ABOUT HADBAT AL ZAAFRAN
Hadbat Al Zaafran, or Al Zafranah, is a central suburb in Abu Dhabi. It is a mixed-use area that features many residential, commercial as well as multipurpose projects. Hadbat Al Zaafran adjoins the suburb of Al Saada to the east while the prestigious Al Nahyan suburb neighbours it from the west.
As it shares borders with Mangrove National Park from the north, it is an ideal residential area for those who wish to live close to nature. Hadbat Al Zaafran’s central location makes commuting to either side of the city quite convenient. From a leading university to a famous mall, the neighbourhood has a number of facilities to offer.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Three major roads of the city run along the neighbourhood.
- Residential properties mostly include rental villas and apartments.
- Home to Khalifa University and Al Ghaf Park.
- Features some of the best hospitals and clinics.
- Close to Mangrove National Park.
- Home to Abu Dhabi’s traffic management unit.
The community is divided into large blocks that feature a mix of apartments and villas as well as commercial and recreational areas. One is likely to find a larger amount of rental properties compared to freehold properties.
There are many government offices in the neighbourhood that regulate traffic and vehicles in the city. These offices include Traffic & Patrols Directorate and Traffic Engineering and Road Safety Department. There are a couple of embassies in the area as well. You can find the Royal Embassy of Thailand, the Embassy of Djibouti, the Embassy of Seychelles and the Embassy of Uzbekistan.
PROPERTIES IN HADBAT AL ZAAFRAN
Residential properties in Hadbat Al Zaafran come in a variety of options. Large families can opt for private and luxurious properties such as villas. A rental or a freehold villa has a large floor plan that may exceed 4,500 sq. ft. of built-up area and includes up to 5-bedrooms and seven bathrooms.
Quaint low-rise residential buildings dominate the area which stands in sharp contrast against the modern-style skyscrapers of the capital. One of the features about the buildings in Hadbaat Al Zaafran is the fact that each contains fewer apartments. A small number of apartments means added privacy and well-spaced-out layouts per unit.
As for rental apartments in Hadbaat Al Zaafran, there are many 1-beds in the area. An average 1 BHK flat with an average size of 700 sq. ft. can be rented for AED 50k, per year. The price of 2-bedroom apartments for rent starts from AED 70k, 3-bed flats can be rented for an average price of AED 80k.
Those looking for a short stay in this area can go for Loulou Asfar Hotel Apartment. It is a 3-star hotel project on Sultan Bin Zayed the First Street. The hotel offers studio rooms and 1-bed suites.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN HADBAT AL ZAAFRAN
Options for transportation in Hadbat Al Zaafran include public bus services. Commuters can catch Bus A1, 32, 44, 52 or 101 at the Mushrif Mall bus stop. Using the taxi service is also a convenient option of getting around for those who don’t have their own means of transport.
Car-owners will not have to drive too far to refuel their vehicles. Two ADNOC service stations are strategically located on either side of Sultan Bin Zayed the First Street.
Parking spaces in Hadbat Al Zaafran include street parking spaces and parking lots near community facilities such as Mushrif Mall and the hospitals. Indoor facilities for private parking comes with every house in the neighbourhood. Residents in the apartment buildings are also offered covered parking, generally one parking space per unit.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Hadbat Al Zaafran is where one will find a wide array of amenities such as shopping centres, medical facilities, educational institutes and several places of worship. The neighbourhood also features a few leisure spots, eateries, tailoring shops, petrol stations, banks, as well as government offices.
SUPERMARKETS IN HADBAT AL ZAAFRAN
From corner shops and small grocery stores to large markets, the neighbourhood has abundant options when it comes to everyday home shopping. Supermarkets in Hadbat Al Zaafran include Select Market, LuLu Xpress Freshmarket, Millennium Supermarket, also known as Millennium Catering & Trading and a Lulu Hypermarket, also called Lulu Freshmarket. A few grocers in the community include Step Grocery, Sofia Baqala and Magwar Baqala.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES IN HADBAT AL ZAAFRAN
Several mosques in Hadbat Al Zaafran are dispersed throughout the suburb. These places of worship include Hamza Mosque, Robaya Mosque, Abdullah bin Salam Mosque, Khadim Mohammed Al Qubaisi Masjid and Marzouk Mubarak Al Mansouri Mosque.
There are a few churches in Al Mushrif, just outside the border of Al Zafranah. You can find St. Joseph Cathedral, St. Andrew’s Church and Evangelical Community Church, also known as The Evangelical Church.
There is a Hindu temple planned in the community of Al Rahbah, 30 minutes away. While it is under development, residents will have to visit the Shiva and Krishna temples in Dubai, roughly 2 hours away.
SCHOOLS IN HADBAT AL ZAAFRAN
Parents of kids who are ready to start preschool have plenty of options to consider in the neighbourhood. Chubby Cheeks Nursery, Bright Kids Nursery and Les Fanfans Nursery are some of the learning facilities in the neighbourhood.
A few schools in Hadbat Al Zaafran that offer different international curriculums include The Philippine Global School, Abu Dhabi Indian School and Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Arab Pakistan School. Other schools in Hadbat Al Zafranah include Al Rabeeh School, Indian Islahi Islamic School, Al Mushrif School and Aisha Bint Abi Baker School..
