Al Ain’s New Football Stadium Ready For January Launch

The Hazza bin Zayed stadium, which can accommodate 25,000 spectators, is expected to boost the emirate’s sports industry. The new 25,000-seater Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain is completed and ready for its official launch in January 2014, its developers announced in a statement. Final touches are being added to the project, following the completion of construction in 17 months. The new stadium in Al Ain, designed to resemble a palm tree, is expected to become the emirate’s main football stadium for all its upcoming matches. The external façade includes 600 lighting panels that project white colour during the day and purple and yellow colours at night (the colours of Al Ain Club). The stadium is spread across 45,000 square metres, with a height of 50 metres. The 25,000 seats are divided to “provide optimal visibility in their spectator segments”, with the ‘First Class’ stand accommodating 3,000 seats, the statement added. The stadium also has seats allocated for spectators of special needs, gates and areas dedicated to ladies and families and public parking facilities.   The venue also has the option to provide shade to all the spectators through the use of a moving-ceiling umbrella that can cover the whole stadium when necessary. Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazroui, chairman of Al Ain Club Investment Company said: “Hazza bin Zayed Stadium is a new addition to the sports infrastructure in the country. “The stadium will become a pioneering sports destination and a distinguished architectural marvel, forming a vital part of an integrated and a huge mixed use development with facilities serving the sports, social and tourism sectors of Al Ain... read more

Highlights of DSI Trade Mission to Rostov on Don & Moscow 4 – 8 November

In Rostov on Don the delegation meets the Vice Governor of Rostov Region together with the regional ministers of Sports and Construction. Contruction of Levberdon Rostov stadium starts in 2014 and will be finalised in 2015. General contractor for Design and Engineering is Sports Engineering, Inteks, Populous and IMG are subcontractors (for Design, Engineering and Maintenance). In Rostov on Don the delegation is led by Vice Minister of Foreign Economic Relation Mr. S. Smits. Meeting and visit to Spartak Moscow Stadium. Well on its way to be finished around May 2014.  Aecom is starting development plans for adjecent area, including a 15k stadium. A part of the delegation on the photo with delegation leaders Minister Health, Wellfare and Sport E. Schippers and Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation L. Ploumen. Minister Schippers welcomes Russian counterparts during matchmaking session and chairs the meeting with the WC 2018 Organising Committee and Arena 2018.  Individual Matchmake meetings organised by Lighthouse Consultants A visit to Lokomotiv Moscow. Looking to upgrade some of the facilities in collaboration with Dutch suppliers.  ... read more
Highlights of DSI participation at Aspire for Sports 16 – 19 november

Highlights of DSI participation at Aspire for Sports 16 – 19 november

Dutch Ambassador to the Netherlands in Qatar, Mrs Yvette Burghgraef – van Eechoud opening the Orange Pavilion with Minister of Youth and Sports Saoud Althani and SG of Olympic Committee Briefing of Mr. Mohammed Al Meer, Head Engineering Aspire Press conference on capabilities of Dutch Sports Infrastructure with Ronald de Boer TV Interviews on Alkass on Dutch capabilities DSI safety & security cluster meets Qatar ICSS (International Centre for Sport Security)   TenCate took care of excellent playing conditions in the NL pavilion ‘photos courtesy of... read more
Dutch seek stadium dominance

Dutch seek stadium dominance

Dutch contractors led by Bam International are leading the charge to build Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Stadiums. A group of Dutch contractors has teamed up under the umbrella of Dutch Sports Infrastructure (DSI) to push for work on facilities for the largest sports events, including football World Cups and Olympic Games. Bam is playing a lead role and is strongly places, having just completed Abu Dhabi’s 25.000 seat Hazza Bin Zayed stadium in just 18 months. Product manager for stadiums Steven Wilbrenninck was part of the DSI team in Doha for the unveiling of the Al Wakrah stadium design and is keen for his firm to win at least one stadium contract. Between eight and 12 stadiums will be built for the World Cup. “We want one stadium at least.” Tenders will be invited for five stadiums in the next 12 months, with Al Wakrah first out to tender next summer. By then advance works will already be underway, said Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi. “Al our stadiums will be ready by 2021 – one year ahead of the 2022 tournament’.” In 2014, tenders for early works, enabling works and main contractors for five stadiums will be issued. At Al Wakrah, advance works on the stadium site will begin in January, with the tender for main contract issued in the second quarter of 2014. Construction proper will begin in the fourth quarter.   Source: www.nce.co.uk / New Civil Engineer  ... read more
Russian success for INCONTROL

