The 9 Best Airbnbs in Abu Dhabi

The public beach, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The public beach, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates | © Peter Schickert / Alamy Stock Photo
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19 August 2019

The Airbnb offerings in Abu Dhabi are as diverse as the city itself, with plenty of options at a variety of price points. Whether you’re looking to elevate your stay by renting a waterside villa with your own private pool and Jacuzzi, or head toward the entertainment precinct and enjoy a trackside retreat, these unique places to stay will make you feel right at home as you explore Abu Dhabi.

Modern apartment with mangrove views

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Modern apartment with mangrove views
The apartment offers views of Abu Dhabi's impressive natural landscape | © Khaled / Airbnb

Catering to up to six guests, this two-bedroom apartment is situated within the developing hub of Al Reem Island. The apartment is full of colour and decked out with luxe modern furnishings, but the pièce de résistance is the view of the natural mangroves, as well as glimpses of the Louvre Abu Dhabi in the distance. The location is excellent, too, as it’s just a seven-minute drive from the Central Business District and 20 minutes from the Yas Island entertainment precinct, which is where you’ll find Ferrari World, Warner Bros World and the city’s biggest shopping mall. It’s also close to public transport, and offers free parking and Wi-Fi.

Island oasis with private pool

Enjoy having the Arabian Gulf right on your doorstep from this waterside property within the Zaya Nurai Island Resort. While the luxurious four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom villa doesn’t come cheap, and can only be accessed by way of a 12-minute speedboat ride from Saadiyat Island, it can host up to 10 guests and is an exciting base for a large group of visitors. Enjoy uninterrupted ocean views and a large private swimming pool and Jacuzzi. There’s a golf buggy to assist you in getting around the island, and plenty of family-friendly water sports available, too, as well as a kids’ club for those visiting with family.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service

Trackside dwelling with theme park appeal

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Mediterranean Village Gym | Amr Mostafa

This three-bedroom Al Reef villa is a 10-minute drive from the city’s Formula One race track, Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World and Warner Bros World. Despite its proximity to these major attractions, the private villa provides something of a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life and has its own garden, gazebo and barbecue. There’s a temperature-controlled pool and a hot tub, too, and Al Reef is within walking distance of grocery stores, cafés and restaurants and a 10-minute drive from the airport. This villa is suitable for families or couples and ideal for those hiring a car or happy to use public transport.

Make yourself at home in this sustainable abode

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This apartment is located in Norman Foster's ultra-ecological urban precinct, Masdar City
This apartment is located in Norman Foster's ultra-ecological urban precinct, Masdar City | © Mohamed / Airbnb

Located within Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s groundbreaking low-carbon development and one of the world’s most sustainable urban communities, this apartment is a great choice for eco-friendly travellers. Like the rest of Masdar, this apartment is fully self-contained, relying on solar and renewable energy to run its amenities. The studio can host up to four guests in relative comfort, and is cosy and relaxed, with a balcony as well as free parking and Wi-Fi. A seven-minute drive from the airport, 15 minutes from Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and less than an hour’s drive from Dubai, this studio apartment is well situated for tourists hoping to explore both emirates. There are restaurants and cafés within the compact community, and a driverless transport system to help you explore.

A voice-controlled smart apartment

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This high-tech space boasts views of the city centre
This high-tech space boasts views of the city centre | © Moe / Airbnb

Smarten up your stay in this high-tech Abu Dhabi abode. Fully kitted out with voice-activated electronics in the living space, this one-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment boasts a projector and subscriptions to popular streaming sites like Netflix, YouTube and Apple Music. With full security, free parking and high-speed Wi-Fi, this slick space is just a five-minute walk from the nearest grocery store and a good choice of restaurants as well as bus and taxi services. It’s also just t10 minutes’ drive from popular city attractions including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace hotel, Saadiyat Beach and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

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  • A room in a penthouse with mosque views

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    Ministries Complex | Step by step with Ranoosh

    Ideal for solo travellers, this apartment is located within the Ministries Complex of the city, a 10-minute drive from the city’s Corniche Beach, Louvre Abu Dhabi and the exclusive enclave of Saadiyat Beach. This apartment provides you with your own space from which to enjoy some incredible views of one of the city’s most visited landmarks, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which shines brightly in the distance in the evenings. The room available for rent here has its own balcony and work desk, but you’ll share the living room with the owner. Wi-Fi is included, and there’s a ping-pong table. The owners are also happy to provide transport to and from the airport.

    Coastal bliss at Saadiyat Beach

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    This St Regis space is bright and welcoming
    This St Regis space is bright and welcoming | © Shafaq / Airbnb

    This beachside apartment is situated within the exclusive St Regis residential complex, just a few minutes’ walk from the popular Saadiyat Beach. While it doesn’t offer ocean views, the studio apartment is fully equipped and has a private terrace that looks out over the city. There’s a supermarket and plenty of dining options within walking distance, as well as free access to the communal gym. This property is family-friendly, with guests offered the use of a crib and high-chair as well as a selection of toys and books. Wi-Fi and parking are free.

    A room with a view of Emirates Palace

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    This ultra-modern space looks over the sand, sea and skyscrapers of Abu Dhabi
    This ultra-modern space looks over the sand, sea and skyscrapers of Abu Dhabi | © Sarah / Airbnb

    Take in glistening views of two of the city’s palaces – Emirates Palace hotel and the Royal Palace – from your private room in this two-bedroom apartment directly across the road in Al Bateen. The apartment is part of Jumeirah Etihad Towers, one of the tallest high-rises in the city, which is within easy walking distance of many city landmarks including the Corniche Beach, Nation Towers shopping complex and the Founder’s Memorial. There’s an in-house gym and pool and an adjoining shopping mall and hotel, which provides plenty of restaurant options and one of the most impressive bars in the city – the Havana Club. This is a base ideal for solo travellers or couples.

    Soak in the desert from 41 floors up

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    The Gate Towers | Rizwan Farooqi

    Gate Towers is one of the most recognisable buildings in the capital, with its wicket-like shape and shiny exterior. Located on the 41st floor, this apartment offers you sky-high views of the Arabian Gulf and the complex’s cluster of communal pools below. The two-bedroom, three-bathroom apartment is positioned on Al Reem Island, one of Abu Dhabi’s most popular residential suburbs, and is just five minutes from the city centre. It is also central to plenty of restaurants and cafés, and even a bowling alley, while The Gate complex offers guests the use of three pools, a basketball and tennis court, gym and sauna. Public transport is easy to come by from this location and plenty of the city’s attractions are within a 20-minute drive.

    These recommendations were updated on August 19, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.