Meraas’ Dubai Arena on track to open in 2019
November 06, 2018 – The roof is equivalent in weight to that of seven A380 airplanes
Meraas has announced that Dubai Arena, its latest entertainment venue located at City Walk is on track to open in 2019. Once finished, this will be MENA region’s largest all-purpose, air-conditioned indoor arena.
According to a statement from Meraas, the “active-lit” panelled façade structure for Dubai Arena has been fully installed, while work is underway on external infrastructure, landscaping, paving and parking spaces. The arena will be able to accommodate 17,000 visitors all year round and be able to host end-stage, central and half-stage concerts, sporting events such as tennis, basketball, boxing, volleyball and ice hockey, and gala dinners, exhibitions and conferences, and festivals.
Abdulla Al Habbai, group chairman at Meraas, said: “Every city is known for something – but few, if any, can compare to Dubai when it comes to leisure and entertainment experiences. Dubai Arena has been designed to enhance the city’s reputation as a destination for world-class events and hospitality and will transform the industry throughout the Middle East.”
He added: “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.”
The company stated that the roof, façade steel structure and over 80% of the roof catwalks are completed. As well as, all concrete, structural and the block works have been finished and the installation of arena seating is under way. The arena’s rigging equipment, scoreboards, lighting and sound system will start to be fitted from next month.
In addition, lifts and escalators have been installed and the remaining electrical and mechanical works are progressing as per schedule. District cooling service provider, Empower, is due to commence tunnelling works under Sheikh Zayed Road to connect 3,600 tonnes of chilled water to the arena, and DEWA has already connected power to the building, reported the company.