Whether you are considering moving to or travelling in or becoming an Abu Dhabi housesitter with Housesitmatch you need to prepare by investigating the culture, the places to visit and what it might be like to live there. Here we have prepared a short blog to help you savour this stunning though as yet undiscovered gem.
An Abu Dhabi Neighbourhood Guide
Many families from around the world, including the United States, are moving to Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and UAE. It’s also the second-most populous city in the United Arab Emirates behind Dubai.
The population as of 2019 is around 1.45 million people in the urban area.
Due to the thriving economy and rapid development, expats may be calling the area home more often than in the past.
If you’re considering a move to Abu Dhabi for any reason, it can be helpful to have a general overview of some of the residential neighborhoods and what to expect.
The following provides that overview of some of the areas popular among residents, but also visitors.
Saadiyat Island is considered a suburb of Abu Dhabi, but it’s popular for tourists as well. Reasons to consider moving to Saadiyat Island include the many convenient amenities such as supermarkets and public transportation.
One of Abu Dhabi’s top international schools, Cranleigh School, is in Saadiyat Island and there’s a Cleveland Clinic just 20 minutes away.
There are many villas and apartments for rent, and some of them are waterfront.
Saadiyat Island is considered a luxury neighbourhood in Abu Dhabi, so be aware prices could reflect that. It is an extraordinary place to visit in Abu Dhabi housesitter, tourist or resident.
Al Reem Island
Al Reem Island is where you’ll find the financial district of Abu Dhabi. There’s a sense of energy in Al Reem Island, but it also feels very urban.
Al Reem includes commercial buildings as well as residential and retail locations.
Living in Al Reem does provide easy access to Abu Dhabi International Airport, Saadiyat Island, and Al Maryah Island.
There are also a lot of schools making it a top pick for young families.
Currently in development is the Reem Central Park, which will span more than one million square feet and will include abundant recreational opportunities.
Al Raha is another luxurious residential area of Abu Dhabi. It’s a waterfront community that’s largely self-contained. It’s a 10-minute drive to the airport, and there are three different communities within the development, including Al Bandar, Al Meera,and Al Zeina. The latter two tend to be more geared toward families.
Al Muneera and Al Zeina have private beaches, which is rare in Abu Dhabi. Al Bandar, on the other hand, has a large marina.
There are restaurants and nightlife, including family-friendly eateries.
Each individual community of Al Raha has a supermarket, and you can find spas and luxury shops too.
Eventually, Al Raha may include a tram of its own, and water taxis on the canals, although those amenities aren’t yet available.
There are relatively affordable villa options in Khalifa City, making it a great option for families. There are two primary districts in Khalifa City which were known as Khalifa City A and Khalifa City B, but they’re being renamed as Khalifa City and Shakhbout City.
The schools and childcare facilities in Khalifa City are among the best anywhere in the area; there are supermarkets and salons and plenty of other amenities too. Since the schools are so nearby, there aren’t long commutes for drop-offs and pickups.
Mohammed Bin Zayed City
Mohammed Bin Zayed or MBZ City is another family-friendly Abu Dhabi neighborhood. It’s quiet, and it feels residential rather than urban. The traffic is slower since it’s somewhat on the outer edge of the city, and this is where you’ll find some of the most affordable villas for rent.
Some of the words used to describe MBZ City include peaceful and safe. An Abu Dhabi housesitter recently described it to us as very secure.
It’s common to see expats living in this area, including westerners and people from Southeast Asia. It’s a good location if you’re going to work in Dubai as well.
A new mall is being built in MBZ City, and only 11 minutes away is Dalma Mall.
Finally, among western expats in Abu Dhabi, Khalidiya is one of the most popular communities to live. It’s very central, so it puts you near all of the best offerings of Abu Dhabi.
Most of the rental properties in this area are mid-and high-rise apartments—there aren’t many villa options here. Many of the homes do have water views, and it’s near to Abu Dhabi Corniche beach which is beautiful.
If you want a home that’s modern and fully-equipped with plenty of luxurious amenities, that’s what you’ll find in most of the Khalidiya buildings.
While housesittingi in Abu Dhabi is still unusual, with the influx of Western visitors and many choosing to move their lives to the UAE it will become increasingly popular.
Along with the beach and proximity to business districts, Khalidiya has a park, there are a lot of watersports in the area, and residents typically have dedicated parking. There is so much to offer anyone travelling to or living in or housesitting in Abu Dhabi it is worth an adventure to find out why.