KI – Etihad Airways HQ


KI has recently completed a major installation of its UK manufactured UniteSE workplace collection for global client Etihad Airways at their new Al Noor building in Abu Dhabi. The space comprises thirteen floors accommodating 1,500 staff. The design concept is predominantly open plan together with executive and conference suites, training rooms, restaurants and breakout areas.
The extensive range of KI furniture designs chosen include open plan UniteSE workstations, configured as both bench and desking, all featuring pedestals and alongside open plan storage. The task seating throughout is KI’s Faveo mesh backed chair designed by Paul Brooks and winner of a Red Dot Design Award. The call centre floor features UniteSE 120 degree workstations with high specification Corian worksurfaces. There are several specialist training and conference suites where UniteSE tables and workstations were tailored to meet very specific requirements.

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UniteSE storage was specified for the open plan areas, suiting perfectly with the UniteSE workstations. 450 cabinets were installed and configured as lockers, lateral drawer units, recycle bins and cupboards and over 1,400 UniteSE mobile pedestals are utilised for personal storage. The conference suite features 450 KI Take5 arm chairs which are upholstered in leather.

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KI also supplied all the breakout and restaurant furniture as well as over 1,200 CBS Flo, single and double monitor arms and CPU holders.

The colour scheme for the new headquarters is a monochrome theme resulting in a smart and sophisticated finish. Similarly the cream colour marble flooring elongates the space where necessary. Glass partitions help open up the space from the corridor and individual rooms letting in much needed light. Other glazed partitions applied with vinyl film use Arabic patterns that divide specific areas without creating a solid wall and losing light.

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Stunning large feature wall graphics of aeroplanes and Etihad staff exemplify the importance of team work and unity which holds great importance in an organisation such as Etihad.

KI workstations, seating, storage are also used by Etihad at their Global Sales offices in New York and Manchester.
KI is a leading global provider of workplace & educational furniture that is designed and manufactured locally and offers good value and flexibility with minimal inventory.


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