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Meraas builds region's largest indoor arena at City Walk

Meraas, a Dubai-based holding company, has announced the construction of ‘Dubai Arena’, a new state-of-the-art multi-purpose dome that spans to an area of half a million square feet and with an approximate capacity of 20,000.

The arena is set to enhance Dubai’s leisure and entertainment offering and become the ‘go to’ venue for large scale international music concerts, sporting events such as hockey and NBA as well as other entertainment events.

“In line with the Dubai Plan 2021 launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Meraas is committed to deliver Dubai Arena that will provide a globally distinctive entertainment experience. 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,” said Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman of Meraas.

Dubai Arena will be the only all-purpose indoor air conditioned arena of its size in the entire region and will boast an advanced infrastructure allowing it to accommodate mega-events. Strategically located at City Walk with close proximity to the Dubai International Airport and accessible via the Dubai Metro, the new venue will be at the heart of Dubai’s latest urban lifestyle destination surrounded by a plethora of hospitality, F&B, entertainment and shopping options. Ground has been broken for the project and it is expected to be completed in the last quarter of 2018.

Managing Dubai Arena will be international venue management company, AEG Ogden, part of Anschutz Entertainment Group -- a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company that owns, controls or is affiliated with a collection of companies including over 100 of the world’s preeminent facilities such as The O2 in London, the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai and Qudos Bank Arena in Australia.