Abu Dhabi can be a city that is often ignored because of its neighbour. However, recently the city came up with a urban framework to develop the city into a true world capital. This plan, "Abu Dhabi 2030", provides the structural framework for the city to grow in a controllable manner while keeping the city's culture, heritage and natural environment to make it into a truly great world metropolis. With the city's population expected to triple to 3 million in just 20 years, the city's building, and building BIG. With some reports even claim that the top 10 developments ALONE amount to a total of over $200 billion.
Map of projects under way. - courtesy of The National
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Some of the big multi-billion doller developments around the city.
Links: Forum Thread | Project Brochure (44Mb)
The biggest single project is the new Capital City for Abu Dhabi - Budgeted at $40 billion, the city is to comprise of all federal ministries, local government offices and embassies. The development will cover 49 million square metres. It is planned as a sustainable, mixed-use city for 370,000 residents as well as major universities, hospitals and knowledge-based employment sectors, federal buildings, embassies and international institutions. Work starts on the Capital City District in 2012 and expected to be completed by 2028.
Status: The first projects within the masterplan are already under construction, including a University and a 60,000 seater stadium. Construction is set to pick up in 2012
Links: Fourm Thread | Official Site | Yas Marina Circuit Site | Project Video | Aldar's Site
The island is the site of a US$40 billion development project by Aldar Properties. It occupies a total land area of 2,500 hectares, of which 1,700 hectares will be claimed for development. The island will feature attractions such as a world-class motor sports racetrack which will be used to host the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from 2009 onwards, a movie theme park by Warner Bros called Warner Bros Movie World, signature hotels, the Ferrari theme park, water park, and the Abu Dhabi destination retail development of 300,000 sq m retail area, links and parkland golf courses, lagoon hotels, marinas, polo clubs, apartments, villas and numerous food and beverage outlets that will create a unique international tourist destination.
The future resident and working population on the island is estimated to be around 110,000.
- Yas Island will accommodate the worlds first Ferrari theme park. Ferrari World will be the world's largest indoor theme park, and with its distinct red roof its set to be an landmark icon for Yas Island & Abu Dhabi. | Thread
- Yas Mall - A 500 store super regional mall with 296,000m2 of retail space and one of the largest free standing roofs in the world. | Thread - Video
- A world-class motor sports track, 'Yas Marina Circuit' will be used to host the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from 2009 onwards. The track will also feature a flagship 5-star hotel. This hotel is built on ether side of the F1 race track and connected via a sky bridge. This will give the appearance of the cars 'driving through the hotel'
- A 18 hole championship golf course will be on the island, The course will include a floodlit driving range, academy course and a 4,000sqm clubhouse.
- The Island will host 3 marinas with the capacity of holding over 1400 yachts.
- A Warner Bros. theme park is also expected to open on the island.
- Yas Island water park is also in the planning stages
Status: Under construction. The first phase of the development is near completion and expected to be done before November, in time for the Formula 1 GP. Other developments that are under construction including Ferrari world, that will be open in 2010. And the Yas Mall, that has been delayed by a year to 2012.
Al Reem Island
Links: Official Site | Forum Thread | High-res Plot Map | View All The Developments On The Island
Al Reem Island development is a $30 billion master-planned mixed-use community. The development sits on a natural island just 600 meters of the cost of Abu Dhabi main island. Spread across 6.5 million square meters the island is being built by three developers; Sorouh, Reem Investments, and Tamouh. This 'mega development' is one of the largest under construction in Abu Dhabi and will include a business district, a commercial district and a residential district, transforming the island into a 'city within a city'. Some of the facilities that will be on the island will include; seven schools, golf courses, shopping malls, art galleries and four hospitals. The island is expected to have a population of over 200,000 when complete in 2018.
Status: Under construction. The first projects on the island are due to be completed by the end of the year.
