Syria's sprawling government-owned Lattakia Sports City, also known as al-Assad Sports City, is to undergo comprehensive refurbishment under the direction of President Bashar al-Assad, it has been reported.
During the past few years, the massive facility – which covers an area of 156 hectares – has been used to house displaced Syrians, but recent victories by the Syrian Arab Army have liberated many regions from terrorist organizations and most have now been allowed to return home.
According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), "the plan consists of two phases: the first includes the restoration of public utilities, and the second section includes the implementation of the technical and functional plan to return the establishment to its work, noting that the amounts will be gradually allocated to rehabilitate the City completely."
The center, located in Latakia along the Mediterranean coastline, was built in 1987 to host the Mediterranean Games. It boasts numerous facilities, including three soccer stadiums, three indoor sports halls, horse-racing tracks, tennis courts, an Olympic-size pool, a hotel and an art museum.
The Syrian government has been investing heavily in projects to rebuild the economy and infrastructure after several years of civil war destroyed vast expanses of its territory. Efforts are primarily being concentrated in major cities such as Aleppo, but coastal and rural areas have also attracted 82 investment projects, SANA reports.