Dubai to get new 25,000 capacity outdoor concert venue

<em>Time Out Dubai</em> announces the launch of 117 Live and their plans with AAHG to create a new 25,000 capacity outdoor concert venue in Dubai, opening 2017.

More details have been released about a new 25,000 capacity open air concert venue coming to Dubai, which will significantly increase the amount of live events held in the emirate.

First touted in 2014, it has now been confirmed that, under new company 117 Live, the venue will open in 2017. Before that, a temporary 20,000 capacity greenfield site will launch immediately.

So what to expect? Well, the man heading up the project is Thomas Ovesen, the man behind some of the biggest, most popular and award-winning concerts and shows in Dubai, including One Direction and Justin Beiber at Sevens Stadium, Michael McIntyre at Dubai World Trade Centre, Take That at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, and the weekend-long RedFest DXB. He can also take credit for the Katy Perry and Prince's recent invite-only shows.

Now teamed up with Al Ahli Group, Ovesen has big plans to expand the live event offerings in Dubai, and said today that '117 Live will be a driving force in entertainment and we’ll look beyond the Middle East and into the Far East, Asia and US.' And with positions around the world, comes access to all the biggest stars.

The announcement comes at a time when Downtown Dubai is getting ready to throw open the doors of the Dubai Opera District, another dedicated events venue the likes of which hasn't ever really existed in the emirate before.

Described on the official website as 'the UAE’s new cultural centre', the centrepiece of the plot alongside Burj Khalifa will be a 2,000-seat, multi-format venue hosting opera, theatre, concerts, ballet, art exhibitions, orchestra, film, sports events, and seasonal programmes. It opens in 2016.

The addition of these two exciting venues are long overdue, with the temporary Dubai Media City Amphitheatre the only real 'proper' space capable of regularly holding big concerts.

Stay close to Time Out Dubai for more information and images of the new venue as and when they are released.

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