Location      Abudhabi, UAE
Total GFA    7,000 sq.m
Status          Unbuilt
Client          Etihad Airlines | ©GAJ

Interior Design
Landscape Design

Principle Architect

Mouaz Abouzaid

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is between many things an airline hub due to its national and international connections, but particularly locates Etihad Airways. Etihad’s fleet of 66 aircraft operates more than a thousand flights per week, serving an international network of 84 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. Etihad Airways also owns nearly 30% of Air Berlin, Europe’s sixth largest carrier, and 40% of Air Seychelles. Needless to say, the Etihad Headquarters reflect nothing short of the airline’s power in travelling, and international as well as home connections.

The headquarters have basement used for parking, while the ground floor acts as the arrival point. A courtyard can be found in the center of the building used as a terminal for crew members, alongside housing on the ground floor for them as well. This level also holds traditional arrival and departure facilities. Equipped with rooms, duty-free shopping, luggage handling spaces, customs and immigration facilities between other structures, the Etihad Headquarter connect with the Abu Dhabi Airport through an overground bridge. A separate building linked to the HQ as well, funcions to provide the crew with health and leisure facilities such as running tracks, swimming pools, and a health club. It also includes supermarkets, laundry facilities, a spa, an auditorium, food courts, and banks.

The remaining floors above the ground, planned around a grand atrium capped with a skylight, are occupied by Etihad Airways staff and employees. The top floor is dedicated to the management overlooking the runway and airport, as well as all aircraft movement. The floors below are offices with high-end facilities essential to the modern workplaces. The Etihad Headquarters function to address all aspects of air travel for its staff and crew, making their work experience as optimized, relaxed, convenient, and modern as possible.

Study model shows possible forms of the courtyard and its locations in a building.