On Abu Dhabi Island, the five colossi of the Etihad Towers dominate the cityscape. In addition to a hotel, shops and several restaurants, the spectacular complex also offers Abu Dhabi's highest vantage point.
The five gleaming towers of the Etihad Towers give Abu Dhabi 's skyline its distinctive appearance and are one of our top 10 Abu Dhabi attractions. They rise directly opposite the luxurious Emirates Palace Hotel on the coastline and offer space for living, dining, shopping and working. In the movie Fast & Furious 7, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker chased a sports car through three of the Etihad Towers.
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Emergence of the Etihad Towers
The last of the Etihad Towers was completed in November 2010. In total, the huge construction project cost over 500 million euros. The viewing platform in Tower 2 of the Etihad Towers is particularly attractive for Abu Dhabi holidaymakers. On the 74th floor at a height of around 300 metres, it offers an incomparable view over the spectacular capital of the United Arab Emirates.
Tower 2 is also the tallest of the Etihad Towers with 79 storeys and 305 metres, closely followed by Tower 1 with 70 storeys and 277 metres. Towers 3 to 5 are 260, 234 and 217m high and have 62, 61 and 56 floors respectively.
Living in the Etihad Towers
© Philip Lange / ShutterstockIn the Etihad Towers, flats as well as hotel rooms are available in four towers - of the highest standard, of course (the fifth tower houses office space). The 5-star Jumeirah Etihad Towers Hotel in Tower 1 opened in November 2011 and is one of the best hotels in Abu Dhabi. It welcomes its guests in 382 hotel rooms and suites, as well as 199 flats.
Exquisite restaurants and bars with cuisine and drinks from all over the world, as well as a spacious spa area with 13 treatment rooms provide for physical well-being and sufficient relaxation.
3 sparkling pools amid idyllic parkland and a private sandy beach on the Arabian Gulf make for a perfect holiday in Abu Dhabi. The view from the rooms and the restaurants is absolutely spectacular, but still not to be compared with the observation deck on the 75th floor of Tower 2. The 300m high visitor terrace is directly connected to the Jumeirah Etihad Towers Hotel via a bridge.
Dining at the Etihad Towers
The best restaurants in the complex can also be found in the Jumeirah Etihad Towers Hotel. The most renowned of the 12 is the Japanese restaurant Tori No Su with a sensational view over Abu Dhabi. In addition, Italian, French, Indian and Lebanese cuisine, ranging from snacks to a 5-course menu, also spoil the guests' palates.
Shopping at the Etihad Towers
The exquisite shops of Etihad Towers are lined up along the so-called "Avenue" of Etihad Towers. This shopping mile on the lower floors of Tower 1 is one of the most expensive shopping streets in the city. The brightly polished shop windows are dominated by haute couture for him and her, exquisite jewellery and a rich selection of valuable watches.
Here, too, excellent restaurants leave nothing to be desired in terms of culinary delights, and self-caterers can shop in the high-quality food market. In addition to daily necessities such as milk, bread and eggs, the finest tea and coffee, as well as other tempting delicacies from all over the world, can be found here.