Seng Saray, a student from the Cambodian Children’s Fund, joined football star Prak Mony Udom and Happy Football Cambodia Australia (HFCA) founder Paraig Grogan on an Emirates-sponsored ‘Trip of Lifetime’ to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
The trio visited Dubai from Feb 28 to 29. During their two-day stay in the city, Saray and his companions visited several landmarks and went on adventure trips across the sand dunes and desert surrounding the bustling metropolis.
One of the places they visited was the world-famous Burj Khalifa. The 828-metre tall structure is the tallest building in the world. They later went on a long trip across the desert riding an SUV and on the back of a camel.
The group also had the opportunity to watch a game in the Arabian Gulf League, the top professional football league in the UAE. Their visit to the Arabian Gulf League was hosted by the Al Nasr football club, considered to be the first and oldest football club in Dubai. While there, they watched Al Nasr FC beat Al Wahda, 3-0, at the 15,000-capacity Al-Maktoum Stadium.
In a Facebook post, Grogan said the Emirates trip to Dubai was an amazing experience.
“It was an amazing opportunity for Saray to spent time with his hero Prak Mony Udom and visit this amazing city. Udom was very kind and friendly to Saray at all times. Udom is a very professional person and it was a pleasure for HFCA to work with him,” he stated.
Udom, who currently plays as a striker for Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC, is considered among Cambodia’s best and most popular football players.
Saray was selected to join the trip after being recognised as the ‘Best Player of the Match’ during a friendly competition organised by HFCA and Emirates in December last year.
Emirates’ Country Manager for Cambodia, Talal Al Gergawi, said during the occasion that they were happy to be part of the event.
“Emirates is honoured to have organized this friendly match and we aim to do more to help disadvantaged youth pursue their passions. Football is a very popular sport which touches the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds so we are proud to drive such an initiative. We hope that Saray Seng, today’s best player, will be able to enjoy a world-class travel experience to our global hub in Dubai, in addition to benefiting from the opportunity to watch one of the games in the UAE Arabian Gulf League,” he stressed.
HFCA’s stated purpose is to ‘with disadvantaged youth in Cambodia through the medium of the world’s most popular sport, football’. Grogan founded HFCA 15 years ago.