Abu Dhabi Facts

150m+ Buildings 36 Completed
300m+ Buildings 4 Completed
Tallest Building Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid (381 m)
Global Ranking #31 in the world by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
Regional Ranking #2 in Middle East by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
Country Ranking #2 in UAE by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
First 150m+ Building Baynunah Hilton Tower Hotel (1994)
Average Building Age 6 years
Most Common Function Residential, 36%
Most Common Material Concrete, 97%

All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings.

Buildings See All Buildings in City

1   Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid 2014 381 m
2   ADNOC Headquarters 2015 342 m
3   The Landmark 2013 324 m
4   Etihad Towers T2 2011 305 m
5   Sky Tower 2010 292 m
6   City of Lights C1 Tower 2015 282 m
7   Etihad Towers T1 2011 278 m
8   World Trade Center Abu Dhabi - The Offices 2014 277 m
9   Nation Towers Residential Lofts 2012 268 m
10   Etihad Towers T3 2011 260 m
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.
1   Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid 2014 381 m
2   ADNOC Headquarters 2015 342 m
3   The Landmark 2013 324 m
4   Etihad Towers T2 2011 305 m
5   Sky Tower 2010 292 m
6   City of Lights C1 Tower 2015 282 m
7   Etihad Towers T1 2011 278 m
8   World Trade Center Abu Dhabi - The Offices 2014 277 m
9   Nation Towers Residential Lofts 2012 268 m
10   Etihad Towers T3 2011 260 m

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CTBUH Initiatives

CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2015
Jan 2016 – CTBUH Journal Paper Report

Performance and Behavior of Tall Buildings for Wind Loads
13 Jan 2016 – Event Report

CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal Paper

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CTBUH Initiatives Related to Abu Dhabi

CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2015
Jan 2016 – CTBUH Journal Paper Report
CTBUH has determined that 106 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed around the world in 2015 – setting a new record for annual tall building completions.
Performance and Behavior of Tall Buildings for Wind Loads
13 Jan 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC hosted an event on wind engineering and understanding its effects on tall buildings as well as to provide insight into the engineering efforts in design of shorter buildings.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal Paper
An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in building functions and structural materials.
CTBUH Representatives Accompany Saudi Visit to Qatar, UAE
Oct 2014 – Tour Report
Henning Larsen Architects have been commissioned to design a sizable new headquarters building for a key Saudi organization and visited similar projects in Qatar and UAE.
CTBUH, EMI Lead Emirates Tall-Building Study Trip
23-27 Mar 2014 – Tour Report
Georges Binder, Belgium Country Leader, recently joined with Executive Master Immobilier to conduct a study trip on tall buildings to the United Arab Emirates.
CTBUH Representative Presents at Vertical Cities Conference
9 Mar 2014, Dubai – Event Report
Gurjit Singh, CTBUH Abu Dhabi City Representative, presented on Gate Towers and tall buildings trends at the Vertical Cities Conference.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2013
Dec 2013 – CTBUH Journal Paper
By all appearances, the small increase in the total number of tall-building completions from 2012 into 2013 is indicative of a return to the prevalent trend of increasing completions each year over…
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2012
Dec 2012 – CTBUH Journal Paper
For the first time in six years the number of tall buildings completed annually around the world declined as the effects of the global financial crisis became evident.
CTBUH Leads Discussions at Cityscape Abu Dhabi
May 2012, Abu Dhabi – Event Report
CTBUH Public Affairs Manager Kevin Brass chaired the Middle East Real Estate Summit, the annual event for the regional property industry.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2011
Dec 2011 – CTBUH Journal Paper
The annual story is becoming a familiar one: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and now 2011 have each sequentially broke the record for the most 200 meter or higher buildings completed in a given year. Once…
CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2010
Dec 2010 – CTBUH Journal Paper
In a year dominated by news coverage of the new “World’s Tallest Building” – Burj Khalifa, Dubai – one may be surprised to learn that, besides being the year in which a building first surpassed the…
Foster + Partners on Sustainability in their Projects
3 Feb 2010 – Conference Video & PPT
Sustainability has been a central theme of Foster + Partners’ work for more than 40 years,with buildings like the Reichstag in Berlin (1992-99) and Commerzbank Headquarters in Frankfurt (1991-1997)…
Regional Tours, CTBUH 8th World Congress
2-6 Mar 2008, Dubai – Tour Report
Though much of the Congress was focused on Dubai, there was the opportunity for delegates to witness the incredible achievements of some of the other cities in the Middle East.

