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New COO appointed for Dubai Arena

Douglas Waller has been appointed as chief operating officer at the AEG Ogden managed Dubai Arena.

Waller is a highly respected international entertainment and sports business executive.

Dubai Arena chief executive, Guy Ngata said:

Doug brings significant experience at the highest levels of commercial partnerships negotiations and finance management to the venue. As a vice president at International Management Group (IMG) for the past three years, Waller has worked closely with the organisers of the Expo 2020 Dubai to develop and execute a highly successful global sponsorship programme.

Waller also served as the head of sponsorship and licensing for the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Dubai for five years where he was responsible for the sale of commercial rights and management of ICC’s key commercial relationships. Ngata added:

Doug’s commercial experience and leadership in the sports and entertainment space together with his thoughtful decision making and proven leadership makes him a tremendous acquisition for the Dubai Arena team.

In addition, his 10 years’ experience working and living in Dubai has given him a sound understanding of the local culture, not to mention a strong business network.

Waller is looking forward to his new role and joining AEG from the beginning of 2018. He said:

The entertainment and sports worlds are changing rapidly and the Dubai Arena will be a clear choice for new and exciting properties looking to enter or expand their presence in the MEA region.

I am very excited to be joining a highly experienced leadership team that will support Meraas in delivering this world-class facility to the people of Dubai and the entertainment capital of the Middle East.

AEG Ogden will operate the 17,000 seat Dubai Arena on behalf of Meraas, a Dubai-based holding company.