ABOUT AL MARYAH ISLAND
Named after the Arabian Oryx, Al Maryah Island is located in northeastern Abu Dhabi. It was formerly known as Sowwah Island. The construction of Al Maryah Island started in 2007 by its developers: Mubadala Development Company. It covers an area of approximately 114 hectares, which makes it one of the largest construction sites in the city. The island was developed in several phases including the construction of residential buildings, offices and hospitals. Sowwah Square is the centre of the island that accommodates over 40 companies, as well as other business towers.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Al Maryah Island is a mixed-use residential, leisure, retail and commercial development located in the northeast of Abu Dhabi
- It offers exceptional residential apartments that feature well-designed kitchens, allocated parking spaces, 24-hour security, fitness centres, swimming pools, maid’s room and kids play areas
- The area has a vibrant lifestyle and is great for businesses too
- It is close to the beaches and consists of many restaurants
- The area has its own well-established mall, The Galleria and hosts many entertaining events throughout the year
Al Maryah Island is a vibrant lifestyle and business destination where you can experience Abu Dhabi at its best. It is home to two world-class five-star hotels, Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi and Rosewood Abu Dhabi and exceptional luxury boutiques. One can find many high-end brand outlets and dining restaurants here. The waterfront pedestrian promenade in Al Maryah Island offers magnificent views of Abu Dhabi. The area is bustling throughout the year because of a variety of exciting events such as New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year and UAE National Day, all of which are celebrated in The Galleria mall. Comprised of four award-winning towers and the world’s newest financial centre, Al Maryah is home to Abu Dhabi Global Market.
PROPERTIES IN AL MARYAH ISLAND
In addition to being one of the most luxurious neighbourhood in Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island incorporates all the essential amenities one would need. Properties in Al Maryah Island consist of residential apartments and commercial offices.
The apartments for rent are available in 1 and 2-bedroom configurations. Usually, 1-bedroom flats have about 990 sq. ft. to 1,250 sq. ft. of living space. Rent for a 1-bed apartment averages at AED 140k yearly. For a 2-bedroom apartment in Al Maryah Island the rent ranges from AED 190k to AED 236k. Most apartments are found in the hotels, these are serviced residences with many luxurious amenities.
You can also buy apartments in Al Maryah Island. The pricing varies with the number of rooms and amenities offered. The cost is around AED 2.2 M for a 2-bedroom apartment.
If you plan to rent an office in Al Maryah Island, the rental rate varies according to the floor area and office location. A small 570 sq. ft. office can be rented from AED 200k, yearly. Larger 5,000 sq. ft. offices cost upwards of AED 1M to rent annually.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN AL MARYAH ISLAND
Most apartments in Al Maryah Island have underground parking spaces while visitors can park their cars in nearby malls or parking areas outside their offices. When it comes to public transportation in Al Maryah Island, the closest bus stops are at Street 19, Bainuna Street serviced by Bus 8, 10 and 11. You can easily reach Marina Mall and Al Mina Centre using these buses. Taxis are also easily available in Al Maryah Island.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Al Maryah Island offers all the basic amenities to fulfil the needs of its residents.
SUPERMARKETS IN AL MARYAH ISLAND
You will be glad to know that there are many supermarkets on Al Maryah Island. You can visit ZOOM, Carrefour Market, SPAR Express and Lulu Express all within a 10-minute drive. These supermarkets provide you with vast brand options in terms of grocery, electronics, beauty products and more. Mina Al Madeena Supermarket and Al Maya Supermarket are also within a 6-minute drive.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES NEAR AL MARYAH ISLAND
The closest and most popular church near Al Maryah Island is St. George’s Orthodox Cathedral which 16 minutes away. It is located in Al Mushrif alongside St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Kings Church and St. Nicholas Orthodox Abu Dhabi.
The area itself does not currently have any mosques but there are plenty of mosques near Al Maryah Island. The most popular ones are Khalifa Zaid Mosque, Mosque of Sheikh Hazza Bin Sultan and Thani Bin Mohammed Mosque all located at about a 10-minute drive from the area. Al Aziz Mosque is the closest mosque from the area on Al Falah Street.
New Gurudwara Abu Dhabi in Mussafah is a gurudwara for Sikh residents to visit. A Hindu temple is currently under construction in Abu Dhabi, meanwhile residents will have to visit the Shiva and Krishna temples in Dubai.
SCHOOLS IN AL MARYAH ISLAND
If you are moving in with your family, then worry not as there are quality schools in Al Maryah Island that offer different curriculums. Abu Dhabi Grammar School provides the Nova Scotian curriculum to 50 nationalities from all over the world. Repton Abu Dhabi is just at a 7-minute drive situated in the City of Lights district and offers the UK/IB curriculum. Emirates National Schools and GEMS World Academy are also popular schools in the area. They are both located within a 10-minute drive from Al Maryah Island.
Nearby higher education options consist of INSEAD's Middle East campus directly in Al Maryah Island and the Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi in Al Reem Island.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS IN AL MARYAH ISLAND
Cleveland Clinic is one of the largest and most respectable clinics in Al Maryah Island. There are many other popular hospitals and clinics nearby in Al Dafrah such as Al Raha Hospital, Burjeel Hospital and Dar Al Shifa Hospital. If you have skin issues or you are worried about the sudden breakouts, you can visit Kaya Skin Clinic and Lumiere Skin Clinic located at a 10-minute drive from the community.
