ABOUT AL KHALIDIYAH
The cultural hub of Abu Dhabi, Al Khalidiyah is where old meets new while also showcasing the capital’s heritage. Its central location makes this vibrant suburb one of the most popular areas for expats and local families looking to live right in the heart of Abu Dhabi.
Ranking as the third most popular area to rent apartments in 2017 according to Bayut's Abu Dhabi Property Market Report, Al Khalidiyah is a notable neighbourhood in Abu Dhabi. The area guide explores how life is in the high-rise apartment buildings and gated villa communities of the area.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Mostly mid- to high-rise apartment buildings with few villas
- Close to the popular Abu Dhabi Corniche beach
- Perfect for young professionals as well as larger families
- Beautiful waterfront views from most houses
- Watersport enthusiasts have plenty of activities to choose from
- Residential apartments and villas boast luxurious amenities and state-of-the-art facilities
Al Khalidiyah is irrefutably the heart of Abu Dhabi. The exciting neighbourhood has a bit of everything; the beach, the park, and it’s also in close proximity to most commercial hubs in the capital. The sheer choice of rental properties in the area is also a huge plus point for those considering the move to this impressive locality. The numerous buildings in the area are a mix of residential and commercial towers.
Properties in Al Khalidiyah
Apartments in Al Khalidiyah come in various configurations, ranging from studios to 4-bedroom flats for rent. Khalidiya Village is a prominent villa community in Al Khalidiyah by master-developer ALDAR. Apart from that, various independent villa compounds in Al Khalidiyah also offer spacious units for large families.
Rents and property prices in Al Khalidiyah generally vary, depending on the locality, property type and size. There is a mix of premium housing options, as well as affordable apartments, making it suitable for most salary brackets. In terms of apartment rents in Al Khalidiyah, studios start at AED 31k and can go up to AED 50k. 1-bedroom apartments start at AED 40k, while 2-bedroom units range from AED 53k to AED 155k. Villas in Al Khalidiyah are also just as varied when it comes to annual rents. Houses in Al Khalidiyah are available in 4 to 7-bedroom configurations, making it ideal for large families. Rents for a 4-bedroom villa in Al Khalidiyah start at AED 155k, whereas a 5-bedroom unit will cost you AED 185k to AED 250k annually.
As one of the most popular areas in Abu Dhabi, Al Khalidiyah attracts an eclectic mix of people from different backgrounds. The area is popular with expats and locals alike, making it a vibrant community for families and as well as young professionals. The cultural mix is similar to the overall population of the UAE, with residents hailing from South Asia, Europe and the GCC.
Transportation and Parking Spaces in Al Khalidiyah
Residents in Al Khalidiyah have dedicated parking spots. Around the area, there are plenty of paid public parking spaces available, especially by the Corniche. However, spots around popular areas do fill up quite quickly over weekends and can be a hassle for visitors dropping by the district on their day off.
Those relying on public transportation to get to Al Khalidiyah can take bus no. 31 that drops off at Khalidiyah Park, while bus no. 35 covers routes from Corniche beach to Dhafeer Street. Government-owned taxis are also easy to find along the Corniche.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Let's take a look at all the amenities available to residents in Al Khalidiyah.
Supermarkets in Al Khalidiyah
The go-to grocery shopping destination for residents is the Lulu Hypermarket located in central Al Khalidiyah Mall. There are several supermarkets in Al Khalidiyah, these include Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society and Al Maya. Residents can also pick up day-to-day essentials from one of the many corner shops located around the community.
Churches, Temples and Mosques in Al Khalidiyah
There are several mosques in Al Khalidiyah. Abu Baker Siddique Mosque is one of the oldest and most well-known landmarks in the area. Those looking for churches can visit St. Joseph’s Church in Abu Dhabi, it is located over in Al Mushrif, about 13 minutes away, while the Hindu Temple is further away in Jebel Ali, Dubai. There is a temple planned for Abu Dhabi and will be a 40-minute drive away when it is completed in 2020.
Schools in Al Khalidiyah
Parents have plenty of quality schools in Al Khalidiyah to choose from for their children. American Community School of Abu Dhabi (American and IB curriculum based) and Al Bateen Academy (UK and IB curriculum offered) are amongst the popular choices. The prestigious International School of Chouiefat in the Al Mushrif area is also just a short 11-minute drive from Al Khalidiyah. It is known to be one of the best schools in Abu Dhabi. For younger children, the closest nursery is Tiny Dreams, while the well-known British Orchard Nursery and Labybird Nursery are also nearby.
For older students, European International College and Emirates College of Technology are located in the community itself. Other notable universities such as Sorbonne Abu Dhabi on Al Reem Island and Khalifa University in Al Mushrif are nearby.
Clinics and hospitals in Al Khalidiyah
There are numerous medical centres and facilities around the community to take care of you and your family’s health. The main healthcare centres in Al Khalidiya include Amrita Medical Centre and Al Kamal Medical Polyclinics. The more well-known Mediclinic is located in the neighbouring area, Al Bateen. The nearest hospital to Al Khalidiyah is King’s College Hospital London, while NMC Specialty Hospital Abu Dhabi is also just 10 minutes away in the Madinat Zayed area. Also located in Al Khalidiyah is Corniche Hospital, one of the largest maternity hospitals in the UAE.
TOP 5 LOCATIONS IN AL KHALIDIYA
Al Khalidiyah has all the essential amenities and facilities one would need to maintain a balanced, quality lifestyle. Those considering moving to Al Khalidiyah will find within its vast area, numerous high-rise towers to choose from.
