The AED1.1bn ($299m) Dubai Sports Complex has been officially opened by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.
The multi-purpose stadium, situated off Dubai Bypass Road will host the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships from December 15-19, which is the first time the competition has been held in an Arab country.
The complex’s aquatic centre is the key element of the 61 acre complex located at the edge of Dubailand.
The centre is a two-tier golden teardrop-shaped facility with an Olympic standard 50m pool along with another 50m pool with a moveable floor, Dubai Municipality said in a statement Monday.
The centre has a seating capacity of 15,000 and changing rooms for 400 athletes.