By Rob Corder
Alongside Sports City's golf, football, cricket and athletics stadiums will be three shopping malls.
Dubai Sports City might sound like some sort of male-only utopia, but there will be something for the ladies as well.
More than 1.7 million square feet of retail space is being built in three different malls, giving women ample opportunities to flex their credit cards while their men folk are watching rugby, cricket or football.
Enough of the gender stereotyping ... Dubai Sports City is one of the boldest elements of the Dubailand, which is growing into the largest mixed use family entertainment district in the world.
Its three shopping areas: Arena Mall, North Point retail and commercial hub, and South Point retail and commercial hub will become an integral part of Sport City, and are set to become destinations in their own right.
All three will open before the end of 2009. Retail leasing has now commenced for both the Arena Mall and North Point.
Dubai Sports City will include four purpose-built stadiums: a 60,000 capacity outdoor stadium for football, rugby, and track and field; a 10,000 seat multi-purpose indoor arena suitable for all hard court sports as well as concerts and other events and also including a removable ice rin; a 25,000 capacity dedicated cricket stadium; and a 5,000 seat field hockey stadium.
In addition, Dubai Sports City will feature a series of major sports academy facilities including the first purpose-built Manchester United Soccer Schools anywhere in the world; a David Lloyd Tennis Academy; a Butch Harmon School of Golf; the International Cricket Council's own ICC Global Cricket Academy; the first World Hockey Academy in the world; top class multi-sport training facilities including a gymnasium and 50 metre swimming pool; a world renowned sports rehabilitation centre; and an 18-hole championship course designed by Ernie Els.For all the latest retail news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.