Thomas Schaaf’s troops will be staying at the Emirates Palace, a seven-star hotel situated on a private beach between the Etihad Towers and the Persian Gulf. Comprising 302 rooms and 92 suits, many of which are furnished in gold and marble, Frankfurt could hardly wish for a more luxurious setting for their Rückrunde preparations. The Eagles will also be using the hotel’s very own FIFA standard pitch for training.
Frankfurt have pencilled in two friendly matches for their trip to the United Arab Emirates. After facing fellow Bundesliga outfit Hamburger SV on 15 January, Schaaf's side will take on Abu Dhabi club Al Ain FC at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadion (r.) three days later. By far the most successful club in the country, Al Ain are the only side from the UAE ever to have won the AFC Champions League.
The largest of the UAE's seven member Emirates, Abu Dhabi is one of the richest cities in the world and home to the ruling Abu Dhabi Emiri family. It is also one of the world's largest oil producers, but tourism has become a vital component of the Emirate's economic diversification in recent times. Expecting to attract as many as ten million tourists a year by 2025, Abu Dhabi boasts attractions from the Corniche boulevard to the Yas Marina Formula 1 circuit (l.).