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


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.


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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