Al Markaziyah also known as the Abu Dhabi Tourist Club area are downtown areas located on the corner of the main island of Abu Dhabi between the northern end of the Coniche Road East and up to Al Falah Street.
It is also conveniently located close to the Mina Zayed port, souk, marina and the beaches.
The housing here in the Abu Dhabi Tourist Club area is predominantly tall buildings with no villa properties, the skyscrapers are mainly rental apartments and studio apartments there are also many apartments shared by those visiting for a short period or temporary work.
The buildings on the opposite side of Elektra Street away from the sea are mostly older structures (making them slightly cheaper) than the newer apartment buildings in other residential areas they are also smaller apartments. As parking is scarce residents will need to pay for parking spaces.
On the other hand the area also has some stunning new properties like the shinny residential tower blocks along the Corniche with views of the sea, these apartments are among the most expensive in the city.
People wanting to be in the thick of things close to the party crowd, nightlife and entertainment venues come to live here. Often those not intending to settle in the country rent or share apartments here. This is not a family-type neighborhood and is preferred by younger residents, visitors and foreign workers.
Entertainment and Services
The streets of the Tourist Club area are always full of action and people wandering here and there or strolling along the waterfront it is a dynamic energetic area here you can be within walking distance of non-stop action with stores, restaurants, bars, malls, arcades, hotels and places of entertainment at your door step as well as close to the beachfront. The area is usually still buzzing in the early hours of the morning.
Al Muhairy Center with a residential complex, shops and mall is here also the Madinat Zayed Shopping Center and Grand Abu Dhabi Mall are not far away.
The nearest cinema is right here at the Club Cinema near to the Club Stadium, there is also the Grand Al Mariah, Eldorado cinema and National Cinema. Hotels in the area include the Beach Rotana and Meridien Hotel. There is also the Formal Park and Lake Park in Al Markaziyah near the sea.
The Corniche which is a minute away is a venue for walking, jogging, cycling and general people watching.
There are no schools in the Abu Dhabi Tourist Club area but the following institutions are in the neighboring Madinat Zayed area: Areef Computer Institute, one of the country’s leading IT training schools as well as the American Language Center, Galaxy Computer Education, Sara Institute of Science & technology and Syscome Collage Abu Dhabi.
For kindergartens and primary schools you’ll have to make a short 2.5km journey to the Al Murooj Scientific Private School which caters for expats, it teaches a British curriculum.
Also about 2.5km away is the PISCO Private School (Filipino owned, teaching from pre-school to secondary school levels), Al-Shomoo Private School (very high standard), International Montessori Nursery, GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi (English tuition), Pioneers International Private School, the Pearl Primary School (well equipped school with library, swimming pool, computer room and sports fields) and the Our Own English High School.
As you can see there is no shortage of educational facilities very close to this area and only a kilometer or two further you will reach even more educational institutions. The preferred school for those living in this area is the Al Khubairat British School, 25 minutes away or the Brighton College, 20 minutes away.
This area is blessed with several renowned medical facilities within easy reach but the closest is the Al Salam Hospital and the Corniche Hospital, a maternity hospital popular with expats. Al Noor Hospital, Ahalia Hospital, Lifeline Hospital, NMC Hospital (24 hour service in nearby Madinat Zayed) and Al Reef International Hospital are all easily reached. Not far away you can reach even more medical facilities.
The closest dental facility is at Emirates Hospital Abu Dhabi four km away and the Veterinary Hospital is about a kilometer away.