Also Known As: Mina Zayed, Marina Mall Area, Ras al Akhdar
Landmarks: Emirates Palace, Marina Mall, Mina Zayed (Port Zayed), Lulu Island, Corniche Beaches.
Schools: Al Bateen (in Khalidiya), the American Community School (in Khalidiya), Al Muneera Primary School (in Downtown), GEMS World Academy (in Downtown), Pearl Primary School (in Downtown)
Location: This strip follows the Corniche road from Emirates Palace, past Etihad Towers, Nation Towers and all the way down to the British Club at the base of Saadiyat Bridge.
Unique Features: Beach access and almost unparalleled views over Lulu Island and the Arabian Gulf coupled with fantastic access to Saadiyat Island, Khalidiya and Downtown.
Accommodation Type: Mostly apartments with a few very high end villas in Marina Village.
The Corniche is a long, uninterrupted strip running the length of the North West of Abu Dhabi Island. It has a pedestrian walk way and cycle track running along the sea and is dotted with shops, cafes, parks and public beaches. Just behind it are the residential and commercial areas of Al Khalidiya and Downtown Abu Dhabi and at the eastern tip it flows into Mina Zayed and onto Saadiyat Island.
The Corniche is the historical heartbeat of Abu Dhabi boasting some of the oldest (the Hilton), newest (Marina Mall) and most impressive (the “Seven Star” Emirates Palace) architecture in the City. It has long been one of the most desirable residential areas due to its proximity to both the beaches of the Arabian Gulf (and the accompanying sea views) and all that the City of Abu Dhabi has to offer.
Local Secret: Marina Village is an exclusive development just behind Marina Mall. Its modern villas boast sea views, private pool, gardens and private beach.
Local Secret 2: Try the Shisha bars found in most of the local parks. They do good solid Lebanese food and offer great views of Lulu Island.