Category Archives: City & Architecture

Al Alam Palace II

Another view of the Sultan’s Palace from outside the grounds.

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Al Alam Palace

With its funnel-like gold and blue pillars and lone flagpole extending like an antenna from its flat roof, Al Alam Palace (Sultan’s Palace) is one of Oman’s most striking examples of contemporary Islamic architecture. The palace, built in 1972, is set between the Mirani and Jalali forts along the coast of Muscat’s Old Town and…

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The Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi has it’s very own leaning tower, known as Capital Gate, which is adjacent to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). Capital Gate stands at 160 m tall with 35 stories, it is one of the tallest buildings in the city and features an 18° incline to the west.

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Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi. Also known as the Grand Mosque, this is the largest mosque in the UAE. If there’s anything worth seeing, this is the place to visit. Inside the main prayer hall, there are huge chandeliers that incorporate millions of Swarovski crystals and the main Qibla wall features all the 99 names…

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Nation Towers

These twin towers are called Nation Towers. They were still in construction when I last visit Abu Dhabi. Now they are one of the highlights along the Abu Dhabi Corniche. Another masterpiece in my eyes… Where do the ideas come from ??

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