12.26.2013 - 12.26.2013
The architecture in Abu Dhabi dominates the landscape. The buildings are futuristic, glass, innovative and somebody really likes angles! The medians are landscaped beautifully and the roundabouts are works of art. I thought I would publish a few pictures that I took so you would have a feel for the city. The Emirati are very patriotic, there are flags everywhere as well as pictures of the ruling Sheikh and his father and his grandfather, the previous rulers. Enjoy!
These two buildings are among my favorites (although the angle of the picture makes it difficult to distinguish that there are two buildings here). Often called the "honeycomb buildings" its design is typical in that it takes into consideration both Islamic traditions and modern innovations. The honeycombs, which are actually crystalline forms that open and close when in direct sunlight, are reminiscent of Islamic mashrabiyas, lattice work windows very common in ancient architecture. You can also see the picture of the Sheikh that is superimposed on the building.
I've also included a few pictures of families on afternoon picnics which they do on Fridays and Saturdays. They set up their chairs and and barbecues in large groups in the numerous green spaces throughout the city.
These next pictures are of the mosaics along tunnels within the city highways. I find them very beautiful!
In my next post, I'll show pictures of Emirati homes or at least as much as I can show you as they are all surrounded by high walls. Real estate is extremely expensive here and regular folks live in rented apartments and villas. I hope you'll find it interesting!