DUBAI // Thousands of football fans are in for a surprise treat after heads of ruling families and big businesses across the country announced free charter flights to Bahrain to cheer on the UAE national team in the Gulf Cup final against Iraq tomorrow.
Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the ruler of Sharjah, has ordered three planes to transport football fans, the state news agency, Wam, reported.
The Sharjah Sports Council has begun registration of those keen to travel to Bahrain in coordination with the Emirates Airport Authority, said Ahmed Naseer Al Fardan, the secretary general of the Sharjah Sports Council.
The flights will depart from Sharjah International Airport at 9am, 12.30pm and at 4:10pm.
Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah also requisitioned three planes for fans. The planes will depart from RAK International Airport, Wam said. Fans interested in getting on board can register their names today at the RAK Radio Building in Al Dhait district.
Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, the ruler of Fujairah, allocated four planes that will leave from Fujairah International Airport.
The telecommunications company, du, has also chartered a plane for 350 fans for the game, which will kick off at 6.45pm tomorrow at Bahrain National Stadium.
Earlier, hundreds of lucky fans boarded six special flights that took them to watch the UAE triumph against Kuwait in Tuesday's semi-final. The flights were ordered by the President, Sheikh Khalifa, in recognition of the national team's impressive performance.