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Dubai 2013 - Venue

The event will be held at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex. Presentation booklet alt

Built at an estimated cost of AED 1.1 billion (US $300m), the aim was to create a state-of-the-art venue that would put Dubai and the United Arab Emirates on the map as a location for aquatics, and this is exactly what has been achieved. Covering 61 acres of Dubailand and located on the Dubai Bypass Road, the complex is the largest indoor sporting facility in the city and has seating for 15,000 spectators. It boasts two 50-metre pools, both with moveable floors to allow conversion to the 25-metre pool used in any swimming events (long or short course), as well as a diving pool.

In a city already full of superlatives, the building’s striking architecture ensures global recognition of the venue as a memorable and iconic facility in Dubai not only for Olympic-standard swimming and diving events but also as a truly world class multi-sports arena. The completion of the venue, which also boasts 15 hospitality boxes, 6 hospitality suites, the Royal Box, a Ladies’ Box, a 60-seat media conference room and a media centre with space for 194 journalists, is a source of great satisfaction to the Dubai Municipality and the Dubai Sports Council.

The venue already hosted many international events like the 10th FINA Word Swimming Championships 2012, FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup Legs since 2011 and FINA/Midea Diving World Series since 2012.

The venue is all about details – whether they are big or small. From the padded leather seats for each spectator, to the space for 400 athletes to get changed and the giant octagonal scoreboard and video screen that sits high above the competition pool. The uncompromisingly modern architecture of the building is functional as well as being elegant and striking. Its’ form and elevation treatment express the sinuous muscular beauty of the athletes within as well as integrating flowing themes of the movement of water.

The pulsing energy of dynamic and theatrical lighting will complement the drama of the building, especially by night. To help facilitate this, the pool is equipped with high-tech moveable floors and walls which enable it to be subdivided into a number of different configurations to maximize its flexibility.

Please check the venue's website for more information.