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Real Estate in Al Samha

Abu Dhabi is a highly developed coastal city that offers expatriates a variety of options in terms of tourism and investment opportunities. Also, one will find a wide variety of residential properties in Abu Dhabi. One such community is Al Samha, set on the outskirts of the city.


About Al Samha

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Al Samha

The suburban area of Al Samha, located just off the road between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, far from the hustle and bustle of both cities, has a population of under 1,000. As of Q2 2022, this area is still being developed, and upon its completion it is set to become one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in Abu Dhabi. The history of the city started back in 1975 when Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan ordered the construction of 40 houses for the residents of the area.

Ensuring easy commutes around Abu Dhabi, Al Samha boasts excellent connectivity with major areas including Al Rahba, KIZAD and Hydra Village via Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Road. Moreover, occupants can easily reach Dubai within 50 minutes' thanks to the convenient location of the neighbourhood. Apart from labour accommodation, this area is famed for housing Manazeel Al Reef 2, which is a large villa community with leisure and retail offerings.

Economic Appeal

Al Samha is a freehold area, which means that buyers of any nationality can benefit from 100% property ownership for an unlimited time. In addition, owners are free to use their residence as they please – whether for private use or as a commercial investment. That being said, 3-bedroom villas in Al Samha are quite popular in terms of leases, with a gross ROI of 5.5%, as of Q2 2022, according to Property Finder. The starting rental price is currently set at AED 70K (USD 19K). Owing to the fact that Al Samha is adjacent to KIZAD, which is a port-integrated industrial zone and a hub for manufacturing, logistics and trade, as well as Khalifa Port, this area will be a perfect option for individuals who have to commute on a regular basis between the two cities in the UAE.

Popular Properties

As mentioned above, Al Samha has a residential community called Manazel Al Reef 2 by Manazel Real Estate PJSC, which was launched back in 2016, and has 860 units for sale and to rent. Spanning across over 5 million sq. ft, this development features a range of duplex villas, with the configurations ranging from 2 to 3 bedrooms. The initial cost for a 3-bedroom property in Manazel Al Reem 2 is AED 1.4M (USD 381K) and homeowners can benefit from a private garden, swimming pool and a garage, in addition to activity and storage rooms.

Thanks to an array of well-chosen communal amenities, 95% of all units in Manazel Al Reef 2 sold out by 2017, according to Construction Weekly. The residential community is divided into 4 neighbourhoods, each with its own recreational areas, swimming pools, mosques and public gardens. There is also a school within the development, which has a capacity to service 1,000 pre-primary and primary students. Not forgetting Al Reef 2 Downtown – a retail area, where community residents are treated to a range of shipping and dining options, in addition to supermarkets. Manazel Al Reef 2 was fully completed in Q4 2017, thus, the villas here are ready to move into.


Every year Al Samha hosts the Al Samha Traditional Festival, which is highly popular with many expats and royal family members, and high-profile government officials. Organized by the Emirates Heritage Club in Abu Dhabi, the event is broadcast on regional and international TV channels, in addition to being covered by a range of social media platforms. The Al Samha Traditional Festival takes place in the Samha Youth Center and has over 20 different activities, such as theatrical plays, children’s entertainment programmes, productive family displays and more. The sought-after event aims to celebrate the richness of the UAE culture and revive some of its oldest traditions.