Miral to build 18,000-seat indoor area on Yas Island
Miral Assets Management has awarded a WSP-led team to develop the Yas Arena, a multipurpose built venue as part of the Yas Bay development in Abu Dhabi
Miral Assets Management has awarded a WSP-led team to develop the Yas Arena, a multipurpose built venue as part of the Yas Bay development in Abu Dhabi.
The project will expand a 500-seat theatre to an 18,000-capacity venue ideal for community gatherings, concerts, performances, sporting events, and meetings and conventions.
The area will also include a VIP lounge that can be transformed into a grand ballroom for events, hospitality boxes and terrace bars for receptions and parties.
HOK and WSP will be part of the design team, with support from Pascall+Watson. HOK was also responsible for the design of the adjacent arena retail and dining destination along the boardwalk, forming a mixed-use anchor on the east end of Yas Bay.
John Rhodes, a director of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, said: “Our team knew the building needed to be smart, adaptable and technologically-advanced in order to efficiently transform for the wide variety of events the client wished to host.
“This transformability will make Yas Arena one of the most sophisticated arenas in the world.”
Additional amenities, including food and beverage, will be located adjacent to the arena to create a linear street that stretches down the waterfront promenade.
HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment has expertise in the design of arenas, stadiums, ballparks, and recreational facilities, completing FC Barcelona’s New Palau Blaugrana in Barcelona, Spain.
Jonathan Brown, development director of Miral Asset Management, said: “The development of the UAE’s first 18,000 capacity-arena will place Yas Island among the leaders for performance and events venues.”
Miral is investing $1.1bn (AED4bn) into Phase 1 of the $3.3bn (AED12bn) master development plan that will see the transformation of the southern end of Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island.
Phase 1 is expected to attract more than 15,000 new residents and 10,000 working professionals to Yas Island.
The development will consist of three areas including Yas Bay, a public waterfront and entertainment district; the Media Zone, featuring the new campus of twofour54; and the Residences at Yas Bay, an urban island community.
Miral also announced earlier this week that it has signed a deal to build the 641-Room Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island Resort which will be located at Yas Bay, scheduled for a 2019 opening.