The Hassa Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, UAE, has been topped out and is expected to open in December 2013.
The stadium forms part of the first phase of a mixed-use scheme in Al Ain, designed by the UK-based architectural firm Broadway Malyan.
Hassa Bin Zayed Stadium, which is being constructed by BAM International, will have seating capacity for 25,000 spectators.
The stadium and mixed-use scheme will feature more than 1.5 million ft² of development, including hospitality, commercial and residential spaces.
The stadium will also feature sports centre, training facilities, fitness and kids’ zone as well as onsite parking for over 2,000 vehicles.
Hazza Bin Zayed stadium will have a flowing roof to offer shade to the pitch during late afternoon matches when the enivronment is susceptible to extreme sun, sand and heat.
Al Ain Club Investment Company will manage and operate the stadium, which will be the new home ground for the Al Ain Football Club.
Broadway Malyan said it has worked with a number of other architects and engineers on the project including Pattern Architects, Thornton Tomasetti, Hoare Lea & Partners and Aecom.
Broadway Malyan director Ian Apsley said, "Reaching the first major milestone in the construction of the scheme is testament to our world-class and integrated team of diverse design experts working in close partnership with the client to create a major new leisure and entertainment destination."
In 2012, EC Harris was appointed to provide project management and commercial advisory services for the stadium and associated training and administration facilities.
The architectural firm said the project is the latest in the series of contracts it won in Doha, Qatar, Iraq and Bahrain.
In November 2012, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council approved Broadway Malyan’s concept masterplan for Al Maryah Island, formerly Sowwah Island.
The masterplan covers more than 3.5 million square metres of mixed-use land, with the scheme involving development of commercial, residential, retail, hospitality and community areas.
Image: Hassa Bin Zayed Stadium will have seating capacity for 25,000 people. Photo: Courtesy of Broadway Malyan.