The first purpose-built facility within Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA; pictured) has been inaugurated.
Richemont Operations Centre (ROC) was developed based on requirements issued by the Swiss luxury goods group.
More than 700 technical specifications and 2,000 shop drawings were created for the facility, which provides key services for Richemont brands such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Montblanc.
Covering a total built-up area of 4,500m2, the three-storey ROC building comprises a regional logistics facility, Grade-A office spaces, a customer service centre, and a regional data centre.
Designs for the building were created with a focus on employee benefits, and include a breakout area with an outdoor terrace, as well as casual and formal meeting areas, in addition to a prayer room.
Built in line with sustainability standards, the building features concrete floors, grey slate stones, and open ceilings.
HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of DAFZA, inaugurated Richemont’s facility, alongside Christoph Thomet, chief operating officer of Richemont Middle East and India, along with senior officials and executives of Dubai Government, DAFZA, and Richemont.
Commenting on the project, HH Sheikh Ahmed said: "DAFZA constructing a built-to-suit facility for Richemont demonstrates free zones’ vital role in enabling growth of multinational companies.
"We praise such collaborations between free zones and highly valued clients such as Richemont."