Arsenal football stars Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi visit Dubai Frame
Mesut Ozil, Bernd Leno, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, and Shkodran Mustafi tour city landmarks ahead of Al Nasr Dubai tie
Ahead of their friendly match with Al Nasr Dubai at Al Maktoum Stadium, Premier League football club Arsenal’s players Mesut Ozil, Bernd Leno, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, and Shkodran Mustafi visited UAE architectural landmarks such as Dubai Frame and the 828m Burj Khalifa.
Later in the evening, Arsenal players also met HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, and Emirates chairman and chief executive, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
The Al Nasr Dubai-Arsenal tie on 26 March will mark the official launch of Al Maktoum Stadium, where a renovation programme that completed in December 2018 raised capacity to 15,000.
Arsenal's players started their city tour with a visit to the 150m-tall and 93m-wide Dubai Frame, which offers views of 'New' and 'Old' Dubai, and opened its doors to the public in January 2018.
The city’s modern landmarks such as Emirates Towers and Burj Khalifa can be seen through one side of the frame, with the other end providing views of areas such as Deira and Karama.
While at Dubai Frame, Arsenal's players also showed off their football skills on the structure's glass bridge, located within its transparent viewing deck.
The visit was followed by a stop at Burj Khalifa, and Arsenal's team also passed by the 3.2km Dubai Water Canal during their sightseeing tour, according to a press statement by Emirates airline, which is supporting the football club's Dubai visit.