ABOUT CITY OF LIGHTS
The City Of Lights is an exquisite waterfront community which consists of 60 towers including 8 commercial and 52 residential buildings. It is situated in the centre of Al Reem Island, and was established by Al Reem, Sorouh and Tamouh Investments. It is a mega property in the emirate of Abu Dhabi and can accommodate approximately 80,000 residents. The thriving new development is designed as a landmark where residents can enjoy most exclusive facilities and tranquil environment of natural mangroves and waterfront city.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Community is draped across 140 acres of land
- Features commercial spaces, marina facilities, residential towers, parks etc.
- It also includes townhouses, apartments and penthouses
- Comprises 60 towers which feature a mix of properties
Key points of the community are:
- Shared Swimming Pool
- Children Playground
- Shared gym
As the community holds numerous iconic towers and residential buildings such as Sigma Towers, Marina Bay, C2 Tower, Hydra Avenue Towers, etc., it has much to offer to its residents. The community is composed of flagship developments which offer ultramodern facilities and have views of the sea and green public parks.
PROPERTIES IN CITY OF LIGHTS
Properties in City Of Lights create warm spaces while rooms provide spectacular views of the diverse skyline of the city. Set over an exclusive water base, apartments for rent in City Of Lights consist of 60 towers which include residential and commercial towers. Rental trends are as follows:
- Studio apartments have prices starting from AED 44k yearly and can go as high as AED 50k yearly
- Price of renting 1-bedroom apartment starts from AED 55k yearly
Rental prices of 2-bed apartments ranges from AED 70k to AED 130k yearly. 3-bedroom apartments for rent have prices starting from AED 99k yearly. The sizes of apartments can vary from 500 sq. ft. 2300 sq. ft.
Rental trends of townhouses are as follows:
- Price of renting townhouses in City Of Lights, either 3 or 4-bedroom, can range from AED 124k to AED 190k yearly
- Townhouse comes with either 3, 4 or 5 bathrooms
The townhouses measure around 1700 sq. ft. to 3500 sq. ft. depending on the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. The properties in the locality are also famous among investors. There are studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom apartments for sale.
Sales trends are mentioned below:
- Studio apartments for sale have prices starting from AED 450k to AED 650k
- 1-bed apartment can cost anywhere between AED 700k to AED 955k
Sigma Towers, a residential tower in the locality features 4-bed and 5-bathroom penthouses. The sizes of these properties measure between 4100 sq. ft. to 4200 sq. ft. The penthouses offer suite bedrooms with high ceiling and panoramic views.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN CITY OF LIGHTS
Public transportation in City Of Lights is possible through the nearest bus stations namely Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station which is accessible in the 11-minutes drive. From this station, E100 and E101 can be taken.
Parking facility is available in the form of covered parking spaces in City Of Lights. There is allocated basement parking in the main towers such as C2 Tower. The community provides 24/7 security which means vehicles of residents and visitors are parked in a safe and secure environment.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
SUPERMARKETS NEAR CITY OF LIGHTS
One of the closest supermarkets near City Of Lights is Carrefour Market. It is the most trusted retailer in Abu Dhabi and one of the biggest supermarket groups in the UAE. It is accessible in two minutes. Another supermarket is Waitrose, which is a supermarket chain for fresh British baked goods and groceries, including own-brand products. Al Maya Supermarket is another spot for grocery shopping which is four minutes away.
MOSQUES NEAR CITY OF LIGHTS
One of the famous mosques near City Of Lights consisting of 3-storeys and which has the capacity to accommodate 2270 worshippers is Al Aziz Mosque. The three levels are composed of the women prayer hall, main prayer hall and secondary prayer hall. The mosque is accessible in four minutes. Other mosques nearby include Al Sahaba Mosque, Khalifa Zaid Mosque and Saif Bin Darwish Mosque.
