The tournament was first held in 1954 in Helsinki, Finland. In 1999 Abu Dhabi first hosted the event, with the 14th FIQ World Bowling Championship being played in the Khalifa International Bowling Centre in Zayed Sports City. The event's participants were the first to walk through the doors of the brand new, purpose-built facility. For the upcoming Abu Dhabi championship, over 300 participants from 50 delegations are expected to descend upon the bowling centre each year, adding to the facility's incredible history. These events will also be the first time the tournament has ever returned to a venue.
In 2014 and 2015, the tournament will include categories for singles, doubles, trios and a team event. Following these events, the Masters will take place, with the top 24 bowlers in the tournament competing to be crowned the overall champion.