Links: Forum Thread | Official Site
This is another massive offshore development under way with a budget of more than $28 billion. The island is expected to be the cultural heart of the city. It includes 29 hotels, three marinas, 8,000 residential villas and more than 38,000 apartments. The project also includes museums, concert halls, maritime history centre, three harbours, a park, golf course, sailing club and many leisure and entertainment offerings. Eventually Saadiyat will be home to more than 150,000.
Key projects on the island.
- Guggenheim Abu Dhabi | Located at the tip of the island it will be surrounded by water on three sides. Designed by Frank Gehry, it was inspired by industrial studio spaces and reflects the large scale that many contemporary artists work. It will be the largest Guggenheim museum in the world. | Status: Land reclamation.
- Louvre Abu Dhabi | Scheduled to open in 2012, the design features a distinctive 183m diameter dome that will appear to hover over the buildings below it. The dome will be web patterned allowing sunlight to pass through it | Status: Enabling works ongoing.
- Performing Arts Centre | Designed by Zaha Hadid the 62m high building is proposed housing five theatres with a combined seating capacity for 6,300. The Centre may also house an Academy of Performing Arts. The Centre will also house an Academy of Performing Arts. The completion for this is expected around 2013. | Status: Land reclamation.
- Maritime Museum | The last in the four major projects aligned on Saadiyat’s shoreline. The design features a concrete block that is penetrated by a cave-like opening carved diagonal through the mass as if eroded by the winds. This represents two of the characteristic elements of Abu Dhabi, water and land. | Status: Approved.
Status: Under construction. The first parts of the island will start opening by the end of the year.
Links: Forum Thread | Official Site | Foster + Partners Site
A $22 billion budget has been allocated for the ambitious Masdar City project, billed as the first zero-carbon, zero-waste city. The city will include a university, commercial, residential and eco-friendly industrial areas. It will depend on solar energy. Masdar City will also be car-free. Around the city will be wind and photovoltaic farms. The city will be built in 7 phases and expected to be complete in 2022.
- Power of the city will come from variety of renewable power sources. First of which is a 40 to 60 megawatt solar power plant, (part of this is already operational and will supply the power for all construction activity). This will later be followed by a larger facility, and additional photovoltaic modules will be placed on rooftops to provide supplemental solar energy totalling 130 megawatts. Wind farms will be established outside the city's perimeter capable of producing up to 20 megawatts, and the city intends to utilise geothermal power as well. In addition, Masdar plans to host the world's largest hydrogen power plant.
- Automobiles will be banned within the city; travel will be accomplished via public mass transit and personal rapid transit systems, with existing road and railways connecting to other locations outside the city.
- Water management has been planned in an environmentally-sound manner as well. A solar-powered desalination plant will be used to provide the city's water needs, which is stated to be 60 percent lower than similarly sized communities. Approximately 80 percent of the water used will be recycled and waste water will be reused "as many times as possible," with this greywater being used for crop irrigation and other purposes.
- In the centre of the city will be Masdar headquarters, this will be the first 'positive energy' mixed used building in the world, producing more energy than it consumes. It will be the world’s greenest office building, yielding zero carbon emissions and zero waste (both liquid and solid) and a sustainable measure beyond LEED platinum.
Al Raha Beach
Links: Forum Thread | Official Site | Youtube Video | Aldar's Site
The Development is a massive project and spreads over 5 square kilometres. The development includes construction of 11 precincts that will include hotels, marinas, parks, restaurants as well as leisure facilities. These precincts are known as the following: Al Zeina, Khor Al Raha, Al Bandar, Al Seef, Al Dana, Al Rumaila, Al Nakhel, Al Lissaily, Al Shaleela, Al Razeen, and Al Thurayya. Al Raha Beach complex is another mixed-use project and will cost around $18.5 billion and house up to 120,000 people. Construction started in late 2006 and is expected to be fully complete in 2018.
Status: Under construction. The first residents expected to move in early next year.
Ghantoot Green City
Links: Forum Thread
Ghantoot Green City is a $10 billion mixed use city, located in Ghantoot at Abu Dhabi. The project is understood to cover 60 square kilometres. The project involves the construction of a city with a commercial centre, hotels, office blocks, residential developments, warehousing and light industrial areas. The project is under design. The city will be split into 12 phases, with the first covering 6.2 square kilometres, and it is understood to include residential properties and hotels along the coast. Construction is due to start in the first quarter of 2010 and will take around 10 years to complete.
