Facilities
 
Facilities

The Sports Centre includes a wide variety of facilities, all built to international specifications:​

 Aerobic Room

The room contains fitness machines and equipment for use in a variety of different exercises and aerobic routines. The Aerobic Room, along with the swimming pool, offers ladies-only sessions.

Children's Play Area

This area, located adjacent to the squash courts, has slides, see-saws and other fun activities for young children and toddlers to enjoy while their parents use other facilities at the Centre.

Cricket Nets

Two fully-covered, turf wicket cricket nets are available for AKU staff and students to practice their bowling and batting skills.

Gymnasium

This facility has four badminton courts and six tables for table tennis; the surface can be adapted for basketball, volleyball, throwball and netball.

The centrally air-conditioned 120 feet x 120 feet, 36 feet-high multipurpose gymnasium is one of the highlights of the Sports Centre. The gymnasium is equipped with wall-to-wall maple wood flooring, an electronic scoreboard and foldable bleachers, which are automatically operated and can seat up to 1200 people. The electronic scoreboard and a multimedia control system are operated from a media room on the first floor overlooking the gymnasium floor.

Indoor Game Rooms

In addition to a custom snooker/billiards room, the Sports Centre has two rooms dedicated for other indoor games such as carom, chess, scrabble, etc.

Outdoor Volleyball Court

One of the most popular spots at the Sports Centre is the outdoor beach volleyball court. It is located next to the tennis courts.

Snack Bar

For members and their families, the Sports Centre also has a snack bar which offers healthy eating options. The outlet has two windows opening towards the tea garden and the swimming pool respectively.

Snooker/Billiard Room

The room is equipped with a full-size snooker table for two players. The room is air-conditioned and can accommodate a large number of spectators.

Sports and Football Grounds

The sports ground has a full-size cricket field with three international-standard turf wickets.

The football field is located behind the Ibn Ridhwan and Juma building.

Corporate and educational institutions may rent out these facilities; for further details, please contact Sports Centre management.

Squash Courts

The Centre consists of two squash courts complete with bright lighting, a glass back wall and lots of seating room for spectators.

Swimming Pool

The Sports Centre has an Olympic size seven-lane swimming pool which is 50-metres long and 16.5-metres wide. The pool's depth ranges from 3.5 feet to 6 feet, and it is partially covered by a canopy to provide shade from the sun. The 300,000-gallon pool is equipped with an advanced filtration system consisting of three electric driven motors, two sand filters and a liquid chlorination pump. For children under six, there is a smaller pool, complete with its own filtration system, adjacent to the main one.

The following facilities are provided at the swimming pool:

  • Four fully-equipped changing rooms (two each for males and females). Rooms include lockers, hot and cold showers and washroom facilities.
  • A poolside garden furnished with chairs and tables. The garden is also used by various AKU departments to hold dinners and other events both in the day and in the evening.
  • Beach chairs alongside the pool for use when members take a break from swimming.
  • Floodlights, both inside and outside the pool, to allow night-time swimming.

Tea Garden

A green lawn surrounded by vegetation, this open space adjoins the snack bar and provides a peaceful atmosphere for members to relax and take a meal. It also serves as a venue for various University departments to hold their annual dinners and other events, both during the day and in the evening.

Tennis Courts

The Sports Centre has four tennis courts and includes advanced lighting systems, enabling members to use the courts at night as well. One of the courts has a practice wall for beginners.

Walking Track

There is a 500-metre walking/jogging track that encircles the Sports Ground; a separate temporary membership to this facility is available.

Weight Training Room

This facility, which also serves as the Fitness and Rehabilitation Room, offers state-of-the-art weight training equipment and fitness machines in an air-conditioned environment. There are qualified attendants available to advise and assist members in bodybuilding as well as weight-loss techniques.​