ABOUT AL MARJAN ISLAND
Al Marjan Island, also known as Marjan Island, is a man-made island development in Ras Al Khaimah. It is harboured close to the edge of Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain’s border. This archipelago is made up of four islets that are clustered together to create the shape of a coral. Together with these four islets, Al Marjan Island is built over a total area of 115 acres. Other island developments such as Al Hamra Village and Mina Al Arab lie to the east of Al Marjan Island.
There is a large number of freehold properties that include off-plan as well as rental apartments on Al Marjan Island. This gives foreign investors an opportunity to buy a property in Ras Al Khaimah.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Comprises of four islets
- Close to Umm Al Quwain
- Has many freehold flats and hotel apartments
- Features top-notch beach resorts
- Features a range of entertainment options for every age
- Close to Al Hamra Village and Mina Al Arab
The four connected islets are called Breeze Island, Dream Island, Treasure Island and View Island.
The island that is close to the coast of Ras Al Khaimah is Breeze Island. It is home to two 5-star beach resort projects, several hotel apartments and various landscaped areas. Breeze Island offers around 6,600 sq. ft. of a waterfront promenade.
Next in the series is Treasure Island that is built over an area of 2.5 million sq. ft. Many residential projects are emerging on this islet. A newly-established hospitality and leisure project by Accorhotels, Marjan Island Resort and Spa, lies here.
Dream Island, which owns 16,000 sq. ft. of the waterfront area, is connected to Treasure Island by the Marjan Island Boulevard bridge. Currently, there is not much on this islet but it will be home to many upcoming hotels and clubs.
The islet with the largest built-up area is View Island. It is circular in shape and features an area of 5 million sq. ft.
PROPERTIES ON AL MARJAN ISLAND
Residential properties on Al Marjan Island include apartments and hotel apartments for rent and sale. The sizes of flats range roughly between 420 sq. ft. and 2,780 sq. ft.
Studios for rent cost anywhere between AED 20k and AED 30k, per year. 1-bedroom apartments on Al Marjan have rental prices that start from AED 31k, while a rental 2-bed starts from AED 39k per year. Renting price of 3-bed units goes up to AED 70k. Sea view apartments for rent on Al Marjan Island are charged for a yearly rate between AED 20k to AED 63k.
Freehold studios will cost between AED 200k and 675k. Investors can buy 1 BHK flats for an amount between AED 325k and AED 1.3M. The demand for 2-bed flats on Al Marjan Island starts from AED 525k, while 3 BHK apartments can be purchased from a starting price of AED 2.1M. The sale price of Al Marjan Island apartments facing the sea ranges between AED 200k and AED 1.5M.
As for hotel apartments, these serviced units can be rented for a price between AED 45k and AED 50k. For investments, the demand for Al Marjan Island hotel apartments lies between AED 440k and AED 1.3M.
These various properties are distributed between different projects. Let’s discuss two of these projects which are Pacific and Bab Al Bahr.
One of the residential projects in this community is the six-tower apartment complex called Pacific that has been established on View Island. It is inspired by the sub-region of Oceania which is a collection of 1,000 islands. A lot of people looking for freehold apartments in Ras Al Khaimah are considering to invest in Pacific.
Paying homage to some of these islands, the 10-floor buildings in Pacific are named Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Tahiti, Polynesia and Bora Bora. The complex offers a choice of studios, 1-bed units, 2-bed suites, serviced apartments as well as beach duplexes. It also has penthouses that have lavish plot sizes spanning between 3,510 sq. ft. and 3,512 sq. ft. Some of the amenities of this project include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, health club, a play area for kids and parking facilities.
Bab Al Bahr
Another prominent project on Al Marjan Island is Bab Al Bahr. Based on Breeze Island, the properties in Bab Al Bahr are divided between two complexes:
Rixos Bab Al Bahr
It is a 5-star hotel that features luxury suites that come with world-class service. The hotel comprises of three pyramid-shaped buildings and a luxury pool lies beside them.
