BAM International, the operating company of Royal BAM Group, has been appointed by Miral Asset Management to construct Yas Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The first multipurpose arena will have a capacity of 18,000 seats and will be used to host events in a temperature-controlled environment.
Global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm HOK, with support from Pascall+Watson, has designed the arena.
Yas Arena has been designed to accommodate a wide variety of sports and entertainment events.
The dynamic form and illuminated lantern facade is aimed at complementing and animating the expanding waterfront promenade at Yas Bay.
The arena can be expanded from a 500-seat theatre to an 18,000-capacity venue.
It is designed to create the ideal user experience for events such as community gatherings, concerts, performances, sporting events, and meetings and conventions.
Flash Entertainment of Abu Dhabi will host gigs and sports events in the Yas Arena.
Premium spaces include a VIP lounge that can be transformed into a grand ballroom for events, hospitality boxes and terrace bars for receptions and parties.
Apart from the architectural design of Yas Arena, HOK also designed the adjacent arena retail and dining destination along the boardwalk on the east end of Yas Bay.
The area adjacent to the arena will form a linear street stretching down the waterfront promenade, where additional amenities, including food and beverage, will be located.
The promenade will feature more than 50 cafes and restaurants, 20 retail outlets, a recreational pier, two hotels and a beach club.
The outdoor concourse will provide connectivity to the surrounding district on Yas Bay.
Work commenced on 17 December 2017 and BAM expects to complete Yas Arena by November 2019.
Yas Island, a new multipurpose leisure, shopping and entertainment destination, includes a hotel cluster, the Yas Marina F1 circuit and theme parks.