Yas Marina Hotel in Abu Dhabi



The Arab countries have developed a lot lately because of the power of having so much oil. Of course, this reflected in the way the cities look and also in the investment in the building department. This is the explanation for the amazing hotels that have appeared over the last years in this part of the world, many of them too daring to believe they are for real. A very good example is Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi, which is the first hotel in the world to be built on top of an F1 circuit. But this is only the tip of the iceberg, as there are many other things to see about this hotel.

This amazing hotel was designed by Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture from Asymptote Architecture in New York. This is the ultimate proof that you can do whatever you dream of if you have enough money for that. The hotel is actually made up of two different buildings, each having twelve stories. One of them is build on top of the F1 circuit and the other on the marina bay, the two parts being linked by a bridge covered in glass. The complex has 499 rooms, 75 suites and 7 restaurants.

The hotel opened in November 2009 , being started in 2007. The architects and designers working for this project tried to combined the modern and futuristic style with elements of the Islamic culture and traditions. But what’s really unusual about this hotel and attracts lots of tourists is the metallic covering made of steel that is normally known as the Grid Shelt. It includes a LED lighting system that covers the entire grid and changes colour. It makes the whole structure look like a web or a network that lights at night and can be seen from a big distance. It adds a lot of charm to the place and attracts many curious people. This features and many others make it a landmark for Abu Dhabi and the emirates.


Published by in Architecture, on February 15th, 2011

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