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Mon 18 Jun 2007 03:08 PM

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Dubai scores a new rugby stadium

Emirates airline is to build a new venue in time for the 2008 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.

”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.