Bab Al Bahr Residences
Bab Al Bahr Residences is a residential complex that features three buildings built to resemble the pyramids. The complex includes residential units of studios and 1-bed, 2-bed and 3-bed apartments as well as beachfront penthouses. Bab Al Bahr Residences also has its own swimming pool and a paddling pool for kids.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES ON AL MARJAN ISLAND
Marjan Island Boulevard stretches its way from the Al Ittihad Street (E11) highway into the island. This road is mainly used for transportation on Al Marjan Island.
In terms of public transportation, those links have not yet been developed. The closest bus stop, RAK Bus Station, is a 20-minute drive away.
Parking spaces on Al Marjan Island are distributed across different projects. Most of these projects either have an outdoor parking lot or a covered facility based on the ground floor.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
SUPERMARKETS ON AL MARJAN ISLAND
Almost all the developed projects have supermarkets on Al Marjan Island. Bab Al Bahr features Zoom, the Pacific complex has Fresh Plus Grocery & Café (known as Freshplus as well) and Al Sanad Supermarket.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES NEAR AL MARJAN ISLAND
Masjid Umar bin Al-Khathab and Al Iman Mosque are two mosques near Al Marjan Island that are accessible after a drive of 10 minutes.
Churches near Al Marjan Island are concentrated in the Al Hamra Industrial Area. Some of these include RAK Evangelical Church Center, St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church and Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Hindu and Sikh residents will have to travel to the Al Fahidi district in Dubai to visit the Shiva and Krishna temples, Sikh Gurudwara and the Sindhi Gurdarbar.
SCHOOLS NEAR AL MARJAN ISLAND
This development is still emerging so there are no schools on Al Marjan Island as of now. The universities, colleges and schools near Al Marjan Island are based in either Al Hamra Village or Al Hamra Industrial Area.
Some of the nearby schools include Zainab School for Basic And Secondary Education, Al Jazeera Al Hamra Boys’ School for Basic & Secondary Education, Ras Al Khaimah Academy (also known as RAK Academy Al Hamra) and New British International School.
Options for pre-schoolers include Red Bus Nursery, Little Treasures Nursery and Al Hamra Nursery.
Institutes offering higher education near Al Marjan Island include Wisdom Business School, SBS Swiss Business School and the University of West London.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS NEAR AL MARJAN ISLAND
Dr. Amina Al Amiri's Clinic, RAK Medical Centre (also called RAK Medical Centre Al Hamra), Al Afia Medical Center and Nexus Medical Clinic are some medical facilities nearby. These clinics and hospitals near Al Marjan Island are located over a distance of five kilometres, which is almost a 7-minute drive away. There is also the Holistic Rehab Centre in Al Hamra Village.
The closest hospital is Sheikh Khalifa Specialty Hospital (SKSH), 15 minutes away. Residents can also reach RAK Hospital, Saqr Hospital and Al Oraibi Hospital in 30 minutes or less.
Al Marjan Island lies close to the aforementioned Al Hamra Village. It is a well-developed luxurious community that boasts waterfront recreational areas such as Al Hamra Golf Club, Al Hamra Mall and Al Hamra Marina & Yacht Club. Al Hamra Village also houses many apartments, villas and townhouses.
A little further off from Al Hamra Village is another waterfront development called Mina Al Arab. It has several themed sub-communities such as Malibu, Granada, Bermuda and Flamingo Villas.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS NEAR AL MARJAN ISLAND
Al Hamra Mall is the one-stop-shopping destination for people living in Al Marjan Island. It has over 120 retail outlets featuring local and international brands. Apart from retail therapy, Al Hamra Mall offers an ideal balance of dining, recreational and entertainment options.
Other than Al Hamra Mall, there are no malls near Al Marjan Island presently. Some of the popular malls of Ras Al Khaimah, such as RAK Mall and Manar Mall are located in the central city. One can go on a long drive of about half-an-hour to visit these shopping destinations.
