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Dubai World Trade Center Tower (DWTC)

The Dubai World Trade Centre Tower (Fig. 3.2) was inaugurated in 1979 and since then has become a prestigious building on Dubai’s skyline (DWTC 2004). The Tower stands 184 m high and is one of the tallest buildings in the region. It comprises 39 floors, 28 of them are let commercially with a total net lettable space of approximately 283,000 square feet.

Emirates Towers Office Building (ETOB)

The Emirates Towers complex (Fig. 3.3), located in Dubai, comprises two equilateral triangles containing an office tower and 400 bedroom hotel tower, joined by a central podium containing a selection of shops and restaurants, with covered parking for up to 1800 cars. The office tower is 350 m high; the hotel tower is 305 m high. The ETOB average floor has a net usable area of 810 m2 with 2.85 m floor-to- ceiling height and is served by 17 elevators. It has 47 floors of lettable space based

Fig. 3.2 Dubai World Trade Centre Tower

Emirates Towers, Dubai—Emirates Towers Office Building (ETOB) is the taller tower

Fig. 3.3 Emirates Towers, Dubai—Emirates Towers Office Building (ETOB) is the taller tower

National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD)

Fig. 3.4 National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD)

on a triangular layout comprising: lobby area and the drum floors (levels 2-8, with 6633-7014 ft2), the low rise floors (levels 10-20, with 9611 ft2), the mid rise floors (levels 22-32, with 9611 ft2), the high rise floors (levels 34-44, with 9611 ft2), the peak floors (levels 46-51, with 8955 ft2), the mezzanine (level 52, with 806 ft2), and other floors designed as transfer floors or for mechanical systems. The total energy consumption of the tower is 560 KwH/m2/year.

 
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