Dubai Sports World extended for two months

Indoor playing fields at Dubai World Trade Centre operating in accordance with strict rules

Dubai Sports World is operating in adherence to strict rules designed to curb the spread of Covid-19. Courtesy: Dubai Media Office
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Dubai Sports World will run for two more months, it has been announced.

Organisers said the big response to this year's edition - held in adherence to strict Covid-19 rules - was a factor in the decision.

The facility operates from air-conditioned halls at Dubai World Trade Centre and people can play sports such as football, basketball, cricket and table tennis in a safe environment until November 29.

The centre was operating as an emergency field hospital until July.

“Since its onset, the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted many aspects of day-to-day life, including sport and physical activity," said Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council.

"During this time, we have been focused on creating a safe environment for people to be physically active while providing them with ample space in keeping with social distancing requirements. Dubai Sports World supports Dubai's collective vision of promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, and we are delighted to be extending this edition.”

Strict safety protocols are in place at the facility to curb the spread of Covid-19 and safeguard public health including online check-in, thermal screening and regular sanitisation.

The centre has also played a central role in the fight against Covid-19, transforming into a 3,000-bed field hospital in April. The move aimed to boost bed numbers to handle a potential increase in Covid-19 patients.

It discharged its last patient in July.

Meanwhile, a range of high-profile athletes have graced the fields of Dubai Sports World this year, including former Italy and Inter Milan goalkeeper Walter Zenga, Brazilian futsal player Falcao, and legendary Lebanese basketball player Fadi El Khatib.