Home to the thrilling attraction Ferrari World and numerous cultural icons, Abu Dhabi is the bustling capital city of the United Arab Emirates. While the world knows Dubai for the super skyscraper Burj Khalifa, UAE’s capital city has no shortage of towering high rises. The tallest of them all is the supertall 381-metre-high skyscraper, Burj Mohammed bin Rashid. Curious about the other high rise buildings in Abu Dhabi? Today MyBayut will tell you all about the top five tallest buildings in Abu Dhabi.
Top Five Tallest Buildings in Abu Dhabi
The capital city of the UAE has no shortage of high-rise buildings. For this post, we have narrowed down our listings to supertall structures, which are skyscrapers that lie within the 300 – 600-metre range. Of the list of tallest buildings in Abu Dhabi, some host a mix of residential and commercial properties while others are solely residential. For the residential buildings, we have also mentioned the average rental prices for apartments available for rent so you can look at living in one of Abu Dhabi’s tallest buildings!
1. The 381-Metre-High Burj Mohammed bin Rashid
To date, this is the tallest building in Abu Dhabi with a height of 381.2 metres. It is part of the World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi complex, which also includes two other skyscrapers – the Trust Tower and the Hotel Tower. It is located on Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, The First Street. Construction of the supertall structure began in 2007 and was completed in 2014, which is the same year it was declared the tallest building in Abu Dhabi. It is also ranked as the fifth tallest building in the UAE, the seventh tallest in the Middle East and the 34th tallest structure in the world.
The residential tower has 92 stories. The sleek exterior of Burj Mohammed bin Rashid was designed to make maintenance feasible. The architecture of the tower includes solar collectors to make it energy-efficient. It is located near the Old Central Market. Residents of the building have access to a waterfront promenade called Corniche and the Mall at the World Trade Centre. The building has residential apartments available for rent in different sizes. The average annual rental price of 1-bedroom apartments in the building currently stands at AED 95k while that for 2-bedroom apartments is AED 140k for now.
2. The 342-Metre-Tall ADNOC Headquarters
Although it is not a residential tower, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Headquarters (ADNOC) building is one of the famous buildings of Abu Dhabi. The reason is simple. At an astounding 342 metres, it is the second-tallest supertall skyscraper in the city since 2015, the same year when construction ended. It was built over a period of six years and is located on Corniche Road West on 18th Street. It currently holds the ranks of the seventh tallest structure in the UAE, the 16th tallest in the Middle East and the 57th tallest building in the world!
Founded in 1971, ADNOC is a state-owned oil company. The commercial tower has a parallelogram-shaped base and has restrooms, receptions and conference rooms at its southern end. It is built using environment-friendly engineering technology including a double-glazed exterior to protect from harsh sunlight and to keep it energy-efficient.
The building complex has over 65 stories, a Crisis Management Centre, Corniche Club and a heritage museum.
3. The 324-Metre-High The Landmark
At 324 metres, the third tallest tower in Abu Dhabi has been fittingly named The Landmark. It is located on 8th Street and is a mixed-use building with both commercial and residential units. Construction of this supertall skyscraper began in 2006 and took eight years to complete. This unmissable skyscraper has 77 floors, including five basement levels. Besides being ranked as number 3 amongst the tallest buildings in Abu Dhabi, it has also been listed as the 19th tallest building in the UAE, the 21st tallest in the Middle East and the 83rd tallest in the world.
The Landmark Abu Dhabi is located on Corniche, the aforementioned waterfront promenade. You can enjoy panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf and the islands near it.
The building is designed to be environmentally sustainable. It has several layered screens to protect the building. The geometrical shape of the building draws its roots from the 12-sided dodecagon shape commonly used in Islamic heritage and art. It has a well-kept sky garden at the tower top as well.
This is one of the skyscrapers in Abu Dhabi that offer many residential apartments for rent. The average annual rental price of a 1-bedroom apartment in The Landmark Abu Dhabi is AED 85k while that for a 3-bedroom flat is AED 192.5k. The current average yearly rental price of a 4-bedroom unit in Landmark Tower is AED 230k. Located in one of the most high-end neighbourhoods of Abu Dhabi, living in this stunning skyscraper will certainly be an enjoyable experience. There is limited availability for 2-bedroom apartments in the complex, currently.
4. The 305-Metre-Tall Etihad Tower 2
Part of the Etihad Towers complex, Etihad Tower 2 is the fourth tallest building in Abu Dhabi. Located on Corniche W Street, this supertall Abu Dhabi skyscraper has a height of 305.3 metres. It was built over five years and was completed in 2011. It has been crowned the 25th tallest building in the UAE, the 28th tallest in the Middle East and the 123rd tallest in the world.
The complex, Etihad Towers, has two more residential towers: Tower 4 and Tower 5. However, Tower 2 is the tallest of all five Etihad Towers. Tower 1 offers a hotel and residential mix, while Tower 3 has offices.
These towers were also used in an action-packed scene in the 2015 Hollywood movie Fast and Furious 7. In the scene, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’ Conner (Paul Walker) drive a stolen Lykan HyperSport through the Etihad Towers.
Etihad Tower 2 has 80 floors over the ground and four underground levels. There are several apartments for rent in Etihad Towers, including studio apartments. The average yearly rent of 1-bed apartments in Etihad Towers is AED 92k, while that of 2-bed apartments is AED 130k. In addition to the residential space, the skyscraper complex also houses a retail mall and a 5-star hotel.
5. The 292-Metre-Tall Sky Tower
At 292.2 metres is our finalist for today’s post – Sky Tower. Construction of this Abu Dhabi skyscraper ended in 2011, after five long years, and then it was crowned the fifth tallest building in Abu Dhabi. It is located in The Shams Gate District, on Al Reem Island. Construction of the skyscraper began in 2006 and ended by 2013. In addition to being the 29th tallest building in the UAE, it is also the 35th tallest in the Middle East. It has also bagged the status of being the 162nd tallest building in the world.
The Sun & Sky Towers were developed together by ALDAR. The Sky Tower Abu Dhabi has crystals in its façade which reflect sunlight. It is designed to have an elliptical shape that lessens wind resistance, a standard engineering practice in the UAE.
Rooms are designed to provide adequate air circulation, as they open into each other. The Sky Tower has 74 stories, having both commercial and residential apartments for rent. Currently, the annual average rent of 1-bedroom apartments in the Sky Tower stands at AED 75k. Similarly, the average rent of 2-bedroom flats in Sky Tower is AED 115k per year.
Frequently Asked Questions About Abu Dhabi’s Tallest Buildings
Are there any buildings taller than Burj Khalifa in Abu Dhabi?
Currently, there are no buildings taller than Burj Khalifa in Abu Dhabi.
What kind of buildings are there in Abu Dhabi? Are they all skyscrapers?
There is a mix of low-rise apartments, high-rises and skyscrapers. There are also villa communities in the capital. So there’s a good mix of both residential and commercial properties of all sizes in Abu Dhabi.
Which is the tallest hotel in Abu Dhabi?
The Hotel Tower in the World Trade Centre which is home to Courtyard Marriott is the tallest hotel in Abu Dhabi currently. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers is also among the city hotels with fantastic views.
That’s it for the top five tallest buildings in Abu Dhabi. Including Burj Khalifa, UAE has multiple skyscrapers. These also include the tallest residential buildings in Dubai. For similar posts, stay tuned to UAE’s best property and lifestyle blog.