Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi
If you’re looking for a central location, but want to enjoy the best of seaside living, head to Al Raha Beach. Home to three distinct communities – Al Bandar, Al Muneera and Al Zeina – there’s something for everyone.
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. It’s also home to the iconic Aldar headquarters building, the first circular building of its kind in the Middle East. Built along 5.2 million metres of natural beachfront, this community offers a laidback, resort-like lifestyle, with every convenience available.
It’s the perfect choice for those who want a relaxed setting, with fine facilities, yet still want to be centrally located. There are three different communities: Al Bandar, Al Muneera and Al Zeina. Al Bandar boasts a marina and is the most exclusive precinct. It also offers the most in terms of nightlife and, as such, may most appeal to singles and couples. (Mediterranean restaurant and bar Pacifico TIKI, which juts out into the Yas Island Waters, is a popular spot with locals.) Al Muneera and Al Zeina have more to offer families. They’re both quite similar, with each offering a private beach, restaurants and a supermarket. (Tawa Bakery is a great spot for a lazy breakfast with a view in Al Muneera, while Café Firenze is the place for a coffee in Al Zeina.) The main difference between the two areas is the apartment sizes – if you’re looking for more space, choose Al Zeina.