Big names get down to business at downtown Jebel Ali
Leading international household names, including Ericsson, Kraft and L’Oreal, have set up operations in Limitless’ Downtown Jebel Ali development, where almost 350,000 square feet of free zone, A-grade office space is now taken up.
The leased accommodation – around half of the total available in the development’s first four office towers – is the new workplace for more than 700 people whose employers have chosen Downtown Jebel Ali as their regional hub. More global and local firms are due to move in over the next few months.
Businesses can lease areas from 3,500 to 15,000 square feet, and can lease multiple floors.
The completed office blocks will soon be joined by four more towers, with apartments, retail, recreational and further commercial facilities. The eight-building complex – The Galleries – is under construction in zone one of the 200 hectare project. The Galleries is due for completion by late 2009.
Salah Ameen, Project Director at Downtown Jebel Ali, said: “Our growing list of globally-renowned tenants proves that the commercial towers in The Galleries meet both local and international business expectations.
“But a good working environment is not just about A-grade offices. Easy access, convenient commuting, and pleasant outdoor surroundings play a major part, too. Our offices will soon have living accommodation right on the doorstep. Downtown Jebel Ali will be served by the Dubai Metro and an environmentally-friendly people mover system, reducing car dependency and cutting road congestion. There will also be ample shaded, outdoor space – a vital component of any large-scale development.”
Bo-Erik Dahlström, Head of Ericsson Market Unit Middle East, said: “Ericsson’s move to the new offices in Downtown Jebel Ali reflects our confidence and trust in Limitless, Dubai and the UAE. The existing and upcoming services, such as the Metro, and proximity to the new international airport only support our belief that the new location will be advantageous to our employees and business operation.”