Links: Forum Thread | Official Site
The project calls for construction a new micro-city of 23 towers, including 6 branded hotels, 4 commercial buildings, 8 residential and serviced apartment complexes and 5 mixed use developments. Also featured in Capital Centre will be a 2.3km waterfront Marina Zone; a proposed monorail and the 'Galleria' - a shopping mall with restaurants, retail outlets, and cinemas. The most distinctive feature of the development will be the iconic 35-storey Capital Gate, which will include a 200+ room five hotel and 20,000 square metres of office and retail space; Capital Gate will rise from the ground in a gravity defying form; its design has already been widely praised for is architectural ingenuity.
Mohammad Bin Zayed City
Links: Forum Thread
With a budget of $7 billion, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed City is another new city comprising 349 residential towers, with its related Public, Commercial, Retail and Recreational facilities. This development covers approximately five million square meters with related infrastructure, landscaping and community amenities to house a population of about 85,000 people. The development is on the Abu Dhabi-Al Ain highway. Project is expected to start towards the end of the year and finish by the end of 2012.
Al Sowwah Island
Links: Forum Thread | Developers Site
Sowwah Island will be at the heart of Abu Dhabi’s new Central Business District. The development is strategically located between Al Reem Island, Mina Zayed and Abu Dhabi main island. Sowwah Island will also feature an integrated and multi-layered transport network to ensure efficient, convenient access from all areas of Abu Dhabi, including 13 new bridges and a mass transit system with both light and heavy rail. The project will have more than 30,000 permanent residents, and 80,000 office workers by day.
Status: Under construction.
A list of developments with a height of at least 300 meters.
Towers: The Domain | 88F | 382m ______ Architect: Foster + Partners______Developer: Aldar
_______ Trust Tower | 60F | 278m
_______ Central Market Hotel | 58F | 255m
Links: Forum Thread | Official Site | Project Video | Foster + Partners Site | Aldar's Site
Abu Dhabi Central Market is a mixed-use development in Abu Dhabi. The development is set of three towers; the towers will comprise apartments, an Arabian Souk, restaurants, luxury offices, hotels and car parking with capacity of 5,000 cars. The tallest of the three towers will be 382m and is to become Abu Dhabi's tallest building representing the heart of the city. The development is expected to be fully complete by the of 2010.
Status: Under construction. All of the towers and the souk rising with the cladding predicted to start shortly.
Height: ??F | 335m
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s new headquarters will become a landmark building in the United Arab Emirates and a symbol of ADNOC’s status as one of the most prominent oil and gas companies in the world. In addition to office space, this magnificent tower will include a Corniche Club, the Supreme Petroleum Council and Crisis Management Centre, the Heritage Museum and other supporting facilities. The tower will also have a Gold or Platinum LEED Certification, reducing its impact on the environment.
Status: Demo/Ground work.
Height: 72F | 324m _______ Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli
Links: Forum Thread
The mixed-use tower and is located on the Abu Dhabi Corniche. The tower will have 72 floors above ground with 5 basement levels for parking. The height of the tower is 324 metres and will be the second tallest in Abu Dhabi (after Central Market). The tower will include offices, shops, restaurants, a sky garden and penthouses. The total built up area is of the tower is 205,000 square metres. Completion is due around the middle next of next year.
Status: Under Construction. The tower is about half way up with the cladding catching up.
Towers: Sky Tower | 74F | 310m _______ Architect: Arquitectonica
_______ Sun Tower | 65F | 2??m
_______ Gate Towers | 65F | 250m (X4)
Links: Forum Thread | Official Site | Architects Site
The project involves construction of 2 elliptical shaped towers named the Sky and Sun Towers. The towers are connected by a common podium. The Sky Tower comprises 5 basement levels, a ground floor, a mezzanine floor, 5 podium levels and 74 additional floors. 1st floor to 39th floor has been dedicated for commercial purpose, while the 40th floor to 74th floor has been dedicated for residential purpose. The Sun Tower is completely residential and comprises 5 basement levels, a ground floor, a mezzanine floor, 5 podium levels and 63 additional floors.
