ABOUT MADINAT AL RIYADH
Currently under development, Madinat Al Riyadh or ‘Al Riyadh City’ is a mixed-use hub that will encompass around 8,000 hectares of land in Abu Dhabi. Once completed, it will feature a variety of residential and commercial properties, along with its own clinics, hospitals, schools, mosques, malls and parks.
Madinat Al Riyadh will serve as a ‘city within a city’ for the residents of Abu Dhabi, who can find affordable housing on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi and in proximity to Al Wathba and Al Shamkha, as per the Abu Dhabi public housing policy. The community is located right beside Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Road, which separates it from Al Shamkha.
IN A NUTSHELL
- A mixed-use development under construction
- Also known as Al Riyadh City
- Residential, commercial and retail properties
- Schools, clinics, parks, malls within the community
- Located on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi
- Adjacent to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Road
Madinat Al Riyadh is set to be a large mixed-use hub, consisting of villas and apartments along with commercial properties, malls, restaurants, schools, clinics, hospitals and parks. It will be a buzzing area with high-end amenities so its residents can lead a comfortable lifestyle.
With Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Road right beside the community, individuals can easily travel to other areas in Abu Dhabi. Moreover, individuals will be able to access other areas in the United Arab Emirates by taking the E311 highway, which is adjoined on the northern side.
PROPERTIES IN MADINAT AL RIYADH
The mega housing project will offer a vast range of properties, ranging from residential to commercial as well as retail properties. At the moment, individuals can find a few completed apartment buildings and villas, which are available on a rental basis.
1-bedroom apartments measure around 748 sq. ft. while 2-bedroom apartments cover a built-up area from 977 sq. ft. to 2,700 sq. ft. For those interested in larger units, 3-bedroom apartments cover an average floor area of 3,000 sq. ft.
While 1-bed and 2-bed units feature bedrooms with attached bathrooms, living and dining areas and balconies too in some cases, most of the 3-bedroom apartments come with a maid’s room too. Every unit has a powder room in the living area.
Villas are available in different configurations, with most of them having five bedrooms and more. A 5-bed villa may occupy a floor area of 5,000 sq. ft. while a 7-bed villa will be available with a built-up area of 5,995 sq. ft. These come with a large compound, terrace and a Majlis in addition to bedrooms, kitchens and living areas.
RENTAL TRENDS IN AL RIYADH CITY
For renting a property in Madinat Al Riyadh, individuals can take reference from the listed rental trends. Those interested can choose from villas or apartments for rent in Madinat Al Riyadh as per their preference.
- 1-bedroom apartments cost an average of around AED 40K per year.
- The annual rent of 2-bedroom apartments ranges between AED 45K and AED 50K.
- You can rent a 3-bedroom apartment for an average annual rent of AED 55K.
- Villas for rent in Madinat Al Riyadh are available for AED 140K and more for villas with more than four bedrooms.
HOTELS NEAR MADINAT AL RIYADH
At the moment, there are no hotels within Al Riyadh City. However, one may find many hotels within a drive of more than 20 minutes. Some of these hotels are:
- Millennium Central Mafraq Hotel – 4-star hotel
- Premier Inn Abu Dhabi International Airport – 3-star hotel
- Aerotel Abu Dhabi – 3-star hotel
- Marriott Hotel Al Forsan Abu Dhabi – 5-star hotel
Millennium Central Mafraq Hotel is located at Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Road and is at a 22-minute while Premier Inn is near the Abu Dhabi International Airport area. Aerotel is nestled within the airport at Terminal 3. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan Abu Dhabi is a 5-star hotel at a 28-minute drive.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING IN MADINAT AL RIYADH
Depending on the built-up area of the villas, they feature garages or compounds that can accommodate more than one car at a time. The community has open spaces that can be availed for guest parking. Buildings in the community come with ground or basement parking too.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION NEAR MADINAT AL RIYADH
The public transportation system of Abu Dhabi caters to its residents with taxis, buses and even ferries for a few areas. For catching taxis, residents can find dedicated taxi stands with the shopping malls in the nearby communities or book them through their mobile apps.
The neighbouring Al Shamkha and Baniyas are home to a number of bus stops and bus stations, which can require a drive from anywhere between 10 to 20 minutes. Many of these receive services from buses like Bus 300, Bus 406, Bus 405 and a few others.
