Fifa, football’s global governing body, has said that it is “very satisfied” with the preparations for this year’s edition of its World Club Cup, which this year takes place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Organisers in the country have had to carry out a series of upgrades to stadia to ensure that facilities are up to standard to host the high profile event, which will feature top club sides from around the world.
According to the WAM news agency, major work has been carried out at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, and Hazza bin Zayed Stadium (pictured) in Al Ain, bringing each facility in line with strict Fifa regulations.
Improvements include upgrades to public facilities and VIP areas at Zayed Sports City, the largest football stadium in the UAE, while the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium is now the only stadium in the country capable of broadcasting matches in 4k ultra high-definition.
Jamie Yarza, head of Fifa Events, said: “The UAE has world-class stadiums and training facilities and we are very satisfied with the LOC preparations, to host the tournament this December.”
Aref Al Awani, tournament director of the local organising committee, added: “The Fifa inspections highlighted the impressive stadiums and training facilities we have here in the UAE. The investment in Zayed Sports City Stadium and Hazza bin Zayed Stadium has resulted in both being considered as leading sports venues in the region.”
The 2017 Fifa World Club Cup runs from December 6-16 and will feature leading clubs such as Spanish LaLiga team Real Madrid, UAE Arabian Gulf League outfit Al Jazira Club and Mexican Liga MX team CF Pachuca.