There was an attitude of excitement emanating from the Dubai Sport City Cricket Stadium as its inaugural contest got underway.
More than 17,000 spectators were treated to a thrilling match between Pakistan and Australia, with Pakistan eventually winning the game by four wickets.
"To see two exciting teams competing at the highest level in front of a passionate Dubai crowd is exactly what Dubai Sports City is all about," said Khalid Al Zarooni, president of Dubai Sports City.
In addition to its world-class sporting facilities, Dubai Sports City also offers a selection of the finest property for sale in Dubai, including family villas for those who wish to give their children a head start in their chosen sport.
Mr Al Zarooni said that it was very encouraging to see so many local supporters filling the seats at the stadium as encouraging grass roots sports was a key ambition of Dubai Sports City as a whole.