First look at Zaya Nurai – the UAE’s very own Maldives

Introducing Abu Dhabi’s most exclusive luxury island resort.

EDGAR staff December 28, 2014

Living in the UAE, we're lucky to be well within easy reach of some of the most amazing destinations in the world. With the likes of the Seychelles and the Maldives only around four hours away, there's just a short flight separating us from untold relaxation on those idyllic islands.


But there's an even easier option: if you're not a fan of flying, or you simply want to maximise your relaxation time, did you know that the UAE has its very own Maldives-style island paradise? Introducing, Zaya Nurai, Abu Dhabi.


Situated just a few minutes' boat ride from the capital, Zaya is an exclusive resort and residential community set on the man-made island of Nurai. Dubbed 'the most luxurious project in the world', the property consists of beachfront villas and estates affording huge living spaces, uninterrupted sea views and unrivalled privacy. Zaya Nurai location map.

With various dining options including a terrace restaurant, shisha deck and pool bar, as well as a spa and a wide range of sporting activities available on-site, residents don't even need to leave the island.


However, if they want to connect back into reality then mainland Abu Dhabi is well within easy reach, with the likes of Yas Waterworld, Sowwah Square, Ferrari World and Abu Dhabi International Airport just minutes away.


Although it was originally designed to be used as a holiday retreat, the unique mix of convenience and a feeling of remoteness has provoked several owners to consider using the property as a full-time residence. And can you blame them? A little piece of heaven just minutes from civilisation.



Details: From AED 3,800 per night. Visit