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Kigali Arena awaits inauguration, Rwanda to host AfroBasket 2021 in multibillion complex

Devdiscourse News Desk | Kigali | Updated: 01-08-2019 15:43 IST | Created: 01-08-2019 15:43 IST
Kigali Arena awaits inauguration, Rwanda to host AfroBasket 2021 in multibillion complex
The funding for Kigali Arena was jointly provided by the government of Rwanda and Summa. Image Credit: Flickr / The New Times

Rwanda's glorious sports and events facility, Kigali Arena is finally complete. Now it is absolutely reading for the inauguration.

Sprawling across an area of 28,000 square metre, Kigali Arena located in Rwanda's capital city, Kigali is all set to host sports like tennis, basketball including concerts and conferences once the official inauguration is accomplished. Turkish contractor Summa bags the credit for completing the 10,000 seat arena for completing the construction in a period of only six months.

The funding for Kigali Arena was jointly provided by the government of Rwanda and Summa. It consists of four main entrance zones – the VIP entrance, media entrance, general entrance and teams entrance. The construction was already completed by July 5 and the parking area was later finalized.

According to The New Times, the complex had a total of 1,700 workers, among them, 500 were Turkish workers and 1,200 were the locals. Kigali Arena boasts several attractive zones inside like six changing rooms for the teams, one fitness centre, 13 cafeteria and restaurants, a media hall and a modern doping control room. This multibillion complex is likely to host 2021 FIBA Men's Africa Basketball Championship aka AfroBasket 2021 (following Rwanda's successful bid last month to host the championships).

Global Construction Review reported that the Turkish contractor Summa already has a history of delivering fast-track international projects. It completed Dakar Arena in Senegal (sprawling across 35,000 square metre) in less than a year and constructed the troubled Kigali Congress Centre in just 11 months.

The completion of Kigali Arena has emerged with several opportunities to host national and international events (sports, cultural, etc.). It is the largest indoor arena in the East African region and one of the top 15 on the African continent.

Also Read: Top 6 best places in Rwanda to make your vacation memorable

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