ABU DHABI, Preparations are in full swing for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, with the Higher Organising Committee affirming Operetta " Zanaha Zayed" to be the musical highlight of the opening ceremony which will commence at 7.30 p.m. on January 5th on the main pitch of Zayed Sports City.

The large-scale musical show will see the participation of 600 performers displaying three artistic masterpieces and multi-faceted episodes that mirror the quintessential Emirati values and national identity that qualified the country to host the prestigious sports event for the second time in its history.

The much-awaited, 13-minute ceremony, set to see a live record viewership of 300 million around the globe, is tailored to promote the spirit of tolerance that underpins the nature of the UAE society before the entire world.

Operetta " Zanaha Zayed" - Arabic for Illuminated by Zayed- is written by Aref Al Khaja, composed by Khalid Nasser, and directed by Roshan Arshan, with the participation of well-known stars Hussein Al Jasmi, Eida Al Menhali and Balqis.

The opening ceremony's organising body has been managing the inaugurations of the UEFA Champions League matches since 2014; they also organised the opening ceremony of the 2016 UEFA European Championship, and other several leading international and continental sports competitions.

Source: Emirates News Agency