Abu Dhabi: The tallest building in Abu Dhabi - formerly known as the World Trade Centre - was named after His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The move is in line with the directives of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and orders of General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The new name ‘Burj Mohammad Bin Rashid’ was announced at the official inauguration of the tower and the adjacent mall on Monday.

The inauguration was attended by Shaikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser and Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council; Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; and Shaikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Economic Department.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the landmark was also attended by officials from the tower’s developer, Aldar Properties, including chief executive officer Mohammad Al Mubarak.

The tower, which stands at 382 metres high, includes 474 residential units set on 92 floors.

The development will also see the opening of the Courtyard Marriott Hotel towards the end of this year.

In his speech, Shaikh Hazza said that the move reflects the sentiments of unity, brotherhood, love and pride among all Emiratis as Shaikh Mohammad is an internationally acclaimed UAE leader who is well known for his rich and unique contributions and vision, which have reflected positively on the country’s march of development and prosperity.

“This historical moment signifies the successful march undertaken by Emiratis in building their country and raising its flag high since the country was founded by the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates. It is also the moment when Emiratis express their great pride in their leader Shaikh Khalifa, who continued the march of development and achievements alongside Shaikh Mohammad.

— With inputs from WAM