From waterfront residences to acres of beach shoreline, the Al Raha Beach development in Abu Dhabi has quickly become one of the most popular choices for those looking for homes in the capital city. The vibrant mixed-use community also ranks well for villa and apartment living according to Bayut’s Q1 Real Estate Market Report for Abu Dhabi 2020. If you are thinking of moving into or investing in properties in the neighbourhood, here are some pros and cons of Al Raha Beach that you must keep in mind.
About Al Raha Beach
Located just off the main Abu Dhabi highway, the vibrant Al Raha Beach community lies adjacent to the Abu Dhabi International Airport and Khalifa City A. Defining beachfront-living at its best, the neighbourhood can be an ideal home for those who prefer living close to the sea. Apart from scores of beachside activities, the area offers residents proximity to some of the capital’s best retail hubs, eateries, leisure spaces and more. Nearby amenities and waterfront living is also why a lot of buyers consider investing in Al Raha Beach.
Pros of living in Al Raha Beach
There are three main sub-communities within Al Raha Beach — Al Muneera, Al Bandar and Al Zeina. Being aware of the many advantages of living in Al Raha Beach can help you decide if this community is a good fit for you.
Range of properties for sale and rent
There are several apartments for rent at Al Raha Beach. Waterfront buildings are mostly found in the Al Bandar district. Offerings spectacular seafront views, notable projects in the district include the Al Naseem Residence, Al Barza and Al Hadeel. Depending on your preferences, one can find 1 to 5-bedroom apartments in the area.
The communities of Al Zeina and Al Muneera offer a mix of luxurious apartments, stunning townhouses and spacious villas, most of which come with views of the coastline. Those looking for more luxurious homes may consider the villas for sale in Al Raha Beach.
Waterfront living at its best
From beautiful waterfront promenades where you can appreciate the seascape to the thrill of waking up to the stunning vistas of the waterfront — the community of Al Raha Beach truly exemplifies beachfront living at it’s finest.
Ideal for foodies
The Al Raha Beach community boasts of some chic sea-side restaurants, which makes it all the more appealing for foodies looking to rent or buy property here. Notable eateries include the Pacifico TIKI, a charming waterside lounge restaurant at the Al Bandar Marina and Nolu’s which specialises in healthy American eats served on a spacious patio above the sea.
Private Beach Access
The sub-communities of Al Muneera and Al Zeina offer private beach access for residents to enjoy. Visitors to the area may acquire beach passes from the Al Raha Beach Hotel. Additionally, the area also offers proximity to Yas Public Beach which is 20 or so minutes away.
Great for watersport enthusiasts
There are plenty of Al Raha Beach attractions for residents to look forward to. And some of the more popular ones are water sports. Mainly offered by services like Halla Walla Water Sports Club located at Al Bandar Marina, these include everything from water skiing to jet skiing and other adrenaline-pumping activities.
Expats can buy property here
The Al Raha Beach development is one of several popular freehold areas in Abu Dhabi — thereby giving expatriates the opportunity to own property in one of the capital’s best investment zones. Apart from flats, the area is also known for lucrative investments in villas and townhouses. The mix of properties and a wealth of amenities like a mall, schools and restaurants are attractive for everyone from single professionals to families.
One of the many pros of living in Al Raha Beach is its strategic location. The development is located close to the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway (E11) which makes these two emirates accessible to residents. Apart from easy connectivity, the community is a mere 15 or so minutes away from Yas Island — a renowned retail, residential, entertainment and leisure hub that is a hit with tourists and locals alike. Two of the well-known attractions on Yas Island are the Yas Marina Circuit and Ferrari World.
Those thinking of moving into the community can get their retail fix at the Al Raha Mall. The mall offers everything from popular clothing brands to electronics, food outlets and salons. Apart from stores, the mall also offers entertainment options like a cinema and an indoor play area for kids.
For serious shopaholics, one of the city’s best finds is Yas Mall, which just happens to be located 20 minutes away from Al Raha Beach. Abu Dhabi’s biggest mall boasts a slew of retail outlets, entertainment options and more than 60 restaurants.
Plenty of schools in the area
One of the perks for families living in Al Raha Beach is the community’s proximity to schools. Examples include the Raha International School which offers the IB curriculum and classes from EY1 to Grade 12. Other notable educational institutes located in the area include the GEMS American Academy and the Al Shohub School. Parents can also take advantage of the many nurseries in the area like the Yellow Submarine Nursery which has branches in both Al Muneera and Al Zeina.
Cons of living in Al Raha Beach
Apart from all fun things to do in Al Raha Beach and waterfront residences, there are some things that those who plan on moving into the community may want to consider. Here are some challenges of living in Al Raha Beach:
While the Al Zeina and Al Muneera communities do have play areas for kids, the Al Raha Beach project has yet to construct its own public park. Most of the things to do in Al Raha Beach with kids are limited to the beach. However, parents looking to spend some quality outdoor time with their kids may visit the Yas Gateway Park which is located 15 minutes from the area.
Limited free parking for visitors
If you are expecting visitors at your Al Raha Beach home, don’t forget to tell them to carry change. While residents can park their vehicles in designated parking spots, visitors have to rely on paid parking to secure their cars.
Some residential projects in Al Raha Beach are still under construction and investors or potential tenants may have to wait till 2022 to see what else is in store from the Al Raha Beach real estate sector. Additionally, the presence of cranes and other construction equipment may obstruct the view for residents. But the promise of other ventures only means that buyers and home seekers have more projects to look forward to.
This brings us to the end of our guide to the pros and cons of Al Raha Beach. While there are a few things to consider, we think that the beautiful location has much to offer and deserves a spot as one of the most scenic places to live in Abu Dhabi.
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