Observation Deck at 300 - Jumeirah at Etihad Towers (Abu Dhabi)

Observation Deck at 300, like it's name suggests, is an observation desk located at the 74th floor of the 2nd Tower, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. It is also home to an iconic 5-star 280m tall luxury hotel right next door.
Did you know: The Etihad Towers are an integral part of the Abu Dhabi skyline and most famously featured in the  movie Fast & Furious 7. No wonder I found it familiar.
Etihad Towers. Image from Jumeirah at Etihad Towers website

Guests of the hotel have complimentary access to Observation Deck at 300, while outside guests can visit for a fee of AED 75. The fee includes a ticket and a AED 50 voucher which you can use for the cafe for food and beverages.

After about an hour's drive from the office during, we arrived at the hotel lobby and we were slightly awestruck. The lobby was bright with natural lighting streaming through the generous glass panels, accentuated the glimmering marble floor and chandeliers, giving off a luxurious vibe. 

With ticket in hand, we made our way up to the observation deck to the cafe on the 74th floor. I have to admit, this observation deck is one of the most luxurious ones that I have been to and the views are simply stunning.

Observation Deck at 300 - Jumeirah at Etihad Towers (Abu Dhabi)
Observation Deck at 300

There was a moderate crowd which was more interested in the views than sitting, so there was ample of seating to enjoy the view, rest or even have a light bite was ample. 😎

Observation Deck at 300 - Jumeirah at Etihad Towers (Abu Dhabi)

Observation Deck at 300 - Jumeirah at Etihad Towers (Abu Dhabi)

Besides the large glass panels offering an excellent view looking out to the skyline of Abu Dhabi, there are also binoculars to enhance the experience. The sun was out and shining feircely that day, so it was slightly challenging taking photos without any reflections, but without further ado, here is a glimpse of the view that day:

UAE Presidential Palace (white, background) and Emirates Palaces (tan, foreground)
UAE Presidential Palace (white, background) and Emirates Palaces (tan, foreground)
Close up of Emirates Palaces
Close up of Emirates Palaces
Observation Deck at 300 - Jumeirah at Etihad Towers (Abu Dhabi)
Buildings in a distance surrounded by water
Observation Deck at 300 - Jumeirah at Etihad Towers (Abu Dhabi)
Another view
Observation Deck at 300 - Jumeirah at Etihad Towers (Abu Dhabi)
Developing is still ongoing, and they are even reclaiming land.
Observation Deck at 300 - Jumeirah at Etihad Towers (Abu Dhabi)
Where development and modernness meet, an ever changing landscape
Observation Deck at 300 - Jumeirah at Etihad Towers (Abu Dhabi)
Same view minus the tint. It's like Sentosa Cove in the city.
Observation Deck at 300 - Jumeirah at Etihad Towers (Abu Dhabi)
Skyline of Abu Dabi
View of the UAE Presidential Palace and Emirates Palace
Spectacular view of tall modern buildings and intertwining roads, with the sea in the background.

It was soon time to fill the stomach and the food voucher came in handy. I ordered a salmon sandwich and a glass of coke. There were sandwiches and cakes within the price range, but how could I resist a salmon sandwich? πŸ˜†

Observation Deck at 300 - Jumeirah at Etihad Towers (Abu Dhabi)
Food

The AED 50 food voucher was not enough and I had to top up an extra AED 15 more. Prices are pricey and taste-wise, while the food was acceptable, it certainly was not outstanding.  However, for the experience, it's alright to spurge a little bit once in a while besides the spectacular view enhanced the experience. 

On a side note, service was a little slow. It took like forever for the food to arrive and an eternity when we called for the bill. But otherwise, if you ever are in Abu Dhabi, this is definitely one attraction you should visit for the fantastic view and ambience. 😍
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