Barcelona star to appear at Dubai sports event

14/12/2012 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Neil King
Barcelona star to appear at Dubai sports event

Barcelona star Eric Abidal will appear at an important sporting event in the UAE later this month.The French left-back is set to be a guest speaker at the 7th Dubai International Sports Conference (DISC), which is being held at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel on December 28th and 29th, Gulf News reports.Abidal is an inspirational figure in the world of football, having battled against some serious health issues.In March 2011 he was diagnosed with a tumour in his liver, but he fought against the condition and was able to play in his team's Uefa Champions League final against Manchester United at London's Wembley Stadium - a game his side won 3-1.Although he has since had to undergo a liver transplant, the 33-year-old has resumed training and is expected to make another comeback.Head of the organising committee for the DISC Mohammad Al Kamali told the news provider that Abidal will bring a lot of "positive energy" to the event."I am sure a player of the stature of Eric Abidal will bring to this conference a rather different approach after what he has been through due to his illness not so long ago," he was quoted as saying."The football fraternity in Dubai will only be richer due to his presence."Abidal is one of a number of household names set to appear at the high-profile conference.Earlier this week it was confirmed that Atletico Madrid and Colombia striker Radamel Falcao would also take part, as well as former England coach Fabio Capello and Uefa president Michel Platini.It seems that Spanish football is constantly establishing links with the UAE.Both Barcelona and Real Madrid have held training camps in the country and Gulf News reported last month that Valencia - widely considered to be the third strongest team in La Liga - are also keen to launch an academy in Dubai.Representatives from the club recently visited the emirate in search of sponsors, as they look to raise funds in order to complete their unfinished stadium.