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Amidst leafy and tree-lined streets in Abu Dhabi lies an area commonly known as Al Bateen. Geographically, it is just minutes away from the popular Abu Dhabi Corniche.
Life in Al Bateen offers a rejuvenating respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. The Baynunah Street is a beautiful stretch, an avenue replete with greenery and beautiful trees on either side of the road.
In the past, homes by the azure Abu Dhabi waters were only available in developments located off-island, which was difficult to access for those who work and relax on-island. Never before have waterside homes ever been available in the heart of Abu Dhabi city until the development of Marasy, one of the most interesting and newer mixed-use projects in the Al Bateen area.
The development has been named after the Arabic word that means ''harbour.'' It features apartments in low-rise buildings, a community centre, retail stores, restaurants and cafes. With some spectacular views of the Emirates Palace and the few islands that dot Abu Dhabi's coast, the homes in Marasy are for those that seek a new, refreshing living space in the heart of the city.
Meanwhile, the Al Bateen Park is another mixed-use project located in the same area. The gated community's accommodation options are styled as villas, townhouses and apartments. Each villa is spacious and comes equipped with a private garden and a maid's room; some even have a private swimming pool.
The few premium healthcare facilities located in the locality are the Gulf Diagnostic Center Hospital and the Al Bateen Healthcare Center. A lot of homes in this area have pets so the very conveniently located British Veterinary Centre with skilled doctors and good facilities is a boon for residents.
Some excellent schools are also located in Al Bateen such as the British-curriculum Al Bateen Secondary School. The nearby Al Bateen Scientific Private School offers learning in the Arabic medium.
• Al Bateen in Abu Dhabi is a leafy neighbourhood replete with palatial homes
• Marasy is one of the latest projects in the area offering a variety of apartments
• Al Bateen Park is another development featuring villas, townhouses and flats
Compare this community to Al Rayyana – an unruffled haven far from city rush in Abu Dhabi
Source: Urmila Santosh, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer