Inside a Dh7.5m penthouse at Al Raha Beach - in pictures

Views of Yas Island and the opportunity to have a private beach

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Just imagine it: wake up to the sun streaming through the windows, take the lift down to the ground floor and walk almost instantly on to your private beach.

This isn't merely a dream in Abu Dhabi, even though residential areas with their own private beach are few and far between.

Where it is possible to live this idyllic existence is at Al Raha Beach.

About 30 minutes drive from the main city and tucked in close to the airport, the area is still close enough to the action while still being far enough away to enjoy a peaceful existence.

And, for those looking to put down roots in the area, a penthouse in the Al Zeina section of the development has come on the market via, with a price tag of Dh7.5 million.

Fans of open-plan living will be glad to find an expansive space with windows stretching the full length of the room providing views out across the water. Meanwhile, four-bedrooms make it the ideal size for a family, especially as the built-up area comes in at 4,568 sq ft.

For those who want to be outside but don't fancy getting sand between their toes, the property comes with two linked terraces which span the width of the residence with panoramas of the beach and Yas Island just across the water. On a clear day, you can also catch sight of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the distance.

Inside, the contemporary design is offset by grand furnishings. A maid's room is included, and, as with most premium developments in the city, there's a pool, fitness centre and retail outlets.

The property market has been softening across the UAE during the past couple of years on the back of lower oil prices.

Sales prices in Abu Dhabi were down 7.9 per cent year-on-year in February and down 1 per cent month-on-month, according to Reidin's residential price indexes.

New property projects in the UAE are currently on display at Cityscape Abu Dhabi, which is taking place until April 19.


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