Squared Off

Sowwah Square, in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s new business district, has opened its doors to the first wave of tenants. CID takes a look at some of its interiors

Sowwah Square, located on Al Maryah Island (previously Sowwah Island) in Abu Dhabi, has been modeled after the world’s mixed-use 24-hour central business districts (CBDs), by its developers Mubadala Real Estate and Hospitality.

Forming a key component of Abu Dhabi’s Urban Planning Council’s (UPC) Capital 2030 Plan, it comprises four international Grade A office towers with Tower 1, Al Sila, already home to a mix of blue-chip global companies including Deloitte, Clifford Chance, Al Tamimi & Company, Latham & Watkins, Mubadala GE Capital, Norton Rose, Baker Botts, King & Spalding and the Regulation & Supervision Bureau (RSB).

With another 24 tenants, now over 80% of Al Sila (Tower 1) and 48% of Al Maqam (Tower 3) are leased.

Sowwah Square will also incorporate the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX), two business hotels (Rosewood Abu Dhabi and Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi) and The Galleria at Sowwah Square, a 33,000m2 retail and dining precinct that connects the entire mixed-use development to the waterfront.

“The vision for Sowwah Square has always been for a vibrant urban community supported by local and international businesses,” said Ali Eid AlMheiri, executive director, Mubadala Real Estate and Hospitality.

“Given the financial and corporate focus of Al Tamimi & Company there was no question that when we were looking to move to a new premises in Abu Dhabi we would move to Sowwah Square,” said Stephen Forster, partner and head – Abu Dhabi, Al Tamimi & Company.

“In our opinion, it offers unparalleled commercial space in Abu Dhabi. The on-site facilities are second to none; our office offers amazing panoramic views across the island and the business community relocating there is thriving.”

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