Friday 28 February 2020

AXA Gulf opens new 7-storey Bahrain HQ

MANAMA, January 26, 2020

AXA Gulf, one of the largest international insurers in the GCC, is moving its activities to its new seven-storey Bahrain Bay headquarters this week. 
Located on the main island, 6.8 km from Bahrain International Airport, Bahrain Bay is one of Bahrain’s most ambitious real estate developments. Easily accessible, the new AXA building consists of over 6,000 sq m of commercial space, enabling a more comfortable work environment for AXA’s Bahrain-based employees while also providing a more customer-friendly location. 
Paul Adamson, CEO of AXA Gulf, said: “Bahrain has cemented its position as one of the leading financial centres in the GCC, developing employment opportunities and attracting significant foreign investment. The Kingdom is working hard to stimulate the economy and diversify revenue opportunities whilst establishing itself as a key regional hub for business, trade and finance.
“Furthermore, the workspace in the new building has been designed to create a flexible and inviting environment that is open, collaborative and modern. It enhances our New Ways of Working (NWOW) standards, improving efficiency and cross-functional collaboration with the ultimate aim of positively impacting the work-life quality of our employees in Bahrain, who will be coming together under one roof.”
The newly built green building, is centrally-located in Bahrain Bay district and has been created with sustainability in mind, with features such as rooftop solar panels, and automated lighting controls. It is designed as a LEED green building, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Moreover, in line with AXA Gulf’s strategy of promoting diversity and inclusion, the architectural structure of the building includes features such as ramps for easy wheelchair accessibility and Braille on the lift panels. 
World Class Facilities
AXA Gulf’s Bahrain Bay building will feature a range of on-site facilities including a ground floor, six floors of office space and four basement floors containing more than 200 parking bays. A welcoming lobby makes up the ground floor of the building while floors 1 to 6 feature open-plan layouts, designed to promote efficient work and idea sharing. Each floor hosts custom-made workstations developed to offer maximum flexibility and can be adapted to workers’ requirements. 
The building uses AXA’s brand colours on the workspace floors, a volcanic stone that radiates positive power energy to the environment, and glass partitions to make the meeting rooms more private whilst maintaining a sense of openness and brightness.
The need for acoustic comfort due to the presence of numerous reflective windows, led the designers to use acoustic sound-insulating product in natural wood, which became a structural part of the surfaces in the passage areas, as well as in the meeting rooms and multifunctional rooms.
“We are proud of our partnership with the Kanoo Group and the rich history of our insurance business which has been operating for 70 years in the region. This new building reflects not only our ambitious spirit of promoting innovation but also creates a working environment to help attract new talents enabling us to work towards achieving our future strategy and growth plans,” concluded Paul. – TradeArabia News Service


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