Russian success for INCONTROL

INCONTROL and Russia’s second largest system integrator Asteros will sign a Memorandum of Understanding  on Thursday 7 November 2013, during the Dutch trade mission to Russia. INCONTROL and Asteros both acknowledge that cooperation of both parties in the Safety & Security market in Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States will have mutual benefits. This international cooperation stands for creating commercial opportunities within critical infrastructures, such as sports & entertainment venues, cities, theme parks, airports and railway stations. INCONTROL Simulation Solutions is owner and distributor of simulation software for industry & logistics, transport and safety & security. The crowd simulation platform Pedestrian Dynamics is designed for the creation and execution of large crowd simulation models in critical infrastructures. It can be used to evaluate the performance and safety of large scale environments in every phase of the life cycle, from design to operations. Asteros will actively evaluate the possibilities of integrating INCONTROL software within Asteros systems with the goal of developing new commercial opportunities of mutual benefit. In addition, both parties will actively participate in the creation of a partner agreement.   The MOU with Asteros is not INCONTROL’s first Russian success. This year the Dutch company has won an important Russian tender. The contract included a simulation study of pedestrian flows for the new Zenit Stadium in St. Petersburg, one of the main stadiums during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. With a focus on this mega event and other developments in Russia, both parties have faith in a successful cooperation and will sign a Memorandum of Understanding during the Dutch trade mission to Russia. The cooperation with Asteros is... read more
Nederlands cluster van sportbedrijven in Rostov en Moskou

Nederlands cluster van sportbedrijven in Rostov en Moskou

Van 4 tot 8 november 2013 brengt een groep Nederlandse bedrijven, verenigd in het cluster Dutch Sports Infrastructure, een bezoek aan Rostov-aan-de-Don en Moskou met het oog op het Wereldkampioenschap Voetbal dat in 2018 in Rusland plaatsvindt. De missie vindt plaats als onderdeel van de grote Nederlandse economische missie onder leiding van de ministers Ploumen en Schippers. In 2018 organiseert Rusland het WK voetbal in elf steden. Rusland heeft aangegeven dat twaalf miljard euro wordt vrijgemaakt voor investeringen voor het WK. Kansen voor Nederlandse bedrijven liggen met name op het gebied van ‘duurzame’ stadionontwikkeling, safety & security en ontwikkeling van infrastructuur. De Russische speelsteden zijn daarnaast ook op zoek naar oplossingen voor de ‘Fifa overlay’ zoals tijdelijke faciliteiten, accomodaties en crowd control   De aftrap van de missie vond plaats in Rostov-aan-de-Don, een van de Russische speelsteden in 2018, waar het Nederlandse bedrijvencluster gesprekken heeft gevoerd met leden van het Rostov WK2018 Organisatiecomité, regionale overheidsautoriteiten en lokale bedrijven actief op het gebied van sportinfrastructuur. Het programma werd op 6 november voortgezet in Moskou, met een bezoek aan het Spartak WK-stadion dat momenteel in aanbouw is, gevolgd door een uitgebreid matchmaking-programma met potentiële Russische zakenpartners. De volgende sportinfra-bedrijven maken deel uit van de delegatie: Amsterdam ArenA International – Consultancy voor Stadionontwikkeling en management Aalberts Industries/ VSH – Flow control systemen Bosch Security Systems B.V. – Security systemen / geluidssystemen De Boer International – Tijdelijke accommodaties/ tenten FME-CWM – Werkgeversorganisatie – exportbevordering Hendriks Graszoden B.V. – Graszoden INCONTROL Simulation Solutions – Crowd control simulatie Nedap Security Management – Aansturingssystemen voor security Philips Lighting B.V. – Veld en stadionverlichting Royal Boon Edam... read more
Stadionbouwers in kielzog van onze koning naar Rusland

