Knowing an area and the surrounding localities is key before putting any money to it. It’s a universal property truth regardless of which city or country you are interested in. But if you desire to buy property in Abu Dhabi, with a good choice of both apartments and villa communities. Here are our top picks of areas in the capital that will prove to be sound investments-

  • Al Reem Island

Just off the Abu Dhabi coast is one of the city’s latest and most prominent developments. Al Reem Island is a world-class waterfront development which is comprised of several residential, commercial and business projects. It is connected to the mainland by a couple of bridges, and is just 20 minutes away from the Abu Dhabi International Airport. And unlike many other island developments in the UAE, Al Reem is a natural one, giving you a truly authentic island experience. The island is home to posh, modern accommodation that offer breathtaking views of either the sea or the city, plentiful retail options and exhilarating dining experiences. The residential units vary from high-end living to more economical options, but all of them come with great finishing regardless.

Al Reem Island was built with communal, family living in mind. To that end, there are several top-end schools on the island. There’s the British curriculum-following Repton School Abu Dhabi, for example. And for younger children, Mosaic Nursery is always a great option. And who can forget the prestigious Paris-Sorbonne University at the heart of the island?

All in all, Al Reem Island is a fantastic option for young professionals and families alike, and offers the rare authentic island experience.

  • Al Reef

Al Reef is a residential community just to the north of the Abu Dhabi International Airport. Located on the outskirts of the capital city, it is perfect for those seeking a quiet lifestyle while still being connected to the city. Al Reef comprises of four villages (Contemporary, Desert, Arabian and Mediterranean) full of villas surrounding a central complex of apartments and retail options.  The villas themselves come in 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom varieties, depending on the village. The average price for a 3 bed villa in the area is around 1,700,000, while that of a 5 bed villa is 2,597,000. There is a ‘downtown’ area in the community which is home to apartments as well.

Amenities are well developed, and the residential community plays host to several parks, health clubs, educational and medical facilities. The area is a little light on retail but serve’s one’s basic needs. Larger supermarkets such as Carrefour, Spinney’s and Geant are a short drive away.

  • Saadiyat Island

Another island, Saadiyat is about a 7 minute drive from downtown Abu Dhabi. It is fast turning into one of the city’s most premier leisure, residential, business and cultural hub. Residents will be proud to share the island with illustrious neighbors, such as the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. While Saadiyat is mostly a villa community, it is also populated by several low rise apartment buildings. Other attractions include the sprawling Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, the region’s first ocean course, two world-class hotels (St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi and Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi) as well as the beautiful turquoise waters of the Saadiyat beach itself. Lucky visitors who are on a short term stay can also catch a glimpse of the endangered Hawksbill turtles and their hatchlings. You can search for properties and villas for sale in Saadiyat Island.

Living on the island is a sublime experience, fit for those who are fans of art and beach-side life.

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