The one name on everyone’s lips, especially if you are a resident of the capital, is Al Reem Island. This Abu Dhabi area always gets everyone excited for all that it promises. But what’s it like living in Al Reem Island? We list down the pros and cons of living in this latest island development in Abu Dhabi.
If you’re on the fence about moving to the heart of Abu Dhabi, here are some benefits and things to consider when deciding to move to the Al Reem Island apartments.
benefits of living in al Reem Island in Abu Dhabi
Located about 600 meters off the north-eastern coast of the city, Al Reem Island is a natural island which was just sand less than a decade ago. Led by Aldar Properties PJSC, this island a bustling community with residential, commercial and retail projects that have much to offer to its growing population. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of living in Al Reem Island.
Sure, living on an island sounds great. But it also raises questions of accessibility to and from the mainland and overall practicality in day-to-day life. But this is something the residents living in Al Reem Island dont have to worry about. This island is connected to the main city through two bridges, with a third bridge under construction. This growing community is a mere 20-minutes away from Abu Dhabi International Airport. You can also head to Saadiyat Island or Al Maryah Island which have their own plethora of shopping and dining options.
There are plenty of schools in Al Reem Island
Moving to Al Reem Island is also great if you have children. There are plenty of schools and nurseries on Al Reem Island resulting in a wholesome community for young families to live and grow. Also located in the heart of Al Reem Island is the prestigious Paris-Sorbonne University. The university’s impressive dome-shaped campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities with an enormous library, student sports centre and a spacious cafeteria.
Leisure and recreation
Amidst towering buildings, there are plenty of things to do in Al Reem Island that range from shopping to dining. Apart from this they also plan to open the Reem Central Park on the island. Scheduled to be completed later this year, the park will pan over 1,000,000 square feet providing residents with an area to relax outdoors. There are also talks of the park having a mosque big enough to accommodate 2000 worshippers. Restaurants, shops, skate park, play area for kids and interactive water features are also in the pipeline.
You can count on fun weekends when living in Al Reem Island. Last year, Aldar hosted its inaugural Reem Weekend where over 5000 visitors enjoyed various entertainment, shopping, music and sports activities in the heart of the island. Organic food vendors, eclectic food trucks, exciting street performances, and a pop-up market with arts and crafts attracted people from all over the capital.
One of the best things about this place is that the Al Reem Island apartments for rent feature waterfront views. The successful completion of the 2.4-kilometre Reem Island canal have brought spectacular waterside views, promenades, and open-air areas to the island’s growing population.
The upcoming Reem Mall, located in the heart of the island, is in the pipeline with plans to house the world’s largest indoor snow park, 450 stores including 85 F&B outlets, 2 food courts, and a multiplex cinema.
In the meantime, shoppers can get their fix in Shams Boutik Mall that has a number of independent retailers, brands, restaurants and cafes. The mall also has a Waitrose, for residents to go about their grocery shopping. There is also Galleria Mall, located on Al Maryah Island, where Al Reem residents can enjoy a day of retail therapy.
The Cons of Living in Al Reem Island
Along with looking at the advantages, it is also important to the disadvantages of living in Al Reem Island to deciding to make the move. Here are some of the of things to keep in mind if you will be moving to Al Reem Island.
Rush Hour Woes
The bridges to and from the city can get congested during peak hours. Al Reem Island dwellers will need to factor this in when planning their commute to work or meetings. While this is a hindrance, UAE residents face the ‘traffic’ issue in almost all major neighbourhoods around the country. Avoid this while renting in Al Reem Island by leaving a few minutes early and making it to your appointment on time.
The number of projects in the development stage in Al Reem Island is quite high, which means that while residents will (one day) have access to even better world-class amenities, they will also have to live in close vicinity to a construction site or two. But as a renter in Al Reem Island, you can take comfort in the fact that when it’s done, the new developments will only make the area more favourable to live in.
So there you have it, everything you need to know if you’re considering living in Al Reem Island. While there are a few cons to living in Al Reem Island, the advantages and benefits will certainly have you thinking.