JLL, a leading professional services firm specialized in real estate, investment management, and development consultancy services, announced the opening of its new multifunctional office, designed on the principles of the workplace of the future.
Fully embracing the needs of a dynamic, hybrid working environment, JLL’s new office at ICD Brookfield Place in the heart of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the leading global financial centre in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, supports a liquid workforce, is built to the highest standards of sustainability, and prioritizes employee wellbeing and productivity.
The relocation to the 10,000 square feet office was marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the presence of high-profile dignitaries; led by Christian Ulbrich, CEO and President, JLL; Thierry Delvaux, CEO – Middle East, Africa & Turkey, JLL and staff members. The opening of the new office was also graced by H.E. Essa Kazim, Governor of DIFC and Arif Amiri, CEO, DIFC Authority who officially welcomed JLL to DIFC.
Following the ribbon cutting, the dignitaries were led on a tour of the office and briefed on how the integration of biophilic elements and green features enhance functionality in the shift to the future of work and positively impacts health and happiness. The future-ready, green, and sustainable workplace brings JLL one step closer to fulfilling its own sustainability targets and is in line with the UAE’s ambitious Net Zero by 2050 initiative and decarbonization drive.
Christian Ulbrich, CEO and President, JLL, said: “At JLL, our vision is to shape the future of real estate and deliver long-term value for our stakeholders. In a world of hybrid working, human-centric solutions that value choice and flexibility will optimize organizational performance and achieve business resilience. JLL has a very ambitious sustainability roadmap and the forward-thinking design of the new Dubai office builds on these commitments while also providing a positive people experience as it reimagines the office as a place to learn, connect and socialize.”
Highlighting how investing in quality office space is gaining priority today as dynamic working patterns lead to a paradigm shift in the world of work, Thierry Delvaux, CEO – Middle East, Africa & Turkey, JLL, said: “Environmental and social aspirations are impacting future office portfolio transformation as demand is on the rise for innovative, flexible, and sustainable work environments. ICD Brookfield Place takes a leadership approach to sustainability, and we are delighted to drive our growth in the region and deliver greater financial, environmental, and social rewards for our clients from our new office at one of the most environmentally and occupant conscious buildings globally.”
Arif Amiri, CEO of DIFC Authority, said: We are thrilled to welcome JLL to DIFC. Their commitment to sustainability aligns with our mission to drive responsible growth in Dubai on our journey towards achieving the UAE’s Net Zero by 2050 initiative. JLL’s new LEED Platinum certified premises also exemplify the cutting-edge sustainable workplace design, setting a high standard for the DIFC community.”
Certified by the globally recognized symbol of excellence in green building, JLL’s new office is also primed to achieve LEED Gold and WELL Gold Certification, as JLL sets a new benchmark for sustainable, healthy, energy-efficient, and future-ready offices in the region. The new office has optimized the use of natural resources to achieve energy savings of 17%. A biophilic design that forges the connection with nature provides a high-quality indoor environment and minimizes negative environmental and human health consequences for employees. Adhering to WELL Building Standard, the industry’s leading health-focused benchmark for buildings, JLL has also incorporated best practices in design and construction with evidence-based health and wellness interventions.