ABOUT HYDRA VILLAGE
There was a time when living in a remote area, far off the central city of Abu Dhabi was considered an unfavourable choice. But a lot of people have gradually warmed up to this idea. This is because now many real estate developers in the UAE have been creating completely self-sufficient developments that offer sustainable living.
Hydra Village is one such emerging development that offers rental and freehold properties in a serene setting. Officially launched in the year 2006, the project is the brainchild of Hydra Properties LLC, a privately owned real estate company established in Abu Dhabi.
In line with the vision outlined in Plan Abu Dhabi 2030, Hydra Village occupies a prime location along the highway, near Al Shahama Road. Once complete, this major residential development will provide affordable yet comfortable accommodations to more than 10,000 occupants.
IN A NUTSHELL
The community of Hydra Village is for those who have gotten accustomed to the concept of suburban living. Built on a large area of 947,000 sq. m., the development is segmented into 10 zones.
Once ready, the design of Hydra Village will include nearly 2,400 villas, an unspecified number of buildings and a purpose-built community centre that will include facilities such as a billiard club, squash court, swimming pool, gym and a multipurpose hall. In future, Hydra Properties has plans to also include commercial facilities such as schools, clinics and shopping malls. Also, there will be a few mosques and open landscaped areas dedicated to public and private gardens.
PROPERTIES IN HYDRA VILLAGE
The houses in the first phase, which includes Zone 4 and Zone 7, were completed and delivered to the customers in 2013. Zone 4 spreads across a land mass of 280,113 sq. ft. features 148 villas, whereas Zone 7, built on an area of 570,155 sq. ft. includes 300 villas. Zone 8 is another completely developed sub-community that was ready for handover by April 2018. Playing host to low-rise residential buildings in Hydra Village, this recently established zone also consists of 582 2-bedroom villas, taking up an entire area of 1,098,882 sq. ft.
The villas in Hydra Village are arranged in a series where each unit is connected to the other. With a major focus on functionality, these houses feature minimalistic architectural designs and interior finishings. What makes Hydra Village's houses distinctive are the delightful citrusy shades that they are painted with.
Considering the current trend of the overall rental properties in Hydra Village, you can easily find any villa under AED 100k per year. Covering either 1,848 sq. ft. or 1,884 sq. ft. of floor space, a 2-bedroom house will cost an average amount of AED 70k per annum. With a maximum area around 2,000 sq. ft., a 3-bedroom villa can be rented for a price starting from AED 78k per annum.
As per the property market study by Bayut in 2018, the residential properties in Hydra Village have a remarkable rental yield of 7.6%, which is quite high in terms of investment returns. Investors looking forward to making a purchase in this area can keep in mind the sale price bracket from AED 890k to AED 1.2M. The demand for 2BHK villa starts from AED 825k, whereas the average sale price of 3BHK villas is AED 1.2M.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN HYDRA VILLAGE
The development currently has one main entrance that can be accessed from Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Road (E11) at its northeastern corner, which directly leads to Zone 7 and Zone 4. Therefore, when it comes to links for transportation in Hydra Village, the routes are currently limited.
There are private parking spaces in Hydra Village, while guests can park their cars outside the homes. As the area develops public transportation routes and links will be added.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
SUPERMARKETS NEAR HYDRA VILLAGE
The nearest supermarkets include Abu Suhail Supermarket, Shaheen Grocery Store, and Jooz and Looz Mill in the area of Al Shahama. The neighbourhood of Al Shabiya includes Anter Grocery, Al Hubaishi Grocery and Silver Supermarket right along the highway.
Shahama Green Market is the famous farmer’s market of this region that is located at a 10-minute drive from Hydra Village. It houses numerous little shops selling all kinds of consumer goods such as packaged food, spices, fresh meat and fresh produce.
Larger well-known supermarkets near Hydra Village include Carrefour Hypermarket in Deerfields Mall, Waitrose in Al Raha Boulevard and Lulu Express in Al Raha Mall.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES IN HYDRA VILLAGE
The developing neighbourhood is close to several religious facilities. The closest church near Hydra Village is New Life Church.
There is a Hindu temple under construction in Abu Dhabi. The temple near Hydra Village is located towards the north, at a distance of approximately 13 minutes when complete. Otherwise, residents will have to travel to Dubai to visit a Hindu temple.
There will be several mosques in Hydra Village as the development progresses. For now, residents can rely on nearby mosques in the adjacent Al Shabiya community, such as Mosque Samaha and Ahmed Al Mansoori Mosque. There is an Eid prayer ground in Old Al Shahama area, accessible in just 10 minutes.
