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Major upgrades at Zayed Sports City Stadium

ISG in the Middle East has completed refurbishment works on the iconic Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, in time for the FIFA Club World Cup in December.

The stadium, which was built in 1979, is the largest in the United Arab Emirates with 43,000 seats and is one of the oldest sports facilities in the region.

The works were completed over a 30-week period, and included extensive renovation of the VIP lounge area, staff administration offices, leasable Grade A offices and public washrooms, and corridor flooring in the upper concourse and ground floors.

ISG also managed the upgrade of fire- and life-safety systems, installing a fire-fighting system which included pumps and tanks.

The project also involved essential upgrades to the existing mechanical and electrical systems, and replacement of four electrical substations.

ISG’s managing director in the Middle East, Steve Ramsden, said:

ISG was appointed to undertake the Zayed Sports City Stadium refurbishment, with the knowledge that it had to be completed ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup which takes place later this year.

This is the second time that ISG has been entrusted with a mission-critical project that is linked to the stadium, and our team, once again, delivered brilliantly.

Naturally, this could only have happened with the support of our client and experienced consultants, so we are thankful to all stakeholders who ensured the seamless and successful delivery of these works.

The stadium remained fully operational throughout the refurbishment, hosting several sports events.

This posed logistical and operational challenges, especially with regards to the electrical substations and air-handling unit upgrades, which meant planning and scheduling shutdowns while maintaining a fully functioning facility.

The fit out also boasts many sustainable features, including intelligent lighting to reduce energy consumption, new air-conditioning units, which are connected to the BMS system to monitor and control air flow, and cooling and fire-suppression systems, which have zero effect on ozone depletion.