UAE federal body reveals design details of new Dubai office

ConstructionWeekOnline rounds up key details about the 1,858sqm Festival Tower offices of the UAE's Federal Competitiveness and State Authority

A reading area has been developed as part of FCSA's new office.
A reading area has been developed as part of FCSA's new office.
The new office is situated in Festival Tower.
The new office is situated in Festival Tower.
Cambridge Middle East Interiors worked with FCSA on the project.
Cambridge Middle East Interiors worked with FCSA on the project.
A majlis has been designed as part of the office.
A majlis has been designed as part of the office.
Dubai Festival City's location made it the ideal choice for FCSA's new office.
Dubai Festival City's location made it the ideal choice for FCSA's new office.
Sumaya Saeed Al Hakeem, FCSA.
Sumaya Saeed Al Hakeem, FCSA.

The UAE's Federal Competitiveness and State Authority (FCSA) has announced interior design details about its new offices in Dubai Festival City. 

FCSA moved into the Festival Tower offices this January. 

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The following pages outline the new office's interior design and fit-out activities. 

NEXT PAGE: What was the project's timeline?  

Design works on FCSA's new office started in April 2016, and continued up to October of the year.

The fit-out of the 1,858m2 office started during the second week of October 2016, and was completed on 4 January, 2017.

HE Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, and chairwoman of FCSA, officially opened the office on 5 January, 2017. 

NEXT PAGE: Who designed the project?

FCSA assigned a core team of eight employees to guide the design concept and "reflect the core business of the authority as much as possible", FCSA officials said.

Cambridge Middle East Interiors was appointed to transform the concepts into visuals.

The company also provided fit-out services in "record time". 

NEXT PAGE: What are the project's key design elements?

Designed by an all-Emirati team, the office's interiors reflect influences of Emirati culture. 

One of the office's meeting rooms has been designed as a majlis, while other similar spaces are inspired by sports, and resemble a boxing ring and a pool table. 

The digit, '1', is a "recurring visual" around the office, "as a reminder of the UAE's drive to be a leading force in the world", FCSA said in a statement. 

A reading room featuring traditional designs has been developed within the office to "provide privacy for employees". 

Additional facilities within the office include a room for female employees and children; a space dedicated to concentration, relaxation, and napping; and a video games room. 

A massage chair is among the office's key furniture elements, and a fully-equipped dining area has also been developed within the office. 

NEXT PAGE: Why did FCSA select Festival Tower?

Festival Tower was chosen due to its location and proximity to facilities of interest to FCSA employees, such as ample parking and shopping options.

The redevelopment of Dubai Festival City Mall, worth $408.4m (AED1.5bn), was recently completed, and a Holiday Inn hotel was also built within the Dubai Festival City master development. 

Residential options within Dubai Festival City are also expected to benefit FCSA employees who wish to reduce their commute time. 

NEXT PAGE: What is FCSA's take on the project?

Sumaya Saeed Al Hakeem, director of FCSA's government liaising department, said the office's design was "based on the vision of the employees". 

She continued: "We are glad to see the result of the time and effort we dedicated to designing the FCSA office at Festival Tower, which has a distinguished location as it is at a cross point of both the new and old Dubai.

"For our employees based in the other Emirates, it also was a practical choice because it is easy to reach." 

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