‘Anchor presence’ in Masdar City for electrical engineering giant
Masdar CEO Sultan Al Jaber, and Siemens managing board member Dr Roland Busch, were among the senior delegates at a ceremony to mark the ground breaking of a new regional Siemens AG headquarters at Masdar City.
Once completed the facility will meet a three pearl standard under Abu Dhabi’s Estidama, and also aims to achieve LEED Platinum status.
Accommodating 2000 Siemens staff, the 18,000 sq metre building will become Siemens’ “anchor presence” at Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City and part of a strategy that will see Siemens provide integrated building automation technologies for smart buildings. Siemens and Masdar are already collaborating on R&D technology projects.
Siemens will also develop a smart grid solution at the new facility, in collaboration with Masdar, to optimise energy consumption and reduce emissions.
“Masdar is mandated to work with global technology leaders to integrate innovation alongside proven technologies and showcase energy efficient solutions that can be applied to other cities globally,” commented Dr. Sultan Al Jaber at the ceremony.
“By partnering with global technology leaders such as Siemens, to work with us in Masdar City, we are starting to contribute to the creation of a knowledge-based clean energy sector in the UAE,” he added.
The first phase is expected to be completed in Summer 2013 and will host a centre of excellence for smart buildings and a leadership development centre and conference centre.