Emirates Development Bank (EDB) is a UAE government owned bank established to support the UAE’s economic diversification agenda, with specific focus on small and medium enterprises (SME)s.
In line with EDB’s commitment to business banking, EDB’s brief for their new business banking center located in One Central, on Sheikh Zayed Road in the Dubai World Trade Centre, was to create a welcoming environment for clients that was also a smart workplace.
The design and build of EDB’s new workplace was delivered in close collaboration with leading Dubai-based design studio, Roar. Roar’s design integrated EDB’s iconic sail logo, inspired by the ‘Sail’ found in traditional dhows, their vibrant blue brand colour, and a material palette of terrazzo, metal, acoustic felts, glass and marble.
The new business banking center incorporates both client and employee zones. Upon entry is the modern reception area, adjacent is the café style pantry. Further functional spaces include smart meeting rooms with the latest AV and conferencing technology, open workstations, and a boardroom.