Apples New Store Apple Al Maryah Island In Abu Dhabi Features Some Stunning Design Elements


Apple opens its new store in Apple Al Maryah Island, the prestigious financial district of Abu Dhabi. Elevated above the promenade, the store marks a distinctive new presence as a glistening pearl atop a cascading black water feature. The Apple Al Maryah Island is designed in a close association between a globally renowned architecture and engineering studio -Foster + Partners and Apples design teams. The latest addition to the convoy of Apple stores in the Emirates, Apple Al Maryah will be a new creative hub and a desirable destination for the area. The store contains all the latest, uniquely covetous Apple hardware — including iPads, MacBooks, iPhones, AirPods, Apple Watches, and much more. Read more about the project below at SURFACES REPORTER (SR):


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The store creates a direct connection between the mall and the water’s edge, activating the promenade and the public plaza.

Spectacular Cascading Water Feature

Positioned on top of a new stepped pyramid cascading water feature paved with Absolute Black granite stone, the pure rectilinear glazed building creates a direct connection between the waters edge and the mall. Two external entrance ramps cut through the water and direct customers flawlessly into the store, connecting the store, mall, and promenade.


 “The design of Apple Al Maryah Island is all about the view of the extraordinary skyline of Abu Dhabi and creating an experiential route for visitors, as they walk through surrounded by the calming water and mirrors. It seeks to draw the vitality of the waterfront promenade through the site and into the store, blurring the boundaries between inside and outside, and generating an exhilarating and inspirational Apple store, said Stefan Behling, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners.


Shoppers can reach the mall through a shimmering stainless-steel portal, covered by the highest sounds of the water jets that rushes down over the exterior glass walls. 

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Sleek and Well-Lit Interiors

The store boasts sleek light-filled glazed interiors, boasting panoramic views of the coastline and the city of Abu Dhabi beyond.

apple-al-maryah-island-opens-in-abu-dhabiWrapping with glass from all sides, the structure has a contrasting metallic entrance portal. It has pastel hues throughout, imitating the personal shades of a pearls shine. " The Forum is located towards the east, with Apple Avenues flanking the northern and southern ends of the store. Display tables are nestled amongst the Ficus trees, adding greenery to the interior."

Mirrored Foil Ceiling Creates A Kaleidoscopic Effect

Inside the store, a 72-feet long jointless mirror foil ceiling adds drama to the space – a single uninterrupted plane that creates a kaleidoscopic effect, with the water falling down the walls, and reflections travelling infinitely up towards the sky. 

apple-al-maryah-island-opens-in-abu-dhabiIn addition, the store is one of the first in the region that also features an innovative radiant floor system combined with displacement ventilation that helps cool the building. The generous 19-foot (5.75-metre) floor-to-ceiling height lends a sense of spaciousness, with the stretched gold fabric ceiling enhancing the acoustics of the space. 

Project Details

Architecture Firm: Foster + Partners
Client: Apple
Appointment: 2015
Completion: 2022

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