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Stadium planned for World Sevens
United Arab Emirates: Thursday, May 17 - 2007 at 08:56
A purpose-built 40,000-seat stadium will be built in Dubai for the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens, Gulf News reported. The stadium will be located near the Dubailand development. Due for completion by November 2008, it will have six rugby pitches and media and hospitality units.


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Sevens event in Dubai unharmed

By Karien Jonckheere, Staff Reporter


Dubai: The imminent relocation of the Dubai Exiles rugby club will have no effect on Dubai's successful bid to host the 2009 Rugby Word Cup Sevens tournament.

The tournament, which kicks off in February 2009 was never scheduled to take place at the venue that has hosted the hugely popular Dubai Sevens tournaments over the past 37 years.

A purpose-built 40,000 seat facility is to be built close to Dubailand for the tournament which will see 24 nations competing for the World title that is currently held by Fiji.

Tough competition

Dubai was awarded the tournament ahead of some tough competition from Australia, Russia, the Netherlands and USA.

The new facility, which is sponsored by Emirates, will have 10,000 permanent and 30,000 temporary seats along with media and hospitality units.

Due for completion in November 2008
, it will also boast six rugby pitches, enabling Dubai to host a women's Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament at the same time as the men's for the first time in rugby history

maybe this can be moved to the Dubai Project Section...

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wow!

more stadiums for Dubai. Yay :D
 

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#PROJECT: NEW RUGBY FACILITY

Emirates to build new sports venue


Emirates, title sponsor of the Dubai Rugby Sevens for the last 20 years, has announced that it will develop a sporting and social facility that will meet the future needs of rugby and the rugby community of Dubai.



Emirates, title sponsor of the Dubai Rugby Sevens for the last 20 years, has announced that it will develop a sporting and social facility that will meet the future needs of rugby and the rugby community of Dubai.


Emirates confirmed that it has been asked by the Government of Dubai to proceed with the provision of a new facility in response to the recently announced Meydan project. The Meydan project will involve the extensive redevelopment of a large amount of land, including the area that currently occupied by the Dubai Exiles Rugby Football Club and Dubai Country Club.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group said: 'Emirates, known globally for its support of sporting events, is building this facility to not only meet the demands of the annual Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens but to also take the sport as a whole in Dubai to a new level."

'With Dubai being selected as the host of the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009, the new Emirates sporting facility will provide the infrastructure necessary to put on a global event of this magnitude.'

The new sports facility will be located on the Al Ain Road, just past Dubailand. It will consist of six full size pitches and whilst this means there will be a new home for the Dubai Rugby Sevens, the unique attributes that make the Dubai Sevens so popular will be retained in the way the facility is designed.

Sheikh Ahmed went on to say 'The 2007 Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens will take place as planned from the 29th November to the 1st December at the Dubai Exiles Rugby Football Club; it is intended that from 2008 onwards the event will relocate to the new facility.'

A managing body will ultimately be established which will ensure the reasonable needs of all rugby clubs and the rugby community, of all ages and all nationalities, are catered for and, whilst there may be a certain amount of upheaval in the short term, in the longer term rugby, and the rugby community, will be the winner.

In addition to rugby, this facility will also offer a wide range of sporting pastimes with swimming pools, tennis courts and squash courts all included in the plans. Members of the Dubai Country Club will be welcome to use the facility on similar membership terms as they have today at the Dubai Country Club.
 

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Emirates to build rugby stadium

Emirates airline will build a multi-purpose sporting facility which includes a new rugby stadium to host the 2009 World Cup Sevens, Gulf News reported. As well as a 40,000-seat stadium (with 10,000 permanent and 30,000 temporary seats), the complex will have tennis and squash courts, swimming pools and six outside rugby pitches. It is due for completion in November 2008.

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Any more press releases?
 

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Dubai scores a new rugby stadium
by Dylan Bowman on Monday, 18 June 2007

The new venue will be home to the Dubai Rugby Sevens.Emirates is to build new sports venue to host the 2008 Dubai Rugby Sevens, it announced today.

The airline, title sponsor of the rugby sevens, said it has been asked by the Government of Dubai to proceed with the provision of a new facility in response to the recently announced Meydan project.

The Meydan project will involve the extensive redevelopment of a large amount of land, including the area that currently occupied by the Dubai Country Club and Dubai Exiles Rugby Football Club, the current venue for the rugby sevens.

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”Emirates, known globally for its support of sporting events, is building this facility to not only meet the demands of the annual Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens but to also take the sport as a whole in Dubai to a new level," said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates.

”With Dubai being selected as the host of the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009, the new Emirates sporting facility will provide the infrastructure necessary to put on a global event of this magnitude,” he added.

