Construction services company ISG has completed its refurbishment of Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City Stadium, the host of this year’s FIFA Club World Cup football tournament.

Improvements were made to the stadium’s VIP lounge area, staff administration offices, leasable Grade A offices and public washrooms, and corridor flooring in the upper concourse and ground floors.

Fire- and life-safety systems have also been upgraded, while a fire-fighting system has been fitted. Other upgrades have been made to the stadium’s mechanical and electrical systems.

In addition, intelligent lighting, which is designed to reduce energy consumption, has been fitted, along with new air-conditioning units and cooling and fire-suppression systems, which ISG says will have zero effect on ozone depletion.

ISG’s managing director in the Middle East, Steve Ramsden, said: “ISG was appointed to undertake the Zayed Sports City Stadium refurbishment, with the knowledge that it had to be completed ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup which takes place later this year.

“This is the second time that ISG has been entrusted with a mission-critical project that is linked to the stadium, and our team, once again, delivered brilliantly.

“Naturally, this could only have happened with the support of our client and experienced consultants, so we are thankful to all stakeholders who ensured the seamless and successful delivery of these works.”

The renovation work was carried out over a 30-week period. The stadium has a capacity of 43,000 and was built in 1979. It remained fully operational throughout the renovation.

The FIFA Club World Cup is contested by the winners of football’s continental club competitions. Spanish LaLiga side Real Madrid is the defending champion. The Zayed Sports City Stadium also hosted games at last year’s tournament.

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