By Andy Sambidge
Iconic trophy will go on show for one day only at FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour Fan Zone in Abu Dhabi on Monday
The FIFA World Cup trophy has landed in the UAE as part of a tour sponsored by Coca-Cola.
The Coca-Cola plane, housing the iconic trophy, touched down at the Royal Jet Terminal in Abu Dhabi International Airport, prior to its public reveal in Malaib, Corniche Road on Monday.
Brought to the UAE by Coca-Cola, the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour will give thousands of fans an opportunity to view the trophy.
The one-day FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour Fan Zone will open its doors at 10am. Fans will be able to participate in a series of interactive activities before going through to see the trophy.
The trophy weighs in at just over six kilograms and is made of 18 carat gold and stands 14.4 inches tall.
President of the UAE FA, Yousuf Yaqoub Al Serkal, said: "We are very proud to welcome the FIFA World Cup Trophy to the UAE, a country that embodies the very essence of football, from the national passion for the sport, to the unity that defines the sportsmanship.
"This is a very special milestone and we are happy to be a part of it and to host the trophy on UAE land, spreading happiness to all."
The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola, which was launched in Brazil on September 12, extends across 90 countries, taking the trophy over 92,000 miles.
After its stay in the UAE, the trophy will move onto the Pacific Islands, Central America, the Caribbean, and will finish its tour in April in Brazil, ahead of the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament.
I dare saying that the beautifully painted plane that carries the cup around looks much more spectacular than the cup. ;-)