A state-of-the-art headquarters (HQ) for Visa, boosting headcount for an additional 500 employees.

Visa, a global leader in digital payments, appointed international property developer, Sweid & Sweid to build its new Dubai HQ for the Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA) region.

Key information

Location: Dubai, Middle East

Date started: 2019

Completion date: 2021

Client type: Real estate

Key services: Cost and commercial management

A state-of-the-art HQ for Visa

Located in a prime position at the heart of the business communities of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City, the 100,000sqft, six-storey development will increase Visa’s capacity to more than 500 employees.

The grade A commercial office development (18,612m2 BUA), will feature a state-of-the-art innovation hub, collaborative office spaces, outdoor terraces, integrated lobby areas and include four interlinked basement car parking levels, along with external landscaping.

Commercial office fit-out expertise

Owing to our strong experience in commercial office fit-outs, both in the region and globally, we were appointed by Sweid & Sweid to provide full pre and post-contract cost management services for the base build and fit-out of the new HQ development.

Post-contract, we appointed a qualified sub-contractor to carry out the fit-out works on behalf of the ultimate client, Visa.

A collaborative relationship

We used our existing understanding and working relationship with Sweid & Sweid to facilitate a smooth introduction to the project, ensuring that best working practices were adhered to from day one.

  • Our team worked proactively with the designers to meet strict budget constraints during the design phase of the project.
  • We utilised our in-house benchmark data in conjunction with extensive market consultation to allow Sweid & Sweid and the design team to focus their efforts on creating a cost-efficient development, without compromising on quality or interior layout.
  • Our team worked closely with both Sweid & Sweid and Visa throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to help mitigate any potential delays, due to procurement of materials, site access and worker welfare.

For further information contact:

Georgina Bishop
Senior Cost Manager