, a home to the most significant international events, a city of culture and diversity, has shown warmth, hospitality and much sporting spirit numerous times to the world. Within the UAE, the Federation has paved a way for the sport of Muaythai, leaving its footprint in the Muaythai world. It is with the continuous growth of Muaythai in the region and the tremendous developments and achievements the UAE Federation has afforded us, that in this game we will keep moving forward, bringing this sport to greater heights in the future.

As we look ahead to a great and successful event, it’s hard not to be confident by the potential of our sports as we have great athletes with incredible skills, who are excellent in their personal capacity.

The IFMA Muaythai World Championship 2022 promises to be phenomenal with impressive next generations of young stars who are eager to win and grow with Muaythai.

I would like to thank His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs for his continuous support of Muaythai sport, heartfelt thank you to the International Federation of Muaythai Associations ( IFMA), to the judges and referees, our partners and sponsors, and certainly all the National Federations, coaches, athletes and staff who are contributing in the success of this championship.

We look forward to sharing in all the action and passion of the IFMA Muaythai World Championship 2022.

It now gives me a pleasure to welcome you all to Abu Dhabi. I trust you will enjoy our wonderful city and l wish everyone the best of luck.

H.E. Abdullah Al Neyadi

President of the UAE Muaythai and Kickboxing Federation
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Muaythai is steeped in ancient tradition and a fundamental part of the history of its motherland, Thailand. As a modern-day IOC recognised combat sport under the governance of IFMA, muaythai is a great promoter of Olympism, blending sport with culture and education.

The IFMA community bring together diverse cultures through a shared passion for our sport and martial art, a community that thrives in the spirit of fair play, tolerance, and solidarity. Muaythai has truly become universal, as we see athletes and officials from all walks of life greet each other both in and out of the ring with the “wai”.

I would like to extend my deepest thanks and appreciation to the United Arab Emirates Muaythai federation, our gracious hosts for this year’s IFMA Senior World Muaythai Championships. Now that the post-pandemic era is in motion and the world sees the gradual resumption of many global events, I am confident that this edition of the IFMA Senior World Championships will be a success with all the important measures to safeguard the health and safety of the athletes and all its participants. This gathering of international delegations is, in many ways, a symbol of hope and resilience, as we come together in the spirit of solidarity through sport and friendship.

To all the athletes, this is your time to shine, and your responsibility to ensure that the Olympic values and the spirit of fair play are observed both on and off the field of play.

May you all live your dreams and leave with lifelong friends.

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It gives me great pleasure to welcome our Muaythai family from around the world to the 2022 IFMA Senior World Muaythai Championships hosted in the sport loving and culturally rich city of Abu Dhabi. I'd like to firstly extend my deepest gratitude to the United Arab Emirates Muaythai Federation under the leadership of H.E. Abdullah Saeed Amer Al Neyadi for hosting us this year.

It was only on the eve before the opening of the Tokyo Olympic Games that muaythai and IFMA were unanimously granted full recognition by the IOC General Assembly. It is through our shared achievements over the last decades that have led us to where we stand today. Membership in GAISF, ARISF, IWGA, included in many multi-sport games such as the World Games, European Olympic Games, World Combat Games, FISU University World Cup and the list goes on.

These achievements are the result of the solidarity within the IFMA family that is bound by a strict constitution that gathers 146 national federations, all working under the same rules and regulations, putting the safety and health of the athletes at the forefront, ensuring fair play and clean sport while protecting the ancient values and preserving the heritage of muaythai’s traditional elements.

A warm welcome to all nak muay and IFMA family members from all parts of the globe. Good luck to all of the athletes and let us use these next days together to continue our journey in solidarity towards our common goal.

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the UAE and is the largest and most populated of the seven Emirates.

Abu Dhabi refers to “Father of the Gazelle” in Arabic. The story suggests that Abu Dhabi was founded after a young antelope found freshwater, which was followed by a wandering tribe.

Nowadays, Abu Dhabi is one of the most modern cities in the world and is a luxurious metropolis that is a stylish blend of beautiful cultural monuments and stark 21st century megastructures. It has everything from massive and beautiful mosques, some of the best theme parks in the world, a louvre museum, endless deserts and is one of the safest tourist destinations worldwide.

