Monday, May 15, 2006

Running in the desert


I am having a dizzy spell...not necessary from running..I am a good runner. Terry Fox Run, Standard Chartered Marathon...etc Done them and looking forward every year!It's almost like a ritual. I had only tried once..running at the Al Safa Park..good jogging track but a bit way out for me. So the only alternative is really the ugly man made lakes at the Spring Villa (Emirates Hill)...either early in the morning or slightly after 7pm in the evening...not too hot but still very stuffy. Living at the Spring feels like a prisoner...especially if u do not have a car.It's about 40 mins by cab to the Bur Dubai city...70 Dhms. Besides a regular old man with his doggie...the other insane person running round the bigger lake 10 times is yours truly here!
Anyway, coming back to the dizziness..yes..it's confirmed..they are building the DUBAI SPORTS CITY!
"Dubai Sports City — costing $2.5 billion and sprawling over 50 million square feet — aspires to be a bustling minimetropolis devoted to sports, a Xanadu for spectators and participants when it partly opens next year.

Four stadiums, ranging in size from a 10,000-seat multipurpose indoor arena to an outdoor stadium with room for more than 60,000, will play host to basketball, cricket, rugby, soccer and even ice hockey. An outdoor field hockey facility will hold 5,000 fans. A sports-themed shopping mall will connect the four indoor arenas, while hotels, condominiums, a promenade of high-end retail shops and boutiques, a health and fitness club and a sports medicine center will offer services and accommodations to residents and visitors.

The International Cricket Council, which recently moved its headquarters here from London, will open an academy in Dubai Sports City. So will the Manchester United soccer team, the Butch Harmon School of Golf and the David Lloyd Tennis Academy."

Source:http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/09/sports/09dubai.html?ex=1147492800&en=a84ff2b5bf2f2f7f&ei=5087%0A
It will not be far fetched to predict...this could possibly be the next venue for the Olympic Games..just wait and see.
By the way, I hope the authorities will adopt a wholistic approach to the entire concept of health...building state of the art infrastructure alone whether for one upmanship or to bring in the money is just part of the equation. I hope to see more emphasis on healthy living especially for the locals...what u eat, taking up a game etc...driving in flashy car does not counts..lol. I notice the local ladies look elegantly slim... but most of the guys...just my observation (do not throw darts at me!)are pretty heavy from the abdomen/waist downward..I do not know what they eat or whether they work-out or not...perhaps some locals could enlighten us on that? And friends viewing...is exercising a pleasure or pressure for u?

3 Comments:

Blogger Balushi said...

Is there gonna be any AC in this stadium?

11:13 AM

 
Blogger black feline said...

i hope so..baluchi..why don't u check on our behalf..:)

5:27 PM

 
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