They claim an attention all their own: enigmatic, tall, almost identical office buildings - one 36 storeys high
the other 30 storeys - obsidian megaliths left over from before the time the sands overtook the UAE peninsu
la. But these are too sleek for a Palaeolithic origin. Although they are like no other Muslim building anywhere,
their shapes are redolent of classical Islamic form: the pointed arch, the systematic detailing of the external
glass cladding. It is what their architect Andrew Bromberg of Aedas describes as a case of 'playing into Islamic
moves without being too literal.'