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DUBAI, UAE, December 02, 2008 /24-7PressRelease/ -- According to Mr. Vijay Kumar, MEP Services & Central Cooling Plant Project Manager of Dubai Sports City, "Dubai Sports City's core philosophy is to engage with the best in the business in every aspect of our operations. We choose to partner with RSS based on their technical submissions, system efficiencies, and their previous experience with high-profile projects."

Dubai Sports City will house some of the best sporting facilities in the UAE, providing a base for the biggest international events, and local tournaments. Dubai Sports City will encourage the creation of a year-round calendar of events within Dubai, including a prestigious series of flagship international events for key sports like football, rugby, cricket, hockey, and tennis.

At the heart of the city will be 5 major sports venues: a 60,000 seat multi-purpose outdoor stadium; a 25,000 capacity cricket stadium; a 10,000 seat multi-purpose indoor arena; a field hockey venue for 5,000 spectators and the magnificent 18-hole championship golf course, The Els Club.


Football is the most popular sport in the UAE. You will find kids enjoying themselves in street corners and and adults alike kicking around in the playgrounds and parks. The Dubai Football Challenge is set to become a regular annual fixture in the Dubai sporting calendar and will ultimately be hosted at Dubai Sports City's 60,000 seat stadium.

Dubai Golf

The golf craze booms on here, though, and the resorts and courses being built in Dubai are created in the style of America 's best golf resorts. Raising the concept provokes most Americans to scratch their heads and wait for a politically incorrect punch line. But golf in the Middle East is no joke, as evidenced by the golf course building boom happening in Dubai to match the overwhelming demand.


Horseracing is a hugely popular sport in the region, with the best Arab thoroughbreds regularly competing at Dubai's Nad Al Sheba racecourse. The Dubai World Cup (tel: (04) 332 2277; website: ), organised by the Dubai Racing Club , Nadal-Sheba (tel: (04) 332 9888), in March, is now the world's richest horseracing event with US$15 million in prize money.


Year round sunshine makes tennis a popular social and competitive activity. The Dubai Open Tennis Championship regularly attracts top stars such as Venus and Serena Williams, Anna Kournikova, Roger Federer and Jennifer Capriati. There are a number of tennis clubs that are open to the public. The Aviation Club .

Fitness Centres

All the luxury hotels offer impressive leisure facilities. Some even offer coaching from former ex-Soviet Union Olympians. There are also private leisure clubs geared towards the expat community throughout the city. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa , Jumeirah Beach Road (tel: (04) 346 1111; website: ), boasts floodlit tennis courts, two outdoor pools.


Swimming is a good form of exercise. Because the density of the human body is approximately similar to that of water.

You can choose from one of five climate controlled swimming pools or water play areas, with a total area extending over 7,000 sq metres.

Water Sports

The UAE created history in this sport when its crew won the UIM Class Two World Offshore event for the second time in May 1998. Fujairah was the venue for the UIM Class One Championship the same year in October giving it international exposure. The calm waters of the gulf make it the ideal haven for divers and snorkellers.

Camel Race Track

Traditionally the national sport of the United Arab Emirates, camel racing is still very popular.

Camel racing tracks have been built throughout the country and races are held annually between October to April, being the cooler months.


The large expatriate population in the UAE have contributed to the popularity of the cricket in the country. Sharjah has become an One Day International venue. The majority of Pakistani and Indian expatriates has made Pakistan vs. India matches wildly popular with sell out crowds recorded.


This section on sports in the UAE wouldn't be complete without a mention of motorsports. The UAE national's love for speed can be seen when youngsters whiz around in fast cars or ride dune buggies at crazy speeds on sand dunes, especially when watching them navigate the giant sand dunes at Liwa.