Abu Dhabi is a bustling capital, a traditional yet unconventional gem residing on a small island within the Persian Gulf. The recent rapid development of the city has quickly transformed it into a newfound center for art, science, trade and industrial activity.
Urban identity was previously less important for the city, but as Abu Dhabi offers the special combination of authenticity and progress, the city is now praised for its unique urban personality. Often described as a city built on desert and sea, the possibilities of the open landscape emerges as a place for old ways of life with the benefit of 21st century options, nurturing both business and culture.
Plans for the future of Abu Dhabi are still strongly influenced by the energy sector.
This however, does not mean that the desire to expand on governmental, institutional and service bodies is any less prominent. On the contrary, the demand for new office space to house these emerging sectors is rapidly increasing.
Tall buildings dominate the landscape of the city. Some of the largest of these developments include the 381m World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, the 342m ADNOC Headquarters, and the 324m The Landmark. As of 2014, Abu Dhabi have as many as forty skyscrapers ranging in height from 105m to 381m.
Whatever business the city might contain, Abu Dhabi’s population is a workforce relying on the automobile as the primary mode of transport. City planners have accepted this issue as a major roadblock to the making the city a more ecologically sustainable environment, and early plans to remediating this issue are underway. With an expected urban population of three million people in 2030, a multi-layered transportation network connecting the downtown to the rapidly developing islands is desperately needed.
Beyond the open city of sea and sand,
the plan for Abu Dhabi in 2030 has focused on accommodating new workforces to foster a more economically sustainable environment. Tough expectations are placed on conservation as well as respecting natural and cultural resources. With these challenges in mind, Abu Dhabi has a unique opportunity to wisely develop its urban core and continue to drive both cosmopolitan and cultural progress.