Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Real estate developer Harwood International reached a lease agreement with Emirates in the Rolex Building.
Emirates expanded its offices to the district of Harwood due to its recent launch of non-stop daily service between DFW and Dubai (DXB) International Airport.
“A direct link between DFW and Dubai will open new opportunities for North Texas to become more connected with key business centers in the Middle East, Africa, and the Indian subcontinent now just one stop away,” said Bob Drenka, Dallas/Fort Worth sales manager, Emirates Airline in a prepared statement.
The Rolex Building has been a Dallas landmark since its doors opened in 1984 as Uptown Dallas' first office building.
The building overlooks the acclaimed Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens, a 1.5-acre European-style rooftop garden recognized in the Urban Land Institute's Office Development Handbook.
It is also within walking distance to many other restaurants such as Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, Nobu, Ocean Prime, and Saint Ann Restaurant - located at Saint Ann Court, Harwood International's newest office tower.
“Emirates appreciated the fact that Harwood houses many global brands while within walking distance to the American Airlines Center, W Hotel, and The Ritz-Carlton,” said Jihane A. Boury, vice president of leasing, Harwood International.
Founded in 1988 by Swiss-born Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, Harwood International is a real estate developer and investor with offices and projects in niche markets in Beverly Hills, Dallas, Geneva, London's West End, Paris, Sunnyvale, and Zurich.
The corporate headquarters are located in Harwood, Uptown Dallas' newest and fastest growing district. Home to such companies as Amegy Bank, The Boston Consulting Group, Frost Bank, Jones Day, MoneyGram International, McGuire, Craddock & Strother, Prologis, and Rolex, the six-building development by Harwood International showcases more than two million square feet of premier Class AA office buildings, residential multi-family living, retail space, and garden cafes. In addition, the park-like campus features pocket parks, restaurants, and The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection. Now a 17-city-block district, HARWOOD plans to grow to more than seven million square feet of high-rise and mid-rise office, retail, and multi-family residential developments.