Architectural Pilgrimages: Abu Dhabi
The second stop on our architectural pilgrimages tour is Abu Dhabi, the second highest populated city in the United Arab Emirates. It is an economic stronghold accounting for approximately 2/3’s of the UAB economy. It is an ancient city full of archaeological evidence of long ago civilisations such as Umm an-Nar Culture. The city used to be a pearl and gem market place but it has evolved, since its discovery of oil, into a technological, business, and oil giant. The increased wealth and economic generation has created an environment for the construction of luxuries mega skyscraper’s of architectural marvelence.
The city has a high employment density at the centre of the city where the majority of the skyscrapers are based. There is also a high residential density in the centre in the form of luxurious apartments. There are multiple skyscrapers, each trying to outdo the next, that amaze through their architectural design.
Skyscrapers are not the only reason for an architectural pilgrimage to Abu Dhabi. Arguable the most important architectural structure in Abu Dhabi, due to its religious connections, is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The Mosque, pictured below, is one of the most opulent mosques in the world.
The building was constructed and designed by a diverse cast of artisans and designers from all over the globe. 38 high profile contracting firms were utilised in its construction. The building is designed out of natural materials to ensure it will be a long lasting wonder. Marble, gold, semi-precious stones and many other materials were used to create the architectural masterpiece.
Abu Dhabi’s role in technology is showcased by the futuristic architecture of the critically acclaimed Ferrari world. It is a great tourist attraction that has out of this world designs in the from of many different entertaining theme park rides.