The UAE's Federal Supreme Court building is on track to open early next year, a project official revealed.
Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada) announced that the facility's construction is progressing as planned, and that the project is on track to open in Q1 2019.
The $43.4m (AED159.5m) development comprises two underground floors and four upper-ground floors, and has a total floor area of 15,000m2, excluding basements.
Spanning a total built-up area of 25,000m2, the facility is expected to feature six courts, an office for the chief judge, 13 judge offices, a meeting hall, a library, administrative offices, and a customer transactions hall.
Additionally, detention rooms, a majlis, multi-purpose offices, an auditorium, prayer rooms, and a 136-car parking lot will be developed within the facility.
Mohamed Omar Al Hashmi, Musanada's acting buildings director, said construction works began last July.
"Following a careful and diligent study of all the necessary requirements, Musanada has implemented the construction plan of the new court building, [which has been] developed based on a classical design within a modern context [...] that will keep pace with the current time and highlight the important features of the distinctive government buildings.
"Musanada is actively engaged in construction of smart and green buildings that deploy the most efficient systems, including state-of-the-art technologies, as well as the building materials that provide a sustainable working environment and help reduce consumption of energy and various resources.
"Once [...] the construction work is over, the building will provide a wide range of services to customers, including [...] a Customers’ Free Services Centre [and] an E-Record that will record and register court cases."
The project is expected to help achieve the objectives of Abu Dhabi Plan, which seeks to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the litigation process and the criminal justice system, according to WAM.