Meraas to build new air-conditioned 20,000-capacity Dubai Arena

Posted: 11-Nov-16 10:12

The Dubai-based holding company Meraas has announced that Dubai is to build a brand new state-of-the-art arena. The multi-purpose facility will span half a million square feet and will have capacity for up to 20,000 people, offering space for leisure, business, entertainment and sports events. Located on City Walk, the arena will be air conditioned and will be the largest of its kind in the region.

Meraas to build new air-conditioned 20,000-capacity Dubai Arena

Dubai looks set to have the region’s biggest arena, following an announcement by Meraas, a Dubai-based holding company. Meraas has announced that Dubai Arena will be built in the city, spanning half a million square feet with capacity for 20,000.

Situated on City Walk, close to Dubai International Airport (DXB), the new multi-purpose facility will be used to host leisure, sports, and entertainment events such as international concerts, NBA games and more. Ground has already broken at the site and it is expected to be completed by 2018.

Abdulla Al Habbai, the Group Chairman of Meraas, stated:

“The new destination will enrich Dubai’s existing infrastructure and will add a new state-of-the-art venue that will accommodate international events and will raise Dubai’s credentials as a premium leisure and entertainment hub.”

Mr Al Habbai also explained:

 “Dubai Arena will host famous and world renowned athletes, artists and performers and attract tourists to Dubai all year round. It will also host large global events and performances that have not visited the region as yet, due to the lack of a suitable platform for holding similar events.”

Dubai Arena will be managed by AEG Ogden, an international venue management company that is owned by Anschutz Company’s Anschutz Entertainment Group. The company is associated with several entertainment facilities all over the world including The O2 in London, the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, Qudos Bank Arena in Australia, and Staples Centre in Los Angeles. DXB Entertainment PJSC will oversee the design and construction of the new arena.

The facility will have seats that can be moved in order to transform the space to cater for individual events, and it will be the first arena in the region to offer air conditioning. The venue will also host large-scale weddings and major touring events, and is expected to host major events that will attract tourists from all over the world.

The announcement of the new arena, follows the recent opening of the new Dubai Parks and Resorts which launched on 31st October, 2016. Dubai Parks and Resorts has more than 100 attractions for all ages including Bollywood ParksTM Dubai, LEGOLAND® Dubai, motiongateTM Dubai, a waterpark, a Hunger Games-themed section, and a Taj Mahal-inspired theatre. The Riverpark is located between the three theme parks, offering retail, dining, and entertainment options, and there is a 503-rooom Polynesian-themed Lapita Hotel.

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