Dubai's Al Maktoum Stadium revamped for Asian Cup 2019
The stadium's expansion was completed ahead of schedule and has increased its capacity to 15,000
A revamp of Dubai's Al Maktoum Stadium has been completed ahead of schedule before the Asian Cup 2019 football tournament kicks off.
Al Maktoum Stadium's expansion included increasing capacity to 15,000 seats, building four television production studios, guest rooms, a 200-person media centre, and a lecture hall.
Facial recognition software will be used at the stadium for security and safety.
Dubai Municipality handed the project over to Abdulrahman Obaid Abu Al Shawareb, a member of the board of directors of the Al Nasr Sports and Cultural Club, and noted the project had been completed to the highest standards.
Al Maktoum Stadium complies with the standards for the Asian Football Federation and world football governing body Fifa. The stadium will, therefore, be able to host matches for the 2018 Asian Cup.
“The development of the stadium was in line with the Government's directives to enhance Dubai's outstanding position in the sports field and to support the progress of sports in the country,” said Dawoud Al Hajiri, Director General of Dubai Municipality.
The UAE is hosting the Asian Cup 2019, which will be held from 5 January to 1 February, 2019, and will feature global superstars such as Tottenham Hotspur ace Heung-Min Son.
As the host nation, the UAE has a place in the tournament and will be joined by its GCC neighbours Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Oman.