Time Out Dubai announces the XDubai skatepark to open at Kite Beach. See sneak peek pictures of the skatepark in Dubai and find out about its features
You may have noticed the hoardings at Kite Beach, with the none-too-subtle 'hidden' messages about 'ollies', 'kickflips' and 'ramps', about what lay behind.
Now Time Out Dubai can reveal that for the past few months construction of the largest skatepark in the GCC has been going on around the clock. And it is to set to open within the week.
The XDubai Skatepark has been created by some of the leading park construction companies in the world and has already been given the seal of approval by several international stars, including Ryan Decenzo, Zack Wallin and Tommy Sandoval, all of whom have posted footage and pictures of themselves on the ramps in recent weeks.
Specific details about ramps, pipes and bowls at the park is limited at this stage, as organisers prepare for a big reveal soon.
What we do know, however, is that there will a street section as well as many varied granite bowls (one of which is 11.5' to 8'), minis and one imposing quarter pipe. There are also 41 newly-planted palm trees dotted throughout.
The team behind the design are Convic, an Australian-based group responsible for highly-acclaimed sites across their homeland, as well as Shanghai and Singapore. And as you can see below, they've surpassed themselves here in Dubai.
You can take a sneak peek at what you can expect below.
This news comes just a few months after Dubai was thrust into the skateboarding limelight with their role in 'We Are Blood', a part-backed X Dubai project (alongside BrainFram and Mountain Dew), tracking the skateboard movement through cities like Los Angeles, Barcelona, New York and parts of China, as well as here.
As well as shining a light on a familiar if misunderstood movement, it also showed off the stunning urban sprawl of the Emirates, with iconic landmarks like the Burj Al Arab, Sports City and The Creek all featuring in the film, while other more mundane areas are bought to life by the men on four little wheels.
With Ty Evans at the helm, the movie was always going to appeal to both board enthusiasts and film lovers alike. The American cinematographer is considered the best in his business, and shot his latest project in 4X resolution with the help of some state-of-the-art equipment.
Filmed in the region back in February, some popular figures from the local scene joined their international trendsetters like Paul Rodriguez (P-Rod), Sean Malto and Theotis Beastly on the streets - and the helipads - of Dubai.
Early reviews have called it "more of a visual experience than just a bunch of tricks. In this world of YouTube and quick hits, We Are Blood is an absolute epic… you'll do yourself a disservice if you don't watch it."