ABOUT AL WAHDAH
Best known for Al Wahda Sports Club, the iconic community of Al Wahdah in Abu Dhabi is home to a number of mid- and high-rise buildings along with a few residential villas. It offers a buzzing lifestyle to its residents because of its central location in the capital city. Apart from residential properties, Al Wahdah is home to numerous commercial properties, restaurants, shops and cafes.
IN A NUTSHELL
- It has mixed-use properties
- The area has more apartments as compared to villas
- Close to many schools, hospitals, and supermarkets
- Equally popular among individuals and families
Al Wahdah is a bustling district in the city’s centre. The best thing about the area is its prime location. Every amenity is at an arm’s length from the area plus commuting is easy. This densely populated locality in the capital city stands out amongst other real estate properties because of its affordability. In a glance, one will find a cluster of buildings in the surrounding featuring contemporary infrastructure.
PROPERTIES IN AL WAHDAH
As mentioned earlier, properties in Al Wahdah mostly feature rental apartments along with a few villas. The rents for flats in Al Wahdah are more affordable than other residential areas in the capital city. The property configurations of apartments range from a studio unit to 3-bedroom apartments. A studio apartment is the best option for an individual or a small family. It comes with all the amenities including electricity backup, central air conditioning, central heating and waste disposal. A studio unit usually has a coverage area of 300 to 500 sq. ft. The asking rent for a studio unit is between AED 22k to AED 37k per year which is easily affordable for a person with a modest salary. Asking rent for a 1-bedroom apartment is between AED 38k to AED 52k. For most apartments, water and electricity maintenance is included in the rent.
Some flats have an American kitchen with fitted cabinets, a bedroom with an attached bathroom, a storage area and a study room. The units have double-glazed glass windows and one can find built-in wardrobes in the bedroom. There is a long corridor at the entrance plus marble/tile flooring is used throughout the flat. There is a separate maid’s room. Security staff is present 24/7 plus the buildings are monitored through CCTV. The residents can avail facilities such as a shared swimming pool, gym, and spa.
There are a few villas available on rent which are best for large families. The property configuration of houses ranges from 4-bedroom to 6-bedroom. The villas come with a spacious hall, a big terrace, a neat kitchen and tile flooring. The community offers 24/7 security concierge plus villa maintenance is free of cost.
The villas feature a modern kitchen, store room, laundry room, balcony, majlis room and a guest bathroom. Some homes are two-storey units where the living room, dining room, kitchen, and guest washroom are on the ground floor while the bedrooms and family lounge are on the first floor. The rent of a 4-bedroom unit fluctuates between AED 120k to AED 190k. The rent of properties must be paid yearly through multiple cheques.
It is not solely a residential district. It has various commercial shops and offices. There are quite a few commercial offices available for rent as well. The offices have high-quality finishing, a spacious lobby, and ample parking space for workers. The glass windows allow plenty of natural daylight to enter the office. The office rent starts at AED 130k and goes up to AED 1.7M per annum.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN AL WAHDAH
Al Wahdah lies in the city’s centre, so the commute is hassle-free. One can find buses 160, 161, 162, 163 and 400 at Al Wahdah Bus Station which connect the district with other areas of Abu Dhabi. Getting a taxi is also a convenient option as there are plenty in the area.
There is ample parking space in Al Wahdah because the area is home to many commercial offices and shops. The residents of apartments get a reserved parking spot for a single vehicle.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Surrounded by schools, shops, hospitals and other facilities, Al Wahdah has every necessity one requires.
SUPERMARKETS IN AL WAHDAH
Many supermarkets are operational in Al Wahdah including Lulu Hypermarket inside Al Wahdah Mall. Fatima Supermarket has two different branches in the area. Others popular stores in the area include Millennium Supermarket, Parco Supermarket, Baqala Supermarket, Budget Line and Al Kasir. There are around five well-stocked baqalas and small supermarkets in Al Wahdah.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES IN AL WAHDAH
Al Wahdah is home to many people, all belonging to different faiths. The next-door neighbour, Al Karamah nestles multiple churches including the Church of Christ, Saint Anthony Cathedral for Coptic Orthodox, Abu Dhabi Apostolic Tamil Church, St. George’s Orthodox Cathedral, Philadelphia Church of God, and Snowball Church Abu Dhabi. These churches are close and can be reached from Al Wahdah in less than 10 minutes.
Hindu believers have to travel to Dubai as there are no temples in Abu Dhabi. There will be one by the end of 2020 near Al Wathba.
