ABOUT KHALIFA CITY B
Part of the larger Khalifa development in Abu Dhabi, the area guide about Khalifa City B or Shakhbout City explores why this community has become one of the most promising up-and-coming residential areas in the capital.
Tucked further inland near Bani Yas and Al Shawamikh, Khalifa City B ranked as the 6th most popular area for renting villas in Abu Dhabi as per Bayut.com’s Abu Dhabi Real Estate Market Report. The key incentive of living in Khalifa City is the premium residential housing at affordable prices for young couples and families looking to move to Abu Dhabi.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Quiet neighbourhood located on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi
- Spacious and affordable villas, some with gardens and pools
- Perfect for young couples and families with children
- Good for those regularly commuting to Dubai
- Plenty of schools and educational institutions
- Close to Yas Island and all its exciting events and entertainment options
Living in Shakhbout City allows residents to enjoy a quiet area with affordable housing. The apartments and villas in Khalifa City B are equipped with decent amenities and facilities that one expects of a residential area in this fast-developing country. Clusters of identical, detached or semi-detached 3 to 6-bedroom villas offer plenty of space to larger families. Apartments here range from studios to 3-bedroom units.
PROPERTIES IN KHALIFA CITY B
Rent and property prices in Khalifa City B are more affordable compared to the capital's busy city centre. Average rental price for a studio is a modest AED 21k, while rents for 1 and 2-bedroom apartments are at AED 32k and AED 59k, on average. Those looking at renting a villa in Khalifa City B can go for a spacious 3-bedroom house with an average rent of AED 168k. Average asking rents for larger 4 and 5-bedroom units are AED 140k and AED 178k, respectively. The reasonably priced housing in Khalifa City B makes this area hugely popular among expats, especially those with children since it offers a comfortable lifestyle and fits within a decent salary bracket.
Khalifa City B appeals to an eclectic mix of tenants. While the houses are largely preferred by families, the affordable studios and apartments in Khalifa City B attract bachelors and young couples. The area is extremely expat-friendly and ideal for families with children, with several international-curriculum schools located within close proximity. The current mix of residents is quickly evolving to include varied demographics including South Asian and Western nationalities.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN KHALIFA CITY B
The Khalifa City B villas and compounds in the well-planned community have covered parking spaces for residents. Visitor parking is also available in the neighbourhood in designated areas.
Located on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, the neighbourhood is a fair distance from the city centre. In terms of public transport, the area is on the Abu Dhabi public bus route with service 155 connecting it to various points around the capital.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Although Khalifa City B is a quiet neighbourhood, it comes with all the basic facilities and requirements. In order to find basic amenities, residents may have to frequently visit the neighbouring Khalifa City A.
SUPERMARKETS IN KHALIFA CITY B
Several large supermarkets in Khalifa City B operate across the suburb, including Carrefour and Spinneys. There are also several smaller supermarkets and mini-marts dotting the neighbourhood, to help residents get their basic day-to-day essentials. The affectionately named Pink Shops in Khalifa City A, are a row of buildings with stores on both sides. You will find groceries, salons, dry cleaners, barbers and more, these are a firm favourite with the suburbs residents and even with the citizens of Abu Dhabi.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES IN KHALIFA CITY B
There are quite a few mosques in Khalifa City B, including the Bani Hashim, a sandy-hued structure that is central to the suburb. The Mar Thoma Church in Abu Dhabi is the closest church to Khalifa City B which is 13 minutes away. A temple is set to open its doors to Abu Dhabi residents in 2018, but at the moment the closest temple is in Jebel Ali, Dubai which is over an hours’ drive away.
SCHOOLS IN KHALIFA CITY B
HOSPITALS IN KHALIFA CITY B
To cater to the healthcare needs of its residents, Khalifa City B is home to the Cambridge Medical & Rehabilitation Centre that specialises in long-term medical care. Residents can head on to the nearby Khalifa City A’s NMC Royal and Mediclinic Hospitals. A couple of pharmacies also dot the area catering to the needs of the neighbourhood.
Shakhbout City is located northeast of the Mohammed Bin Zayed City community and south of Abu Dhabi International Airport. The nearby locations to Khalifa City B are Bani Yas and Al Shawamekh, with the upcoming Zayed City to fill the gap between it. The more developed Khalifa City A district is also minutes away. The area is relatively close to Dubai and is connected to the emirate via the Abu Dhabi - Ghweifat International Highway.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS IN KHALIFA CITY B
The popular malls near Khalifa City B Abu Dhabi include Dalma Mall and Al Raha Mall, both located less than 30 minutes away. Also located close to Khalifa City B is the famous Yas Island, with its range of shopping, entertainment and leisure activities, it is the perfect place to visit for those living in Khalifa City B.
If you are considering moving to Khalifa City B but want a slightly different shopping experience, then visit the Pink Shops in Khalifa City A. These shops are touted to have everything under the sun. Expect to find an assorted range of products and services here, from textile shops to electronics repair services.
RESTAURANTS IN KHALIFA CITY B
Apart from a few fast-food chains, there are various restaurants in Khalifa City B that are located close to other neighbourhoods that house numerous cafeterias and take-out restaurants. Those looking to enjoy the nightlife can count on a fun-filled evening at the nearby Yas Island that is home to world-class hotels, bars, cafés and fine-dining restaurants.
BEACHES NEAR KHALIFA CITY B
Relaxing weekends with the family are best when spent at the beach. Those looking to enjoy the pristine beaches of Abu Dhabi can head to Al Raha Beach which is located just 20 minutes away from Khalifa City B. Saadiyat public beach and the happening Abu Dhabi Corniche is about a half-an-hour drive.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Most residents of Shakhbout City can enjoy teeing off at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, conveniently located 20 minutes away, in Khalifa City A. The sporty ones can head to Al Forsan International Sports Resort that has a wide variety of exciting activities including archery, horse-riding and shooting.
Khalifa City B residents have easy access to the music festivals in Yas Marina, and art exhibitions in Saadiyat Island to enjoy a taste of local and international pop culture.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Khalifa City B is close to the ‘park behind the Pink Shops’ over in Khalifa City A, and a short drive to Mohammed Bin Zayed City’s public park. These lushly landscaped areas have play areas for children and benches for residents to soak in some fresh air. Up to 16 new parks in Khalifa City B are expected to be completed close to by the end of 2018.
Fitness enthusiasts can choose from smaller and more well-known, larger chains of fitness centres in Khalifa City B. Fitness First is a convenient 13 minutes’ drive, while several small-scale gyms are present in Mohammed Bin Zayed City as well as Khalifa City A.
Khalifa City B also has numerous salons and spas for the chic and stylish to squeeze in some weekend self-pampering. For a more elaborately luxurious experience, residents can head to McQueen Spa in Khalifa City B for a relaxing massage.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Those who consider moving to Khalifa City B will enjoy all the perks of a comfortable lifestyle in Abu Dhabi with luxury amenities and spacious villas. However, since this area is still developing there might be some on-going construction, those moving to Khalifa City B can feel a little isolated due to its location being farther from the main city. Although, a short drive is all it takes to head over to nearby areas which have chic eateries, a number of retail stores and beaches.
- Abu Dhabi International Airport is about 15 minutes away
- 18 minutes’ drive to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
- Approximately 1 hour and 9 minutes away from Dubai
- 35 minutes from Abu Dhabi Corniche
- Yas Island is 20 minutes away
- Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is 1 hour and 20 minutes away