Al Zahiyah now renamed Tourist Club Area is one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Abu Dhabi. It neighbours Al Maryah Island on the west and is a very busy commercial area with cafes and hotels.
To the east of Al Maryah Island is Al Reem Island, it has become the centre of attention in terms of real estate and commercial activities in the city. It has multiple properties for rent in many of its communities such as Marina Square, City Of Lights and Shams Gate District.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS IN AL MARYAH ISLAND
The Galleria mall is an excellent shopping and dining destination in Al Maryah Island. The shopping centre features a mix of luxury fashion and exquisite jewellery brands alongside many international brands. The mall provides many facilities to make your shopping experience pleasant such as prayer rooms, valet service and a wide range of dining options. You can also visit Abu Dhabi Mall for the waterfront shopping experience with over 200 stores, situated at only a 7-minute drive. Currently under construction, Al Maryah Central will be another mall in Al Maryah Island. It is set to feature a Debenhams department store, many entertainment options and over 200 retail stores.
RESTAURANTS IN AL MARYAH ISLAND
There is a wide range of restaurants on Al Maryah Island, most of which in The Galleria mall. Casual dining options include Taqado Mexican Kitchen, Biryani Pot, Sushi Art and more. Other restaurants include the healthy food eatery Nolu's Downtown, the European restaurant Bentley Kitchen and Arabian eatery Almaz by Momo.
Fine-dining options can be found in The Galleria mall and the two hotels on the island. The Galleria mall features Japanese restaurant Zuma, Peruvian grill Coya and French restaurant La Petite Maison.
The Four Seasons Al Maryah Island is home to 99 Sushi Bar, Butcher & Still, Cafe Milano and the Eclipse lounge. Rosewood Abu Dhabi features popular Cantonese eatery Dai Pai Dong, Italian restaurant Roberto's and Lebanese restaurant Sambusek. Nightlife options in Rosewood Abu Dhabi include Dragon's Tooth bar, Glo lounge and La Cava bar.
BEACHES NEAR AL MARYAH ISLAND
You no longer have to drive a long way to have a fun-filled picnic at the beach as the most popular beaches near Al Maryah Island are just at a 15-minute drive. Abu Dhabi Beach, Al Sahil Beach and the ever popular Corniche Beach are all nearby. Corniche Beach is a fantastic outdoor destination for its visitors. It is divided into three sections, Al Sahil Beach is for singles and Gate 2 and 3 are for families and those with young children. People can have a great time because of the facilities and activities available here such as volleyball courts, football pitches and kids play areas.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Life in Al Maryah Island is exciting as the place is filled with many interesting locations. There are long, shiny towers with a spectacular view of the city’s skyline and the Arabian Gulf. People also visit parks to enjoy a quiet walk in the neighbourhood. The nightlife in Al Maryah involves people visiting cocktail bars with friends. You can also grab a bite from nearby restaurants and enjoy a fun-filled beach picnic. Roundabout Monument and Al Ittihad Square are two of the closest historical landmarks located at an approximately 15-minute drive from Al Maryah Island.
The two five-star hotels in Al Maryah Island are also popular landmarks for the area. The Rosewood Abu Dhabi is the first Rosewood hotel in the UAE. The 34 storey hotel features 148 rooms, 41 suites and 131 serviced apartments. It is also popular as a wedding destination.
The Four Seasons Al Maryah Island is a 34-storey hotel offering glistening views of the Arabian Gulf. It features 162 rooms and 38 suites for its guests. The Four Seasons Al Maryah Island is known for its six dining venues, tailor made culinary experiences and the Dahlia Spa.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Those looking to keep fit will find that Al Maryah Island is one of the busiest places in terms of activities and will always keep you moving. There are many fitness centres available within the residential buildings. You can also get yourself registered at gyms such as Fitness First, Power on Fitness Centre and Professional Gym.
HAIRWAVES by Charbel, NStyle Beauty Lounge and Bellacure Nails are some popular salons for ladies. Men can visit Urban Male Lounge, which is popular among residents. For a pampering experience Dahlia Spa in the Four Seasons Al Maryah Island and Sense in Rosewood Abu Dhabi are worth a visit.
If you want to be part of the important events on special occasions, you will be pleased to hear that Al Maryah Island plans annual community events. Winter Wonderland, Chinese New Year, UAE’s National Day and New Year’s Eve are celebrated with great enthusiasm at The Galleria mall. The spectacular firework shows, outdoor entertainment along with indoor performances are all part of the events. The events in Al Maryah have been gaining popularity with the passage of time and attract both the local and global community.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
If you want to live in one of the hottest localities of Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah is the place to be. This island has access to luxurious five-star hotels and amazing eateries. The neighbours, Tourist Club Area and Al Reem Island have multiple other amenities as well. In addition, there are plenty of popular retail stores, mosques and fitness centres. One thing to consider that the rental prices for residences on the island are considerably higher than other areas of Abu Dhabi.
- It covers an area of approximately 114 hectares, which makes it one of the largest construction sites in the city
- The island that accommodates over 40 companies as well as other business towers
- Within a 33-minute drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport