The luxury of watching cricket at Dubai International Stadium


ODI Debutant
Jan 29, 2005

4 September 2012

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Luxury of Watching Cricket at Dubai International Stadium’s Corporate Lounge

Spectacular, impressive and prestigious: just three of the words that could be used to describe the Dubai International Stadium at Dubai Sports City.

Every one of its 25,000 seats offers a superb view of the action – action that will be seen in full effect when Pakistan takes on Australia in a Twenty20 International series on 5, 7 and 10 September.

In the four years since it opened its gates, Dubai International Stadium has already established itself as one of the finest venues in the world for hosting international cricket thanks to its state-of-the-art facilities, as well as being a location for several other international-caliber entertainment events.

The viewing experience is topped off – literally – by the spectacular Ring of Fire, the floodlight system that is spread around the canopy of the stadium and which helps add to the dramatic appeal of night matches in Dubai’s desert.

And for the lucky few at the T20Is, there is the prospect of enjoying the action from the venue’s luxurious corporate viewing lounges.

With 24-capacity VIP suites and 12-capacity Corporate suites, fans have the chance to experience world-class facilities at fantastic value for money.

Corporate box fans get not only breathtaking and uninterrupted panoramic views of the pitch but also corporate branding space inside and outside their suite, an air-conditioned viewing area with flat screen TVs, exclusive dining with licensed facilities and comfortable seating.

“It is one of the best in terms of viewing.” said Asim Siddiqui, Managing Director, Age Group. “You have a great view of the action, considering the panoramic aspect of the stadium. Our guests have really taken home some great memories. What makes its better for us than this?”

The Els Club is the official catering service provider at the Dubai International Stadium, providing five-star, three-course sit-down buffet dining experience. The VIP boxes are dressed with elegant round table set-ups with a private butler assigned to each box, providing the highest quality of personalized services.

A panel of chefs have designed the menu in a way that fits every appetite. There are a wide variety of snacks to savour whilst watching the T20I games – from scrumptious pies, pizzas and hot dogs to Pakistani delicacies like kebab rolls, biryani and haleem – and the food is prepared and presented to the highest and prestigious standards.

On top of that, the grandstand butlers serve popcorns, nachos and soft drinks right up to the seat so guests can truly enjoy uninterrupted live action.

“With such superior sporting action, the quality of the facilities will give patrons not only a great view of the games but also a fantastic environment for mixing business and pleasure,’ said Ragia Al Bassyouni, Dubai Sports City’s Corporate Sales and Event Executive.

The hospitality suite provides an opportunity for corporate entertaining, networking, commerce, and interpersonal relationships that help organizations interact, offering an experience that will certainly be treasured by clients.

The stadium opened its doors with the Pakistan – Australia One-Day-International on April 22, 2009. Since then, four Test matches, 10 One-Day Internationals and 22 Twenty20 Internationals have been staged and DSC is proud to hold the upcoming T20Is between Pakistan and Australia on September 5, 7 and 10.
Great stadium to watch cricket.

Generates a fantastic atmosphere for limited overs cricket.
"Playing in Dubai is like playing at home. It always feels special," says Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik in his congratulatory message

Dubai, 27 March 2019: The countdown for the World Cup 2019 is well and truly on.

Squads are busy giving the finishing touches to their preparations and are also selecting the personnel who matter.

This Friday at the Dubai International Stadium (DIS), both Pakistan and Australia will return to the venue with the World Cup in sight. The ongoing five-match ODI series currently places Australia in ascendancy, but there is still a lot at stake in the series. The five-match ODI series between Pakistan and Australia, is taking place in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, with the series climaxing at Dubai International Stadium with the final two matches on Friday, 29th March and Sunday, 31st March.

The Friday match marks the 10th anniversary of international cricket at the DIS, in an exact rematch of the Stadium's first-ever fixture, which took place back in April 2009, incidentally between the same two sides.

Fans can therefore get a chance to not just watch their favourite players in action for the last time before the World Cup gets underway, but also be part of special celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of DIS.

