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The area of Baniyas in mainland Abu Dhabi used to be quiet, with only a few standing structures and little to no real estate activity. But that was several years ago. As real estate developments moved from the city centre to the mainland, as has been the trend in several emirates, the suburb finally took its share of the limelight when a huge project in the locality was announced a few years ago.
Considered a major real estate ''breakthrough'' in the area is Bawabat Al Sharq. It is a master-planned community that covers 108 hectares of land. The vast area, when fully completed, will be filled with residences, commercial areas, and entertainment and leisure venues.
The first phase of the project offers homeowners a slew of housing options that ranges from three to five-bedroom semi-detached and detached villas to one to three-bedroom apartments spread in three buildings. Similarly, the second phase consists of three to five-bedroom villas that include swimming pools and gardens, and one to three-bedroom apartments, deluxe suite units and penthouses in over ten buildings. Some of the apartment units come with Jacuzzis and terraces, but all boast splendid views of the surroundings. These homes are offered for sale to UAE nationals and long-term lease to GCC nationals.
One of the highlights of the community is the Bawabat Al Sharq Mall which houses hundreds of retail outlets, dining establishments, pharmacies, banks, exchange houses, a cinema and a traditional souk.
The whole community boasts excellent landscaping with plenty of green spaces. It also has a medical centre, health club, sports facilities such as a football stadium built to FIFA standards, tennis courts and swimming pools, training centres, gym, multi-purpose halls, barbecue spots and children’s play areas. Aside from the school within the community, parents also have the option of sending their children to the different schools that dot the locality itself.
Being away from the chaos of the city centre, Bawabat Al Sharq is ideal for those who are in search of exclusive luxury living.
• Bawabat Al Sharq is a master-planned development located in Baniyas area
• Homes offered on freehold basis to Emiratis, long-term lease to GCC nationals
• The project has a huge mall and several facilities such as a football stadium
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Source: Ellen Joyce Soriano, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer