Groundbreaking begins on new sustainable Abu Dhabi tourism HQ

Groundbreaking on a new sustainable headquarters for Abu Dhabi's tourism industry has begun at Maqta Bridge, Abu Dhabi.

Groundbreaking on a new sustainable headquarters for Abu Dhabi's tourism industry has begun at Maqta Bridge, Abu Dhabi.

The HQ, designed by Singapore's Surbana Consultants, will provide a home for  the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC).

The new building is designed to achieve LEED Gold sustainable standards.

"When completed, this office will set the benchmark for architectural excellence and sustainable design within Abu Dhabi," said Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, ADTA and TDIC chairman.

Scheduled for completion in 2009, the 9-storey building will have photovoltaic panels on the roof, and green decks on the rooftop level to reduce heat transfer into the building.

"This is a best-of-breed development which is exemplified in the Abu Dhabi Plan 2030 - an example of how best practice can be applied to guide future planning and architecture," said Falah Al Ahbabi, general manager of the Urban Planning Council, Abu Dhabi. "It is a benchmark for our future urban fabric which sensitively acknowledges the need for environment friendly buildings."

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