Dubai Sports City construction kicks off

The awarding of an enabling contract to Al Naboodah signals the start of work on Dhs7 billion Dubai Sports City.

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By  David Ingham Published  June 15, 2004

Dubai Sports City (DSC) is starting to take shape with the awarding of a preliminary ‘enabling’ contract to Al Naboodah Contracting. The deal involves the construction of an access road to the site from the main Emirates Road, perimeter fencing, offices, access roads within the site itself, earthworks and an artificial lake. The agreement was signed by Khalid Al Zarooni, president of DSC, and Stephen Lever, general manager, Civil Engineering Division, Al Naboodah Contracting. “DSC chose Al Naboodah Contracting as it is the leading construction company in the UAE and has extensive experience in implementing high profile projects like DSC,” said Al Zarooni. “DSC is currently in the process of finalising stadium design and tenders for the golf course’s irrigation: shaping and routing will be offered later. Documentation for tenders on infrastructure facilities has been completed and we are co-ordinating with our consultants. Dubai Sports City, whose development cost is pegged at Dhs7 billion, will include major sporting facilities and a large residential zone. On the sporting side, there are four stadiums planned: one for cricket, an outdoor multi-purpose site for rugby, football and track & field, an indoor multi-purpose stadium and a dedicated hockey centre. There will also be training facilities and sports schools, including a Manchester United football academy and David Lloyd tennis school. On the residential side, up to 1200 family villas are to be built around an 18 hole championship golf course and plots of land will be sold to third party investors for the construction of medium rise buildings.

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