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Spanish titans Real Madrid land in Dubai for the first time ready to take the Dubai Football Challenge crown from AC Milan

Dubai, UAE - Emirates, a global connector of people and passions, this morning has welcomed one of the biggest football teams in the world and Club World Cup winners, Real Madrid, to Dubai for the friendly match against AC Milan, being played tomorrow at The Sevens Stadium.


The Emirates 777-300ER, emblazoned with the Real Madrid logo along the side, landed this morning into Dubai International Airport to a gathering of fans for their first visit to the city.


The La Liga top seat and unbeaten in 22 games across all competitions, will go up against reigning DFC champions AC Milan in the fourth match of its type. Kick off for the exciting match is at 20:00 on Tuesday 30 December at The Sevens Stadium and will be the last match of 2014 for the two clubs.


Emirates airline and co-host, Dubai Tourism, have worked together to bring the two European teams to Dubai for this exciting sold-out match, where over 40,000 people will have the opportunity to watch world-class football in the UAE.


On the day, ticket holders are advised to arrive early when the gates open and enjoy the facilities and activities in The Village. The festivities start from 3pm and include activations from event sponsors Adidas, du and live entertainment from ARN’s Kris Fade and Tom Urquhart.


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DTCM is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development and marketing of Dubai’s tourism sector; markets and promotes the Emirate’s commerce sector; and is responsible for the licencing and classification of all tourism services, including hotels, tour operators and travel agents. Brands and departments within the DTCM portfolio include Dubai Convention and Events Bureau, Dubai Calendar, and Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (formerly known as Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment). In addition to its headquarters in Dubai, DTCM operates 20 offices worldwide.


About Emirates

Emirates, a global connector of people and places, has received more than 500 international awards and accolades for excellence. Emirates flies to over 140 destinations in 81 countries across six continents and is the world’s largest airline in available seat kilometres. Operating 227 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, including the industry leading aircraft A380, Emirates has pending delivery for an additional 295 aircraft, worth more than USD$138 billion. For more information please visit www.emirates.com 



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