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Grand opening planned for FIFA World Youth Cup

posted on 17/11/2003: 1661 views

Chariots, horses, acrobats and traditional folk dances will be part of a spectacular opening ceremony planned for opening ceremony of the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championships to be staged at the Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on November 27.

This was revealed when a delegation comprising high ranking members of the organising committee yesterday visited General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence, at his palace to brief him on the final preparations for the November 27- December 19 competition that features 24 teams including the hosts UAE. Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the World Youth Cup Higher Organising Committee, informed Sheikh Mohammed that every effort was being made to ensure that the event would be conducted at the highest standards.

In response to Sheikh Mohammed's instructions that the opening ceremony should be unique, Sheikh Saeed said a spectacular programme had been planned which included a parade of the 24 teams in horse-drawn chariots. Sheikh Saeed said that the UAE's rich cultural heritage will also be projected through traditional folklore dances by the professional Emirate troupe.

Sheikh Mohammed urged that distinguished daily cultural activities be organised for the visiting officials, players, guests, administrators and media and that they should reflect the best traditional Arab hospitality. He also instructed members of the organising committee to conduct daily tours to ensure the championship was conducted smoothly. Sheikh Mohammed said that it was important to attract as many fans as possible from both Arab and foreign countries. (The Gulf News)


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