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Al Shera'a
Updated: 29th March, 2023

Al Shera'a

Al Shera'a is a 20-storey mixed-use building under development in Al Jaddaf, Dubai.
Al Shera'a
Building type
Mixed-use building
(High-rise building)
Under development
(In progress)
20 floors
(1 basement level)
Building specifications
Al Shera'a is a 20-storey mixed-use building under development in Al Jaddaf, Dubai.
The developer
The project is being developed by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.
The project is located on plot 3262950.
The architect
The architectural consultant is Eng. Adnan Saffarini.
The contractor
The foundation work is being carried out by Dutco Balfour Beatty.
The substructure contains one basement level which is used for parking.
Additional information
  • Al-Sheraa is the new headquarters building for Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). It is being built on a 200,000 square foot plot in Cultural Village in Al Jadaf.

  • A contract for the first phase of construction was awarded in July 2017 to Dutco Balfour Beatty. The contract includes shoring, dewatering, excavation, piling, fencing and associated works.

  • Rising from eight floors on one side to 23 on the other, Al-Sheraa aims to be the tallest, largest, and smartest government net Zero Energy Building (ZEB) in the world. It will have 16,500 square metres of photovoltaic solar panels on the roof to produce over 3,500 kilowatts (kW), as well as an additional 2,000 square metres of building-integrated photovoltaic panels.

  • It is estimated that the total renewable energy generated from the building will be over 5,800 megawatt hours (MWh) per year, matching or exceeding the total energy used on site during that year.

  • Al-Sheraa’s design takes its inspiration from traditional UAE houses, where enclosed spaces overlook an open courtyard. The courtyard will be the focal point and most prominent feature of the building.

  • To reduce heat in the open courtyard, a sail design is used to provide shaded areas. Natural light during the day will stream through specific openings in the sail, giving sufficient light without the associated heat.

  • The courtyard with its trees and planted areas will give occupants and visitors an outdoor feeling in an indoor setting.

  • The building will use the latest technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and Open Data, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Robots will be used for cleaning and to provide security services.

  • A smart app will alert the employees about the time they should leave their homes based on the traffic. The same app can be used to book parking spaces and meeting rooms. It can be also be used by visitors to easily reach the building and meeting rooms.

  • DEWA’s new headquarters is on track for a platinum rating by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), where platinum is the highest certification. The building is expected to use 50% less water than regular buildings.

  • It will employ sophisticated building management systems with a control centre that will shut down non-essential systems, including air conditioning and lighting, when they are not needed whilst allowing essential systems to operate.

  • The building will be directly linked to Al Jadaf metro station by a covered bridge to encourage employees to use public transport.

  • The building was scheduled to be completed and inaugurated in the last quarter of 2019. This has since been rescheduled for 2023.

  • The building will accommodate an onsite presence of over 5,000 people.

Transport & Access

Commute times by car

From Al Shera'a it takes roughly 14 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 25 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 24 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 29 minutes to The Walk JBR.*

Airport proximity

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 8 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 47 minutes' drive.*

Al Shera'a Location

The map below shows the location of Al Shera'a and just below are summaries of the nearest attractions, parks, beaches, golf clubs and cinemas.

Jameel Arts Centre, 0.7 km
Imagine at Dubai Festival City, 1.4 km
Dubai Dolphinarium, 1.5 km
Parks & beaches
Culture Village Park, 0.7 km
Creek Island Central Park, 2.1 km
Dubai Creek Park, 2.2 km
Golf clubs
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 2.2 km
Al Badia Golf Club, 2.9 km
The Track Meydan Golf, 7.3 km
Cineplex Grand Hyatt, 1.0 km
Novo Cinema Dubai Festival City, 1.8 km
Vox OUTDOOR at Aloft City Centre Deira, 3.1 km

Nearby shops and outlets

The number of shops and amenities that are within walking distance can greatly affect quality of life and may be a key factor when choosing a place to live. Here is an analysis of all the commercial outlets that are currently operating in the vicinity of Al Shera'a.

There are dozens of outlets within walking distance of Al Shera'a. We've shortlisted the nearest ones across various categories:

local_grocery_store Supermarkets & Mini Marts
Almaya Supermarket
Supermarket, Emerald Jadaf Metro (0.2 km)
Real Minimart
Mini mart, Dilan Tower (0.3 km)
247 Supermarket
Supermarket, Platinum Residence 2 Culture Village (0.3 km)
Green Pak Supermarket
Supermarket, Al Jadaf Heights (0.3 km)
restaurant Restaurants & Bars
Fusion Restaurant
Restaurant, S19 Hotel Al Jaddaf (0.3 km)
Hot & Taste Cafe
Café, Al Jadaf Heights (0.3 km)
Mandi Man
Restaurant, Barajeel Residency (0.3 km)
Tea Counter
Café, Barajeel Residency (0.3 km)
local_pharmacy Clinics & Pharmacies
Zen Life Pharmacy
Pharmacy, Emerald Jadaf Metro (0.2 km)
Zen Life Clinic
Medical clinic, Emerald Jadaf Metro (0.2 km)
Community Pharmacy
Pharmacy, Dubai Wharf (0.4 km)
Life Pharmacy
Pharmacy, Riah Towers (0.4 km)
spa Salons & Spas
Gemini Beauty Lounge
Ladies' salon, Dutco Creek Residential Building (0.2 km)
Antiochia Gents Salon
Men's salon, Emerald Jadaf Metro (0.2 km)
Stile Di Capelli
Men's salon, Platinum Residence 2 Culture Village (0.3 km)
Annie Beauty Salon
Ladies' salon, Al Jadaf Heights (0.3 km)
cleaning_services Services
Mesho Pet Grooming
Pet shop, Dutco Creek Residential Building (0.2 km)
Magic Washer Laundry
Laundrette, Platinum Residence 2 Culture Village (0.3 km)
Life in Bloom
Flower shop, Maysoon 3 (0.4 km)
The Stitchery
Tailoring shop, Maysoon 3 (0.4 km)

