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Khalidiya in Abu Dhabi has gained reputation as a distinct address among the expatriate population. Just a stone’s throw away from the Corniche, the area lies within 26th Street to the east and 32nd Street to the west.
The Khalidiya Village is a contemporary gated residential community located in the area. It hosts superb clubhouse facilities, private swimming pools, a fully-equipped gymnasium, sauna and steam room, playgrounds and athletics courts. Its four to six-bedroom villas have large balconies overlooking a garden or pool. Expansive living areas, covered parking space and modern lifestyle amenities have made it one of the most sought-after developments in the capital.
One striking building in the locality is the Shining Towers with its gleaming tilted facade. The multi-use building at the beginning of Khalidiya Street gives a very contemporary feel to the whole area.
While many high-rise buildings dot the main road, the cozy feel of many parks and recreational activities within walking distance, along with the beautiful Khalidiya Garden, offers a splendid evening getaway for everyone.
Meanwhile, the Khalidiyah Mall has set its own pulse by being not too crowded yet not too empty at the same time. It houses many popular fashion brands, apart from crowd-pulling outlets like LuLu Hypermarket and Sparky’s.
Popular retail chains and food outlets like Choithrams, Spinneys, Abu Dhabi Co-op and Abela are also found in close proximity.
For a refined dining experience, Sheraton Khalidiya Hotel offers a complete range of international cuisines and a daily themed buffet.
Residents need not worry about their medical needs as excellent healthcare facilities, such as the Shaikh Khalifa Medical City, are close by.
With all its offerings, it is no surprise that the rents in Khalidiya are on the higher end than most other parts of the city. For instance, a typical three-bedroom apartment with a good view can be rented between Dh150,000 and Dh200,000.
• Abu Dhabi’s Khalidiya area has been very popular with expatriates for years
• Shining Towers is a striking mixed-use building with a gleaming tilted facade
• Khalidiya Village, with its modern facilities, is a sought-after housing option
Source: Zenifer Khaleel, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer