Also Known As: Al Qurm, Eastern Mangroves, Al Bateen Airport
Landmarks: Bloom Gardens, the Park Rotana, Khalifa Park
Schools: Brighton College, Lycee Louis Massignon (in Mushrif), American International School (in Mushrif) , BSAK – British School Al Khubairat (in Mushrif)
Location: This area runs from 31st street north of Airport Road past over Al Bateen Airport and on towards the Maqtaa and Sheikh Zayed Bridges and the Grand Mosque.
Unique Features: An enviable number of compounds, the best park in the City and the Eastern Mangroves make this one of the most desirable residences in Abu Dhabi.
Accommodation Type: A large number of compound villas with a good selection of apartment choices.
The Khalifa Park area contains the largest concentration of compounds in Abu Dhabi with more on the horizon. The most impressive of the new compounds is undoubtedly Bloom Gardens with its attendant Brighton College, but there are several hard on its heels. If it’s compound living you’re after then here is where you start. The Salaam Street highway runs right through this area offering you fast and traffic-light free entry into the Tourist Club and Downtown to the west and out towards Al Raha and Dubai to the east.
The amenities here are based around Khalifa Park and the Park Rotana. The Danet area has several modern high-rise, reasonably priced apartment blocks as well as the Holiday Inn Hotel. Khalifa Park is a huge and much underused green space with plenty of activities for children. The Park Rotana has an array of high-end restaurants and also boasts Coopers Bar. Carrefour is close by in the Zayed Sports City area as is the Abu Dhabi National Hotels Alcohol Shop.
Local Secret: You’d need a guide to find all the compounds in this area but really Khalifa Park itself is woefully underused and even has its own water park.