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COWI builds state-of-the-art campus in the UAE

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​Due to the EXPO 2020 UAE is currently experiencing a building boom.

Ajman Academy is ready to give the students of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) an international education on the newly built campus, which offers smart designs and cutting-edge technology.

Funded by the ruling family of the emirate, the 60,000-square-metre Ajman Academy follows the International Baccalaureate curriculum and hopes to meet the demands of both Emirati and Arab parents who are keen to give their children an international education. The children at Ajman Academy are students from kindergarten through to year 6.


The new Ajman Academy includes laboratories, music and drama rooms as well as an art studio. Also catering to sports students, the academy features football fields, a gym with grandstands and a covered swimming pool. In the middle of the campus, there is a quiet, outdoor recreational area.

“This project was executed jointly by COWI Denmark and COWI India, and on top of project coordination across continents, this project has seen a number of challenges, like the task of building building such a large scale multi-purpose-use building,” says Technical Director, Jens Fussing.

Sustainability on the rise


For the Ajman Academy, COWI was appointed to carry out the basic structural design of the precast building system. The building's superstructure is a full precast concrete building system with insulated sandwich wall panels on the outer face. COWI is currently carrying out a number of projects in both the UAE and several other countries within the Gulf region.

UAE has been named winner of the EXPO 2020, which Fussing expects will mean even more business for COWI in the country.

“There is a building boom going on in the UAE these days, and hopefully it will only increase as the EXPO 2020 draws closer. Dubai aims to become one of the world’s most sustainable cities by 2020, and with COWI’s expertise in sustainability, we hope to help them reach this goal,” says Fussing.

LAST UPDATED: 16.09.2016