ABOUT AL ZAAB
Right in the centre of the capital city, Al Zaab is a residential community in Abu Dhabi preferred by families and individuals. It is located between Al Karamah and Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street. The area offers many apartments and a variety of villas as well. The residents of the area benefit from the facilities available in Al Zaab.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Features a mix of apartments and villas
- Offers more rental property options
- Located close to downtown Abu Dhabi
Al Zaab is one of the most popular residential areas in the capital city. The community has a mix of villas and apartments and lies close to the heart of the city. It is strategically well connected to other parts of Abu Dhabi leading to hassle-free commutes. Every facility including educational and healthcare options are easily accessible.
The name of the community has a history behind it. The Al Zaab family migrated from the northern emirate to this area and called this place home for years. The area since then is associated with the Al Zaab family. In fact, it is known as Al Zaab Souq or Al Zaab Market as well.
PROPERTIES IN AL ZAAB
Decades back, Al Zaab was known best for its spacious villas but as time passed, the area saw a massive development in terms of residential towers. Now the area has high-rise buildings plus a mix of old and modern villas.
The area is close to many prime locations making it easier for residents to commute to work regularly. There is an assortment of properties in Al Zaab. The residential towers showcase multiple apartment configurations from studio units to 2-bedroom flats.
The studio units have deluxe finishings and offer high modern living standards. The rental trend of a studio apartment lies between AED 30k to AED 42k. While prices for the 2-bed units average at AED 65k.
As discussed earlier, Al Zaab is best known for its villas. Some houses reflect traditional Emirati architectural styles while the newly constructed villas have modern facilities and contemporary exteriors. The houses have a vast variety in terms of the number of bedrooms. The configuration ranges from a 4-bedroom villa to a grand 11-bedroom mansion. All the villas have space for the driver’s room and maid’s room with a separate entrance. Other facilities include a storeroom, a laundry room, a small private yard and built-in wardrobes. A spacious 4-bedroom villa can be rented for AED 120k to AED 165k.
As for now, there are no apartments available for sale in Al Zaab, but there are a few villas for sale. The villas available for sale have 8 to 10 bedrooms. An 8-bedroom villa on average costs around AED 15M while a 9-bedroom villa is available for AED 7.2M. The price depends on the villa size, the finishings and amenities offered.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN AL ZAAB
Al Zaab is tucked in the heart of Abu Dhabi making it easier for the residents to commute from the area. Hiring a taxi or a private car is the best option to reach the area. For people who prefer commuting through public buses, the nearest bus stop is on Al Falah Street, 10 minutes away.
The area is not flooded with commercial shops or showrooms, so there are fewer paid parking slots in Al Zaab. Residents are not affected as residential buildings offer reserved parking. Villas have a built-in parking space for two vehicles or more, depending on the size of your villa.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Not every amenity is present within the vicinity but due to its prime location, nothing is too far from here. Residents can easily reach schools, supermarkets and healthcare centres in the neighbouring areas.
SUPERMARKETS IN AL ZAAB
Among many supermarkets in Al Zaab, Choithrams and Fatima Supermarket are the closest. The nearest Spinneys supermarket is barely 9 minutes away in Al Khalidiyah. Seven Emirates Supermarket, Souq Planet and Abela Supermarket are all almost at an 8-minute drive from the area.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES IN AL ZAAB
There are plenty of mosques in Al Zaab including Mosque of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan the First, Abdullah Bin Shaiban Mosque, Abdullah Saleh Mosque and the central Zaab Mosque.
Abu Dhabi will have a temple by the end of 2020, but as for now, there are none in the city. Residents will have to visit the temples in Dubai in the Bur Dubai area.
However, a few churches in Al Mushrif can be visited by the Christian community. Kings Church, Abu Dhabi International SDA Church, Abu Dhabi Apostolic Tamil Church, Philadelphia Church of God and Saint Anthony Cathedral for Coptic Church are closely located and are 11 to 15 minutes away from Al Zaab.
SCHOOLS IN AL ZAAB
It is easier for families with school going children to settle in the area as there are multiple schools in Al Zaab. German International School is in the centre of the community, it follows the German curriculum and it offers classes from kindergarten to secondary level. Other schools that are a short 7-minute drive away are Ladybird Nursery, Abu Dhabi International (Pvt) School, Al Rayyan National Private School and Al Bateen Academy.
Nearby universities include European International College in Al Rowdah and Khalifa University in Al Mushrif.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS NEAR AL ZAAB
There are quite a few hospitals and clinics near Al Zaab where residents can seek medical help. Nation Hospital is the nearest just across the Hazza Bin Zayed Street.
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City is the largest hospital in the UAE. It neighbours the community on the east. The hospital has 586 beds, 14 speciality clinics and its own blood bank.
Other clinics within a 10-minute drive include London Consulting Medical Center Abu Dhabi, London Consulting Medical Center Abu Dhabi and Al Rowda Healthcare Center. The American Veterinary Centre is also close by in the Khalidiyah Village community.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS NEAR AL ZAAB
There are no malls within the vicinity but Abu Dhabi’s popular malls are near Al Zaab, all thanks to its prime location. Khalidiyah Mall with its many retail shops and multiscreen cinema is just 2.5km away. The classic Hamdan Shopping Center which is a go-to place for bargain shoppers is barely at a 10-minute drive. Abu Dhabi Mall that has over 200 retail shops and many international food chains is 15 minutes away from the area.
RESTAURANTS NEAR AL ZAAB
Other than numerous restaurants and options inside the malls, there are a bunch of restaurants near Al Zaab. Asian restaurants such as Mahfil Hyderabad Restaurant and Peppermill Restaurant are 8 minutes away. Other nearby restaurants include Kuzbara, Nasar Restaurant, Off the Hook Seafood and Red Lobster.
There are a few hotels in the area with fine-dining restaurants and licensed options. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi features the JW Steakhouse and Velocity Sports Bar. Other popular nightlife destinations include the Korean Prime Okryu Restaurant where you can try your hand at karaoke and Porters English Pub, both are located in the Grand Millenium Al Wahda Hotel.
BEACHES NEAR AL ZAAB
Corniche Beach is 7 minutes away, it is packed with multiple recreational options. Gate 1 of Corniche Beach is called Al Sahil Beach it is a public beach for singles only. Gate 2 and 3 are open to families and those with young children.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Al Manhal Palace is the closest landmark, it was once home to the ruling family of Abu Dhabi. Qasr Al Hosn is just 8 minutes from the community of Al Zaab. It is a historic landmark has been turned into a museum and is open to visitors. There are many cultural events organized in the museum daily.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Zaab Park is a popular place for visitors and residents to relax. There are playgrounds as well. The famous Khalidiyah Park (renamed as Sheikh Fatima Park) is close by as well. This park spreads over 46,000 sq. meters and has dedicated paved walkways making up a 20-minute jogging track circuit.
Al Zaab has a local gym near Majilis Al Zaab. Further options that can be explored include Gold’s Gym and Smart Gym near Al Wahda.
Ladies can head to Queens Palace Salon, Ricky’s Ladies Salon, The Nail Spa and Sun Rise Salon for a pampering session as all of them are under 10 minutes away. For men, Hair Lines Men Salon and Top Touch Men Salon are both less than 10 minutes away.
The community has held no events so far, but people who like to take part in family-oriented events can visit Corniche Beach 7 minutes away. Several events take place on the beach throughout the year.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
- Corniche Beach is 7 minutes away
- Abu Dhabi International Airport is at a 30-minute drive
- Abu Dhabi’s favourite recreational spot, Yas Island is a half an hour away by car