Abu Dhabi is a city of over a million souls, a thriving metropolis growing at a fantastic rate. Over the years it has evolved to cater for all of its inhabitants – so whatever your lifestyle, Abu Dhabi has the perfect place for you to live.
Where to Live in Abu Dhabi
Cultural: Saadiyat Island currently has the lovely Manarat al Saadiyat and the Louvre (due 2015), Guggenheim (due 2017) and New York University are not far behind. Add to this the Hawksbill Turtle sanctuary just next to the Saadiyat Beach Golf Course and you have one of the most idyllic places to live in the Emirate.
Dining: Downtown still offers the best and most eclectic range of dining options through the more traditional hotels. The Crown Plaza, the Royal Meridien and the Beach Rotana all offer great fine dining. For us the Beajolais is a wonderful “off the track” French restaurant in the Mercure on Hamdan Street, and if you want something a little more upmarket …. the view from the turning restaurant Al Fanr in the Royal Meridien compliments the excellent food.
Nightlife: Yas Island is where all the latest bars and clubs have sprung up. Stills and the Y-Bar are still favourites and Rush and Allure are the clubs to be seen at.
Sport: Zayed Sports City area, it’s all in the name. Zayed Sports City offers Rugby, Tennis, Football, Ice Skating, Netball and Bowling. Just up the road is the Officers Club which has tennis, a football dome and its own shooting range and it’s a short hop from there to Al Forsan in the Grand Mosque area with its go-kart track and paint-balling.
Tranquility: The Grand Mosque area is just off Abu Dhabi island and nestles neatly between Abu Dhabi City, Khalifa City A and Mohammed Bin Zayed City. Boasting Abu Dhabi Golf Club, the adjacent Golf Gardens, Sas al Nakhl, Seashore Villas and the ever popular Mangrove Village. This is suburbia, one of the greenest and most tranquil areas in the Emirate.
Fine Living: Khalidiya is one of the oldest and most prosperous neighbourhoods in Abu Dhabi. Close enough to take advantage of Downtown, the Corniche and the Marina at al Bateen but secluded enough to offer its own kind of privacy. Rarely in Abu Dhabi do you see such manicured verges and tree-lined streets and those living there take advantage of the Yacht Club at the Intercontinental, the Hiltonia Beach Club and the Shopping at the Khalidiya and Marina Malls.
Facilities: Mushrif has some of the largest and most spacious compounds in Abu Dhabi with communal pools, gyms, playgrounds and play areas. Some even have squash and tennis courts all sports pitches and their own shops and cafes. Add to this the fantastic facility at Abu Dhabi City Golf and the adjacent Abu Dhabi Country Club and whatever your lifestyle Mushrif has something to suit you.