World’s biggest pop stars, get ready to bring your tours to a huge new space…
Another day, another mega-structure announced.
However this latest one – a 500,000-square-foot arena – is set to revolutionise the city’s status as an entertainment hub.
When it opens in two years, Dubai Arena will be the largest all-purpose, indoor, air-conditioned arena in the region, able to seat 20,000 guests.
However, it’s not going to be in a far-out location, oh no…
It’s going to be situated right inside City Walk.
What’ll it be used for?
The stadium, which is being built by developer Meraas, will be fully air-conditioned and will be used for international music concerts as well as sports events and entertainment.
The Dubai Arena will feature automated malleable seats, which allow the venue to transform according to the size of the event being held.
“Dubai Arena will host famous and world-renowned athletes, artists and performers and attract tourists to Dubai all year round,” said Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman of Meraas.
“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.”
At the moment, most big names coming to the city perform at the Autism Rock Arena, which has a capacity of 21,000. However this venue is an outdoor space, with lots of standing room, that’s not quite as multi-purpose.
When is it opening?
Construction on the project has already begun, and the stadium is expected to be completed in the last quarter of 2018.
Wait, there’s another stadium?
Dubai Arena isn’t the only huge new venue coming to the city in the not-too-distant future.
The 60,000 seat (that’s three times as much as the Dubai Arena) Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid football stadium is soon to be constructed in Al Aweer, and will feature a design reminiscent of a cut-in-half golf ball.
The Dhs3 billion stadium will be fully air-conditioned, with facilities including exercise pitches, a sports training hall as well as a 5,000 capacity car park, a sports museum, a multi-purpose hall and conference and exhibition auditoriums.