My first location article in Abu Dhabi – a first of many, definitely. In Khalidiya, you can be in close proximity to schools, shopping destinations, hospitals and the beach, and yet feel cocooned in a private community. It’s a relatively quiet place with sleek apartment buildings, green parks and a multitude of retail shops of all types.
Right at the heart of Khalidiya’s residential and commercial epicenter is Khalidiya Mall. It is located in the most prestigious area of Al Khalidiyah. Situated at the “nerve centre” of the city, the mall provides a complete shopping experience to tourists and residents. The mall’s distinct architecture is a perfect blend of the past with the present. Don’t miss the expensive cars parked just outside the commercial area – a Rolls Royce stretch is waiting to be “shot” with your Lomo camera anytime.
As a new resident, I find the long stretch of alleys a sight to observe. These alleys are mainly grids of thoroughfare along the busy blocks of residential and commercial establishments. Most locals converge and engage in their conversations here. To me, this is the best place to hide and run away from the exhausting rays of the bright sunlight.
Food in Khalidiya is as exceptional just like anywhere in Abu Dhabi. Gastronomic treats further flourish from nonchalant and sophisticated cafes to clubs and restaurants.
For the fitness conscious, jogging, cycling, and roller-blading are a welcome treat especially during the cooler months in the city’s charming corniche or beachfront, merely minutes away from the bustling city centre. Never try these activities during non-winter months though; you’ll definitely catch your skin toasted from the 40-45 degree-centigrade temperatures.
Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as well as the largest of the seven emirates federation. People are known for their hospitality; they feel honored when receiving guests and socializing with friends and relatives. Guests are welcomed with coffee and fresh dates.
About two-thirds of the immigrants are Asians, mainly from India, Pakistan, Iran, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and the Philippines, (oh yes, we are everywhere). The remainders are Arabs, Europeans, and Americans.