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Old 8th February 2013, 10:04 AM
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I've been again to Marina Square yesterday + to Sky Tower:
- Sky Tower is really, really nice - probably the best from what I've seen so far
- mini shopping mall there is OK, with bank+groceries+cafes, but I guess it's good for ad hoc shopping rather than any big 'weekly' shopping
- quality of both tower (ie lifts) & apartments is very very good
- very big rooms, but it may get tricky as external walls are curved (as the building is oval shape), so you can't really use all that space
- I've been in apartment (2-BR) on 66th floor so view was amazing (slightly vertigo as for me, but still amazing)
- there are lots of facilities: 3 swimming pools (incl Olympic size) + gym (ground floor?)
- in general it was great building with great apartments .. but most expensive

- in Marina Square I've been to Maha Tower, which as for now from what I've seen (RAK/Sky/Maha) is the worst quality .. but is also the cheapest
- 2-BR in Sky is around 140k, in RAK about 120-130k, when in Maha it is just 100-105k
- 1-BR in Maha is around 85k
- Maha doesn't have indoor pool - there is just one in front of the tower, for common use of this and other towers (all other towers have own indoor pools)
- quality of finish was acceptable, but far from what is in RAK/Sky
- bedrooms were mid-small size - if you put king size bed, it basically takes 70-80% of the bedroom space, so enough to walk around, but not enough to put anything more there (ie desk or extra wardrobe)
- living room was nice (large, square size, so easy to put stuff there etc) with small balcony
- kitchen is open to living room (in both 1 and 2-BR) which is good solution there
- kitchen in 2-BR was tiny (place for cooker, freezer and maybe 2-3 cupboards, so not really for someone who cooks on a regular basis), when in 1-BR it was proper large size..
- views from 2-BR that I've seen were onto inland (island) which was OK but not fantastic (there are no high buildings yet in front of it, but you can see they start to build something so it will be the case in next year or two), when 1-BR was onto marina square (so great views), but I guess it is not a common rule as I've seen floor plans and there are mirror apartments on both sides of the tower, so 2-BR are facing marina as well

I'm viewing more tomorrow and Monday as well, so I'll update u
summary as for now:
- Sky Tower is great but expensive
- Maha is much lower quality, but still it's new and OK, and it's dirty cheap compared to Sky
- RAK seems to be in the middle, being good quality, and medium priced

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summary as for now:
- Sky Tower is great but expensive
- Maha is much lower quality, but still it's new and OK, and it's dirty cheap compared to Sky
- RAK seems to be in the middle, being good quality, and medium priced
In my earlier post I meant to say that you won't get a 2 bed for 120K in Sun/Sky.
Maha has 2 beds facing the Marina Square as well. They have 4 layouts in one floor. But I couldn't get myself to like it though it was cheap.

Gym in RAK is okay - not that great if you are into serious gymming, but okay for casual stuff. And are you sure any building in Marina square has an indoor pool? Some have saunas, but thats about it.

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ok - so after 3 visits to Marina Square / Al Reem I can say that:
- Sky tower is the best quality (and has a shopping centre), but it's expensive (140k for 2BR, no chances to get 1-BR as almost all are already taken) and you can't use all the space as the building is oval shape, so walls are curvy
- Marina Square towers are similar to each other (in terms of quality, size, price etc)
- they are much lower quality than Sky, apart from RAK tower which is somewhere between Sky and Marina Sq towers quality (you can actually see that when you go into RAK, and then go to other towers)
- Marina Sq towers have in general quite small bedrooms (ie some towers have such small bedrooms that you can't fit in king size bed) and various size kitchens (ie i've seen 1-BR with big kitchens, and 2-BR in same bulding with tiny kitchens)
- some have balconies, but they are small (I wouldn't use it)
- all towers have:
+ gym inside building (rather very small: like 4-5 cardio machines (ie running), 1-2 weight machines, some free weights)
+ outdoor swimming pool (some have it fenced, so only for that tower, and some have it in open to be shared with others)
+ outdoor BBQ area
- prices in Marina Sq are low: 80-90k for 1-BR, and 100-110k for 2BR
- RAK is slightly more expensive, so: 90-95k for 1-BR, and 120k for 2-BR
- for Sky add another 15-20k on top of that
- there are already some shops open at Marina Sq (groceries, bank) and bigger groceries opening next month (Geant?)

so final word:
- if someone is looking for best value for money, then Al Reem Marina Square is the best option (towers in ie Corniche like Etihad or Nation are very expensive: 120k for 1-BR, and 140k+ for 2-BR)
- if someone is looking for cheap, but fairly decent quality then all towers (Ocean Terrace, Oc Heights, Maha etc) are fine, as they are new, and you can get 1-BR for 80-85k (depending on the level, view and floor plan), just watch out for particular units, if you need ie bigger kitchen, or king size bed
- if you want some better quality in terms of flat, but not facilities (pool, gym), then it's RAK tower
- if you want top quality then it's Sky tower, but it costs much more
- if you want top quality facilities then it's Sky tower (tennis courts, olympic pools, shopping mall with cafes etc)


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Hi Guys,

Does anyone have any idea if Sea Side Tower in Reem Island has any problems as well?

I am planning to sign my rental contract in the next few days but after reading all your comments about Reem Island in General im hesitating...

Please help!

