In his family and friends in Qatar and in the neighboring countries Ali Galadari remembers well how he attended the Gulf Cup.
He took his first trip to Bahrain, Bahrain, in 1986, as a 12-year old, and he has been a frequent participant since then.
The 24th Arabian Gulf Cup starts on Tuesday in Doha, the capital of Qatar, but only for a few hips.
Since having reversed their decision to boycott the event over the two years of diplomatic conflict with the host nation, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain were included in the draw.
A revamped draw has been drawn following acceptance in this month by the three nations of new
inventions from the Arab Gulf Cup Football Federation.
The trio and Egypt continue, following the separation of ties in June 2017 and the accusation of “supporting terrorism,” a charge that has been repeatedly and vigorously rejected by Doha, to impose a land, air and sea blockade against Qatar.
But, in order to compete at the 8-National regional race, the Saudi Football Federation and the UAE Football Association have adjoined its local league schedules.
On Monday, the teams arrived in Doha.
Eight teams were divided into two groups. Group A draws Qatar’s Asian champions against Kuwait, Iraq, and the UAE.
Oman’s defending champions are group B, where 10 times winner Kuwait and Bahrain in the group stage will be joined by Saudi Arabia.
Qatar hosts the regional event for the fourth time.
In Doha, however, there is a high expectation for the return of the semifinal AFC Asian Cup between Qatar and the UAE to be held on December 2, where the number of tickets left to be sold is limited according to the site for the tournament.