Stadionbouwers in kielzog van onze koning naar Rusland

Op vrijdag 8 november ontvangt de Russische president Vladimir Poetin koning Willem-Alexander. In het kielzog van de koning en de ministers Ploumen en Schippers organiseert Dutch Sports Infrastructure (DSI) een handelsmissie gericht op het WK voetbal, dat in 2018 in Rusland wordt gehouden. Ondanks de recente strubbelingen in de Nederlands-Russische verhoudingen verwacht delegatieleider Ruben Dubelaar van DSI goed zaken te kunnen doen: “Er zijn in het Nederland-Ruslandjaar ook veel goede dingen gebeurd. Natuurlijk is er in de media een aantal vervelende politieke zaken uitgelicht, maar ik vermoed dat we daar zakelijk niet veel van zullen merken.” Wat wil DSI met de ‘Task Force Russia 2018’ bereiken? Dutch Sports Infrastructure (DSI) is een samenwerkingsverband tussen bedrijven en de overheid met als doel om export van infrastructurele sporttechnologie te bevorderen. De organisatie maakt onderdeel uit van FME, de ondernemers- organisatie voor technologische industrie in Nederland. Task forces DSI richt zich speciaal op sportinfrastructuur en in dat verband heeft de organisatie met het oog op de WK’s voetbal van 2018 in Rusland en 2022 in Qatar task forces opgericht. De Task Force Qatar organiseert in de week na de handelsmissie in Rusland in nauwe samenwerking met de Neder- landse Ambassade in Doha een Holland Paviljoen. Daarmee sluit DSI aan bij de vierde editie van ASPIRE4SPORT, een toonaangevend zakelijk sportcongres in het Midden-Oosten. Nieuwe technologie De handelsmissie naar Rusland mikt op opdrachten rond de twaalf WK-stadions voor 2018 die in elf steden worden gebouwd. “Er moeten nog zo’n zeven stadions ontwikkeld en gebouwd worden”, weet Dubelaar. “Daarnaast wordt er nog een aantal stadions opgeknapt, zoals het Luzhniki Stadion, een van de twee stadions... read more
Qatar and the Netherlands: Building on gas trade and technology exchange

Qatar and the Netherlands: Building on gas trade and technology exchange

Energy, especially gas, has linked Qatar and the Netherlands for a long time and in a meaningful way. While that component of bilateral ties will continue to deepen, Yvette Burghgraef-van Eechoud, Dutch Ambassador to Qatar tells The Edge’s Aparajita Mukherjee that she is keen to see the relations widen to include other sectors such as maritime, logistics and agriculture. Yvette Burghgraef-van Eechoud, Dutch Ambassador to Qatar tells The Edge that‬ the Dutch are obsessed with quality, which leads to their innovative approach and high efficiency. Being a gas hub, the Netherlands (which is presently the second largest natural gas producer in Europe and the ninth in the world), has a natural and historic connection with Qatar. Yvette Burghgraef-van Eechoud, Dutch Ambassador to Qatar chooses to categorise the importance of gas to both these economies by saying, “Natural gas is like the veins of our respective economies and the gas dialogue is very intense between us. Royal Dutch Shell has been present in Qatar for a long time, with its investment in the Pearl Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) project running into  more than USD25 billion (QAR91 billion) and is not break-even yet,” adding, “this is a huge investment for the company, given the dynamics of the gas market and the gradual focus shifting to shale gas, which heighten the risks involved.” The total exports from Qatar to the Netherlands as of December 2012 amounted to EUR339 million (QAR1.6 billion) whereas the imports into Qatar was EUR369 million (QAR1.8 billion). Burghgraef-van Eechoud says that given the current realities of the energy market coupled with the very nature of the petrochemicals industry, the tie... read more
Hongaren geïnteresseerd in Nederlandse stadionbouw