Global News

Rosewood Hotel Opens in Abu Dhabi
11 Nov 2013 – Rosewood Abu Dhabi became the first ultra-luxury…

Dubai Developer Sells Unfinished Tower
12 Apr 2013 – Lebanon-based Plus Properties has sold its stalled…

Al Maryah to Build Shopping Center Tower Combo
5 Feb 2013 – The latest installment of Al Maryah Island will be…

Videos

Interview: Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid
12 Nov 2015 – Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners; & Robert Halvorson, Halvorson and Partners

Interview: Al Hilal Bank Tower
12 Nov 2015 – James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners

Rethinking Office Space Through Creative Design: Al Hilal Bank Tower, Abu Dhabi
12 Nov 2015 – James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners

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Videos Related to Abu Dhabi

Interview: Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid
12 Nov 2015 – 2015 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners; & Robert Halvorson, Halvorson and Partners
Toby Blunt, Partner, Foster + Partners, & Robert Halvorson, Principal, Halvorson and Partners, are interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding the 2015 CTBUH Best Tall…
Interview: Al Hilal Bank Tower
12 Nov 2015 – 2015 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners
James Goettsch, Chairman and CEO, Goettsch Partners, is interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding the Best Tall Building Featured Finalist, Al Hilal Bank Tower, Abu Dhabi,…
Rethinking Office Space Through Creative Design: Al Hilal Bank Tower, Abu Dhabi
12 Nov 2015 – CTBUH "14th Annual Awards"; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners
James Goettsch, CEO & Partner, Goettsch Partners, speaks at the 14th Annual Best Tall Building Symposium – Session 1 in a presentation entitled "Rethinking Office Space…
A Landmark in the Heart of the City: Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid, Abu Dhabi
12 Nov 2015 – CTBUH "14th Annual Awards"; Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners; Robert Halvorson, Halvorson and Partners
Toby Blunt, Partner, Foster + Partners, and Robert Halvorson, Executive Vice President, Halvorson and Partners, speak at the 14th Annual Best Tall Building Symposium in a…
Best Tall Building Featured Finalist: Gate Towers: Creating Urban Habitat in the Sky
7 Nov 2013 – CTBUH "12th Annual Awards"; Gurjit Singh, Aldar Properties
The Gate Towers allude to a future in which tall buildings appear at such density that many of the amenities of urban habitat on the ground can and should be replicated…
Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa: Sowwah Square: A New Environmental Paradigm for the Middle East
7 Nov 2013 – CTBUH "12th Annual Awards"; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners
Sowwah Square is consciously sustainable and warmly inviting. Its clear massing and organization helps ensure that the design will not appear dated and will continue to…
Interview: Sowwah Square
7 Nov 2013 – 2013 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners
James Goettsch discusses Sowwah Square, the Best Tall Building Europe Middle East & Africa Winner. The design of Sowwah Square includes many sustainable elements and…
Interview: The Gate Towers
7 Nov 2013 – 2013 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Gurjit Singh, Aldar Properties
Gurjit Singh, Chief Development Officer of Aldar Properties, speaks about The Gate Towers in Abu Dhabi, a Finalist for Best Tall Building Middle East and Africa. He…
Best Tall Building Innovation Award: Al Bahar: Innovating the Intelligent Skin
18 Oct 2012 – CTBUH "11th Annual Awards"; Peter Oborn, Aedas; Peter Chipchase, Arup
Al Bahar Towers’ innovative dynamic façade opens and closes in response to the movement of the sun, creating a more comfortable internal environment for occupants and…
Interview: Al Bahar Towers
18 Oct 2012 – 2012 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Peter Oborn, Aedas; Peter Chipchase, Arup
As the inaugural winner of the Innovation Award, Peter Chipchase & Peter Oborn discuss the highly technical aspects of the Al Bahar Towers' dynamic shading system as well…
Dynamic Facades and Parametrics: Creating a New Vernacular?
5 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; Peter Oborn, Aedas
Aedas presents their competition winning proposals for a new headquarters building for the Abu Dhabi Investment Council. The concept is derived from an algorithmic…
The Sustainable City
3 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; David Nelson, Foster + Partners
Sustainability has been a central theme of Foster + Partners’ work for more than 40 years,with buildings like the Reichstag in Berlin (1992-99) and Commerzbank…
Ecoskyscrapers and Ecomimesis: New Tall Building Typologies
Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Ken Yeang, Llewelyn Davies Yeang
Ken Yeang, Llewelyn Davies Yeang, discussed the design process of an ecoskyscraper at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. The design involves configuring the built…

