AEG Ogden has added the new Dubai Arena to its portfolio of venues.
Brisbane-based AEG Ogden will manage the 20,000-seat Dubai Arena when it opens in late 2018 for Meraas, a Dubai-based holding company with operations and assets in the United Arab Emirates.
The new NBA standard arena will put Dubai on the international entertainment touring circuit and contribute to the market's ongoing development as a major tourism destination, notes AEG Ogden chairman and CEO Harvey Lister, .
The venue at City Walk spans an area of 47,000 square meters and will host large scale international music concerts, sporting events including basketball and hockey as well as other entertainment events, according to a joint statement. The site is also situated close to the Dubai International Airport and accessible via the Dubai Metro.
AEG Ogden a joint venture between Australian venue management interests and AEG Facilities, a stand-alone affiliate of the U.S.-based Anschutz Entertainment Group, manages venues throughout Asia Pacific including Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena and Perth Arena.
Lister said Dubai was strategically positioned to capitalize on acts coming through or heading to Europe.
"Dubai Arena joins AEG Ogden's growing network in the Asia Pacific region which includes arenas in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Newcastle and three in China, convention centres with entertainment theatre inclusions in Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Kuala Lumpur and Oman, plus the 52,000 seat Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane and will be a valued addition to AEG Facilities' family of 130 plus iconic venues worldwide.
"It will also strengthen AEG's position in the Middle East where stage one of the US$1.5 billion Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre opened last month and work is proceeding on stage two which includes a 3,200 seat theater," Lister added.