- Abu Dhabi
Villas for sale in Abu Dhabi
- AED9,677,777Nudra, Saadiyat Cultural District, Saadiyat Island, Abu DhabiVilla459,203 sqft
- AED7,100,000Khalifa City A, Abu DhabiVilla
Best Price | Corner Unit | Private Pool And Elevator111110,760 sqft
- AED3,500,000The Cedars, Yas Acres, Yas Island, Abu DhabiVilla
Smart Investment | Exceptional Location.453,735 sqft
- AED12,551,808Jawaher Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu DhabiVilla
Zero Fees | Marvelous Villa | life of a Superstars5613,512 sqft
- AED6,650,000Khalifa City A, Abu DhabiVilla
Matchless in Spanish Design 7 BR Villa7108,500 sqft
- AED1,800,000Mediterranean Style, Al Reef Villas, Al Reef, Abu DhabiVilla
Guaranteed Price Well Maintained W Rent Refund452,858 sqft
- AED5,000,000West Yas, Yas Island, Abu DhabiVilla
Great Choice! Impressive Villa in a Prime Location.454,661 sqft
- AED9,477,777Nudra, Saadiyat Cultural District, Saadiyat Island, Abu DhabiVilla
Contemporary Home with Private Beach Access459,167 sqft
- AED3,800,000Sidra Community, Al Raha Gardens, Abu DhabiVilla
Good Price!Spacious Villa with Private Pool.565,146 sqft
- AED11,000,000Mohammed Bin Zayed City, Abu DhabiVilla
Elegant and Huge Villa with Indoor Swimming Pool11729,250 sqft
- AED3,149,999Yas Acres, Yas Island, Abu DhabiVilla
Semi Detached Corner Villa with 200K Discount!343,315 sqft
- AED9,500,000Mohammed Bin Zayed City, Abu DhabiVilla
Elegant and Spacious 7 bedroom with 2 Suits Villa in MBZ for 9.5M (Limited Offer)7727,750 sqft
- AED17,500,000Saadiyat St Regis Residences, Saadiyat Beach, Saadiyat Island, Abu DhabiVilla
Stunning Family Home With Huge Garden and Pool567,478 sqft
- AED6,250,000Saadiyat Beach Villas, Saadiyat Beach, Saadiyat Island, Abu DhabiVilla
Corner Vacant 4 BR Villa Standalone in Peaceful Location454,677 sqft
- AED2,295,000Yas Acres, Yas Island, Abu DhabiVilla
Brand New | Exclusive Location | Family Home232,165 sqft
- AED1,100,000Arabian Style, Al Reef Villas, Al Reef, Abu DhabiVilla
Call us! Single Row Villa + Great Facilities!231,832 sqft
- AED5,000,000Shakhbout City (Khalifa City B), Abu DhabiVilla
For Sale Villa | 5 BR | Big Majilis5611,250 sqft
- AED22,000,000HIDD Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu DhabiVilla
Upgraded Type 3C / Full Sea View / Ready To Move!7910,570 sqft
- AED3,400,000Bawabat Al Sharq, Baniyas, Abu DhabiVilla
For Sale Villa | 4 MBR | External Extension46
- AED770,000Al Khaleej Village, Al Ghadeer, Abu DhabiVilla
Good Deal! Exceptionally Spacious Townhouse231,188 sqft
- AED7,200,000HIDD Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu DhabiVilla
Good Deal! A Super Affordable and Modern Villa565,360 sqft
- AED4,300,000Bloom Gardens, Al Salam Street, Abu DhabiVilla
For Sale Villa | 3 BR | Garden | Storage363,540 sqft
- AED3,241,123The Cedars, Yas Acres, Yas Island, Abu DhabiVilla
Last 3 Bedrooms | No ADM Fee | No S. C for 3 Yrs333,315 sqft
- AED9,477,777Saadiyat Island, Abu DhabiVilla
Luxury villa ready on Saadiyat Beach, installments for 7 years5109,176 sqft
Near Abu Dhabi
All about Buying a Villa in Abu Dhabi
Culturally rich and the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi is also the largest of the seven emirates. Established as the capital of the UAE in 1971, the city has shown tremendous growth in the past five decades in terms of tourism and real estate development. Each year, a number of new residential and commercial projects as well as leisure attractions are added to the market. Combining tax-free income, a plethora of upscale tourist sites, living facilities and the quality of life on offer, Abu Dhabi has become a sought-after address to many. According to the recent consensus, it is home to over 2 million residents spanning 150 nationalities. In fact, expatriates make for a larger part of the total population flocking in from Pakistan, Philippines, India and other GCC countries. Whereas, Emiratis make for only 19% of the population in Abu Dhabi, as per the 2020 Yearbook published by the Statistic Centre of Abu Dhabi.
