ABOUT DEFENCE STREET
The downtown district for most cities is where most commercial activities take place. Likewise, the same is true for Defence Street in Abu Dhabi. 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 buying and repairing electronics
- Availability of 1 and 2-bed apartments for rent
- Centrally located in downtown Abu Dhabi
The community mostly consists of mid to high-rise apartment buildings. Apartments mostly come with either one or two bedrooms, making them perfect for singles and small families. This densely populated community is surrounded by high-commercial activity and it is popular with those who work in Defence Street, thus cutting down their commute times.
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 42k and will come with one bath and 800 sq. ft. of living space. 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 of 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 65k 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 in Abu Dhabi, the other alternative in terms of public transportation is the public bus.
There are a few stops along Defence Street near Al Wahdah. It is recommended that you have a vehicle of your own if you want to commute easily. Most apartment buildings will provide you with at least one dedicated parking spot. Those with more than one vehicle will have to find paid street parking.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
SUPERMARKETS IN DEFENCE STREET
There are over 10 supermarkets in Defence Street that can be reached easily. Fathima Supermarket is popular with residents for its wide range of fresh produce. For those who prefer to shop in larger supermarkets, there is a Spinneys supermarket inside The Mall at World Trade Centre and there’s also a Lulu Hypermarket in Al Wahda Mall. Both of these supermarkets carry a great variety of food items 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, you will find a collection of churches in the nearby community of Al Mushrif which will take you anywhere from 11 to 12 minutes to reach via car. A few options include Evangelical Community Church, St George's Orthodox Cathedral and St Andrew's Church.
Sikh residents can visit the New Gurdwara Abu Dhabi in Musaffah, it 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 NEAR DEFENCE STREET
Nursery options in the area include Swans Nursery, British Orchard Nursery and Spring Fields Nursery.
There are nearly 20 schools near Defence Street. However, the four schools that are located right along Defence Street are Yas Academy, The Pearl Academy, Emirates National School and GEMS World Academy.
Defence Street leads directly to Al Reem Island which houses the reputed Sorbonne University. Other options within a distance of 20 minutes are New York University Abu Dhabi, University of Strathclyde Business School Abu Dhabi and Khalifa University.
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 Mamora where you can get basic outpatient healthcare services specialising in paediatrics, gynaecology, gastroenterology, ENT and a few other specialized medical treatments.
Oasis Medical Centre, Vista Care Specialized Clinic, Kyber Polyclinic and Shaheen Medical Center are in the area. Aesthetic clinics include Lumiere Skin Clinic, New Age Clinic and Kaya Skin Clinic. Not to mention, there are at least two more hospitals 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 the district of Al Wahda.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
Defence Street has some of the most dynamic nightlife spots 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 multiple categories. 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 something a little more upscale, 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. On top of the list of Indian food is Peppermill Restaurant, a fine dining Indian restaurant. For those who want to try out various types of seafood, they could consider dining at Off the Hook Seafood Restaurant. Another restaurant worth mentioning is Hankook Restaurant that serves Korean food. All types of Korean dishes can be enjoyed here, be it Korean barbecued meats or Korean noodle stew.
Licensed restaurants, as well as bars and lounges, can be found in the many hotels on Defense Street. Popular options include the Porters English Pub in the Grand Millenium Al Wahda, Velocity in Marriot Downtown and c.mondo in Centro Al Manhal by Rotana.
BEACHES NEAR DEFENCE STREET
Residents of Defence Street have the luxury to reach 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 Corniche Beach which is 14 minutes away. Gate 1 of Corniche Beach is called Al Sahil Beach which is exclusively for singles. Families can visit Gate 2 and 3 of Corniche Beach. All these 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 Abu Dhabi City Golf 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 13 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, crocodile feeding and more.
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.
Those looking to keep fit can find that 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.
There are several spas and salons along Defence Street. Women can visit Black Pearl Ladies Salon, Bon Bon Salon and Maven Spa. Men can visit Pure Life Gents Salon And Spa, The One Men Spa and Best Razor Men's Salon.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Defence Street is a busy street in Abu Dhabi that offers a commercial and residential lifestyle. The area does tend to get busy during peak business hours and traffic may be an issue for some. Thus, you should weigh the pros of cons of living here before finalizing on your decision of moving to Defence Street.
- Al Wahda Mall is under 10 minutes away
- Abu Dhabi City Golf Club is 15 minutes away
- The bustling area of Al Reem Island is a short drive away
- 40 minutes away from Abu Dhabi International Airport