ABOUT Al NABBA
Al Nabba is one of Sharjah’s many small creekside communities. It is known for being home to the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization. This is a well-established community and has a varied selection of supermarkets, restaurants, malls and hospitals. You won’t have to leave the area as most basic amenities can be reached right within the community. This area is mostly home to mid-rise apartment towers and the residential buildings here are a mix of old and new.
IN A NUTSHELL
- A mix of old and new apartment buildings
- The northern border aligns with Khalid Lake
- Close to several supermarkets, department stores and restaurants
- Home to some of the most affordable apartments in Sharjah
Considered to be a well-established residential community in Sharjah, there are several options in terms of rental apartments.
PROPERTIES IN Al NABBA
Starting off from the studio apartment category, a studio apartment in Al Nabba will come with one bath and 300 sq. ft. of floor space, which will demand an annual rent of AED 12k. A 1 BHK flat in Al Nabba will demand a starting rental rate of AED 16k per annum, which will come with one bath and 800 sq. ft. of floor space.
For those interested in a larger rental properties in Al Nabba, they should consider a 2-bedroom flat in Al Nabba. These units will typically come with two baths and around 1,000 sq. ft. of living space.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN Al NABBA
The buildings in Al Nabba are older and many do not offer residents covered parking. This means that residents in Al Nabba will have to park on the streets where there is paid parking, this is often shared with visitors and those who work in the retail spaces in the area. Thus, the options of finding parking spaces in Al Nabba are limited.
Those wondering about what to expect in terms of public transportation in Al Nabba, the closest bus stop is in Al Rolla where you can take an RTA bus to Dubai as well as other emirates. The Rolla bus stop is a 10-minute walk from Al Nabba. As compared to other areas in Sharjah, those residing in Al Nabba have the benefit of taking a short walk to the bus station.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
SUPERMARKETS IN Al NABBA
There are around four supermarkets in Al Nabba and multiple smaller grocery stores. The most popular one is Lulu Centre which is more of a department store with a hypermarket.
Another popular supermarket in the area is Pakistan Supermarket. It stocks a wide range of consumer goods from Pakistani such as spices, snacks and ready-to-eat meals. Here, you’ll also find popular snacks such as gola-ganda, bun kabab and a few other favoured street foods from Pakistan. Sonali Supermarket and Al Madina Supermarket are the other supermarkets in Al Nabba.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES IN Al NABBA
Although there aren't any churches in Al Nabba, specifically. Just 4.5 kilometres south, there's the community of Al Yarmook which has over 10 churches for different denominations of Christianity. There are churches both for a large and small congregation in this area so it’s likely that you’ll be able to attend Sunday mass on a regular basis. A few options include St.Michael's Catholic Church, Grace Evangelical Church Sharjah and the Russian Orthodox Church.
There are no temples in Al Nabba. To visit a temple, you can drive to Dubai in the community of Al Souq Al Kabeer, where there many different temples such as Shiva Temple, Shree Krishna Haveli and ShrinathJi Temple. The Sikh Gurudwara and the Sindhi Gurdarbar are also located in the Al Souq Al Kabeer area.
There’s only one major mosque in Al Nabba, called Abu Dhar Alghafari Mosque. This is a medium sized mosque that can accommodate a small crowd of worshippers during Friday prayers. Mosques nearby include Abdulla bin Omer Bin Alkhatab Mosque, Al Maghfirah Mosque, Bin Darwish Mosque and Alkuwaiti Mosque.
SCHOOLS NEAR Al NABBA
There are several schools near Al Nabba. However, the closest school is the Al Amaal English High School. This school follows the Pakistani standard of education and is accredited by the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Islamabad (FBISE). Moreover, aside from English, students are also required to take Arabic and Urdu classes. Another school that is close to the community is Pace International School. This is a Montessori school which means the focus is on early childhood education. Children aged 3 to 6 years are the primary students of this school.
University City Sharjah is located 20 minutes away from Al Nabba. It is home to reputed education options such as the American University of Sharjah, University of Sharjah and Skyline University College.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS NEAR Al NABBA
There is only one clinic near Al Nabba which is called Dr. Sanjay Medical Centre. This is a small clinic where you can consult a general physician on basic health care matters. For those who may have come across a medical emergency, they should head to the Thumbay Hospital Day Care, Sharjah Rolla which is just 6 minutes away on Al Arouba Street. Not only is this hospital the closest in the vicinity but is also the most reputable for providing superior health care services. There is also a Thumbay Pharmacy next to the hospital.