Those moving to the emirate consider its location, facilities and the cost of living as some of the major deciding factors. With the introduction of 5% VAT, rents may seem comparatively higher but combining all the factors, the long-term cost of living will make a difference. Also, with the initiation of the new laws of property ownership in Abu Dhabi, it is a reasonable option to buy a house in Abu Dhabi for those looking for a long term accommodation as well as investors in search of valuable returns. Interested buyers can choose from a range of off-plan and ready properties including apartments and villas. If you’re thinking of villas for sale in Abu Dhabi you can choose from new properties in gated compounds, luxury beach houses along the coast, holiday villas and many more.
Freehold vs. Leasehold Property in Abu Dhabi
Investors considering villas in Abu Dhabi for sale, especially new buyers are often confused between the freehold and leasehold properties. A leaseholder is entitled to the ownership of a property for a maximum of 99 years. This does not include the land it is built on and the period may vary depending on the agreement. This essentially means that the leasehold ownership gives the right to occupy a property from a freeholder for a fixed period. On the other hand, freehold ownership also allows foreign buyers and expats to own the land and house in Abu Dhabi but only in designated areas. These areas are decided by the government of Abu Dhabi.
Before 2019, expats could only buy a villa in Abu Dhabi or other residential properties on a leasehold basis. Amendments were made to the law in April 2019 which included that foreigners could now own property and homes in specified areas without a period limitation. There are villas for sale in Abu Dhabi for expatriates concentrated in the investment zones like Al Raha Beach, Saadiyat Island, Al Reem Island and Yas Island. Other areas on the mainland include Al Reef and Hydra Village.
The initiative gives a boost to the real estate market of Abu Dhabi and simultaneously motivates foreign investors and allows expats to build a home as per their requirements and get freehold ownership of the land.
Previously, expats could own properties like villas and apartments and not the land in any of the four leasehold ways. They could either get ownership deeds for 99 years and the property is to be disposed of after the period is over. Or, they could get it on a Mustaha basis for 50 years to occupy the property and alter it within the specified period of time. This agreement could be renewed on expiry. On the other hand, usufruct property allowed expats to occupy a property for 99 years and use the facilities only. They could not bring structural changes to the premises. Another option was to lease a property for a minimum of 25 years.
New amendments in 2019 enable the holders of usufruct or Mustaha properties to dispose the property, mortgage or bring structural improvements without the consent of the freeholder. This agreement is also applicable for 10 years or more.
Types of Villas in Abu Dhabi
There is a range of houses for sale in Abu Dhabi in various configurations from 2-beds to 6-beds. First, investors can decide between ready and off-plan properties. Off-plan properties are those that have been sold before they have been completed. The price of these units is relatively lesser, but one thing to consider is to thoroughly research the project, property and the developer to avoid inconveniences. It is also a feasible option for investors because the value of these properties tends to rise after completion. Yas Island, Ghantoot and Al Jurf are just some of the locations with off-plan villas for sale in Abu Dhabi.
