It is no wonder that rising towers and skyscrapers are the first things that come to your mind when you hear the word Abu Dhabi. However, the modern city is also home to some incredible architectural masterpieces admired by tourists from around the world. Here is a simple guide to some of the most celebrated architectural pieces in Abu Dhabi, you must visit without fail.
Louvre Abu Dhabi
Devised by Pritzker-prize-winning architect, Jean Nouvel, Louvre Abu Dhabi is a masterpiece in the Arab world. The museum shelters 9200 square meters of galleries, featuring an array of historic and cultural monuments from across the world. One of the most remarkable characteristics of the museum is the 180 meters eight layers of the latticed dome that lets sunlight creep through the walls.
Sheikh Zayed Bridge
Made from steel and concrete, Sheikh Zayed Bridge is an incredible work of art designed by the late British Iraqi architect, Zaha Hadid. The bridge connects Abu Dhabi to the mainland and is about 843 meters in length. Interestingly, the bridge takes the shape of a rippling ocean wave or surging sand dune.
Sitting in Corniche, Abu Dhabi’s scenic waterfront promenade, Etihad tower is an architectural ingenuity that cannot be appreciated enough. Consisting of five towers, the complex is a one-stop destination to dine, shop, live and work surrounded by charming views of the city and the Arabian Gulf. After a tour around the towers, opt for a stay at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. Situated approximately 90 minutes away from the city, this secluded oasis is a work of genius of its own not to mention an idyllic spot to enjoy some thrilling desert adventures.
Berklee College of Music
Joining hands with the US-based Berklee College of Music, what was known as the UAE pavilion has now been transformed to shelter the new Berklee Abu Dhabi campus. This charming architectural marvel boasts 3,900 square meters of performance space, recording studios, practice rooms and many more, making it one of the most alluring landmarks of the city.