Like Dubai, its record-breaking neighbour, Abu Dhabi has some of the most adventurous and exquisite architecture in the Middle East and around the world. Extravagance, style and necessity combine in the most ground-breaking ways all over the city.
From the old to the new, Abu Dhabi’s architecture symbolises the emirate’s progressive stance in the realms of technology and design.
All visitors should spend equal time between the city’s ancient constructions and its newer additions. The Al Jahili Fort is one of the UAE’s oldest buildings, and with its landscaped gardens is a wonderful day out. Qasr al Hosn is Abu Dhabi’s symbolic birthplace: the emirate’s first permanent structure, it was home of the ruling Al Nahyan family. The city’s oldest building is now a free-to-enter exhibition, detailing Abu Dhabi’s history and its contemporary culture.
New additions, like the honeycomb covered Al Bahar Towers should be explored, especially with its prestigious environment awards and architectural honours. Likewise, iconic landmarks such as Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, the UAE Pavilion and Aldar HQ should be on every tourist’s list.