Hazza bin Zayed Stadium
A small gem in record time: a football stadium measuring up to the very best international standards was completed in just 16 months with help from BAM Sports in the oasis city of Al Ain, on the border between the United Arab Emirates and Oman. The Hazza bin Zayed Stadium can accommodate 25,000 spectators and is the new home of UAE Pro League team Al Ain FC. The country’s desert climate is ingeniously reflected in the unique architectural design. The gently sweeping roof not only keeps the sun off the tiers; it is also higher on one side, so that the pitch itself is fully shaded from the midday heat.
The stadium’s outer façade is undoubtedly one of the highlights: it was inspired by the trunk of the palm tree, an integral part of Al Ain’s legacy as the Emirates’ “Garden City”. The aluminium and plastic panels can be independently controlled and opened for ventilation. Moreover, they each contain LED lights capable of displaying multiple colours for stunning night-time illuminations. The contract to BAM International also included a six-storey office building, an indoor sports hall and the surrounding facilities.