Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium stands completed after swift 16-month construction
BAM International, the operating company of Royal BAM Group active outside Europe, has completed the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, after a 16-month ultra-fast track construction project. Built to FIFA standards, the stadium covers an area of 45,000 sq m with a capacity of 25,000 seats. The scope of the project further included a sports hall, commercial buildings and extensive exterior landscaping.
The official opening of Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium and the sports centre took place on 24 January 2014 and was marked with a three-day family festival full of sports and healthy lifestyle activities. Thousands of fans and families attended the event. One of the most prestigious new sports stadiums in the Middle East, Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium is the new home of Al Ain FC.
Among Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium’s many architectural and technological features are the external façade, which consists of fabric elements that create the impression of the trunk of a palm tree. Lighting of the elements is provided by LED lights in 15 different content modes. The palm bowl shaped roof provides pleasant conditions for both players and fans, even on hot days during the summer months. The design of the roof makes it possible for matches to be played in the shadow after 5pm.
BAM International started the project in mid-2012 and remained on schedule with all aspects of the construction, making use of 10.5 million man hours. The client is AAFAQ Holding and the consulting engineer is EC Harris. BAM International has executed the project with contributions from sister companies BAM Sports, specialised in stadium construction, and BAM Contractors from Ireland.