Written by Neil King
A new initiative to encourage the football stars of tomorrow is to be launched in Dubai, it has been announced.
The Arsenal Soccer Schools Dubai is a joint venture between the Premiership club and the Emirates Airline & Group and is designed to coach and support the best of the emirate's new talent.
Maurice Flanagan, executive vice-chairman of the latter company, said the opening of the facility would also mark the five-year anniversary of the first time the two organisations had worked together.
He added part of this initial team-up involved the promise of a Dubai-based educational institution and this has "now come to fruition".
Arsene Wenger, Arsenal manager, commented: "We are all very excited that the Arsenal Soccer Schools Dubai is ready to welcome the first batch of young footballers based in the UAE."
The Sevens, a sporting venue owned by the Emirates Group, will provide a permanent home for the facility and Arabic and English speaking coaches will be employed to teach pupils.
This weekend, Arsenal take on Premiership rivals Manchester City - a team which is owned by Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi.