Sheikh Zayed Bridge

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Sheikh Zayed Bridge
Sheikh Zayed Bridge - Abu Dhabi, UAE.jpg
Coordinates 24°25′26″N 54°29′10″E / 24.4238°N 54.4860°E / 24.4238; 54.4860Coordinates: 24°25′26″N 54°29′10″E / 24.4238°N 54.4860°E / 24.4238; 54.4860
Carries 4 lanes each way
Crosses Khor Al Maqta
Locale Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Owner Abu Dhabi Municipality
Design Suspended deck / Arch bridge
Material Prestressed concrete
Total length 842 m (2,762 ft)
Longest span 140 m (460 ft)
No. of spans 11
Clearance above 16 m (52 ft)
Architect Zaha Hadid Architects
Designer Lighting design by Rogier van der Heide
Engineering design by Rendel( formerly High Point Rendel / Rendel Palmer and Tritton)
Buckland & Taylor Ltd.
DME Geotech
Constructed by Archirodon
Six Construct Ltd.
Construction start 2007
Construction end 2010
Construction cost US$300 million
Opened 28 November 2010

Sheikh Zayed Bridge is an arch bridge in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Named after the country's principal architect and former president Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the 842-metre-long (2,762 ft) bridge is said to be the most intricate bridge ever constructed. Its curved design arches evoke undulating sand dunes of the desert.

The bridge features – besides its striking architecture – a dynamic lighting design that is based on subtle colours that flow across the bridge's spine, symbolising the connecting nature of the bridge and the energy that the capital city Abu Dhabi radiates.[2]

The bridge is the third traffic route connecting the mainland to the island of Abu Dhabi and the new main gateway over the Maqtah channel. The bridge was designed by architect Zaha Hadid as the grandeur landmark for the UAE's capital city.[3]



  1. ^ Sheikh Zayed Bridge at Structurae
  2. ^ "A holistic approach to lighting lets Sheikh Zayed Bridge (Abu Dhabi) shine". Rogier van der Heide. February 26, 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2013. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Architecture: Sheikh Zayed Bridge". Zaha Hadid Architects. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 

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