Major work commences on Dubai Trade Centre District

DUBAI — Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) announced yesterday the commencement of major construction work on the first phase of the Dubai Trade Centre District (The District), the integrated commercial destination that is coming up at the heart of Dubai's business district on Shaikh Zayed Road, according to a Press statement.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Tue 29 Jul 2008, 11:14 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:00 PM

The District has also recently received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standard pre-certification for its commitment to sustainability.

With the initial excavation work now being completed, over 850,000 cubic metres of concrete is being poured into the foundations, in preparation for 2.3 million square feet of commercial office space, and 135,000 square feet of ground floor retail space that will be offered in the first phase of the development.

Piling work on the project is also well underway with 3,000 of the 7,000 piles already in place, as Phase One of this spectacular redevelopment project that will transform the entire area surrounding the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) rapidly takes shape.

Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director-General, DWTC, said: "The Dubai Trade Centre District is now moving from vision to reality. It is critically important for us as master-developers to build something which will not only have a major impact on business across the Middle East, but will also ensure that sustainability concepts are incorporated into every aspect of construction and development."

Statistics from the Green Building Council show that existing offices, high rises, towers and facilities are among the worst offenders when it comes to carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and resource use, accounting for 39 per cent of CO2 emissions and 71 per cent of electricity consumption. However, the new wave of construction and development offers the opportunity to reduce this negative impact on the environment by around 20 per cent.

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