The Dubai International Cricket Stadium is a 25,000 capacity multi-purpose ground opened in early 2009. Formerly known as the Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium, the ground features 350 floodlights around the circumference of the roof known as the “Ring of Fire”.
The stadium has hosted all formats of international cricket, with Pakistan playing a number of matches there as an adopted home since the 2009 terrorism attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore. The first ODI was a Pakistan win over Australia in April 2009, with the first test a year later in a drawn match with South Africa.
The first part of the 2014 Indian Premier League was played in the UAE due to the tournament clashing with the Indian General Election. The stadium held seven matches and hosted a number of matches at the 2020 IPL, with the tournament returning due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Opening Ceremony of the Pakistan Super League was held in the stadium from 2016 – 2019, with the majority of the tournament played in the UAE. The 2016 Final was also held at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, in which Islamabad United defeated the Quetta Gladiators by 6 wickets.
A number of matches at the 2018 Asia Cup were held at the ground, including the Final in which India defeated Bangladesh by 3 wickets.
Location & Travel to Dubai International Cricket Stadium
The Dubai International Cricket Stadium is located 25 kilometres south of downtown Dubai, in the Dubai Sports City complex.
Airport – The Dubai International Airport is the primary airport in the UAE, being the hub for the country’s flag carrier – Emirates, as well as the low-cost carrier flydubai. There are over 140 airlines that offer flights to over 270 destinations across all continents of the world from the airport.
The airport is about 35 kilometres north of the Dubai International Cricket Stadium and can be reached by car in about 25 minutes.
Driving & Parking – There is an array of parking space at the stadium, lying not far off the E44 highway when driving from downtown Dubai.
Taxi – A taxi ride from downtown Dubai to the stadium will cost around 30 AED and take 20-25 minutes.
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Last Updated on February 24, 2021 by Sports Tourist