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UAE: Meraas to build 'Dubai Arena' by 2018

Meraas Holding will build the Dubai Arena, a 20,000-seat, indoor events stadium

The Dubai Arena.
The Dubai Arena.

Meraas Holding will build the Dubai Arena, a 20,000-seat indoor events stadium, to be completed at City Walk by 2018.

The multipurpose arena, set to cover more than 46,000m2, will accommodate large international concerts, sporting events, touring productions and other entertainment events within a fully air-conditioned venue.

The arena will also have automatically changeable seating to allow adjustability for different events, Gulf News reported.

Abdullah Al Habbai, Meraas group chairman, said: “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.

“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,” he added.

AEG Ogden, an international venue management company wholly owned by Anschutz Company, will manage the project.

DXB Entertainment PJSC was awarded the project management contract for design and construction.

The cost of the new arena was not disclosed.

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