Ali Bin Hamad al Attiya Arena in Doha, Qatar is a Multifunctional Sports Hall that provides 8.524 seats and was built for the World Men Handball Championship that will take place in 2015 is where we did the changeover of the ice in less than 48 hours. The total footprint is 16.000 m² and the build up area around 54.000 m². Ice Business built the piping system of the ice rink and the concrete on which both the ice skating rink and sport surfaces are assembled for the special events. Plus, we delivered 2 brand new Zamboni machines which do a perfect job at the resurfacing process of the ice. The details when it comes to ice making are really important, and quality products show their value after use. This is exactly the case with the ice paints that we use in the last stage of the ice marking process: a brilliant white surface with bright ice hockey lining colors. The paints are directly brought from Canada, country with tradition when it comes to ice hockey, and are one of the best in the category.
The multipurpose arena can sustain sports like Handball, Basketball, Badminton, Gymnastics and Volleyball, and with Ice Business as a partner the surface can be changed into an ice skating rink in less than 48 hours, everything in accordance with the IIHF regulations. The same amount of time is needed also for transforming the ice arena back into a sports hall.
There are of course other solutions that can be provided to change the surface of a multifunctional arena, like ice covering systems that do not require the melting process of the ice. It takes less time and less energy consumption, but the ice layer will remain under the volleyball or basketball courts. It all depends on the situation and desires of the customers.
Below you can also find some pictures taken during the ice melting and ice making processes plus some from the painting works.