12 Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Architectural Wonders Astound!

12 Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Architectural Wonders Astound!. From the Arabian splendour of Emirates Palace to the only hotel to straddle an F1 track, from the UAE Pavilion’s striking dunes to the world’s furthest leaning man-made tower, Abu Dhabi’s architectural wonders astound.

1| Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Capital Gate

12 Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Architectural Wonders Astound!
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.

2| Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Qasr al Hosn

12 Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Architectural Wonders Astound!
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.

3| Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Al Jahili Fort

12 Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Architectural Wonders Astound!
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.

4| Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Al Bahar Towers

12 Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Architectural Wonders Astound!
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.

5| Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Hazza bin Zayed Stadium

12 Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Architectural Wonders Astound!
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.

6| Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Sheikh Zayed Bridge

12 Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Architectural Wonders Astound!
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.

7| Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Aldar HQ

12 Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Architectural Wonders Astound!
Aldar HQ
Set upon an elevated peninsula with spectacular city and sea views, this is Arabia’s first circular building.

8| Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Masdar City

12 Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Architectural Wonders Astound!
Masdar City
Initiated in 2008, Masdar is the emirate’s pioneering vision of a city of the future. With the goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable eco-city, Masdar is leading the way by developing a “greenprint” for how cities can accommodate rapid urbanisation and dramatically reduce energy, water and waste.

9| Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

12 Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Architectural Wonders Astound!
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.

10| Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Emirates Palace

12 Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Architectural Wonders Astound!
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.

11| Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Yas Viceroy

12 Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Architectural Wonders Astound!
Yas Viceroy
There are multiple restaurant and lounge options available at Yas Viceroy Hotel over race weekend. Whether it be trackside brunch, Michelin Star cuisine or drinks at Skylite rooftop bar.

12| Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Etihad Towers

12 Abu Dhabi’s Iconic Landmarks: Architectural Wonders Astound!
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.

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