Al Itihad Square

Abu Dhabi

This square, trapped between busy main roads, offers good views of the tower-clustered skyline of the western Corniche Rd. Photos of the square's little mosque, with its caramel-toned stone and octagonal minaret, backed by steel and glass high-rises, make for a good contrast of Abu Dhabi's different faces. Particularly good at sunset.

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1. Street Sculptures

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2. Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid

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3. Corniche

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4. Khalifa Mosque

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5. Abdullah Hamaid Al Rumaithi Mosque

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7. Qasr Al Hosn

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8. Lake Park & Formal Park


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