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Old September 14th, 2005, 10:04 PM   #1
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DOHA | ASPIRE Dome



Qatar set to open world's largest sports dome
Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2005

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Aspire, the academy for sports excellence in Doha, is to host a major event in November to mark the opening of its sports dome, which will be the largest indoor sports dome in the world.

Standing at a staggering 290,000 sq m, the Dome is a landmark development for Qatar and the wider region, and will provide unmatched facilities for training and developing student athletes, as well as offering a venue for major sporting events like the Doha Asian Games in 2006.

The dome has been specifically engineered for excellence, offering state-of-the-art sports science labs and fitness halls under its sloping roof. Facilities within the Dome include a full-sized football field and a five-a-side pitch, a 200m athletics track, an Olympic-size swimming pool and diving pool, a gymnastics hall, a sports games hall, 13 table-tennis courts, three contact sports mats, eight fencing strips and two squash courts.

Attended by a broad range of internationally-famous sporting legends and local dignitaries, a number of activities will also be open to the public, including football master-classes hosted by renowned soccer stars, table tennis competitions and an international youth football tournament.

Running parallel with these activities will be a Sport Science Conference, which will feature keynote speeches from leading sports science authorities, addressing a range of critical subjects in the field of sports development.

Dr Thomas Flock, director general of ASPIRE, said: "The November event will provide Qatar with an international celebration of sport and sporting achievement, centred on the opening of the sports dome.

"Our aim is to use the event to bring together the key elements that will support the development of student athletes within Aspire - world-class facilities, international sporting talent and high levels of engagement from the people of Qatar."

Dr Flock added: "The ASPIRE dome will be a landmark for the sporting world, and provides a source of inspiration for athletes, here in Qatar and across this region, inspiring talented children and developing their skills to enable them to perform on the world's stage. "

The event will run from November 17 - November 19, 2005, at the Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence, Doha, Qatar. -TradeArabia News Service
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Old September 14th, 2005, 10:30 PM   #2
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I presume this is mostly being built for the Asian games. Is it?
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Old September 15th, 2005, 02:02 AM   #3
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again how can this all be ready by next year !
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Old September 15th, 2005, 05:49 AM   #4
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i dont think its even next yr, they are planning an event in 2 months! From 11-17-05 to 11-19-05 so they betta be ready!
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I want a BIGGER picture!!!
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This dome is acctually ready and yes they'll be using for the upcomign asian games. However its address is the Aspire Sports Acadamy. Its located in the Khalifa Sports City right behind the newly designed Khalifa Football Stadium, capacity 60,000 !!

Take my word !! Its HUGE !
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Old September 16th, 2005, 06:33 AM   #7
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How do you define a sports dome, I know the millenium dome in London is being converted into a sports / events arena and is officialy the worlds biggest dome, is this bigger than the millenium dome or are you simply putting the definition on 'purpose built sports dome'

Sorry for being a pedantic pillock just wanted some clarification!
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Old September 16th, 2005, 01:37 PM   #8
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It seems that it is almost ready.More pictures on the site of the architect Roger Taillibert (he also designed the olympic complex in Montreal, Parc des Princes in Paris)


http://www.agencetaillibert.com/ALBUMS.asp?ref_arbo=752


here are some :























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Old September 16th, 2005, 01:40 PM   #9
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Old September 16th, 2005, 04:01 PM   #10
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Looks good.
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Old September 16th, 2005, 08:34 PM   #11
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Old September 16th, 2005, 09:00 PM   #12
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May I ask who will play in this arena?
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Old September 16th, 2005, 11:47 PM   #13
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does look very huge...
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Old September 16th, 2005, 11:48 PM   #14
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Maybe they will host regional and international tournaments.
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Old September 17th, 2005, 12:21 AM   #15
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Where is Qatar?
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WOW! What a building!
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Old September 17th, 2005, 01:20 AM   #18
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Thats a nice and huge building.

Btw, one of my relatives is engineering this project
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I hate domes
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Quote:
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.... Whoa whoa whoa hold on... they're building TWO of these???

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