DSO to house axiom telecom's new $54.4mn HQ

Campus-style facility to recreate Google and Facebook models

His Highness, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum receiving a brief from Abdul Aziz Al Bannai, in the presence of Dr Mohammed Alzarooni.
His Highness, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum receiving a brief from Abdul Aziz Al Bannai, in the presence of Dr Mohammed Alzarooni.

Dubai Silicon Oasis will host axiom telecom's new AED200mn ($54.4mn) hi-tech headquarters, an innovative campus-style facility that will seek to recreate the creative ambience of leading tech companies such as Google and Facebook.

axiom telecom's decision to relocate to DSO comes as part of its strategic expansion plans and complements its outstanding performance in 2013 when the company registered more than AED8bn ($2.1bn) in sales, opened 21 new stores and hired more than 300 new staff. axiom telecom has a current staff strength of 2,500 and aims to hire 300 additional staff in 2014.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority was briefed about the project by Abdul Aziz Al Bannai, chairman, axiom telecom, in the presence of Dr Mohammed Alzarooni, vice chairman and CEO and DSOA and Faisal Al Bannai, CEO, axiom telecom.

Located over an area of 420,000ft2, the new axiom telecom facility - which is designed by Italian architects Marco Mangili Associati - will feature extensive green spaces, walkways and natural light. Inspired by the concept of a ‘town within a town’.

The new headquarters will be fitted out with recreational facilities, multi-function rooms, a fitness suite, restaurants and a games room.

The project has been scheduled for completion by 2016.

Dr Alzarooni said: “We welcome axiom telecom to DSO and look forward to forging a long and successful partnership with one of the leading telecom retailers. We are confident DSO’s advanced facilities and unique service offerings will ease the company’s transition into the high-tech free zone.

“Our agreement with axiom telecom marks a new milestone in our journey to position DSO as a destination of choice for internationally and locally recognised technology businesses. As we look to the future, DSO will continue to develop and grow to become the go-to destination for businesses looking to expand their offerings in the region.”

Abdul Aziz Al Bannai added: “axiom telecom is proud to join hands with DSO. Over the past few years, we have grown tremendously as a company making it important for us to take on a more engaging approach to our operations. Our new headquarters has been designed to convey a youthful, vibrant and continually evolving environment that is conducive to new levels of innovation and collaboration. axiom telecom is an intensely community driven company, and we fully expect our new facility to reflect and support this outlook.”

The modern industrial steel building concept has been designed to support axiom telecom’s community outreach initiatives through providing spaces for technologists to brainstorm, artists to create, and students and young entrepreneurs to showcase initiatives.

In line with axiom telecom’s commitments to minimizing its environmental impact, the new axiom telecom headquarters will aim to achieve silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating. As part of this priority, eco-friendly materials and sustainable finishes, as well as a multitude of energy conservation measures, will be integrated into the construction process.

A wholly-owned entity of the Dubai Government, Dubai Silicon Oasis operates as a free zone technology park for the semiconductor, microelectronic and other high technology-based companies looking to set up their regional headquarters and research and development facilities in the Middle East and North Africa region.

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