Soccer activities in United Arab Emirates
On winter weeknights, neighbourhood stadiums in Dubai are packed out with up to 10,000 spectators - mostly young Emirati men - passionately barracking for their favourite football teams. Surprisingly most foreigners, be they expats or visitors, hardly attend the matches. And they're rarely covered by the local English-language press.
If you're a football fan, attend a match once and you may be hooked: the carnival atmosphere is electric. Fans dress up in colour-coordinated outfits, and a singer and band of drummers lead song-and-dance routines to inspire their teams. If you're curious, catch a match between the old rivals, Al-Ahli, Sheikh Mohammed's red-and-white jersey…