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The Garden City of Al Ain offers a refreshing respite from the other busy metropolises of the UAE. Living and moving about here is very easy. The residential areas are divided into districts which are in proximity to one another.
Rents in Al Ain are up to 20 per cent cheaper than the main Abu Dhabi city or popular metros like Dubai. Living areas here are bigger though they do not provide the sophistication of their peers. Villas dominate the residential scene, and the city has the most number of Emiratis in the country.
Located on the Al Ain-Dubai Road, the Falaj Hazza and Zakher Districts together form the most attractive residential areas for expats. Their central location and proximity to international schools are their main USPs. The Al Foah Mall is situated here.
Al Towaya, Al Masoudi and Al Jimi Districts are the most bustling parts of the city and provide some of the city's major landmarks like Al Jimi Mall. These areas offer good accommodation options, popular of which are multi-storey apartments, and have easy access to Dubai.
Al Markhaniya, Al Habooy and Al Bateen Districts comprise the newly-established residential areas in Al Ain. Since these districts are just a stone's throw away from Abu Dhabi Road, they are popular with expats who are commuting to Abu Dhabi. There are local supermarkets and laundry shops that are within proximity in these districts.
The Al Sarooj and Town Centre Districts have easy access to important amenities, shopping venues like Al Bawadi Mall and hotels. Al Sarooj has a wide range of villas, while the Town Centre is dotted with apartments. However, these centrally-located localities are one of the most congested parts of the city.
Al Foah and Hili Districts are located far from the city center, near the Dubai-Al Ain Road. These areas are popular residential destinations among expats who are required to travel to Dubai on a regular basis. Tourist attractions within the vicinities include the Hili Fun City, Al Ain Zoo and Jebel Hafeet.
Foreign investments in real estate are not that popular in Al Ain, but it has many residential projects initiated by the government for UAE nationals.
• Al Ain is divided into several districts which are in proximity to one another
• The Al Ain Zoo and Jebel Hafeet are among city's popular tourist attractions
• Its shopping destinations include Al Jimi Mall, Al Bawadi Mall and Al Foah Mall
Source: Zenifer Khaleel, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer