Laing O'Rourke Wins Khazna Data Centres' Expansion Project In Dubai And Abu Dhabi


Laing O’Rourke has been appointed by Khazna Data Centres (Khazna) to design, build and fit-out Khazna Data Centres’ Pods 4, 5 and 6 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi doubling its data centre capacity.

The expansion will cover an area of around 31,000m² across the existing facilities in Abu Dhabi and Dubai out of which 7,500m² is IT whitespace. The scope of the projects includes full design responsibility, construction of a two-storey building for each pod, and all specialist mechanical, electrical and plumbing works.

Design work commences with immediate effect with on-site works due to begin in early 2018. The projects are scheduled for handover in summer 2019 in Dubai and autumn 2019 in Abu Dhabi. The project will be led by project director Vijay Gangakhedkar.

Mark Andrews, managing director for Laing O’Rourke’s Middle East business, said: “We are delighted to extend our long-term client relationship with Khazna on these prestigious data centre projects. Integrating our Group’s design, construction and fit-out talents in one team provides clients with a clear advantage in terms of surety of delivery.”

Hassan Al Naqbi, CEO of Khazna Data Centres, said, “The expansion of our footprint on what is already the UAE’s largest dedicated wholesale data centre demonstrates the growing demand for carrier neutral data centre. Not only are organisations looking for highly secure environments, but also reliable providers so that they can focus on their core business operations. We will be working closely with Laing O’Rourke to double Khazna’s data centre capacity, and look forward to launching our new facilities as this portfolio growth is an indicator that our clients are looking towards long-term growth strategies in the region.”