Status: Under construction. Both Sky & Sun Towers have topped out and due to be complete March next year. The 4 gate towers are now rising.
Towers: Tower 1 | 70F | 277m _______ Architect: DBI Design
_______ Tower 2 | 79F | 305m
_______ Tower 3 | 62F | 260m
_______ Tower 4 | 61F | 234m
_______ Tower 5 | 56F | 217m
Links: Fourm Thread | Official Site | Project Video
The project is a prestigious mixed use development approximately 460,000m2 composed of a total of five towers from 56 to 79 floors, a large multi level podium and four level underground parking with a capacity of more than 5,000 cars. In 2006, Cansult Maunsell was awarded the preparation of Construction Document Stage Documents and Drawings and Construction Supervision by H.E. Sheikh Suroor Bin Mohammed Al Nahyan. The construction of enabling works started in July 2006 and the project is scheduled to be completed by mid 2010.
Status: All 5 towers rising, cladding also being installed quickly. They could be topped out within a month or two.
Towers: Commercial Tower | 74F | 300m
_______ Tower A | 62F | 222m
_______ Tower B | 62F | 222m
_______ Tower C | 42F | 145m
_______ Tower D | 42F | 145m
_______ Hotel Tower | 30F | 102m
Links: Forum Thread | Official Site
This development consists of a 74-storey 'diamond-shaped' commercial tower, two 62-storey towers, and two 42-storey towers and a seven-star luxury hotel. The project will also include a private marina and a carnal. The main icon of the development is the comersial tower that is split at the base to straddle the canal and pedestrian walkway that connect the Central Park and the sea. The total built up area of commercial towers is 169,437 square metres while the total built up area of residential towers is 317,304 square metres, and the cost of the project is set to be around $1.6 billion.
Status: Foundations complete. Now on hold, unclear when construction will restart.
Towers: Residential Tower | 72F | 300m
_______ Commercial Tower | 72F | 300m
Links: Forum Thread | Official Site | Project Brochure
Situated on the spectacular Najmat Marina and commanding the most enviable location on Al-Reem Island, The Wings soar to more than 300 metres high with incomparable views of the Abu Dhabi skyline and the azure waters of The Arabian Gulf.
Status: Information still unclear with these towers, however its anticipated that the main contractor will be on site by October.
This includes some of the 'smaller' projects through out Abu Dhabi.
In the list there are also longer term master-planned developments that haven't been released.
Mina Zayed | Another large mega project to redevelop the Mina Zayed port at the tip of Abu Dhabi. | Status: Planning stages, first two designs scrapped.
Hudayriat Island | This large island is located just off the South-West coast of Abu Dhabi's main island and is apparently next on the development agenda. The southern part of the island has been designated for housing as part of the 2030 plan, while the Northern part is being developed by the Department of Presidential Affairs, which has not given details of its plans. | Status: Planning Stages.
Lulu Island | Another large island master plan situated just off the Abu Dhabi corniche. This will be made up of mainly low-rise residential, leisure, tourism facilities. However a single tall landmark tower called the "Oyster Shell" has been approved on the island and from the images seen looks like a supertall.
Arzanah | A Dh18.5 billion complex surrounding the iconic Zayed Stadium. The project will be made up of a number residential towers housing 18,000 people, a new mall and a sports medicine centre. It will also be a major sporting location with a new aquatics centre, international tennis complex, ice ring and bowling centre in addition to the Zayed Stadium. | Status: First phase Under Construction.
Nation Towers | A set of two high-rise building joined at the top via a sky bridge. The buildings will contain a 5 star hotel, residential apartments, offices and a shopping mall at its base. | Status: Preparation.
