Plans for a new sports stadium in Al Samha are underway after Abu Dhabi City Municipality signed an agreement with Emirates Global Aluminium.

The new stadium will provide sporting facilities for the local community and expand the sporting capacity of Abu Dhabi.

The agreement also demonstrates Abu Dhabi City Municipality’s commitment to building partnerships with organisations for community benefit.

Saif Bader Al Qubaisi, general manager of the municipality, emphasised the role private companies can play in developing the region.

“The Abu Dhabi City Municipality is keen to forge partnerships with national institutions and capitalise on their expertise and capabilities to upgrade infrastructure,” he said.

He confirmed the new stadium by signing a memorandum of understanding with Dr Ali Al Zarouni, the deputy executive director of production, technology development and transfer at Emirates Global Aluminium.

“This agreement comes in the context of activating the values of community responsibility, utilising them in community service and development, and building infrastructure and entertainment facilities,” Al Qubaisi added.

Emirates Global Aluminium has already made significant investments in the local area. In addition to the company’s fundraising and environmental efforts, it has also sponsored and developed two recreational parks in Al Samha.

The two parks added over 16,000 square metres of green space and sports facilities to the suburb and opened three years ago.

Dr Al Zarouni said of the plans for the new stadium: “Our partnership with Abu Dhabi City Municipality is a part of our effort to fulfil our social responsibility by supporting local communities and neighbouring areas.

“We hope that such facilities would add up to the public services in Al Samha, improve the cityscape and promote a healthy lifestyle for the residents.”