Situated right next to the shores of the Arabian Gulf in Ras al Khaimah, lies the Al Hamra Village residential community. The mixed-use community in the southernmost corner of RAK overlooks Al Marjan Island and is considered an investment haven for property investors and other potential home buyers. Located adjacent to a champion 18-hole golf course, living in Al Hamra Village is also a draw for golf enthusiasts.
Situated 50 miles from Downtown Dubai, Al Hamra Village is an integrated community featuring around 4,000 residential units, 5 luxurious hotels, a yacht club and a mall. If you are thinking of calling the residence home, an overview of the advantages and potential cons can help you make a more calculated decision.
PROS OF LIVING IN AL HAMRA VILLAGE
Let’s look at some of the benefits of living in Al Hamra Village, RAK.
VARIETY OF PROPERTIES FOR SALE AND RENT
The variety of properties available in the area Village is one of the benefits of living in Al Hamra Village. Available for rent and sale, the flats and houses in Al Hamra Village are away from the buzz of the big city.
Considered one of the best places for rental apartments in Ras al Khaimah, Al Hamra Village features several housing options available at price points that are suitable for a variety of budgetary requirements. For example, as per the current listings on Bayut, the starting price of a rental studio flat at Al Hamra is AED 18k per annum. Additionally, the availability of studio apartments in Al Hamra Village is also why it’s considered among the best places to live in Ras al Khaimah for singles, with the mentioned configuration currently available at a starting price of AED 18k per annum.
Additionally, the community also offers properties at different price points for potential tenants looking for more spacious living accommodations. For example, the starting annual price for rental villas in Al Hamra Village is currently at AED 53k. The per annum price for the cheapest unit in Al Hamra Village rental townhouses, on the other hand, is AED 46k. Many sea view rental apartments are also currently available in Al Hamra Village.
BOOK A STAYCATION AT THE RESORTS
The many hotels near Al Hamra Village have residents spoilt for choice in terms of entertainment options.
The RAK shoreline near Al Hamra Village is littered with luxury resorts that offer a range of amenities and activities for visitors. Examples include two of the best hotels in Ras al Khaimah — the Hilton Al Hamra Golf and Beach Resort as well as the Waldorf Astoria RAK. Located at a 7-minute drive from the community, the resorts offer a range of activities ranging from pool access to watersports. For example, the Waldorf Astoria offers visitors access to 350 metres of private beach complete with entry to two private swimming pools and private cabanas. Day passes for adults are currently available for AED 105 for weekday and AED 160 for weekend visits at the hotel. These recreational facilities are added advantages of living in Al Hamra Village, which residents will certainly enjoy.
CLOSE TO THE JAZIRAT AL HAMRA BEACH
There are several things to do in Al Hamra Village, and several nearby too. Resorts near Al Hamra Village offer a slew of amenities to ensure that visitors have a blast at their private beaches. However, if your idea of a seashore siesta is more rustic, you can always visit the Jazirat Al Hamra beach. Located a few minutes away from the residential area, this beach is a strip of shoreline bordering the old town of Jazirat Al Hamra. In addition to a pristine stretch of golden sands, the spot is the perfect place for getting some sunshine, setting up camp or sitting around a bonfire at night.
The UAE is famous for a booming nightlife and the emirate of Ras al Khaimah is no different. For example, there is The Bay Sports Bar — considered one of the best bars in RAK, the place is a great hangout especially for those living in rental apartments in Al Hamra Village. Additionally, there is also Club Acacia at the Bin Majid Acacia Hotel and Apartments. Located 10 minutes inland from Al Hamra Village, Club Acacia has offered exciting Ladies Night offers and is also one of the top nightclubs in Ras al Khaimah. This is one of the perks of living in Ras Al Khaimah for those who enjoy the occasional night out with friends and family.
Living in Al Hamra Village is a good option for golf enthusiasts, considering that it has its own professional golf course and club. The Al Hamra Golf Club is home to a Par 72 Championship Golf Course which is perfectly suitable for both novice and professional golfers. Meandering around four open water lagoons, the 18-hole course merges seamlessly with the waters of the Arabian Gulf and features various tee options.
Complete with a golf shop, locker rooms, gym and restaurants, the golf club is an ideal getaway for residents who love spending days at the golfing green or plan to learn the sport. Those looking for details on memberships can visit the Al Hamra Golf Club website.
AL HAMRA MARINA AND YACHT CLUB
Located right within the community, the Al Hamra Marina and Yacht Club is a major attraction for residents and also features a fine dining restaurant. A few of the amenities available at The Marina include a clubhouse, yacht club and a sailing academy.
Those interested in acquiring memberships at the Royal Yacht Club of Ras al Khaimah can look forward to exclusive benefits like access to group sailing lessons at subsidized prices, a private beach, and other facilities at the Al Hamra Sailing Clubhouse. With a membership rate at AED 2100 for families, the club is the perfect outdoor retreat.
If beaches and water sports are too mainstream for you, you can always visit RAK’s most famous ghost town. One of many places that make Ras al Khaimah an interesting place for most, the Al Jazirat Al Hamra is an abandoned town to the south of RAK. Located within a 4-minute drive from Al Hamra Village, the deserted former settlement gives visitors a glimpse of ancient coastal settlements. Known for its collection of abandoned houses and watchtowers, the place is the perfect destination for shutterbugs and history buffs.
SUPERMARKETS AND RESTAURANTS
If you plan on moving to Al Hamra Village, you need to know where the nearest supermarkets are. Fortunately, there are several nearby. The closest is Zoom which is 7 minutes away and Al Jazeera Supermarket which is 6 minutes away.
As for dining options, residents have several options in terms of eateries offering varying cuisines nearby. For Japanese cuisine, there is UMI, located 7 minutes away. For those who prefer fast food, there is Pizza Express as well as Nando’s which is located at the Al Hamra Mall.
CONS OF LIVING IN AL HAMRA VILLAGE
While there are many reasons to love life in the area, there are a few challenges of living in Al Hamra Village that you must also keep in mind.
Al Hamra Village is a self-contained development that focuses on luxury living with amenities that support an opulent lifestyle. However, a location in the suburbs places it far from the city centre — a fact that may not sit well with those who need to commute to the main city on a daily basis. This is one of the few disadvantages of living in Al Hamra Village, but if you prefer a serene, suburban residence, this issue is not one that will concern you.
LACK OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT
For those who don’t own private vehicles, the lack of easy access to public transportation makes commuting anywhere outside the community a hassle. However, there are some bus routes to the north. There is also a bus stop for RAK Airport and RAK City 6 minutes away from the community — a convenience for travelers or those who don’t have private vehicles and need to commute to the main city regularly.
We hope our review of living in Al Hamra Village can help those looking for suitable accommodations here. Looking for housing that makes it easier for you to commute between Dubai and Abu Dhabi? Check out what it’s like living in Al Ghadeer. Of course, if you prefer residence in an area near your place of work in the heart of Dubai, you can always consider making life on Sheikh Zayed Road.
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