No Olympic tickets on sale in UAE yet

DUBAI - The Chinese Consulate-General in Dubai is advising UAE travellers to China for the Olympic Games in Beijing next month to purchase tickets for the various events and occasions. However, the UAE National Olympic Committee says Olympic tickets are yet to be sent to the emirates.

By Lily B. Libo-on (Our staff reporter)

Published: Tue 15 Jul 2008, 1:52 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:12 PM

General Secretary of the committee Ibrahim Abdul Malik said the committee already sent in a request for 15 Olympic tickets for each of the eight events that the UAE is participating and during the opening and closing events. "Until now, we have not received any tickets from the Beijing Olympic Games Committee (BOGCO)," he said.

In a separate interview with Khaleej Times, Chinese Consul-General Gao Youzhen said the Chinese Consulate in Dubai and the Chinese Embassy in Abu Dhabi have no tickets for the Olympic Games but that they can be bought from the UAE National Olympic Committee.

He issued this statement to stop Olympic fans from going to the consulate for purchasing tickets.

He said there are four types of Olympic tickets, for the opening, for the closing, for the final games and for the major events. "They cost from as low as RM30 (Dh15) to as expensive as RM5,000 (Dh2,500)," he said.

For the opening ceremony, the tickets will be sold for RM200 (Dh100) to the most expensive RM5,000 (Dh2,500). For the closing ceremony, the cheapest ticket is RM150 (Dh75) and the most expensive RM3,000 (Dh1,500). For the finals, the cheapest ticket costs RM60 (Dh30) and the most expensive is RM1,000 (Dh500). For the major events, cheapest tickets cost RM30 (Dh15) and the most expensive RM1,000 (Dh500).

He said a total of nine million Olympic tickets were printed, seven million of them to be sold and two million are complimentary passes. Of the seven million, 20 to 25 per cent will be sold through the BOGCO.

These tickets will enable the holder to watch a total of 28 major games in Beijing and 302 minor games in Hong Kong, Tianjin, Qingdao, Quinhuangdao and Shenyang. This year's Olympic Games, the consul-general said, carries the theme 'One World, One Dream'.

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