SCHOOLS NEAR HYDRA VILLAGE
Neighbouring areas have an abundance of nurseries and schools. Options for preschoolers include Al Dana Nursery, Baby Bear’s Nursery and Alamal Kindergarten.
Barney Home Nursery is one of the first early education centres to open within a zoo. Children are encouraged to explore the surrounding environment and learn about animals that are frequently mentioned in nursery rhymes. Around the same area, you’ll find international institutes called Aspen Heights British School Abu Dhabi and the Stepping Stone Academy.
Other nearby institutes providing primary and secondary education include Al Shahama School, Al Basma British School and Al Bahia School.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS NEAR HYDRA VILLAGE
A clinic near Hydra Village, Tabarak Medical Poly Clinic will cater to all medical cases related to ER and general treatment. It also offers dental care, heart screenings as well as DNA testing.
Covering a diverse area of medicine, NMC Specialty Hospital Abu Dhabi is a trusted healthcare facility situated 10 minutes away on Abu Dhabi Al Shahama Road.
Other hospitals near Hydra Village include SEHA Visa Medical Shahama, Noor Al Shifa Medical Centre and Al Rahba Hospital.
Al Reef Downtown is a well-developed sub-community of the emerging Al Reef community that is located 11 minutes away. The stunning mixed-use development of Al Raha Beach is situated near the shoreline, around 14 kilometres from Hydra Village.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS NEAR HYDRA VILLAGE
Easily visible from Abu Dhabi – Al Shahama Road (E10), Deerfields Mall is a mall near Hydra Village. Spread across an area of 80,000 sq. m. in the locality of Al Bahia, the shopping mall features a Carrefour hypermarket, an indoor amusement land for kids, a cinema and a clinic. The Deerfields Mall serves as the ultimate venue which fulfils all retail needs of the residents living in nearby suburban areas.
RESTAURANTS NEAR HYDRA VILLAGE
A plethora of eateries is established in Deerfields Mall. Whether it is Burger King, Texas Chicken, Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, Subway or KFC, everyone can spot their favourite fast-food restaurant. Restaurants with a more diverse menu in Deerfields Mall include Chili’s, Hard Walls, La Brioche and India Palace. After a long tiring shopping spree, Hydra Village residents can unwind at one of the world-famous coffee shops, such as Starbucks and Tim Hortons.
Along the Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Road (E11) highway, there is a series of roadside dining options. These restaurants near Hydra Village include Nine Star Restaurant, Al Arees Grills and Restaurant, Shiraz Special Kebab and Low Calories.
BEACHES NEAR HYDRA VILLAGE
Although it’s an off-island area, people living in Hydra Village are close to the beach. Vibrant beach destination Yas Beach is less than 20 minutes away. Residents who are watersports enthusiasts can enjoy flyboarding, banana boat rides, kayaking and jet skiing here.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
A landmark near Hydra Village is the popular Emirates Park Zoo that is also the capital’s major wildlife park. It has various separate sections such as the Wild Life Walk, Reptile House, Snakes Alley, Giraffe Park, Flamingo Park, Bird Park, Petting Zoo, Primate Parade and Flamingo Park. Visitors get to enjoy the experience of feeding various animals such as elephants, giraffes, ducks and tropical birds.
The sports complex of Al Wahda Academy is another landmark close to Hydra village that hosts soccer games.
Movie buffs living in Hydra Village have a couple of options where they can catch up on the latest blockbusters. Movie theatres such as the Cine Royal at Deerfields Mall and VOX Cinemas in Yas Mall are situated at a close distance from Hydra Village.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Until the recreational facilities within the community are developed, outdoor-lovers in Hydra Village can rely on New Shahama Park as well as the two community parks in Al Bahya.
A part of Al Rahba Farm in Al Shahama area, the Mandara Equestrian Club is the UAE’s first ISO certified horse-riding club which has some of the best trainers in town. Catering to both beginners and advanced level riders, it offers carefully curated outdoor as well as indoor lessons for a time duration of 45 minutes.
Although there is currently no fitness facility within walking distance from Hydra Village, residents can drive for eight minutes and reach Ambiance Gym Body Building. With a further drive of a kilometre or two, they could reach Body Land Fitness Gym and Matrex Gym.
Ladies who are looking for a spa day or a beauty and styling session have plenty of options located nearby. Adjacent to Hydra Village community, Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Road is dotted with Be Queen Beauty & Care Centre, Rumoush Ladies Salon, Femina Beauty Salon and many more.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
It is no doubt a great place to make investments, but people planning to relocate to Hydra Village before its completion might have to bear a few limitations in mind. These include lack of basic communal amenities and public transport. Since it is at the eastern side of the development, away from the main access road, Zone 8 residents will have to take a longer route to exit the community. These issues should be solved once the community matures.