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Shaikh Hamdan inaugrates Dubai Sports Complex

12 October 2010

Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, inaugurated the Dubai Sports Complex, which is built at a cost of Dh1.1 billion.

Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality, who accompanied Shaikh Hamdan, briefed him about the project, developed by the general projects department of the municipality.

The multi-purpose stadium is situated off Dubai bypass road at a sprawling 61 acres of land. The aquatic centre will be hosting the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships from December 15-19, which is being held for the first time 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.

The project also includes changing rooms for 400 athletes, rooms for umpires and automatic control, a stadium that can accommodate 3,000 spectators, main reception area, VIP waiting area, other waiting areas, multi-purpose halls, health club, gymnasium, training pools and all other service facilities.

The project 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.

The project is unique in its a rchitectural designs that are in line with highest international standards and specifications. While undertaking the project, the municipality took into account the characteristics of the area, the easiness to enter and exit as well as link to major roads.

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