Emirates Group’s new HQ: ‘engaging & no nonsense’

Group’s central office is located on Airport Road and connected by tunnel to the airport

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By  Eudore Chand Published  November 20, 2004

Construction has started on a new Dhs700 million (US $191 million) headquarters for Emirates Group. Completion is scheduled for the summer of 2006. Staff will move in gradually over the next year. The group’s new central office will be located on Airport Road opposite the Emirates Engineering Centre and connected to Dubai International Airport via a tunnel. Its construction will be entirely self-financed by Emirates. “Our new home has been designed to be both engaging and no-nonsense,” said Sheikh Ahmad bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation and chairman of Emirates. “It will be a statement about core Emirates values such as our constant quest for quality, innovation and a sensible balance of high-tech and user-friendliness. It will be a showcase building for the Emirates creativity that pulsates throughout the entire group. It will break new ground as a corporate central office and will help us demonstrate our dedication to our customers and employees.” The main design objective of the new Emirates head office was to offer a more productive environment to staff and be efficient to visitors. It will be an expression of the group’s success, but, more importantly, it will help to convey the company’s confidence in Dubai’s future and its own, he added. At 200 m from end to end, the curved façade of the new building will be more than twice as long as the current headquarters and 100 m across at its thickest point again more than twice the width of the existing central office. It will have two basement levels, ground floor and nine upper floors, providing 70 000 m2 of net office space. Access at ground level will be via entry lobbies at each end of the building, with lifts and escalators to the first and second floors. A grand hall will soar from the second floor, the atrium level, all the way up to the roof. The atrium also will have a bridge at each end leading to multilevel parking lots. Several meeting facilities will be accessible from the atrium level, including an auditorium and 30 conference rooms. Besides the management team, the building will house an estimated 3500 staff. A huge central communal area will offer support facilities that will include dedicated spaces for catering, retail and other services. Parking for 3000 vehicles is planned as well as two bus points and taxi stands. A high-speed monorail station at the back of the building is a possibility. The Dubai Light Rail is to have a station in the area.

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