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. Abdulla is one of the few players who has played for an international football club and 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 the Dubai Cultural Sports Club. He made his debut in 1996 where he continued playing for the club until 2007. Due to his brilliant defence skills, he was inducted into the national squad in 2003 and was fortunate to represent the UAE at the World Cup. Abdulla was nominated as one of the Top 11 under 21 World Cup players for his exceptional talent display. Since then, he has represented various renowned local and national clubs for major Cups and Leagues.


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 with four sisters and six brothers.

As a young lad, Abdulla was truly fascinated by football. He was inspired by all major sporting legends and dreamt of becoming one. Going to school was one of his least favourite activities. 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.