Test cricket comes to the Middle East

For the first time ever, the Middle East is to play host to an official ICC ranking Test series – and what’s more, it involves England who lock horns with Pakistan in the first Test beginning on 17th January 2012. So, if you’re planning to enjoy the average 24 degree temperatures of Dubai or Abu Dhabi in January or February then why not grab yourself some tickets and go on cheer your preferred team? It’s sure to be a carnival atmosphere across both venues, the DSC Cricket Ground in Dubai and the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Newly crowned as the world’s number one Test side, England will be keen to build on their incredible form of late, I for one cannot remember the last time they lost a Test series – and I hope that comment won’t curse them.  For residents, businessmen and holidaymakers, the proposition of international cricket in January is a rare one, and these matches will hopefully ignite an interest in the sport in the Middle East.

Families flock to Dubai for balmy days at Aquaventure – the waterpark metropolis located at Atlantis the Palm Hotel, not to mention Ski Dubai, a sensational indoor facility for all ages. Dubai is also perfect for couples, with romantic spa hotels, miles of sands, outstanding shopping and celebrity restaurants providing top class cuisine.

Dubai is one of the most rapidly growing communities in the world and is very much a premier destination for luxury holidays, with a cosmopolitan culture and a high level of prestige in the industry. Whilst it’s also a playground for the rich and famous with outstanding attractions like the Burj Khalifa – you’ll also find it surprisingly accessible especially if you book during low season like now.

So, if you want to time your trip with some international cricket, here is the full schedule:

17th Jan 2012: First Test, Dubai
25th Jan 2012: Second Test, Abu Dhabi
3rd Feb 2012: Third Test, Dubai
13th Feb 2012: First ODI, Abu Dhabi
15th Feb 2012: Second ODI, Abu Dhabi
18th Feb 2012: Third ODI, Dubai
21st Feb 2012: Fourth ODI, Dubai
23rd Feb 2012: First T20, Dubai
25th Feb 2012: Second T20, Dubai
27th Feb 2012: Third T20, Abu Dhabi

Carole Booth is Commercial Director at Destinology.

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  1. SteveO says:

    Cricket in the warm weather will surely beat watching it at windy Lords. Bring it on!! The only problem is I’ll probably be watching from my TV in rainy Bradford….

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