1/5/2019 7:04:40 PM (GMT+3)

Grand Opening Ceremony planned for AFC Asian Cup

Grand Opening Ceremony planned for AFC Asian Cup

ABU DHABI: The 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup will be inaugurated here at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on Saturday.

The organisers have promised a once-in-a-lifetime experience and breathtaking live show for thousands of fans in and outside the country.

Designed to create and capture the excitement of the biggest ever Asian Cup, the ceremony will transform the stadium with a series of live on-pitch music performances in a unique tribute to the excellence of Asian football and the vibrant spirit, colour and atmosphere of the host nation.

The 51-match tournament, which is being held in the UAE for the second time, will get underway with three of the host nation’s most acclaimed and beloved singing talents who will open the celebrations in the competition’s theme of ‘Bringing Asia Together.

An estimated audience of 300 million viewers will be captivated as UAE's internationally renowned singing sensations Hussain Al Jassmi, Eida Al Menhali and Balqees Ahmed Fathi take to the pitch, surrounded by hundreds of performers as part of a dramatic experience to set the stage for the tournament’s opener between the hosts UAE and Bahrain.

Titled “Zanaha Zayed,” the opening ceremony’s theme song was written by Arif Al Khaja and composed by Khalid Nasser. Mohammed Darwish Al Zarouni will oversee the spectacle while Roshan Soomarchun directs the dazzling showpiece.

The Local Organising Committee has revealed that as many as 600 expert performers from the UAE and around the world will participate in the live extravaganza including drummers, Ayalla dancers and origami falcons - all performing to create a series of mesmerizing mass choreography formations that promises to bring the stadium and opening ceremony to life.