The Esplanade

Location: Abu Dhabi (UAE)
Client: Tourism Development & Investment Company
Size: 210,900 m2 (site area: 13 Ha)
Type: Mixed-use (hotel, residential, retail, entertainment, office)
Scope: Concept design competition
Status: Design completed 2008

For centuries, Abu Dhabi’s traditional pearl and trading business depended on the waterfront for its economy and growth. Rising on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, the Esplanade takes advantage of its proximity to the city center and a direct connection to the newly developing islands to provide a gateway for four distinct new neighborhoods. A winding canal makes its way into the heart of the project and provides a community focal point — a continuous watercourse connecting the neighborhoods around lush gardens and calm blue water.

In association with 5+Design