There was another building called the world trade center in the world. At 382 meters, the World Trade Center Abu Dhabi was the tallest tower in a city of tall towers. But now, the WTC Abu Dhabi will be called the 'Burj Mohammad Bin Rashid' after the Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
There was a tower on a plain in Shinar several thousand years ago. It was built as a testimony to mankind's arrogance. God confused the languages and stopped the building of that tower. But that did not put an end to man's arrogance. Nor did it end the building of towers "whose top will reach into heaven" as a testimony to that arrogance.
“But you said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne above the stars of God,
And I will sit on the mount of assembly
In the recesses of the north.
‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’
“Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol,
To the recesses of the pit.
Abu Dhabi’s tallest tower named Burj Mohammad Bin Rashid
Abu Dhabi: The tallest building in Abu Dhabi - formerly known as the World Trade Centre - was named after His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The move is in line with the directives of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and orders of General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
The new name ‘Burj Mohammad Bin Rashid’ was announced at the official inauguration of the tower and the adjacent mall on Monday.
The inauguration was attended by Shaikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser and Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council; Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; and Shaikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Economic Department.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the landmark was also attended by officials from the tower’s developer, Aldar Properties, including chief executive officer Mohammad Al Mubarak.
The tower, which stands at 382 metres high, includes 474 residential units set on 92 floors.
The development will also see the opening of the Courtyard Marriott Hotel towards the end of this year.
In his speech, Shaikh Hazza said that the move reflects the sentiments of unity, brotherhood, love and pride among all Emiratis as Shaikh Mohammad is an internationally acclaimed UAE leader who is well known for his rich and unique contributions and vision, which have reflected positively on the country’s march of development and prosperity.
“This historical moment signifies the successful march undertaken by Emiratis in building their country and raising its flag high since the country was founded by the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates. It is also the moment when Emiratis express their great pride in their leader Shaikh Khalifa, who continued the march of development and achievements alongside Shaikh Mohammad.