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Rob And Derek - Live At Meydan - ’The Most Spectacular Football Experience In The Region, Salutes Host Nation On The Occasion Of Africa Day’
(26 May 2010)


On the anniversary of Africa Day, Fanus Schoemann, South African Consul General in Dubai, inaugurated yesterday ’Rob and Derek Live at Meydan’ at The Meydan Hotel, Dubai.

Hosted by Rob McCaffrey and Derek Whyte of Orbit Showtime Network Premier League Shows, ’Rob and Derek Live at Meydan’ will be a series of 11 live shows, to be held at the stunning Meydan Grandstand in Dubai from 11 June through to 11 July 2010. Each of the 11 live shows produced, will include a live match screening and match analysis, audience Q&A and entertainment by Ronan MacManus (Brother of Elvis Costello). Rob and Derek will be joined on stage each evening by former football legends to complete the celebrity guest panel. A DJ Set on stage will take the celebrations into the early hours!

’"Ke Nako - Celebrate Africa’s Humanity" The wait is nearly over. The most spectacular sport event ever to be hosted on African soil, the FIFA World Cup 2010 kicks off on June 11. That this launch takes place on the 25th May - Africa Day - surely is a positive portent of everything that we are about to witness in the days ahead. I am delighted to inaugurate Rob and Derek’s World Cup Lounge and as a representative of the host nation fully endorse and support this project! For those of us, not fortunate enough to be in South Africa during the tournament, this project is the closest thing to being there and for that we thank you. Watch out other event has Madiba Magic!" H.E Fanus Schoeman, Consul General, South African Consulate General, Dubai.

Born from the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse is culmination of what will be the definitive benchmark for any global sporting destination. Crowned by a dramatic, cantilevered Crescent Roof that features curved solar and titanium panels, that maximize the building’s energy consumption efficiency, the iconic Meydan Grandstand is a unique and ’intelligent’ development that is equipped with hospitality facilities that offer world-class services for discerning horsemen, patrons, travellers and guests alike.

’AMS Scaffolding is proud to sponsor this exclusive series of events to be held at the fabulous Meydan. AMS provided the scaffolding solutions for this magnificent, iconic Grandstand, and we look now forward to inviting many of our clients from various industries to enjoy the finished venue with us. AMS clients include companies across a number of industry sectors; commercial, Industrial, oil & gas, power & heavy engineering to name but a few. AMS provide first class, professional, contract scaffolding, scaffolding personnel, in addition to hire, sale and lease of scaffolding equipment services. AMS congratulate Rob & Derek on facilitating such an exciting series of events’ Derek Lewis, Managing Director, AMS.

The Parade Ring Restaurant within the Meydan Grandstand next to the Meydan Hotel will be transformed to provide guests with an entirely unique football experience, quality entertainment and live broadcast of all the top games, live from South Africa. It will be the ultimate destination for sports enthusiasts to experience this summer’s sporting extravaganza in the region. A world class venue, offering first facilities, demands excellence from each sporting or Entertainment product that is produced within its framework.

Rob added: ’I’m just so excited to be back with Derek and the lads having a great time while watching the World Cup. Following the success of our Christmas special we have got Sam, Reidy and Phil Brown amongst others coming out to join us and we are going to have a right old laugh while the games are going on. I half expected us to be working from a ’Rover’s Return’ style venue, but this event has snowballed to stratospheric proportions! Genuinely can’t wait for the whole thing to start, and I know people will want to get involved, because there’s just nothing like the world cup!!’ Robert McCaffrey, Former Sky Sports & OSN Network Television Presenter and Host of 11 shows.

’Rob and Derek’s World Cup lounge is going to be one of the best events ever held in Dubai at the wonderful MEYDAN. I was there in 1998 with Scotland and this is as exciting as actually being there!’ Commented Derek Whyte, Former Scotland International and Middlesbrough Player and co- host of the 11 shows.

There is also something designed solely for the ladies! The exclusive ’HELLO! Magazine Ladies Lounge’ will prove to be a glamorous and entertaining haven filled with fashion, frosting and fizz! Entertainment including fashion and beauty showcases, diamond and jewellery viewings, guest designers and celebrity guest speakers are scheduled to take place throughout the live football screenings. Details will be announced on the Rob & Derek webpage over the coming weeks.

Hello’s! Editor, Anita Quade, comments ’We are excited to be a part of this series of events, supporting from the side lines with some celebrity sparkle. The Hello! Ladies lounge will provide a sumptuous setting for the ladies to relax and enjoy some off pitch luxury, whilst still being close to the action’.

Julian Ford, Director- Marketing and Sales Development, Aggreko International, said: ’As National Supporters of the Football World Cup we are providing over 30 MW of power to the 2010 FIFA World Cup TM . This, along with having provided power for the 2010 World Cup Race at Meydan, means that the World Cup Lounge at Meydan resonates strongly with us. We’re looking forward to spending time together with our customers enjoying this world- class event at a world-class venue.’

The venue will offer to guests 11 live shows across 11 nights, between Friday 11 June and Sunday 11 July 2010, at the Parade Ring Restaurant, Meydan Grandstand. For the complete guide to show dates and evening timetables please visit

’Not to be missed... If you enjoy football entertainment with a line up of legends, brought to life with the ultimate selection of premium beverages - don’t miss rob and Derek’s football lounge this summer, only at Meydan’ Angela Rollinson, MMI

Tickets priced at AED 375 per person including 4 hours of select food and beverages will be available to purchase online at and on a dedicated call centre number, namely +971 4 4456824 from 0900hrs on Thursday 27th May. Tickets are strictly limited to 500 guests per show.

The Meydan Hotel is offering visitors to the show an exclusive and highly attractive overnight room package of AED 550 per room per night (plus 10% municipality fee and 10% service charge) Full event information is available on the website at <>

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