An international team of consultants has designed a futuristic variably-sized venue for an artificial island off the coast of Abu Dhabi.
The design team is led by Canadian engineer WSP along with architects HOK of the US and Pascall + Watson from the UK.
The team was organised by Miral Asset Management, which is responsible for the development of much of the southern part of Yas Island. This includes a hotel cluster, a Formula 1 circuit and a theme park.
Yas Arena will be the first multipurpose indoor arena in the city, and can be expanded from a 500-seat theatre to an 18,000-capacity stadium.
HOK says the project has an "illuminated lantern facade", and will be able to accommodate events such as community gatherings, concerts, performances, sporting events, as well as meetings and conventions
Premium spaces include a VIP lounge that can be transformed into a grand ballroom, hospitality boxes and terrace bars for receptions and parties.
HOK also designed the adjacent retail and dining destination along the Yas Island boardwalk.
Jonathan Brown, development director of Miral Asset Management, said: "The development of the UAE’s first 18,000-capacity arena will place Yas Island among the leaders for performance and events venues."
According to Construction Week Online, Miral is be investing $1.1bn in phase one of the $3.3bn development, which hopes to attract 15,000 residents and 10,000 professionals.
Images courtesy of HOK