Saadiyat Island

Saadiyat Island
Area description

Saadiyat Island is an island community with premium real estate in Abu Dhabi. This idyllic island is known for its exquisite hotels, upscale residential developments, and world-class cultural attractions. Divided into seven subcommunities, it is located about 600 metres from downtown Abu Dhabi and is connected to the mainland via Sheikh Khalifa Bridge, which carries a ten-lane expressway.

Saadiyat Island is famous among culture buffs. It is home to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, a famous art gallery, and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, a museum with numerous exhibition halls. The island will also house Zayed National Museum, designed as a memorial to the founder and first president of the UAE. The institution will be a new magnet for tourists and serve as the country’s cultural archive. Those who prefer a resort lifestyle will appreciate the cleanest beaches and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. Nowadays, the island is also one of Abu Dhabi’s most popular areas to purchase off-plan property.

Min. sale price
Studio585 000 AED
1-bed apartment900 000 AED
2-bed apartment1 460 000 AED
Villa5 500 000 AED
Avg. sale price
Studio970 311 AED
1-bed apartment1 971 753 AED
2-bed apartment4 293 721 AED
Villa12 219 096 AED
Min. rental price
Studio3 333 AED
1-bed apartment4 583 AED
2-bed apartment6 666 AED
Villa24 999 AED
Avg. rental price
Studio3 989 AED
1-bed apartment7 467 AED
2-bed apartment14 517 AED
Villa55 167 AED
Properties in the areaApartment, land, villa
  • Beautiful view
  • Type of buildings:
  • Apartments with ready-made finishing and interior decoration
  • Prestigious neighborhood
Where is Saadiyat Island located?

Saadiyat Island is located in the Persian Gulf, off the coast of mainland Abu Dhabi, a 30-minute drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport. The island is connected to the mainland of the capital via Sheikh Khalifa Bridge. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Highway runs through Saadiyat and reaches Yas Island and its attractions: the Ferrari World theme park with rides, the Yas Waterworld water park, and several shopping malls. Thanks to convenient interchanges, it is easy to get from here to the highway leading to Dubai and Sharjah. The drive to Dubai takes 60 minutes.

What developments and communities are there in Saadiyat Island?

Saadiyat Island is a sought-after property investment destination, especially when it comes to high-end villas and apartments in Abu Dhabi. In the community, foreign nationals have the opportunity to purchase real estate on a freehold basis. This means the buyer acquires full ownership and can resell, inherit, or rent out their property.

The island is divided into the following districts: Saadiyat Cultural District, Saadiyat Marina District, Saadiyat Beach, Saadiyat Promenade, Saadiyat Reserve, Saadiyat Retreat, and Saadiyat Lagoons.

Saadiyat Cultural District is one of the island’s most developed parts with affluent communities such as Mamsha Al Saadiyat and Saadiyat Grove.

Mamsha Al Saadiyat is one of the most popular buildings in Saadiyat Island. Designed by Aldar Properties, this beachfront residence includes a variety of luxurious apartments, loft-style penthouses and townhouses. The community features restaurants, cafes, shops, swimming pools, children’s playgrounds, an outdoor fitness area, landscaped gardens, and walking and cycling paths.

Saadiyat Grove is a highly anticipated 45,000 sq. m mixed-use complex, which is currently under construction. This is one of the largest communities in the capital of the UAE. What makes it unique is that the project accommodates huge various function spaces and relieves residents of the need to travel outside the neighbourhood. The project will include 3,500 residential units, 4,000 sq. m of healthcare facilities, and 3,000 sq. m of educational institutions. What’s more, there will be two boutique hotels with a total of 500 rooms, and a multitude of entertainment areas and work spaces. Saadiyat Grove is also a project by Aldar Properties.

There are several residential complexes in Saadiyat Marina District, such as Saadiyat Noon, Soho Square, Park View, and Nasayem Complex. Developed by Bloom Holding, Soho Square boasts 304 high-end residences, including studios, ultra-modern one- to three-bedroom apartments, townhouses, and penthouses. This is a self-sufficient community with its own fitness centre, swimming pools, restaurants, and shops. Another project by the same developer is Park View, located a few blocks from Soho Square. Park View consists of 217 hotel apartments and 230 residential units available as studios and one- to three-bedroom apartments.