Pakistan's captain for the ongoing series, Shoaib Malik is the only survivor from the Pakistan squad that played at the DIS for the first time in 2009. From the Australian squad, left-handed batsman Shaun Marsh is the only one to last a decade.

"There are many memories, because mostly whenever we have played at the Dubai International Stadium we have won all those series. All those memories will be with me forever. Playing in Dubai is like playing at home. Playing at the Dubai International Stadium is therefore so special and it has always been a pleasure to play here," recalled Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik.

On Friday, Malik will be at the centre stage of the celebrations when he first joins his opposite number Aaron Finch at the toss with a special minted gold coin to commemorate the occasion, along side a number of other festivities that have been planned.

"The Dubai International Stadium has unique things, there is a ring of fire around the stadium as lights. Even when you fielding the ball passes the lights and then it comes to you. When the ball comes and hits the bat, there is a different sound altogether when you play in Dubai. It's a very compact and a very different stadium. The dressing rooms and everything is so big. Whenever I play in Dubai, I always enjoy," added Malik.

Dubai International Stadium now holds several world records of its own, including having hosted the most number of Test sides globally as well as the most amount of T20 international matches at a stadium. Other iconic and renowned cricket events to have taken place at Dubai International Stadium include the Indian Premier League (IPL), Pakistan Super League (PSL), the Asia Cup, ICC U19 World Cup and numerous other bilateral international cricket matches.

Some interesting numbers to emerge in the last decade are:

Best Bowling figures

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah's 8-41 against New Zealand in November 2018 is the best individual bowling figures in Tests

In ODIs, Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi's six for 38 in the inaugural series in April 2009 against Australia is still the best

Imad Wasim of Pakistan has the best figures in T20 Internationals with his haul of five for 14 against Windies in September 2016

Most wickets

Pakistan's Yasir Shah is the most successful bowler in Tests with 55 scalps from seven games

Shahid Afridi's 25 wickets from 14 ODIs is the best for any bowler at the venue

Left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir with 22 wickets from 15 T20 Internationals is the most successful at the venue

Highest Scores

Pakistan's Azhar Ali scored his maiden Test triple hundred, 302 not out against Windies in October 2016 to log the highest individual score

Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim's 144 against Sri Lanka during Asia Cup 2018 is the best in ODIs

Kusal Perera of Sri Lanka holds the record for the best individual T20 International score with his 84 against Pakistan in December 2013

Most runs

In 11 Tests Pakistan's Azhar Ali is the most successful with 1110 runs from 11 matches

Most runs in ODIs at the venue has been scored by Mohammad Hafeez with 379 runs from 14 matches

Afghanistan's Mohammad Shahzad has logged the most, 382 runs from eight games, in T20 Internationals

Highest Team Totals

Pakistan made 579 for three declared against West Indies in October 2016 to record the best at the venue

England's total of 355 for five against Pakistan in November 2015 is the highest in ODIs

Sri Lanka's 211 for three against Pakistan in December 2013 is the highest total in T20Is
The shiny Dubai stadium is the death of cricket. Boring, insipid, empty, atmosphereless, hard to reach, hard to get out, over monitored, terrible pitches.

What is there not to like?
Souless and devoid of atmosphere. And so are the pitches.

Much prefer Sharjah.
The quality of the stands is very good. Watched a few nailbiting PSL knockout games and the crowds were great.
"Logistical problem at Dubai Stadium - If you don’t have a car you can’t come" : Wasim Akram

10 years completed
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Even in the cake to celebrate 10 years of international cricket at Dubai Sports City there is no crowd <a href="">#Cricket</a> <a href="">#PAKvAUS</a> <a href=""></a></p>— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) <a href="">March 30, 2019</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Even in the cake to celebrate 10 years of international cricket at Dubai Sports City there is no crowd <a href="">#Cricket</a> <a href="">#PAKvAUS</a> <a href=""></a></p>— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) <a href="">March 30, 2019</a></blockquote>
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Look look at the OP and compare it to now. How time changes
Hardly saw any crowd in 4th ODi Pakistan vs Australia matchin Dubai, it’s high time the matches need to moved out of there . Not good for cricket