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Dubai plans AED3 billion sports arena

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Theme parks, viewing towers, an opera house, a giant wheel – the construction news in Dubai has been coming in thick and fast over the last few years. But this latest announcement is possibly one of the most exciting for sports fans.

The city plans to build Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid stadium, a 60,000-capacity area in Al Aweer (behind Mushrif Park). The AED3 billion stadium will be on the site of Dubai Sports Club, according to local news agency, WAM.

Named after His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the venue will be able to hold international-level sports events and tournaments, in line with plans to develop sport in Dubai.

HH Sheikh Mohammed viewed designs for the stadium on Wednesday May 5 with Matar Al Tayer, Deputy Chairman of Dubai Sport Council.

It’s an exciting project for the emirate, as this will be the world’s first football pitch in the world to be shaped in a half ball and lifted from the ground. The venue will also be completely air conditioned and comply with FIFA standards.

The huge stadium will have a 60,000 capacity, with 8941 of the seats dedicated to VIP viewing terraces, 1,642 for VIP suites, 6,688 lower tier and 23,116 upper tier. There will also be car park with a capacity of 5,000, a training hall, conference halls and a sports museum spreading across 1,500 square meters.

Designs were unveiled along with wider plans to make Dubai a hub for sports. Plans for the Sheikh Hamdan Initiative for Community Sport, a Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Award for excellence in school sports and a sports medicine centre were also announced.

The engineering company chosen to create Mohammed bin Rashid stadium is Perkins + Will. The project’s completion schedule has not yet been announced.

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