Dubaï Sport City

Recycled water keeping Dubai Sports City green

Posted on 25 August 2016.

Treated wastewater keeps Dubai Sports City’s mega sports complex – and the luxury hotels and residences - green.

In countries where freshwater supplies are becoming scarce, recycling wastewater is a sustainable alternative.

A cosmopolitan oasis that continues to push the boundaries, Dubai is magnificent. Almost at the far end of the Persian Gulf, the city-state with vertiginous skyscrapers is also one of superlatives. So naturally, when it decides to focus on sport, the project is of course on a grandiose scale. The proof: on an area of over 4.5 million square meters, it designed Dubai Sports City, the world’s first town of its kind.

Thousands of square meters of lawns, green spaces and gardens

International right to the top of the bleachers, this huge complex with its XXL luxury hotels and residences is adjoined by a 60,000 seat stadium dedicated to athletics, football, and rugby.

Just a whistle blow away from the numerous practice pitches used by sports academies - internationally renowned training centers - two cricket grounds, a 5000 seat hockey facility... Not forgetting the 18 holes at the prestigious Els Club, the brainchild of South African Ernie Els, aka “Big Easy” - the former world number one golfer. There’s just one problem - this giga space with its mega expanses of lawns trodden by studs and golf carts is wedged between the sea and the desert....

From wastewater to fresh water

Dubai Sports City consequently built wastewater treatment and recycling plants. And in 2014 it asked Veolia to manage, maintain and improve them under a 10-year contract. One of these urban wastewater treatment plants, with a capacity of 25,000 m3, is equipped with a membrane bioreactor.

This technique produces very high quality treated water – it is even potentially potable with additional disinfection for safety. Hence Dubai Sports City has installed another reverse osmosis treatment plant. Today, the first city in the world dedicated to sport is able to provide an average of 800 m3 of fresh water per day. Another global exploit which also limits shortages and the pressure on scarce and valuable resource.