UAE city gears up for giant stadium launch
Abu Dhabi, December 23, 2013
Al Ain city is gearing up for the official launch of the new 45,000 sq m Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, which boasts of a dazzling design reflecting Emirati heritage and can accommodate 25,000 spectators.
The final touches are being given to the project following the completion of all construction works in accordance with international standards, in a record time of 17 months, said a statement from Al Ain Club Investment Company.
This will place the stadium among the international sports stadiums enabling the attraction of regional and international sports as well as entertainment activities and making it a genuine addition the country’s infrastructure and a source of pride for UAE football, it stated.
The new stadium is expected to become the main football stadium of Al Ain football Club for all its upcoming matches. It has a unique architectural design that integrates the originality of UAE culture and heritage with the aesthetics of modern concepts.
The building process adopted the international best practice and in accordance with FIFA requirements, the facility is now considered to be the most advanced and equipped in the region and the world, said the statement.
Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazroui, chairman of Al Ain Club Investment Company said: "Hazza bin Zayed Stadium is a new addition to the sports infrastructure in the country. It is a translation of the wise vision of UAE country leadership in the continuous development and progress across all areas, including sports sector in the UAE."
According to him, the stadium will become a pioneering sports destination and a distinguished architectural marvel, forming a vital part of an integrated and a huge mixed use development with facilities serving the sports, social and tourism sectors of Al Ain City and the UAE in general.
"The stadium is 50 metres high and can accommodate 25,000 spectators, divided in a well-studied manner to provide optimal visibility in their spectator segments. The ‘First Class’ stand accommodates 3,000 seats," explained Al Mazroui.
The stadium, after its launch, will be one of the largest international stadiums that have a large number of premium seating capacities. The design has also been made to allocate seats and equipment for spectators of special needs. The stadium also has gates and areas dedicated to ladies and families, as well as spacious parking facilities for the convenience of the public.
"The stadium’s first row of public seats is close to the playground (5.4 m only), and this is the FIFA-approved distance, making Hazza bin Zayed stadium one of few stadiums in the world giving maximum excitement to spectators while watching the games and their favourite stars at close range. The stadium is ready to receive major spots, arts and social events in the UAE and the region, in addition to hosting local, regional and international football matches as it enjoys best integrated logistics and artistic equipment," he added.
According to Al Mazroui, the stadium is the first of its kind providing shade to all spectators through an advanced constructional form and the use of a moving-ceiling umbrella that can cover the whole facility when necessary.
This has been realized through unique engineering and technical advancements in accordance with latest world technologies to enhance the aerodynamic nature of the structure through the ceiling design that covers the stadium and the seating areas during the hot season, during the matches, he stated.
"The creative engineering aspects of the stadium are derived from a design vision inspired by the form of the palm tree that has an exceptional standing in the local heritage of the UAE. This links the identity of the stadium with the UAE’s rich heritage," he explained.
Besides, modern lighting systems have been used to illuminate 600 panels that form the external shape of the design, reflecting the style and uniqueness of the stadium with white colour during the day and purple and yellow colours at night (the colours of Al Ain Club).
The external façade can be decorated and designed during national events, like the 42nd UAE Day celebrations marked recently at the stadium, with special lighting reflecting the colours of the UAE flag, he noted.
"Hazza bin Zayed Stadium is the cornerstone of a large, mixed-use development project that is being completed in several phases to become a new landmark in Al Ain on a plot of half a million square metres," said Al Mazroui.
"This includes the development of residential, commercial and entertainment units as well as a luxury hotel and sports and social facilities. The buildings will be linked to a chain of restaurants, cafés and retail outlets giving shape to the new downtown of Al Ain City," he added.-TradeArabia News Service