An exciting week is underway in Abu Dhabi, where locals are celebrating the United Arab Emirates 43rd National Day and preparing for the start of the 2014 World Bowling Men's Championships.
The 2014 World Men's Championships will mark the event's first visit to Abu Dhabi since 1999 and run from Dec. 6-14 at Zayed Sports City.
A total of 274 bowlers from 49 countries will compete for medals in six events - singles, doubles, trios, team, all-events and Masters match play.
Opening ceremonies will take place Thursday at 4 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, and competition will get underway with singles Saturday at 12 a.m. EDT.
The last time the best male bowlers in the world met on the global stage was 2013, when a combined World Championships was held at Strike Zone Bowling Center inside Sunset Station in Henderson, Nevada, a suburb of Las Vegas.
At the 2013 tournament, Finland claimed the coveted team title, denying the United States a fourth consecutive win. The United States topped the medal table at the 2013 World Championships with three gold medals, two silver and three bronze.
In 1999, Sweden outdistanced Team USA in the team event.
This year, Team USA will be represented by Chris Barnes (Double Oak, Texas), Mike Fagan (Dallas), Tommy Jones (Simpsonville, South Carolina), Marshall Kent (Yakima, Washington), Bill O'Neill (Langhorne, Pennsylvania) and Sean Rash (Montgomery, Illinois).
For more information on the World Men's Championships, visit the official website of the event at adwtbc.com.