Nurai Island | This is a 130,000 square metre island located northeast of Saadiyat Island. The island will compose of; one boutique luxury hotel resort, 31 beachfront estates and 36 water villas. The only way of assessing this small island is by boat or helicopter and will be home to some of the worlds super rich. | Status: Under Construction. Completion expected December 2010.
Al Ghadeer | Located along the edge of the Abu Dhabi-Dubai border this is a large Dh20 billion master-planned community. It will be home to 18,000 residents. More than 6,000 homes will be constructed within the six villages that make up Al Ghadeer. The project will also contain, seven mosques, seven schools, sports clubs, community centres, retail outlets, numerous restaurants and cafés and cinemas. | Status: Unknown.
Al Reef Villas | The Al Reef project comprises 2,500 villas and 1,500 apartments. The project will be developed over 10 million square feet of land and will include all facilities such as schools, play areas, malls and gardens. | Status: Under Construction.
Abu Dhabi Marina | A mixed-use community located in the capital's Al Bateen area. | Status: Unknown.
Khaldiya Palace Rotana | A series of mid-rise hotel and residential buildings, its located directly opposite 'Emirates Palace Hotel'. It will contain 400 rooms, suites and serviced apartments between the buildings. Completion could be done before the end of the year. | Status: Under construction. Most of the structural work complete, internal works ongoing.
Bridgeway Abu Dhabi | An 11 story mixed used development located next to the Zayed Stadium, just outside of the 'Arzanah' development. The building will contain a 5 star hotel, offices, residential apartments, restaurants and a shopping mall on the ground floor. | Status: Under construction.
Danat Al Emarat Hospital | This 21-floor hospital will be for women and children only and will contain 160 private rooms and state-of-the-art facilities over a 92,000m2 area. | Status: Construction is set to start this year and it will be completed by 2011.
Al Shamkha | Is a huge residential development spread over 4,300 hectares which will provide over 10,000 new villas in 43 neighborhoods. The project is located 50 km south of Abu Dhabi Island and the anticipated population that will reside within the new master plan is could amount to over 200,000. Status: Unknown.
Qasr Al Sarab | A tradition Arabian retreat located 90mins from Abu Dhabi airport and 7km from the main highway. The project is mainly residential and will include 52 villas with 154 guest rooms. | Status: Under construction.
Coconut Island | The developmnt is located on a small island in 'the heart' of Abu Dhabi. The island includes a high-end residential community, stunning lagoon, a marina, a world class spa, a new Ritz-Carlton hotel. The resort is due to open in 2011. | Status: Land reclamation complete.
Dolphin Island | Located just east of the Al Reem development, this project is a 40 acer leisure and tourism island in the shape of three dolphins. The island will house a resort hotel, spa and sauna pavilion, sport centre, mosque, restaurants and nightclubs. | Status: Land reclamation.
Helix Hotel | The Helix is the centerpiece of a new waterfront development adjacent to Zaha Hadid’s dune-like Sheikh Zayed Bridge. The hotel boasts a legion of luxury amenities, standout among them a rooftop deck with glass-bottom swimming pool. Status: Approved.
ADIC HQ | A development of two 25 storey iconic twin towers. The building will house the 'Abu Dhabi Investment Council' and can accommodate upto 2,100 workers when complete. | Status: Under construction.
Capital Plaza | It covers the construction of five towers, ranging in height from 30 to 45 storeys on a seven-storey retail podium and a four-level basement car park. Three of the towers will be residential, providing a total of 260 apartments, one tower will house a 250 room hotel, while the fifth and final tower will be 25,000 square metre office building. | Status: Topped out.
Desert Island | It will consist of eight islands and an onshore gate providing a multitude of experiences encompassing a nature reserve, a cultural destination and a showcase for world-class environmental, conservation and ecological tourism, including the Arabian National Park. | Status: Under construction.
Danet Abu Dhabi | a landmark real estate project costing Dh34 billion, has been announced in the capital to develop 34 multi-storied commercial and residential towers, green areas, hotels, shopping malls and entertainment facilities. | Status: Under construction.
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