Adventureland is a leading UAE indoor entertainment facility that has been established in 2002 at Sahara Centre, a major Sharjah retail and lifestyle destination. Adventureland covers 70,000 square feet of floor space, which houses such signature attractions as the indoor roller coaster and elevated family train. Adventureland has added in 2014 another 10,000 square feet which currently makes it the largest indoor family entertainment center in Sharjah-UAE, featuring first-time rides in the region, including the Motocoaster, a gravity-run roller coaster; a two-level indoor Go Kart attraction and a four-level Soft Play facility, among others, in a uniquely themed jungle setting. Adventureland has a total of 17 rides and attractions, over 70 video and redemption games, a party hall, food kiosks, and a full redemption or gift station.
In April 2012, the Adventureland brand was also launched in Morocco, North Africa. The opening of Adventureland Morocco, a 55,000 square feet complex at Morocco Mall, Casablanca, was the first indoor entertainment center of its kind in the country. Currently, Adventureland is actively seeking new locations for future themed attraction parks to open up across the GCC and MENA regions.
Dubai Sports City (DSC) is one of Bukhatir Group's star projects in the new millennium. Grandly conceived, DSC is the world's only integrated purpose-built sports city. To be built on 50 million sq ft of land, DSC seeks to unite sports with the ultimate in lifestyle, leisure, entertainment, commerce and enterprise. The project has the Al Zarooni Group and the Falaknaz Group as joint venture partners. Conceived and designed as a 'City within a City', Dubai Sports City is a major part of the gigantic 2.5 billion sq ft, AED 18 billion Dubailand project launched in 2003-4. As such, apart from being home to some of the world's choicest sporting facilities described below,DSC will have hotels, boulevards, restaurants, cafes, malls, multiplex cinemas, retail outlets,medical clinics, community centres, schools and mosques.
It will cater to every conceivable need of the residents by building exclusive and luxurious villas, semi-detached mixed-use housing complexes and 15-story residential towers spread over 14 million sq ft of land area.
It will be home to some of the world's top sporting facilities including a spectacular Ernie Els signature golf course, a 60,000 seat multi-purpose outdoor stadium to host world class football, rugbyand track and field events and an 8,000 seat indoor venue ideal for gymnastics, basketball, volleyball and indoor hockey, Dubai Sports City is expected to draw the world's sporting elite to the UAE.
Many of the world's leading sporting brands have chosen Dubai Sports City to nurture the potential heroes of tomorrow including the Butch Harmon Golf Academy, Manchester United's Football Academy, David Lloyd's Tennis Academy and International Cricket Council (ICC) CricketAcademy.
The Bukhatir Group is confident that Dubai Sports City, by far the group's largest joint venture project so far, will set new lifestyle standards for the world's most discerning sports enthusiasts.
Little did they realise all those years ago that cricket would transcend sport and become an institution. The story of cricket may not have been the dramatic success it has become if things had coasted along without the thrust given by the oil boom. As thousands of expatriates from the cricket mad subcontinent descended in droves to the oil drenched land of fortune, they brought the game with them.
Cricket in those days was still played on rolled dirt tracks and the facilities were rudimentary, so to speak. The frenzied economic activity resulted in getting the support of Banks, Corporate houses and business organisations. There were enough people in the ranks who thought a good weekend game was just the thing.
At this stage Television was also waking up to live broadcasts and the one day game was gaining ascendency over its nobler older brother the 5 day Test.
The arrivals of pioneers of the likes of Abdulrahman Bukhatir changed the scene dramatically. The advent of the now legendary Cricketers Benefit Fund Series on the scene worked wonders as it proved to be a shot in the arm as the game got its first international exposure. Even today, the frozen brilliance of cricket’s most glorious one dayers holds sway in the history of the game.
The first international match between Gavaskar XI and Miandad XI was held in 1981 and after that CBFS never looked back. The first ODI was held way back in 1984 and even today Sharjah Cricket Stadium holds the unique record of staging the maximum number of ODI’s with facilities second to none. Who can forget the thunderous roars during the Indo-Pak ties in those halcyon years? The Miandad last ball six. Tendulkar's back to back centuries that shook the rafters. The glitz and the glamour from celebrity presence that added to the game's allure. Today the game is fully entrenched with the number of teams and players increasing all the time. The facilities also have improved consequently.
With so much cricket played almost round the year- more than one thousand five hundred matches are played during the season on an average-the future augers well for the UAE cricket which has come off age. The sky is the limit as far as progress is concerned.
Indeed, the Sharjah stadium and its organising body and the Bukhatir led team make for a superb story in the annals of sport.
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