The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) consists of 48 Hectares of land behind the Sheikh Zayed Road towers, and opposite Emirates Towers, which has now developed into a premium development precinct and public space that houses some of the world’s most recognized banks and financial institutions. The project consists of 2,500,000 sqm of GFA, and can accommodate 9,000 car parking spaces within 3 basements and 3 podium parking levels.
The Concourse level was designed to be an elevated parkland with towers interspersed amongst it, and Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) proposals were also investigated to expedite travel within the precinct. The masterplan was conceived by Gensler on the basis of London’s Canary Wharf (Docklands) and HOK were then appointed in 2004 as Master Architect, to further develop the Masterplan, the design guidelines, the landscaping of the Public Realm and to review with Dubai Properties all proposals from developers.
Over 30 plots exist within the development, roads, landscaping and signage guidelines were progressed to give a uniformity and quality to the overall development.