Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Sheikh Rashid Hall in the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) will be transformed in to an epic football battleground that will see four of Europe’s leading football clubs go head-to-head with top regional and local teams at the 3rd Dubai Indoor Football Championship. The stellar lineup includes football legends from F.C Barcelona, Real Madrid, A.S Roma, F.C Porto and masters from the UAE, Algeria, Egypt, and Morocco.
The star-studded line-up includes former French international and 1998 World Cup winner Christian Karembu and football veteran and two time UEFA Champions League champion winner, Míchel Salgado. Michael Reiziger, Patrick Kluivert, Gaizka Mandieta, Fernando Couto and many more will also be on hand to display their brilliance during the competition.
Dr. Ahmad Al Sharif, Secretary General, Dubai Sports Council said, “The Dubai Indoor Football Championship is the result of strong partnerships between the UAE and the international sports community. Our vision for Dubai and football is based on very similar principals; solidarity, cultural diversity, effort, sacrifice, teamwork, ability and most importantly, strong leadership. We hope this event encourages residents to be passionate about football and sport in general.”
The European players will return to the emirate to play alongside regional football masters including Bkhit Saad, Noureddine Naybet, Mohamed Abdrabou and Lakhdar Belloumi. All teams will battle it out in DWTC’s Sheikh Rashid Hall, which has been transformed into an indoor arena, complete with a 1,500 sqm astroturf pitch and seating space for over 1,200 spectators.
Ahmed Alkhaja, Senior Vice President – Venues, Dubai World Trade Centre said, “We are delighted to bring the 3rd edition of the Dubai Indoor Football Championship back in partnership with the Dubai Sports Council. Football is a game that brings together different communities and cultures, and has firmly placed Dubai on the map as a premiere sports destination. We look forward to a thrilling display of football excellence, and to give people an opportunity to watch some of their favourite football stars in action. We will also continue to focus on providing the necessary infrastructure that enables even bigger exciting events in the future.”
Dr. Ahmad Al Sharif added, “As the most played and supported sport in the UAE, events like these help to inspire future home grown stars. The world class facilities offered at Dubai Sports World help to develop sports in the region and to grow a fan base of sporting enthusiasts as well – contributing to an overall active and healthier community.”
Saif Al Mansoori, Deputy Head – Group Marketing & Branding, Emirates NBD said, “Emirates NBD is a keen supporter of leading sporting events that are of interest to the resident population in the UAE. As a significant aspect of its ‘Passion for football,’ the bank is once again pleased to support the much-awaited Dubai Indoor Football Championship, that brings together internationally known football legends and our own former UAE national players on the same platform. This is an excellent initiative by Dubai World Trade Center and Dubai Sports Council, as it keeps alive the interest in active sports like football even during the hot summer months, through providing young people with an opportunity to use the state-of-the-art indoor sports facilities.”
The Dubai Indoor Football Championship takes place alongside Dubai Sports World, the region’s largest indoor sporting event. It is organised by Dubai World Trade Centre in partnership with Dubai Sports Council, and is sponsored by Emirates NBD, Chevrolet, Decathlon, and Power Horse.
The event will run from July 2 - 6, from 7.00pm - 11.00pm; doors open at 6.00pm. For more information, call 04 3064000. Tickets are available at the venue or through www.dubaifootballchamps.com