16 August 2017

Skate Parks gaining popularity in the Middle East

Convic has recently been recognised for it’s work the UAE by being featured on the cover of 2 prominent magazines in the Middle East along with architecture, interiors and industrial design website – DesignMENA.

The articles in Construction Week and Gulf Construction magazines observe the rise of skateboarding’s popularity and the need for these spaces in the Gulf Region.

Quoted from ‘Construction Week’ magazine:

“Three years from now, skateboarding will make its debut as an Olympic sport at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo… [and] there’s no denying that skateboarding is enjoying rising mainstream popularity and acceptance, evident in not only the growing size of its global equipment market – expected to exceed $5bn by 2020, according to a study conducted by Technavio – but also the proliferation of skate parks around the world.

Australia alone has almost 1,500 skate parks… {and] that number is significant considering that the country’s population does not even cross the 25 million mark.”

The X-Dubai Kite Beach Skate Park which Convic designed and built and is largest of its kind in the region, has gone from strength to strength showcasing the transformative power of action sport parks.

“Through our work with X-Dubai, we have created an exceptionally inclusive space that integrates seamlessly into the community, as it also provides a state-of-the-art facility for sport development and social interaction,” says Julius Turanyik, General Manager of Convic.

“Through both its iconic location within Dubai as well as its architecturally appealing design, the park not only provides a platform for budding and elite athletes but also a venue for both local and international events. It is an investment in the city, the community and in particular, its young members, and we know that it will pay dividends for many years to come.”

Underscoring the significance of Convic’s holistic and integrated approach to its projects, as well as the importance of transforming public spaces into facilities that encourage teenagers to be active members of their communities, Turanyik concludes: “Convic doesn’t just design and build skate parks; we develop youth precincts – connected spaces for the youth, who have the most disposable time available to them but have the least amount of space that caters to their needs.”

To see more images of X-Dubai Skate Park click here.