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Abu Dhabi is an extensive archipelago consisting of many famous islands such as Sir Bani Yas Island, Saadiyat Island, Nurai Island and many others.
These islands are being rapidly developed to provide a variety of entertainment, cultural and luxury offerings, while others like Al Reem Island are being offered as commercial and residential havens to meet the demands of the growing population.
Al Reem Island is a residential and commercial development located 600 metres off the northeastern coast of Abu Dhabi city.
It has gained phenomenal interest as one of the first areas in the capital to offer properties to expatriates on leasehold basis.
Primarily a mixed-purpose community, Al Reem Island has been one of the most-searched locations in the capital in recent years. It is an emerging district with several mixed-use projects and a stunning long-term growth potential.
Surrounded by spectacular water bodies, it is a beautiful self-contained locality. It boasts fantastic amenities like well-kept playgrounds, grassy areas, sports facilities like swimming pools and gyms, and barbeque areas supplemented by pedestrian-friendly walkways.
Geetika Sood, who works as a BDM in an IT company, is a year-old resident of Tala Tower in Marina Square, one of the many residential projects on the island. The Sood family (husband Harsh and sons Rohan and Aryan) previously resided in a building near Corniche before they called Al Reem Island home.
Geetika says the family’s home in Marina Square, which features three bedrooms and a maid’s room, offers spectacular sea views.
On the advantages of living on the island, she says, “There is a common perception that Al Reem Island is quite far and cut off from the main city. But one of the most striking aspects of this waterfront locality is that it is well positioned; thereby, it enjoys superb connectivity to all areas of Abu Dhabi.”
She adds, “Separated from the main city by a bridge, it feels as though you are not in the city but still very close. Once you cross the bridge, you leave behind the chaos of the city and enter a peaceful haven.”
The proximity factor works in favour of Geetika and Harsh as their offices are located near Al Wahda Mall and Salam Street, respectively, which are close to their residence.
According to Geetika, the Geant supermarket within their community is good enough to meet the daily grocery needs of the residents. However, the city is just a hop away, with Abu Dhabi Mall located very close and Al Wahda Mall not too far away.
Geetika rues the fact that although Al Reem Island has superb growth potential, it is not being tapped effectively.
She adds that one downside to living in Marina Square is that the apartments are small. Domestic help is also more expensive compared to living in the downtown area.
However, they look forward to the opening of the Paragon Bay mall, which is expected to bring about a major facelift to the community, making it more happening. When completed, it will have several retail outlets, cinemas and food establishments.
Despite the minor issues, Geetika concludes that it is a joy to live in a cluster of high-rises with world-class amenities and waterfront views.
Source: Bandana Jain, Special to Freehold