The 10 best places to live in Abu Dhabi (2023)

  • Better Informed
  • 14 Feb, 2023
The 10 best places to live in Abu Dhabi (2023)

With world-class infrastructure, stunning architecture, and so many amazing things to do, Abu Dhabi is becoming an increasingly popular place to live. But, in such a bustling city, it can be hard to decide where to live. 

Abu Dhabi has an amazing selection of living options. So whether you're looking for a cosy studio apartment, luxury villa or a stunning waterfront home, you'll find the property for you.

If you're struggling to decide where to live, then here is a handy guide to the 12 best places to live in Abu Dhabi, based on factors like location, amenities and community. 


Best Places To Live in Abu Dhabi

1 - Yas Island

In just eight years, Yas Island has gone from being a dry barren land to a desirable urban hub bubbling day and night with tourists and residents. The area is a multi-purpose entertainment, leisure, residential and retail district, with something to suit everyone's taste. Here you'll find Ferrari World, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Waterworld, Yas Links Golf, and Yas Mall, the largest mall in Abu Dhabi. 

If you've got kids, then there are great schools, like Sabis International School and Aldar Academy, and they'll love Yas Beach. Plus, you're only 10 minute drive from Abu Dhabi Airport, and well-connected to other parts of the city. 

If you're looking for a community where there are always things to do, and an abundance of retail, dining and recreation options, then Yas Island could be the perfect option. 


2 - Saadiyat Island

Saadiyat Island is the cultural hub of Abu Dhabi, home to several renowned museums and art galleries, including the Zayed National Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Here you'll also find the Manarat Al Saadiyat, an art and culture centre featuring art, music, theatre and live events. 

As one of the most prestigious neighbourhoods in the capital, Saadiyat island offers a mix of upscale villas, townhouses and some low-rise apartments. Whilst you won't find as many recreation and retail options as Yas Island, Saadiyat Island is home to Saadiyat Public Beach, offering 400 meters of pristine turquoise water, perfect for a relaxing day at the beach. You're also well connected to the rest of Abu Dhabi, located just 7 minutes from Downtown Abu Dhabi and 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi airport, 


3 - Al Reem Island

Al Reem Island is a fast-developing island, boasting luxurious residential towers and modern amenities such as shopping malls, restaurants, and recreational facilities. The island is a popular destination for ex-pats seeking a high-end lifestyle and a peaceful environment. The beaches around the island offer stunning views of the Arabian Gulf, making it an ideal place to enjoy a walk or a swim. With its strategic location, Al Reem Island offers easy access to the central business district and other important areas of Abu Dhabi.


4 - Al Maryah Island

Al Maryah Island, in the heart of Abu Dhabi's central business district, is a prestigious community, known for its high-end shopping, dining and hotels. With its stunning waterfront promenade, lush green spaces, and iconic architecture, Al Maryah Island has become a popular destination for both locals and tourists seeking a vibrant urban lifestyle. 


5 - Tourist Club

The Tourist Club is one of Abu Dhabi's most lively communities. Home to a fantastic selection of unique restaurants, shops and bars, Tourist Club also sits near the Corniche, a scenic waterfront promenade, which is a popular spot for jogging, cycling, and walking. The community is also home to several landmarks, such as the Abu Dhabi Mall and the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation. The majority of homes in this community are high-rise apartment buildings. 


6 - Khalifa City

If you're looking for a quiet, calm community, that remains close to Abu Dhabi's main attractions, then Khalifa City could be perfect for you. Primarily a villa community, you'll find all the services and facilities that you might expect. Khalifa City is known for its many parks and open spaces, providing residents with ample opportunities to engage in outdoor activities. The area boasts several large shopping centres, such as the Khalifa City Souk and the newly opened My City Centre Masdar, offering a wide range of retail and entertainment options. There are also great schools and restaurants, and the area offers easy access to Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Airport, and Dubai. 


7 - Al Khalidiyah

Al Khalidiyah is a vibrant suburb, known for its bustling streets, high-end apartments, and diverse community. Al Khalidiyah is home to several popular landmarks, including the Khalidiyah Mall, and a rich cultural heritage. Al Khalidiyah is also renowned for its cosmopolitan character, with a diverse mix of nationalities. There are excellent transport links, including the nearby Corniche Road, which connects residents to other key locations in the city. With its prime location, rich cultural heritage, and diverse community, Al Khalidiyah is one of Abu Dhabi's most sought-after neighbourhoods. 


8 - Al Raha 

Home to three distinct communities – Al Bandar, Al Muneera and Al Zeina – there’s something for everyone in Al Raha. Ideally situated, Al Raha Beach is just across the water from Yas Island with its theme parks and mega-mall; a 10-minute drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport; and close to the main road access to both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Built along 5.2 million metres of natural beachfront, this community offers a laidback, resort-like lifestyle with every convenience available.


9 - Mohammed Bin Zayed City

Mohammed Bin Zayed City is a popular community amongst ex-pats and Emiratis due to its spacious properties and affordable prices. There are several large shopping centers, including the Deerfields Mall and Mazyad Mall and several public parks and open spaces. With its growing popularity, Mohammed bin Zayed City is quickly becoming one of Abu Dhabi's most sought-after residential communities, particularly for those seeking an affordable and family-friendly lifestyle.


10 - Al Reef

Al Reef is a popular residential community on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. The area features a variety of residential options, including apartments, townhouses, and villas, with several amenities designed for family living. The community is known for its tranquil and family-friendly environment, with numerous parks, playgrounds, and swimming pools spread across the neighborhood. Al Reef is conveniently located near several supermarkets, cafes, and restaurants, as well as medical centers and schools.


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