ABOUT DIPLOMATIC AREA
Packed with foreign embassies and consulates, Diplomatic Area is a mixed-use community in Abu Dhabi. The area is positioned amidst Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street and Al Karamah Street. The locality houses a mix of commercial and residential units. The neighbourhood has a serene ambience and residents will find themselves close to multiple amenities.
IN A NUTSHELL
- The apartments are well-furnished
- Within close vicinity to plenty of bars and restaurants
- Family-friendly environment
- Quick access to facilities such as supermarkets and clinics
- Offers a peaceful and serene ambience
- Easy access to prestigious educational centres
Also known as the Embassy Quarter or Embassies District, Diplomatic Area hosts embassies of Jordan, Egypt, Syria, India the United States and many others. The neighbourhood is located away from the hustle and bustle of the emirate, but it has all the facilities one may require. With Zayed Sports City, Al Zahraa and Al Muroor in the surroundings, the residents in the community can access supermarkets, top-ranking schools, reputed hospitals and well-equipped gyms.
The residential units in Diplomatic Area primarily consist of apartments in low-rise and mid-rise complexes. Since the area has an abundance of embassies, a portion of the consulate staff has taken up residence here. Life in Diplomatic Area is exciting thanks to the short distance to several fine eateries and chic bars. Some popular landmarks such as Zayed Sports City Stadium, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Al Bateen Executive Airport are also within quick reach.
PROPERTIES IN DIPLOMATIC AREA
Most residential properties in Diplomatic Area are apartments. Boasting studios, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments, the houses in the community provide a lavish lifestyle to its tenants. Boasting a wide range of facilities nearby, the properties in the area are highly sought-after. Most apartments are provided with 24-hour security systems in the building.
Catering to singles, the apartments for rent in Diplomatic Area include a wide range of studios and 1-bedroom apartments. The apartments are constructed with contemporary designs and modern furnishings. Spanning 550 sq. ft. to 900 sq. ft., the average rent for studio flats is AED 40k per annum. On the other hand, most 1-bedroom apartments cover an area of 1,100 sq. ft. to 1,200 sq. ft. The asking rent for 1-bedroom flats is AED 55k to AED 58k yearly.
For smaller families, a 2-bedroom flat in Diplomatic Area is a suitable choice. The flats are designed with varying configurations covering an area of 950 sq. ft to 2,000 sq. ft. The houses contain spacious rooms with amenities such as covered car parking, en-suite bathrooms and well-equipped kitchens. Those looking to rent a 2-bedroom apartment can expect to shell out AED 60k to AED 65k yearly.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN DIPLOMATIC AREA
Since the area is close to many popular attractions, several buses operate in Diplomatic Area. There are bus stops near the Qatar Embassy, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and Zayed Military Hospital on Al Karamah Street. Bus 40, Bus 120 and Bus 115 pass through the area.
Apart from buses, residents can also use taxis. Ample parking spaces are also provided to the occupants in the apartment buildings.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
SUPERMARKETS IN DIPLOMATIC AREA
For grocery shopping, the residents can find supermarkets in Diplomatic Area. Two of the most esteemed grocery chains in the UAE, Carrefour and Zoom are located in the area.
There are a number of other supermarkets and convenience stores in the neighbouring communities as well. You can find Spinneys Market, Carrefour City and Rich & Fresh Supermarket, all these options are located in Capital Centre
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES IN DIPLOMATIC AREA
The residents in the community are not far from religious venues. There are a few mosques in Diplomatic Area namely Jibril Mosque and Abu Hanifa Mosque. On the other hand, the closest churches for the churchgoers are located in Al Mushrif, just 6 minutes away. One of the most notable churches in Al Mushrif is St. Joseph Cathedral Church.
Unfortunately, there are no temples in Abu Dhabi as of now. However, the one currently under construction will be completed by the year 2020. Meanwhile, residents will have to visit the temples in Dubai. The Sikh community members can visit New Gurudwara Abu Dhabi in Mussafah, which is a 15 to 17-minute drive away.
SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES IN DIPLOMATIC AREA
There are several reputable schools in Diplomatic Area while many are just a short drive away. Established in 1995, The American International School is considered to be one of the best school in the area. The school offers the American curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Another coveted school in the area is Emirates Private School, which is ranked among the top prestigious schools of the UAE. Hosting students from different cultures, it is known for providing high standards of education. The curriculums followed are American, British and Ministry of Education (MOE). Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bangladesh Islamia Private School, Lycee Louis Massignon and Abu Dhabi Indian School are few other options located nearby.
For the ones pursuing higher education, Khalifa University is the closest option. Offering various fields of science and research, the university has made its mark as an acclaimed educational centre in Abu Dhabi.
HOSPITALS AND CLINICS IN DIPLOMATIC AREA
There is no shortage of hospitals and clinics in the district. There are several specialised clinics nearby as well. Marigold Dental and Orthodontic Clinic, Kaya Skin Clinic, Al Taei Center For Laparoscopic and Obesity Center, Magrabi Eye and Ear Center and Al Mushrif Children’s Specialty Center can be reached in less than 7 to 8 minutes.
