ABOUT AL ZAAB
Right in the centre of the capital city, Al Zaab is a residential community equally famous among families and individuals. It is located between Al Karama and Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street. The area offers many apartments and a bunch of villas as well. The residents of the area can't stop talking about the benefits of living in Al Zaab as it has every facility.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Features a mix of apartments and villas
- Comprises more renting options
- Considered a city-centric community
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 making the commute hassle-free. Every facility including educational and healthcare are easily accessible.
The name of the community has a history behind it. The Al Zaab family migrated from Northern emirate to this area and called this place home for years. The area since then is associated with 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.
There is an assortment of properties in Al Zaab. The residential towers showcase multiple apartment configurations including a studio unit to 2-bedroom flats. The basic facilities include broadband internet and satellite TV. Some flats have a modern control lock system to ensure maximum security.
A studio apartment has lots of room space and is well-ventilated and bright. The flat has a fitted kitchen as well and all the apartments are centrally air-conditioned. The studio units have super deluxe finishing and offer high modern living standards. The rental trend of a studio apartment lies between AED 30k to AED 42k. The flats can be counted as affordable properties in Abu Dhabi.
The property rent can be paid through a number of cheques. Renting an apartment in Al Zaab can give tenants extra benefits as most apartments come with full general maintenance and pest control provided by the owner.
For individuals willing to settle down in Abu Dhabi, renting an apartment in Al Zaab can prove to be the best option. The area is close to many prime locations making it easier for residents to commute to work regularly.
As discussed earlier, Al Zaab was previously best known for its villas. The area where villas lie has tree-lined streets. Some houses reflect the traditional Emirati architecture while the newly constructed villas have modern facilities and contemporary exterior. The houses have a vast variety in terms of the number of bedrooms. The configuration ranges from 4-bedroom to a grand mansion of 11-bedrooms. All the villas have space for the driver’s room and maid’s room with a separate entrance. One can find 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.
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.
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.
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 nearest. The nearest Spinneys is barely 9 minutes away in Khalidiyah. Seven Emirates Supermarket, Souq Planet and Abela Supermarkets are all almost at 8 minutes’ 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. However, a few churches on the Al Karama Street 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 to settle in the area as there are multiple schools in Al Zaab. German International School is in the centre of the community that follows the German curriculum and it offers classes from kindergarten to secondary level. Other schools that can be considered because of a short commute are Ladybird Nursery, Abu Dhabi International (Pvt) School, Al Rayyan National Private School and Al Bateen Academy. All these schools are less than 7 minutes’ drive away.
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, the 586-bed tertiary care hospital is exactly 6 minutes’ drive away from the area.
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 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 a 10 minutes’ drive. The 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. Located close to Peppermill is an Italian restaurant, Olive Garden. Other nearby restaurants include names of Kuzbara, Nasar Restaurant, Off the Hook Seafood and Red Lobster.
BEACHES NEAR AL ZAAB
7 minutes away is Corniche Beach which is packed with multiple recreational options. Al Sahil Beach which is also a public beach can be reached via a 7 minutes’ drive.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
For a round of drinks with friends, there are a handful of bars near Al Zaab. Velocity Sports Bar and Lounge is almost 5 minutes away while Porters English Pub and Sky Lounge are further 2 minutes away near Al Wahdah Mall.
One can reach the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and Al Mushrif Palace after crossing the neighbouring residential area of Al Rowdah. The palace after its completion will host UAE’s top leadership on occasions like Eid and national celebrations.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
For spending time near nature, Zaab Park is right there inside the premises. There are playgrounds as well. The famous Khalidiyah Park (renamed as Sheikh Fatima Park) that charges AED 1 ticket is less than 3 km away. 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 Wahdah.
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 at less than 10 minutes’ drive. 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 surely reach out to Corniche Beach which is less than 10 minutes’ away. Several events take place on the beach throughout the year.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
- Corniche Beach is 11 minutes away
- Abu Dhabi International Airport is at 30 minutes’ drive
- Abu Dhabi’s favourite recreational spot, Yas Island is a half an hour away by car