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DEWA awards $267m contract to build new Dubai headquarters

DEWA's new Dubai headquarters will be the tallest, largest, and smartest government zero energy building in the world

DEWA awards $267m contract to build new Dubai headquarters
The building, which is spread over two million square feet and can house more than 5,000 people, will have 15 floors, a basement and four floors of car parking.

Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) has awarded a $267 million (AED981m) contract to Ghantoot Transport & General Contracting and Ghantoot Gulf Contracting who will build its new headquarters.

DEWA previously awarded the first phase of construction of Al-Shera’a (Arabic for sail), worth $12.5m (AED46m), to Dutco Balfour Beatty, which brings the total cost of the building’s construction to over one billion dirhams.

Al Shera’a will be built in Jadaf in Dubai and will be the tallest, largest, and smartest government zero energy building in the world - total energy used in the building during a year will be equal to or less than the energy produced on site during that year.

“By building Al-Shera’a, we establish a global benchmark for buildings that achieve a balance between development and the environment, to protect the right of future generations to live in a clean, healthy and safe environment,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

The building, which is spread over two million square feet and can house more than 5,000 people, will have 15 floors, a basement and four floors of car parking.

Facilities will include a 500-people auditorium, training halls, a creativity centre, an exhibition hall, a nursery for the children of employees, and a gym, among others. It will have over 20,000 square metres of photovoltaic solar panels rated to over 4,000 kilowatts and there will be 1,000 square metres of Building Integrated Photovoltaics.

The building will generate over 6,500 megawatt hours (MW/h) a year of renewable energy and will be directly linked to Jadaf metro station by a bridge.

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