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Research Papers

Improving Energy Performance In Gulf-Region Residential High-Rises
8 Aug 2017 – CTBUH Journal 2017 Issue III

Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2015
Jan 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue I

Structural Fire Design and Approval of a 156m Tall High-End Residential Building in Abu Dhabi
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City

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Papers Related to Abu Dhabi

Improving Energy Performance In Gulf-Region Residential High-Rises
8 Aug 2017 – CTBUH Journal 2017 Issue III; Noura Ghabra & Dr. Lucelia Rodrigues, University of Nottingham; Dr. Philip Oldfield, The University of New South Wales
Energy consumption in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries has been rising over the last four decades. The residential building sector alone accounts for more than 50…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2015
Jan 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue I; Jason Gabel, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
CTBUH has determined that 106 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed around the world in 2015 – setting a new record for annual tall building…
Structural Fire Design and Approval of a 156m Tall High-End Residential Building in Abu Dhabi
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Florian M. Block, Felix Summers, David Black & Tad-Song Koh, BuroHappold Engineering
The tower has an external mega-frame with four story long exposed bracing members. A high quality finish to the diagonals was critical and 3h fire rating made the use…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I; Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in building…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2013
Dec 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue I; Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
By all appearances, the small increase in the total number of tall-building completions from 2012 into 2013 is indicative of a return to the prevalent trend of increasing…
Case Study: Gate Towers, Abu Dhabi
Nov 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue IV; Gurjit Singh & Hossam Eldin Elsouefi, Aldar Properties; Peter Brannan, Arquitectonica
The Gateway forms the entrance to one of the Middle East’s largest developments. The developer, Aldar, set forth a challenge: create an unmistakable introduction to a…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2012
Dec 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue I; Kevin Brass, Antony Wood & Marty Carver, CTBUH
For the first time in six years the number of tall buildings completed annually around the world declined as the effects of the global financial crisis became evident.
How Tall Buildings Meet the Ground is as Important as How They Meet the Sky
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners
If you are concerned about the urban habitat, you have to be concerned about whether or not buildings provide a positive experience at the ground level.
Three Environments, Three Programs, Three Solutions
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Paul Santis & Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners
The effects of climate change, increased population, and lack of natural resources are global issues. As the world continues to consolidate into regional urban centers,…
3 Environments, 3 Programs, 3 Solutions
19 Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Paul De Santis & Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners
The effects of climate change, increased population, and lack of natural resources are global issues. As the world continues to consolidate into regional urban centers,…
Case Study: Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi
Jun 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue II; Jeff Schofield, RMJM
Throughout history, a strong link has existed between iconic architecture and exhibitions. In 2005, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) was created to…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2011
Dec 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue I; Nathaniel Hollister & Antony Wood, CTBUH
The annual story is becoming a familiar one: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and now 2011 have each sequentially broke the record for the most 200 meter or higher buildings…
Tallest Buildings Completed in 2010
Dec 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue I; CTBUH Research
In a year dominated by news coverage of the new “World’s Tallest Building” – Burj Khalifa, Dubai – one may be surprised to learn that, besides being the year in which a…
An Aesthetics of Sustainability
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 New York Conference; Lawrence S. Ng, Cesar Pelli & Associates
Cesar Pelli recently completed the design of two tall buildings: one in Madrid and one in the United Arab Emirates, both extreme climatic conditions. Both projects have…

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