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Dubai Arena on track for 2019 opening

Dubai Arena is set to be the largest all-purpose, air-conditioned indoor arena in the Middle East and North Africa

Dubai Arena on track for 2019 opening
Dubai Arena is on track to open to the public next year, with the active-lit façade now completed and the paneled structure fully installed.

Dubai Arena is on track to open to the public next year, with the active-lit façade now completed and the paneled structure fully installed.

Work on the external infrastructure and landscaping, including paving and parking spaces, is also under way, while the finishing touches are being made to the first of 46 hospitality suites.

A first-of-its-kind in the region, the roof at Dubai Arena is expected to be completed and made watertight before the end of the year, to allow the final acoustic checks to commence.

All concrete, structural and the block works have been finished and the installation of arena seating is underway, while the arena’s rigging equipment, scoreboards, lighting and sound system will start to be fitted from next month.

The new venue, located at City Walk, Dubai, will have a capacity to accommodate 17,000 visitors and capable of hosting many events and genres all year-round - including 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: “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. Dubai Arena will also ensure Meraas and its partners are in a strong position to be able to continue setting new benchmarks in leisure and entertainment regionally, while contributing to the emirate’s continued development as a major tourism destination and boosting the city’s appeal as a place to live, work and visit among residents and tourists.”

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