Arsenal will arrive in Dubai on 21 March (Terminal 3 of Dubai International airport) ahead of some warm-weather training and a match against Al Nasr.
The game against Al Nasr will kick-off at 6pm local time on 26 March with tickets already on sale ranging from Dhs 100 to Dhs 150 (approx £24 – £36).
Speaking to the media Ahmad Al Khoory, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Nasr told Gulf News that the event will be one of the biggest in Dubai for some time. It is worth noting that Al Khoory is also a Senior Vice-President of Commercial Operations, West Asia and Indian Ocean at Emirates Airline.
“This is possibly one of the biggest sporting events for Dubai in a long time. I am sure this visit of Arsenal after more than 42 years is as big as it can get. With Emirates as our main partner, we have managed to have them play in Dubai so that it can fetch the required benefits for sport for the countless fans in the region,” Al Khoory said.
“For some, this may be an image-building exercise, and for others, it may be termed as a short training camp for the team. But for us, this is a genuine opportunity for our young players to see some of their heroes in action while marking a historic occasion like the opening of our new stadium,” he added.
“I think as much as we want to give something nice to the Arsenal fans, we also owe it to the next generation that they get such a rare opportunity. This visit is for everyone,” he insisted.
“We are in touch with the club [Arsenal] and we are following their protocol. Fortunately, the club has been flexible with a lot of things especially when it comes to special activities around their visit here. We will know further details in the next few days,” he added.
The trip further deepens Arsenal’s connection with the UAE and that is something fans should be very concerned about.