Take a closer look at the capital

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Abu Dhabi

 

Abu Dhabi is a key social, political and economic centre in the Gulf and wider Middle Eastern region, being the UAE capital and home to President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. As the Emirate has developed over the past half century, steps have been taken to preserve its heritage with a wealth of traditional cultural attractions on offer. It also boasts eye-catching modern architecture. You can’t fail to notice the striking disc-shaped Aldar building in Al Raha beach, for example, and the city has been abuzz with talk of the imposing Gate Towers, Al Reem Island, which are said to have been inspired by the ancient English monument Stonehenge.

 

Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf

 

The city has an international reputation for stadium concerts - Madonna graced Yas Island with her presence in 2012 and grandfathers of rock The Rolling Stones are due to play there next month, with Justin Timberlake and Black Sabbath to follow later in the year.

 

While the city may feel more laid back than Dubai, you would be hard-pushed to find a day when there is not something going on in Abu Dhabi. The Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Tournament wrapped up this week with a surprise victory for Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal, and, the President’s Falconry Cup Competitions are due to reach their conclusion this weekend - these two events being neat examples of the contrasts between old and new in the capital.

 

If golf and falconry are not your things, then there is plenty more on offer with the high-octane roar of Formula 1 returning in November. The event first arrived in the city in 2009 and has become a highlight in the racing calendar for fans from all over the world. Culture vultures will also delight in the Abu Dhabi Festival in March and the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, usually held from the end of October.

 

The city, which is growing faster than ever, is on a series of interlinked islands jutting into the Arabian Gulf. Its coastal geography means there are excellent beaches and the Emirate’s many five star hotels make the most of their waterfront locations.

 

If you are looking to rent or buy property, you will find great variety in terms of price depending on the area you choose.

Al Reem Island

Studios start at AED 70,000 per year and one beds start at AED 79,000. If you are keen to be in the new and much talked about Gate Towers, expect to pay from AED 90,000. Two bedroom apartments can be rented for AED 95,000 in Marina Bay with the most expensive in Sky Tower for AED 178,000.

Hydra Village

A good value area for those content with being a drive from the coast. Two bed townhouses will set you back just AED 75,000 and three beds AED 90,000.

Al Reef

Three bed apartments in Al Reef start at AED 135,000 and four bed townhouses are available from AED 160,000.

Al Raha Beach

If you have cash to spare, try a four bed 4,508 sq. ft. apartment for AED 465,000.

Mohammed bin Zayed City

Five bedroom villas in Ghosen Al Ban Residence start at AED 165,000.

Saadiyat Beach

One of the pinnacles of residential renting in Abu Dhabi, a five bed 12,491 sq. ft. home in the luxurious Saadiyat Beach development will cost AED 850,000.

 

To find out more about living in the capital, call our Better Homes Abu Dhabi Office on +971 2 556 4122 or email customercare@bhomes.com



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