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Dubai To Build Sports City Ahead of 2016 Bid

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Dubai is considering a bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and hopes to build a $2 billion sports city operating by 2007 that would host the first Manchester United soccer school outside of Europe, a golf course designed by South African Ernie Els, a David Lloyd tennis school, and a Butch Harmon golf academy, the first outside North America.

Mohammed al-Gergawi, head of a government investment authority in Dubai, said, “the United Arab Emirates is ready, via the Dubai Sports City, to hold the Olympics”.

The city would encourage women’s participation in sports in the Gulf region where women are traditionally excluded reports Reuters.

Abdul-Rahman Falaknaz, one of three local investors behind the project said, “we will definitely be promoting them and they will have a role to play”. Falaknaz believes Dubai could hold the 2016 Games. Write or read comments about this article

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