Team-empowering space planning uses activity-based working to foster physical, mental and social wellness
Agile, sustainable and smart, the 4,675 m2 office reflects the changing nature of work and the demands of a flexible, mobile workforce
This summer, more than 950 staff members from KPMG Lower Gulf’s offices in Dubai and Sharjah are relocating to a future-focused and sustainable 4,675 m2 workspace at One Central, a gateway to international trade, finance and business. With this strategic investment in the heart of Dubai’s central business district, KPMG Lower Gulf will continue to offer its audit, tax and advisory services to a broad range of domestic and international clients across all sectors of business.
Nader Haffar, Chairman and CEO, KPMG Lower Gulf, commented: “We relocated to our new office during the pandemic, without scaling back on plans. KPMG’s significant investment in the heart of Dubai and a similar upgrade currently underway at our Abu Dhabi office testify to our confidence in the resilient UAE economy. Our new office reflects our values of authenticity, honest communication and integrity.”
Committed to the region and its growth, KPMG has also completed office upgrades in Muscat, Oman and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. One Central has already welcomed many leading firms into its premium office space spanning more than 158,000m2. Sustainable and smart, the new KPMG office is expected to save 60% in power usage and 35% in water consumption through energy efficient fittings and furnishings. It is fitted with recycling facilities and easily reached by public transport.
The unique layout features various kinds of workspaces, including fixed working areas for focused work, quiet spaces to take calls, touchdown areas for socializing, open and closed meeting areas, and collaborative working areas. This also caters to the different needs of both introverts and extroverts.
Robust digital infrastructure plays a critical role in supporting flexible working and the agile office. While a portion of staff continue to work from home, the new workspace will accommodate the firm’s full strength once social distancing restrictions are eased. The office space has been designed so staff can seamlessly coordinate working from home with being in the office.
Luke Ellyard, Partner, KPMG Lower Gulf, added: “The One Central office not only reflects KPMG’s commitment to its clients and staff, but also to society and the environment. In alignment with KPMG’s values of inclusion and diversity, the space is designed to be accessible to people of determination as the firm looks to attract and retain talent of all abilities.”