"300 drones" formed light images in the sky of Hazaa Bin Zayed Stadium

The public "abiding by the Corona procedures" adorns the stands after an absence of 14 months

  • "Drones" paint photographs of the President of the State, Mohammed bin Rashid and Mohammed bin Zayed, and the "Hope Probe" in the sky of Hazaa Bin Zayed Stadium.

    Photography: Eric Arazas


Football celebrated the return of the fans to the stands, after an absence that lasted for 14 months since the beginning of the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, on a historic occasion during the match that brought together Al-Nasr and Shabab Al-Ahly in the President's Cup final, yesterday, at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, 30% of the stadium's capacity of 24,000 spectators.

The field tour of "Emirates Today" monitored the process of entering the masses, which took place quite smoothly with strict implementation of the precautionary measures. Hosting the 2018 Club World Cup, and the AFC Asian Cup 2019.

Officials at the iron wall gates allowed entry to those with a case of "Covid-19 vaccination" and the letter "E" appearing through the application of the fortress, and who obtained a star from clinical trials, with an emphasis on highlighting the negative examination result (PCR) for a period not exceeding 48 Watch, wearing masks, and physical distancing.

The organizing committee sterilized all parts of the stadium four hours before the start of the match, and the sterilization included the stadiums, entry and exit corridors, dressing rooms, referees and the organizing committee, while the fans were affirmed to adhere to wearing masks, and to take care of physical distance, throughout the period of their presence inside the stadium.

The Al-Aynawi team, affiliated to the Office of Al Ain Club Fans Affairs, participated in organizing entry and exit operations from the stadium ports, and continued to provide advice to maintain the precautionary measures throughout the meeting time, while providing additional masks and sterilizers.

The Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium was covered in a colorful fashion before the start of the match, through the innovative Festival of Lights, in which 300 "drone" aircraft participated in which photographs were formed by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy The President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, which decorated the stadium sky.

The coach of Shabab Al-Ahly, Mahdi Ali, answered a question to "Emirates Today" at the press conference before the meeting, about the positive aspects of the return of the fans, by saying: “The fans are the salt of football, and its presence is definitely important for the coach and players, and we thank the Football Association for this. The initiative to provide an opportunity to attend a number of audiences ».

The match was transported through 35 cameras, distributed on all sides of the stadium, to cover every part of the stadium from the inside and outside, in addition to flying cameras, "drones" and a spider camera, to transmit all the internal and external atmospheres from the stadium, which is the largest number used in the transmission of any match that took place. On the land of the Emirates until now.

It is the third time that the stadium hosts the final of the most expensive cups, after two previous versions, the first was in the 2014-2015 season between Al-Nasr and Al-Ahly (Youth Al-Ahly), which ended with the victory of "Al-Ameed" on penalties, while the second edition was in the 2018-2019 season, and it was collected Between Al Dhafra and Shabab Al-Ahly, and ended with the latter's 2-1 victory.

Mahdi Ali:

• "We thank the Football Association for this initiative to allow a number of fans to attend."

• Fans entered the stands smoothly, according to strict precautionary measures.

• The organizing committee sterilized all parts of the stadium 4 hours before the start of the match.

• Emphasizing on the fans to adhere to the wearing of the muzzle, and to take care of physical distance, throughout the period of their presence inside the stadium.

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