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Hello All,

A small update on MArina Square and RAK twr where I live.
In general, we r happy. We have a 3 bedroom on 30th floor. Large rooms, and a decent maid's room. It looks like 360 is getting a bit of an overhaul in terms of management and services. Most of the time efficient and timely. They were having a customer survey thing recently and called for comments. Mentioned to them that we are not abe to use the pool because of the water being very cold, and have been told that they were working on this and installing water heaters for the pools as a lot of people complained about the same. Will wait and see if it really happens. Cleanliness has improved too, even the bathrooms at the pool area are in impecable condition now. Lifeguards finally look like lifeguards, in uniforms.

One thing I have been told recenlty by a friend living in Sky Twr, is that although the facilities are indeed better there than in Marina Sqr, the sky and sun twrs have a strict "No pets allowed" policy. So the dogs lovers live in Marina sqr. I saw quite some dogs walking.

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Hi Guys,

Does anyone have any idea if Sea Side Tower in Reem Island has any problems as well?

I am planning to sign my rental contract in the next few days but after reading all your comments about Reem Island in General im hesitating...

Please help!
Did you read the whole thread? ALL the posts?
No idea on Sea Side Tower though. Didnt hear of it when we were house hunting. Probably wasn't ready then

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Hi everyone, this is my first message in this forum and I'm sure won't be the last one

I wanted to write here to thank you all guys (specially to dzey) because this thread is being really useful for me.

As a matter of fact I'm being relocated to Abu Dhabi in a couple of weeks and I'm looking for a place to live. After reading this thread I'm keen to search for an apartment in Al Reem Island.
I'm going to work in the Sheik Khalifa Energy Complex, which is not far from Al Reem, so that seems convenient.

Despite the great information in this thread, I'd like to ask a couple of questions and I'd really appreciate if you could share your experience with me.

- Is there the possibility of rent a furbished apartment or are they all empty? what about kitchen appliances?

- Is the community of Al Reem made of Westerner Expats mostly? Is there many people living there as of now? What about the facilities?

- Is there any other zone on Abu Dhabi considered "Expat" zone? I've been in Dubai Marina and that seems quite a nice place. I have the feeling that Marina Sq. in Abu Dhabi is quite close to Dubai Marina. Is that so?

- I'm moving there with my wife, we are both 30 years old and we are looking for 1 BR appartment with a budget of 85-90K AED. Is it realistic to find such an appartment in RAK or Sun/Sky?

That's all guys, thanks a lot for your comments on the above. I'm sorry if some of the questions sound a bit silly but I have a LOT of questions like that in my head

Thanks again!

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- Is there the possibility of rent a furbished apartment or are they all empty? what about kitchen appliances? yes - but not in Reem Island as all flats here are brand new, so therefore empty with no furniture or white goods

- Is the community of Al Reem made of Westerner Expats mostly? Is there many people living there as of now? What about the facilities? in the evening when you walk down Marina Square you see maybe 30% lights on in flats here - same as if you go to car parking - so it's almost dead empty.. but all people here are expats.. there is just one shop open (small Geant) so you can probably see everybody from Marina going there to do some small shopping

- Is there any other zone on Abu Dhabi considered "Expat" zone? I've been in Dubai Marina and that seems quite a nice place. I have the feeling that Marina Sq. in Abu Dhabi is quite close to Dubai Marina. Is that so?Marina Square will be like this - but in next 2-3 years - probably when they will open that shopping mall here with cafes etc

- I'm moving there with my wife, we are both 30 years old and we are looking for 1 BR appartment with a budget of 85-90K AED. Is it realistic to find such an appartment in RAK or Sun/Sky?same thing with me&my wife - and we have choosen RAK Tower as it's best quality in Marina Square (and also biggest size apartments) - you can get 1 BR for 85-95k (depending on landlord, floor, side of building etc).. you cannot get 1 BR in Sky/Sun for this price, as it starts from 100k
final word: I've been looking at different towers here in Reem Island (Marina Square + Sky/Sun) and if you want a good quality with moderate price - it's only RAK tower.. if you want to squeeze maximum from your budget it's ie Maha Tower (100k for 2 BR), but size and quality are visibly worst than RAK (seriously you can see that immediately when you enter the tower).. Sun/Sky are very nice, top quality, but expensive, and much further down the island (which matters when you want to ie pick up a taxi from the street), and I also didnt really like some floor plans as the building is oval shape, so you get lots of unusable space near windows..

re RAK tower and 1 BR - there are only 2 floor types:
*** one is on the corner, but didnt like it as it overviews the office building which is quite close.. it also has very long window in the living room which is good and bad (lots of sun / but also non usable space), and bedroom has strange floor plan (Z shape?)
*** the second floor plan (the one i took) is overlooking towards Sun/Sky and Saadiyat island (you can see bridge&water in the distance) and is very much square shaped - with square'ish rooms and big bedroom (i've put there additional wardrobe + king size bed + 2xbedside tables and it's still not packed..)
both floor plans are around 90-95 square meters, which gives plenty of space

cheers from RAK Tower!


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Thanks a lot Dzey!This was really helpful.

My research (on the internet) lead me to the same conclusion. On marina sq. RAK tower seems the best place to go and I'm keen to look there as a first option.

My wife is concerned about the location, as it seems a bit isolated. As you mentioned the taxis, are they passing by Marina sq. as in any other place of Abu Dhabi or do you need to call one every time that you want to go down town?

Also, could you please recommend me your agent if you are happy with them?

Thanks a lot for this Dzey, having some on-site information is really valuable for us that, for now, we can only do internet research

Best Regards!

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