7 Interesting Buildings in Abu Dhabi

I had my camera with me all the time when I was in Abu Dhabi and captured as many building pictures as I could. Here are 7 interesting buildings in Abu Dhabi according to me:

1. Capital Gate

Capital GateI saw this building everyday from across where I was at—the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. It stands at 160 m tall with 35 floors and features an 18-degree incline to the west. Dubbed as Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi, it is certified by the Guinness Book of World Records certified Capital Gate as the “World’s furthest leaning man-made tower. It was designed by RMJM. (Source: Wiki)

2. Etihad Towers

Etihad Towers

Etihad Towers comprise of five towers that sparkle iridescently in the  never-ending sunshine. Tower 1: 69 floors, 277 meters, Tower 2: 80 floors, 305 meters, Tower 3: 60 floors, 260 meters, Tower 4: 66 floors, 234 meters and Tower 5: 61 floors, 218 meters. These fine buildings were designed, inside and out, to give guests who live, work, shop, dine and stay the most memorable and enriching of experiences.  It was designed by Australian architecture firm, DBI Design. (Source: Etihad Towers.)

3. Adia Towers

ADIA Towers

ADIA (Abu Dhabi Investment Authority) Tower features an innovative double-glazed facade, curtained with automatic blinds and air-conditioning inside the two glass panels which is controlled by the direction of the sun and the heat on the inside and outside of the windows. It stands tall at 185 m with 40 floors. It was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. (Source: Wiki and Emporis.)

4. Al-Bahr Twin Towers

AlBahr

Al-Bahr is very interesting in terms of its unique design. You see the outer layers of the twin towers? It is called Masharabiya, a traditional Arabic shading lattice-work. I am most amazed by how Masharabiya system works; it simulates in response to sun exposure and changing incidence angles during the different days of the year. At night they will all fold and close. On my picture above, you can see that some of the lattice are open and some are close, this is because of the solar rays. Both towers stand at 145m tall each and have 25-storey twin office towers. It was designed by Aedas Architect Ltd.  (Source: Aedas.)

5. The Landmark

Landmark

The Landmark is a residential and office tower that evokes the use of screens in vernacular Arabic architecture. The plan of the building also has a cultural precedent. Its geometry is based on the dodecagon, the 12-sided figure frequently used in Islamic art. Standing tall at 324m tall with 72 floors, the tower was conceived as a series of layered screens, unfolding like the petals of a flower to reveal a crystalline pillar. It was designed by Pelli Clark Pelli Architects. (Source: Pelli Clark Pelli.)

 6. Nation Towers

NationTowers

Nation Towers comprise of two towers that feature world class facilities including luxury high-rise apartments, deluxe office space, a boutique style mall, a beach club and a 5 star hotel. One building stands tall at 268m (65 floors) while the other,212m (52 floors). Both buildings are connected with a skybridge at a height of 202,5m which connects floors 50 and 54. The skybridge is the highest in the world and 30m higher than the skybridge of the Petronas Tower in Malaysia. It was designed by  WMZH Architecture. (Source: Wiki and Khaleej Times)

7. World Trade Center Residences

Residence

Due to its completion in 2014, The Residences is already well known for its distinctive sloped or “sliced” roof that is visible throughout much of the city. It stands at 382m tall with 88 floors of apartments. It was designed by Foster and Partners. (Source: WTCAD.)

 

 

25 thoughts on “7 Interesting Buildings in Abu Dhabi

  • July 12, 2013 at 11:04 am
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    Salam Emila…terima kasih kerana kongsikan keindahan seni bina di Abu Dhabi 🙂

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  • July 13, 2013 at 10:02 pm
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    truly amazing kan…. wish i will have a chance to visit this place someday..

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  • July 18, 2013 at 10:55 am
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    Memang cantik k.emi. Terima kasoh sudi berkongsi keindahan bangunan2 ni dgn kami, terpegun say di buatnya…

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  • July 18, 2013 at 11:33 am
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    ops… typo error pula… ‘terima kasih’ 😀 sorry

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  • July 19, 2013 at 5:40 pm
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    Wow! Some buildings look like pineapples, Have weird shapes, look like the Petronas Twin Tower and VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY TALL

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  • July 20, 2013 at 11:48 am
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    insyirah, i will never going to be able to chase u! 🙂 i am wayyyyyy behind with 20+ comments only, i hope this month kak emi will choose the top 5 not just the top commentator

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  • July 23, 2013 at 11:30 am
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    Yeeeha, AD snow globes come to me… LOL! Love your building photos, simply stunning! 🙂

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  • August 4, 2013 at 1:51 am
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    quite interesting..thats why most engineers such as me would prefer to work here..

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    • August 7, 2013 at 3:56 am
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      Very challenging task to create unique buildings. I salute all people behind great buildings!

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  • November 16, 2013 at 2:13 am
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    i i think abu dhabi is one of the place that u can find the building that u think unable to build but in here, anything is possible

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  • June 21, 2014 at 12:55 am
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    you are so fortunate to have the chance to sight-seeing all those gigantic buildings in dubai. >_<

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    • June 22, 2014 at 4:45 pm
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      bila lah peluang saya nak jejak kaki ke abu dhabi…

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  • June 22, 2014 at 4:38 pm
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    wow, impressive! so many skyscrapers in Abu Dhabi ^__^

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    • June 22, 2014 at 4:40 pm
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      kalau tengok semua architecture yang ada kat abu dhabi… so impressive..

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      • June 22, 2014 at 4:54 pm
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        itu la.. membangun sungguh. nak banding dgn Malaysia, mmg jauh ketinggalan..

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        • June 22, 2014 at 5:14 pm
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          mereka tukarkan gurun jadi lautan bangunan…
          cantik memang cantik..
          tapi apa pun Malaysia tetap dihati.. 😀

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