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The UAE football authorities are delighted with the Spanish capital club's proposal and believe it will be a major boost for the game in the region

The governors of the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah have put together a party to celebrate Real Madrid's holiday resort in the United Arab Emirates.

'Real Madrid Resort Island', which has a cost of $1 billion, is due to open in January 2015, with over one million visitors expected per year.

At the event, in which Madrid were represented by president Florentino Perez and directors Emilio Buntragueno and Zinedine Zidane, UAE football authorities spoke of the importance of the resort to develop football in the Persian Gulf region.

"We are proud of this project, we have done everything to make it easier and we hope that everyone will be satisfied with it," UAE FA interim president Youssef Alserkal told reporters.

"The government of Ras al-Khaimah will do everything to make this a success.

"This project will definitely improve the sport in our Arabic country."

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