Remember the future of yesteryear? It was supposed to include flying cars, humanoid robots and architecture that looked like it came out of a sci-fi illustrator's sketchbook. Society hasn't done very well on the car or robot servant front, but it turns out there are plenty of UFO-inspired buildings that keep the future (as imagined by the past) alive. In honor of the flying saucer-like craft that landed atop a newly constructed building in China's Shandong province, come along on a tour of some of the world's coolest UFO-like buildings.
Al Raha Beach Hotel (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Okay, so this technically doesn't look like a flying saucer. But what if aliens decided to descend in mirrored discs, instead? If they did, they'd likely use a structure that looks a lot like the one that caps off this five-star hotel in Abu Dhabi. Boasting crystal-clear beach waters and plenty of upscale perks, the hotel would make a comfy place to lay your head—and dream of a future in which our alien overlords show off their great taste in buildings.