Bus stops servicing the Bus 406 are Baniyas Sport Stadium Bus Stop on 54th Street, Al Miqdad Al Kindy Mosque Bus Stop on 52nd Street and Bus Stop 30242. Whereas, Bus 300 can be hailed at Al Shamkha Makani Mall Bus Stop, Abu Dhabi Co-Op Society Bus Stop and Civil Defence Bus Stop.
Al Aghsan Street in Baniyas has stops like Atfal Al Emarat Kindergarten Bus Stop and Saad Bin Obada School Bus Stop that cater to Bus 405. For catching Bus 404, one can find stops on 22nd Street while the stops on 2nd Street cater to Buses A40, B43 and B45.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
SUPERMARKETS IN MADINAT AL RIYADH
There are a few baqalas and minimarts in the community, which are sufficient for buying everyday groceries. Some of the larger supermarkets in Madinat Al Riyadh are:
- LuLu Express Supermarket – Aliyah Street
- Zenith Hypermarket – 46th Street
Zenith Hypermarket is the place to purchase all sorts of essentials under affordable pricing. In addition to stocking up on groceries and fresh products, the hypermarket boasts of electronics, novelty items, toys, children’s electric cars, cosmetics and fresh fish too.
Lulu Express supermarket runs under the LuLu Group International, which will launch another LuLu Hypermarket in Riyadh City too. The supermarket is renowned for its vast range of groceries, especially fresh items, making it one of the best supermarkets in Abu Dhabi.
For more options, individuals can drive to the neighbouring communities and find some more supermarkets near Madinat Al Riyadh, including:
- Al Heely City – Shamkha
- Al Maya Supermarket – Al Falah Society
- Spar Express – Al Falah Society
- Yas Mart Hypermarket – Plot E-13, Baniyas
Al Maya Supermarkets run under the Al Maya Group while Spar Express operates under Spar International. Yas Mart Hypermarket is another massive supermarket, offering all sorts of items under a single roof, even clothes and casual wear.
MOSQUES NEAR MADINAT AL RIYADH
Presently, there is one community mosque on 1st Street in Madinat Al Riyadh. The rest of the 17 mosques are under development. Meanwhile, Al Shamkha, Baniyas and Al Wathba; the immediate neighbours boast of a large number of mosques. Some of these are:
- Community Mosque – SH1, Al Shamkhah
- Community Mosque – SH2, Al Shamkhah
- As’ad Bin Zurara Al Ansari Mosque – 1, 15th Street, Baniyas
- Rafi Bin Anjda Mosque – 33, Al Batran Street, Al Wathba North
- Al Moazz Mosque – 1/1 57th Street
The mosques in Al Shamkha can be reached within 12 minutes while those in Baniyas and Al Wathba require a drive of approximately 20 minutes.
OTHER PLACES OF WORSHIP NEAR MADINAT AL RIYADH
Abu Dhabi, like other emirates in the United Arab Emirates, is a melting pot of cultures, thereby serving people of different faiths with their religious sites. For the Hindus, there shall be a temple namely BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Mureikha. Located 29 minutes away, the temple will be led by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha and its construction will be completed by 2022.
Gurudwara Mata Sahib Kaur Ji lies at a 29-minute drive. The Sikh community can find this simple-looking Gurudwara in Musaffah or find the Guru Nanak Sikh Darbar in Dubai, which is approximately an hour away.
For the Christians, the city boasts of many churches that cater to the different faiths within Christianity. A few of the churches near Madinat Al Riyadh are:
- New Life Church – Emirates Park Zoo, Al Shahama
- The Armenian Church of Abu Dhabi – 16th Street, M26, Musaffah
- St. Paul’s Catholic Church – 16th Street, M32, Musaffah
- The Mar Thoma Abu Dhabi Church – 32nd Street, M24, Musaffah
Member of the Council of Evangelical Churches in the UAE, New Life Church is 28 minutes away in Al Shahama. It has regular Friday services with different prayer groups too.
SCHOOLS NEAR MADINAT AL RIYADH
Till the development is underway, residents can opt for schooling options in the communities close to Al Riyadh City. Some of the best options are:
- Al Yasat Private School – Al Shamkha
- ABC Private School – Al Shamkha
- Future Leaders International Private School – Baniyas East
- Abu Dhabi Indian School, Branch 1 (ADIS) – Al Wathba
Al Yasat Private School and ABC Private School are located in Al Shamkha. Offering American curriculum, Al Yasat Private School is 11 minutes away and consists of classes from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The school ranks as one of the best American schools in Abu Dhabi and has accreditations from AdvancED and Cognia too.
