HISTORIC OPENING OF COCA-COLA ARENA GETS THE SEAL OF APPROVAL FROM THOUSANDS OF FANS
⦁ Coca-Cola Arena vibrated with laughter as the region’s first multipurpose indoor arena hosted global superstar comedian Russell Peters
⦁ Fans hail new venue as region comes together for a night of live entertainment
⦁ Coca-Cola Arena now on countdown to its second show, Maroon 5 on June 14th
DUBAI, UAE. JUNE 8th 2019: The first visitors to Coca-Cola Arena have hailed Dubai’s new indoor arena as a brilliant addition to the city as the arena staged its first ever live show on Thursday night.
Thousands of excited spectators witnessed a carnival like atmosphere around City Walk as fans descended on Dubai’s newest entertainment hub before witnessing global comedic superstar Russell Peters be the first performer to take to Coca-Cola Arena’s stage.
The opening of Coca-Cola Arena is an historic occasion for Dubai and the region as the venue becomes the only indoor arena of its kind between Istanbul and Singapore and will play host to the world’s greatest performers and entertainers.
Spirits were high as people entered the Meraas owned Coca-Cola Arena and with the building’s exterior 4,600 LED’s lit up in red and the incredible venue sign beaming bright as fans arrived. Dubai’s home of live entertainment suddenly became a reality and a new epi-centre of live experiences in the region was born.
An audience of all ages and cultures bonded together as they shared the sentiments of the Canadian born acts’ jokes and anecdotes, with Coca-Cola Arena’s state-of-the-art seating bowl lending itself to the brilliant atmosphere generated.
Sally Hinch said ‘Finally! Dubai has been calling out for an arena like this for so long! It was incredible to be here for the first ever gig… I’ll be back!’
Russell Peters rounded off his laugh out loud performance at Coca-Cola Arena by thanking his audience for being part of history making as they witnessed the first ever performance at the venue.
After coming off stage AEG Ogden’s CEO of Coca-Cola Arena Guy Ngata presented the global comedy superstar with a commemorative plaque marking his historic gig as well as a special edition Coca-Cola Arena bottle.
Expectations were met on both the entertainment and location; the crowd were amazed with the look and feel of the beautifully designed Coca-Cola Arena which is the first mega-venue to be located in a city location in Dubai.
Yousef Mohamad said ‘Wow – Coca-Cola Arena is brilliant. And to have it in the middle of town is perfect. I’ve had a fantastic time and can’t wait for the next gig.’
With multiple eateries and shopping outlets within a short walking distance from Coca-Cola Arena inside Meraas’ City Walk destination, many were enjoying the buzz of the outside atmosphere before and after an evening of belly laughs.
‘Coca-Cola Arena is at the heart of a great night out,’ said Michael D’Souza. I’ve really enjoyed my experience and I can’t wait to see who else will be performing here in the years to come.’
Coca-Cola Arena now turns its attention to Thursday 14th June as Maroon 5 bring their Red Pill Blues Tour to Dubai. The sell-out show will be the first ever live concert at Coca-Cola Arena and will see Maroon 5 play in Dubai for the first time since 2011.
About Coca-Cola Arena
Opening in June 2019, the Coca-Cola Arena will revolutionise the live entertainment industry in the UAE and throughout Middle East.
Capable of hosting live shows 365 days a year, the fully air-conditioned, 17,000-capacity arena will establish Dubai as a major destination on the global events circuit.
The Coca-Cola Arena’s unique automated seating design means it can be adapted to international and local events of all sizes, from sporting tournaments, e-gaming, comedy and live theatre and musical performances, to conferences, gala dinners, AGMs and weddings.
Located in the heart of City Walk, Dubai’s lifestyle destination, the Coca-Cola Arena is a 15-minute drive from Dubai International Airport and a 5-minute walk from the closest Dubai Metro Station.
The region’s largest indoor arena, the Coca-Cola Arena is owned by Meraas, a Dubai-based holding company, and managed by AEG Ogden, the international venue management company.
Meraas is a Dubai-based conglomerate that aims to enhance the emirate’s cityscape with a human-centric approach to developing assets in the real estate, tourism, hospitality, F&B, retail, leisure and entertainment, technology, maritime, and healthcare sectors.
Meraas pursues its mission to build creative urban culture where thriving communities can take root. Among its investments are some of the most admired real-estate properties in premium locations, such as Bluewaters Residences, Bvlgari Residences, Cherrywoods, City Walk Residences, Nikki Beach Residences, Port de La Mer Residences, Villa Amalfi, and Zabeel Saray Royal Residence.
The company’s portfolio comprises over 80 million square feet of total developed land, more than 3,500 homes, 2,000 retail units, and 15 landmark destinations, including Al Seef, Bluewaters, Boxpark, City Walk, Dubai Harbour, Jumeira Bay, Kite Beach, La Mer, Last Exit, Pearl Jumeira, The Beach and The Outlet Village.
For more information, please visit http://www.meraas.com
About Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is a total beverage company, offering over 500 brands in more than 200 countries and territories. In addition to the company’s Coca-Cola brands, our portfolio includes some of the world’s most valuable beverage brands, such as AdeS soy-based beverages, Ayataka green tea, Dasani waters, Del Valle juices and nectars, Fanta, Georgia coffee, Gold Peak teas and coffees, Honest Tea, innocent smoothies and juices, Minute Maid juices, Powerade sports drinks, Simply juices, smartwater, Sprite, vitaminwater and ZICO coconut water. We’re constantly transforming our portfolio, from reducing sugar in our drinks to bringing innovative new products to market. We’re also working to reduce our environmental impact by replenishing water and promoting recycling. With our bottling partners, we employ more than 700,000 people, helping bring economic opportunity to local communities worldwide. Learn more at Coca-Cola Journey at http://www.coca-colacompany.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.
About City Walk
City Walk, the design-inspired open-air lifestyle destination by Meraas, spanning an area of more than 10 million square feet. A family-friendly hub that seamlessly combines living, shopping, entertainment, hospitality, and wellness options within one integrated space, City Walk offers visitors a unique sense of community and comfort.
Whether it is to live, meet, socialise or shop, dine and spend quality time with loved ones in a serene and sophisticated ambience, City Walk has emerged as the preferred lifestyle choice for residents and tourists.
Designed to evolve as a city within a city that is easily accessible and offers a multitude of residences, retail and leisure choices at one location, in the city of Dubai, City Walk is nestled in a prestigious neighbourhood on Al Safa Street in close proximity to the arterial Sheikh Zayed Road and the sophisticated Jumeirah Street.
About AEG Ogden
AEG Ogden is an Australian based joint venture between Australian venue management interests and AEG Facilities of the United States.
AEG Ogden manages venues throughout the Asia Pacific region, including convention centres in Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Kuala Lumpur, Oman and ICC Sydney, Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane; and arenas including the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and the adjacent Sports Centre, Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, the Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Perth Arena and the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai.
For more information about AEG Ogden http://www.aegogden.com and AEG http://www.aegworldwide.com