For a full analysis of all outlets and amenities in the wider area visit our Al Jaddaf Amenities guide.

Local Schools

Al Shera'a has many schools nearby including Swiss International Scientific School Dubai at 1.8 km and New Indian Model School Dubai at 1.9 km.

In terms of performance there are five schools nearby that have achieved either of two highest government inspection rating of 'Very Good' or 'Outstanding' including Dubai English Speaking School which has a rating of 'Outstanding' and Indian High School Dubai which has a rating of 'Very good'.

Swiss International Scientific School Dubai
1.8 km, Healthcare City Phase 2
AED 77,500  •  IB
New Indian Model School Dubai
1.9 km, Al Garhoud
AED 5,000  •  Indian
Grammar School Dubai
2.0 km, Al Garhoud
AED 5,400  •  British
Gulf Indian High School
2.0 km, Al Garhoud
AED 5,800  •  Indian

Things to Do

We've partnered with LadiesNightDubai.com and BrunchCrunch.ae to give an overview of the current Ladies Nights and Brunch offers in the vicinity of Al Shera'a.

Cu-ba, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel • Ladies Night • Cu-ba (0.0 km)
Joe's Backyard, Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City • Ladies Night • Joe's Backyard (0.0 km)
The Friday Brunch, Palazzo Versace • Giardino (0.0 km)
Soulful Ladies Night
Ladies Night •  6:00pm
Soulgreen (0.0 km)
Casa De Tapas
Ladies Night •  7:00pm
Casa De Tapas (0.0 km)
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
BnB (0.0 km)
Cactus Jacks
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Cactus Jacks (0.0 km)
Ambient Night
Brunch • Palazzo Versace
Vanitas (0.0 km)
Belgian Brunch Feast
Brunch • Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City
Belgian Cafe Dubai Festival City (0.0 km)
Weekend Brunch
Brunch • InterContinental Dubai Festival City
Anise (0.0 km)
Saturday Brunch
Brunch • Raffles Dubai
Tomo (0.0 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Al Shera'a.

Culture Village
Culture Village (0.4 km)
A development overlooking the Dubai Creek, home to the exclusive Palazzo Versace, apartment buildings, shops and exhibition centres.
Read more
Healthcare City Phase 2
Healthcare City Phase 2 (2.1 km)
A wellness centre providing long-term care, spa resorts, sports medicine facilities, waterfront residences and nutrition centres in Jadaf.
Read more
Al Kifaf
Al Kifaf (4.1 km)
The four residential towers of Park Gate Residences share this place with Zabeel Park, Etisalat Tower and the landmark Dubai Frame.
Read more
Bur Dubai
Bur Dubai (4.2 km)
Villas and low-rise apartments abound in this historic district on the banks of Dubai Creek across the water from Deira.
Read more
Dubai International Financial Centre
Dubai International Financial Centre (5.8 km)
The financial quarter of Dubai comprising commercial, retail and residential districts, all three linked by a retail corridor
Read more
Sheikh Zayed Road
Sheikh Zayed Road (5.9 km)
The 2km stretch of road between Business Bay and the World Trade Centre roundabout, flanked by walls of skyscrapers. 
Read more
City Walk
City Walk (7.7 km)
A stylish, vibrant town-centre community combining residential, shopping, dining and attractions in the heart of the Jumeirah district.
Read more
La Mer
La Mer (8.0 km)
A beachfront development with shopping, dining and entertainment areas stretching out to sea between Pearl Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bay.
Read more
Al Shera'a Milestones
Date Launched
Q4 2016
Estimated Handover Date
Q4 2019
Revised Estimated Handover Date
Companies Associated with Al Shera'a
Architectural Consultant: Eng. Adnan Saffarini
Piling Contractor: Dutco Balfour Beatty


A look at the original masterplan published by the developer at the time of the launch of Al Shera'a.

Construction Updates

See the development of Al Shera'a in photos:

Al Shera'a Construction Progress

Project status: In progress
Piling underway
Piling complete
Foundation underway

The dates above refer to when we monitored the site and not the exact date that construction reached a particular stage.

Please note that our progress updates are visual estimations only and should not be confused with official progress reports issued by the government regulator.

Al Shera'a in the News

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