Dubai Sports City set to rock

10,000-seat live entertainment arena to be constructed in emirate's dedicated sports precinct.
An artist's impression of the new multi-purpose entertainment venue to be constructed in Dubai Sports City.
An artist's impression of the new multi-purpose entertainment venue to be constructed in Dubai Sports City.


A 10,000-seat arena currently under construction in Dubai Sports City will be available for concerts and other entertainment events, developers have confirmed.

The multi-purpose indoor venue, which will also be used for sports events such as tennis and basketball, will also feature a removable ice rink. With a 10,000 capacity for sports crowds it is possible that smaller events, such as concerts, could accomodate even larger audiences.

"The venue will be capable of hosting concerts and other major public gatherings but it's still too early to confirm details about acoustics and seating layout, since it is still under construction," said Edward Barnfield, general manager of the project's marketing partner. "However, the plan is in place to make it a major venue for [live] events once it is completed," he added.

As well as the arena itself, concert-goers will also benefit from the parking and transport facilities that will be in place, which should ease the traffic congestion that plagues other areas of Dubai.

The indoor stadium is scheduled for completion in April 2009.

When fully operational, Dubai Sports City will boast four world-class stadiums with seating capacities ranging from 5,000 to 60,000 as well as residential and commercial developments.

The precinct will form an integral part of the massive Dubailand project, which is also scheduled for completion in 2009.

Speculation also continues to mount that the centrepiece 60,000-seat outdoor stadium will be made available for major live entertainment events.

The construction of the Sports City facility coincides with that of The Palladium in Dubai Media City, which will boast a 3,500-seat capacity and is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2008

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