Olympic size swimming pool for Special Olympics to be completed in November

5/7/2018 12:00:00 AM Share this:

An Olympic size swimming pool at a cost of Dh61million will be ready in November as one of the venues for the Special Olympic World Games Abu Dhabi on March 2019.

The project is an initiative of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) in cooperation with the Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care and constructed by Masada.

“This is a multi-purpose project and will be open to both the disabled and able-bodied athletes,” said HE Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Junaibi, chairman of the supreme committee for the hosting of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

HE Aref Hamad Al Awani, general secretary of ADSC, believes the state-of-the-art facility covering 7,750 square metres as a new addition to the ever-growing landscape in Abu Dhabi.

“The project contributes to enhancing the services provided to the community and to the sport in general,” he said.

“This project reinforces our commitment to provide the best services to both the athletes as well as to the community. It’s also another initiative of our healthy lifestyle project.”

Ahmed Mohammed Sharif Al Khouri, chairman of ADNAS, said the project started in January and is expected to be completed in November, according to plan.

“The design and standards are based in line with the international standards set by FINA,” he said.

“In addition to the pool, the infrastructure will have 2,500 capacity seating facility for spectators, meeting halls, VIP area, media room and offices for the administration.”

Suwaidan Rashid Al Dhaheri, CEO of ADNAS, pointed out the project is environmentally friendly and includes a training pool.

“The aim is to achieve the environmental sustainability certificate from the Pearlite classification,” he said.