Abu Dhabi-based developer Miral has announced that the UAE capital’s first-of-its-kind multi-purpose indoor venue, Etihad Arena, is set to host its first event by mid-April.
Once open to the public, Etihad Arena is set to become a regional landmark for live entertainment with a flexible capacity ranging from 200 to 18,000 people.
Miral said the venue has been designed to accommodate both large-scale and private events, offering audiences a broad range of experiences.
From sporting competitions to world-class concerts, and from musicals to international exhibitions, Etihad Arena is set to elevate Yas Island’s entertainment offerings and boost Abu Dhabi’s tourism industry.
Etihad Arena is located at Yas Bay, a 14 million square feet mixed-use development on the southern end of Yas Island. Yas Bay encompasses three distinct areas – Yas Bay Waterfront that is set to become Abu Dhabi’s premier nightlife destination once complete, The Residences at Yas Bay and twofour54.
The Arena is situated within Yas Bay Waterfront, which also incorporates the Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island, a beach club, and an 11,000 sq m pier boasting 37 cafes and restaurants and 19 retail outlets.
Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of Miral, said: “We are excited to be soon hosting the first event at Etihad Arena, the most highly anticipated events landmark in Abu Dhabi this year.
“The Arena has been designed to complement Yas Island’s vision by creating a new hub in the UAE and across the region. Etihad Arena, is yet another unique addition to Yas Island that will help position it as a top global destination for entertainment, leisure and business, while also contributing to the UAE’s vision for economic diversification.”
Announced in January, Yas Bay Arena was named Etihad Arena following a partnership agreement between Miral and Etihad Airways.