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SFZ headquarters coming up, to offer an array of facilities.

MUSCAT: Salalah Free Zone (SFZ) has approved the design of its new state-of-the-art administrative headquarters and investor offices building, which has been designed using highest 'green' standards in keeping with Salalah's reputation as the Garden City of the Middle East.

The multipurpose building will accommodate the operational headquarters of the Salalah Free Zone Company (SFZCO), together with modern flexible offices for companies investing in the free zone. It will also include other facilities including the 'One Stop Shop', restaurant, cafeteria, meeting spaces, gardens and an exhibition area.

Construction is expected to start in 2012, and the building is scheduled to be completed in 2014.

In addition to acting as SFZCO's head office, the new building, which will be located on a prime site at the entrance to the free zone, has been designed as a marketing and promotional tool for companies operating in SFZ to help them develop their businesses.

Eng. Awadh Salim Al Shanfari said, chief executive of Salalah Free Zone, said: "Our new headquarters and investor offices building will epitomise the fundamental ethos of Salalah Free Zone. Just like the incentives and benefits combine to position Salalah Free Zone as one of the most sought-after free zones in the world, our new building will provide investors with a compelling array of facilities to deliver a desirable business address that combines sustainability, modernity and functionality."


The building will provide mix used offices for investors, and will accommodate the largest corporations in the world offices and administration employees of SFZCO. The building has incorporated traditional Omani and modern international design elements, as well as extensive landscaping around the property and on roof terraces, and will reflect Oman's welcoming and friendly national character.

The building's design emphasises sustainability to reflect Oman's culture and the SFZCO's aspirations for the zone, which is targeting global multinationals that desire best-in-class standards.

The design has followed a strategic hierarchical approach that looked first to reduce the energy demands of the building fabric, then to reduce any remaining energy demand by efficient mechanisms and management practices, and finally to meet any residual energy demand by sustainable or renewable methods of energy generation.

Some of the 'passive' sustainable elements that will used in the construction include heavily insulated masonry and high performance windows with solar control glass; extensive use of solar shading; wide use of natural light; locally sourced materials; and the use of local construction methods and expertise. The building will maximise passive temperature regulation and will deploy a 'sealed envelope' design to permit humidity regulation.

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Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
Date:Nov 3, 2011
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