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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 September 2018

Timeframe: Bridging the gap in Abu Dhabi

This weekend marks seven years since the bridge, linking the capital to the mainland, was opened to the public for the first time

A construction firm estimates the Sheikh Zayed Bridge could be open in October. Courtesy Jaime Puebla / The National
A construction firm estimates the Sheikh Zayed Bridge could be open in October. Courtesy Jaime Puebla / The National

Sheikh Zayed Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in Abu Dhabi, up there with Emirates Palace and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque as one of the most recognisable in the capital.

This weekend marks seven years since the bridge, linking the capital to the mainland, was opened to the public for the first time.

As you can see from this photo, the build was precise, some even claiming the 842-metre-long structure to be “the most intricate ever constructed”.

British Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid was commissioned in the early part of the 2000s to design the bridge and construction began 10 years ago.

Its curved design arches evoke the sand dunes of the desert and the lighting design is intented to symbolise the energy Abu Dhabi radiates. So as you drive over it on Sunday (November 26), do so knowing you are driving over a Hadid masterpiece.

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