Dubai plans new Dhs 3bn sports stadium

The stadium will have a capacity to accommodate 60,000 spectators



The days of record rates for Dubai’s hotels may be numbered

Dubai has announced plans to build a Dhs 3bn massive sports stadium complex in the city, it was announced on Wednesday.

Located at the site of the Dubai Sports Club in the Al Aweer area, the new Mohammed bin Rashid stadium will have the capacity to accommodate 60,000 spectators, official news agency WAM reported.
Dubai has announced plans to build a Dhs 3bn massive sports stadium complex in the city, it was announced on Wednesday.

Located at the site of the Dubai Sports Club in the Al Aweer area, the new Mohammed bin Rashid stadium will have the capacity to accommodate 60,000 spectators, official news agency WAM reported.

The stadium will have a unique design and will be the first pitch in the world that will have the shape of a half ball lifted on foundations, the report said.

It will include sport buildings, an exercise pitch, a sports training hall and car parking lots with a capacity for 5,000 vehicles. The venue will also feature a sports museum spreading across 1,500 square meters and a multi-purpose hall spanning 3,500 square meters.

The stadium will be fully air-conditioned and complies with the standards and specifications of the world football governing body FIFA.

It will “add a new aesthetic landmark to Dubai”, the report added.

Models of the stadium were showcased to Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Dubai’s ruler His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum by Dubai Sports Club vice president Mattar Al Tayer on Wednesday.

Al Tayer said: “Perkins + Will, the global engineering and architectural consultant has been chosen to execute the mega stadium which takes in more than 60,000 spectators, 8,941 seats for VIP terraces and 6,688 seats for the below terraces.

“All the facilities will be in compliance with the security and safety standards for the public, and the architectural design also considers clarity and simplicity along with reducing the moving spaces to the lowest possible level,” he said.

Sheikh Mohammed approved the design and also directed that the project be executed and completed as per the approved schedule, reported WAM.