Yas Arena will be a new cultural landmark and the first multipurpose built arena on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The facility's dynamic form and illuminated lantern facade is intended to both complement and animate the expanding waterfront promenade at Yas Bay. In addition to the arena, there is a planned adjacent retail and dining destination along the boardwalk, forming a mixed-use anchor on the east end of Yas Bay.
The design of Yas Arena creates an intimate, highly flexible and efficient venue that can be used year-round for a variety of sport and entertainment events. The building is smart, adaptable and technologically-advanced in order to efficiently transform for the wide variety of events the venue plans to host. The arena is designed to expand from an intimate 1500-seat theatre to an 18,000-capacity venue, maximizing revenue and supporting a wide variety of events. This transformability will make Yas Arena one of the most sophisticated arenas in the world.
This focus on flexibility carries over to premium and back-of-house spaces. The arena is designed to adapt to create the ideal user experience for a diverse set of events, including community gatherings, concerts, performances, sporting events, and conventions. Premium spaces include a VIP lounge that can be transformed into a grand ballroom for events, hospitality boxes and unique terrace bars for receptions and parties.
Additional amenities, including food and beverage, will be located adjacent to the arena to create a linear street that stretches down the waterfront promenade. This outdoor concourse will create a festival-like atmosphere to generate year-round activity. The outdoor concourse will provide connectivity to the surrounding district on Yas Bay. This waterfront location and promenade will feature more than 50 cafes and restaurants, 20 retail outlets, a recreational pier, two hotels and a beach club.