ABOUT AL GURM
Al Gurm is a luxurious residential and tourist project in Abu Dhabi. Master developer Aldar has put a lot of consideration into building this community and making sure that the properties are unique from other waterfront communities of UAE.
The developers have worked closely with the Urban Planning Council to ensure the community strictly adheres to the 2030 development plan for Abu Dhabi. Al Gurm focuses on preserving the natural resources that make Abu Dhabi unique as it is nestled among mangrove forests. The main appeal of the area is the waterfront lifestyle, luxurious amenities and the Al Gurm Resort.
IN A NUTSHELL
- The place offers a variety of villas
- Home to the Al Gurm Resort
- The properties are freehold
- Perfect place for families
- Every house offers waterfront views
Al Gurm is a lively community and is largely preferred by families. The area is popular among both renters and investors. Al Gurm is also an eco-friendly community as it tries to preseve its surroundings in their natural state. Al Gurm is also home to many unique speices of plants and birds.
The properties of Al Gurm are built in two stages. The first stage involved 73 deluxe villas including the ones built on the private island. 61 villas are waterfront units while 12 are island villas. Stage two projects are currently being designed. The developer claims that future development on Al Gurm will complement the natural landscape of the area.
The villas in Al Gurm are low-rise structures with Asian and Mediterranean architectural themes that blend perfectly with the surroundings. It is an ideal location for those who prefer living close to nature.
PROPERTIES IN AL GURM
Al Gurm properties are well-planned large units close to the Arabian Gulf. The community is home to the 5-star Al Gurm Resort which offers 163 luxurious suites.
Apart from the lavish residential villas, the area is home to plenty of unique plants and bird species making it a lot different from other waterfront communities.
Stage one villas range from 3-bedroom to 5-bedroom units. Each villa comes with beautifully built indoor and outdoor areas including landscaped gardens. They have a discreet entrance for the house help to ensure the privacy of residents. Each Al Gurm villa also comes with a private swimming pool and a private jetty for boat access to the Arabian Gulf.
The units are split into different categories including the 3-bedroom waterfront villas, the 4 and 5-bedroom waterfront villas and 5-bedroom island villas that come in two different designs. Some of these villas have their own private beaches and infinity pools.
The villas get all their beauty from large sun terraces. There are covered roof decks in every villa and one can also spot a private swimming pool. The houses get plenty of sunlight and a beautiful view of the garden through floor to ceiling windows. The kitchen has a fridge and dishwasher already installed along with appliances by the renowned German designer, Gaggenau. Unlike other properties, these villas have two kitchens.
The deluxe villas fall in a high-range rental and sale price bracket. There are mainly villas for sale but there are some houses available on rent as well. The rental rate for a 4-bedroom villa lies somewhere between AED 155k to AED 515k. The sale prices of 4-bedroom units range between AED 17.5M to 22.6M and for a 5-bedroom unit, the sale price lies between AED 15.5M to AED 30M.
The residents can access their villa through a private road. The community is well-guarded thanks to the secure CCTV monitoring system and 24-hour security staff. Besides basic facilities, the inhabitants of Al Gurm can also enjoy a private jetty and access to the mesmerising Arabian Gulf via a boat.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN AL GURM
Al Gurm was planned in a way that residents have quick access to the city. Well, the claims stand true for people who travel through private car or taxi. For people who prefer commuting through a public bus, Al Gurm will not be a good choice. Only Bus 40 shuttles to the nearby bus stop which is on Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. Commuters will have to walk for a few minutes to reach Al Gurm.
There are less paid parking spaces in Al Gurm but the residents get covered parking space for two to four vehicles in the villa porch. Al Gurm Resort also offers valet and visitor parking.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
SUPERMARKETS NEAR AL GURM
There are a number of supermarkets near Al Gurm. Residents can easily reach to the neighbouring area of Al Mushrif for grocery shopping. Al Mushrif Supermarket is just 8 minutes away from Al Gurm. Zoom Supermarket which has multiple branches throughout the UAE is also at the same distance. Alam Supermarket in Al Muroor is a 10-minute drive away.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES IN AL GURM
The Gurm will be home to people with different cultures and beliefs. Fortunately, there are many churches near Al Gurm. It takes less than 15 minutes to reach Al Mushrif where many churches are there including St. George’s Orthodox Cathedral, Abu Dhabi Apostolic Tamil Church, Kings Church and St. Theresa’s Church.
The Sikh community can drive for 16 minutes to reach New Gurudwara Abu Dhabi in Musaffah. There are no Hindu temples in Abu Dhabi, but there will be one soon. Meanwhile, residents can visit the Shiva and Krishna temples in Dubai.
There is a Community Mosque near Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. Apart from it, other mosques near Al Gurm are less than 10 minutes away including Rashid Salim Mosque, Kneish Zneid Qubaisi Mosque and Ishba Bint Mohammed Almazrouei Mosque.
