x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

UAE fans hope to benefit from all-paid trips to London

The UAE Olympic football team can expect substantial travelling support this summer when they take on Team Great Britain at Wembley Stadium.

A high number of Emiratis are expected in London this summer for the Olympics. Sammy Dallal / The National
A high number of Emiratis are expected in London this summer for the Olympics. Sammy Dallal / The National

The UAE Olympic football team can expect substantial travelling support in London this summer.

And the timing of the Games could not be better as it is a time many Emiratis visit Britain .

"Usually a lot of Emiratis travel to London in the summer and I am sure there will be more than the usual for the Olympics," Safee Aadel, an Al Ain fan, said.

"I know a lot of Emiratis are planning to travel and there will be a good presence when our team plays. I am also aware most clubs will provide their fans all-paid trips and incentives to travel."

In addition, the Football Association will give clubs free tickets to distribute to fans to travel for the London Games.

Fahed Al Mansouri, the cheerleader of Al Wahda, is hoping to benefit from the ticket allocation.

"I am yet to decide but hopeful of travelling," he said.

"I am still to hear from the club if I would be a beneficiary for the all-paid trip. I will decide of my travel plans once I hear from the club, but really I would love to be behind the team when they play at the Olympics."

Mazen Moosa, a Du telecom engineer, said: "I would have loved to watch the team at the Olympics and watch the national team that has achieved so much do some more" but added he had used up most of his holiday allocation.

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