Thomas Ovesen is going independent again. The move comes in light of a restructuring of the executive team at AEG Ogden Middle East, the operator of Dubai Arena, which is due to open this year.
Ovesen, who held the title of COO at AEG, said, “With the Dubai Arena getting ready to open with what will be an amazing calendar of events now is as great a time as ever for me to return to being a dedicated independent buyer and promoter.”
“I wish my fantastic colleagues all the best and thank AEG Ogden for the opportunity with Dubai Arena â€“ I look forward to many future collaborations.â€
Dubai Arena CEO, Guy Ngata, said: â€œThomas Ovesen is to leave his role with AEG Ogden Middle East to continue his career as an independent promoter in the regional market.”
â€œThomas has been a key part of the journey so far as we begin the countdown to opening the arena in 2019. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Thomas on behalf of our team.”
â€œWe look forward to working with Thomas in the near future, which is something both parties are excited about.â€
A concrete opening date for Dubai Arena hasn’t been set yet. The new and fully air-conditioned, 17,000-capacity arena is supposed to establish Dubai as a major destination on the global events circuit.
The arena’s automated seating design means it can be adapted to events of all sizes, from sporting tournaments, e-gaming, comedy and live theatre and musical performances, to conferences, gala dinners, AGMs and weddings.
Dubai Arena is located in the heart of City Walk, Dubaiâ€™s lifestyle destination, a 15-minute drive from Dubai International Airport and a 5-minute walk from the closest metro Station.
The building is owned by Meraas, a Dubai-based holding company, and managed by AEG Ogden.