ABOUT AL REEM ISLAND
Abu Dhabi is quickly becoming a focal point in terms of commercial and real estate activity in the region. With numerous developments and upcoming projects, residents in the capital are considering moving to Al Reem Island to find a home. With no lack of waterfront developments, one particular area in Abu Dhabi has garnered more user interest than others: Al Reem Island. Ranking as the top choice for renting and buying apartments in Abu Dhabi, as per Bayut.com's Abu Dhabi Annual Market Report. The luxurious Al Reem Island stands out as the crowning glory of UAE’s capital.
The natural island sits 600 metres off the north-eastern coast of Abu Dhabi and has quickly become one of the most popular areas to live. Bustling with residential communities and light retail, this area guide of Al Reem Island explores how this up and coming island promises its residents a modern lifestyle and spectacular waterfront views of Marina Bay and the Persian Gulf.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Numerous high-rise towers with the iconic Stone-Henge inspired Gate Towers
- Apartments are perfect for young professionals as well as large families
- Great waterfront views from most buildings and villas
- Residential properties boast luxurious amenities and state-of-the-art facilities
- Al Maryah Island and Saadiyat Island are a stone’s throw away
- Reputable academic institutions make it ideal for families with children
Al Reem Island is one of the fastest-developing neighbourhoods in Abu Dhabi. The island has become one of the most in-demand locations in Abu Dhabi in a short span of time, dotted with several residential areas and light retail. Potential residents have an array of property types on Al Reem Island to choose from - luxury penthouses, apartments and stunning waterfront villas.
PROPERTIES IN AL REEM ISLAND
For renters, the area boasts a mix of property types. Villas vary from 2 to 5-bedrooms, whereas apartments range from studio to 5-bedroom units. The dominant style across the island is inspired by classic Moroccan and Spanish architecture, providing residents elegant residential buildings and villas to choose from. Residents who consider moving to Al Reem Island will enjoy luxury modern conveniences and amenities from all the properties.
As a mixed-use community, Al Reem Island has much to offer its residents. Scenic waterfront developments equipped with the latest technology and swarming with amenities, the area attracts a variety of nationalities. Al Reem Island is one of the first developments in Abu Dhabi to offer property ownership to expats on a leasehold basis. Learn more about freehold and leasehold properties in the UAE. Hence, walking around the island, you are bound to see a number of different nationalities who have come to call it ‘home’.
Demographics are also just as varied, ranging from high-flying professionals to families with children. Thanks to the range of property configurations available on Al Reem Island, potential residents have plenty of choices when it comes to selecting a home.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN AL REEM ISLAND
Car-owners living on Al Reem Island do not have to worry about parking spaces. Most, if not all, residential towers on Al Reem Island offer parking spaces to its residents. However, visitors might struggle with finding a good spot, unless they decide to park their vehicles at mall car parks or designated visitor parking lots in the community.
Al Reem Island is connected to the main city via two highways, with a third one underway. Commuters working off the island should note that these can get quite congested during rush hour. Island residents can get around via public transport. Taxis usually gather at Boutik Mall, and public buses 7 and 63 suffice if you need to get around the island.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Supermarkets on Al Reem Island
Al Reem Island’s Boutik Mall houses Waitrose to cater to its residents’ day-to-day needs. Apart from that, residents can find supermarkets on Al Reem Island that include Al Maya, Carrefour Market, Zoom and Geant Supermarket at convenient locations around the neighbourhood.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES ON Al Reem Island
The island is home to one of the largest mosques in Abu Dhabi. The mosques on Al Reem Island include the Al Aziz mosque which is centrally located and can hold a capacity of over 2,500 worshippers. The nearest church to Al Reem Island is the St. Joseph’s Cathedral, which is just about 20 minutes’ away in Al Mushrif. Those looking to pay respects at a Hindu temple will have to drive to Jebel Ali in Dubai, about 1 hour and 15 minutes away. There will be a Hindu temple opening in Abu Dhabi in 2020 which will be 25 minutes away from the residents of Al Reem Island.
Schools on Al Reem Island
For families with children, will love living on Al Reem Island as is home to several educational institutes catering to different age groups. Nurseries on the island include Mosaic Nursery, Hummingbird Nursery and Playhouse Nursery.
Reputable schools on Al Reem Island include Repton School Abu Dhabi, one of the best schools in the emirate. Nursery students are enrolled in the Rose Campus in the Repton Foundation School, it follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) system. For older students, the follow-up Fry Campus is located nearby, it offers the UK/IB system until Year 13.
For those on the brink of moving into higher education, the prestigious Paris-Sorbonne University, located in the heart of Al Reem Island, is a great choice. The university's impressive dome-shaped campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities with a massive library, student sports centre and a spacious cafeteria.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS ON Al Reem Island
Medical services are also within close proximity to Al Reem Island. The hospitals on Al Reem Island include the Burjeel Hospital which offers holistic treatments, while Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi on Maryah Island 7 minutes away is one of the top medical service providers in the region. NMC Specialty Hospital is also just 7 minutes away from Al Reem Island. The area also has numerous pharmacies located at convenient intervals around the island.