Hadbat Al Zaafran is home to a few higher education institutes. One of the most prominent names is Khalifa University which is located on Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street. Other colleges and universities in the area include Emirates College for Advanced Education and the Higher Colleges of Technology.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS IN HADBAT AL ZAAFRAN
Health care is well-covered by multiple clinics and hospitals in Hadbat Al Zaafran. For instance, Novomed provides home care services with skilled nursing and therapeutic rehabilitation options. Wellness One Day Surgery Centre specialises in providing outpatient care and treatment in a reduced amount of time. Al Dhafra Dental Clinic caters to dental issues, while Pets Oasis is a one-stop medical veterinary clinic for pets.
Other notable medical facilities in the neighbourhood include CareWell Clinic, Salma Children's Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation Hospital also known as Salma Rehabilitation Hospital, Oxford Medical Center and Al Ahly Specialist Medical Centre.
Residents can pick up their medicines from either Oxford Pharmacy, Medicina Pharmacy - Gulf or Medicina Gulf Pharmacy as it is also called, Wellness Pharmacy or Al Mulla Pharmacy.
Al Nahyan is another neighbouring area close to the mangroves park. It features Delma Park, Al Wahda Mall, Al Nahyan Stadium and Al Jazira Sports & Cultural Club. Al Nahyan also has few of the key educational institutes such as Higher Colleges of Technology, The Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research, and Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies.
Al Mushrif is an expansive community that lies south of Hadbat Al Zaafran. It is home to Al Mushrif Palace, Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi Country Club and General Women’s Union.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS IN HADBAT AL ZAAFRAN
Mushrif Mall in Hadbat Al Zaafran is located near the intersection of Al Dhafra Street and Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street. It is the ultimate retail destination for residents as well as people visiting from other areas. Mushrif Mall is popular not only for the spectrum of major brands it offers but for the variety of dining and kids entertainment options as well.
Other malls near Hadbat Al Zaafran include Al Wahda Mall and the upcoming City Centre Al Jazirah.
RESTAURANTS IN HADBAT AL ZAAFRAN
Sultan Bin Zayed the First Street, also known as Muroor Road is lined with several burger restaurants in Hadbat Al Zaafran. These include Burger Hut, The Burgerista Cafeteria, X Burger and Burger & More. There are a few popular fast-food chains too on the same street, such as KFC, Texas Chicken and Pizza Hut. Subway is located inside the Khalifa University campus.
Other eateries with a diverse menu include Kohat Restaurant, Garden Sparrows Restaurant, Mann O Salwa Restaurant and Tikka Town Restaurant. Those looking for a good cup of coffee and snacks can visit Joe N Juice Cafe, Le Boulanger Cafe and AD Cafe.
BEACHES NEAR HADBAT AL ZAAFRAN
For pure beach fun, one can drive to one of the beaches near Hadbat Al Zaafran such as the popular Corniche Beach as well as the southern Al Qurm Beach and Al Bateen Beach. All of these are popular public beaches in Abu Dhabi with many amenities. You can reach Corniche Beach near downtown Abu Dhabi in 15 minutes, while Al Qurm Beach and Al Bateen Beach can be reached in 12 minutes or less.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
The aforementioned Mangrove National Park curves its way along the neighbourhood’s edge. This stretch of the calm lagoon and protected coastal ecosystem is only a short drive away. One can go on a kayaking tour and spot intriguing bird and fish species while paddling around the lush mangroves.
A favourite leisure activity of citizens is watching blockbusters in movie theatres. The nearest cinemas for Hadbat Al Zaafran residents are Al Wahda Cinema, Oscar Cinema and Novo Cinema. Those who would like to extend their artistic vision can visit N2N Gallery, Reflections Art Gallery, La Parole Art Gallery or Etihad Modern Art Gallery. These are some of the best art galleries in Abu Dhabi and can be reached in under 15 minutes.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Public parks in Abu Dhabi are ideal for families who appreciate some quality time outdoors. A few residents often visit Al Ghaf Park in Hadbat Al Zaafran for their morning workouts. Set beside Mushrif Mall, it is a peaceful green area that offers an ideal surrounding for meditation and yoga. More parks to explore include Al Zafranah Park, Khalifa Park and Umm Al Emarat Park.
There are many green spaces in the neighbourhood such as football grounds and small parks in the community. These are popular locations to exercise outdoors. Fitness enthusiasts can go to Weiders Gym in Hadbat Al Zaafran and Vibez Fitness Center & Spa (ladies only) in Al Mushrif.
There is a wonderful variety of salons in Hadbat Al Zaafran. These include Braids Ladies Salon, Oriental Magic Salon, Glow Moments Beauty Center and Kaya Skin Clinic which is located in Mushrif Mall.
Islamic Cultural Centre UAE, near Al Dhafra Street, conducts numerous activities, seminars and summer camps for kids and adults to learn more about Islam.
There are also events held in Mushrif Mall on public holidays and special occasions. If you are looking for sporting events then you can head to Al Nahyan Stadium and Zayed Sports City, both of which are 10 minutes away.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Hadbat Al Zaafran is a great area to find affordable residential options. But at times finding a large unit can be challenging. Nevertheless, renters will find numerous smaller properties in the neighbourhood.
- Sultan Bin Zayed the First Street/Muroor Road cuts through the neighbourhood
- It will take about 10 minutes to reach Zayed Sports City
- Almost 11 minutes away from Al Bateen Beach
- Abu Dhabi International Airport is a 23-minute drive away