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6 of the Best Parts of Abu Dhabi to Get a Home or Villa In

Abu Dhabi is a grand, wonderful city, so it can be difficult to figure out what parts of it are the best. Don't worry; we've got you covered.

Abu Dhabi's one of the world's most prosperous cities, but it's not all about oil in this emirate. During 2019, over 59% of Abu Dhabi's GDP resulted from activities outside the realm of oil, such as industry, commerce, and tourism.

The variety of opportunities to find prosperity in this growing city's one of the major drawcards for people from all over the world to make a home in the capital of the UAE.

If you're one of these fortune seekers looking for a place to call home in Abu Dhabi, these are the best places to start.  

1. Yas Island

Yas Island's the best-known and most sought-after neighborhood for real estate in all of Abu Dhabi. It's home to the Yas Island F1 circuit and draws millions of visitors every year.

The area also has outstanding options for nightlife and is home to one of the most famous malls in Abu Dhabi, namely Yas Mall with its incredible dancing fountains.

Other entertainment options include Yas Waterworld Park, Warner Bros, a championship golf course, and Ferrari World.

Yas Island boasts a convenient location just 15-minutes' drive from the city center and has a solid transport infrastructure for commuters.

The island also has four excellent schools and two top-class healthcare facilities. Some of the best places to live on Yas Island include:

  • Yas Acres Villas
  • Mayan
  • West Yas Villas
  • Water's Edge

Yas Island's the ultimate destination for those seeking a luxury destination where there's always something on the go. 

2. Saadiyat Island

Saadiyat Island’s awash with culture and entertainment and home to the cultural hub, Manarat Al Saadiyat.

You’ll also find another of Abu Dhabi’s biggest cultural drawcards here, namely the Louvre Abu Dhabi as well as an excellent golf club, and the Monte-Carlo Beach Club.

Saadiyat’s conveniently located about a 20-minute drive from the city center.

Some of Saadiyat Island’s other attractions include award-winning restaurants, museums, and art galleries. Education facilities run the full gamut from nursery school to the Campus Center and NYU Abu Dhabi.

Some of the best places to live on Saadiyat Island include:

  • Jawaher Saadiyat villas
  • Saadiyat Beach residences and villas
  • Saadiyat Reserve
  • Soho Square residences

In Arabic, Saadiyat Island means the Island of Happiness and this top-notch luxury destination certainly lives up to its name. 

3. Al Reem Island

This is a top spot for business people looking for a home in Abu Dhabi. It’s a free zone where foreigners may buy properties as a leasehold and also boasts the ideal environment for work and play.

Al Reem’s only 600 meters off Abu Dhabi’s northeastern coast, close to Mangrove National Park and  Qasr Al Bahr.

Some of the best things to do on Al Reem Island include seven plush malls, visiting the dancing fountain at Reem Central park and relaxing at Gateway Park. You’ll find no shortage of wonderful café’s and coffee shops here too.

There are two schools on the island as well as a hospital and orthopedic surgery. A bus service connects Al Reem with major spots in the city.

The top places to look for property in Al Reem include:

  • The Bridges
  • Meera Shams
  • Gate Tower
  • Marina Bay
  • The Arc Tower

Al Reem Island’s considered the gold standard in master developments and is expertly laid out with wonderful views over the Abu Dhabi skyline.

4. Al Reef

Al Reef’s conveniently located close to the Abu Dhabi International airport just on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. It’s one of the city’s closest neighborhoods for access to Dubai if you need to commute to this city.

Some of the area's best facilities include the Al Reef Club and the Super Kids Entertainment complex. You’ll also find a host of restaurants and cafes in the area and easy access to Zayed Sports City by bus.

Schools in this part of the world include Al Reef Institute, Al Shohub School, and the International School of Choueifat. There are three excellent hospitals nearby too.

There are two choices when shopping for somewhere to stay in Al Reef, namely Al reef villas or downtown apartments. 

You villa options include:

  • Al Reef Arabian Villas
  • Al Reef Desert Villas
  • Al Reef Meditteranean Villas

Al Reef's an exceptionally pretty, spacious, and luxurious choice for discerning tenants. 

5. Al Raha

This up-and-coming luxury residential neighborhood's one of the latest additions to the bustling city of Abu Dhabi. It’s an excellent destination for ex-pats in close proximity to Khalifa City and 25-munites drive from Abu Dhabi.

Here you’ll find numerous entertainment options like beaches, golf clubs, and sailing clubs as well as paint of restaurants and cafes to fill your leisure hours.

There are one school and one shopping center in the area as well as two hospitals and a pharmacy.

The best places to live in Al Raha include Al Raha Beach and Al Raha Gardens.  

6. Al Maryah Island

Al Maryah Island’s financial free zone's where new businesses will find all the growth and exposure they seek. It’s considered Abu Dhabi’s most prestigious new business district and boasts numerous five-star hotels, exclusive shopping centers, and world-class entertainment.

You’ll find a host of elite restaurants and bars in this part of town as well as swish boutiques. It’s home to INSEAD Middle East Campus and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi too.

Al Maryah Vista Residence is a top pick if you're looking for accommodation in Al Maryah Island.

Finding the Perfect Abu Dhabi Properties For Sale

Abu Dhabi offers a world of opportunity for both locals and ex-pats wanting to make a success of their life. If you're one of the lucky people considering a move to this thriving city, you can start your search for accommodation right here on our website. 

Be sure to check out our pages offering properties for rent as well as properties for sale near the bustling, vibrant city of Abu Dhabi. Alternatively, get in touch to discuss your property needs. 

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