To its east is Al Mujarrah which is home to Al Mujarrah Park. Also, to the north of Al Nabba is where the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization is located. To the south is the community of Al Manakh which is home to the Indian Association - Sharjah. To the west, you’ll find the community of Al Shuwaihean. All these areas are considered to be well-established residential areas in Sharjah.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
The nightlife in Al Nabba mostly revolves around family time. There’s a no bar or club scene in all of Sharjah. Nonetheless, there’s plenty to do and see in and around this community.
MALLS NEAR AL NABBA
My City Centre Nasseriya is a mall near Al Nabba, just 6 minutes away. This mall is a one-stop destination where you can dine, shop and run a few errands as there are several restaurants, banks, exchange centres and retail stores in the mall. My City Centre Nasseriya has a few flagships stores such as the grocery store Carrefour Market, Al Jawhara Al Fidhiah Accessories sells gold watches and specialized jewellery.
There is also Al Rasasi Perfumes which stocks one of the rarest agarwood concentrated perfumes. Al Rasasi Perfumes has over four decades of experience in the oud and perfume industry and is the go-to destination if you want the best selection of upscale oud, perfumes and colognes. When shopping in this mall, you can also have your prescription medication filled as there is a Life Pharmacy in this mall. From over-the-counter medication to prescriptions, you can find a variety of healthcare products and remedies at this pharmacy. Finally, for sports fans and enthusiasts, there is the Sun & Sand Sports store that sells a variety of sports accessories.
If you are looking to visit a traditional shopping destination then the outdoor souks in Rolla will be your best bet. In this market, you will find many different stores with a variety of products. It is best for bargain shopping as you can also haggle with the vendors. While not technically a mall Mubarak Centre is located right opposite Al Nabba, it has a few retail stores and dining outlets.
RESTAURANTS IN AL NABBA
There are some popular restaurants in Al Nabba. For instance, Wardat Chinese Beijing is one of the most popular restaurants in Al Nabba. For slightly upscale dining, there’s the Asian Palace located on the 1st Floor of Mubarak Centre, just opposite Al Nabba. This is a restaurant that offers Pakistani/Indian food and is popular amongst the Indian and Pakistani community.
Other restaurants in Al Nabba include Omar Al Khayam Restaurant, it is popular for its Middle Eastern dishes, Nayaab Handi which is a popular Pakistani restaurant in Al Nabba and Coastal Delicacies Restaurant which serves the Indian thali.
BEACHES NEAR AL NABBA
There are no beaches in Al Nabba per se. But with a 12-minute drive, one can reach Al Khan Beach. It is one of the best beaches in Sharjah. Visitors can rent sun lounges, picnic on the sand, try out many different water sports at the water centre or swim in the dedicated area at Al Khan Beach.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
When it comes to notable landmarks near Al Nabba, few stand out above the rest. For instance, Al Qasba, which is just 11 minutes west of Al Nabba, is a complete recreational destination with several cafes, restaurants, boat tours and a children's play area. Maraya Arts Centre hosts many cultural and art-related events and is one of the main attractions in Al Qasba.
Al Majaz Waterfront is a similar area, it lies south of Al Qasba. At Al Majaz Waterfront you can visit one of their many waterfront dining destinations and restaurants. There are boat rides where you are given a tour of Sharjah on a traditional boat called an ‘Abra' or its modern electric version. You can catch a show of the Sharjah Musical Fountain in Al Majaz or rent a Smart Bike and zip around the area.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Al Mujarrah Park is what divides the communities of Al Nabba and Al Mujarrah. It is a medium-sized park which also overlooks the creek. There is a small kid's play area and is visited by many residents and families living in the area.
For fitness enthusiasts, the closest gym is Al Rolla Fitness which is 3 minutes away. Al Rolla Fitness is a small gym but has all the equipment one would need to get a complete workout. There is also a branch of Al Nabaa Gym, in the Al Naba'ah community, 4 minutes from the area.
Ladies can visit Al Lulu Beauty Centre, Lahdaht Jamal Beauty Centre and Zehour Miami Ladies Saloon in under 10 minutes. Options for gents include Al Riyaz Hairdressers and AL Bariq Hairdressing Saloon, roughly 7 minutes away.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
All in all, Al Nabba is an excellent area to live in. However, some of the buildings are old. This could be an issue because these older buildings don’t have covered parking options. Often, you may find parking several blocks away from your home, which can prove to be quite inconvenient.
- One of the few waterfront communities
- My City Centre Nasseriya is 6 minutes away
- Al Qasba and Al Majaz Waterfront are 12 minutes away
- 18 minutes away from Sharjah International Airport
- It takes a 20-minute drive to reach University City Sharjah