Al Khalidiya and Al Hosn Suburbs
West Abu Dhabi – Al Gharbia and Beyond
Al Khalidiya is located with the Old Airport Road on one side, the Corniche on another and 11th Street to the south making this a beachfront location.
There are several 5 star hotels (Hilton Abu Dhabi 5 minutes away) in the area and it is about a 10 minute drive to downtown Abu Dhabi and you can reach the beaches and public parks by foot. In short this area has both beautiful scenery, green parks and trees and convenient services as well as being walking distance from the Corniche.
The residents in the western part of the city are mainly expats and those seeking an exclusive neighborhood. You can find here sheikhs, up and coming couples, the rich and famous as well as Arab expats and Emirates.
The neighborhoods in this area have tree lined avenues and the properties are large private homes or modern apartment buildings. The apartment buildings are luxurious, with underground parking and overlook the beach the inland communities like Khalidiya Village which are less expensive.
The apartment buildings usually offer recreational facilities and reserved parking at a fee. Families are attracted to this area because of the educational, health and recreational facilities close by. This is a high end location in great demand with properties seldom on the market for long.
Entertainment and Recreation
There is no shortage of convenient malls and stores like the Marina Mall, Khalidiyah Mall and Paris Gallery. You can also find plenty of restaurants, cinemas and supermarkets. The down side to the convenient and popular places of entertainment is that the area gets noisy on weekends and congested with traffic. You can find interesting cafes and restaurants here and convenient grocery stores.
The Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation which includes the National Archives, National Library and Institute of Culture and Art is in this area, you can often see free exhibitions, lectures, concerts and film screenings. For outdoor activities you have the Corniche, public beaches, Hiltonia Beach Club and several parks like the Family Park and Khalidiyah Garden. This is also an excellent area for a range of restaurants from Tex-Mex to Chinese.
There are at least 5 pre-schools here (Bright Beginnings, Humpty Dumpty Nursery, Jigsaw Nursery and First Steps Nursery School) with Stepping Stones being the closest. The primary, secondary and high schools in this area include the Rawafed Private School for Girls (and the boys branch is nearby in Al Bateen) which teaches an English curriculum to locals and expats. The Japanese School Abu Dhabi, Ecole Francaise Privee, American Community School, French School Abu Dhabi and American Academy Abu Dhabi among others are within easy reach.
Health There are several clinics in the area as well as 7 medical centers and hospitals within easy reach. The health facilities include the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Central Hospital, New National Medical Center, Gulf Diagnostic Center, Swedish Medical Center, Emirate Hospital and the NWC Hospital. There is also the nearby Advanced Dental Center.