AEG Ogden is to manage the new 20,000-seat Dubai Arena when it opens in 2018.
The company, an Australian based joint venture between Australian venue management interests and AEG Facilities, will operate the venue on behalf of Dubai-based holding company Meraas.
Chairman and CEO, Harvey Lister said Dubai was strategically positioned to capitalise on acts coming out of or flying to Europe via AEG’s established network of venues in Australia and Asia.
“Dubai Arena joins AEG Ogden’s growing network in the Asia Pacific region, which includes arenas in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Newcastle and three in China, convention centres with entertainment theatre inclusions in Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Kuala Lumpur and Oman, plus the 52,000-seat Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane and will be a valued addition to AEG Facilities’ family of 130-plus iconic venues worldwide," said Lister.
“It will also strengthen AEG’s position in the Middle East where stage one of the $1.5 billion Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre opened last month and work is proceeding on stage two which includes a 3,200 seat theatre."
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. It has been designed to have automated malleable seats which enables the venue to transform according to the scale of the event being held.
The project management contract for the destination was awarded to DXB Entertainment PJSC.