What is Dubai Sports City?
Dubai Sports City is a multi-billion Dirham valued, 50 million square feet, mixed-use property development in the United Arab Emirate of Dubai, which consists of residential apartment buildings and commercial units. It was launched in 2005 just before a worldwide property crash (2007/2008) which derailed plans for a while, but many developments have now started building again. It was conceptualized as a sporting city within the city of Dubai (the graphic above is a concept of how it would look when complete, it doesn’t look anything like this yet). The idea is that Dubai Sports City would incorporate state-of-the-art sporting venues designed to host international sporting events. It hasn’t yet managed to break this market, but is certainly working on it.
Dubai Sports City is ultimately designed to be relatively self-contained with down stream amenities planned such as international schools, medical facilities, hotels, community centres, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues.
At time of writing Dubai Sports City has the operational 25,000-seat capacity Dubai International Cricket Stadium and an 18-hole Ernie Els Club Championship Golf Course. Academies on site at the moment include the Butch Harmon School of Golf and academies for rugby, swimming and athletics.
Near term plans feature a 60,000-seat multi-purpose outdoor stadium for rugby, soccer and track and field events and a 10,000-seat multi-purpose indoor arena for concerts, hard court games, ice hockey and and a field hockey stadium with a capacity of 5,000 spectators. It also offers ‘Socatots’, the world’s first soccer specific pre-school development programme.