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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 17 January 2019

How to get to Palestine vs Syria Asian Cup match in Sharjah

Plenty of car parking but make sure to get there by 4pm

Syria's German coach Bernd Stange (2nd-L) attends a training session with his players at Sharjah stadium on Saturday, a day ahead of his team's match against Palestine in the AFC Asian Cup. Giuseppe Cacace / AFP
Syria's German coach Bernd Stange (2nd-L) attends a training session with his players at Sharjah stadium on Saturday, a day ahead of his team's match against Palestine in the AFC Asian Cup. Giuseppe Cacace / AFP

The opening Asian Cup clash in Sharjah between Syria and Palestine may well be the hottest ticket in town — but just how easy will it be to get to the Sharjah Stadium for Sunday's big match?

The cricket stadium next door is far more famous, but both the Sharjah football and cricket grounds are housed on the same campus.

Football fans will face a range of options when planning their journey to the home of Sharjah FC, but one thing is clear — plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to make the kick-off.

Traffic in and around the city can be notoriously snarled up during rush hour, and with an 8pm kick-off the worst of the congestion should be cleared up by then.

Although there is plenty of free parking at the stadium, and in nearby areas, fans driving to the game should plan to get there no later than 4pm to ensure they get a spot.

Public transport could be the best way to go, with taxis from Dubai costing between Dh80-100, so sharing a taxi will be the cheapest option.

Otherwise, the Metro red line from Dubai Marina to Union station takes about an hour and will cost about Dh15.

Once there, fans can take an RTA taxi, Uber or Careem to drop them off at the stadium for less than Dh50, depending on traffic.

Alternatively, a bus from Union Square bus station can drop people nearby to the stadium for Dh7.50, although it is about a 40-minute journey from there so fans should give themselves plenty of time.

After the match, the Metro runs until midnight but buses will be less frequent.

For more information visit the RTA website.

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