Etihad Towers T5
Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
Height 217.5 m / 714 ft
Floors 61
Official Name

The current legal building name.

Etihad Towers T5
Name of Complex

A complex is a group of buildings which are designed and built as pieces of a greater development.


CTBUH collects data on two major types of tall structures: 'Buildings' and 'Telecommunications / Observation Towers.' A 'Building' is a structure where at least 50% of the height is occupied by usable floor area. A 'Telecommunications / Observation Tower' is a structure where less than 50% of the structure's height is occupied by usable floor area. Only 'Buildings' are eligible for the CTBUH 'Tallest Buildings' lists.

Architecturally Topped Out
Structurally Topped Out
Under Construction
On Hold
Never Completed
Competition Entry
Proposed Renovation
Under Renovation
Under Demolition
Completed, 2011

The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of Country, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.


The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of City, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.


A single-function tall building is defined as one where 85% or more of its usable floor area is dedicated to a single usage. Thus a building with 90% office floor area would be said to be an "office" building, irrespective of other minor functions it may also contain.

A mixed-use tall building contains two or more functions (or uses), where each of the functions occupy a significant proportion of the tower's total space. Support areas such as car parks and mechanical plant space do not constitute mixed-use functions. Functions are denoted on CTBUH "Tallest Building" lists in descending order, e.g., "hotel/office" indicates hotel function above office function.

Structural Material

Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from steel. Note that a building of steel construction with a floor system of concrete planks or concrete slab on top of steel beams is still considered a “steel” structure as the concrete elements are not acting as the primary structure.

Reinforced Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from concrete which has been cast in place and utilizes steel reinforcement bars.

Precast Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning system are constructed from steel reinforced concrete which has been precast as individual components and assembled together on-site.

Utilizes distinct systems (e.g. steel, concrete, timber), one on top of the other. For example, a steel/concrete indicates a steel structural system located on top of a concrete structural system, with the opposite true of concrete/steel.

A combination of materials (e.g. steel, concrete, timber) are used together in the main structural elements. Examples include buildings which utilize: steel columns with a floor system of reinforced concrete beams; a steel frame system with a concrete core; concrete-encased steel columns; concrete-filled steel tubes; etc. Where known, the CTBUH database breaks out the materials used in a composite building’s core, columns, and floor spanning separately.

Official Website

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

217.5 m / 714 ft
To Tip
217.5 m / 714 ft
190.2 m / 624 ft
Floors Above Ground

The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

Floors Below Ground

The number of floors below ground should include all major floors located below the ground floor level.

# of Apartments

Number of Apartments refers to the total number of residential units (including both rental units and condominiums) contained within a particular building.

# of Elevators

Number of Elevators refers to the total number of elevator cars (not shafts) contained within a particular building (including public, private and freight elevators).

Tower GFA

Tower GFA refers to the total gross floor area within the tower footprint, not including adjoining podiums, connected buildings or other towers within the development.

45,049 m² / 484,903 ft²
Tallest in Middle East
Tallest in United Arab Emirates
Tallest in Abu Dhabi
Tallest Residential Building in the World
Tallest Residential Building in Middle East
Tallest Residential Building in United Arab Emirates
Tallest Residential Building in Abu Dhabi
Tallest Concrete Building in Middle East
Tallest Concrete Building in United Arab Emirates
Tallest Concrete Building in Abu Dhabi
Construction Schedule



Construction Start



H.H. Sheikh Suroor Bin Mohammad Al Nahyan
Sheikh Suroor Projects Department
DBI Design Pty Ltd
Structural Engineer
MEP Engineer
Arabian Construction Company


Alan G. Davenport Wind Engineering Group; BMT Fluid Mechanics Ltd.




CTBUH Initiatives

Skyscraper Summit Warms Sydney Up for CTBUH 2017

18 August 2017 - Event

About Etihad Towers T5

Etihad Towers is a mixed-use development located on the prestigious coastline of Khalidyah, comprised of five towers ranging from 49 to 76 stories above a five-level podium. The towers contain a mix of office and residential space as well as a five-star hotel and a retail mall. The Jumeirah hotel tower features 382 guest suites, and 182 serviced apartments. The buildings’ forms feature curves along the main design lines in both elevation and plan.

This project differs from other projects in the region because of its unique planning process. As part of this process, all key project components were introduced from the very outset. In addition, the project owner, project manager, consultants, contractor, facility manager, hotel operator, district cooling services provider, bank/financier and real estate/property manager were each involved from the initial planning stages, thus allowing for a continuous flow of communication and an ability to manage the expectations of all parties concerned in an effective and timely manner.

18 August 2017

Skyscraper Summit Warms Sydney Up for CTBUH 2017

A joint venture between the Urban Taskforce and CTBUH delivered a successful “warm-up” event in advance of the CTBUH 2017 Conference in Australia on August 18, 2017.