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Siemens signs 10-year lease agreement with District 2020

EXCLUSIVE: Oliver Kraft, executive director, Siemens Expo 2020 partnership speaks about the 'human' nature of technology

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Siemens, which is Expo 2020 Dubai’s Infrastructure Digitalisation Partner, has signed a 10-year lease agreement for two buildings to be based at its Dubai operations in the future city of District 2020.

The signing ceremony was attended by key officials from Expo 2020 and Siemens, including director-general, Expo 2020 Dubai, HE Reem Al Hashimy; chief pavilions and exhibitions officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, Marjan Faraidooni; deputy chief executive officer, chief technology officer, and member of the managing board of Siemens AG, Dr. Roland Busch; and chief financial officer of Siemens LLC & Siemens Middle East, Michael Bueker. 

The agreement will see the German company establish its Dubai operations at District 2020 from mid-2021, after the close of Expo 2020 Dubai.

The agreement outlines the establishment of different divisions of Siemens’ business groups at District 2020, including the upcoming Siemens Energy. 

The 11,000m2 office space will serve as a base in Dubai for Siemens and the independent Siemens Energy. Approximately 1,000 Siemens employees are expected to work from the two buildings following Expo 2020 Dubai’s transition into District 2020.

The two office buildings will inherit Siemens' technologies, including smart sensors from Enlighted, a Siemens IoT solutions provider. The IoT platform creates sensory systems throughout the building, providing real-time data and analytics into how the building is being used.

Siemens will also implement its digital building management system Desigo CC, and its cloud-based energy analytics platform Navigator, which will connect 137 buildings across the site.

Speaking to Construction Week about the role of smart cities technology in District 2020's infrastructure, executive director of Siemens Expo 2020 partnership, Oliver Kraft, said: "In the end it's about human centricity and inclusivity, which means that technology can only play a supportive role in building smart cities. A smart, urban environment can be achieved — regardless of whether you live in a city or small village — if technology has been proved to improve and simplify human lives."

He explains that the 'human' nature of technology lends itself to the District 2020; Siemens focuses on areas such as "safety, security, and sustainability, based on Siemens' technological concepts such as its IoT operating system MindSphere, cloud-based energy analytics platform Navigator, and digital building management system Desigo CC."

Commenting on the agreement, chief executive officer of Siemens UAE and Middle East, Dietmar Siersdorfer, said: “Together with Expo 2020 Dubai, we are developing a blueprint for future smart cities, making its legacy District 2020 a perfect base for our future operations in Dubai."

He added: "Our new offices will be some of the most technologically advanced in the UAE, and our decision to call District 2020 home underscores our commitment to investing in the future of Dubai and the region beyond 2020.”

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