Dubai is Real Madrid’s destination partner in landmark global deal

Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism, and one of the world’s biggest football club, Real Madrid have strengthened their partnership with the announcement of a new global tie-up.

The agreement will see Dubai become the club’s ‘official destination partner’, reported state news agency WAM.

The strategic alliance is expected to create growth opportunities for both parties and support the plans announced in the Dubai Economic Agenda (D33).

Real Madrid, Dubai partnership

The multi-year agreement promises a range of exciting activations, special fan moments and unique experiences for Dubai and Real Madrid fans.

Launching this October, the partnership encompasses Real Madrid’s First Men and Women Football Teams, bringing a taste of Dubai to Santiago Bernabéu offering fans unforgettable experiences and services.

Issam Kazim, chief executive officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), and Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, formalised the partnership during an official ceremony at the legendary Sala de Juntas in Ciudad Real Madrid, in the presence of Jose Angel Sanchez, CEO of the Club, and Emilio Butragueño, Real Madrid legend and Director of Institutional Relations.

Kazim commented, “We are excited to begin our journey with Real Madrid as a global partner. This game-changing collaboration between Dubai and the greatest Club in the world is built upon a shared vision and values, where every achievement motivates one to pursue new heights. With our aim to consolidate Dubai’s position among the top three global cities, this strategic alliance will harness the strengths of a leading destination and the world’s most celebrated team to reaffirm Dubai globally as the best city to visit, live, and work in.”

Butragueño, in turn, said, “We are very proud of this new partnership with Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism as the Club’s first Official Destination Partner. Dubai is a destination that strives for excellence in all its entertainment offerings, a value shared by the Club. We are delighted to bring this exciting tourist destination to our millions of Madridistas around the world.”

Dubai’s strong public and private sector relations are at the heart of its success, and this new collaboration with Real Madrid further builds on a longstanding partnership that Emirates has cemented since 2011.

It is also perfectly timed for the upcoming Real Madrid themed-park at Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest theme park destination in the Middle East, which will further expand the city’s diverse destination proposition.

The park, which will be the world’s first Real Madrid-themed park, will feature a number of Real Madrid-related attractions, such as a museum, amusement rides and football skill games, food and beverage outlets, and retail spaces selling official Real Madrid products.