ABOUT AL WARD
Offering a peaceful environment away from the bustling city, Al Raha Gardens community is popular with families. The master community is divided into 11 precincts or sub-communities that are clustered across a rectangular plot of one million square metres. The final release of residences in Al Raha Gardens is Al Ward. It is located in the eastern region of the neighbourhood. The area guide of Al Ward gives an insight on this latest freehold sub-community in Al Raha Gardens.
IN A NUTSHELL
- An exclusive freehold area
- Next to Al Ishoush St. (Street 3)
- Offers quick access to the Abu Dhabi – Al Shahama Road (E10) highway
- Close to two prestigious schools
- In proximity to various island developments
- Offers quick access to the airport
The sub-community of Al Ward offers a quiet, peaceful and safe environment to families. Like all projects in Al Raha Gardens, Al Ward is a freehold area that consists of properties that expats can invest in. While there are 3 and 4-bed properties in Al Raha Gardens, this is one of the sub-communities that offers larger options such as 5-bed villas.
- Home to a limited series of 28 villas
- Peaceful because it is a completely residential area
- Has access to various neighbourhood amenities
A pet-friendly area, Al Ward consists of a family park, jogging pathway, cycling trail, landscaped streets and 28 deluxe houses. It is a fully residential area but has access to neighbourhood amenities such as mosques, schools, a community hall, a fitness centre and a sports ground.
PROPERTIES IN AL WARD
If a family is looking for a 5-bedroom residence with a study and two majlis areas then properties in Al Ward make a perfect choice. Built over two floors, these five-bed rental villas feature an expansive living area and generous outdoor space. Since wall-to-wall windows and sliding glass doors are incorporated, the interiors are bright and airy and create a seamless flow of space throughout.
Depending on the type of property, the outdoor facilities in the properties vary between fountains, lawn, garden, courtyard, plunge pools, deck area and dining terrace. There is also a closed area for private parking.
Amenities like closed-plan kitchen, two majlis (formal living rooms), dining room, maid’s room, study room and a guest bedroom are based on the ground floor. The upper floor includes balconies, additional study room and all the five en-suite bedrooms that come with built-in closets.
Rental Trends for Al Ward
Villas for rent in Al Ward are available in four layouts and this is how they are categorised:
- 5-bed villa Type-A with a standard area of 3,901 sq. ft.
- 5-bed villa Type-S with a standard area of 4,186 sq. ft.
There are also deluxe villas available in Type-A and Type-S configurations that range from 4,400 sq. ft. to 4,800 sq. ft. The overall rental price for villas in Al Ward starts from AED 185k and goes up to AED 250k per year.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN AL WARD
There are up to three parking spaces in Al Ward houses. Fully secure, these spaces are confined in a private car park area that is equipped with an electric gate. Most properties such as the 3,901 sq. ft. Type-A villa and the 4,800.3 sq. ft. Type-S house consists of extra storage areas within the garage.
Public Transportation near Al Ward
In terms of road connectivity, the sub-community has an advantage of being right next to the collector road. This road leads to Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street (E10) which is the main route for transportation near Al Ward.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
SUPERMARKETS NEAR AL WARD
Although located in the neighbouring community, the nearest supermarket is Souq Planet in Etihad Plaza located at a 5-minute driving distance. It is also close enough for a walk. Apart from general groceries, Souq Planet stocks seafood, poultry, vegan options and pork products as well as a liquor store. Other supermarkets near Al Ward such as Spinneys, Carrefour, Lulu Express, Safa Express and International Hypermarket are all within a short driving distance.
MOSQUES NEAR AL WARD
People who want to offer prayers will find many around the area. A few are located within Al Raha Gardens, while other mosques near Al Ward are distributed in the southern Khalifa City A. Some of these are Al Basit Mosque, Al Asadain Mosque and Mansoor Bin Zayed Mosque.
