Emirates Holidays has partnered up with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to become the official tour operator of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. The 17th edition of the continent’s prestigious football tournament will take place in the United Arab Emirates between 5 January 2019 and 1 February 2019.
Through the partnership Emirates Holidays offers a broad range of excellent value packages to football fans traveling to Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai and Sharjah to support their teams. Each package includes match ticket(s), accommodation and return flights with Emirates Airline
Robin Parry, Vice President for Emirates Holidays, said: “We are thrilled to become the official tour operator of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. Starting from today, supporters can seamlessly book match ticket, flight and accommodation with Emirates Holidays and enjoy the excellent travel experience our award-winning airline and reputable hotel partners offer. We see exciting opportunities for the company in sport tourism and continue to seek ways to accommodate the growing demand. We look forward to welcoming our football fan customers in the UAE.”
Dato’ Windsor John, General Secretary of the Asian Football Confederation, said: “Asian football continues to make giant strides on the world stage and the remarkable growth and stature of the AFC Asian Cup exemplifies the undeniable progress of football in the Continent. Emirates have been a long-standing partner of the AFC and we would like to thank them for their firm belief in the development and ever-improving proposition of Asian football
Through this partnership with Emirates Holidays, we are confident that we will engage with more families, more passionate fans of all ages, from across all the five AFC regions and beyond. Together with the LOC and Emirates Holidays, the AFC is committed to staging an AFC Asian Cup of world class standards – a true celebration of Bringing Asia Together.”
“We are offering all visitors an unsurpassed experience of live football for this unprecedented competition,” said His Excellency Aref Hamad Al Awani, Tournament Director of the Local Organising Committee for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. “In hosting the largest ever AFC Asian Cup —24 countries competing for the top prize in Asia—the UAE is prepared to welcome and win over first-time visitors as well as football enthusiasts for this once-in-a-lifetime event.”
Emirates Holidays, the tour operating arm of Emirates Airline, extends the Emirates quality experience from air to the ground with its wide array of holiday options based around the airline’s network. With over 20 years of experience in the travel industry, Emirates Holidays’ create the finest travel experiences for our discerning customers with its travel consultants specialising in Indian Ocean, Europe, Asia, America and African getaways.
the AFC Asian Cup
The AFC Asian Cup is the pinnacle international team tournament held by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) every four years to determine the champion of Asia. The competition is the second-oldest continental football championship (after the Copa America) and was first held in 1956. The AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019TM expands the number of participating nations from 16 to 24, making it the biggest tournament ever.
The 2019 tournament will be the second time the UAE has hosted the event, after successfully staging the finals in 1996. The Asian Cup UAE 2019 runs from 5 January to 1 February 2019, with 51 matches being played in eight world class stadiums located across four host cities – Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.