Miral has appointed BAM International as the main contractor for the Yas Bay arena, plaza, and nearby retail and F&B spaces planned for the southern end of Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
Development of the arena began at the start of 2017. It is scheduled for completion by end of 2019.
The indoor arena will have an adjustable configuration to accommodate events with capacities up to 18,000. Miral has appointed the region’s premier operator of events and venues, FLASH Entertainment, to oversee arena management.
Construction Business News reports that BR Kiran, chief portfolio officer at Miral, said: “The appointment of BAM International as our contractor of choice for the arena marks an important milestone in the development progress of the Yas Bay project. The arena will be a unique addition to the Island’s portfolio of attractions with the opportunity it brings to host world-class multi-purpose events and activities. This development complements our vision to make Yas Island a top global destination for leisure and entertainment.”
John Lickrish, CEO of FLASH Entertainment, commented: “We are very excited to have a new entertainment venue coming to Yas Island that will further showcase Abu Dhabi’s standing as a global destination, and we look forward to bringing our team’s extensive expertise to host world-class events for the UAE, the region, and attendees from around the world.”
Patrick McKinney, BAM area director, said: “We are excited to work alongside Miral to help in bringing a superb new development with a unique design to Yas Island.”
The developments forms part of a masterplan to transform Yas Bay into one of the region’s most iconic waterfront destinations.
The AED12 billion (US$3.2bn) masterplan aims to transform the southern end of Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. As part of Miral’s plans, increased emphasis will be placed on waterside activities, including a new district called Yas Bay.
In addition, Yas Bay will offer more than 50 restaurants and 20 shops, which Miral hopes will welcome more than 14,000 guests daily. Leisure attractions include a beach club, boutique cinema and family entertainment centre.