A new and improved football arena is set to open after Dubai Municipality (DM) handed over Al Nasr Club’s Humaid Al Tayer Stadium following a $5.7 (AED21m) renovation.
The facelift was carried out by DM under its ongoing efforts to upgrade the city’s sporting infrastructure to ensure the emirate’s readiness for future sporting events.
Renovation work for Humaid Al Tayer Stadium included building a 1,400-seat structure overlooking Al Nasr Club’s training ground. The one-storey facility covers 1,700m² and has ground-floor access for athletes and special guests.
The programme’s scope also included setting up six changing rooms with toilets, a referee room, two coaching rooms, a clinic, and a special room to examine doping products, DM said. The first floor of the new structure has a gym, commercial offices, and a VIP lounge.
Eng Omar Mohammed Abdul Rahman Al Bishr, director of general of DM’s projects department, handed over Humaid Al Tayer Stadium to Mohamed Ali Al Ghaithi, chief executive officer of Al Nasr Club.
Al Bishr said the project would help Dubai kick off more sports tournaments, such as the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, for which the stadium was used as a training base by Vietnam’s football team.
“The stadium development project was carried out in line with the objectives of our wise government, which aims at enhancing the distinctive position of Dubai in the sports field and supporting the successful journey of sports in the UAE,” he added.
He stressed DM believes it is important for Dubai to “keep up with international requirements” in the world of sport, so the emirate can continue to host more sporting events in the future.