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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.
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.*
Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 8 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 47 minutes' drive.*
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.
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:
For a full analysis of all outlets and amenities in the wider area visit our Al Jaddaf Amenities guide.
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'.
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.
Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Al Shera'a.
A look at the original masterplan published by the developer at the time of the launch of Al Shera'a.
See the development of Al Shera'a in photos:
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.
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