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Du to offer exclusive Manchester United video and news

Gitex 2011: du has scored a deal with Manchester United to offer video clips and news.

Du to offer exclusive Manchester United video and news. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Du to offer exclusive Manchester United video and news. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The UAE telecoms company du has scored a deal with Manchester United through which it will offer customers exclusive video clips and news about the football club.


Mobile, TV and web users will be able to access the content, which is exclusive to the UAE market, the operator said today at the Gitex Technology Week.

Farid Faraidooni, the chief commercial officer at du, said that the deal would include a "wealth of content" - but would not include the streaming of games.

"The partnership will allow us to bring a wealth of Manchester United content on an exclusive basis here in the UAE. This includes news about their activities, images, video clips and so forth," he said.

"We will be progressively rolling out different activities to make this content available."

Osman Sultan, the chief executive of du, said the content would be available across mobile, web and du's television service. He declined to specify the value of the deal.

Retired striker Andy Cole, who is now employed by the Premier League team as a coach, was present at the announcement of the two-year deal.

The footballer - one of the most successful in Premier League history - said that he may become a more regular visitor to Dubai in light of the deal.

"No doubt I'll be here quite a bit," said Mr Cole. "I think Manchester United is a leading brand when it comes to football, and du is a leading brand when it comes to communications."

The deal is the latest association between UAE companies and Premier League teams.

Etihad and Etisalat have sponsorship deals with rival team Manchester City, while Emirates has a long-standing arrangement with Arsenal.

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