Masdar City Buildings



The International Renewable Energy Agency’s global headquarters is an exceptional, large-scale, mixed-use building with 32,000 square metres of commercial office space.

Through its innovative design, IRENA HQ is an efficient, flexible and environmentally sustainable building. Rooftop solar photovoltaic panels generate more than 340,000 kilowatt-hours per year.

As a strategic and prestigious business address, IRENA HQ will be home to anchor tenants that range from large global corporations to small and medium enterprises.

Read more about IRENA here

Incubator Building

The Incubator Building lies at the heart of the Masdar City development and is strategically located adjacent to Masdar Institute. It is a hub for innovation and entrepreneurs, offering businesses of all sizes unique, convenient and flexible office solutions.

The building’s close proximity to the institute makes it a wellspring for entrepreneurs and innovators who are looking to leverage partnerships with the Institute.

The flexible floor plates offers businesses of all sizes unique, convenient and flexible office solutions. For more information about the Masdar City Free Zone, visit

Siemens Building

The Siemens Building is part of a long-term strategic partnership between Masdar and Siemens Real Estate to develop and utilise key energy-efficient technologies. Masdar commissioned the building, and Siemens provided strong design oversight.

The structure meets the highest requirements for architecture, energy efficiency and equipment. It has the potential to reduce energy consumption by 45 percent (as benchmarked against the internationally acknowledged ASHRAE standard) and water consumption by 50 percent (compared with the LEED baseline). It is the first building in Abu Dhabi to be certified as LEED Platinum.

The Siemens Building sets the standard in sustainable engineering, providing a 20,000-square-metre, Grade A office space. The flexible office floor plates, each of them 4,500 square metres, give tenants the ability to configure their space to suit their needs. Nine atriums provide natural light to all workspaces within the building.

A covered courtyard with a restaurant, coffee shop and convenience store provide the most comfortable outdoor space possible for employees.

Designed by Sheppard Robson, the building won the following awards in 2012:

  • “Best Office Building,” MIPIM/Architectural Review Future Projects Awards
  • “Best Office Architecture” in Arabia, International Property Awards
  • “Commercial Project of the Year” and “Sustainable Project of the Year,” Middle East Architect Awards

Masdar Institute's Buildings

With clean technology at its core, the Masdar Institute campus is able to consume less energy. The buildings on campus consume:

  • 95 percent less in domestic hot water energy;
  • 75 percent less in cooling demand;
  • And 70 percent less in both electricity and potable water.

The campus buildings combine passive and intelligent design. They also use state-of-the-art technologies to integrate best practices in sustainable development. From narrow corridors to smart shading and environmentally friendly materials, the campus reduces heat in the summer and uses solar panels to generate renewable energy.

Designed by Fosters + Partners, the Masdar Institute buildings won the “Environmentally Sustainable Built Project Award” in the 2012 International Awards for Liveable Communities. The Royal Institute of British Architects also recognised the campus buildings with one of its international awards in 2011.