Community sports-focused Dammam Dome opens



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Saudi Arabia to open multipurpose domes Image: SFA

The Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA) multipurpose sports facility in Dammam (City in Saudi Arabia) opened to the public recently.

‘Construction Review Online’ stated that this was announced by SFA, a proactive community sport and wellness organization in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA) is the main body responsible for developing community sports and is mandated with achieving a target of raising physical activity levels in Saudi Arabia to 40 percent by 2030.

‘Construction Review Online’ further stated that the SFA multipurpose sports facility in Dammam is the latest offering from the federation towards the promotion of overall physical activity in Saudi Arabia.

Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal AL Saud, the President of SFA, presided over the opening ceremony. The Deputy Minister of Sports and the Managing Director of SFA alongside other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.
 

Facility Features

The state-of-the-art facility has the capacity to comfortably accommodate 150,000 people. It features over nine courts. It will thus be able to host a wide range of sporting activities. These include volleyball, handball, basketball, as well as table tennis.

The SFA sports facility in Dammam aims to encourage as many people to embrace a more active and fit lifestyle. Thus, its design has been so shaped keeping the wellbeing of the greater community in mind.

Moreover, groups, as well as individuals, will be able to book facilities at the Dome through the SFA App.

The seamless digital experience aims to contribute towards the project’s delivery of convenience. The multipurpose destination is also designed to host community programs and corporate events.

Additionally, it will host educational engagements that promote sports development. These will include interschool, federation and interuniversity events.

While at the opening ceremony, the Saudi Minister of Sports, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal, spoke about the project. He noted that the facilities best demonstrate how the country’s political dispensation is committed towards promoting the sports sector.

‘ARAB NEWS’ stated that the above sports facility is among several ‘Domes’ to be launched across the country over the coming years.

Supported by the Ministry of Sports and the Quality of Life Program, the state-of-the-art facility has been set up to empower people in communities across the Kingdom by providing greater access to world-class sports and fitness resources.

‘ARAB NEWS’ further stated that marking the launch of the new Dome, the Saudi Minister of Sports Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, said, “We are very pleased, and praise be to Allah, on the implementation of such sports projects in the Kingdom. The facilities embody the unlimited support that the leadership of this country provides to the sports sector. The opening of the domes reflects the level of achievement, development and prosperity required to achieve the Vision 2030 objectives.

The Ministry of Sports is working hard to contribute to implementing the Quality of Life Program initiatives, which reflects the wise leadership’s vision in creating the right environment to improve the lifestyles of people across the Kingdom. The facilities will enhance participation in cultural, recreational and sporting activities that help people lead healthier lives, create jobs, promote investment opportunities, and diversify economic activity.”

Saudi Vision 2030 is a strategic framework to reduce Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil, diversify its economy and develop public service sectors such as health, education, infrastructure, recreation, and tourism.

The Quality of Life Program is one of the Saudi Vision 2030 Realization Programs. It was launched in the middle of 2018 with the strategic aim to improve ‘lifestyle’ and ‘livability’ of individuals, families and communities.

Prince Khaled said, “We are proud to see so much enthusiasm in Dammam around the launch of the SFA Dome, the first purpose-built facility meant to bring us all closer to our goals of health and wellness. This venue is for you, your space to thrive and we’ve launched it as part of our mission to create curated opportunities and well-designed spaces that put health and well-being first on the agenda. The launch of the SFA dome marks another significant step towards enhancing the Kingdom’s wellness infrastructure for all society, its world-class features contributing to the development of the country’s ever-growing lifestyle and leisure landscape.”

Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Bakr, head honcho of the Quality of Life Program, said, “We are pleased to support the opening of the SFA Dome in Dammam: A world-class offering that will enhance our work to empower more people of all ages to practice sports. Through the launch of such modern and community-focused projects, we aim to inspire an active, sports-loving generation of Saudi citizens and residents – a community of happy, healthy and productive people that contribute to the ongoing development of the Saudi society.”

The SFA expects to welcome 150,000 participants to the SFA Domes over the next 12 months, with the figure rising to more than 250,000 the following year.

The next one is opening in Jeddah before the end of 2022.

The Domes are part of the SFA’s Active Places initiatives, which aim to create an enabling environment for communities to improve their wellbeing.

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