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Al Bahr Towers by Al-Futtaim Group

Al Bahr Towers is a commercial complex located in Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi. The development consists of two 29-storey towers, which have won world-class awards in high-rise architecture. The project was developed by Al-Futtaim Group, and after four years of planning and construction, the buildings were completed in 2012.

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ABOUT AL BAHR TOWERS

About the project

The buildings’ facades have moving elements that open and close like umbrellas, depending on the intensity of natural light. The modular shading system covers all sides, except the north side, which helps to reduce the loss of heat. The design is also meant to lower the towers’ overall energy consumption, such as artificial lighting and air conditioning. The façade resembles a mashrabiya, a traditional style of Arabic architecture.

The complex has become a significant ecological real estate project. The architects were challenged with finding ways to naturally cool the rooms at a height of up to 145 metres. Energy-saving designs were critical to the development of the buildings. In particular, the water supply system is heated using large rooftop solar panels. The innovative design of the glass façade reduces the carbon footprint of the building by 40%.
The twin towers are home to many well-known companies and government organisations, such as Al Hilal Bank. The project was created by the international design team at Aedas, which was at the request of the Abu Dhabi Investment Council, an organisation that fully occupies one tower. In total, office spaces can accommodate approximately 1,000 people.

The towers are united by a podium and two underground levels. The podium consists of common areas, such as prayer rooms and restaurants. There are gardens situated along the southern façade, which also contribute to the shade and health of the building’s microclimate.

Office space covers an area of 750,000 sq. ft, and units vary in size and configuration. Spaces include modern facilities, including conference rooms, waiting areas, meeting rooms, and lounge areas, and interiors were designed to accommodate open and private work spaces with elements that feature tall glass columns and modern decor. The buildings also have spacious lobbies with reception areas and large windows with stunning views of the islands and National Mangrove Park.

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The cost of real estate

Commercial space at Al Bahr Towers, with an area of 1,000 sq. ft, has an average rental rate of AED 80,000 (USD 22,000), per annum. Prices vary depending on size, layout, and furnishings.

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Abu Dhabi City

Al Bahr Towers is located in the Al Nahyan district of northwestern Abu Dhabi near the Gulf coast. The intersection of Al Sahari and Al Miyan on Al Salam Street can be reached within five minutes of the complex. The nearest bus stop is Al Nahyan Camp, and it provides access to more than 10 different bus routes.

The buildings have onsite cafes available to owners and employees, and there are several nearby restaurants and cafes, such as Southern Fried Chicken, McDonald’s, and Barista Cafe, which are situated within 15 minutes of the towers.

Botanical Park is located next to the building, and Dolphin Park can be reached within a 10-minute drive of the offices. The complex is situated in a lively area with a developed infrastructure. Employees have easy access to retail stores and educational facilities, including the Higher Colleges of Technology.

Abu Dhabi International Airport is located within a 30-minute drive.

Payback

Al Bahr Towers belongs to a prestigious segment of the local commercial real estate market. The complex has already become a landmark due to its innovative design and association with reputable companies, such as Al Hilal Bank.

The buildings offer many profitable real estate investment opportunities, and commercial units in this part of the city are always in demand among renters. The complex has a well-designed infrastructure that was created to ensure a comfortable workplace. Employees have access to nearby financial institutions, schools, universities, transport links, retail stores, and residential buildings.

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