MUMBAI With more and more teams expressing reservations about visiting Pakistan, the re-emergence of the Middle-East as a cricket destination looks likely because of security, facilities, spectator interest and revenue-generation opportunities. Sheikh Zayed Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. However, it is currently used mostly for cricket matches. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is hosting its yet another 'home series against New Zealand with the first of three ODIs, all to be played under floodlights, on Tuesday. The $2.5 million Zayed stadium can accommodate 16,000 spectators and opened its gates to the public in 2004. In 2009, the stadium played host to numerous games, mostly fixtures in the prestigious Nissan Gulf Cup, where teams from different age groups competed against each other for the title. In March 2009, Sussex, Lancashire, Middlesex and Surrey played Pre-Season friendlies there. For Pakistan, the venue is not new. One of the more memorable events at the stadium was the two back-to-back charity matches between Pakistan and India in April 2006. The two teams put aside their differences in support for the 2005 Pakistan earthquake (October 2005) victims. The series was titled the Friendship Series. Pakistan has been regularly playing at this venue thereafter and hoping to feel home atmosphere when Younus Khan will lead his side against coachless New Zealand. The ICC and the ACC (Asian Cricket Council) are encouraging hosts to nurture more nationals and not rely on ex-pats so things will continue to improve in this regard and the ECB chief executive Dilawar Mani has reasons to be optimistic.