In a media briefing, Salah A Bukhatir, Chairman of the Sharjah-based Bukhatir Group, and Afif Bejaoui, CEO of the group’s Tunisian affiliate, recently announced the United Arab Emirates-based company plans to revive the Tunis Sports City megaproject.
Sports Cities International, a unit of the Bukhatir Group, had initially begun work on the project in July 2009, with a completion date of 2024. Due to the global financial crisis in 2008, political and economic instability in Tunisia, and 2011 Tunisia’s Arab Spring protests, the Tunis Sports City mega project had been stalled for 15 years.
An overview of the Tunis Sports City
According to the Bukhatir group, the Tunis Sports City will cover 250 hectares on the northern shores of the Lac de Tunis. It will include a stadium, four sports academies, a 9-hole golf course, in partnership with the PGA, six hotels, a 20-hectare central park with pedestrian walkways, a residential compound of villas and terraced buildings, a mall, a business zone, and a three-kilometer-long corniche with entertainment and water sports facilities.
The first stage of the project, as per the recent reports, which includes the golf course, is expected to be completed by 2026 while the entire project is scheduled to be completed by 2031.
In recent reports, the US$ 5bn construction would be the first major project in the North African country since the revolution in 2011.