The new sports facility will be located on the Al Ain Road, just past Dubailand. It will consist of six full size pitches and whilst this means there will be a new home for the Dubai Rugby Sevens, the unique attributes that make the Dubai Sevens so popular will be retained in the way the facility is designed.

”The 2007 Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens will take place as planned from the November 29 to the December 1 at the Dubai Exiles Rugby Football Club; it is intended that from 2008 onwards the event will relocate to the new facility,” Sheikh Ahmed added.

In addition to rugby, the new facility will also offer a range of sporting pastimes with swimming pools, tennis courts and squash courts all included in the plans.

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=494830
 

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Rugby gets a shot in the arm
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Published: November 28, 2007, 00:31


Dubai: Rugby in the region is set to receive a massive boost with the launch of the world class facilities in Dubai.

The Emirates Airline-funded purpose-built complex, unveiled yesterday, boasts of seven rugby pitches and the state-of-the-art sporting facilities, which will be Dubai's new home of the sport from next year.

Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and CEO, Emirates Group, said: "There is great excitement at the prospect of taking the Dubai Rugby Sevens to a dramatic new level, while still preserving the special character and atmosphere that makes this tournament so unique.

"Emirates is proud to be establishing a new home for rugby, which will be pivotal to the development of the sport in the UAE and the wider Gulf region, while supporting the needs of the community."


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The complex, located off the Al Ain Road near Dubailand, will feature a main pitch, which will have a permanent 10,000 capacity stand; while pitch two will be located in a bowl, enclosed on three sides by grassed embankments capable of holding of 15,000 fans.

Work on the rugby centre is under way and is due to be completed by November next year in time to stage the 2008 Dubai Rugby Sevens and then the 2009 IRB Sevens Rugby World Cup.

The mega event will feature 24 men's and 16 women's teams, to be held from March 5-7.

Same set-up

The unveiling of the new, as yet unnamed, sporting venue follows the recent announcement that the Dubai Rugby Sevens will move from its current home at the Dubai Exiles Rugby Club in Al Awir after 38 years.

Elements of the current set-up will remain and a key consideration in the overall design was to ensure that spectators will still be able to walk freely between all the pitches in use.

Shaikh Ahmad said: "We have taken the model that has worked so well for so long, and part of that is people like to watch games on other pitches and intermingle.

"We were adamant that that had to continue. This is a unique opportunity to move forward while still embracing the best of what we have done in the past.

"With the new ground, we will be able to welcome 40,000 rugby fans with the ability to grow to 50,000 - and that would make the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens the biggest Sevens tournament in the world.

"We currently have over 150 teams taking part but, further down the line, we could up that total to more than 200."

The new stadium will accommodate hospitality areas, medical and broadcast facilities, a world-class media centre as well as changing rooms, while close by will be a 30-metre wide rugby "promenade" featuring food outlets and cafes.

The remaining five rugby pitches will be separated by a two-storey 80-metre long rugby clubhouse with a roof-top entertainment area.

AGRFU to move to new venue

The clubhouse at the rugby complex will become the home of Dubai-based senior, junior and women's rugby teams and includes the headquarters of the Arabian Gulf Rugby Football Union (AGRFU)- the governing body for rugby throughout the Middle East region.

In addition, facilities like gymnasium, swimming pools, tennis courts, netball courts, a sports hall and squash courts are in the offing. Plans are also in hand to develop a number of cricket pitches.

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well, its a bit more than a stadium. there is a stadium + club house + 6 pitches + media stuff, which i guess would come together to make a facility.
 

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I can confirm that this is definatly complete, and is now known as

"7he Sevens'

the use of a 7 instead of a T is important. apparently.

even on road signs.


photos to come.

SPOILER: the green mesh isn't there.
 

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^^ So you did survived afterall. :D
 

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Sevens clubhouse leaking like a sieve

Last week when it was raining, the sevens clubhouse leak water throughout all floors like a sieve!

Surely the designers and construction experts would realise that it would rain atleast once a year and the prospect of watching water flow like a tap through the light fitting and even the lift was very disappointing.

In every common area of the building (hall ways, toilets, change rooms, bar area, etc) that we walked around on all levels, there was water pouring through the ceiling.

And I wonder who signed off on the building as being complete and waterproof?

If you doubt me, next time it rains go and see for yourself, it is like being inside a water fall!
 

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this should be a part of Dubai sports city !

what's with the master planning !
 

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There is no room for sport at sport city, they were too busy building houses.

BTW there is a massive new camel race track behind this, completely floodlit.
 

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Here are some pictures of the stadium i took, during the Rugby Sevens





















 

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This stadium has 40,000 seats but only 10,000 are permanent. When are they going to dismantle the temporary stands holding 30,000 spectators?
 
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