ABOUT AL WAHDAH
Al Wahdah is best known for Al Wahda Sports Club, Al Nahyan Stadium and Al Wahda Mall. 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
- Home to Al Nahyan Stadium, Al Wahdah Sports Club and Al Wahda Mall
Al Wahdah is a bustling district located in Abu Dhabi's city centre. The best thing about the area is its prime location. Every amenity is close to the area, commuting to and from Al Wahdah is also easy. This densely populated locality in the capital city stands out amongst other real estate properties due to its affordability. In a glance, one will find a cluster of buildings in the area, many of which feature 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 studio units to 3-bedroom apartments. 24-hour security staff is present, plus the buildings are monitored through CCTV cameras. The residents can avail facilities such as a shared swimming pool, gym and spa.
A studio apartment is the best option for an individual or a small family. A studio unit usually has a coverage area of 300 to 500 sq. ft. The asking rent for a studio in Al Wahdah is between AED 22k to AED 37k per year. Asking rent for a 1-bedroom apartment is between AED 38k to AED 52k. Renting a 2-bedroom apartment ranges from AED 50k to AED 100k whereas, the rental trend of a 3-bedroom unit lies between AED 65k to AED 150k per year.
There are a few villas available for rent, these are better suited towards larger families. The property configuration of houses ranges from 4-bedrooms to 6-bedrooms. The villas come with a spacious hall, a big terrace, a neat kitchen and tile flooring. The rent of a 4-bedroom unit fluctuates between AED 120k to AED 190k.
It is not solely a residential district. It has various shops and commercial offices available for rent as well. The offices have high-quality finishing, a spacious lobby and ample parking space for workers. Offices for rent in Al Wahdah starts from AED 130k and goes up to AED 1.7M, per annum.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN AL WAHDAH
Al Wahdah lies in Abu Dhabi's city centre, so the commute is hassle-free. One can find Bus 160, 161, 162, 163 and 400 at Al Wahdah Bus Station which connects 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 (grocery shops) 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. Nearby, Al Mushrif 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, which will be 30 minutes away from Al Wahdah.
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 large mosques in the area. Apart from these, there is a prayer room inside Al Wahda 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 a distance of 8 minutes and it follows the American curriculum.
Residents of Al Wahdah can find the European International College in Al Karamah as the closest higher education institute. Other options include University of Strathclyde Business School Abu Dhabi and Khalifa University near Al Mushrif.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS NEAR AL WAHDAH
There are a number of hospitals near Al Wahdah. For healthcare assistance, 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.
Clinics in the area consist of American European Medical Center, Canadian Medical Center Abu Dhabi and All Care Medical Center. Those with skin concerns can head to Kaya Skin Clinic in Al Wahda Mall.
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 Wahda Mall is the most obvious choice for residents looking for a retail fix. This mall is known for its unique open-air design which lets lots of natural light enter the mall. Stretching over 3.3 million sq. ft, the mall features 350 retail outlets, a Lulu Hypermarket and the nine-screen Al Wahda Cinema. It offers visitors the best entertainment, shopping and food experience. Al Wahda Mall also won the Best Shopping Mall in Abu Dhabi award for four consecutive years.
There are few other malls near 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 a popular establishment among residents and visitors.
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 located in the community.
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, the Corniche is not more than 12 minutes away. One can find numerous restaurants, cafes and cycling pathways on the Corniche. 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 a speedboat on rent or go snorkelling to experience the best of Abu Dhabi’s aquatic life.
The main landmark for the area is Al Nahyan Stadium. Al Nahyan Stadium mainly hosts football events and can hold up to 15,000 visitors. It was built in 1995 and was completely renovated in 2019. The stadium is the home ground of the Al Wahda Football Club and Al Wahdah Sports Club where the UAE Pro League is played. It is the top professional football league in the UAE and 14 national teams take part in it.
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
One of the biggest parks in Abu Dhabi, Al Khalidiyah Park is just 10 minutes away. This park has paved walkways 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 which has over 20 branches across the UAE, can also be found inside Al Wahda Mall.
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 reputed nail salon inside Al Wahdah Mall. Catering to men, Al Masa Al Zarqa Gents Salon and Bavaria Gent Salon are located in the vicinity.
Al Wahdah Sports Club hosts UAE Pro League which is an awaited event for football lovers. Al Wahda Mall also hosts several smaller scale events, especially for kids.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
- Corniche Beach is less than 15 minutes away
- Yas Island is at a 30-minute drive
- It takes 30 minutes to reach Abu Dhabi International Airport from Al Wahdah
- 1 hour 27 minutes away is the emirate of Dubai