Al Naboodah wins enabling work at Dubai Sports City

DSC is currently finalising stadium designs and tenders for the golf course will come later

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By  Eudore Chand Published  June 26, 2004

Dubai Sports City has signed a contract with Al Naboodah Contracting to start the six-month enabling work on the 5 million m2 development. Khalid Al Zarooni, president of Dubai Sports City (DSC) and Stephen Lever, general manager, civil engineering division of Al Naboodah Contracting, signed the agreement. “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,” Al Zarooni said. “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 on this,” he added. With the signing of the contract, construction work on the world’s first purpose designed city themed on mega-sports, will begin, said U. Balasubramaniam, CEO of DSC.” The project will have a 10 000 seat multi-use indoor stadium and a 25 000 seat multi-use outdoor stadium. It will also have a 10 000 seat outdoor field hockey pitch and a 25 000 seat outdoor cricket pitch. DSC’s stadium design process in four stages include: design competition, short-listing and selection of designs; design criteria standard and vision development; design development; and construction.” Balasubramaniam said as one of the world’s leading destinations for sports training, DSC will host major international sporting events. As a unique venue in which to live and work, it will be a ‘must see’ destination for tourists. He added that the golf course and sports-related academies are part of Phase I, which will feature a variety of sports stadia. Lots for villas and residential towers are being allocated along the infrastructure of Phase I, which is expected to take four years to complete. Naboodah’s Lever said the project involves the construction of an access off the Emirates Road into the development, together with building of a perimeter fence, offices and the formation of access roads along the route for future permanent roads. Also included in this phase are enabling earthworks and the construction of a lined lake. Dubai Sports City is set for completion by 2008. It is part of the overall 250 million m2 Dubailand project, which has been promoted by the Dubai Development and Investment Authority, and is being developed and managed by group arm, the Dubai Tourism Development Company. The Dubai Sports City is a cornerstone project among the 40 major projects that are being developed by private promoters in Dubailand.

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