Dubai Sports City is shaping up to be the home of future stars, says Benita Adesuyan
Living a healthy lifestyle can be tricky, not least in a city where it’s hard to dodge a weekend brunch invitation. But Dubai Sports City (DSC), a community in the south east of the city off the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, is bucking the trend. Established in 2004 with the building of the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sports Village and The Els Club golf course, 11 years on DSC is a thriving community with world-class sports facilities and thousands of residents.
Continuing the ethos of integrating sport into the community, DSC held an open day earlier this month that saw more than 1,000 people attend and more than 200 people sign up to various sporting academies. The area has attracted top-flight athletes and sports personalities, and families were able to meet star coaches of each academy, such as former Real Madrid defender, Michael Salgado, who runs Spanish Soccer Schools at Dubai Sports City, and Australian cricketer Holly Ferling, who was on the field coaching kids throughout the day.
Dubai Sports City general manager, Maqbul Dudhia, says the new season is looking just as promising for residents and the city’s sporting starlets. “With each year we’ve felt that it really brings us all together as one community,” he says. “The buzz and atmosphere of having so many young boys and girls eager to expand their talents is always an inspiration for us to want to give more. The world-class facilities we’ve built are all about getting children active and the fact that these facilities are used by international sports stars acts as a great inspiration to kids who want to follow in their footsteps.”