New 18,000-capacity indoor entertainment venue in Abu Dhabi officially named Etihad Arena

The new venue is part of the Dh12 million Yas Bay mega project

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A new 18,000-capacity indoor entertainment venue set to open on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island will officially be named Etihad Arena.

In a partnership between Etihad Airways and developer Miral, the name was revealed on Wednesday by the Abu Dhabi Government Media Office. Announcing the news in a Tweet, it said, “#AbuDhabi’s newest large-scale indoor entertainment venue will officially be named Etihad Arena as part of a partnership between Miral and @EtihadAirways. Etihad Arena is part of Yas Bay, an iconic mixed-use development located at the southern end of @YasIsland.”

The arena will accommodate a variety of events including sporting competitions, corporate events, cultural performances, concerts, and many other activities throughout the year, and will offer a flexible capacity spanning from 200 to 18,000 people.

“It’s an honour to partner with an Abu Dhabi institution such as Miral on this joint venture, that will further promote Abu Dhabi and Yas Island as a hub for entertainment, tourism and culture", said Tony Douglas, group chief executive officer of Etihad Aviation Group. "Etihad Arena complements our global presence at a number of sporting and entertainment venues, most notably Etihad Stadium in Manchester, home of Manchester City Football Club. This new arena will bring an abundance of talent to our capital, providing a diverse range of entertainment options for guests visiting our beautiful city, or for those who call the UAE home.”

Work on the Yas Bay development began back in 2017, and was said to be 75 per cent complete in October 2019. As well as the arena, the Dh12 billion mega project will feature dozens of cafes and restaurants, a pier, promenade, infinity pool, and even room for a metro.

South of Yas Island Master Plan // ABU DHABI, UAE – 8 May 2017: Rendering of Miral’s AED12 billion master development plan to transform the southern end of Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The development is comprised of three distinct areas: Yas Bay, a vibrant public waterfront and entertainment district; the Media Zone, featuring the new campus of twofour54; and the Residences at Yas Bay, an urban island community, offering the complete Yas Island lifestyle. Courtesy Miral  *** Local Caption ***  South of Yas Island  Master Plan.jpg
An impression of what a completed Yas Bay will look like. The arena is on the right.

The one million-square-metre Yas Bay area also includes a sprawling Hilton hotel, homes and the new headquarters of TwoFour54, the media free zone that operates from Khalifa Park.

The development is on track for a 2020 opening, although an exact date is yet to be announced.