The new venue will be the largest all-purpose, air-conditioned indoor arena in the region.

Your concert-going experience is about to get a serious upgrade, as Dubai Arena is set to open to the public in the second quarter of next year.

If you’ve driven past City Walk recently, you might have noticed the spectacular venue starting to take shape, with facade work now completed.

Developer Meraas said work on external infrastructure and landscaping, including paving and parking spaces, was underway. Finishing touches were also being made to the first of the arena’s 46 hospitality suites.

Here’s an Instagram post that shows what it looked like a month ago:


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When complete, the arena will have the capacity to host 17,000 guests, for a variety of events including concerts, festivals, conferences and exhibitions, as well as sporting events such as basketball, boxing, volleyball, and ice hockey.

It features the most advanced technologies that incorporate a fully retractable seating system, a futuristic roof that facilitates all kinds of productions, a multi-purpose drape system, and the latest in terms of AV and IT systems

It will be the largest all-purpose, air-conditioned indoor arena in the Middle East. The venue will be managed by international operator AEG Ogden, who are also responsible for The O2 Arena in London.

“We are confident that Dubai Arena will position the city on the international entertainment touring circuit and the audiences will have the opportunity to witness the world’s most talented performers and sporting events in the heart of Dubai,” said Meraas group chairman Abdulla Al Habbai.

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