While Dubai struggles to climb out of the economic recession, Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, has been making headway, at least in terms of fiscal health and architecture.

While Dubai struggles to climb out of the economic recession, Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, has been making headway, at least in terms of fiscal health and architecture. Dubai and Abu Dhabi have often been seen as ‘competitors' or at least diverging in terms of their approach to city-building.

The fruits of Abu Dhabi's conservative attitude towards culture, investment, and development are starting to outshine the glitzy and hurried manner in which Dubai came to the world stage. We previously highlighted the work of Asymptote and Reiser+Umemoto, who have recently been finishing up The Yas Hotel project for Abu Dhabi.

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