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The capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi is pushing forward with its modernization and commercialization. This forward-thinking cultural capital has seen a recent property and development boom transform its landscape into a cosmopolitan metropolis.
Unlike Dubai, the city remains a hidden international gem in the Emirates region offering beautiful beaches, lush green spaces, world-class resorts, and the popular Formula 1 racetrack. Large projects are sprouting up as the city gains mass tourism appeal such as the glorious Saadiyat Island development which is set to launch extensions of the Guggenheim and Louvre Museums.
In the heart of the Gulf, Abu Dhabi has been growing at a rapid rate making it appealing for foreign investors and for real estate. It features several man-made islands with a bespoke Ferrari theme park in Yas Island, whilst modern high-rise buildings are emerging around the Corniche area. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the third biggest global mosque is situated here with Abu Dhabi airport around 30 kilometers from the CityCentre.
Attracting more than two million visitors in 2018, year on year increases are being seen because of the added tourist interest in exclusive events such as the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and Abu Dhabi Food Festival.
Learn more about the Abu Dhabi property market through trends and average prices.
There are an abundance of properties in Abu Dhabi to choose ranging from stylish condo units to townhouses, apartments and villas. Many are based in and around the bustling business district.
Among varied units, investors can rent or buy one to three bedroom apartments as well as studios and breathtaking penthouses with panoramic views. There are also a collection of luxury villas available in bigger developments that are dotted around the city.
With many furnished and unfurnished villas available, these can usually be either freestanding or found in specific residential blocks or areas with up to six or seven bedrooms. Take for example the majestic four bedroom, four bathroom villa in Eastern Mangrove Corniche Road. Some of the most popular villa developments in Abu Dhabi include Al Raha Gardens and Mohammed bin Zayed City.
As the city develops, so does the potential for business and foreign investment with a host of retail outlets and office space. These are mainly located in the UAE’s glamorous shopping centres or in the business district with plenty of office spaces.
When it comes to rentals in Abu Dhabi, investors can select from numerous areas such as Al Reef which provides a collection of mid-range properties. Al Khalidiya, Al Ghadeer and Al Reem Island are also popular choices and house the 74-storey Sky Tower, Marina Square and Saddiyat Island developments. The latter is considered to be one of the most high-end districts in Abu Dhabi ideal for large villas, luxury five-star hotels and glorious shorelines.
Other areas which are becoming increasingly appealing include Mangrove Village, Raha Beach Area, Al Bandar and Al Zeina. Al Raha is where you will find plush Emirati style villas and a wealth of beautiful properties. Its waterside location gives The Corniche a prime spot with azure-colored waters not to mention tree-lined boulevards filled with cafes and powdery-white sand. Popular areas here include Al Zahiyah and Al Markaziyah brimming with residential properties and its plethora of restaurants, malls and pulsating nightlife.
Al Reef enjoys an urban vibe providing a gateway to exploring the rest of Abu Dhabi. Filled with sophisticated townhouses, this particular district has numerous public parks, designer stores and several dining options. Towards the north east of downtown Abu Dhabi close to the stock exchange in Sowwah Square lies Al Maryah Island. This up and coming area is steadily growing into a modern cityscape boasting incredible shopping opportunities and cutting edge technology.
Another fast growing neighborhood can be found in Khalifa City located just outside of the city Centre. There has been growing interest in this area thanks to its variety of tranquil parks, restaurants, stunning properties and upmarket shops.
Abu Dhabi is opening its doors to a host of museum projects as it strives to become a cultural spearhead. Discover opulent architecture at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque which is a feat of contemporary Islamic architecture.
Experience thrills and spills at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix racing track, Warner Brothers World or Ferrari World with its high speed Formula Rossa roller coaster. For sun-seekers, head to Al Bateen or the recently developed Hudayriat Island where you can sit back among swathes of golden sand. Discover authentic souks or take advantage of Abu Dhabi’s premier retail therapy in one of its expansive malls.
Go off road with a desert safari tour or spot wildlife at Abu Dhabi's Mangrove National Park. A real triumph in biodiversity, it showcases herons, scuttling crabs, flamingos, salt marshes, mangrove forests, and indigenous trees are a habitat for foxes and turtles among others.
Family orientated, Sharjah has a rich Islamic culture packed with stunning architecture and museums. This forward-thinking emirate has a broad selection of distractions such as the Central Souk filled with 600-plus stores and the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization. Discover 150-plus species of fish at Sharjah’s Aquarium or explore Al Noor Island with an incredible 500 exotic butterflies and beautifully manicured gardens.
Enjoy family fun activities at Adventure Land with an indoor jungle gym, amusement style rides and go-karts whilst culture-vultures can uncover ancient Bedouin history at Mlehia. The Museum of Calligraphy is the only museum in the region dedicated to this particular art with many precious exhibits on display.
For animal enthusiasts, the Arabian Wildlife Centre is an expansive site accommodating 100-plus species. Opened in 1999, this zoo has an aviary with a vast number of creatures including cheetahs, wolves, deer, hyenas, and scorpions among others.