Seeking a villa in Abu Dhabi: Which one to choose?

Seeking a villa in Abu Dhabi: Which one to choose?

The capital of the UAE is famous for its elite villa developments that offer a relaxed lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of the city. These projects feature secluded locations and offer residents the highest levels of comfort and first-class amenities. Residents enjoy access to white sand beaches, private pools, extensive landscaped gardens, sports and recreational facilities and open air cinemas. All residences will be modern and will match the quality of construction found in elite villas in Dubai.

Abu Dhabi's property market is showing impressive growth and offers a wide range of villas for investment. Our portal has more than 4,000 homes of various types for sale, allowing future owners to choose a property based on their budget, space requirements, number of bedrooms, availability of a private garden and pool, proximity to the sea and other preferences.

Both furnished and unfurnished options are available. Properties range from 2 to 10 bedrooms, with average prices ranging from AED 2.3 million ($626,000) to AED 9.3 million ($2.5 million). Prices for exclusive properties can reach up to AED 45 million ($12.25 million). Meanwhile, prices in the emirate are favourable, as property in Dubai and other global megacities often costs more.


Possible areas to buy

Until 2019, foreigners could only own property in the UAE capital on a long-term lease basis. In the neighbouring emirate, legislation was changed earlier, and since 2002, villas and apartments in Dubai have been available for full ownership by expats. Foreigners are currently allowed to buy property in 9 districts in Abu Dhabi. The most popular areas are:

  • Yas Island - one of the leading entertainment and leisure centres in the UAE. It is home to the Warner Bros. World and Ferrari World amusement parks, the Yas Marina Circuit, which hosts Formula One races, and the Yas Links golf course. The capital's leading shopping complex, Yas Mall, has more than 400 shops and restaurants.
  • Saadiyat Island - an artificial archipelago that is the cultural centre of the city. It is home to the famous Louvre Abu Dhabi, with masterpieces of world art, and the Manarat Al Saadiyat exhibition centre. The Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Museum are also under construction. The island offers a wide range of entertainment, 5-star hotels, restaurants, golf courses and more. Property here is in the premium segment and the location is considered one of the most desirable places to live in the UAE.
  • Al Reef - Located on the continental part of the city, Al Reef is a multi-functional community with a population of approximately 16,000 people. It is divided into Al Reef Downtown, which houses apartments, and Al Reef Villas - a gated cluster of villas ranging from 2 to 5 bedrooms. The homes are designed in modern, Arabic and Mediterranean styles.
  • Al Raha Gardens - a seaside community offering many amenities for a peaceful family life. Residents have access to the private schools Al Yasmina Academy and Raha International School, the Al Raha Mall shopping centre and the Al Raha Beach Marina promenade. The area offers good transport links with its proximity to the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Expressway and the availability of bus stops.
  • Ghantoot - a new district between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, home to the Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club and Ghantoot Marina. The 2–7-bedroom villas are designed in a traditional Arabic style with courtyards and majlis. The cluster is actively developing and offers excellent opportunities for investment in 'under construction' homes.

Seeking a villa in Abu Dhabi: Which one to choose?

Most popular ready-to-live complexes

Beachfront Residences - an exclusive development on Nurai Island. It is one of the most prestigious residences in the UAE, offering active beach recreation and a wide range of entertainment for the whole family, including landscaped pools, a fitness centre, yoga club, outdoor cinema, rooftop barbecue areas, various water sports, volleyball and tennis courts. The resort offers 4- and 6-bedroom luxury homes. They have spacious relaxation areas and are surrounded by landscaped gardens. Starting price - AED 27 million ($7.35 million).

Water Villas - a village of luxury villas surrounded by 11 acres of pristine white sand beaches. Residents have direct access to the sea, just steps away from the backyards of the villas. The 4-bedroom residences are ideal for families. Panoramic windows offer stunning views of the coastline. This development is perfect for those who want to live the beach lifestyle with the privileges of five-star recreation. Prices start from AED 19 million ($5.2 million).

Royal Marina Villas - Part of the elite Marina Village development on Al Kasir Island, one of the most popular areas in the city. Offering luxurious 4–6-bedroom coastal homes with spacious balconies and spectacular views of the Persian Gulf and the Yacht Club. Homes are equipped with Jacuzzis, saunas, private pools, and parking. Residents also have access to a communal pool, club, tennis court and car park.

Metropolitan notes: "The community is particularly attractive to families, with a large play area and park for walking and relaxing. The gated area ensures a high level of security.

Prices for villas start from AED 22 million ($6 million).

Answers to your questions

Can expats buy a villa in Abu Dhabi?

Expats can own property as private owners in 9 districts of the city.

How much do villas cost in Abu Dhabi?

A villa can be purchased from AED 1 million ($272,500).

Is it possible to get a residence visa when buying a property?

A residency visa is available to those who have purchased a home valued at AED 2 million ($545,000).

Is it worth investing in buying a home in Abu Dhabi?

Property is constantly increasing in value and has a high rate of return, up to 7% per annum, making it a profitable investment.

Is it good to live in the UAE capital?

The city has a well-developed infrastructure and offers comfortable living conditions. There are many beaches, parks, museums, sports facilities, malls and attractions to suit all tastes.

Seeking a villa in Abu Dhabi: Which one to choose?


Peter Johnson: I prefer Abu Dhabi to Dubai; it's somehow calmer and quieter here, without the huge number of tourists that are literally everywhere in Dubai.

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