Arena Mall

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Serving as the primary retail destination for Dubai Sports City, the Arena Mall captures the imagination with its inspired design and sophisticated flair. Rectangular in shape, it offers a pleasing symmetry when viewed from the surrounding residential towers. Inside, a spherical form is embodied in the "flying-saucer-shaped" food court that resonates with energy and zest.

Built from concrete and steel, the mall is 40 metres high with glazed curtain walls and rugged granite interiors – specifically chosen to symbolise the strength and resilience inherent to competitive sports. The project consists of a retail mall spread across two levels, and a professional health club on the roof level. There are also three basement levels that serve as car parking.

Arena Mall is anchored by a vast hypermarket and hosts more than 300 retail outlets – including family, convenience, leisure and fashion destinations. There is also a family entertainment centre that is both interactive and educational, a cinemaplex and two food courts.

The Arena Mall's central location allows it to offer seamless links to Dubai Sport City's main stadia – the 25,000-seat outdoor stadium and the 10,000-seat indoor stadium. It also has direct access to more than 7,000 covered car parking spaces, and enjoys dedicated thoroughfares that connect it to the area's road and street networks.
  • Type: Retail
  • Location: Dubai, UAE
  • Client: Dubai Sports City
  • Associates: F+A Architects
  • Built-up area: 280,000 sqm