Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday reviewed a model of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company's new headquarters in the presence of General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The project, designed by an international consultancy house, entails construction of a 39- to 49-storey building which can accommodate over 2,000 staff and customers.

The project's first phase involves the construction of the main offices.

The work on the first phase will commence in 2009. It is scheduled to be completed by 2011. The project's second phase will be completed in early 2014.

The state-of-the-art building is designed to be energy-efficient. It will be located in an area adjacent to the Emirates Palace Hotel and Adnoc's old building.

The company's old building was opened in 1979 by the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Other dignitaries

The reviewing session was attended by Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs, Shaikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, Chairman of Higher Corporation for Specialised Economic Zones (Zonecorp), Shaikh Omar Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President's Aide de Camp, Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Finance Department, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Butti Al Hamed, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saif Al Nahyan, Chairman of Etihad Airways, Ahmad Juma Al Zaabi, Deputy Minister of Presidential Affairs, members of the Supreme Petroleum Council and senior officials.