Canopy to connect ADNEC and Capital Gate

Construction has commenced on a striking new 320-metre high canopy that will arch above the existing roof of the historic Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre grandstand.

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Published: Sun 28 Nov 2010, 9:02 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:12 PM

The celebrated grandstand built in 1979 is one of Abu Dhabi’s oldest landmarks. It was much loved by Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and was used by him to view national parades and other major celebrations. Today, it is an integral element of the exhibition centre and provides the Presidential viewing point for the opening of the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX).

The new canopy will sweep across the historic grandstand and connect to Capital Gate, the iconic gravity defying tower that is being developed by ADNEC adjacent to the exhibition centre, thereby symbolising the strong bond between tradition and modernity.

Capital Gate’s exterior contains an eye-catching ‘Splash,’ running down the tower from level 18, which will link to the grandstand canopy.

The grandstand canopy will consist of curved and tapered steel truss wrapped in lightweight fabric. It will be supported by columns and steel cables and is to be built 11 metres above the existing roof. Weighing approximately 200 tonnes the canopy will contain seven flagpoles 20 to 24 metres in length.

Besides the canopy, ADNEC is concurrently building a royal box and enhancing the grandstand terraces in preparation for the opening of IDEX 2011. When completed by 2011, the Capital Gate tower will house the 5-star Hyatt Capital Gate hotel, as well as premium Grade-A office space. —

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