Saadiyat Reserve offers 306 villa plots with sizes ranging from 596 to 1,423 sq. m. The project belongs to a freehold area, which means that the buyer, including an overseas one, becomes the full rightful owner of the property.

Saadiyat Lagoons by Aldar Properties is one of the newest additions to the housing stock of Saadiyat Island. This popular community is currently under development. Upon completion, it will be divided into three separate zones, each with distinct architectural solutions. Phase 1 of Saadiyat Lagoons features four- to six-bedroom villas available only to Emirati buyers.

What is the average property price in Saadiyat Island?

Studios in the island cost an average of AED 887,300 ($241,500); one-bedroom apartments AED 1.77 million ($482,000); and two-bedroom apartments AED 3.75 million ($1.02 million). Villas cost a minimum of AED 3 million ($816,000). However, when choosing a property in the community, one should be guided by their idea of comfort, requirements for the location, and property category. The range of prices in the island is unusually broad. For example, you can find a studio for both AED 550,000 ($150,000) and AED 1.7 million ($463,000). Besides, the more rooms in the residence, the wider the price range and the diversity of layouts.

It is worth taking into account not only the number of bedrooms and the type of property, but also the total area, nearby amenities, and, of course, real estate sales trends in Saadiyat Island: in some communities, apartments and houses can be more popular than in others, which also affects their price. Some developments in Saadiyat Island were completed a few years ago and are now being sold on the secondary market at relatively low prices, while new off-plan ultra-luxury buildings offer only very expensive apartments, which will go up in price even more once the property is commissioned.

What is the average rent in Saadiyat Island?

Owners of real estate in the island can rent out their villas and apartments short- and long-term. The rental trends in Saadiyat Island are as follows: studio rentals start at AED 40,000 ($10,900) per year, while one-bedroom apartments start at AED 52,000 ($14,000). If this area is where you want to rent a townhouse or villa in Abu Dhabi, you need at least AED 140,000 ($38,000) when paying annually. Of course, the rent directly depends on the location, development class, and available amenities.

As far as investing in rental properties is concerned, the highest ROI is 5.05% when buying and renting out a studio apartment. The return on a one-bedroom apartment is lower, sitting at 4.25%. Two- to four-bedroom apartments guarantee a yield of about 4%.

Villas in the island are able to generate higher returns. Four-bedroom villas have the highest ROI at 6.18%, followed by five-bedroom villas with an ROI of 6.07% and six-bedroom homes with an ROI of 5.84%. The lowest ROI of 4.58% is offered by three-bedroom villas.

How to get from Saadiyat Island to famous attractions?

Many of Abu Dhabi’s places of interest are located in the island. Saadiyat Island offers residents a plethora of shopping, recreation, and leisure opportunities. It is home to the famous Louvre Abu Dhabi, an art museum with exhibits from different eras and civilizations.

Yas Island is a 20-minute drive from Saadiyat. This community hosts a variety of activities that spice up your life. Located in Yas Island, Ferrari World offers a series of Ferrari-themed rides, which are sure to give a thrilling experience to any adrenaline junkie. It boasts the world’s fastest roller coaster, Formula Rossa, reaching a maximum speed of a whopping 240 km/h in just 4.9 seconds! There is also the world’s tallest roller coaster loop, Flying Aces, several go-kart tracks, simulators, and more.

Where to go shopping in Saadiyat Island?

There is no shopping mall in Saadiyat Island. Residents prefer to visit Yas Mall, one of the most popular shopping destinations located in the neighbouring island. The mall is also a great place for fun activities during the hot summer months. This largest shopping complex in Abu Dhabi is known for its many sales and themed festivals. Yas Mall has a wide variety of retail stores ranging from exclusive designer boutiques like Elie Saab to popular street fashion brands like Topshop and Mango.

There are also large electronics, furniture, bookstores, and other retail outlets. Yas Mall houses a large food court with mid-range restaurants such as Carluccio’s, Paul Bakery & Restaurant, P.F. Chang’s, and Cheesecake Factory.