Essential Information


Arabic is the native language and English is the most common language used.

Local time

The UAE is four hours ahead of UTC (Coordinated Universal Time, formerly known as GMT) and there is no daylight saving. Hence, when it is 12.00 midday in Abu Dhabi, it is 4am in New York, 9am in London, 10am in Johannesburg, 1.30pm in New Delhi, and 6pm in Sydney (not allowing for any summer time-saving in those countries).


The local currency is the UAE dirham (AED or Dhs) and is pegged against the US $ (US $ 1: AED 3.6725).


Recognized as one of the safest cities on earth, Abu Dhabi's virtually crime-free environment and well-organized emergency services will bring you peace of mind and a relaxing stay.

Weather in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi boasts a warm, sunny climate all-year round. The winter season (December to mid-March) promises perfectly balmy weather with occasional rainfall and an average daytime temperature of 25℃. Summertime (late May to September) sees daytime temperatures soar to a sweltering 45℃ and higher, but this modern city is equipped for the heat with air-conditioning everywhere and plenty of indoor entertainment on offer.

Attractions and things to do in Abu Dhabi

Covid Rules

* Confirm whether the UAE officially recognizes your vaccine.
Abu Dhabi accepts the vaccines approved by the World Health Organisation - WHO (view list) and the Ministry of Health and Prevention Society- MOHAP (view list).

Travellers are advised to check official channels, travelling to UAE guidelines or airline requirements ahead of travel.

** PCR test is not mandatory to fly to Abu Dhabi if you’re fully vaccinated

** Unvaccinated or Vaccine-excemption travellers:
Take a PCR test within 48 hours of departure from origin destination and only fly if the test result is negative or if you have a COVID-19 recovery certificate. Your recovery certificate must be dated within 30 days of departure and have a QR code.

* Register your arrivals on ICA website. You can also submit your vaccination certificates through this service.

* Download Alhosn app on Google Play Store, App Store, Huawei App Gallery.

Ask immigration desk about your Unified ID or check the entry stamp. Alternatively, you can use the ICA service to check your UID.

Do PCR test at the airport and provide a valid phone number(you may use this number to receive AlHosn OTP for login later).

After you received your PCR test result SMS, log into AlHosn with your UID and one of the phone numbers you registered at ICA or did PCR test.

*In any case you can't receive OTP with your home country number, please report to Al Hosn. As an alternative solution, provide another number when you do another PCR test.

AL HOSN Contacts: Phone: 800 HOSN (4676) |


** A valid negative PCR test result conducted in the UAE is mandatory to enter the championship venue.

*** A valid negative PCR test result obtained within the UAE in the last 30 days is mandatory to enter the championship venue.

* Vaccinated travellers must receive a negative PCR test result every 30 days to maintain ‘Green’ status in Al Hosn App.

* Vaccinated Individuals without the Al Hosn app can alternatively present proof of full (double) vaccination via either a full vaccination certificate from their home country and a valid negative PCR test result conducted within the UAE in the last 30 days.

* The cost of this PCR test is AED 40 (around 12 USD).

Abu Dhabi accepts the vaccines approved by the World Health Organisation - WHO (view list) and the Ministry of Health and Prevention Society- MOHAP (view list).

*** A valid negative PCR test result obtained within the UAE in the last 96 hrs is mandatory to enter the championship venue.

* Unvaccinated visitors or Visitors with an official vaccine exemption must receive a negative PCR test result every 96 hours.

* The cost of this PCR test in the UAE is AED 40 (around 12 USD).

Entry to most public places are limited to those who are fully vaccinated, officially exempt from vaccination, under 16 years of age, and those who also have ‘Green’ status on the Al Hosn app -   which requires following the approved testing requirements:

* Vaccinated travellers must receive a negative PCR test result every 30 days within the UAE to maintain ‘Green’ status. Individuals without the Al Hosn app can alternatively present proof of full vaccination via either a full vaccination certificate from their home country and a negative PCR test result within the UAE in the last 30 days.

*Unvaccinated visitors or Visitors with an official vaccine exemption can enter by presenting a negative PCR test result obtained within the UAE in the last 96 hours.

