The Athletics Division is committed to providing a developed athletic program to complement the AUD academic experience. Students engaged in athletics and sports have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, work in a team and learn that regular practice and dedication leads to success. In addition, the AUD's athletics program seeks to develop and maintain physical fitness in all members of the AUD community through our dedicated facilities.
AUD's athletic programs cater to all types of athletes by providing a variety of sports programs and athletic opportunities that are accessible to all students. For the highly skilled and highly competitive athlete, AUD competes in a number of intercollegiate sports, as well as international competitions. Regular tournaments, games, and friendly matches form the core of the competitive sports program. Good training and dedicated, professional coaches are key elements of the programs. For those who are short on time but still like to compete, the AUD Athletic Division has an intramural program that offers many opportunities throughout the school year. At the beginning of every term, tryouts are held for a week for all the new students in order to recruit talented athletes for the AUD varsity teams.
1. Our Mascot:
The AUD Knights were introduced in 2009, the logo of which was created by Mr. Jawad Al Shamali, an AUD Visual Communication student, who won a campus-wide design competition.
The AUD Knights slogan is Born to Lead. We are today, slowly but surely, as students, faculty, staff, and alumni around the world referring to ourselves as Knights.
2. Sports Teams:
For the highly competitive student-athlete, who is interested in competing against universities from the U.A.E. and elsewhere, AUD offers the opportunity to join a number of intercollegiate teams.
Students who represent AUD on an intercollegiate sports team must be able to balance academics with the demanding schedule of training and competition. Team members must understand that practices and games are held in the evening. Students who schedule courses starting at 7:00 p.m. may not be able to remain active on the team, because attending practices is mandatory. Absences for team members are subject to the AUD Athletics Policy for Excused Absences.
3. Drop-in Sports:
AUD athletic and recreation facilities with the exception of the housing weight rooms are open to all AUD students, alumni, and faculty and staff and their families
All facilities are available during normal working hours of the university and in accordance with the campus-wide curfew and sports teams’ practice and competition hours.
A schedule of operating hours can be obtained from the Athletics Coordinator.
4. Intramural Sports:
Intramural sports at AUD are organized every semester. Specific dates and times are announced by the Athletics Coordinator at the beginning of each semester. Participation is limited to AUD students. Traditionally, the Athletics Coordinator has organized intramural games in table tennis, soccer, volleyball, basketball, cricket and tennis.