ABC Private School is 15 minutes away and follows the British curriculum. It is a K-12 school that was inaugurated in central Abu Dhabi but was later relocated to Al Shamkha City in 2015.
At an 18-minute drive in Baniyas East, Future Leaders International Private School is a K-12 American school. Following the American curriculum, the school is a part of the Bin Fadel Group. Abu Dhabi Indian School, Branch 1 (ADIS) is 23 minutes away in Al Wathba. Inaugurated in 2014, the school follows the CBSE curriculum and offers classes from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS NEAR MADINAT AL RIYADH
The closest clinics and hospitals near Madinat Al Riyadh include:
- Burjeel Medical Centre – Al Shamkha
- Sama Al Shamkha Medical Centre and Pharmacy – Al Shamkha
- Baniyas Healthcare Centre – Baniyas East
- Al Karama Medical Centre – Baniyas East
The closest option is Burjeel Medical Centre, which is reachable within a 10-minute drive and one of the best medical centres in Abu Dhabi. It is a multi-speciality hospital, with special physician visits in neurology, gastroenterology, cardiology, urology and pulmonology too.
You can reach Sama Al Shamkha Medical Centre and Pharmacy and Baniyas Healthcare Centre in 15 minutes. At Karama Medical Centre, which is 18 minutes away, you can avail dental facilities too.
The immediate neighbour of Madinat Al Riyadh is Al Shamkha, which is separated by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Road. It is amongst the most popular freehold areas in Abu Dhabi; Al Shamkha is a large residential community that is partially completed.
Towards the south and southwestern side lies Baniyas. A development of the Baniyas Investment & Development Company (BIDC), the mixed-use community has sports facilities, villas and apartment buildings along with other lifestyle amenities.
Adjacent to Baniyas and set alongside Al Ain Road is Al Nahda Abu Dhabi. It is an underdeveloped residential area that offers newly constructed villas for rent and sale. Moreover, the area is home to the Al Baniyas Park.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS NEAR MADINAT AL RIYADH
Once completed, the community will have its own full-fledged malls. Until then, residents can find many malls near Madinat Al Riyadh in the other nearby communities, some of which are:
- Bawabat Al Sharq Mall
- My City Centre
- Mazyad Mall
Spread across two floors, Bawabat Al Sharq Mall is home to more than 150 shopping stores and features dining as well as leisure spots too. You will find a Carrefour Hypermarket here, spas, fitness centres, Novo Cinemas and Wanasa Land for kid-friendly activities. It is located at a 25-minute drive in Baniyas City.
My City Centre Masdar is 26 minutes away and consists of more than 70 stores. Moreover, you will find al fresco dining options, a Carrefour Hypermarket, a branch of Magic Planet, exchanges and 18 charging stations for electrical vehicles here.
Mazyad Mall is reachable within a 33-minute drive. It is situated in Mohammed Bin Zayed City and has top-notch retail outlets, dining options and entertainment spots too. The mall features Sparky’s Amusement Centre for thrilling rides along with a LuLu Supermarket for grocery shopping.
RESTAURANTS NEAR MADINAT AL RIYADH
Arabian Hut in Zenith Supermarket is currently the only restaurant in Madinat Al Riyadh. Located at a 10-minute drive, Makani Al Shamkha Shopping Mall in the neighbouring community boasts of many eateries, such as Gazebo, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Subway and many other renowned outlets.
For more options, residents can find other restaurants near Madinat Al Riyadh, such as:
- Broccoli Pizza & Pasta – ADNOC Petrol Station, Motor World, Al Shamkha
- Al Mandi & Al Madhbi House – ADNOC Petrol Station, Motor World, Al Shamkha
- Midan Baniyas – 9th Street, Baniyas
Broccoli Pizza & Pasta and Al Mandi & Al Madhbi House are located at a 13-minute drive while Midan Baniyas is 20 minutes away. Al Mandi & Al Madhbi serves delicious Mandi items and other Arabian dishes while Midan Baniyas is an Indian cafeteria.
The neighbouring community has many cafes for tea, coffee and snacks, including:
- Tea Time – Haris Masjid, Al Shamkha 12
- BRITO Café – 31st Street, Sweihan – Abu Dhabi Road, Al Shamkha
- Five Degree Café – 31st Street, Sweihan – Abu Dhabi Road, Al Shamkha
All of these tea shops and cafes are reachable within a drive of 10 to 13 minutes.