Those looking to move-in quickly will also get many choices in the form of furnished and unfurnished units. Respectively, the price of a furnished villa for sale in Abu Dhabi will be higher than the other considering the fixtures and facilities provided. One can also choose to live in a close-knit gated community. Families usually prefer buying a home in these areas with shared facilities including 24-hour security, clubhouses, fitness centres, parks and playgrounds. If you want more privacy, there are independent villas and private villas in Bloom Gardens, Khalifa City B, Al Raha Gardens, MBZ City and many others. Those looking for more spacious units can consider villas for sale in Abu Dhabi varying in floor plans and architectural styles. There are simplex units, small villas, duplex units with terraces and dedicated parking spaces.
If you fancy owning a luxury property and living closer to the waterfront, there are some elite addresses on secluded islands and near the coastline. One can find some luxury villas with private beach access and stunning sea views on Nurai Island, Saadiyat Island and Yas Island. All three of these locations are where expatriates can buy villas for sale in Abu Dhabi.
Popular Areas to Buy Villas in Abu Dhabi
Al Reef is one of the most popular areas to buy houses for sale in Abu Dhabi. Other popular locations include Saadiyat Island and Yas Island. Khalifa City A and Al Raha Gardens are other popular locations. For UAE Nationals the community of Mohammed Bin Zayed City and Al Bateen are popular options.
Expats can look for villas in freehold areas in Abu Dhabi such as Al Reem Island, Yas Island, Saadiyat Island, Al Raha Beach and Masdar City. Some developments located off the coast that offer freehold property options for expatriates include Al Shamkha and Hydra Village.
Sales Trends for Villas in Abu Dhabi
Prices for villas for sale in Abu Dhabi vary based on the location, construction date, bed-type and unit-type. Buying a standard 2-bedroom villa costs around AED 700k to AED 800k in Hydra Village. On waterfront locations like Saadiyat Island, prices tend to fall on the higher end of the spectrum. A 3-bedroom villa typically ranges from AED 850k to AED 6M. Whereas buying a 4-bedroom villa in an area like Al Jurf, the price would fall anywhere between AED 2.8M to AED 3M. The least you would pay for a 5-bedroom house in Abu Dhabi is AED 1.9M while a 6-bedroom villa will cost around AED 4.5M at the minimum.
ROI for Villas for Sale in Abu Dhabi
Investors can expect a high rate of return of around 7.1% for villas in Al Reef. Investing in 3, 4 and 5-bed units in Al Raha Gardens can reap 6.1% rental yield. Also, Saadiyat Island, Khalifa City A and Yas Island can generate a 4.4%, 4.9% and 4.6% return on investment, respectively.
How to Buy a Villa in Abu Dhabi?
Pricing of the properties and regulating the real estate buying process is in the hands of the Land Registration Department of Abu Dhabi (LRD). First, you will need to search for the property based on your requirements. Bayut makes the otherwise tedious task simple through search bars and filters on the portal. You can search for your property in the specific locations and connect with agents conveniently. Once you have made your decision, it is time to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). An MOU binds the buyer and seller into an agreement and includes all the clauses of the deal. Once that is done, you will be issued an ownership certificate from the developer.
In case you are investing in an off-plan property, ensure that you deal with a seller registered at the Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi. It is also recommended to check for the date of delivery and compensation in case the property is not completed by the given date.
Costs Associated with Buying a Villa in Abu Dhabi
There are a few hidden costs which should be considered before buying a property in Abu Dhabi. At the time of signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), 2% of the property value is paid to the real estate agency as service fees and another 2% to the Abu Dhabi Municipality. Once the payments are settled and you have received your certificate, around AED 5,000 is paid to the developer as an administrative fee. If you are mortgaging, the respective banks will be involved and around 20% to 25% will be requested as a down payment to the seller in addition to the service fees paid to the bank you are using. 0.25% will be charged for the mortgage registration. Other hidden costs include service charges paid to the developer annually for maintenance. These are calculated per square feet. Lastly, if you’re buying a villa through a broker, they will charge a percentage of the total as commission.