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Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital

Dubai, UAE

Active façade technologies were used to improve the buildings performance and the occupants comfort levels.

Key Data


Dubai, UAE

Project Type

Medium-Rise, Commercial, Mixed-Use

Client / Developer

Dubai Health Authority (DHA)

Architect / Consultant

Studio Altieri International Consultants

Main Contractor

Al Futtaim Carillion

Façade Area

16,360 sqm

Scope of Services

Design, supply, manufacture, and installation of :
  • Active Façade (UCW) – 13,500 sqm
  • Inactive Façade (UCE) – 1,900 sqm
  • Glazed Skylight at Roof – 900 sqm



Project Height

21.5 Meters

Date of Award


Date of Completion



Al Jalila Children’s is the first dedicated children’s hospital in the United Arab Emirates. The state of the art paediatric medical facility was created under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to affirm his belief that all children should have an equal opportunity for health and success in life, and the treatment of children suffering from illness or disease should not be subject to geographical chance.


Jalila Hospital has a high-performance façade called an “Active Façade”.

The challenge of this project was to design and engineer a façade system that fulfils the design consultants high specification requirements and to deliver an energy cost-saving, solar radiation controlled and high acoustic rated façade system.

Al Abbar Group appointed a 3rd party engineer to provide a solar study, CFD analysis, temperature profiles, and thermal analysis to design a new façade system – called an “Active Façade”.

The façade has been designed so that units can be fully assembled off-site and installed as typical units at the site. Our active façade units have structural sealed double glazing at the outer side and monolithic safety fully tempered glass (heat soak tested) at the inner frame which can be open to a cavity for maintenance. The cavity between outer and inner glazing is ventilated through air filters by control devices. Sunshade louvres inside the unit assembly are motorized and can dynamically respond to various daily and seasonal solar exposure conditions.