DUBAI, UAE, 12 March 2019 : Al Nasr Cultural & Sports Club has signed an agreement with Arsenal Football Club to bring its full squad to Dubai for a friendly match for the official inauguration of Al Maktoum Stadium, on Tuesday 26th Mar 2019 at 5:30pm.
Upon signing the agreement between Al Nasr Cultural & Sports Club and Arsenal Football Club for this historical visit, H.E Ahmed Hashem Khoory said: “We are delighted to have such world-class club here in Dubai, and the friendly match promises to be an unforgettable opening event for Al Maktoum Stadium. The match that will be played between Arsenal and Al Nasr Club will be engraved in our history of as one of the most important steps in our journey that goes as far back as 73 years. Al Nasr has also hosted a number of elite clubs from different countries, including Arsenal in 1976, and it’s become a tradition for the Club to host these friendly matches.
The match will be a superb chance for our players to hone their skills further, and introduce Al Maktoum Stadium to the world.”
Head Coach Unai Emery will use the training camp as a key part of Arsenal preparations for the run-in and the Premier League home fixture against Newcastle United on Monday, April 1st. He said: “It will be great to get some warm weather training and break up the usual routine as we enter the final stage of the season. The facilities in Dubai are fantastic and it will be an honour to be part of the formal opening ceremony for the new stadium.
We’ve played Al Nasr once before, back in November 1976. Malcolm MacDonald, John Matthews and John Radford were on target in a 3-1 victory.”
During the five-day trip the squad will visit the palace of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and also visit the Rashid Paediatric Centre. The training camp and match has been facilitated by shirt and stadium naming rights partner, Emirates as the club visits their Dubai home.
Emirates Airline, whose partnership with Arsenal is one of the most recognisable and longstanding in the world of sport, will be helping to bring the club to Dubai, and will be supporting the visit by connecting fans in the UAE with one of the greatest teams in the world.
Tickets for the match start from AED 100 and will be available for purchase in the upcoming few days at Al Nasr Club as well as online at dubai.platinumlist.net