9. Dutco awarded $12.5m contract for new DEWA headquarters

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded a $12.5m contract (AED 46m) to UAE contracting firm Dutco Balfour Beatty for the development of the first phase of its new headquarters, named Al Sheraa.

Dutco Balfour Beatty won the deal after beating 10 leading international companies with the lowest bid. The scope of work in Phase 1 includes shoring, dewatering, excavation, piling, fencing and associated works, according to a report by the UAE state news agency.

Al Sheraa is the tallest, largest, and smartest government net Zero Energy Building, ZEB, in the world. It will have over 186,000m2 of office space in over 1.86ha of land in the heart of the Cultural Village in Al Jadaf district, the report said.

The building will have 16,500m2 of photo-voltaic solar panels on the roof to produce over 3,500 kilowatts (kW). The building will also include an additional 2,000m2 of building-integrated photo-voltaic panels.

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