The Coca-Cola Arena is one of the newest major venues to spring up in Dubai following its announcement back in 2016.
Now open and having hosted behind-the-scenes tours already, it will host major gigs, performances and other events – with indoor air-conditioned space for tens of thousands of people.
A number of big names have already announced dates at the venue, with many more set to follow in the coming months.
Inside, you can expect to find dozens of food and beverage outlets as well as a restaurant and bar overlooking the arena itself.
Not only is the Coca-Cola Arena something unlike anything we’ve seen before in Dubai, but it’s set to give a massive boost to the city’s summer-time social calendar.
Here's everything you need to know about the Coca-Cola Arena.
What's happening there?
The first act to play at the Coca-Cola Arena will be international comedian Russell Peters, whose previous visits to Dubai have seen tickets sell out weeks and months in advance.
Following the comedian’s gig on Thursday June 6, pop-rock superstars Maroon 5 are coming to Dubai on Friday June 14 for their first concert in the city for years.
The final gig confirmed for the arena so far is the reunion tour of Irish popstars Westlife, who are getting back together for a summer 2019 tour and heading to Dubai for a one-night special on Thursday August 29.
The Coca-Cola Arena has, of course, been designed to host huge concerts, as we’ve already mentioned, but it’s not all about the music.
As well as top bands, the arena will be the home of top sporting events such as tennis, basketball, boxing, volleyball and ice hockey, along with exhibitions, festivals and much more.
How big is the arena?
With capacity for 17,000 people, there's plenty of space inside the Coca-Cola Arena. And it's absolutely huge.
One of the most ambitious parts of the venue's construction happened late last year, when the 4,000-tonne roof was completed.
It weighs, according to Meraas, the equivalent of seven A380 airplanes, and took a huge team to put it all together.
The roof itself is comprised of several massive parts, each of which took 85,000 man hours of manufacturing in the factory, and 75,000 man hours to assemble. Lifting each truss on to the top of the arena structure took more than 50 workers 7 hours. Why? Well, each one measures 121 metres in length, weighs 822 tons and is held in place using 16,462 bolts.
How long has it taken to build?
A vision of Dubai’s master developer Meraas, construction on the arena started in late 2016 and took just over two-and-a-half years to complete.
Construction of the building has been managed by AEG Ogden, a company whose portfolio includes The O2 in London, the STAPLES Centre in Los Angeles and the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, so that gives you an idea of the scale of the project.
Speaking back when it was announced, the Group Chairman of Meraas, His Excellency Abdulla Al Habbai said: "Dubai Arena has been designed to enhance the city’s reputation as a destination for world-class events and hospitality, and will transform the industry throughout the Middle East."
Where is it?
The new arena can be found next door to City Walk, opposite the Burj Khalifa metro station. That means it's really easy to get to, whether you're taking public transport or a taxi.
It's worth remembering that there's no public parking at the venue, so you'll need to be dropped off at the designated area over by The Green Planet, a three-minute walk from the arena.
If you really need to take the car with you, there's a park-and-ride service running from Safa Park, although guests need to register for the shuttle bus in advance by calling 04 215 3000.
Careem is offering 25 percent off on two rides per person, with a maximum discount of Dhs20 per journey, using the code CocaColaArena.
Meanwhile, Uber is offering 50 percent off two rides up to Dhs30 per journey, using the code CCARENA.
All drivers have been briefed on the best routes to take to reach the arena.
What are the food and drink options?
You won't go hungry or thirsty at the Coca-Cola Arena, with more than 35 food and beverage concessions available across the venue's multiple levels.
While an exact list of outlets has not yet been released, visitors have been told to expect "flavours from across the world" as well as pop-ups for some events.
It's not possible to bring your own food and drinks in, so it's a good time to sample some of the fare on offer.
Of course, you'll also find plenty of Coca-Cola beverages – and the arena is licenced, too.
For more information, go to coca-cola-arena.com.