Al Maryah Island (formerly Sowwah Island) is a 114 hectare mixed-use development, designated by the emirate's Urban Planning Council to be the capital's Central Business District. The island is being developed in three phases. The first phase, Sowwah Square, will provide 450,000 sqm of office, hotel and retail space.
The island occupies a unique location at a midpoint between Abu Dhabi's existing downtown district, the upcoming developments at Al Reem Island and Mina Zayed, and the new cultural district on Saadiyat Island. In this strategic position it creates a natural hub for Abu Dhabi - a vibrant core, combined with landmark architecture, seamlessly integrated into the fabric of the city by state-of-the-art, multi-tiered transport infrastructure.