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Top 5 Architectural Wonders Of Abu Dhabi – The Emirate's Manmade Structures

If there were more synonyms that could have accompanied words like 'beauty' or 'glamour', then the sparkling capital city of Abu Dhabi would be there.

1

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

This architectural, religious marvel located in the heart of the city features the world's largest 24 carat gold gilded chandelier and hand knotted carpet, and enticing water pools bordering the mosque. The mosque is said to be the largest in the world, as it can accommodate up to 40,000 worshippers. The mosque was completed in 2007, following the death of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, where he was later buried. When the waters of the surrounding pools aren't reflecting the sun light on to the beautiful white and gold exteriors, a lighting system in the night adds the same sparkle to the mosque. The mosque is said to have been designed by a variety of influences based around Arab, Moorish, Mughal and Persian architecture. Some of the natural materials used to build this spectacular mosque are marble stone, semi precious stones, crystals gold and ceramics. The mosque is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm for visitors, except on Fridays. Before visiting the mosque, ensure appropriate modest clothing is worn.

2

Aldar Headquarters

The Emirate has attempted to make its mark on the Book of Guinness World Records a number of times, and have been quite successful in recent times. Aldar Headquarters are one of the clever architectural wonders in the city, as it is the very first circular structured building in the Middle East. The building is fitted with 12 elevators, 2 dumbwaiters, 2 service elevators, 3 mom space elevators and 1 hydraulic life in a circular shape. This 23 storey circular building stands at a height of 110 metres.

3

Yas Marina Circuit

Formula 1 fans will probably already be familiar with the Yas Marina Circuit. This state of the art racing track is built on Yas Island and hosts the annual F1 Etihad Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where racing legends such as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel have been known to pass the chequered flag at this circuit. With a seating capacity of 41, 093, this 21 corner race track has 5 grandstand areas where avid fans can enjoy a variety of view points of the racecars whizzing past. If you want to witness F1 cars speed down the main stretch or manoeuvre through the curves, buy your tickets for the race in November and it'll be one of the best experiences of your life! Most hotels in the area such as Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara sell out rather early during this season, so if you're looking for an Abu Dhabi spa hotel that's close to the circuit, book early to avoid disappointment.

4

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Taking after the Louvre in France, the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, yet to be opened, is set to feature a range of artwork from across the globe. It will mainly focus on placing importance by bridging the gap between art work from the East and the West. The design has been inspired by the Arab and Islamic influences and takes the form of a floating dome structure. The dome has a web pattern which allows for the sun to seep through and provide natural light inside the Louvre. Covering over 24,000 sq metres, the Louvre is located on the Saadiyat Island Cultural District in Abu Dhabi.

5

Etihad Towers

Located opposite Emirates Palace Hotel, Etihad Towers features a block of towering skyscrapers located close together comprising of residential apartments, office towers and a hotel. With a double level observation deck on the tallest towers, visitors can take in the breathtaking sights and views of Saadiyat Island. If you've seen the popular movie Fast and Furious 7, you'll remember the scene where a Lykan Hyperport was driven through three of these glittering towers.

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