An Abu Dhabi Expat Housing Area

Khalifa City A is located on the mainland this large neighborhood is separated from the sea by Al Raha Gardens. The area is relatively quiet and there are no problems with parking. It will take about 40 minutes to reach the city center but the airport is close by, you can also reach Dubai from here in about 50 minutes.

Mostly detached villas some of which have their own pool, the homes are also on large plots. Being out of the way and not close to the downtown area the property prices here are lower than in other areas of Abu Dhabi. This is a predominantly residential neighborhood not one that stands out as a hub of entertainment venues, it’s more for those seeking the quiet life. There are plans to develop the area even further.


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NepenthesShaikh Khalifa Medical CityCC BY-SA 3.0

Popular with those who want a large luxurious property and don’t mind being out of the center of Abu Dhabi, families enjoy the large gardens and pools in the luxurious villas of this neighborhood. The area also has a growing expat community.

Entertainment and Services
There are a few convenience stores, cafes- including a internet cafe, and a supermarket, nearby known as the ‘pink shops’. The Abu Dhabi Golf Club is a short drive and depending what part of the area you live in the Al Raha beach area is easily reached. You could also visit the Raha Shopping Mall 3km away where there is also a cinema. The closest huge mall is the Abu Dhabi Mall 10km away with about 220 outlets, however I used to visit Mazyed Mall quite often for groceries and Applebees!

There is at least one pre-school and high school in proximity to the residential areas. The International School of Choueifat (ISC) opened in 2006 and is part of a major chain of schools. The Raha International School, Al Yasmina School (ages 3-18) and the Canadian International School are all under 3km from Khalifa City A. British International School (BISAD)- where my kids attend is a 10 minute drive. The newly opened Gems World Academy is located in Khalifa A as well. For younger kids there is the Humpty Dumpty Nursery and the Teddy Bear American Nursery.They are many school bus services to Khalifa A. Many schools in the area offers plenty of extracurricular programs which kids from any school can usually join so check around!

Health Care
The closest hospital, Al Mafraq Hospital is 10 km away, the Zayed Military Hospital is 14 km away and the American European Medical Center is 20km away. There is a clinic opposite the pink shops for emergencies but most people tend to go to Al Noor near Carrefour for major problems as it is more international.

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