SCHOOLS NEAR AL GURM
To meet the educational needs of school going kids, there are a few schools near Al Gurm. For preschoolers, Kipina Nursery, Kids Academy Nursery, Clever Hands Nursery and Bright Beginning Nursery are barely 10 minutes away in Al Mushrif.
Various primary and secondary schools are in Al Mushrif as well, including Khalifa Bin Zayed Secondary School, Vision Private School and Al Manhal International Private School. All of these schools follow the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) curriculum.
University of Strathclyde Business School Abu Dhabi and Khalifa University are located nearby. Students can expect to travel around 15 minutes to reach either of these institutes.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS NEAR AL GURM
Residents of the area can reach to one of the hospitals near Al Gurm. Zayed Military Hospital, almost 5 km away, it is the nearest tertiary care hospital. Mediclinic Hospital is at a distance of 11 minutes. It has 27+ clinics and hospitals throughout the Middle East and provides quality medical services.
For medicines and other healthcare supplies, residents can find Al Manara Pharmacy less than 7 minutes away. Medicine Pharmacy and Oxford Pharmacy are also located in nearby areas.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS NEAR AL GURM
Those who want to settle down in Al Gurm can get their shopping fix at Mushrif Mall, 9 minutes away. Apart from plenty of retail shops, it has a Lulu Hypermarket, a large food court and a play area for kids. Another mall near Al Gurm is Al Seef Village Mall which is only 13 minutes away. It has an outdoor retail area called The Walk which is a hidden gem tucked away behind the mall. The Walk is lined by various outlets, salons and an art gallery that showcases local talent.
RESTAURANTS IN AL GURM
The community is still under development and there will most likely be a patch of restaurants in Al Gurm just across the waterfront. There are a few restaurant just outside Al Gurm such as, Rotana Cafe, The Coffee Club, Burger King and Popeyes.
For authentic Arabic cuisine, the residents can head out to Saudi Kitchen which is barely at a distance of 8 minutes. For binging on Thai food, Lemongrass Thai Restaurant is less than 5 km away. In the same street where Al Gurm lies, there is 18 Degrees Restaurant that serves Mediterranean food. The highlight of this restaurant is its live cooking stations and theatrical meal preparations.
BEACHES NEAR AL GURM
Al Gurm is a waterfront community, but it scores extra points for being close to Abu Dhabi’s best beaches. Bateen Beach which overlooks Hudayriyat Island is less than 10 minutes away. It has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag sustainability award. Some villas in Al Gurm have private beaches which means that going to the beach is short step away.
Al Qurm Beach is one of the beaches near Al Gurm. It is at a 15-minute walk or 5 minute drive away. It is not as developed as other beaches in Abu Dhabi but it is a peaceful beach to visit.
The warm golden sand is what Abu Dhabi is famous for. Even decades ago when there were a few tourist attractions in the city, Abu Dhabi Corniche was a popular choice among tourists and locals alike. It is 20 minutes away from the community.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Al Gurm residents can head out to Al Gurm Resort which is a 5-star hotel. This resort is completely developed on the coast road covering an area of 88,837 square meters.
There are plenty of parks nearby. Both Park Abu Dhabi and Public Garden are less than 4 kilometres away. Zayed Sports City Public Park and Sports City Garden are 9 minutes away and they have separate play area for children. There is a picnic spot near Al Mushrif which is a perfect place to enjoy the sunny weekends of Abu Dhabi.
Mangrove National Park is a landmark near Al Gurm. The forest spreads over 19 square kilometres and shelters hundreds of birds and marine species.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Away from the buzzing city life, residents of Al Gurm can enjoy a walk on the water jetty or relax in the private pool built on the second level of the villas, overlooking the waterways. There is plenty of space around the villas for a quick stroll. Meanwhile, residents can also sit peacefully on their private beach and observe the natural beauty of the place.
There might not be any gym in the neighbourhood but there are many in the neighbouring areas. Vibez Fitness Centre & Spa (Ladies Only), Titan Gym, Lets Go Gym Fitness and Ruby Fitness are all less than 10 minutes away.
For a self-pampering session, ladies can head out to Tips and Toes Salon which is in Al Mushrif, under 10 minutes away or to Mozania Beauty Centre which is just 6 minutes away. Men can visit Gents Hairstyles, Kanan Saloon and Moroocan Bath For Men's Mylife Spa, these options are roughly 12 minutes away.
The community is still under construction so no events have been held here. However, there might be some in the future once the community is completely developed. The community managment team at Aldar does organize preservation events for the wildlife. Children can participate in a competion to identify and photograph as many species as they can to win a family access pass to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Al Gurm is supposed to set the benchmark for waterfront developments across the UAE. It is still under development, but once the area is fully developed, residents will have to look no further for their everyday needs. With all its positive aspects, the area does rank on the higher side for rental and investment purposes.