1/5/2019 8:51:29 PM (GMT+3)

Colourful Opening Ceremony marks the start of Asian Cup

Colourful Opening Ceremony marks the start of Asian Cup

ABU DHABI, UAE: The AFC Asian Cup was kicked off with a grand opening ceremony here at the Zayed Sports City Stadium.

Produced by those behind the successful opening ceremonies of the UEFA Champions League finals since 2014, the UEFA European Championships 2016 and several CAF African Cup of Nations, the opening ceremony also featured incredible giant falcons, over-sized lotus petals and a huge replica of the new Asian Cup trophy.

Against the backdrop of a packed stadium and hundreds of millions around the world, the fans were treated to a breathtaking live show with a series of on-pitch music performances in a fitting tribute to the excellence of Asian football and the vibrant spirit, colour and atmosphere of the host nation.

Top UAE singers Hussain Al Jassmi, Balqees Ahmed Fathi and Eida Al Menhali entertained the crowd before UAE and Bahrain opening Group A match.

Titled “Zanaha Zayed,” the opening ceremony’s theme song was written by Arif Al Khaja and composed by Khalid Nasser.

A total 600 expert performers from the UAE and around the world participated in the live extravaganza including drummers, Ayalla dancers and origami falcons - all of whom created a series of mesmerising mass choreography formations for over 13 magical minutes.

Leading to the highly-anticipated kick-off, the show depicted the story of the tournament’s mascot, Mansour, an Emirati boy inspired by the beauty of the flight of falcons. Moved by their gracious movements, Mansour extended a warm Emirati welcome to Asia and the rest of the world.

 

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