However, for everyday shopping, residents do not have to travel far as there are a large number of supermarkets in Saadiyat Island. They are scattered throughout the area. These are Waitrose at Saadiyat Beach Community Centre, Carrefour at Mamsha Al Saadiyat, Leen Express at Jawaher Al Saadiyat Community Centre, and Saadiyat To Go Supermarket at Park View.

Which schools and nurseries to choose in Saadiyat Island?

The developer has made sure that the area has no shortage of basic social amenities, which is why there are nurseries and schools in Saadiyat Island. Nurseries in the island are Yellow Submarine, Redwood Montessori, and Bright Beginnings. Cranleigh Abu Dhabi is a famous international school in the island, which is one of the city’s leading educational institutions.

What clinics and hospitals are there in Saadiyat Island?

If you ever need hospitals and clinics in Saadiyat Island, you will find one within a short drive from your home. HealthPlus Family Clinic in Saadiyat Island is so far the only healthcare facility in the immediate vicinity. Residents can come here if they feel unwell or for preventive health screenings.

What transportation is available in Saadiyat Island?

Car owners do not need to worry about the availability of parking spaces in the island. All villas, townhouses, and residential towers here offer their residents parking. Alternatively, you can park your vehicles in designated public car parks for visitors to the community.

How to get to Saadiyat Island by bus? This will be easy as public transport in Saadiyat Island operates excellently: there are bus routes that connect this island with the mainland of the city. Thanks to the large number of upscale hotels in the area, taxis can be easily found at their taxi stands.

What is the best hotel to stay in Saadiyat Island?

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort is known as one of the best hotels in the island. This 5-star hotel features a golf club, a private beach, indoor and outdoor pools, and six restaurants, and provides guests with its signature St. Regis Butler Service.

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas is a beach resort in the island. It is located close to cultural sites and Saadiyat Beach. The Park Hyatt hotel offers luxurious, spacious rooms and suites and a host of amenities for guests of all ages.

Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort is another 5-star hotel nearby. It offers 293 rooms, suites, and villas. Other amenities at this hotel include a private beach, tennis courts, swimming pools, a water sports area, and more. There is even a play club for children and teenagers.

Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island is also worth a mention. It offers a full range of services and entertainment for its guests. It has 11 restaurants, a kids’ club, a private beach, a water park, meeting rooms, and more.

What are the most popular restaurants in Saadiyat Island?

For those looking for a casual place to meet up with friends over a cup of coffee, there is a Starbucks coffee shop in the island. The famous restaurants at St. Regis and Saadiyat Beach Club are popular places to enjoy great seaside dining. They include Buddha-Bar Beach (Pacific Rim cuisine), Sontaya (Asian cuisine), and La Salle (Provencal cuisine).

Some of the other popular restaurants in Saadiyat Island are NIRI Restaurant and Bar, Black Tap, and Restaurant Louvre Abu Dhabi. Those who want to try authentic Japanese cuisine can visit NIRI. Black Tap is a place serving delicious steaks, where you can dine with a beautiful beach view. If you go to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, you can also visit its restaurant. This is a great place to enjoy a meal after exploring the museum.

How to spend your free time in Saadiyat Island?

Saadiyat Island is described as a cultural community where luxury is intertwined with art. Residents can easily come up with what to do in Saadiyat Island to have a fun time. The island has many entertainment and leisure spots. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is a famous landmark in Saadiyat Island. It is an impressive architectural masterpiece with a domed structure. Its exposition highlights a variety of art collections from different civilizations and eras, taking visitors on a fascinating journey through history.

The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi features numerous galleries and exhibition spaces dedicated to contemporary art. The Natural History Museum, expected to open in 2025, will be the fourth museum in Saadiyat Island. It will feature exhibits on the origin of the universe and house a related research centre.

Beach outings are the most popular way to spend your free time in the island these days. You can enjoy water sports on the beach of Saadiyat Island or simply relax and watch the sunset. Moreover, you can walk around Saadiyat Island or work out outdoors as there are walking, cycling, and jogging paths in the area.

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