Staff report

Brazilian superstar Ricardo Kaka was overwhelmed by the sights in Dubai during a 10-day family holiday as a guest of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).

Kaka (second right) with DTCM officials at a press conference. (FILE)
Kaka (second right) with DTCM officials at a press conference. (FILE)

The Real Madrid midfielder who has been linked with a £22 million move away from Santiago Bernabeu visited Dubai’s internationally-renowned iconic landmarks and touristic attractions.

“Dubai is a wonderful city and one of the nicest in the world. I am honoured to be here for the family holiday. I thank the DTCM for the wonderful opportunity given to me to visit the emirate. I am overwhelmed with the hospitality I enjoyed here and we plan to come again to Dubai soon,” said Kaka.

A prized target of Arsenal and PSG, the former World Player of the Year took time off from his schedule to meet the DTCM Executive Director for Business Tourism Hamad bin Mejren, at the DTCM Head Office on Tuesday. He also met the DTCM employees and signed autographs for them and visitors.

“It was a pleasure hosting Ricardo Kaka and facilitating his visit to various places in Dubai. We are promoting sports tourism and it is our efforts to help footballers and other sports personalities explore the emirate and see its extensive world-class sports facilities,” bin Mejren said.

During the meeting, they discussed the promotion and marketing of Dubai as a sports destination across the world and how DTCM has been promoting football through various initiatives.

Ghassan Aridi, CEO of Alpha Tours, said: “We have been cooperating with the DTCM in its efforts to promote Dubai worldwide and we are happy to be associated with the DTCM for Kaka’s visit.”

Kaka visited the world’s tallest man-made structure, Burj Khalifa, and took a Seawings-organised aerial tour to experience a bird’s eye view of the natural beauty and extra-ordinary man-made structures in the emirate, including The Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab and Jebel Ali Port. More info