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Near the popular Corniche, the Tourist Club Area (TCA), now called Al Zahiyah, located in the heart of the capital, is counted among the most vibrant places that opens to a multicultural population.
The area garnered its popularity as Abu Dhabi's very first beach opened to the public sometime in the 1970s to provide a lineup of leisure activities to one and all. It gained more momentum as it provided facilities such as a bowling alley, a swimming pool, a play area for kids, and others.
Being one of the most sought-after locations in the city, residents would look at finding accommodation in the area although the rates would soar up high.
In terms of residential space, TCA is composed largely of low to medium-rise buildings, with some tall towers in between. It is mostly a mixture of rental and studio apartments with no villa developments. A very populous location, getting a parking space is a hassle for residents living in the area although the government has introduced the Mawaqif system to solve this problem.
Shops and fashion houses can be found aplenty in TCA, and attract a lot of crowds besides the residents. The Abu Dhabi Mall is another favorite attraction for tourists. The Khalifa Centre is a great stop for getting good deals in bargain crafts and a variety of souvenirs, while the Lulu Centre has something for everyone like electronics, clothing, cosmetics and a lot more.
Food lovers stop by TCA anytime throughout the day as it has a lineup of restaurants catering to the many foodies in the city.
TCA is also known for the major healthcare facilities that are within easy reach of the residents. Some of the renowned names in healthcare in the area include the Al Salam Hospital and Corniche Hospital.
A one-bedroom hall apartment can be rented at Dh75,000 per year, whereas a furnished one-bedroom flat can be leased at approximately Dh90,000 per year. Spacious four-bedroom flats with five bathrooms can be rented at Dh280,000.
• The Tourist Club Area has low to medium-rise buildings and some tall towers
• It has an interesting lineup of restaurants that cater to the city's many foodies
• A furnished one-bedroom hall apartment can be rented at Dh90,000 per year
To find out more about this heavily populated locality, click on Tourist Club Area
Source: Mrudvi Bakshi, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer