Dubai Dubai Sports City will become the home of the International Cricket Council (ICC) headquarters from Sunday. The world cricketing body has moved from their temporary home at Al Thuraya Towers in Dubai Media City to a 38,000 square feet building located adjacent to the Dubai Sports City Academies campus.
The dream of the ICC to have a permanent home came finally true in its 100th anniversary year. The ICC was located at Lord's Cricket ground till it relocated its base to Dubai in 2005.
Khalid Al Zarooni, president of Dubai Sports City, welcomed the ICC officials who are here to attend a board meeting.
"We are proud to welcome the ICC at its new home, and cricket in the Middle East will gain a real boost from having the game's governing body based here. The opening of the ICC headquarters is the first of many projects which are soon to open as Dubai Sports City comes to life," he said.
Haroon Lorgat, ICC chief executive, said that it is an exciting chapter in the ICC's 100-year history. "For the first time we will now have our own home, with facilities that allow us to serve our members better than ever before," said Lorgat.
Elaborating on the details of the ICC headquarters, Zarooni said: "The ICC headquarters consists of 32 offices over three floors, include a board room, meeting rooms, and a press conference room. The ICC was one of the first global sports brands to work with Dubai Sports City, and today we can see the next stage of fulfillment of that close relationship."
The state-of-the-art ICC Global Cricket Academy is also nearing completion not far away from the ICC headquarters, and Dubai's new cricket stadium is set to be opened on April 22.