ABOUT AL MARYAH ISLAND
Named after the Arabian Oryx, Al Maryah Island is located in the northeast of Abu Dhabi. It was formerly known as Sowwah Island. The construction of Al Maryah Island started in 2007 by Mubadala developers. 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 kitchen, allocated parking spaces, 24/7 availability of security staff, fitness centres, swimming pool, maid’s room and kids play area
- The area has a vibrant lifestyle and is great for businesses too
- It is close to the beaches and consists of many restaurants for dine-in
- The area has its own well-established malls such as 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. 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. Comprising 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 comprise 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 floor space with two baths and the rent varies between AED 150k to AED 155k yearly. For a 2-bedroom apartment with four baths, the rent is about AED 90k. If you want to rent any of the five-star hotels, the average rent can go up to AED 200k yearly. 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.
The basic features of apartments include a fully equipped kitchen, underground parking, 24/7 security, concierge service, fitness centres, a swimming pool, a maid’s room, a tennis court, and a play area for kids.
If you plan to rent an office in Al Maryah Island, the renting rate varies according to the floor area and office location. For instance, an office with a coverage area of 7,295 sq. ft. in CAT A costs around AED 1.5M yearly. The rent is approximately AED 363,750 yearly for an office covering 1044 sq. ft. The offices have a free zones license, beautiful sea view, high-quality finishes and 24-hour security.
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 St 19, Bainuna street serviced by buses 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 Al Zahiya and Lulu Express all within a 10-minute drive. These supermarkets provide you with vast brand options in terms of grocery, electronics, cosmetic products and entertainment. Mina Al Madeena Supermarket Abu Dhabi and Almaya are also a 6-minute drive away.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES IN AL MARYAH ISLAND
The area promotes religious tolerance and one can find churches and mosques in close proximity. The closest and most popular church in Al Maryah Island is St. George’s Orthodox Cathedral which is located at only a 16-minute drive from the place. Others such as St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Kings Church and St. Nicholas Orthodox Abu Dhabi are all situated on 17th street. The area itself does not have 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 following Al Falah Street. New Gurudwara Abu Dhabi and BAPS Hindu Mandir are both located at about a 30-minute drive from Al Maryah Island.
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 (Canada) is providing the Nova Scotia 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 and offers the UK/IB curriculum. Emirates National Schools and GEMS World Academy is also part of the popular schools' category in the area. They are both located within a 10-minute drive from Al Maryah 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, one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Abu Dhabi exists on the west of Al Maryah Island. Al Zahiyah is a very busy business place with cafes and hotels. To the east of Al Maryah Island, Al Reem Island is located. Al Reem Island 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 best locations such as Marina Square, Shams Abu Dhabi 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, family restrooms, charged parking 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. Al Maryah Central is another mall in Al Maryah Island which is like a go-to place for the residents.
RESTAURANTS IN AL MARYAH ISLAND
People with a sound taste in amazing cuisines will consider this place food heaven. There is a wide range of restaurants on Al Maryah Island. Be it a fast-food chain ‘BurgerFuel’ at Sowwah Square or an Indian restaurant called Biryani Pot, they are all located within the community. If you want to try Japanese food, Zuma Abu Dhabi is the place for you. If you are craving for Chinese food, visit Dai Pai Dong restaurant. There are other popular food outlets in the hotels and malls in the area with an amazing ambience where you can enjoy a peaceful dinner with your family.
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 in Al Maryah Island are just at a 15-minute drive. Abu Dhabi Beach, Al Sahil Beach and the most attractive Corniche beach are all nearby. Corniche beach is a fantastic outdoor destination for its visitors. It is divided into three sections: for singles, for families and for families with children. People can have a great time because of the facilities and activities available here such as volleyball courts, football pitches, and kids play area.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Life in Al Maryah Island is exciting as the place is loaded with many interesting locations. There are long, shiny towers with a spectacular view of the city’s skyline and 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.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Fitness freaks need not worry as 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 Abu Dhabi, Power on Fitness Centre Abu Dhabi and Professional Gym in Al Zahiyah. HAIRWAVES by Charbel, NStyle Beauty Lounge and Bellacure Nails are some popular salons for ladies. Men need not worry as Urban Male Lounge is right around the corner.
If you want to be part of the important events on special occasions, you will be pleased to hear that Al Maryah’s Central entertainment 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. 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 locales of Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah is the place to be. This island has access to luxurious five-star hotels and amazing eateries. The neighbours, Al Zahiyah and Al Reem Island have multiple schools for your kids. In addition, there are plenty of popular retail stores, mosques and fitness centres. People also prefer living in Al Maryah Island as it provides a number of employment opportunities for its residents.
- 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