Founded in 2004, Aldar Properties is one of the major players shaping the urban and residential fabric of Abu Dhabi.
The company develops and manages large-scale projects that include Al Raha Beach, Al Raha Gardens and Yas Island, which contains the Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi, and the theme parks Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld.
Aldar has also created homes for 25,000 families since inception, including villas, townhouses, high-rise and mid-rise apartments.
“Abu Dhabi has attracted talent from across the globe to work, live and visit this great metropolitan city,” says Talal Al Dhiyebi, the company’s CEO.
“One of the unique aspects of the city’s development lies in its robust infrastructure. Typically, it takes time for infrastructure to keep pace with development, but we have invested heavily in it — be it roads, utilities, new airports or port facilities. As a result, everything is well serviced and connected.”
Aldar’s approach focuses on creating the “urban ecosystems” which ensure liveable and vibrant communities. This attracts people to stay in the city, purchase their own home and settle down to further contribute to Abu Dhabi as it grows.
These residential developments are designed to be future proof and combine high quality, well-designed housing complemented and enhanced by retail, international-standard education, cultural, recreational and entertainment venues, and community amenities such as parks, sports facilities and access to nature.
For example, Saadiyat Island, one of Aldar’s largest recent projects, combines residential living with cultural attractions like the Louvre Abu Dhabi, world-class educational institutions such as Cranleigh Abu Dhabi and New York University - Abu Dhabi, and a three-kilometre beach, all within walking distance, and connected by walking and bike paths.
“The economy is thriving, but it’s also important to remember how tolerant the society is,” Al Dhiyebi. “Many people have called this home for decades. This is an open, tolerant, safe community that has opened its doors to people from across the world to work, live and visit.”