Cricket-World Cup-Rush for Satellite Decoders in UAE

DUBAI, May 16 - Cricket-mad Asian expatriates in the United Arab Emirates are desperately buying up satellite decoders to catch television coverage of their national teams playing in the World Cup.
One newspaper in the Gulf Arab emirate of Dubai estimates shops are selling as many as 100 decoders each a day.
For those who cannot afford the 2,600 dirham ($708) decoder or to take advantage of coverage in bars and hotels, crowding around a television set in a shop showroom is the only option.
The UAE is home to hundreds of thousands of expat workers, mainly from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, who lap up any news of their favourite sport. Local English-language newspapers are filled with pages of cricket results.

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