Dubai to host Asia Cup including the India-Pakistan match for the second time

Dubai to host Asia Cup including the India-Pakistan match for the second time

Dubai Sports Council (DSC), the organisation responsible for promoting sports activities across the city, has confirmed Dubai’s readiness to safely and securely host the matches of the much-anticipated 15th edition of the Asia Cup cricket tournament. The 16-day tournament kicks off this Saturday, 27 August, when Sri Lanka face Afghanistan in the opening match at the Dubai International Stadium.

Dubai’s world-class sports, hospitality and tourism infrastructure and an unrivalled ability to successfully organise mega-events were instrumental in the UAE’s selection as the tournament host. Dubai, the headquarters of the International Cricket Council, will host 10 of the 13 Asia Cup fixtures, including the opening match, the India-Pakistan header (28 August), and the title decider on 11 September.

His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Hareb, Secretary General of the DSC, said:

“Dubai is today one of the world’s most successful cities for hosting mega-events thanks to the vision of its leadership, a clear strategy, robust infrastructure, and event-management capabilities that make participating and attending events in the city a unique experience. Dubai is now a destination of choice for individual athletes and squads. It is an ideal location to host major sports events thanks to its accessibility and amenities required to welcome participants and the audience.”

The UAE will host the Asia Cup for the fourth time this year, hosting the Cup in 1984 (inaugural edition), 1995, and the most recent 2018 edition. Dubai hosted eight of the 13 Asia Cup matches in 2018, including the finals when India beat Bangladesh to lift the Cup at the Dubai International Stadium.

Dubai has repeatedly proven its capability to successfully host world-class events, including Expo 2020, the largest event ever held in the Arab world.

“The UAE in general and Dubai, in particular, has gained the world’s confidence in its ability to host any event successfully. Dubai has set global benchmarks and is now a role model in hosting and organising major global sports events, such as cricket’s Twenty20 World Cup and the Indian Premier League at Dubai International Stadium,”

said Hareb.

“The DSC is keen to provide all the support necessary to ensure the success of major global events and further promote the sports sector. We remain committed to hosting and organising popular sporting events to meet the desires of the various segments of Dubai’s multicultural society,”

said Hareb.

With over 4 million people from India and Pakistan calling the UAE their home, tickets to the India-Pakistan header on 28 August, dubbed the ‘final-before-the final’, were sold out in hours. More than 1 billion viewers all over the world are expected to watch the contest on international platforms.

Khalid Al Zarooni, Chairman of the Board of Dubai Sports City, said:

“We are delighted to host the 2022 Asia Cup, the second largest cricket event in the world. It is watched by millions of fans across Asia and beyond. Dubai International Stadium will host the tournament for the second consecutive time. The last edition was also held in Dubai in 2018. This reflects Dubai’s status as the best city to host such mega-events.”

Asia Cup 20222 matches are being played as Twenty20 Internationals in the run-up to the T20 World Cup that begins in October.

“This year’s Asia Cup is seen as a precursor to the Twenty20 World Cup for the participating teams, as elite Asian cricket squads converge in Dubai to compete for the coveted trophy, including India, which aims to retain the title,”

said Al Zarooni.

All systems go

Preparations for accommodating spectators at the Dubai International Stadium to ensure a smooth experience are complete. Last week, Brigadier Rashid Khalifa Al Falasi, Acting Assistant Commandant for Operations Affairs in Dubai Police, reaffirmed the Dubai Police’s Events Security Committee’s (ESC) full readiness to secure the Asia Cup matches.

He said Dubai would deploy the latest technologies to secure the venue in collaboration with its key partners and other members of the ESC. Brig. Al Falasi also reviewed the ESC’s awareness efforts towards educating the public about the importance of positive engagement and adherence to all safety measures and protocols when attending the matches.

Gates will open three hours before the start of the matches. The multi-purpose venue has a seating capacity of 25,000 (expandable to 30,000) and has hosted many international sporting events and concerts. The stadium is in Dubai Sports City on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. It is accessible by public transport while dedicated parking is available for fans who choose to arrive in their private vehicles.

Dubai Police has urged spectators to strictly adhere to all safety and security guidelines issued by the authorities and reiterated that only bona fide ticket holders would be allowed entry to the stadium. The Police have also shared a list of restricted items that won’t be permitted inside the stadium. It includes remote-controlled devices (including drone cameras), glass tumblers or bottles, selfie sticks, umbrellas, radio communication devices, bikes or skateboards, and other usual, banned items such as sharp objects, fireworks, etc.

News Source: Dubai Media Office

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