Dubai Sports Complex officially opened

Tuesday May 17 2011

The AED1.1bn ($299m) Dubai Sports Complex has been officially opened by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.

The multi-purpose stadium, situated off Dubai Bypass Road will host the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships from December 15-19, which is the first time the competition has been held in an Arab country.

Dubai Aquatic centre, said to be the world`s best indoor aquatic facility, is the key element of the arena located at the edge of Dubailand. The centre is a two-tier golden teardrop-shaped facility with an Olympic standard 50-metre pool along with another 50-metre pool with a moveable floor. With a seating capacity of 15,000, the facility will herald a golden era in aquatic events in the region once it successfully hosts the FINA championships in which 130 countries are expected to participate.

One of the most modern facilities in the world, the complex is designed to accommodate 15,000 spectators and host 10 Olympic sports including basketball, handball and volleyball plus several aquatic sports.

The project is unique in its architectural designs that are in line with highest international standards and specifications. It also has a group of restaurants, external garden with 100 trees, flower ponds, an open area for exercises, VIP car parking area, public parking areas for 1,500 cars, and an area for parking buses of clubs, schools, colleges and universities.