Over 30,000 Omani fans to cheer team at the finals

More than 30,000 football fans are expected to fly to Kuwait from Oman to witness the Gulf Cup finals to be played in Kuwait on Friday. A number of scheduled and unscheduled flights taking them to Kuwait for the finals, to be played between Oman and UAE. Both the private and public sector organisations in the Sultanate on Wednesday stepped in to offer free seats to fans heading to the country. Besides encouraging fans, organisers are trying to get the maximum number of social media influencers from Oman for the finals. Efforts are on to have the maximum number of fans to cheer the national team. The Ministry of Sports Affairs said more than 4,000 people had registered on its website to avail of the tickets.

The ministry is facilitating the travel for football fans in coordination with the private companies. It said a special event will be held at 5 pm on January 6 for members of the Gulf Cup at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex Stadium in Bausher. Omantel has arranged for an additional aircraft for the fans. The extra passengers will be accommodated in another aircraft, it has said. Oman Air has announced nine flights to Kuwait at RO 16 per seat, which adds up to 1,790 seats, to cheer the team. One aircraft will take off from Salalah. The company has also arranged holiday packages in Kuwait, including airport transfers, daily buffet breakfast and two nights’ stay on twin-sharing basis.

SalamAir, which earlier said it was negotiating with the authorities, said it would add eight flights to Kuwait – six from Muscat and one each from Salalah and Suhar. OmanOil also announced the provision of a plane for the fans, in coordination with Oman Air. The first Gulf Cup tournament was held in 1970 and won by Kuwait. The hosts have been the most successful team in the tournament’s history, winning 10 out of the 23 tournaments.

Vinod Nair