Visible from afar, this futuristic landmark building has been dubbed the 'Coin' thanks to its distinctive penny-shaped architecture. The world's first circular skyscraper, this slender monument to modern design houses Aldar, one of the largest property developers in the Emirates.

You are welcome to pop into the lobby, though there isn't much to see other than a few scale models of current and future Aldar projects and a cafe or two.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Yas Island attractions

1. Yas Beach


A surprisingly low-key corner of this high-tech island, Yas Beach is a lovely place to relax and enjoy the sea views, dabble in some water sports or…

2. Musical Fountain

2.46 MILES

These fountains are fun for kids, particularly to cool off when hot during the day and when set to music at night.

3. Masdar City

2.49 MILES

For architecture with a sci-fi vibe make the trip to Masdar City, near Abu Dhabi Airport, touted as the world's first zero-carbon, zero-waste city powered…

4. Yas Marina Circuit

2.56 MILES

Even if you're not in town in November for the Formula One Grand Prix, it's possible to experience Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina track year-round. For a behind…

5. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

3.29 MILES

If you want bragging rights to having 'done' Formula Rossa, the world's fastest roller coaster, visit this indoor (perfect in summer) temple of torque and…

6. Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi

3.53 MILES

The world's first Warner Bros–branded theme park is a hit with kids and adults alike (DC Comics fans, we're talking to you). Spread among six 'Lands' –…

7. Fun Works

3.64 MILES

With 6300 sq metres of bouncy buildings, rides, rooms to reconstruct, play stations and toys, this interactive play space targeted at fun learning is…

8. Al Maqta Fort & Watchtower

5.91 MILES

Despite being one of the oldest sights in Abu Dhabi, this 200-year-old guardian of the city was restored and then more or less abandoned after the…