OTHER PLACES OF WORSHIP NEAR CITY OF LIGHTS
Residents can find limited options of churches near City Of Lights because most of them are located close to the Al Mushrif community. There is St. Theresa’s Church, a Catholic church located at a distance of 16-minutes. It is one of the four Catholic churches in the UAE. Other churches that residents can pay a visit to include St. Joseph's Cathedral and Abu Dhabi Apostolic Tamil Church.
There are limited options available for temples lying close to the locality. One of the Hindu temples near City Of Lights consists of Jugannath temple. One can get to the temple in a 13-minute drive from the locality.
SCHOOLS NEAR CITY OF LIGHTS
Nursery schools nearby include:
- Mosaic Nursery
- Playhouse Nursery
- Noahs Ark Nursery
Schools near City Of Lights consist of:
- Repton Abu Dhabi School
- Abu Dhabi Grammar School
- International Community School
Repton follows a holistic approach to education. With high aspirations, it develops a love of learning in every student. The school is two minutes drive away. Abu Dhabi Grammar School is located at the centre of Abu Dhabi. Currently, it enrols 1080 students and provides Nova Scotia curriculum to 50 nationalities from around the globe. One can get to it in a 10-minute drive from the community.
The nearest college located at a distance of 10-minutes is Emirates College of Technology - City Campus. For higher education, residents have the option to get enrolled into Sorbonne University which is in close vicinity.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS NEAR CITY OF LIGHTS
Clinics near City Of Lights consist of:
- Kaya Skin Clinic
- Aster Clinic
- Oasis Medical Centre
Kaya Skin Clinic is an international chain which functions in advanced dermatological solutions for both men and women. Its branch is located in Abu Dhabi Mall. It is eight-minutes away. Aster Clinic is a friendly neighbourhood medical centre that is specialised in pathology, orthopaedics, gynaecology, paediatrics and dentistry.
There is a Community Pharmacy located at a distance of one-minute drive from the community. It is a full-service health-care pharmacy in the UAE.
One of the closest hospitals is Cleveland Clinic which is designed to address a number of critical and complex care requirements. It is a 364-bed facility with 5 clinical floors, 3 treatment and diagnostic levels and 13 floors of acute and critical inpatient units. It is six minutes drive away. Other hospitals near City Of Lights include Burjeel Day Surgery Center and LLH Hospital.
The City Of Lights is located on the southern side of Shams Abu Dhabi, the communities nearby include:
Al Maryah Island lies to the west of the community, is accessible via Al Reem Street and Al Falah Street. Shams Abu Dhabi lies close to the new Central Business District on Al Sowwah Island. It is six minutes away from the locality. Najmat, lying to the south of the community, is situated at the centre of the economic powerhouse of the oil-rich UAE and the cosmopolitan city.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS NEAR CITY OF LIGHTS
Although the community is filled with retail facilities, Abu Dhabi Mall is a mall near City Of Lights with around 200 shops and 40,000 visitors per day. The mall is accessible in five minutes drive by car via Al Reem Street. It has plenty of coffee shops and restaurants, a Cineplex, children’s play area and some popular outlets such as:
- Paris Gallery
- Grand Stores
- Carolina Herrera
- The One
- Marina Furniture
The shopping mall is located in central Abu Dhabi, UAE. The mall opened back in 2001 and has over 200+ shops, a cinema and a food court. It is located next to the Beach Rotana hotel and has direct access from the hotel.
Another shopping destination is Shams Boutik mall which is located in the Al Reem Island. The mall is interconnected to the iconic Sun & Sky Tower. It is located at a distance of three minutes drive. It hosts a variety of retail outlets, features activities for kids and some retail outlets such as:
- The Kettle Corner
Another retail spot located nearby is the Galleria Mall on Al Maryah Island which is also one of the top 10 malls in Abu Dhabi.
