8 unreal new Abu Dhabi neighbourhoods that are total life goals

One of our favourite things about Abu Dhabi is its ambitiousness as a city.

Not satisfied with already having the world’s fastest roller coaster, the world’s first zero-carbon, zero-waste, car-free city, and the furthest leaning man-made building, mega projects in the pipeline include the Zayed National MuseumVelodrome Abu Dhabi and teamLab Phenomena.

No project is too big, no world record unattainable – which also applies to residential developments.

For those wanting to live their best lives, there are a number of bougie developments in the pipeline. And when we say bougie, we mean it: think the fanciest, most luxurious homes you can imagine, designed by top architects and kitted out with the latest technology and comforts.

Of course, all this comes at a premium, and we don’t think that we’ll be able to afford them any time soon.

But it doesn’t hurt to dream, so if you’re aspiring to live in a Barbie Dreamhouse, or just love looking at homes way, way, way out of your budget on Property Finder, here are all the bougie developments in Abu Dhabi you need to know about.

Anyone got a couple of million dirhams to spare?

AlJurf Gardens

This upcoming residential project is being build in Ghantoot by Abu Dhabi-based real-estate developer IMKAN. Residents can look forward to a private beach, a private marina (because you don’t want to be too far away from your private yacht, of course), and lots of green spaces. Currently under construction with all major infrastructure, including roads and the AlJurf Canal, as well as some structural works on the villas, now completed, it won’t be too long before homeowners can experience “modern living in a home that offers natural beauty in abundance”. The project offers a choice between four- and five-bedroom Rawya Villas with its contemporary design, or tribal-inspired Rihal Villas, both of which look stunning. Struggling to choose between the two is a problem we could only wish we had…

Jubail Island

Fancy yourself the captain of your own ship, the king or queen of your own island? Then Jubail Island is the bougie development for you. You’ll no doubt have already explored Jubail Mangrove Park and discovered the gorgeous natural scenery here, and homeowners will be able to enjoy it daily in one of six low-density communities, all elegantly designed and finished to make the most of the natural surrounds. There are four-, five- or six-bedroom nature-inspired villas on offer here, and the development also boasts state-of-the-art amenities such as schools, a beach, marina and yacht club, parks, community centres, restaurants and shops, a pool and sports facilities.

Louvre Abu Dhabi Residences

The Jean Nouvel-designed Louvre Abu Dhabi is so gorgeous that we could look at it all day and never get bored. And homeowners at Louvre Abu Dhabi Residences will soon be able to do just that. The first residential project to ever be developed in collaboration with the Louvre and Louvre Abu Dhabi brands, Louvre Abu Dhabi Residences by Aldar is set to be the jewel in the residential property crown of Saadiyat Island. As can be expected, the ten-storey, 400-unit building will include only the best of the best, including carefully selected sustainable finishes like wood and marble throughout and state-of-the-art home automation systems. There will also be a pool, gym, spa, and cinema.


Another bougie development in Abu Dhabi by IMKAN is Nudra. This ultra-luxe, ultra-exclusive residential development on Saadiyat Island will give anyone home envy. With only 37 families residing here, and with the only exclusive beach on Saadiyat Island, you can be assured of absolute privacy and tranquility at Nudra. Would-be residents can choose between an exclusive villa at The Shores, The Beach or The Dunes in Nudra, each offering airy, open-plan floor plans and top-end finishes. Located smack bang in the middle of Saadiyat’s hottest cultural attractions, award-winning restaurants, and top schools, the development also offers great amenities, including a gym, pool, tennis court, and a kids’ play area.

The Source

Meant to be the UAE’s first wellness residential community, this high-end, exclusive community development in Saadiyat Grove is being developed by Aldar and as can be expected, no dirham has been spared in the design of the complex. Consisting of two stylish residential offerings, The Source I and II, the development also includes retail outlets, business premises, and leisure facilities, and an amazing view of Zayed National Museum. The community developments are nestled in the heart of Saadiyat’s Cultural District. Residents here can choose between one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments surrounded by lush green spaces. Amenities include a Zen rooftop garden, a yoga and meditation room, squash courts, a thermal suite with sauna and steam room, a panoramic pool, cycling tracks, and more.

Saadiyat Lagoons

As you might have gathered by now, there’s no shortage of bougie development options to invest in on Saadiyat. Cue Saadiyat Lagoons. Currently under development by Aldar, buyers can choose between opulent four-, five- or six-bedroom villas characterised by biophilic design principles and the use of sustainable building materials and methods. Close to Saadiyat Grove and surrounded by over 900,000 square metres of protected wilderness, the development is a stone’s throw from everything you may ever need, including shops, restaurants, and schools. Amenities here will include a farmer’s market, artfully scaped green spaces, a kids’ playground, pool, gym, and much more. Why would you ever want to leave?

Saadiyat Reserve

Another beautiful upcoming development on Saadiyat is Saadiyat Reserve. This Aldar development offers up the chance for you to design and build their dream home (you can’t get more bougie than that now can you). All in all, there are 306 units, all boasting beautiful architectural details, the finest finishes and one of the best locations to live, work, and play in the city. Community facilities include an amphitheatre, fresh produce market at the plaza, white sandy beaches, a swimming pool, and tennis and volleyball courts. Sounds dreamy…

The Sustainable City Yas Island

Last but certainly not least, Aldar is also developing The Sustainable City Yas Island. Just a stone’s throw from Etihad Arena, all the top theme parks, and Yas Marina Circuit, The Sustainable City will feature stylish yet sustainable condos and townhouses with nature on their doorsteps. Here, the ultimate luxury is nature, with amenities such as the animal sanctuary, equestrian centre and green mosque organised around the development’s central green spine to reflect the nature-first approach. Other amenities will include indoor and outdoor sports and leisure facilities, a children’s playground, pool, and more. Ooh la la.

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