Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

The new Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, in Abu Dhabi’s Al Ain, is home to the city’s football club. With room for 25,000 spectators over three tiers, it is a compact and intimate arena, inspired by the natural landscape of Al Ain and encompassing both traditional and innovative design. As well as the football stadium, the development includes a six-storey commercial building and sports complex with kids’ club.



  • Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Emirate, UAE


  • AAFAQ Holding

Project Value

  • Confidential

Project Status

  • Completed

Complex Geometry Made Simple

We were commissioned by contractor BAM to review the initial design and identify areas where the client could make savings. And we met this challenge head on, significantly reducing construction costs and building time by rationalizing the concrete-based structure while retaining its original shape and form.


Our team worked closely with the roof designers to ensure that all aspects of the steel roof’s unique and complex geometry were coordinated and compatible, using parametric modelling to increase efficiency and simplicity of fabrication through repetition of details and elements.

The planned opening game in January 2015 created a fixed deadline for the stadium’s completion. To fast-track the construction process, we made innovative use of pre-cast concrete and aligned our design process with the contractor’s programme, making sure pre-cast elements were ready at each stage. We also used Building Information Modelling (BIM) to coordinate with the rest of the construction team, minimizing the risk of problems on site and completing the project within the tight time frame.