RESTAURANTS NEAR CITY OF LIGHTS
Residents can visit one of the nearest Abu Dhabi Mall and choose food options available in the mall such as:
- Charleys Philly Steak
- Café Nero
- Dunkin' Donuts'
Other restaurants near City Of Lights consist of:
- Johnny Rockets
- Hanoi Cafe & Restaurant
Johnny Rockets is an American burger chain that serves fast food items and burgers. It is located in Shams Boutik in Level 1. The timings of the restaurant are from 9 am – 12midnight. It is accessible in three minutes drive. Hanoi Cafe & Restaurant is a Vietnamese restaurant which is located one minute drive away by car. Popeyes is a fast-food restaurant that is operated by Al Yasat Catering and Restaurant Supplies. Its timings are from 11 am – 1 am.
Nightlife options near City Of Lights consist of Trader Vic's, which is five minutes drive away; Captain's Arms located in Al Zahiyah; and Vertical BAR, Filipino Bar & Restaurant is a 13-minutes drive away.
BEACHES NEAR CITY OF LIGHTS
One of the beaches near City Of Lights, which is 19-minutes away, is Corniche Beach. It stretches parallel to the famous Corniche Road and is one of the best beaches in Abu Dhabi. The beach has over 1100 parking spaces and a separate section for families and singles. One can enjoy the views of crystal blue water at the beach and the beautiful palm trees. Another beach located nearby is Al Sahil Beach which is 18-minutes away. For sports fanatics, the beach provides football and volleyball courts. There are also small restaurants at the beach that residents or expats can head to.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Leisure activities near City Of Lights include:
- Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
- Emirates Heritage Village
- Mangrove National Park
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the notable landmarks near City Of Lights, located at a distance of 17-minutes. It is the largest mosque in the UAE and also stands out as one of the largest mosques in the world. It is the only mosque which captures a unique link between Islam and other cultures of the world. The architects of the mosque were Emirati, Italian and British and inspiration was drawn from Egypt, Pakistan, Morocco and Turkey. It has a capacity of 40000 visitors and worshippers.
Heritage Village is one of the heritage sites in Abu Dhabi which is accessible in 22-minutes. One can head to this site to experience some of the crafts that were practised like blacksmithing, glass blowing, pot making, leather tanning and weaving. It also provides a leisurely experience because the museum hosts a jewellery exhibition and the history of pearl diving. One can also visit the nearest Mangrove National Park which has over 60 species of birds and offers kayaking and other water activities. It is a 15-minutes drive away.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Outdoor activities in City Of Lights consist of:
- Shared swimming pool
- Children's nursery/play areas
- Shared gym
- Outdoor leisure and recreation area
- Tennis court
City Of Lights is a community that has some famous residential and mixed-use towers such as Marina Bay. Those towers offer a variety of luxurious facilities to people living there.
There are also some fitness centres near City Of Lights such as Primal Gym six-minutes away; Golden Eagle Gym, 11-minutes drive away and Top Gym which is accessible in 12-minutes.
Beauty salons near City Of Lights consist of:
- Boudoir Beauty Lounge
- NStyle Beauty Lounge
- Ricky's Ladies' Salon
Boudoir Beauty Lounge is located at a distance of two-minutes drive from the community. The salon is located on Level 1 of Shams Boutik mall. NStyle Beauty Lounge provides a range of services such as hair care, nail care, waxing, body massages, facials and spas. It is accessible in 10-minutes. Ricky's Ladies' Salon is famous for providing a variety of skin and hair services. The salon specialises in keratin treatment and hair rebonding.
A 2-day outdoor event, the Promenade, usually takes place at the City of Lights at Al Reem Island in Abu Dhabi emirate. A number of activities that residents and expats can enjoy include performing arts, fun demonstrations, fitness classes, dance, and art shows, culinary delights, kid’s entertainment activities, water sports and cultural workshops.
SOCIAL COMMUNITY GROUPS
There are a number of pages on Facebook that residents can join for community-related information. These include Al Reem Island City of Lights C6 building and City of Lights - Al Reem Island. The two public groups that residents can become part of include Al Reem Island Community and Reem Island community official page.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
One can involve in a lot of fun activities while residing in the community such as dining at some of the best restaurants, shopping in the best malls of Abu Dhabi and visiting famous leisure attractions close by. However, the bridges to and from the city can get jammed during rush hours and the number of projects in the development phase are quite high.