OTHER PLACES OF WORSHIP NEAR AL WARD
There are numerous churches near Al Ward accessible after a drive of 18 to 20 minutes. Located in Mussafah, they include St. Paul’s Church, Mar Thoma Church, St. Elias Rome Orthodox Church, and Abu Dhabi Assembly of God Church.
There two temples near Al Ward, accessible within a drive of 18 to 21 minutes. One is New Gurudwara Abu Dhabi located to the west and the other is the under-construction BAPS Hindu Mandir to the east in Al Rahba district. Estimated to be completed by 2020, the complex of BAPS Hindu Mandir will include many facilities such as gardens, exhibition halls, prayer halls, visitor’s centre, learning facilities, food court, books and gift shop, and play areas for children.
SCHOOLS NEAR AL WARD
There is a wide variety of nurseries near the vicinity and it includes:
- Noah’s Ark Nursery
- Sunny Meadows Montessori Nursery
- The Windsor Early Years Nursery
Here is the list of nearby schools:
- Al Yasmina Academy
- Al Shohub School
- Raha International School
Many top nurseries in Abu Dhabi are located in areas such as Al Bateen and Khalifa City A. Nearly 10 minutes away, Noah’s Ark Nursery takes admissions of 12-month to four-year-old children. This particular branch in Khalifa City A has been selected for the Safest Nursery Award in Abu Dhabi. Approximately eight minutes away, The Windsor Early Years Nursery is one of the few top-rated childcare facilities that cater to infants and children up to the age of four.
Rated ‘very good’ by Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), Al Yasmina Academy is one of Aldar Academies’ prestigious addition since 2009. Based in the eastern corner of Al Raha Gardens, Al Yasmina Academy incorporated the British curriculum that prepares students for IGCSE and A-level qualifications. Al Ishoush St. (Street 3) leads to this school in just eight minutes. Other schools near Al Ward include Al Shohub School, Crescent International School and Raha International School.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS NEAR AL WARD
Residents seeking medical care will not have to travel too far as there is an impressive list of clinics and hospitals near Al Ward, such as:
- Silkor Laser & Aesthetic Centre
- Mediclinic Khalifa City
- NMC Royal Hospital Khalifa City
A variety of healthcare centres cater to different medical issues. For instance, Silkor Laser & Aesthetic Centre, Cosmedics Skin & Laser Clinic and Kaya Skin Clinic offer cosmetology services. Sparkle Dental Boutique, Smilerite Dental Care and Al Areej Dental Clinic deal with dental issues. Vet clinics near Al Ward include German Veterinary Clinic, British Veterinary Centre and Australian Veterinary Clinic. All these medical facilities are accessible in less than 15 minutes. Nearby medical stores include Al Wahda Pharmacy in Etihad Plaza and Boots Pharmacy in the neighbourhood.
These are the neighbouring communities:
- Al Raha Beach
- Masdar City
- Khalifa City A
Al Raha Beach is an expansive creek-side development that stretches along a good part of the E10 highway on the mainland and offers a 5.2 million sq. m. of beach shoreline. It directly faces Al Ward across the highway. The community of Masdar City has been designed with sustainable urban planning that involves cost-effective methods for a viable environment.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS NEAR AL WARD
Residents who like to indulge in some retail therapy every now and then can explore numerous shopping centres and malls near Al Ward. The nearest ones include:
- Gardens Plaza
- Al Raha Mall
- My City Centre Masdar
Al Raha Mall is located across the highway. Apart from retail offerings, the mall includes a Sparky’s amusement centre, Oscar Cinema and a photography studio called Al Abra Studio. Al Raha Gardens’ community centre called Gardens Plaza is around eight minutes away. Other than the supermarket that caters to the day-to-day needs of the community, the plaza has the following retail offerings:
- Pet’s Delight
- Grand Optical
Pet’s Delight is a one-stop-shop for food and accessory supplies for cats, dogs, birds, fish, etc. They also have pet-care and grooming experts. Claire’s is a fashion store that offers an eclectic selection of jewellery and accessories for young girls. Some of the dining options in Gardens Plaza include Circle Café, Subway, Starbucks and Jones the Grocer.
