Abu Dhabi Iconic Landmarks
Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second most populous city of the United Arab Emirates. Also all the tourist must visit it to see the Abu Dhabi Iconic Landmarks like; mosques, palaces and forts, culture and heritage, modern skyscrapers, amusement parks and shopping malls.
SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE :
This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world’s largest hand knotted carpet. The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest chandeliers –10 metres in diameter, 15 metres in height and weighing twelve tonnes. The mosque’s first ceremony was the funeral of its namesake, Sheikh Zayed, who is buried at the site.
Reflective pools surround the mosque, amplifying its beauty. The striking white and gold colours shining in the sun are transformed at night by a unique lightning system which reflects the phases of the moon.
EMIRATES PALACE :
A real iconic Abu Dhabi landmark, this luxurious hotel blends Arabian splendour with the latest technology to create a magical and memorable experience. During daytime, the hotel’s golden-sandy colour contrasts with its fresh green gardens, silvery water fountains and the blue sky. At night, the hotel’s lighting changes subtly, featuring a majestic rainbow-changing effect over the main dome.
The main Palace building stretches over a kilometre from wing to wing, and its gardens and surroundings spread across 100 hectares. The hotel features 114 domes, with the central dome at an imposing 72.6 metres above ground. Gold, mother of pearl and crystals dominate the interior. The Palace has 1,002 chandeliers, the largest weighing 2.5 tonnes. Another memorable Palace feature is its two handmade wall display carpets, portraying the Palace itself and each weighing a tonne.
YAS VICEROY :
A true architectural triumph, this five star iconic hotel is the only one in the world to straddle an F1 race track being breathtakingly built half on land and half over water.
The hotel’s main feature is its unique ‘grid shell’ – a 219 metre expanse of sweeping curvilinear glass and steel covering that drapes over the two hotel towers, linked by a bridge that crosses the F1 circuit. The ‘grid shell’ features a lighting system incorporating video feeds that are transmitted over 5,096 diamond shaped, colour changing glass panels. The optical effect is stunning, reflecting thousands of coloured lights against the surrounding sky, sea and desert landscape.
ETIHAD TOWERS :
A dramatic architectural statement, this five tower complex invites residents and visitors to live, work, stay, shop and dine in one destination with panoramic city and Arabian Gulf views.
A benchmark for luxury experiences, the complex includes three residential towers and the 280 metre high, five-star Jumeirah at Etihad Towers hotel.
On Tower 2’s 74th floor, the Observation Deck at 300 offers unbeatable cityscape and island views.
The Avenue at Etihad Towers is one of the world’s most expensive and exclusive collections of boutique shops, with many having luxurious private rooms for private, VIP shopping.
CAPITAL GATE :
Drive down Khaleej Al Arabi Street and you will see a modern day challenger to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Capital Gate, developed by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, has been certified as the ‘World’s Furthest Leaning Man Made Tower,’ by the Guinness World Records.
It leans 18 degrees westwards – more than four times that of Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower. The 160 metre (524.9 ft), 35 storey tower is a postcard image of Abu Dhabi and makes a great holiday snap.
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi, a premium 5-star business hotel, is in the iconic building.
QASR AL HOSN :
Abu Dhabi’s symbolic birthplace, Qasr al Hosn is the emirate’s first permanent structure, which was home to the emirate’s ruling Al Nahyan family. A permanent, free-to-enter exhibition at the Qasr al Hosn Centre tells the story of Abu Dhabi and its people through the city’s oldest building. Fascinating oral testimonies and historic photographs bring this important monument to life. Contemporary Emirati voices reflect on Abu Dhabi’s history and transformation and Qasr al Hosn’s key role as a vibrant symbol of Emirati heritage, culture and tradition.
AL JAHILI FORT :
The picturesque Al Jahili Fort is one of the UAE’s most historic buildings. It was erected in 1891 to defend the city and protect precious palm groves. The former headquarters of the Oman Trucial Scouts, the force that protected the mountain passes and kept inter-tribal peace, it also served as a residence for the local governor. It is set in beautifully landscaped gardens, and visitors are encouraged to explore it.
AL BAHAR TOWERS :
The 29-storey twin skyscrapers, serving as the Abu Dhabi Investment Council’s headquarters and Al Hilal Bank head offices, have an external facade composed of 2,000 honeycomb-like elements, which are cooled with the world’s largest computerised façade. These open and close in response to the sun’s movement, helping reduce interior heat gain by around 50 per cent. An array of roof solar panels is also used to heat water.
HAZZA BIN ZAYED STADIUM :
The home of Al Ain FC, this 25,000-seat stadium is one of Al Ain’s tallest buildings and a recognisable landmark.
The outer façade design is inspired by a palm trunk, an integral part of the UAE’s heritage and culture.
The stadium is part of a wider project, constructed in phases, which will ultimately include residential, commercial and entertainment areas, as well as a luxury hotel and sports facilities.
SHEIKH ZAYED BRIDGE :
Designed by Pritzker Prize winner Zaha Hadid, the striking 842 metre-long, 64 metre-high Sheikh Zayed Bridge is said to be the most complex bridge ever built.
Its curved arches evoke undulating sand dunes and it features a dynamic lighting design, with subtle colours that flow across its spine. Its road decks are suspended from symmetrical steel arches, forming a waveform with a fluid silhouette.
ALDAR HQ :
Set upon an elevated peninsula with spectacular city and sea views, this is Arabia’s first circular building.
The 23-storey, 110-metre-high structure has been named by international building organisation Emporis as ‘One of the World’s Most Dazzling Corporate Offices’ – for its innovative design, visual impact and function.
At the 2008 Building Exchange Conference the building was also awarded ‘Best Futuristic Design’.
Credit : VISIT ABU DHABI