Bridg­ing over traf­fic

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A 20,000-ca­pac­ity arena is to be built in Dubai’s City Walk.

The Dubai Arena will be a mul­tipur­pose venue and used for events such as large-scale mu­sic con­certs and sport­ing oc­ca­sions, such as ice hockey and bas­ket­ball.

The ground has al­ready been bro­ken on the project, which is ex­pected to be open to the pub­lic by late 2018.

Ab­dulla Al Hab­bai, Group Chair­man of Mer­aas, the hold­ing com­pany be­hind the project, said: “The new des­ti­na­tion will en­rich Dubai’s ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture and will add a new state-ofthe-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.”

Har­vey Lis­ter, the chair­man of AEG Og­den, the com­pany that is man­ag­ing the venue, said: “Dubai Arena is a sig­nif­i­cant project that will im­pact the live en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try in the re­gion and will add a new ex­pe­ri­ence to what Dubai will have to of­fer its res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.

“What makes Dubai Arena stand apart from its coun­ter­parts is its re­mark­able size, ca­pac­ity and abil­ity to be trans­formed from a the­atre to a sta­dium de­pend­ing on the scale of the event.”

The venue will also be avail­able to host large scale “un­con­ven­tional wed­dings re­quir­ing grand dec­o­ra­tions”. Plans have been launched to put tun­nels, bridges and ex­pand the three lanes of the Fu­jairah to Qidfa Road. Na­tional news agency WAM an­nounced the plans are a di­rect re­sult of a di­rec­tive from HH Sheikh Ha­mad bin Mo­hammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Coun­cil Mem­ber and Ruler of Fu­jairah. Bri­gadier Mo­hammed Ahmed bin Ghanim Al Kaabi, Gen­eral Com­man­der of Fu­jairah Po­lice, said that a com­pany has al­ready been as­signed to im­ple­ment the project, which will be­gin con­struc­tion work early next year and com­plete the work over two years. He said that the Ruler of Fu­jairah was briefed ear­lier about traf­fic con­ges­tion on the road and the ex­pan­sion plans to help ease traf­fic.

HUGE: An artist’s im­pres­sion of the Dubai Arena

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