Hongaren geïnteresseerd in Nederlandse stadionbouw

In nauwe samenwerking met de Nederlandse Ambassade in Hongarije, de ministeries van Buitenlandse Zaken en VWS en met geïnteresseerde partners uit bedrijfsleven heeft het FME-Exportplatform Dutch Sports Infrastructure 10 en 11 oktober een inkomend bezoek georganiseerd met Hongaarse besluitvormers die betrokken zijn bij diverse stadion(ver)bouwprojecten. NRC Donderdag 10 oktober heeft er ook een artikel in het NRC gestaan over deze inkomende missie en de Hongaarse interesse in Nederlandse stadionbouw en alles wat daar bij komt kijken. > Lees het artikel in het NRC. Stadionontwikkeling in Hongarije In Hongarije zullen de komende jaren aanzienlijke investeringen plaatsvinden in verband met grootschalige ontwikkelingen rondom stadions. In Budapest zullen het New National Stadium en het Olympic Center ingrijpend gerenoveerd worden. Voor de bouwplannen is ca. 272 miljoen euro gebudgetteerd. Ook in Debrecen en Székesfehérvár zullen aanzienlijke investeringen rondom stadions plaatsvinden. Doel van het bezoek De missie werd georganiseerd rond de wedstrijd Nederland-Hongarije die op 11 oktober in de Arena plaatsvond (Nederland won met 8-1). Vanuit Hongarije hebben tien decisionmakers een voor een kort bezoek gebracht aan Nederland. Het doel was om kennis uit te wisselen en kennis te maken met Nederlandse relevante bedrijven. Deze decisionmakers uit Budapest, Debrecen en Székesfehérvár vertegenwoordigden zowel de Hongaarse overheid als betrokken private partijen. Programma Het programma bestond uit een seminar bij Amsterdam Arena, inclusief netwerklunch en minibeurs met bedrijven uit het Dutch Sports Infrastructure cluster. De Hongaarse delegatie heeft contact gehad met o.a. de KNVB, de Ajax Academy, Gemeente Amsterdam en de Cruijff Foundation. Daarnaast zijn bezoeken gebracht aan het Light Application Center van Philips in Eindhoven en het stadion van FC... read more
Social project for 150 underprivilated youth to work at the arena das dunas stadium in Natal, Brazil

Social project for 150 underprivilated youth to work at the arena das dunas stadium in Natal, Brazil

This initiative is the first step in the implementation of various social programs of Arena das Dunas for events in the upcoming year and for its legacy. ARENA DAS DUNAS, OAS Arenas, Plan Brazil/Plan Netherlands, Amsterdam ArenA/ArenA do Brasil, AkzoNobel, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and Randstad have become partners in the project GOALS FOR A BETTER LIVE – PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES TO YOUTH AT RISK – an initiative for which 150 underprivileged youngsters from Natal, Brazil will be selected and trained to become stewards at the new Arena das Dunas stadium. It is the first international social project of OAS. The training will be hosted at the business school, located on the construction site of the Arena das Dunas. In this temporary training centre the future stewards will receive professional training which will add skills to their curriculum. Together with the local communities in Natal 150 underprivileged youth will be carefully selected. They will get the opportunity to participate in a training program, given by international professionals aimed at teaching the future stewards all aspects of working inside a dynamic stadium during for instance football matches, mega events, concerts and shows. The project also receives funding from the AkzoNobel Education Fund. Plan Brazil is responsible for the planning and coordination. Amsterdam Arena/ArenA do Brasil will provide the training programs for all the stewards of the stadium and will coordinate the operational process. Randstad/VSO will manage the recruitment and selection of the underprivileged youth. “We are very pleased that we can offer these young people access to the labour market and effectively transform the social reality of the community surrounding the... read more
Royal Netherlands Football Association shows interest in hosting European Championships of 2020

Royal Netherlands Football Association shows interest in hosting European Championships of 2020

The Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) has expressed interest in co-organizing the European Championships of 2020. The Euro 2020 will be held in thirteen countries. Because any extension or renewal of Feyenoord Stadium is still on hold, Amsterdam Arena is the only candidate in the Netherlands. Source (Dutch): http://nos.nl/artikel/549964-knvb-heeft-interesse-in-ek-2020.html... read more
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