RESTAURANTS NEAR AL WARD
People who love dining out are spoilt for choice as there is a great array of restaurants near Al Ward. Just 13 minutes away, there is a corner in Al Raha Gardens called Khalifa City Truck Park (KCTP). Some of the offerings at this popular dining spot include:
- Sushi Express
An interesting variety of eateries exist beyond this food truck park too. Distributed throughout the region, nearby dining places include:
- Eighteen Sixty Eight – 1868
- Pacifico TIKI | Dining & Lounge
A licenced Irish pub called McGettigan’s features a renowned selection of cocktails, champagne and other sparkling drinks. Every day there is something new to look forward to, as McGettigan’s features a variety of themed brunches and eventful nights. It is based in Al Raha Beach Hotel, roughly on a 10-minute drive away. Eighteen Sixty Eight is a casual dining restaurant that has an artsy appeal. It lies at a walking distance from Al Ward. A Polynesian waterside restaurant called Pacifico TIKI is a lively place that offers must-try brunches and discount deals.
BEACHES NEAR AL WARD
Al Ward is close to a number of waterfront destinations such as Hope Island and Al Zeina Beach. These islands developments and beaches near Al Ward are situated across Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan St. (E10) with a convenient distance of eight to 10 minutes. Available for private access, the closest beaches are located on the waterfront communities such as Al Zeina and Al Muneera. A part of the archipelago Yas Island, the popular Yas Beach is known for its buzzing beach club and the pristine stretch of white sand. It is accessible via Al Rahah Street in 12 minutes.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Many tourist attractions lie close to Al Ward and these are the few mentions:
- Al Bandar Marina
- Al Raha Beach Hotel
- Yas Marina Circuit
One of the developments on Al Raha Beach community is the 150-berth Al Bandar Marina that features a range of amenities. Some of these are salons, supermarkets, restaurants, a fitness centre and a music institute. The iconic Yas Marina Circuit is a Formula One racing track that is at an agreeable distance of 10 minutes. It features a racing academy, sports complex, fitness centre, medical centre, sizable go-kart track, 5.6-kilometre track and five main grandstands for spectators.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
The nearby facilities for outdoor activities include:
- Cycling track
- Play area
- Sports ground
Cyclists can rent a bike from the ADCB Bikeshare station based near the community’s entrance. Around the western corner of the community, there is a sports ground which welcomes youth of any age to practice football. The nearest gyms are PoleEthics, RUSH Ladies Fitness Centre, Al Raha Gardens Plaza Gym and Blue Power Fitness Gym. Other amenities near Al Ward include salons and spas such as:
- Bedashing Beauty Lounge Khalifa City A
- Nails Couture
- Golden Desert Spa
A leading beauty centre in UAE, Bedashing Beauty Lounge Khalifa City A offers a holistic range of beauty services. It is on just a 4-minute walk away. For manicures, pedicures and customised day spa services, ladies can visit Nails Couture on Al Bandar Marina.
Except for the brand activations organised in the community centre, Al Raha Gardens is not known for any major events. One of the interactive events to have taken place in the nearby Al Dana Island is Al Dana Weekend. It featured an art exhibition, musical night, family yoga, live mural painting and a few other fun-filled activities.
SOCIAL COMMUNITY GROUPS
There is a closed group on Facebook called Al Raha Gardens Community Page that has over 16,000 members. However, there are many open Facebook groups that anyone can join, such as Al Raha Gardens, Al Raha Gardens Abu Dhabi, Al Raha Gardens Compound, and Al Raha Gardens People Property and Pets.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Al Ward is a small community made up of 28 villas, hence one thing to consider would be the availability of properties. Al Ward is a highly desirable community due to the quality of the homes and the amenities it provides to residents.
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