Construction of Dubai Arena is nearing completion with the active-lit facade now fully installed.
Work on external infrastructure and landscaping, including paving and parking spaces, is under way, while the finishing touches are being made to the first of 46 hospitality suites, developer Meraas has revealed.
Located at City Walk, the ASGC-built 17,000-seat year-round venue is designed to host major concerts, sporting events and more.
Construction milestones reached to date include completion of the roof, facade steel structure and over 80% of the roof catwalks.
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.
Lifts and escalators have been installed, and the remaining electrical and mechanical works are progressing on schedule.
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.
The complex roof structure weighs approximately 4,000 tonnes, equivalent in weight to that of seven Airbus A380 airplanes and is supported by two mega-trusses spanning the entire length of the venue.
Construction and lifting of the trusses was among the most challenging processes and required some of the world’s biggest cranes, with a capacity of 1,600 tonnes, to lift them into place.
Day-to-day operations of Dubai Arena are to be managed by international venue management company AEG Ogden, which also provided considerable design and technical input during the construction process.
Its portfolio currently includes The O2 Arena in London, STAPLES Centre in Los Angeles, the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.