Siemens opens Middle East HQ at Masdar
New LEED Platinum building will house up to 800 staff
Engineering firm Siemens has formally opened its new Middle East headquarters at Masdar City in Abu Dhabi.
The firm held a ceremony at the new building, which was designed by architects Sheppard Robson and built by Al Fara'a General Contracting, yesterday.
It is the first building to be completed at Masdar City since the onset of the financial crisis and the first at grade level, with a below-ground transportation system running beneath the existing complex.
It is also the first LEED Platinum-certified building to be built in Abu Dhabi.
Speaking at the launch, Masdar CEO Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said: "Siemens' presence as an anchor tenant marks a significant step forward in Masdar City's growth as a leading global model of sustainable design and modern urban planning."
Siemens has taken 12,000m2 of the 18,000m2 building, which will house up to 800 of its staff. The remainder of the space is available for lease.
"The opening of the new Siemens regional headquarters at Masdar City is testament to our unwavering commitment to the UAE and the Middle East," said Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO of Siemens Middle East and UAE. "After more than 150 years in the region, we are proud to achieve another important milestone in the company's history."
The new HQ will be operated in addition to its existing offices at Downtown Jebel Ali in Dubai, which already has
CW conducted a site visit to the new Siemens headquarters, which appeared in issue 487 of the magazine in October.