Dubai-based Duplays to kick-start network of sports centres in Saudi

100,000 sq ft sports facility in Jeddah expected to be first of 30 multi-sports complexes
100,000 sq ft sports facility to open in Jeddah expected to be first of several multi-sports complexes
By Sarah Townsend
Sun 17 Sep 2017 12:32 PM

A huge new multi-sports complex is set to open in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, under plans unveiled this week.

Dubai-based regional sports provider Duplays hopes to tap into increased interest in investing in entertainment and leisure in the kingdom, it said in a statement to Arabian Business.

Its first sports facility in Jeddah is planned to cover 100,000 square feet and feature four indoor five-a-side football pitches, two multi-sports courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton and futsal, four outdoor five-a-side football pitches and a club house area with corporate meeting rooms and a restaurant with screens to watch the games.

According to Arab News, Duplays is also drawing up plans to build a network of privately owned sports facilities across Saudi Arabia.

The newspaper reported that Duplays has formed a joint venture company with its own local partner in the UAE, and Saudi-based developer Al Hokair Group, to build three pilot projects in major Saudi cities, the first of which will be the Jeddah project.

Ravi Bhusari, co-founder of Duplays, was quoted as saying the company was targeting upwards of 30 facilities in the next five years. “I’m sure that every large city or every secondary city in Saudi could use or probably would want a sport facility like the one we envision,” he said.

Duplay launched 10 years ago as a friends’ meeting group to play Ultimate Frisbee. It has since grown into what it claims is the region’s largest sports provider with morethan 100,000 members across a range of sports leagues, events and tournaments.

Bhusari said in the statement: “Our story started a decade ago in the UAE and we now have 100,000 active members with our leagues kicking off this month.

“The Duplays centre in Jeddah shows the next evolution of our brand and we are very excited about the opportunities in the kingdom and our chance to bring sports to its people.”

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