Bukhatir plans ?Sports City? for Lahore

MUMBAI: A ?Sports City? will be developed in Lahore to provide state-of-the-art facilities for a number of games.

This is the result of a deal that has been struck between the man who brought cricket to the UAE through the Sharjah tournament - leading sports patron and financier Abdurrehman Bukhatir and the Punjab government. Media reports indicate that the deal to erect a sports city in Lahore is worth $500 million.

Bukhatir also founded Taj Television which owns and operates Ten Sports. Besides the promotion of sports, Sports City is also expected to be a big source of employment. Under the agreement the Punjab government will provide land and basic infrastructure for the city while the facilities will be built by Bukhatir's company.

The project is the second biggest UAE investment in Lahore after a Dubai-based group announced plans to set-up Shaikh Zayed entertainment complex in the city at the cost of $1 billion. The complex will have five star hotels and multi-plex cinemas. At the MoU signing ceremony Bukhatir was accompanied by Ten Sports channel director Zahid Noorani.

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