To enjoy luxurious dining with easy access to full bars, residents will need to take a drive of more than 30 minutes for reaching the fine dining restaurants near Madinat Al Riyadh. A few of these include:
- Ushna – Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Al Maqtaa
- Barfly by Buddha Bar – Venetian Village, Ritz Carlton, Abu Dhabi, Al Maqtaa
- BOA Steakhouse – Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Eastern Ring Road
- Royal Biryani – Al Seef Village Mall, Khalifa Park Area
Ushna is an Indian restaurant that focuses on North Indian items, including Mughlai, biryani and kebabs. Barfly by Buddha Bar is a Pan Asian restaurant and the only lounge in the city with a neo-baroque concept, offering live background music by a resident DJ too.
BOA Steakhouse is an excellent option for trying high-quality steak in the city while Royal Biryani serves traditional biryani with a home-cooked flavour.
BEACHES NEAR MADINAT AL RIYADH
To enjoy the seawaters, residents will have to drive for more than half an hour to access any of the beaches near Madinat Al Riyadh. Some of the closest options are:
- Yas Beach
- Al Bateen Beach
Yas Beach is reachable within a 30-minute drive. Part of the coastal area of Yas Island, the beach is popular for its white sands and view of the mangroves. It features a well-known beach club with an open-air DJ booth, outdoor gym, water sports along with restaurants. This abundance of numerous facilities and activities makes it one of the best beaches in Abu Dhabi.
Al Bateen Beach is located at a 30-minute drive. The beach offers family-friendly vibes and comes with a separate ladies section too. It stretches 800 metres and is a popular beach owing to its cleanliness and well-maintained outlook.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
While the community is rather far from many of the city’s leisure spots, one can take a drive of around 25 to 35 minutes and reach many renowned landmarks in Abu Dhabi.
A few of the notable landmarks near Madinat Al Riyadh are:
- Emirates Park and Zoo Resort
- Al Wathba Camel Race Track
- Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Reachable within a 28-minute drive, Emirates Park and Zoo Resort is the perfect budget and family-friendly retreat for a weekend. Here, you enjoy observing the animals at the zoo while savouring some indoor thrills with a gaming arcade too. The resort is well equipped with restaurants and cafes so you can always grab a bite to eat.
You can reach Al Wathba Camel Race Track and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi in 33 minutes. Located in Al Wathba, the Al Wathba Camel Race Track features camels fitted with robot jockeys and they race on a specially made track. Watching the race is free, which makes it amongst the best free activities in Abu Dhabi.
One of UAE’s best theme parks, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is situated in proximity to the Yas Marina Circuit. Spanning 86,000 sq. m., the theme park has many rides that are bound to give you an adrenaline rush, irrespective of your age. In addition to the rides in Ferrari World, you can enjoy dining in its restaurants and shop in its stores too.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
The community is abundant in terms of open spaces and will feature many parks and gyms for the fitness enthusiasts. Moreover, there are many parks in Al Shamkha, which can be reached within a 10 to 15-minute drive. Baniyas Park, which is 21 minutes away, features play areas for children and a large track for joggers, cyclists and even scooter riders.
Another popular park, Al Wathba Park is only 28 minutes away. Featuring large swathes of green spaces, plenty of BBQ spots and the Al Wathba Library, the park is amongst Abu Dhabi’s best parks.
For those interested in heavier workouts, there are a few gyms in Al Shamkha and Baniyas, such as:
- Fit Pro Gym – Al Shamkhah
- Body Classic Gym – Al Shamkhah
- Miami Gym – Baniyas
- Metrofitt – Bawabat Al Sharq, Baniyas
Fit Pro Gym and Body Classic Gym in Al Shamkha lie within a 13-minute drive while Miami Gym and Metrofitt are 21 minutes away.
For beauty therapy and personal grooming, some of the nearby salons are:
- Dar Al Fakhama – Al Shamkhah
- Wahda Taj Al Jazeera – Al Shamkhah
- Nujood – Al Khuluq Street, Baniyas
- Sisters – EB8, Baniyas
Dar Al Fakhama and Wahda Taj Al Jazeera are gents salons and can be reached within 13 minutes while Nujood and Sisters are ladies salons and require a drive of a minimum of 20 minutes.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Madinat Al Riyadh is situated far away from central Abu Dhabi, which may not fall within the interests of individuals who prefer the amenities of the urban areas.
However, upon completion, Madinat Al Riyadh will fulfil all basic necessities for its residents who will find all amenities at their disposal. Not only will the community have a fair share of residential and commercial properties, but there will be schools, malls, clinics, hospitals and parks too.