Dubai Sports World, the region’s largest indoor summer sports venue, is ready to welcome thousands of sports fans over the next 11 weeks following a stunning ‘sprint start’ today.
Four Under-19 sprinters from the UAE National Team faced off in a 60-metre exhibition race to formally open the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) facility, with Majid Yousef, 17, emerging victorious after clocking a blistering time of 7.34 seconds.
With fans and officials from Dubai Sports World, Dubai Sports Council and the UAE Athletics Federation watching on, the quartet of Al Nasr Club sprinters shot down a specially-made indoor track along DWTC’s Concourse 1 with Abdullah Ahmed Murad, 17, finishing second, Ahmed Mohammed Bilal, 17, third and Walid Khalid, also 17, fourth.
The young athletes’ historic Dubai Sports World sprint provided an energetic start to what promises to be an action-packed opening fortnight at multi-sport venue, which runs until 30 August and spans more than 20,000m² of dedicated indoor sporting space at DWTC.
Over the next 10 days, the venue will host the opening exchanges of the Dubai Sports World Corporate Cup, a 32-team football tournament based on the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil; the global launch of KAFO Academy, a new football training concept run by Frederic Kanoute, a former African footballer of the year and star striker in England’s Premier League and Spain’s La Liga; and an ambitious charity-driven bid by British boxer David ‘Hayemaker’ Haye to set a new Guinness World Record for the ‘world’s largest boxing lesson’ on Saturday 21st June.
“The wait is finally over and Dubai Sports World is off to flying start,” said Ahmed Alkhaja, Senior Vice President – Venues, DWTC. “With the summer temperature rising, Dubai Sports World is an expansive, temperature-controlled, indoor venue that caters for diverse community of sports fans and fitness fanatics. People looking for a convenient, city-centre facility to stay active during summer – whether by experiencing a world of sporting options or maintaining their seasonal training programmes – can take it inside this summer.”
With eight professional-standard pitches for football and rugby, one volleyball court, three basketball courts, one tennis court, a cricket pitch and a skate-boarding and BMX park, Dubai Sports World has also significantly expanded its free-of-charge offering for 2014. Topping the complimentary bill are six badminton courts which – courtesy of a partnership with Shuttle Time Dubai – offer visitors more some 1,120 hours of free badminton time over 11 weeks.
Other free-to-use facilities include a 600-metre running track encircling the facility’s perimeter, a five-star gym featuring an array of world-class fitness equipment and wellness products installed by Technogym, and 12 table tennis tables operated by Ping Pong Dubai – a non-profit venture between the UAE Table Tennis Association, Dubai Sports Council and Falcon & Associates.
“Free-of-charge facilities are an essential component of our Dubai Sports World proposition,” added Al Khaja. “Our complimentary offerings provide a multitude of opportunities for all walks of visitor to experience the venue and stay active, as well as allowing our paying guests a richer choice of options to enjoy both before and after their bookings.”
Now in its fourth year, Dubai Sports World is organised in association with Dubai Sports Council and Dubai Festivals & Retail Establishment, and supported by Roads and Transport Authority and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.
For more information or to make a booking, call +971 4 3064000 or visit www.dubaisportsworld.ae