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BEEAH Headquarters

  • Sharjah, UAE
  • 2014 – 2022
  • BEEAH Group
  • Built
  • Size: 9,000m2
  • Site Area: 93,000 sq. m.

Powered by its solar array and equipped with next-generation technologies for operations at LEED Platinum standards, the new BEEAH Headquarters has been designed to achieve net-zero and will be the group’s management and administrative centre that sets a new benchmark for future workplaces.

With their twin-pillared strategy of sustainability and digitalisation, BEEAH Group works across six key industries that include waste management and recycling, clean energy, environmental consulting, education and green mobility.

The headquarters is the latest milestone for BEEAH Group as they continue to pioneer innovations in sustainability throughout the UAE, establishing a base of operations for the group to diversify into future-critical industries. BEEAH group’s new headquarters demonstrates how technology can scale sustainable impact and ultimately serve as a blueprint for tomorrow’s smart, sustainable cities.

Embodying these principles, the headquarters’ design responds to its environment as a series of interconnecting ‘dunes’ orientated and shaped to optimize local climatic conditions. Embedded within its context of Sharjah’s Al Sajaa desert, the design echoes the surrounding landscape shaped by prevailing winds into sand dunes and ridges.

Ensuring all internal spaces are provided with ample daylight and views while limiting the quantity of glazing exposed to the harsh desert sun, the headquarters’ two primary ‘dunes’ house the public and management departments together with the administrative zone that interconnect via a central courtyard, defining an oasis within the building which is integral to its natural ventilation strategy.

Visitors enter beneath the 15-metre high concrete dome which further enhances natural ventilation and allows passive daylight to enter the building. In addition to the central courtyard and open-plan office, the headquarters incorporates smart meeting rooms, an immersive visitors centre and an auditorium.

The employee experience includes contactless pathways, a virtual concierge, smart meeting rooms and a companion app that automates day-to-day tasks. The building’s smart management system automatically adjusts lighting and temperature depending on occupancy and time of day. The rooms are also equipped for remote and hybrid work scenarios with powerful collaboration tools.

The BEEAH Headquarters has sustainability at its core with a high percentage of locally procured materials and is equipped with future-ready technologies to enable operations at the highest LEED Platinum standards with net-zero energy consumption.

Glass fibre reinforced concrete cladding panels reduce solar gain while slab and glass cooling regulate interior temperatures for optimum comfort. On-site water treatment filtrates waste water to minimise consumption and the building’s solar farm charges Tesla battery packs to meet the building’s energy demand throughout each day and night.

This photovoltaic system generates power to meet the building’s peak summer demand, thus producing excess electricity during off peak months which is then fed back to the grid. The new headquarters has been designed as a net-zero energy building employing advanced passive design and integrating technologies such as 3D mapping and 3D modelling to assist the sustainable design process.


Zaha Hadid Architects


Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Director

Sara Sheikh Akbari

Commercial Director

Charles Walker

Project Team

Gerry Cruz (Exterior Package Lead), Drew Merkle (Interior Package Lead), John Simpson, Matthew Le Grice, Maria Chaparro, Frenji Koshi, Leo Alves, Erwan Gallou, Vivian Pashiali, Alia Zayani, Alessandra Lazzoni, Zsuzsanna Barát, Dennis Brezina, Rasha Al-shami, Anna Mieszek, Elena Scripelliti, Eider Fernandez-Eibar, Marco Pavoni, Ben Kikkawa, Maria Vergopoulou-Efstathiou, Haohao Chen, Thanh Dao

Phase 1 Project Director

Tariq Khayyat

Phase 1 Project Architect

Kutbuddin Nadiadi

Design Team

Gerry Cruz, Drew Merkle, Yuxi Fu, Xiaosheng Li, Edward Luckmann, Eleni Mente, Kwanphil Cho, Mu Ren, Harry Ibbs, Mostafa El Sayed, Suryansh Chandra, Thomas Jensen, Alexandra Fisher, Spyridon Kaprinis, John Randle, Bechara Malkoun, Reda Kessanti, Carolina López-Blanco, Takehiko Iseki, Matthew Johnston, Sabrina Sayed, Zohra Rougab, Carl Khourey, Anas Younes, Lauren Barclay, Mubarak Al Fahim, Faten El Meri

Competition Team

Xiaosheng Li, Gerry Cruz, Yuxi Fu, Drew Merkle, Lauren Barclay, Mostafa El Sayed, Alia Zayani, Mubarak Al Fahim

Structure/Façade/Acoustic/Transport & Civil

Buro Happold [London]

MEP/ Lighting/Fire Protection & Life Safety

Atelier Ten [London]

Sustainability (Design Stage)

Atelier Ten [London]

Sustainability (Construction Stage)

Buro Happold [Dubai]


Gardiner & Theobald [London]

Project Manager

Matthews Southwest [Dubai]


Francis Landscape [Beirut]

Local Architect

Bin Dalmouk [Sharjah], DSA Architects International [Dubai]

Main Contractor

Al Futtaim Construction [Dubai]