The Dubai International Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium located at Dubai Sports City. It is mainly used for cricket matches and is often referred to as Dubai Cricket Stadium.
In 2005 the profile of the Dubai as a venue for international cricket was raised when the International Cricket Council (ICC) moved its headquarters from Lord’s Cricket Ground in London to a temporary home in Dubai Media City. In early 2009 cricket’s world governing body moved to a permanent base at Dubai Sports City.
The stadium opened on April 22 2009 with a One Day International (ODI) match between Pakistan and Australia. Since then the stadium has hosted more than 100 prestigious cricket matches. Games played here have included Pakistan Super League (PSL) fixtures, Indian Premier League (IPL) fixtures, and the 2018 Asia Cup Final.
The stadium has a capacity of 25,000. Seats are arranged on two levels and covered by a coated PTFE membrane roof. The design of the roof ensures all spectators have uninterrupted views of the pitch. It also offers welcome protection from Dubai’s intense sun and high temperatures.
The stadium is occasionally used for concerts. In March 2015 it hosted concerts by Michael Buble and Drake. In December 2013 it was the venue for Access All Areas. This massive Bollywood concert featured stars such as Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Madhuri Dixit, Yo Yo Honey Singh, and Jacqueline Fernandez.
Dubai International Stadium is located at Dubai Sports City, a mixed-use development on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road (E311). It is 5 miles southeast of the Palm Jumeirah.
Buses going to Dubai International Stadium include:
- F34 – Dubai Internet City Metro Station to Dubai Production City (via Dubai Sports City)
- F37 – Mall of the Emirates Metro Station to Dubai Sports City
To travel by public transport, taken a Red Line train to Dubai Internet City Metro Station or Mall of the Emirates Metro Station. Then take the appropriate bus service.