TOP 5 BUILDINGS ON AL REEM ISLAND
Marina Square ranks as a favourite in terms of popular towers on Al Reem Island. The distinct waterfront development consists of 14 luxurious mixed-use towers offering 3,440 residences, along with additional commercial, retail and hotel use units. If you’re planning to live in Marina Square, Al Reem Island's sophisticated high-rise towers then yearly rent for studios in Marina Square starts at AED 53k. While annual rent for 1 and 2-bedroom flats are AED 68k and AED 85k upwards, respectively.
For larger families, units of 5-bedroom apartments in Marina Square are also available at an annual rent of AED 280k along with lavish penthouses starting from AED 290k. Marina Square has become something of a landmark on Al Reem Island. Its strong infrastructure and excellent community facilities make it one of the most coveted addresses on the island.
The other popular districts in this massive development include Shams Abu Dhabi, and Shams Gate District. Of these, Shams Gate District feature the iconic Stone Henge inspired arc of towers which have come to be a distinct architectural landmark on Al Reem Island.
Whether you’re looking to rent or buy property on Al Reem Island, these areas are a great starting point for your research. Property types vary from studios to 5-bedroom apartments, while moving over to the Najmat area, one can also find spacious waterfront villas.
Falling into the more affordable housing category is Al Reem Island’s fifth most popular tower, Hydra Avenue. A studio here would rent out from about AED 44k a year while annual rents for a 1-bedroom apartment is at AED 65k. Sale prices for studios and 1-bedroom apartments are upwards of AED 419k and AED 850k, respectively.
Two bridges connect Al Reem Island to the mainland, one from Abu Dhabi city and another from Al Maryah Island. In addition to this, the cultural community of Saadiyat Island is minutes away from Al Reem, offering residents additional options for retail, recreation and other amenities.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
Malls on Al Reem Island
Residents can get their shopping fix from the Shams BOUTIK (Boutik Mall), located in Sun & Sky Tower. It has a number of independent retailers, brands, restaurants and cafés. One of the best malls in the emirate, Galleria Mall, is located on Al Maryah Island is just a few minutes away. It is best for looking to indulge in some detailed retail therapy.
The massive Reem Mall, which is currently under development and will be completed in 2020. It plans to house the world’s largest indoor snow park, 450 stores including 85 F&B outlets, two food courts, a hypermarket and a multiplex cinema. All these offerings will be a huge benefit for the Al Reem Island community.
Restaurants on Al Reem Island
Restaurants on Al Reem Island are quickly becoming a huge part of the perfect island lifestyle, several great eateries can be found on the island at present. The hotspot for great restaurants on Al Reem Island definitely is Shams BOUTIK Mall. Residents will be spoilt for choice with a wide variety of cuisines served up in well-known cafés and restaurants. You can also check out some of the high-end restaurants in the hotels on the island for fancy dinners and special celebrations.
Beaches near Al Reem Island
Since the island is still being developed, to find a suitable beach for some outdoor fun, you may have to head out to Saadiyat Public Beach (about 20 minutes by car) which is the closest beach to Al Reem Island. It offers sun loungers, lockers and towel services for AED 25 per adult; kids under 5 years go free. Saadiyat Public Beach also holds weekly yoga classes for those looking to squeeze in a little workout over the weekend.
Alternatively, a great place to visit is Abu Dhabi Corniche Beach (also about 20 minutes away) that is free to enter. The beach has plenty of parking space. Gate 4 of the beach is a popular choice for residents since it's close to popular restaurants and cafés.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Plans for leisure and recreational projects such as Reem Central Park are also in the pipeline. Scheduled to be completed this year, this park on Al Reem Island will pan over 1M sq. ft. providing residents with an area to relax outdoors. A cool skate park, play area for kids and interactive water features are also in the works. So while Al Reem Island is a beautiful place to live in, it will also offer its residents a wholesome family lifestyle.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
The promenade along the 2.4-kilometre canal on Al Reem Island has also created an additional open-air area for residents to enjoy long strolls by the water or a quick evening jog.
In terms of fitness, Primal Gym on Al Reem Island is a great option to squeeze in a workout. Located at the back of the Island, the gym offers various classes for yoga, Zumba and circuit training. It offers martial arts training taught by world-level champions. Life on an island with enviable karate skills - sounds like a good deal.
There are a couple of salons and spas dotted around the island. Those looking to relax will find Boudoir Beauty Lounge located in Shams BOUTIK Mall to hit the mark.
One of Al Reem Island’s recurring community events is Reem Weekend, a two-day event with organic food vendors, eclectic food trucks, exciting street performances, and a pop-up market with arts and crafts. Held by the water canal, this massive community event draws people from all over the capital to Al Reem island and is sure to make weekends a whole lot more fun.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Those living on Al Reem Island are sure to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle with luxury amenities at their doorstep. However, there are a few things to consider before you decide to move. The bridges connecting Al Reem Island to the main city can get congested during peak hours. If you are moving to Al Reem Island, you will need to factor this in when planning their commute to work or meetings. On-going construction is also quite extensive in the area, which means that while residents will eventually have access to even better world-class amenities, they will also have to live in close proximity to a construction site or two. But as a resident of Al Reem Island, you can take comfort in the fact that when it's done, the new developments will only make the area more favourable to live in.
- Abu Dhabi International Airport is about 30 to 45 minutes away
- 35 minutes’ drive to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
- Approximately 2 hours away from Dubai
- 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi Corniche
- Yas Island is 30 minutes away
- Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is 2 hours and 20 minutes away