Al Mushrif: A haven for families in Abu Dhabi
From shopping centres, schools and hospitals, Al Mushrif has everything its neighbourhood needs.
After a long day at work, everyone wants to go home to a place of calm. And at the end of a hectic week, wouldn't be nice to go for a stroll and be surrounded with trees? That's what the Mushrif neighbourhood in Abu Dhabi offers its residents.
Egyptian expat Khalid Salem, 40, is one of those who have been drawn to the serenity that the neighbourhood evokes. The area has been their home for eight year now and never did they have any regret.
"I moved to Al Mushrif with my family because we wanted to live in a quiet, private area," he said.
And that was exactly what they have been enjoying every day.
The neighbourhood is situated in a strategic location between Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (Aiport Road) and Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, so access is never a problem.
And whenever residents find time to unwind, they can easily go to the Mangrove National Park known as a haven for birdwatchers and a hub for watersports enthusiasts.
There are also several churches in the area, specifically on Tolerance Street. These include the Evangelical Church, St Anthony's Cathedral for Coptic Orthodox and St Joseph's Cathedral. Th nearby Mary the Mother of Jesus Mosque also catches the eye.
Expats of different nationalities will find it easy to live in the area, especially since a number of embassies are also situated in Al Mushrif.
Salem said: "This is an ideal place for families as it is peaceful and there are plenty of parks and children' playgrounds."
They have Umm Al Emarat Park, Mushrif Kids Park and Family Park 2, among other recreational areas.
And for those who want to enjoy the company of their neighbours, the spacious Majlis Al Mushrif on Khaleej Arab Road is the go-to venue. It was specifically set up for social events and activities residents would want to host.
From shopping centres and markets to dining spots, schools and hospitals, Al Mushrif has everything its neighbourhood needs.
On top of it all, "rents here are also affordable", according to Salem.
A studio in Al Mushrif can be rented at an average of Dh40,000 a year, while a one-bedroom apartment will cost around Dh55,000. For two-bedroom flats, the average is Dh65,000, while three and four-bedroom units range between Dh70,000 and Dh 95,000.
Those who opt to stay in a villa will have to shell out Dh115,000 to Dh130,000 for a three-bedroom and a four-bedroom, respectively. The five-bedroom houses, on the other hand, cost Dh215,000 yearly, while the prices to rent a six-bed villa range from Dh160,000 to Dh350,000.