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About Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi

Al Wathba is located near Abu Dhabi and spans an area of 1.9 square miles. This developing city is popular for its cultural and historical values. It has a popular wetland area in the nearby area. The wetlands of Al Wathba are located between Abu Dhabi, Mussafah and Baniyas Yas. It was established in 1988 by Sheikh Zayed. This area is home to many birds, such as flamingos. Thus, making it a popular tourist destination for bird watching. 

Al Wathba is a popular suburban region in the United Arab Emirates where people are actively moving. The history of this city dates back to 1966 when Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan took over the throne and became a ruler in the United Arab Emirates. After taking the throne, he expanded his kingdom by establishing better amenities, especially healthcare and education. In 1980, he planned to develop Abu Dhabi. Thus, he invited Sir William Atkins.

The main development in Al Wathba began very recently, in 2008, when the city's people started moving towards technology and urbanisation. One of the major sources of income for the people here was tourism, especially for the wetlands. Another popular event in the town was the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival. Along with tourism came the chance for commercialisation and work opportunities. This attracted people to shift to the city and start living here. Along with this came the need and rise of construction of several commercial and residential properties. Since Al Wathba is well-connected with the nearby cities with major highways, it becomes easier for people to commute.

Key Highlights of Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi

What’s Great Here!
  • Residential properties
  • Close to popular destinations
  • Well connected highways
  • Pleasant climate
  • Local stores and culture
What Needs Attention!
  • Lack of amenities
  • Lack of places of worship
  • Under development areas

Real Estate Overview in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi

The region of Al Wathba is secluded and located a little away from the main cities. This makes the city more peaceful and calm, away from the bustling noise and busy city life. It is one of the many reasons people are actively shifting to this city. The second reason is that it is still developing, which gives the residents a chance to grow exponentially. Recently, several villas have been constructed in Al Wathba, to welcome large-sized families into the city. The newly constructed villas are built with 4 bedrooms with attached washrooms and balconies and a spacious living room. These villas ideally span across an area of 2500 square feet.

Off-Plan Trends in Al Wathba

The main development in the city of Al Wathba began in 2008. When it comes to residential and commercial properties, the city is still expecting many upcoming projects that lead towards development. Several apartment buildings are being planned, which offer both residential and commercial units, in a wide range of pricing budgets. Thus, making property ownership easy for everyone.

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Rental Trends in Al Wathba

With the newly constructed four-bedroom villas, the rental trends in Al Wathba have increased drastically. These villas span over 2500 square feet and are lavishly constructed. They offer a modern look with spacious rooms, a kitchen and a living room. These villas also have parking spaces and round-the-clock security. Other than this, people are also looking for one to three-bedroom apartments for rent in Al Wathba. These apartments are available in low and medium-rise apartments. Since they are recently constructed, they have low maintenance needs.

Sales Trends in Al Wathba

The demand for the sale of commercial properties has increased tremendously in the past few years. However, since the options are highly limited, this has created a scarcity in the market, thus, leading to an expected price hike. It is an ideal situation for investors to purchase commercial properties in search of better returns in the future. One can also look for 4 BHK villas spanning across an area of 2500 square feet. Various one to three-bedroom apartments for sale at Al Wathba is also available. Since most of the properties are new, they have all the basic amenities.

Public Transportion

The main city of Al Wathba is located near the main highways and is well connected with the neighbouring cities. When it comes to public transport, the people and tourists here mainly travel via private or public taxi services. One of the reasons is the lack of accessibility to public transport, and the other is the ease of use.  The bus services offered at Al Wathba are affordable and convenient for all travellers. Here are the common bus routes of Al Wathba-

Bus Number Destination
447 Masjid Zaid Bin Al Mualla / Bawabat Al Sharq Parking North
403 Khalifa Street / Masjid Obada Bin Al Samit
402 Khalifa Street / Masjid Zaid Bin Al Khatab


Educational institutions

The development of Al Wathba began in 2008. Since most of the town is still being developed, the number of schools within the main city centre is negligible. However, there are many popular educational institutions near Al Wathba. These schools are easily accessible by car. Some of them are-

  • Abu Dhabi Indian School
  • United School of Baniyas
  • Al Ruwaad Model School


Al Wathba has many supermarkets and local stores in the main city centre. People can easily find local stores near the residential areas, where they can find daily groceries and dairy products at budget-friendly prices. Some supermarkets also keep several exotic items and international products for sale. Here are some of the supermarkets in Al Wathba-

  • Shabab Al Wathba Baqala
  • Al Banna Grocery
  • Lolo Market

Healthcare facilities

Clinics and hospitals in Al Wathba are still being constructed. Yet, people can easily commute to nearby cities to access healthcare. On travelling about 5-10 minutes by car, people of Al Wathba can easily get their hands on the best team of doctors. The healthcare facility nearest Al Wathba is-

  • Mediclinic Baniyas

Places of Worship

It is very easy to find a mosque in Al Wathba. Small mosques are available at several places, such as community areas and parks. Since it is within walking distance from the residential areas, it becomes easier for the people to walk for their daily prayers. However, the nearest church is about 23 minutes away by car. Some of the places of worship in and around Al Wathba are-

  • Mar Thoma Church

Best hotels in Al Wathba

There are many hotels available in Al Wathba at a wide variety of budget rates. From three-star to five-star hotels, one can find it all. Many hotels available here have restaurants and a buffet within the premises. In fact, one can also find pools, spas and a jacuzzi in many five-star hotels. Some of the popular hotels in Al Wathba are-

