Office building in Dubai Media City adopts AI, IOT to deliver energy savings

The system combines big data analytics, machine learning and AI to achieve cost reductions and improved comfort conditions.

Al Thuraya Tower 1 in Dubai Media City.
Al Thuraya Tower 1 in Dubai Media City.

Al Thuraya Tower 1, an office building in Dubai Media City, has started applying the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to deliver energy savings as part of the tower's overall strategy to adopt green initiatives.

The strategy was initiated by Real estate investment trust ENBD REIT, which is managed by Emirates NBD Asset Management Limited, in partnership with EP&T Global.

Al Thuraya Tower 1, which has 28 floors covering 18,000m2 of commercial office space, has deployed EP&T Global’s EDGE Zeus technology to deliver operational energy efficiency throughout the building.


The system combines big data analytics, machine learning and AI to achieve cost reductions and improved comfort conditions.

According to WAM, having established EDGE Zeus technology in Al Thuraya Tower 1, ENBD REIT will now look to apply similar initiatives across its property portfolio over time.

Anthony Taylor, head of Real Estate at Emirates NBD Asset Management, commented: "We are pleased to announce the launch of the EDGE Zeus technology at Al Thuraya Tower 1, in partnership with EP&T Global the systems provider and with the support of Operon Middle East Facilities Management, who run the building. From an asset management perspective, we have always been committed to delivering ENBD REIT’s green initiatives, without compromising on comfort or building quality. This innovative and industry-leading energy saving technology will enable us to do exactly that, and we look forward to more green drives in other parts of our portfolio."

Since installation at Al Thuraya Tower 1, EDGE Zeus has identified over 30 energy savings opportunities worth AED250,000 and reduced energy consumption by 7%. This project is expected to deliver a return on investment of 30-40%.

Keith Gunaratne, founder and managing director of EP&T Global, added: "We are delighted to be partnering with the ENBD REIT team to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings. A key ingredient to the success of a project like this is the integrated approach of EP&T Global with the asset and facilities management teams, bringing owners, contractors and service providers together to maximise the operational efficiency of the building and enhance comfort conditions for occupiers. All actions resulting from our system are based on high fidelity data and occur in real time, delivering an essential value-add for landlords and tenants alike.

"Key benefits to this project will include a projected return on investment of up to 40% as well as significant greenhouse gas emissions reduction, which is an increasingly important objective for ENBD REIT as it works to reduce the carbon footprint of its portfolio. At the same time, commercial tenants at Al Thuraya Tower 1 will enjoy greater levels of comfort."

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