Enjoy Your Visit to the UAE Whilst Supporting International Cricket

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Enjoy Your Visit to the UAE Whilst Supporting International Cricket
England takes on Pakistan and you can take in the UAE
England’s best cricketers have travelled to the United Arab Emirates to take on Pakistan in a variety of test matches over the next several weeks. Amidst the heat and sun of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, legions of cricket fans will descend on the Middle Eastern country – hopefully to enjoy a bit more than just the sport.

The national cricket boards in England and Pakistan have arranged October and November dates for their two-month autumn tour. The series will include three Test matches, four one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals matches. The England team arrived in the UAE on 30 September.

The first Test started at Abu Dhabi's Zayed Cricket Stadium on 13 October.

Further Tour dates include:

Test matches:

·         Through 17 October: 1st Test, ZCS, Abu Dhabi

·         22-26 October: 2nd Test, Dubai Cricket Stadium

·         1-5 November: 3rd Test, Sharjah CC

One-day Internationals tests:

·         11 November: 1st ODI D/N, ZCS, Abu Dhabi

·         13 November: 2nd ODI D/N, ZCS, Abu Dhabi

·         17 November: 3rd ODI D/N, Sharjah CC

·         20 November: 4th ODI D/N, Dubai Cricket Stadium

T20 Matches:

·         26 November: 1st T20, Dubai Cricket Stadium

·         27 November: 2nd T20, Dubai Cricket Stadium

·         30 November: 3rd T20, Sharjah CC

The England cricket players and their supporters are set to depart the UAE and return home on 1 December. 

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A destination that improves year on year, we are offering you some of the best sites to enjoy in between breaks and matches in the various cities hosting the international cricket tests. Here are some great choices whilst visiting the UAE: 

Sharjah

 

In the heart of the city, the Sharjah Heritage Area is a collection of local markets, including the delightful Souq al-Arsah. There are a number of meeting places and small museums to enjoy in the district. This beautifully renovated district helped earn the city the UNESCO title of Cultural Capital of the Arab World, as well as Islamic Culture Capital.

The area is located by the Corniche between Burj Avenue and Al-Maraija Road. In renovating many of the historic buildings, traditional materials were used. Some of the most interesting sites in the heritage area are the Al Hisn Fort, Literature Square with House of Poetry, Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, and Souq al-Arsa. Note, many of the places in the Heritage Area offer women-only visiting hours at certain times. Please check when sites are open to both genders.

For a bit of adventure, Sharjah Desert Park offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy the Natural History Museum, the Arabian Wildlife Centre, and the Children’s Farm. The museum provides people of all ages with an opportunity to learn about wildlife and plants of the Arabian Desert.

The Arabian Wildlife Centre has more than 100 species of animals, and is divided into a reptile and insect house, aviary, nocturnal houses, viewing area and a section for large predators and monkeys. The children’s farm gives children a chance to come into close contact with farm animals, such as donkeys, goats, sheep and chickens.

Sharjah UAE

Dubai

 

Probably the most popular destination for Westerners, Dubai is a city that is constantly growing. With water parks as well as world-class shopping, there are a number of popular attractions in Dubai.

One of its premier tourist destinations takes sightseeing to new heights.

Now called the Burj Khalifa, the building is the world’s tallest structure. It stands at 828 metres, almost 200m taller than the next tallest building Shanghai Tower. The building has 160 floors with an expansive observation deck on the 124th floor. Jump on a high-speed elevator, and zoom, you’re soon on the Observation Deck after travelling at 10 metres per second. From the deck, visitors can gaze out at the modern marvel that is the city of Dubai. The visitors' entrance is located at the lower ground floor of Dubai Mall. Tickets can be purchased in advance here.

Just off the coast of the city, the largest artificially-created islands in the world are a technological marvel. In the first completed one, Palm Jumeirah is a bit of ultra-exclusive beach front property that comes together to form a giant palm tree. Recently completed, Palm Jebel Ali is even larger than Jumeirah. The islands are connected to the mainland by a freeway bridge and a monorail. They include water sporting marinas, luxury resorts, and upscale shopping areas.

Finally, you can leave the steel and “modernness” of Dubai’s urban centre for some desert excitement. A Dubai desert safari is waiting. With a licensed and experienced driver, you can ride into the Arabian Desert. In a specially designed vehicle, you can race up and down the sand dunes. At the end of the driving adventure, you can enjoy the sunset at a Bedouin Campsite. Join in on camel rides and sand surfing, or sit back and relax while a complete Arabian barbecue feast is prepared. More information and tickets are available here.

Dubai, UAE

Abu Dhabi

 

One the largest in the world, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is an architectural and spiritual masterpiece. It is the 6th largest mosque in the world. There are guided tours of the interior several times a day – spaced around prayer times. Like other spiritual sites, there is a dress code and the utmost honour and respect is expected from visitors.

The mosque features more than 80 white marble domes and more than 1,000 pillars to hold them up. The focal points of this modern building are the towering minarets rising to heaven – at 107 metres tall.

Another unique destination in Abu Dhabi is The Corniche. More than 6km long, it is the city’s vibrant waterfront. It covers the area from the Breakwater near Marina Shopping Mall to the Mina Zayed port. There is a walkway alongside, or you can feel the sand between your toes in certain places. The Corniche also has activities like go-kart riding, playgrounds and even stages for live music.

Finally, to enjoy other sport in the UAE, take in a contest at the local Camel Race Track. One of the more unusual attractions, the Al Wathba Camel Race Track is about 45km east of Abu Dhabi on the Al Ain Road. There is also the Al Maqam Track near Al Ain. These are truly cultural events to admire, so try to get to the racetracks as early as possible to soak up the atmosphere. Entrance to the races is free. 

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Image Credit: Michiel2005, Pulkit SinhaAlasdair MiddletonDr. Norbert HeidenbluthRob YoungAndrew Moore

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