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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 14 November 2018

Mexican waiver: Football fans can travel to UAE visa-free

Visa waiver will allow supporters to cheer on Mexican side CD Guadalajara at the Fifa Club World Cup in the UAE this December

CD Guadalajara fans are being encouraged to cheer on their team at the Fifa Club World Cup after a visa waiver agreement was reached between the UAE and Mexico.
CD Guadalajara fans are being encouraged to cheer on their team at the Fifa Club World Cup after a visa waiver agreement was reached between the UAE and Mexico.

Mexican football fans have scored a visa waiver to allow them to cheer on their nation's top side at the Fifa Club World Cup in the UAE this December.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico have signed a visa-free travel agreement to encourage fans to make the trip from Latin America to the Middle East to support Mexico's Liga MX champions, CD Guadalajara.

The showpiece tournament - featuring seven club champions from across the globe - will kick off on December 12.

Defending champions Real Madrid will be favourites to retain their crown, while Al Ain FC will be representing the UAE.

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Aref Al Awani, tournament director of the Local Organising Committee for the FIFA Club World Cup UAE, said that Mexicans are well-known for their love of football and the new visa waiver will ensure even more passionate Mexican fans can attend the tournament.

“We look forward to welcoming even more fans to Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the UAE in December,” said Mr Al Awani.

The Fifa Club World Cup UAE 2018, which takes place in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain from December 12 to 22, will see CD Guadalajara play the AFC Asian club champions in the quarter-finals of the tournament at Al Ain’s Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium on December 15.

The winner will then face Spanish giants Real Madrid, who enter the competition at the semi-final stage, at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 19.