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Etihad Towers will be a landmark in multi-use developments, comprising residential, hospitality and commercial space

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The United Arab Emirates are more than familiar with innovative architecture that produces iconic towers. However, the latest development from Sheikh Suroor Projects Department (SSPD) is looking to take a further step ahead with a design comprising five such buildings – known as Etihad Towers.

Situated at the end of the Abu Dhabi Corniche, close to the emirate's central business district, the towers, with a total built-up area of 500,000m², will range in size from 55 to 77 floors – the tallest in excess of 300m.

DBI director Warren Coyle says the project will be a landmark in mixed-use developments.

"Etihad Towers is set to be one of the most prestigious projects in Abu Dhabi. The development comprises three residential towers, one hotel/serviced apartment tower and one office tower with 45,000m² of lettable area."

The five towers will be linked via an underground, four-level car park, with capacity for more than 3000 cars. The office tower will include a retail podium with boutique shopping mall, hypermarket and restaurants.

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The five-star hotel, which will be operated by Jumeirah – operators of the Burj Al Arab – will consist of 400 rooms and 200 serviced apartments, and will boast its own private beach. The 870 residential apartments have been designed in a variety of configurations to suit all buyers.

The Dh2.5b development will also house Abu Dhabi's largest hotel convention centre and ballroom.

First published date: 12 October 2009

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