RESTAURANTS ON AL MARJAN ISLAND
Although this waterfront community is still developing, a lot of dining facilities have emerged. Some of the restaurants on Al Marjan Island include Salt, L’Olivo Restaurant, Sanchaya, Brasserie Restaurant and Seven Heights Restaurant.
Meat Point is a fine-dining steak restaurant that has a full bar service available. Vespa is a classy fine-dining restaurant that offers Italian cuisine. The Anchor Brew & Grill is a terrace bar that serves a variety of finger food as well as coastal drinks. One could visit Lalezar for some Turkish delicacies such as lamb shank, mezze platter, kebabs, baklava and rice pudding.
BEACH ON AL MARJAN ISLAND
Al Marjan has long sandy stretches of waterfront areas. Treasure Island features Turtle Beach, a private beach owned by Marjan Island Resort & Spa. As the name suggests, this is where one could spot several turtles in the shallow waters near the shoreline. This beach on Al Marjan Island also has water sports equipment rental service called Fly Fish Water Sports. Water sports enthusiasts can indulge in activities such as fishing, parasailing, jet skiing, scuba diving and aqua boarding.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Every resort on Al Marjan Island has plenty of leisure and recreational options. For instance, Bab Al Bahr offers complete entertainment that is customised for both summer and winter seasons. Outdoor pool games, pool bar parties, live music, acrobatic performances and dancing shows mark the cool winter nights at Rixos Bab Al Bahr resort. As the summer months arrive, the evening entertainment shifts indoors. Some of the evening programs include karaoke, retro parties and live jazz nights. Club Inferno is a licensed option that offers late-night entertainment.
If one wants to tour historic temple sites, they can visit Aldoor Heritage Temple in Umm Al Quwain, 25 minutes away, and Al Dur Temple in Ras Al Khaimah, 15 minutes away.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
The resorts at Al Marjan Island offer a rich selection of outdoor activities. There are multiple luxury swimming pools as well as football pitches, basketball courts and tennis courts. One of the favourite beach-side games is volleyball. One can rent a bike from Byky Sports rental service and go hiking along one of the pathways. Those who are simply looking for a peaceful retreat can make themselves comfortable on one of the numerous sun loungers on the beach. There are private cabanas as well that are ideal for groups.
More adrenaline-charged activities include the aforementioned water sports as well as catamaran cruises, fly fishing and banana boating.
The Rixy Kids Club offers a lot of fun activities for children of every age. Some of the activities and programs for younger children include magic shows, treasure hunts, arts and crafts and talent shows. It also includes Rixy Disco as well as beach and pool games. Teens can indulge in games such as X-Box 360, PlayStation, table football, electronic darts and snooker. Some of the options for board games include chess, checkers, Jenga and UNO.
A few resorts feature fully equipped gyms where fitness classes for yoga, pilates and step aerobics are held. There is a variety of exercise machines as well as free weights. Fitness enthusiasts can also hire a personal trainer for supervised and customised workout plans.
For spa treatments, residents can visit either Eforea Ladies Spa at DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island.
The Ras Al Khaimah Convention Centre hosts corporate meetings and celebrations. It is also a great venue for private events such as wedding ceremonies. Depending on the traditions and culture, every detail is taken into consideration. Some of the services offered for an event on Al Marjan Island include catering, bar service, venue set-up, wedding cake design, resident DJ and dance floor set-up.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Al Marjan Island is a great vacation spot and an ideal real estate for freehold property investments. Though, one of the things to consider for residents is the fact that during the summer period, it may get too hot to enjoy outdoor activities. However, there are many indoor recreational options to keep adults as well as children entertained. Al Marjan Island is also located far away from central Ras Al Khaimah.
- 4 minutes away from Al Hamra Mall
- Al Hamra Golf Club is a 7-minute drive away
- It will take a minimum of 28 minutes to reach Ras Al Khaimah International Airport