Over 170 swimmers from 29 countries will converge on the venue for its second major international swimming event in under a year.
The spectacular facility, which was built in 2010, was hailed by many international swimmers as one of the best in the world at last year’s FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).
It is certainly one of the largest and most technologically advanced in the world, boasting a 50m competition pool, a 25m dive pool, and a 50m warm up pool with a horseshoe-shaped seating bowl in the main arena, which can accommodate 15,000 spectators.
The size of the overall project is an impressive 24 hectares with the building itself occupying 56,031 square metres.
The long-term vision is for the venue to serve as a hub for indoor sports in the Middle East – not only providing the region with its first 50m pool, but also a multi-purpose setting which can be easily converted for sports such as basketball, handball and volleyball.
Secretary General of the Dubai Sports Council, Dr Ahmed Saad Al Sharif, said: “We are very proud to once again be welcoming the world to the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex. Many of the swimmers at the Championships last year commented on how spectacular the venue is and we look forward to placing it on the world stage once again for the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup next weekend.”
President of the UAE Swimming Federation, Ahmed Al Falasi added: We are privileged to have such a world class facility in Dubai and this Complex is fast becoming a hive of activity with local swimming clubs, and now also the national team, training there on a daily basis.
“I am certain the sport of swimming will benefit greatly from such a facility. We encourage all UAE public to come and experience the venue first hand and see some top-class international action next weekend,” added Al Falasi.
Tickets for the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup on October 7 and 8 will be available at the door at the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex, which is located on the Dubai Bypass Road. General admission tickets cost just Dh20 each day and VIP tickets are Dh150 per day. Heats will start at 9am each day and finals at 6pm.