  • Dhafra Beach Hotel
  • Novotel Abu Dhabi


Shopping Malls

Al Wathba is a city where most people have the most minimal requirements to lead a happy and peaceful life. Thus, local stores and hypermarkets are the most common places people shop for their requirements. The nearest mall is away at an approximate driving distance of 7 minutes. Along with famous brands for shopping, one can also find a food court and an entertainment area. On weekends and holidays, one can expect a lot of crowds and many offers in the malls. The nearest shopping mall to Al Wathba is-

  • Al Raha Village Shopping Center


There are many family-style restaurants in and around Al Wathba where people can enjoy delicious food and cuisines from all over the world. In Al Wathba, people can enjoy delicious Arabic food on the streets and in local eateries. Budget-friendly food options are available, especially for non-vegetarians. Fine dining restaurants are all away at a drive of 5-7 minutes. Some of the famous restaurants are-

  • Karyat Al Madina Restaurant
  • Shezan Restaurant 
  • Top Four Restaurant
  • Hope Restaurant

Beaches Nearby

Al Wathba is situated away from the coastline. This means the number of beaches in the nearby area is very sparse. To experience the luxurious beaches of the United Arab Emirates, people must travel for about an hour and reach the nearest beaches. These beaches are white sand beaches with cool waters. Water sports are also very common here. Some of the beaches near Al Wathba are-

  • Abu Dhabi Beach
  • Al Bateen Beach
  • Yas Beach

Leisure Activities Nearby

Since Al Wathba is a popular wetland, there are many adventure activities that you can do related to it. Sightseeing and bird watching are common activities done here by the people and tourists. Safaris and horse riding are some of the activities done here. Here are some of the places that you must check out while visiting Al Wathba-

  • Al Wathba Wetland Reserve
  • Sheikh Zayed Heritage Village

Al Wathba - Location Map and Landmarks

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Distance and Commute Time

  • The distance from the main city centre of Al Wathba to Abu Dhabi beach is 53.3 km. It takes about 37 minutes to cover this distance by car. 
  • The distance between Abu Dhabi International airport and Al Wathba is 36.6 km, and takes about 24 minutes by car.
  • The distance between Al Wathba and Al Bateen Beach is 46.6 km, and takes about 31 minutes to cover this distance by car.
Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi

Ratings and Reviews

Kishore Shrivastav
Spacious and large-sized villas

The recently constructed villas are very spacious and large-sized. I recently bought a 4-bedroom villa that spans across 2200 square feet. It has all the latest amenities and CCTV camera security. With our private parking, it has become easier to manage our cars. Staying in a joint family, these villas are perfect. We also have our private backyard. Water and electricity is available round the clock.

Sukaina Momin
Grocery Marts

There are many small and large-sized grocery marts in our residential areas. These stores are always stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables, which is a big bonus for me. At walking distance, I can easily find a few supermarkets. One can also find seasonal fruits and vegetables here besides the regularly available items. Most grocery marts are budget-friendly.

Raj Thakar
Basic amenities

Al Wathba is still a developing city and thus is very poor in terms of amenities. Even though one can easily get everything they need in the nearby cities, it can become a little hectic. Even with the local stores, not all items need to be available on a daily basis. The supply is insufficient to meet the demand.

Dr Suvarna Pilli
No healthcare facilities in the city

Being a doctor myself, I understand the importance of healthcare facilities within the city limits. In case of emergencies, a healthcare facility must be highly accessible.

Girish Chadha
Great investment opportunities

Developing cities such as Al Wathba have a better scope of expansion and development. Since the city is still under construction and located in close proximity to several cities, the growth rate here shall be exorbitant.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Is Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi Freehold?

Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, is top listed among other freehold zones of Abu Dhabi and offers villas and apartments for sale.

What are the top attractions in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi?

Some top attractions in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi,  are the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, Sheikh Zayed Heritage Village, mosques and cultural centres.

How to get to Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, by bus and metro? And which is the nearest metro station?

To reach  Al Wathba in Abu Dhabi, you can follow bus line 163. One can also board the metro.

Which are the best communities in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi?

Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, is a residential locality accommodating many residents and expats. The residents can select based on their budget preferences.

What are the best hotels and restaurants in Al Wathba?

The best hotels and restaurants in Al Wathba are Karyat Al Madina Restaurant, Shezan Restaurant, Top Four Restaurant, and Hope Restaurant.

Which are the famous malls and supermarkets in Al Wathba?

The mall near Al Wathba is Al Raha Village Shopping Center. Several supermarkets are here, such as Shabab Al Wathba Baqala, Al Banna Grocery, and Lolo Market.

What are the best schools in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi?

Some of the best schools in Al Wathba are Abu Dhabi Indian School, United School of Baniyas, and Al Ruwaad Model School.

Which are the best hospitals and clinics in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi?

The best hospital in Al Wathba is Mediclinic Baniyas.

Which are the famous places of worship in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi?

The most famous place of worship in Al Wathba is Mar Thoma Church.

What are the pros and cons of living in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi?

The major pros of living in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, are its residential properties, proximity to popular destinations, climate, and local stores. However, providing so much automatically creates a buffer for cons. Some major cons for Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, include a lack of basic amenities and under developed areas.

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