Dubai Autodrome and Business Park
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
CHALLENGE. The Dubai Autodrome & Business park is the first fully integrated automotive and motor sports facility in the Middle East region, incorporating a world class FIA sanctioned 5.39km motor racing track, international standard pit lane complex with a “state-of-the-art” grandstand accommodating over 7,000 spectators as well as providing modern hospitality suites for corporate customers.
Providing a “real home” for the automotive industry in the Gulf with a comprehensive business park being developed around the racetrack. Modern units have been designed to provide offices, workshops, showrooms, warehouses and conference facilities for all types of activities in the automotive and associated industries creating a cohesive working environment from which a motor racing culture will develop and prosper. An international and local racing calendar will be established on the Autodrome to include Single Seater Racing, Touring Cars, Motor Bikes, Sports Cars and Karting.
INNOVATION.The Marketing Building was designed to create a feeling of motion and balance with the surrounding track and infrastructure. With almost no vertical line on the building, the structure defines the DNA of all buildings on the site. The track accommodates both motorcycles and cars, and can accommodate both events simultaneously. The Autodrome also provides a CIK-rated Karting circuit (1.2km), with indoor and outdoor facilities to raise this sport to a new level. The motor industry is integrated into the facility with modern business units and sales opportunities for dealerships right next to the tracks.
IMPACT. The Dubai Autodrome and Business Park brought world-class racing to a world-class travel destination. Designed as the motor sports hub of the Middle East, the Autodrome caters to all aspects of racing culture, from its 5.4km racetrack meeting FIA and FIAM specifications to its club racing and racing schools for the everyday driver wanting to push the limit. Populous was the architect and masterplanner for the facility, which was developed by Union Properties.
The Dubai Autodrome and Business Park has created a new hub for motor racing in the Middle East. Drawing on over 35 years of experience working at some of the world’s most iconic racing venues, Populous’ design incorporates world-class facilities that cater to every aspect of the sport. The scheme is centred around the FIA-sanctioned 5.39km motor racing track that can accommodate both motorcycles and cars. The pit lane complex has been designed to meet the highest international standards and incorporates a 7,000-capacity grandstand as well as a full suite of hospitality offers that maximise revenues on both race and non-race days, when they can be hired out for corporate functions.
Architecturally, the buildings in the Park take their cues from the marketing centre, which has been designed with almost no vertical lines to create a sense of dynamism that is emblematic of the movement of the cars on the track.
Populous’ masterplan for the Dubai Autodrome and Business Park incorporates both indoor and outdoor facilities that will raise the sport of motor racing to a new level in the region. The scheme includes modern units for offices, workshops, sales showrooms, warehouses and conference facilities – ensuring that every aspect of the industry is accommodated within the development. Forthcoming developments include a significant entertainment and retail complex to draw visitors to the Park and further enrich the experience of spectators at races.