Siemens opens new sustainable Abu Dhabi HQ

Global electronic company Siemens has opened its new Middle East headquarters at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s low-carbon, sustainable site.

The new building has been designed by architects Sheppard Robson International with sustainable materials and energy efficient technology making it the first Leed Platinum certified office in the UAE’s capital city.

“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.

“After more than 150 years in the region, we are proud to achieve another important milestone in the company’s history. With our new headquarters, we strive to serve our customers even better and enrich our contribution to the development of the region’s youth and societies to meet the needs of the future.”

Masdar City was established to discover a “greenprint” for how cities can accommodate for denser populations, while reducing waste as well as energy and water consumption.

“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,” said Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and CEO of Masdar.

“This Leed Platinum certified building demonstrates that resource efficiency can be cost competitive in our market and represents the standard of buildings that need to be more widely adopted across the UAE and the region.”

Siemens say the building  is one of the most energy-efficient in the region with its  building materials and energy-saving technologies able to reduce energy consumption by almost 50 per cent, compared to conventional buildings of the same size.

Raised in the air, the building provides a generous, naturally shaded public space for parts of Masdar City.

Based on a “box within a box”concept the structure has a highly insulated, airtight inner facade designed to reduce thermal conductivity, and a lightweight aluminum external shading system, which minimises solar gain while maximising daylight and views from the building.