Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Aldar's new Head Quarters to be opened at Al Raha Beach

Aldar Properties, the first and fully-integrated development company in Abu Dhabi, has announced the commencement of construction works on their commercial office space of 51,000 square meters in the Al Raha Beach, the mixed-use water front beach. The new commercial development will be the headquarters of Aldar Properties.

The contract for the construction works has been handed over to a joint-venture company between Aldar and Laing O'Rourke. The new building with be the first spherical building in the Middle East, and will cater to the international business elite. The commercial building features aluminium and glass exterior with underground parking facility, marble floors and walls and turnstile security, considered to be Category A International Office.

With 110 meters in height, Aldar will occupy about 20 percent of the building and the rest will be leased out to multinational corporations in the city. Out of the total net area of 51,361 sq mt., the gross floor area of Aldar will cover 61,900 square meters. The building, despite its round shape, boasts of high-floor usage efficiency of 78 percent. The average footplate per floor is 1600 square meters. The signature development of Aldar, on completion, will comprise hotels, offices and retail space, all of which encompass a large public marina.

The CEO of Aldar Properties, Ronald Barrot, said "Aldar is the benchmark for quality commercial space in Abu Dhabi. Al Raha Beach, the most extensive of projects, is the ultimate location for our offices and growth in the future."

The Project Director of Al Raha Beach project, Michael Cox, said "The geometric shape of the building is a symbol of rationality, modernity, stability and unity. While providing a headquarters for Aldar, we also look forward to welcome other companies seeking offices that meet international standards."

The development is slated for completion towards end of 2009.

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