This new district of Abu Dhabi offers visitors a fascinating mix of luxurious stores, boutiques, leisure activities, cinemas, restaurants and cafés, but also parking for more than 5,000 vehicles. There is also a traditionally designed mosque that can accommodate up to 1,500 people. Three skyscrapers designed by the architectural firm Foster + Partners tower over this scenery: a 52-storey, five-star luxury hotel, a 58-storey office complex and an 88-floor apartment building.
The Central Market project is not the only gigantic construction project that has brought attention to Abu Dhabi in recent years. Frank Gehry presented plans for a Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and Jean Nouvel for even a Louvre Abu Dhabi – to mention only the largest museums planned. Since the economic crisis, however, both neighboring Dubai and Abu Dhabi have had to shift down a gear when it comes to realizing their ambitious construction projects. This means it will still take a while before these spectacular museums can be built. The Central Market with its three shining towers and combination of traditional Arabian architecture and skillful futuristic design could soon become a new landmark for the city and serve as a symbol for Abu Dhabi just as the Champs Elysées stands for Paris and 5th Avenue for New York. <|
SCHOTT Architecture and Design