The king of Saudi Arabia has approved plans to follow the lead of Dubai Sports City (DSC) with the creation of a $4 billion (£2.76 billion) complex north of Jeddah.
King Abdullah announced his support for the new facilities last week, a move which Jeddah mayor Adel Fakieh said would encourage young Saudis to become more engaged with sports.
He told Arab News: "King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah will be a huge cultural landmark and a symbol of comprehensive development in the kingdom."
Meanwhile, the historic opening of Dubai Sports City is drawing ever nearer, with the International Cricket Council recently announcing that its new head coaches are getting to work at the Global Cricket Academy.
Former test cricketers and internationally acclaimed coaches Dayle Hadlee and Mudassar Nazar are focusing on establishing the academy as a global centre of excellence that will put Dubai cricket on the map.
The pair will be paying particular attention to nurturing homegrown talent at the grass roots level.