ABOUT DEFENCE STREET
The downtown district for most cities is where all the commercial activities take place. Likewise, the same is true for Defence Street in Abu Dhabi. Here you can expect more than just traffic congestion and the sounds of cars. There are plenty of interesting things you’ll notice in this vicinity. Apart from the availability of apartments and medical facilities, you will notice that there is a high concentration of electronics shops in this area. Defence Street has become the go-to area for when one needs to repair their computer, smartphone or tablet or are simply looking to purchase a new one. Defence Street is also known as Hazza Bin Zayed Street.
IN A NUTSHELL
- A dynamic commercial district in Abu Dhabi
- A hub for electronics sales and repairs
- Availability of 1 and 2-bed apartments for rent
- Centrally located, resulting in shorter commute between work and home
The community mostly consists of mid to high-rise apartment buildings. Apartments mostly come with either one or two bedrooms, making them perfect for bachelors and small families. This densely populated community is surrounded by high-commercial activity and those looking to live here mostly prefer this area because it is closer to work, which helps with cutting down on the commute between work and home.
PROPERTIES IN DEFENCE STREET
In regards to Properties in Defence Street, you can only find 1 and 2-bed apartments for rent. Those looking into renting a 1-bed apartment in Defence Street will find that the most affordable unit will demand an annual rent of AED 45k per annum and will come with one bath and 800 sq. ft. of overall living area. Next, the most luxurious 1-bed unit will come with 1,000 sq. ft. of floor space and two baths. You can expect to pay around AED 55k per annum for a unit in this class. Moving on, the most affordable 2-bed flat will demand an annual rent of AED 50k and will typically come with two baths and 1,200 sq. ft. of living space. A 3-bedroom unit in Defence street will cost anywhere between AED 70k and AED 75k and will offer a living space that ranges between 1,600 to 1,800 sq. ft.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN DEFENCE STREET
When it comes to Transportation in Defence Street, keep in mind that there is no metro train in Abu Dhabi, the other alternative in terms of public transportation is the public bus. A typical journey from Defence Street to Abu Dhabi International Airport will cost AED 40 one way. It is recommended that you have a vehicle of your own if you want to live comfortably in this area as you will easily find a parking spot here. Most apartment buildings will provide you with at least one dedicated parking spot. All in all, Parking Spaces in Defence Street are limited.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
SUPERMARKETS IN DEFENCE STREET
Those wondering whether they are Supermarkets in Defence Street that can be reached in the least amount of time. Then they will be pleased to know that, there are over ten supermarkets within the community and the surrounding neighbourhood. However, the most popular of them all is Fathima Supermarket which is popular amongst locals for its wide selection of grocery items including fruits, veggies, meats and other food items. For those who prefer to shop in larger supermarkets, there is a Spinneys Supermarket inside World Trade Centre Mall and there’s also a Lulu Hypermarket in Al Wahda Mall. Both of these supermarkets carry a great variety of food items and FMCGs as compared to smaller mini-marts that stock only the most basic items.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES IN DEFENCE STREET
Regarding churches near Defence Street, several churches are concentrated in the nearby community of Al Musalla which will take you anywhere from 11 to 12 minutes to reach via car. There is also a gurdwara nearby. This place of worship, called New Gurdwara Abu Dhabi, is 24 minutes south of Defence Street. There are around 20 mosques surrounding the community of Defence Street. However, the closest Mosques in Defence Street is Mosque Ahmed Bin Ali Bin Hamouda that is situated at the intersection of Hazza Bin Zayed Street and Sultan Bin Zayed the First Street.
SCHOOLS IN DEFENCE STREET
There are nearly 20 schools near Defence Street. However, the four schools that are located right along Defence Street are Pearl Academy by Aldar Academies, British Orchard, Emirates National School and Islamia English School. The most reputable school in the neighbourhood, which is GEMS Winchester School, is just five minutes away from the community centre and is located on Al Falah Street.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS IN DEFENCE STREET
There are a few clinics and hospitals near Defence Street. For example, at the intersection of Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street and Defence Street is Mediclinic Al Bateen Centre where you can get basic outpatient healthcare services specialising in paediatrics, gynaecology, gastroenterology, ENT and a few other specialized medical treatments. Another popular medical facility situated along the intersection of Defence Street and Al Karamah Street is the Abu Dhabi Disease Prevention & Screening Centre. This facility provides medical screening services, be it for the purpose of residence visa, pre-employment screening or for other reasons where one would require a complete medical check-up. Also, there is Al Wahda Medical Centre which is right along the intersection of Abu Dhabi – Al Ain Road and Defence Street. Not to mention, there are at least two more hospitals if one keeps heading east on Defence Street. These hospitals are Dar Al Shifaa Hospital and Burjeel Hospital. All in all, there is no shortage of world-class healthcare amenities when you reside on Defence Street.
