Of the entire 4,645,152 m² of land area that makes up Dubai Sports City, the master developer, Dubai Sports City LLC, chose to retain and develop only two communities, the remaining plots being sold off to the private sector for medium-rise developments. The two projects it elected to develop itself are Victory Heights and Canal Residence, both of which were awarded to Diar Consult as lead consultant.

Canal Residence West is a collection of five residential apartment buildings which, as the name suggests, are arranged along a landscaped promenade overlooking a manmade canal. The five buildings contain a total of 987 apartments in a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units. Shared retail and recreational facilities are located on the ground and first floors.

Each of the 12 to 20 storey towers is designed in a theme reflecting the style of great canal and waterfront cities: Venice, Naples, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Dubai. The design challenge was to take the style of five geographically, climatically and culturally diverse cities and bring them together in a cohesive and coherent whole in a completely new context. Unified by the canal while retaining their own identity, each apartment building is compatible in spirit to the Victory Heights villas.