Career and Records
Date of Birth: July 1, 1986 (31 years)
Place of Birth: Dubai, UAE
2014: World Champion Speed Cat Run
2014: Runner-up UIM Offshore XCAT World Series
2016: Runner-up UIM Offshore XCAT World Series
2017: World Champion UIM Offshore XCAT World Series
2017 was a career-defining season for the talented Salem Al Adidi. Chosen to spearhead the Victory Team’s challenge in the company of Eisa Al Ali, the men in blue came out in flying colours to claim their maiden UIM Offshore XCAT World Series crown on the home waters off The Palm Jumeirah.
Till then, it was the Victory Team that had claimed the title since the new series of powerboat racing was introduced in 2013 by the UIM through the World Professional Powerboat Association (WPPA). The task before the brand-new pairing was huge, and by the end of the season in December, Al Adidi and Al Ali had proved the trust laid in them by the Victory Team’s Board of Directors.
Born on July 1, 1986 as the eighth child of 13 siblings, Al Adidi joined the Dubai Police Academy after his high school. As a child, Al Adidi loved the water. He recalls days when he used to sit along the Jumeirah coastline and dream of racing as a powerboat driver, preferably in the then newly-formed Victory Team.
As a young teenager, he began his career in watersports in traditional dhow sailing in 2000 under the guidance of his father. In 2008, he decided to go alone with some success before diverting further in the world of wooden powerboats for a season in 2011.
Finally, he got a call-up into the Victory Team ranks in 2013 and he went to mark his debut in the highly-competitive UIM-WPPA XCAT World Series with a podium spot while finishing in third. Al Adidi also competed in Class 1 racing making his debut in that race category in China.
A genuine quick learner, Al Adidi rose through the ranks till his undisputed rise as world champion at the end of the 2017 season.