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After the disappointment of Egypt’s early elimination from the Africa Cup of Nations this summer, Mohamed Salah took a break in Dubai to recuperate.
The reigning African footballer of the year sampled gourmet cuisine in five-star restaurants, relaxed on beaches, and kept himself in shape with some light training at the Nad al Sheba (NAS) sports complex.
This was not Salah’s first trip to the complex, nor even his first this year. His Liverpool team booked in for a training camp in January, as did Premier League rivals Manchester United - who also visited the previous year.
Arsenal were guests in March, adding their names to an illustrious list that includes Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, and AC Milan. Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo dropped in over his winter holidays.
The appeal is not limited to footballers.
World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic posed for a selfie with the Crown Prince of Dubai at NAS in 2016.