Finding mosques in Al Wahdah is not a tough task. Abdul Jaleel Mosque, Fath Ali Abdullah Al-Khaja Mosque, and Mohammed Bin Hamel Mosque are some big mosques in the area. Apart from these, there is a mosque inside Al Wahdah Mall as well.
SCHOOLS IN AL WAHDAH
There are numerous nurseries and secondary schools in Al Wahdah. ABC Nursery and Radiant Montessori Nursery are in the vicinity. Little Flower Private School and International Jubilee Private School are dotted in the neighbouring area. Abu Dhabi International Private School is at 8 minutes’ distance and it follows the American Curriculum.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS NEAR AL WAHDAH
There are a number of hospitals near Al Wahdah. For healthcare assistance, the residents can drive for a few minutes to reach Seha Emirates Hospital, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Canadian Medical Centre, and Nation Hospital. No hospital is more than 8 minutes away from the area.
A number of pharmacies also lie in the area including All Care Pharmacy, Bassem Pharmacy, and Boots Pharmacy.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS IN AL WAHDAH
Al Wahdah Mall is the most obvious choice of the residents for a retail fix. This mall has a unique sun roofed design and over 350 retail outlets. Stretching over 3.3 million sq. ft, the mall features Lulu Hypermarket, Al Wahda Cinema, H&M, Mamas and Papas and Iconic. It offers visitors the best entertainment, shopping and food experience. Al Wahdah Mall also won the Best Shopping Mall in Abu Dhabi award for four consecutive years.
There are few other malls in Al Waldah which are at less than 10 minutes distance including Madinat Zayed Mall, Khalidiyah Mall and Al Bateen Mall.
RESTAURANTS IN AL WAHDAH
Apart from eateries dotted in Al Wahdah Mall, there are quite a few popular restaurants in Al Wahdah. The list includes Peppermill Restaurant, B Café and Resto, and Al Dar Restaurant. For authentic Chinese cuisine, Ocean Chinese Restaurant is where the residents can head to.
For people who look for bars and want to experience the nightlife of the capital city, Porters English Pub, Sky Lounge 31, and C. Mondo are on the premises.
BEACHES NEAR AL WAHDAH
Quick access to the best beaches of Abu Dhabi is one perk of living in Al Wahdah. Listed among the best beaches of Abu Dhabi, Corniche with over 8 km of the shoreline is not more than 12 minutes away. One can find numerous restaurants, cafes and cycling pathways on the Corniche. Abu Dhabi Beach is at 10 minutes distance and Saadiyat Beach which offers eco-friendly water sports is less than 20 minutes away.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
The best place to spend leisure time for residents is Corniche Beach. This beach is divided into three sections out of which two are just for families. The visitors can also take speedboat on rent or go snorkelling to experience the best of Abu Dhabi’s aquatic life.
Other than Al Wahdah Mall, Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station is one landmark from where several buses head out to other emirates as per their schedule.
For people who enjoy watching movies on the big screen, Al Wahdah Cinema is inside Al Wahdah Mall. People can also visit Oscar Cinema in Madinat Zayed or Novo Cinema which is less than 10 minutes away.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Al Wahdah is home to Al Wahdah Sports Club where UAE Pro League is played. It is the top professional football league in the UAE and 14 national teams take part in it. Al Wahdah’s local football team also plays in this stadium. It is the best option for football lovers.
One of the biggest parks in Abu Dhabi, Al Khalidiyah Park is just 10 minutes away. This park has a paved walkway and a 20-minute circuit jogging track. Built especially for kids, there is a trampoline and other climbing equipment.
Fitness enthusiasts can spot many gyms in the area including Smart Gym, My First Gym, Al Rowda Gym, and Nutrilite Centre. Gold’s Gym is also found inside Al Wahdah Mall which has over 20 branches across the UAE.
For beauty related solutions, ladies can head out to Tasriha Beauty Salon, Princesses Palace Beauty Salon, Charm Slimming & Beauty Centre, and Lebanon Sky Ladies Salon. The Nail Spa is a posh nail salon inside Al Wahdah Mall. Catering to men, Al Masa Al Zarqa Gents Salon and Bavaria Gent Salon are in the vicinity.
Al Wahdah Sports Club hosts UAE Pro League which is an awaited event for soccer lovers. Al Wahdah Mall also hosts several smaller scale events especially for kids such as Dinosaur’s World Event, Christmas Event, National Day Event and Book Fair.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
- It takes 30 minutes to reach Abu Dhabi International Airport from Al Wahdah
- Corniche Beach is less than 15 minutes away
- 1 hour 27 minutes away is the emirate of Dubai
- Yas Island is at 30 minutes’ drive