UAE geared up for T20 World Cup Extravaganza
There hasn’t been such a long wait for a world cup before! This pandemic has led to a five-and-a-half-year gap between T20 World Cups. India had hosted the last tournament way back in 2016, where West Indies were crowned the champions.
The world has witnessed notable changes in the past one and half years or so in the cricketing landscape, and the T20 World had to shift from Australia to India and finally to the UAE and Oman. According to the ICC ( International Cricket Council ), the 2021-T20 World Cup is the biggest sporting spectacle to have ever taken place in the region.
The long wait is finally over
As the group stage matches are over, all eyes are now on the Super 12 stage, where top teams compete against each other. Have a glance at the exciting fixtures. Looks promising! Aren’t they?
ICC T20 World Cup Schedule
|Match No||Date||Match Centers||Time||Venue|
|1||23-Oct-21||Australia Vs South Africa||3:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|2||23-Oct-21||England Vs West Indies||7:30 PM||Dubai|
|3||24-Oct-21||Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh||3:30 PM||Sharjah|
|4||26-Oct-21||South Africa Vs West Indies||3:30 PM||Dubai|
|5||27-Oct-21||England Vs Bangladesh||3:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|6||28-Oct-21||Australia Vs Sri Lanka||7:30 PM||Dubai|
|7||29-Oct-21||West Indies Vs Bangladesh||3:30 PM||Sharjah|
|8||30-Oct-21||South Africa Vs Sri Lanka||3:30 PM||Sharjah|
|9||30-Oct-21||England Vs Australia||7:30 PM||Dubai|
|10||01-Nov-21||England Vs Sri Lanka||7:30 PM||Sharjah|
|11||02-Nov-21||South Africa Vs Bangladesh||3:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|12||04-Nov-21||Australia Vs Bangladesh||3:30 PM||Dubai|
|13||04-Nov-21||West Indies Vs Sri Lanka||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|14||06-Nov-21||Australia Vs West Indies||3:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|15||06-Nov-21||England Vs South Africa||7:30 PM||Sharjah|
Super 12 – Group 2 Fixture:
|Match No||Date||Match Centers||Time||Venue|
|1||24-Oct-21||India Vs Pakistan||7:30 PM||Dubai|
|2||25-Oct-21||Afghanistan Vs Scotland||7:30 PM||Sharjah|
|3||26-Oct-21||Pakistan Vs New Zealand||7:30 PM||Sharjah|
|4||27-Oct-21||Scotland Vs Namibia||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|5||29-Oct-21||Afghanistan Vs Pakistan||7:30 PM||Dubai|
|6||31-Oct-21||Afghanistan Vs Namibia||3:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|7||31-Oct-21||India Vs New Zealand||7:30 PM||Dubai|
|8||02-Nov-21||Pakistan Vs Namibia||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|9||03-Nov-21||New Zealand Vs Scotland||3:30 PM||Dubai|
|10||03-Nov-21||India Vs Afghanistan||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|11||05-Nov-21||New Zealand Vs Namibia||3:30 PM||Sharjah|
|12||05-Nov-21||India Vs Scotland||7:30 PM||Dubai|
|13||07-Nov-21||New Zealand Vs Afghanistan||3:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|14||07-Nov-21||Pakistan Vs Scotland||7:30 PM||Sharjah|
|15||08-Nov-21||India Vs Namibia||7:30 PM||Dubai|
ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Final & Semifinal Fixture:
|Date||Teams||Semi-Final | Final||Time|
|10 Nov 2021||TBC vs TBC||1st Semi-Final||7:30 PM|
|11 Nov 2021||TBC vs TBC||2nd Semi-Final||7:30 PM|
|14 Nov 2021||TBC vs TBC||Final||7:30 PM|
Although there aren’t any clear-cut favorites for the title, India is claimed to be one of the teams that would clinch the trophy. For India, UAE has come to be their second home in cricket terms with the second half of the T20 Indian Premier League being played at Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah, resuming last month after being suspended mid-year. England, Australia, New Zealand, and Pakistan are all equally in the hunt too.
The mighty stadiums
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, and Dubai International Cricket Stadium are the venues scheduled for Super 12 and the finale. Each of the three venues has been operating at 70 percent of maximum seated capacity, and the ticket prices start at Dh30.
Watch from the family pods
As the fans started coming out in numbers, an interesting open seating was organized at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. It was during the match between Australia and South Africa that the followers attending the match received to witness the sport from particular socially-distanced household ‘pods’ on the grass banks. Organizers put up the fenced-off enclosures for households of as much as 4 to look at the match whilst sustaining well-being and security requirements. It’s indeed an innovative and healthy practice at these testing times. These family pods would encourage more fans to come into the stadiums and watch their favorite teams play, with all Covid-19 protocols in place.
Where to stay in the UAE?
From 5 star hotels to resorts to budget hotel accommodation, there is a lot to choose from for staying in the UAE. Compare the hotel prices and book the best hotels in the United Arab Emirates with amazing deals on Rehlat.
Here are some of our suggestions:
Emirates Grand Hotel Apartments, Dubai :
Located in the heart of the commercial district, it offers a magnificent city and the Arabian Sea views. Book your stay to reach The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, and the largest Mall in the Middle East, Dubai Mall within less than 10 minutes’ driving, and it’s just 15 minutes drive away from Dubai International Airport. The rooftop pool, fully-equipped fitness center, and tennis court are all waiting for the visitors here.
Rove La Mer Beach, Dubai:
Discover La Mer, with one of Dubai’s world-class beachfront. Its design is inspired by its local environment, and incredible Dubai art is set all over to tell stories and to create amazing moments for the guests.
Occidental Sharjah Grand, Sharjah:
Book your stay and avail comfortable Double room with City or Sea View. It has a limited inventory of Deluxe rooms with direct pool access and Junior Suites to make your stay in Sharjah an unparalleled experience. The round the clock reception will be able to provide you with all the required information on the surroundings, main tourist attractions, and car renting. Moreover, it is located just 12 Km from Dubai and 22 KM from Sharjah international airport.
Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi:
The location of Beach Rotana is very unique. It is located in the heart of Abu Dhabi business and main shopping district with direct access to a private beach and boasts 11 restaurants and links directly to the Abu Dhabi Mall. Enjoy comfort and convenience with a sea view and private balcony also featured in all rooms. Guests can choose from a broad variety of continental, Asian, and Arab cuisines too.
While you enjoy the matches, please do not miss exploring the rest of the UAE. With the sparkling skyline, nightlife, giant malls, thriving cuisines, and miles-long seashores, it’s definitely one of the magical places in the world.
What to look for?
After watching the exciting matches at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, are you wondering what to do next? Don’t worry. This city is an incredible place with friendly, generous, and hospitable people. Time spent in Abu Dhabi is a great opportunity to explore the city and enjoy its thrilling activities. Here are some short guides that would definitely help you find your way.
- Abu Dhabi Itinerary – 48 Hours In The Capital City Of The United Arab Emirates
- Abu Dhabi: The Gateway For Exotic Weekend Getaways
Mapping the 7 Emirates of the UAE
UAE is not only Dubai & Abu Dhabi. With 7 Emirates, UAE has got a lot more to offer, and each has got distinctive traditional and modern flavors that await to be explored. Why don’t you take a look at some of the most sublime destinations in the UAE, and some of the unexplored gems?
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