Based on our data from 2017, the Khalidiyah Corniche Tower which comes with sea views ranked as the most popular choice among Bayut.com users looking to move to Al Khalidiyah. Available apartments in this 35-storey tower range from 2- to 4-bedroom configurations. Annual rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Khalidiyah Corniche Tower will cost you about AED 134k yearly.
Shining Towers, located right next to Khalidiyah Mall, was a close second. Rent for a 2-bedroom flat in this popular apartment building starts from AED 90k.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS IN AL KHALIDIYAH
The neighbourhood’s Khalidiyah Mall is the most obvious choice for those looking to get their shopping fix. Along with being the area’s go-to mall, the enormous landmark features Islamic architecture mimicking the old-meets-new vibe that echoes throughout the community. The mall houses the usual suspects along with a few international luxury brands. Stores in Khalidiyah Mall include everything from fashion to furnishings to consumer electronics making it a favourite amongst residents.
Those living in Al Khalidiyah can also opt for a different shopping experience by visiting independent retailers in the back streets. Expect to find an assorted range of products and services here, from textile shops to electronics repair services.
Restaurants in Al Khalidiyah
Apart from fast-food chains found in Khalidiyah Mall, there are many popular restaurants around the area. There is Jones the Grocer and The Living Room in Khalidiyah Village. Cantina Laredo located in Khalidiyah Mall serves up great Mexican food, while Gazebo (also located in Khalidiya Mall) is a favourite for Indian cuisine.
The hotels in the area cater to those looking to explore the nightlife. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel situated on the Corniche has numerous bars and restaurants to choose from, offering a range of cuisines from Tex-Mex to Italian. Oryx Hotel’s Fado Irish Pub is also a great choice for those looking to enjoy a fun night out. For more luxury dining options, residents may need to head out to nearby hotels such as Hilton Abu Dhabi, Khalidiyah Palace Rayhaan and St. Regis Abu Dhabi.
BEACHES NEAR AL KHALIDIYAH
One of the best perks enjoyed by those living in Al Khalidiyah is the Abu Dhabi Corniche beach. The area has been a favourite in the capital for families and friends to enjoy a day in the sun. Touted to be one of the best beaches in Abu Dhabi, the Corniche beach waterfront sprawls over 8 kilometres of shoreline, dotted with cafés, children’s play areas, and cycling pathways. The beach has ample parking and has been granted a Blue flag status, the international eco-label that deems water to be safe and clean for bathing.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Most popular areas to visit in Al Khalidiyah for residents are the Abu Dhabi Corniche or Khalidiya Mall on weekends. The Corniche has a 6-kilometre boardwalk, with numerous waterfront eateries along the way. Whether you are just chilling on the beach or looking to get active with rented bikes, this is the perfect place to be. In addition, Khalidiyah Mall also has a cinema, Bowling City and a fun centre for children.
The area is also perfect for art lovers with numerous quaint art galleries including Etihad Modern Art Gallery and Folklore Gallery, both of which represent local as well as international artists.
Watersports enthusiasts can head over to Hiltonia Beach Club located along the Corniche for a day of windsurfing. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel also offers banana boat rides for those looking for fun things to try out.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
If there is one thing that Al Khalidiyah offers its residents in abundance, it’s outdoor recreational spaces. Apart from the Corniche, there is a public park which is a favourite amongst families and individuals to enjoy evening walks, jogging or just some light exercises. The park also has a children’s play area, complete with lush landscaped gardens that provide a natural space in the heart of the community.
Tenants can also tour the Corniche by hiring a bicycle, from bike-renting stations scattered in the area. Choices range from mountain bikes to city bikes which can fit two or three passengers on the back, and even specially designed bikes for ladies wearing abayas.
Health aficionados can have their pick of fitness studios and gyms. Lifeline Wellness in the area offers cardio, weight training and group classes like aerobics, Zumba, yoga, body pump and pilates. VivaFit, a ladies-only fitness studio in Al Khalidiyah, is also quite popular in the area.
Beauty salons located in the neighbourhood offer the basic essentials of self-pampering. The area is dotted with numerous salons catering to both, men and women. For a more luxurious treatment, all-time favourite Sisters Beauty Lounge is conveniently located a few minutes away in Al Bateen.
Almost all the exciting things that happen in Al Khalidiyah take place on the Corniche. The popular beach in Abu Dhabi draws thousands throughout the year, thanks to the many festivals and events that are hosted there. Notable events that take place on Corniche Street include Abu Dhabi Sports Council City Run and the Mother of the Nation Festival (in honour of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak). The latter is one of the more large-scale events to take place on the Corniche with a series of displays, activities and performances throughout the festival. The locality’s Khalidiyah Mall also regularly hosts exciting children’s activities to mark special occasions such as Christmas and Eid.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Those thinking of moving to Al Khalidiyah will find that it is a neighbourhood in Abu Dhabi that allows living a comfortable lifestyle. The family-friendly neighbourhood's close proximity to the Corniche makes it a vibrant community with numerous events during the year. However, due to its popularity, it might be a challenge for visitors to find a parking spot, especially on weekends. All in all, Al Khalidiyah is one of the more happening neighbourhoods in the glorious capital.
- Abu Dhabi International Airport is about 30 minutes away
- 17 minutes’ drive to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
- 5 minutes from Abu Dhabi Corniche
- Yas Island is 30 minutes away
- Approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes away from Dubai
- Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is 1 hour and 40 minutes away