After deftly playing host to the Rugby World Cup Sevens last weekend, the Dubai Sports Complex has been shortlisted to welcome the World Aquatic Champsionships in 2013.
The emirate is now competing alongside Moscow and Hamburg for the rights to host the acclaimed international event.
John Holt, a senior director and architect with UK-based Faulknerbrowns, the company behind the design the AED1.1 billion project, has duly been showcasing the plans for the 61-acre site at a recent conference in the emirate.
"The Dubai Sports Complex can allow for a 50m pool, which could be used for waterpolo or synchronised swimming. But, at the touch of a button, it a can become a 25m pool, so immediately you have flexibility," he explained.
It is due to be completed in the first quarter of next year and will be hosting the Fina World Short Course Swimming Championships in December of 2010, an event which is likely to draw large numbers of tourists and UAE property owners to the venue.
Dubai Municipality invited expressions of interest in the project in June 2008.