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Dubai Sports City
Billed as the world’s first purpose-built sports city, this development will occupy 50 million square feet within Dubailand. It was started in 2005 with an investment of $2bn, but the amount was doubled to $4bn earlier this year. Dubai Sports City (DSC) will feature four stadia: a 60,000 seat multi-purpose outdoor stadium, a 25,000 capacity cricket stadium, a 10,000 seat multi-purpose indoor arena, and a field hockey venue for 5,000 people.
It also includes Ernie Els’s first golf course design in the Middle East, an 18-hole championship course named The Dunes.
The facility, set to open in 2010, will host a Manchester United Soccer School facility, a David Lloyd Tennis Academy and the Butch Harmon School of Golf. DSC will also feature residential and commercial developments.
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