$24.4m Khalifa Sports city ready
Manama, July 22, 2008
The work on the BD9.2 million ($24.4 million) Shaikh Khalifa Sports City, in Isa Town has been completed, Bahrain works ministry has announced.
It will be handed over by the contractors to the General Organisation for Youth and Sport at the beginning of next month.
The project, which replaces the old Isa Town Stadium, features a new main stand for the football stadium, which has also been developed with the use of natural grass.
’The main stand can accommodate 3,600 spectators and new facilities have been built such as a medical centre, administration offices, conferences hall, VIP lounge and changing rooms,’ said Works Ministry assistant under-secretary for building projects and maintenance Mohammed Al Mubarak.
’The project also features a multi-purpose sports hall that can accommodate 3,600 spectators for various games such as handball, basketball, volleyball and badminton.
’It also includes a swimming pool hall, featuring a stand for 500 spectators, a 50- metre-long swimming pool and a five-metre-deep diving pool in addition to changing rooms, offices and training hall.’
The sports city also has parking areas and small gardens among other facilities.
It was designed by Tilke and Partners and work was carried out by Mohammed Jalal Contracting Company.
’The design was a mix of contemporary architecture and traditional Bahraini style,’ said Al Mubarak.
’The project is part of efforts to further improve the sports infrastructure in Bahrain in line with international standards.
’It will contribute placing Bahrain on the international sports map with its ability to host regional and international competitions. ’The sports city will also help boost the sports movement in the country and create a generation of athletes capable of competing at the highest levels.’-TradeArabia News Service