The first significant details of the Dubai Conference Centre project have been revealed.
Set to cost Dhs1.8billion, the Arena has been hailed as 'one of the most important tourism projects to be carried out in the emirate', and will include hotels and office buildings and a huge conference hall spread across 55,000 square meters.
It will be built opposite Dubai Festival City, at a location described as "a magical location with a distinctive panoramic view over Dubai Creek, considered a perfect destination for business people and tourists".
According to official information released by news agency WAM, the main elements of the project are 'the building of Sheikh Rashid Hall for conferences, to cater for 10,000 people inside, with a height of 30m and an area of 190,000 square feet, with seating designed like a theatre, perfect for international conferences, seminars, meetings, music concerts and theatrical shows'.
The hotels will be a three-star property standing at 33 storeys, and a four-star reaching 48 storeys. The office building will be in-between, at 36 storeys.
Already revealed to be part of the mega development is the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library (below), details of which were first confirmed back in January.
The structure, shaped brilliantly like an open book, is expected to house at least a million pieces of work inside a 66,000 square metre space. The library will be seven storeys of culture that aims to serve the education and societal needs of Dubai. It is due to launch in 2017.
At the time, Dubai Municipality dubbed it a “significant mark on Dubai Tourism map”.