Contractor BAM International has completed the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain after a 16-month fast track construction period.
Built to FIFA standards, the stadium covers an area of 45,000m2 with a capacity of 25,000 seats.
The scope of the project further included a sports hall, commercial buildings and extensive exterior landscaping.
The official opening of Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium and the sports centre took place on 24 January and was marked with a three-day family festival full of sports and healthy lifestyle activities.
Among Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium’s many architectural and technological features are the external façade, which consists of fabric elements that create the impression of the trunk of a palm tree. Lighting of the elements is provided by LED lights in 15 different content modes.The palm bowl shaped roof provides pleasant conditions for both players and fans, even on hot days during the summer months. The design of the roof makes it possible for matches to be played in the shadow after 5pm.
BAM International started the project in mid-2012 and remained on schedule with all aspects of the construction, making use of 10.5mn man hours.
The client is AAFAQ Holding and the consulting engineer is EC Harris.
The remainder of the development will be completed in phases and will include a number pf sports zones including a dedicated pool and gymnasium which will be one of the largest in the Abu Dhabi Emirate. It is also surrounded by walking, cycling and jogging tracks.
CW was granted access to the stadium where it took pictures of the facility.