Where to live in Abu Dhabi

Time Out offers you tips on where to live in Abu Dhabi, including the best areas and average prices for one and two bedroom apartments

Moving to Abu Dhabi

Saadiyat Beach Residences
Hundreds of high-end homes can be found on a beautiful beachside location in this gated community. The area is made up of one- to four-bedroom homes, which are all set across six low-rise buildings.

A range of communal facilities include a swimming pool, tennis court and gym, as well as a children’s playground and a barbecue area. There is also easy access to the white sands of Saadiyat Beach and the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club designed by one of the icons of the sport, Gary Player. International five-star resorts such as The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort and Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi are also close by if you ever need a break from your own life of luxury.

Current average price:
One-bed: From Dhs120-130,000.
Two-bed: From Dhs165-185,000.

Saadiyat Beach Villas
An exclusive neighbourhood made up of a collection of spacious villas and townhouses that come in a range of sizes – from three-bedroom homes through to large six-bedroom properties. The area has its own community facilities, from parks with play areas for children, to swimming pools and gyms. The properties are designed and constructed in a choice of Arabian, Mediterranean and contemporary styles. The release of the new district of SBR17 this year added another 30 percent to the stock here. That has been largely taken up now, but at a cost of cutting prices.

Current average price:
Three-bed house: From Dhs300-400,000.
Four-bed house: From Dhs300-450,000.
Five-bed house: From Dhs450-700,000.

Al Reem Island
This island development has experienced some growing pains that will make a move here less costly than in the past. Supply is currently outstripping demand, with the result that there are some good deals to be struck as rent prices fall. The island is divided into three areas; Pearl of the Emirates, which occupies over half of the space with its 15 towers and five-star hotel; Al Shams, complete with the eye-catching Gateway Towers and the striking cylindrical Solitaire building; and Najmat, a waterside community set to eventually accommodate 80,000 people. When completed, the mega project will contain schools and medical clinics. A 27-hole golf course is planned and a mall is also set to open in 2018.

Current average price:
From Dhs60-70,000.
One-bed: From Dhs80-100,000.
Two-bed: From Dhs115-140,000.

A multicultural population has forged a strong community feel in a varied neighbourhood featuring high-rise apartment blocks and upscale compounds in Khalidiya Village. Parking can be a troublesome issue here  but there are attractions  to make up for any motoring headaches that may come your way. As well as an array of eateries on the doorstep, residents can enjoy a stroll onto The Corniche, head down to Khalidiya Garden for some reflection or relaxation, or head to the mall for some shopping. With plenty of the amenities within walking distance, this is a great  spot to lay down roots if you plan to make your way through the city on foot.
Khalidiya is well populated by the upper echelons of the oil sector and securing a home here does not come cheap, but property prices have fallen in line with the decline in prices in the industry.

Current average price:
Three-bed house: From Dhs220-250,000.
Four-bed house: From Dhs230-350,000.
Five-bed house: From Dhs300-400,000.

The Corniche
The layoffs in the oil sector have hit the area around the Sheikh Khalifa Energy Complex the hardest. Traditionally the home  for people working in the petro carbons industry, The Corniche is feeling their pain. But if you can bag a bargain here, you’ll be right in the heart of the action. The Corniche is a lovely place to walk or cycle along, while bustling Al Markaziyah is just a couple of minutes away. And you’ve got some big hotels nearby, such as the Sofitel, Le Royal Méridien and Crowne Plaza. You certainly won’t be bored around here.

Current average price:
Studio: From Dhs60-70,000.
One-bed: From Dhs95-135,000.
Two-bed: From Dhs130-175,000.

Al Reef Downtown
Located in the heart of Al Reef, this is a collection of apartment properties. Living quarters are spacious, with one- to four-bedroom homes available. Studio apartments can also be obtained. The area benefits from a healthy selection of dining options, independent shops and a communal green space – albeit made out of plastic – next to the plaza. Traditionally a more modestly priced option, moving to Downtown will help your cash to go further.

Current average price:
Studio: From Dhs60-70,000.
One-bed: From Dhs80-90,000.
Two-bed: From Dhs100-110,000.

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