Background

Abdulla Ahmad Salem Abdulla Saleh (born 18 March 1983) is an Emirati Professional Footballer. He has played for all major clubs in the UAE including Sharjah Sports & Cultural Club, Al-Wahda Football Club, Al Ahli Football Club and Dubai Cultural Sports Club. He is one of the few players who has played for an international football club. He has also served the Military by playing for the Military Club. Over the years, he has garnered a lot of appreciation for his strong defence.

Abdulla’s professional football career began at a very nascent age with Dubai Cultural Sports Club. He made his debut in 1996 where he continued playing for the club till 2007. Due to his brilliant defence skills, he was inducted into the national squad in 2003 and was fortunate to represent UAE at the World Cup. He was nominated one among the Top 11 World Cup players under 21 for his exceptional talent display. Since then, he has represented various renowned local clubs and national clubs for major Cups and Leagues.

Childhood

Abdulla Salem was born in Dubai, UAE. He is the son of Ahmad Salem Abdulla Saleh, a retired military officer and Maryam Sulaiman, a homemaker. He is the eldest amongst his 10 siblings (four sisters and 6 brothers). As a young lad, Abdulla was truly fascinated by football. He was inspired by all major sporting legends and dreamt of being like one. Going to school was one of his least favourite activity. This was also one was the reasons why he preferred to play football, as it offered him an opportunity to skip school. Although it was a rescue measure to miss his alma mater, Abdulla excelled at playing the beautiful game. He was among the most promising players in his school. Abdulla Salem is married and blessed with three children.