As for hospitals, a few reputable hospitals of the emirate are situated within proximity. Zayed Military Hospital which is right outside the embassy area is a notable hospital. Established in the neighbouring Zayed Sports City, Healthpoint Hospital can be reached within 8 minutes. Moreover, Gulf Diagnostic Center Hospital and Danat Al Emarat Hospital are just a short drive from the community.
Diplomatic Area is a secluded region, but it has notable spots in the surroundings. On the east lies the sports hub of the emirate; Zayed Sports City. Al Bateen Executive Airport can be easily reached within minutes via 33rd Street. Localities such as Al Zahraa, Al Aman and Capital Centre are in close vicinity as well.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS IN DIPLOMATIC AREA
Residents enjoy easy access to the shopping malls around. Home to shopping, dining and leisure venues, Mushrif Mall offers a complete shopping experience. Shoppers will find a galore of international and local chains, along with some high-end retailers. Visitors can keep themselves fuelled, given the range of dining outlets in the mall.
In addition to this, Al Seef Village Mall and Al Mushref Co-operative Society Mall are a 10-minute drive away from the Diplomatic Area.
RESTAURANTS IN DIPLOMATIC AREA
Residents can try out a diverse variety of cuisines served in the nearby restaurants. A cluster of eateries are located near Muroor Road, which can be reached within 6 to 7 minutes.
For Asian food residents head to Samurai Japanese Restaurant, SushiSan, Let's Wok and Kazumi. Indian food is served at Hanin Oasis Restaurant, Biryani Hut and Kura Kura Restaurant. There are many Middle Eastern restaurants in Diplomatic Area, popular options include Mosaic, Yadoo's House, Zattara and Koshari Street.
Licensed venues nearby include Stock Burger Co in Holiday Inn, 18 Degrees in the Hyatt Capital Gate and The Warehouse Wine and Tapas Bar in the Pearl Rotana Capital Centre.
BEACHES NEAR DIPLOMATIC AREA
Abu Dhabi is packed with stunning beaches. Residents in Diplomatic Area can turn to Al Bateen Beach which is a 9-minute drive away, an added benefit of living in the eventful community. Overlooking Hudayriat Island, the majestic beach offers gorgeous views to the visitors. The beach boasts clear blue water and golden sand providing a tranquil ambience for those looking for a relaxing day. If you are into watersports and beach-side dining, Al Bateen Beach makes for a perfect destination. Besides this, the much-visited Yas Beach, Corniche Beach and Al Sahil Beach are 20 to 25 minutes away.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Living in Diplomatic Area comes with many exciting perks. The community is just minutes away from several hotspots of the region. One can easily find swanky restaurants, luxurious hotels and chic bars in the nearby areas.
For an exciting night out, multiple bars are located in the adjacent locality of Capital Centre. The sleek, rooftop lounge, Relax@12 in the Aloft Hotel offers top-notch dishes and drinks along with the stunning views. Victor’s Bar and Restaurant in the Hilton Capital Grand is another vibrant yet sophisticated bar offering premium menus to visitors. The bars in the vicinity are a great attraction, especially for the expats in Diplomatic Area.
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre is a 5-minute drive from the area. With a capacity to hold 6,000 delegates, the centre is known for holding local and international conferences. Hotels such as Hilton Capital Grand, Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Aloft Hotel, Premier Inn Abu Dhabi and others are a short drive away.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Residents can quickly access a myriad of well-equipped gyms. Located at Al Karamah street, Lifeline Wellness is a great destination for fitness enthusiasts. The one-stop fitness centre provides a holistic approach providing cardio and health training, weight training, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, steam rooms along with massage and beauty treatments as well. Apart from this, there are several gyms which the residents can conveniently visit such as Let’s Go Gym Fitness & Spa Centre, Titan Gym and Ultimate Fitness Women’s Club.
Residents have easy access to plenty of salons and spas. A group of beauty centres can be found a mere 5 minutes away from the locality, offering professional beauty services. These include Hairaholic Salon, Balasan Studio, Four Seasons Ladies Salon, Rival Ladies Salon and Chop Chop Ladies Salon.
Only 5 to 6 minutes away, Zayed Sports City Stadium has dedicated cycleways and walking tracks. You can spot people rollerskating around the stunning sceneries of the stadium in the morning and evening.
Located between Airport Road and Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) hosts international and national events scheduled throughout the year. The world-class centre holds huge significance as a global destination for corporate events, exhibitions and conferences.
The largest stadium in the UAE, Zayed Sports City Stadium hosts many matches every year. People residing in nearby areas can easily reach the destination and enjoy the matches played in the stadium.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Diplomatic Area is away from the hustle and bustle of the capital city. Residents in the area enjoy world-class amenities and facilities at hand. Also, the leisure scene in the area is eventful with an abundance of restaurants and bars around.
- Al Bateen Executive Airport is 6 minutes away
- Zayed Sports City Stadium is at a 5-minute drive
- Al Bateen Beach is an 11-minute drive away
- Abu Dhabi International Airport is 23 to 25 minutes away