* The cost of this PCR test in the UAE is AED 40 (around 12 USD)

Wearing a face mask in outdoor spaces is optional. However, face masks are required in all indoor spaces and 2m physical distancing should be observed.


The official COVID-19 results app for the UAE.

Keep your vaccination card and PCR test results with you incase you were not able to have Al Hosn APP.

Apple Store Google Play Samsung Huawei

For more details, visit Al Hosn App Website or call 800 HOSN (4676) inside UAE or email to


Yas Clinic , Under Aloft Hotel, ADNEC Ground Floor

Opening Hours: 7:00AM - 12:00AM

The Venue


A multi-award winning venue and one of the largest exhibition centers in the wider MENA region.


It is just 15 minutes away from the rapidly expanding Abu Dhabi International Airport, 20 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and 90 minutes from Dubai International Airport.


Near Premier Inn Abu Dhabi Capital Centre Hotel
Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi.


ADNEC: +971-2-444-6900
Toll free number: 800 23 632.

Hall 5 - THE ARENA
Happenings: Opening Ceremony, Championship bouts on 3 rings, Medal Ceremony
Hall 6 - Team's Lounge
Registration, Medical / Weigh in, Training Room , Warm-up Area, Courses, IFMA HQ Offices
Hall 7 - Food Area
Lunch Timings: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Dinner Timings: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Visit ADNEC Website for up-to-date information.

- Must be vaccinated

- Negative PCR test valid for no more than 30 days and conducted in the UAE.

- Green pass on Al Hosn App.

- Present a negative PCR test valid for no more than 96 hours and conducted in the UAE.

- Present their passport and visa as well at the entrance.

- Physical distancing to be observed

- Optional face masks in outdoor spaces & mandatory in indoor spaces

- Regular sanitisation of their hands

Hotel SPOC Details


National Exhibition Centre, Al Rawdah, Capital Centre, Abu Dhabi
+971 2 654 5000 | Website


Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Adjacent to ADNEC, Capital Centre, Abu Dhabi
+971 2 409 6666 | Website


Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Al Rawdah, Capital Centre, Abu Dhabi
+971 2 307 5555 | Website


1778 Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, Al Rawdah, W68, Abu Dhabi
+971 2 617 0000 | Website


Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, Corner Rabdan, Abu Dhabi
+971 2 501 6444 | Website


Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street Capital Gate Building, Adjacent to ADNEC, Abu Dhabi
+971 2 596 1234 | Website










May 26 - June 04, 2022

IFMA Muaythai World Championship 2022 on your Marks!



The International Federation of Muaythai Associations (IFMA) is the solely recognised governing body of amateur and professional Muaythai and Muay boran. After the passage of the initial stages of its life and at the dawn of an exciting new century, IFMA had grown to 130 member countries worldwide with five continental federations, together existing under a single, unified regulatory body. IFMA is officially recognised by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF), the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) International World Games Association (IWGA), and Trim and Fitness International Sport for All Association (TAFI- SA).

Muaythai has been included in many official sport programmes, such as the World Games, World Combat Games, Arafura Games, TAFISA Games, SEA Games, Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Asian Beach Games, Demonstration Sport in the Asian Games.

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The UAE MuayThai & Kickboxing Federation, established in May 2017, is the official patron of Muaythai & Kickboxing in the UAE.

The Federation plays a trailblazing role in consolidating the mainstays of sports in a way that greatly contributes to building a society with high awareness of the two sports.The Federation aims to raise the UAE flag at local and internation- al events and aspires to ensure Muaythai and Kickboxing become more popular within the UAE, as well as establishing a team that is able to compete at professional or amateur world contests.

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UAM is a corporation owned by the UAE MuayThai and Kick Boxing Federation, focused on elevating the exposure of this combat sports events in the UAE.UAM along with the Federation aim to bring the best athletes in the region, creating a hub and an international platform for the development of the sports and its heroes.

It has produced more than 18 productions of world-class events with title fights featuring rising stars and the greatest athletes in the region in less than 3 years.

UAM has a dedicated app which was launched in 2020 that live streams all events, news and highlights for free keeping all fans with the latest information and promoting the Muaythai and Kickboxing sports.

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