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Yas Island destination in Abu Dhabi is 55% complete: Miral CEO

The Etihad Arena is 88% complete; the Hilton hotel in Yas Bay marks 85% progess, with doors set to open in 2020

Miral marks 55% completion on its $3.2bn, 130ha Yas Bay destination
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Miral marks 55% completion on its $3.2bn, 130ha Yas Bay destination

Abu Dhabi-headquartered Yas Island developer Miral has revealed to Construction Week that the Yas Island destination is 55% complete. The megadeveloper also announced updates on its 130ha Yas Bay waterfront destination worth $3.26bn (AED12bn) in the UAE capital.

In conversation with Construction Week, the chief executive officer of Miral, Mohamed Al Zaabi, also stated that the 200 to 18,000-seater Etihad Arena – which is being constructed by Dutch contractor Bam International – is 88% complete, and is scheduled to open doors before end-2020.

The 546-key Hilton hotel in Yas Bay, being built by a joint venture between SANJOSE Contracting and Fibrex Construction, in the southern end of Yas Island, is 85% complete and is also scheduled to be delivered in 2020.

The Abu Dhabi-based megadeveloper has invested $1.1bn (AED4bn) into the Yas Island project, which includes The Waterfront area featuring the Etihad Arena, in addition to two hotels, a beach club, and a pier. Abu Dhabi-based Hilalco is working on the infrastructure and public realm of Yas Bay, Miral confirmed.

Commenting on the Yas Bay pier, which is also set to be completed in 2020, Al Zaabi said: “For the first time in Abu Dhabi, we will have a pier that will include a number of restaurants on the water.”

The Yas Bay Residences includes 35 residential plots for low- and mid-rise structures that will accommodate 15,000 people; 19 recreational parks; three mosques; and two schools.

The $112m (AED411.4m) Warner Bros Abu Dhabi hotel, which is being built by Indian construction conglomerate Shapoorji Pallonji, just completed “topping out of the last concrete” on its 250-key, eight-storey hotel.

Al Zaabi said: “The Warner Bros Abu Dhabi hotel is almost 40% complete and we look forward to its opening in 2021. Customers will have the chance to meet and dine with our Warner Bros characters, as well as the experience of staying in the first Warner Bros branded hotel in the world.”

He added: “What’s also great about the hotel is that it is only 200m to 300m away from Warner Bros World, and is walking distance to Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi. “

Al Zaabi also alluded to the upcoming SeaWorld Abu Dhabi marine life theme park.

“We are in a very advanced stage of design on SeaWorld Abu Dhabi and we’re on schedule to finish construction in 2022,” he concluded.

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