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Dubai, UAE

Technology Inspired Workplace

As part of Dubai’s 2015 Strategic Plan, Jumeirah Garden City is an ambitious effort to redevelop 900 hectares of land north of Sheikh Zayed Road, between Diyafa Street and Safa Park. The total development quantum is 128,310 square meters, to be located on a 4,800-square-meter land parcel. Smallwood contributed planning and design for mixed-use projects on two separate plots, each containing a high-rise building, a mid-rise building, and four levels of basement parking. Plot 1 features a 40-story office tower and an eight-story retail building, while Plot 2 includes a 33-story residential tower and a six-story residential tower linked by a two-story retail podium.


Although the small site and extensive building program necessitated a dense, urban character, pedestrian-friendly zones and landscaped plazas enhance the space between the high-rise and mid-rise components. When the severe desert climate allows, pedestrians may stroll down wide, tree-lined sidewalks and linger at retail storefronts. Contemporary architecture is used to create traditional urban street fronts enlivened with signage and technology-rich super-graphics. The office tower design fashions a modern, all-glass curtain wall to reflect the fast-paced mobility and connectivity of our wi-fi age. While the tower emphasizes verticality, the six-story building focuses on horizontality to create a contrast and balance of the two masses.

 Lead by EFG Team Members

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