Constructed by the Sheikh Suroor Projects Department (S.S.P.D) via an international architectural design competition, DBI Design in 2011 created the Etihad Towers, a complex of stunning buildings located opposite the Emirates Palace hotel. And although they look similar from the outside, the five towers are by no means identical. Three are residential apartments, one is an office tower, and the other is the hotel which featured in our “Best Bars of Abu Dhabi” article. They are an Aladdin’s cave of delights, offering 14 restaurants, 6500 m2 of international boutique brand shops, and an 1800m2 ballroom fit for 1000-1400 guests. There is even a double level observation deck on top of the tallest tower, where visitors can enjoy great views of Saadiyat Island and the Emirates Palace. The towers were used as a filming location for the 2015 film Fast and Furious 7, where two main characters steal a Lykan Hyperport and drive it spectacularly through three of the towers.