To the west of Defence Street are communities such as Al Zaab and Al Manhal. To the north lies the neighbourhood of Al Dhafrah. To the south lies the community of Al Bateen and to the east lies the district of Al Wahda.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
Defence Street has one of the most dynamic nightlives in all of Abu Dhabi, thus every weekend is bound to be spectacular and full of fun and entertainment.
MALLS IN DEFENCE STREET
There is one major mall on Defence Street and it is known as Al Wahda Mall which is considered a complete dining, shopping and entertainment destination. At this mall, you will find dedicated retail stores in the category of art, photography, beauty, cosmetics, books, toys, stationery, fashion apparel and accessories, footwear, pharmacies, spas, and home décor. For those who want to catch the latest blockbuster on the weekend, they could select from the latest Bollywood or Hollywood movie playing in the cinema located in the mall. This mall also has various eateries, cafes and bakeries. Whether you prefer fast food on a budget or want to experience fine dining, Al Wahda Mall has a variety of restaurants that will suit your palate.
RESTAURANTS IN DEFENCE STREET
There is a good selection of restaurants in Defence Street. One will find food from regions such as north-India, Middle-east, Kerala, seafood and a few others. On top of the list of Indian food is Peppermill Restaurant. This is a fine dining restaurant that specializes starters such as Madras Chicken Pao, Murg Malai Tikka, Pankhi Kebab and a few others. For the main course, you choose from dishes such as butter chicken, kadhai Chicken, lamb korma, bhuna ghosht and several others. For those who want to try out contemporary style seafood, they could consider dining at Off the Hook Seafood Restaurant. This restaurant’s motto is ‘Always Boiling, Always Fresh’ which means that all seafood served in this restaurant includes steamed crab, lobster, prawns, and shellfish. This restaurant serves minimally processed seafood that delivers maximum nutrition and stays true to its flavour. The environment at this restaurant is casual, fun and entertaining. Another restaurant worth mentioning is Hankook Restaurant that exclusively serves Korean food. All types of Korean dishes can be enjoyed here, be it grilled Korean style beef or Korean noodle stew.
BEACHES NEAR DEFENCE STREET
Residents of Defence Street have the luxury to take a quick drive and be at the beach in no more than 12 to 15 minutes, depending on which beach they choose. There are a few popular beaches near Defence Street. The closest one is Abu Dhabi Beach which is 12 minutes away, followed by Al Sahil Beach which will take 13 minutes to reach. Finally, just 15 minutes away, there’s also Al Sahil Beach. All three beaches offer basic amenities that one would expect from a public beach.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Nothing can be more enjoyable than a round of golf on a mild winter day. All that is required is that you pack up your gear and head to the nearest golf course. Luckily, you won’t have to drive too far as there is a golf course just 15 minutes west of Defence Street, called Al Futaisi Golf & Country Club. If golfing isn’t your thing, why not try out horse riding? In fact, the closest horse riding club, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club is just 12 minutes southwest of Defence Street. To enjoy activities with your family, one can visit Emirates Park Zoo, located just 30 minutes away from Defence Street. This zoo offers some unique activities which you can enjoy with your children, such as animal encounters, breakfast with parrots, breakfast with giraffes and crocodile feeding.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
To enjoy the great outdoors, the best place to be is a public park. Accordingly, the closest park in the community is Delma Park. This park has a huge play area for children with obstacle courses, swings, slides and other fun contraptions. This park has several gazebos where visitors can have a picnic in a shaded area while enjoying the natural, green surroundings. For those who need to stay in shape or are trying to lose those extra kilos, there are several gyms situated on Defence Street. The most popular of them all is Gold’s Gym which has some of the best weight training machines and equipment in the area. For those who need their regular beauty treatment, they’ll find that there are several spas and saloons along Defence Street. For men, the highest rated spa on Defense Street is The One Men Spa. Here you find services that offer Morrocan Baths, massages, aromatherapy sessions, facial treatments and many other types of beauty treatments. For women, the most popular spa is Purple Crush Beauty Salon and Spa. At this salon, you can expect services such as professional makeup, haircuts and styling, manicures and pedicures and Stone Therapy.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Defence Street is a busy street in Abu Dhabi that offers the perfect fusion of a commercial and residential lifestyle. However, with greater commercial activities comes excessive urban noise and traffic. There is also the hassle of finding a parking spot and then paying for it. Thus, you should weigh the pros of cons of living here before finalizing on your decision of moving to Defence Street.
- 40 minutes away from Abu Dhabi International Airport
- Home to some of the best restaurants in Abu Dhabi
- Rental residential units in mid to high-rise apartment buildings
- Links with Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street (a major freeway in Abu Dhabi)