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By order of Khalifa Bin Zayed Second development of the club’s facilities in May 1975


Following the end of the sports season 1974/75 and Al Ain’s win of the Abu Dhabi League for the second time, HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, who was also the honorary president of the club, ordered a new project to be carried out to develop the club and its facilities.

The second development project comprised completion of the expansions of the club’s administrative building, planting the playground with natural palm trees, setting up a stadium that accommodated 5,000 spectators, establishing a handball playground, a swimming-pool, a gymnasium hall and a theatre. Those constructions represented a great boom in the history of the club’s facilities.

June 1978
The new playground is named after Khalifa Bin Zayed

On June 18, 1978,the board of directors of Al Ain Club decided in its meeting under the chairmanship of HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to name the new stadium of the club after HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, in appreciation and recognition of his continuous and limitless support of the club. This had a great effect on the comprehensive progress of the club from the sports and constructional viewpoints.

August 1979
Establishment of the sports hall

Under the directives of HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who is also the honorary president of Al Ain Club, an indoor hall for group games was decided to be set up in Al Ain Club. The indoor hall was officially inaugurated on January 17, 1981 with a match that combined Al Ain and Abu Dhabi in the handball league and finished 34/26 to Al Ain.

1980
Khalifa Bin Zayed orders Al Qattara Club to be established

HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who is also the honorary president of Al Ain Club, decided in early 1980 to set up Al Qattara Club at an initial cost of Dhs20 million.

October 1982
New expansions at Al Ain Club at a cost of Dhs57 million

The board of directors of Al Ain Club under the chairmanship of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the time decided to carry out additional expansions and constructions including the expansion of Khalifa Stadium and the setting up of an Olympic swimming-pool and outdoor playgrounds at a total cost of Dhs47 million, thereby completing Al Ain Club’s facilities.

April 1983
Inauguration of the new Al Ain administrative building

Under a boost by HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, the new administrative building of Al Ain Club was set up at a cost of Dhs7 million. The new building was inaugurated in April 1983.

Khalifa inspects the club’s facilities

On May 14, 1983 HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, who is also the honorary president of Al Ain Club paid an inspection visit to the club. He was accompanied by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, vice-chairman of board of the club. During his tour, HH Sheikh Khalifa was familiarized with the club’s facilities and the developments that were made under his full support.

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