Glistening turquoise waters and a quiet, peaceful neighbourhood – that’s what life in Al Raha Beach offers. With its excellent infrastructure, prime location and world-class facilities, the up-and-coming community is perfect for those seeking a luxurious waterfront lifestyle. Al Raha Beach has three main sub-communities: Al Bandar with its 131-berth marina, Al Muneera with its stunning waterfront properties, and Al Zeina, the quaint villa community which is perfect for families with children. With a little something for everyone, it is only natural that the area should rank third most popular in our January 2018 Abu Dhabi Real Estate Report. If you’re on the fence about moving to this classy neighbourhood, here are some benefits of renting in Al Raha Beach, and a few things to consider, to help you decide.
Benefits of Renting in Al Raha Beach
The Waterfront Luxury Factor
Who wouldn’t want to wake up to beautiful sea views or unwind with a cup of coffee at an al fresco waterfront café? Being a ‘beach’ neighbourhood, most Al Raha Beach apartments offer beautiful views of the sea, while a lot of the villa communities are just by the beach. Established by master-developer ALDAR Properties, apartments and villas in Al Raha Beach are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities that are the epitome of urban, chic living. Whether it’s well-equipped gymnasiums in Al Bandar’s apartment towers or private beach access for Al Muneera residents, properties in Al Raha Beach offer its residents the best of luxury and comfort. And the fact that it’s a waterfront development, complete with promenades and seaside eateries, is just the cherry on top.
Most people renting in Al Raha Beach work in one of the community’s many commercial hubs. For those working elsewhere, Al Raha Beach is a hassle-free drive from Abu Dhabi main city as well as Dubai, owing to its prime location on E10, the arterial Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway.
Foodies Will Love Al Raha Beach!
The waterfront community boasts some chic eateries, most of which are seaside, making them so much more appealing. Chic sea-side restaurants serve up delicious cuisine, most notably the hip Pacifico Tiki Dining & Lounge and Nolu’s Café, both of which are by the sea. The former offers Mediterranean dishes in a relaxed waterside terrace setting. Additionally, Al Muneera also has family-friendly waterfront eateries. The area is home to popular names such as Leopold’s of London and Jones The Grocer.
Perfect For Watersport Enthusiasts
Do wakeboarding and bare-foot skiing sound like an exciting weekend activity? Then Al Raha Beach is perfect for you. The area has tons of watersports activities, offered mainly by Halla Walla and H2O Water Sports, that will get your adrenaline going. H2O Water Sports also offers kids activities, training sessions and deep-sea fishing. The marina on Al Bandar is where you’ll need to head for a fun day in the sun. Other exhilarating watersports to try in Al Raha Beach include wakeskating, air chair and stand-up paddle boarding.
Expats Can Own Homes in Al Raha Beach
Properties in Al Raha Beach can be owned by foreigners. Expats can swap their monthly rents for mortgage payments and own a home in the chic waterfront community. Al Raha Beach is one of the few residential communities in Abu Dhabi where foreigners can own property on a 99-year lease. And did we mention that Al Raha Beach is currently one of the top 5 areas to get a high Return On Investment (ROI) in Abu Dhabi? Those interested in buying property in Al Raha Beach can choose from luxury apartments, villas, townhouses or penthouse apartments to suit their needs.
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Take Your Pick of Schools and Nurseries
One of the perks of living in Al Raha Beach is proximity quality educational institutes for your little ones. Schools like Raha International School, GEMS American Academy and Al Shohub School are all located in the area. Parents of tiny tots looking for nurseries also have many options to choose from, like Yellow Submarine Nursery in Al Zeina and Redwood Nursery in Khalifa City.
Things To Consider When Renting in Al Raha Beach
No Parks in Al Raha Beach
While there are children’s play areas located in the Al Muneera and Al Zeina communities as well as waterfront promenades around the neighbourhood, Al Raha Beach has yet to get its own public park. It makes sense, though; it is, after all, a beach! Those yearning for some greenery can head to the massive Khalifa Park, which is a 15 minutes’ drive with play areas for children and plenty of outdoor space for you to stroll, cycle or squeeze in a light evening jog.
Limited Free Parking for Visitors
Don’t forget to ask your friends or family to carry some change if they’re visiting your home in Al Raha Beach. While residents can park their cars in designated spots in apartments buildings and villa/townhouse garages, visitors mostly have paid-parking options. Although, there are some designated parking lots in Al Raha Beach that are usually free for the first hour or so.
One of the best things about living in Al Raha Beach apartments and villas is the waterfront views. But when the views are obstructed by cranes, the effect is not quite as great. Some projects in the community are still under development so there are a few construction sites around Al Raha Beach. On the bright side, it only means that residents of Al Raha Beach have exciting new developments to look forward to!
That brings us to an end of this insightful round-up of pros and cons of renting in Al Raha Beach. While there are a few things to consider, we think the beautiful location has much to offer and tops the list as one of the most scenic addresses to live in Abu Dhabi. Seriously, what could be classier than living on the beach?