ABOUT NAD AL HAMAR
When it comes to real estate developments, Dubai always puts its best foot forward, even if it’s a remote area on the outskirts of the emirate. One such development is Nad Al Hamar. The neighbourhood now has a multitude of residential properties, including real estate projects owned by well-known property developers, such as Wasl Properties and Amlak Finance. Nad Al Hamar is also partially an industrial area, with a majority of the commercial and industrial properties located in the lower region.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Situated on Dubai’s outskirts, away from the city’s busy districts
- Conveniently located close to many leisure, business and industrial hubs
- Has an industrial zone that adjoins to the southern Ras Al Khor Industrial Area
- The area comprises apartments and villas that are mainly for rent
- Houses a mosque designated for Eid prayers
The small community of Nad Al Hamar has caught the attention of many investors and potential tenants looking for a peaceful residential area. Although it is in a remote region, the community offers a lively surrounding. This is true because Nad Al Hamar is close to developments such as Dubai Festival City, Dubai Creek Harbour and International City.
The apartments are often found in clusters towards the main road. Whereas villas are situated inside the community, offering more privacy and security. The area has many green spaces which can be found along the roads, in the community parks and villas often have their own private garden.
PROPERTIES IN NAD AL HAMAR
Nad Al Hamar was originally an area known for its villa communities. Currently, the available residential properties in Nad Al Hamar are dominated by studios and 1-bed and 2-bed apartments for rent. The rentals of these flats are affordable and suit the living requirements of bachelors, couples and small families. The annual rates range between AED 32k and AED 87k.
Vacant villas for rent in Nad Al Hamar are hard to find since there is only a small number available. You will have the option of choosing between 3, 4 and 5-bedroom units in this area. The starting rental price for a spacious villa in Nad Al Hamar is AED 160k per annum, while the most expensive villa will cost AED 210k, yearly.
Popular off-plan projects include the latest mixed-use real estate venture by Wasl Properties, Nad Al Hamar Gardens. This development is gradually emerging on the southeastern side of the neighbourhood, directly facing Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. The infrastructure of this sub-community will include 69 residential plots, 32 mixed-use plots, 12 showroom plots and 2 school plots as per the information released by the developer. The residences planned for Nad Al Hamar Gardens will be located in low to mid-rise buildings.
As of now, 6 million sq. ft. worth of vacant residential and commercial plots are available for investment purposes. This freehold development is also accentuated by lots of landscaping and green areas which will eventually lead to it developing into a family-friendly environment.
Another highly anticipated off-plan development is the mixed-use project developed by Amlak Finance. It is scheduled to be completed by the year 2020. Built on approximately 700,000 sq. ft. of land, the project will feature a 15-floor residential and commercial building, a full-service hotel, a shopping mall and additional amenities dedicated to social activities.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN NAD AL HAMAR
The community is bound to the north by Rebat Street (D83) which links the town to the western area of Deira. It is bordered on the south by Ras Al Khor Road (E44) that connects it to Downtown Dubai, the most popular commercial centre of the city. The west of the community is bordered by the heavily landscaped Nad Al Hamar Road, which travellers use to access the airport. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E311) runs along the eastern boundary of Nad Al Hamar and it directly leads to the outstanding developments based in Dubailand.
As for public transportation in Nad Al Hamar, public buses do not cater to the areas within the neighbourhood but there are a few bus stations along the previously mentioned roads.
Parking spaces in Nad Al Hamar include bays outside the houses for visitors' cars, whereas residents have private car parking facility.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
SUPERMARKETS IN NAD AL HAMAR
One of the leading supermarket brands, Aswaaq supermarket in Nad Al Hamar is centrally located and easily accessible for most residents. Al Rufaidha Grocery and Nad Al Hamar Star are other smaller grocery stores that offer fresh produce daily.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES NEAR NAD AL HAMAR
Located around 22 minutes away and at a distance of 16 kilometres, Oud Mehta has a number of churches. Few of the churches near Nad Al Hamar include St. Mary’s Catholic Church, The Dubai City Church, St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral and more.
Those looking for Hindu temples near Nad Al Hamar will have to head to Bur Dubai, which is close to Oud Mehta. Here residents will find the Shiva and Krishna temples as well as the Sikh Gurudwara. Another Sikh worship place, Automech Gurudwara is located in Ras Al Khor Industrial Area, around 12 minutes away.
Mosques in Nad Al Hamar are abundantly present to facilitate Muslim residents. One can go to the central Masjid Fatimah Bint Mohammed or Al Kazim Masjid near Nad Al Hamar Park, as well as Hafsa Bint Omar Masjid on 57 B Street or Afraa Al Katbi Masjid near Nad Al Hamar Road. The special Eid prayers to commemorate traditional Islamic festivals are observed in the large prayer hall called Nad Al Hamar Musalla.
SCHOOLS IN NAD AL HAMAR
Nad Al Hamar is an expanding community with a few schools in the pipeline. Currently, a school in Nad Al Hamar that is developed and fully functional is The City School International. Blue Bird Nursery is another well-established educational institute in the community.
The City School International has a count of over 650 students. Catering to students of different nationalities, it follows a British-based curriculum that eventually qualifies one to take the IGCSE examinations in Year 11 which is the final year the school offers. City School International also conducts a range of extra-curricular activities such as league competitions, debating contests and sports tournaments.
With the aim to provide developmental techniques to preschoolers in a nurturing environment, Blue Bird Nursery is conveniently located in the heart of the neighbourhood.
Universities near Nad Al Hamar can be found in Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) which is 18 minutes away. Notable options here consist of Al Ghurair University, Manipal University, The British University in Dubai and more.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS IN NAD AL HAMAR
One of the most essential amenities in any community is a healthcare centre as well as a medical store. Thankfully, few medical facilities are already operating in this developing area. There is City Centre Clinic on Rebat Street, Nad Al Hamar Health Centre near 33rd Street and Life Pharmacy on 24 B Street.
The hospital near Nad Al Hamar is the Mediclinic Welcare Hospital in Al Garhoud, roughly 13 minutes away.
Separated by Rebat Street, Nad Shamma is a small town that lies to the north of the neighbourhood. Originally a part of the much larger Al Rashidiya district, this residential area comprises larger properties such as townhouses and villas. The massive Nad Shamma Park is the highlight of this community. The park boasts four football grounds, paved tracks for jogging, play areas for kids and several ornamental plants brought all the way from Seychelles.
Branded as a ‘city-within-a-city’, Dubai Festival City is a close neighbour on the west, connected to Nad Al Hamar by Vista Boulevard street. This multipurpose development is designed to combine leisure, shopping and dining experiences in a sustainable environment.
Al Warqaa is a master-planned residential neighbourhood that lies to the east of Nad Al Hamar.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS IN NAD AL HAMAR
Amaya Plaza is considered the community’s very own shopping mall. This mall in Nad Al Hamar has a variety of retail outlets such as La Perla Beauty Centre, Toddler Touch Studio and a restaurant called Home Town.
Individuals with an active lifestyle living in Nad Al Hamar have a couple of retail options that might interest them. For instance, there is an outdoor sports store called Sports in Life as well as a store for general athletic goods known as Sports Souq.
Paying homage to the pop culture of East Asia, Trendy Kawaii Japan is a colourful fashion store located around the southwestern corner of the neighbourhood.
Larger malls located nearby include Mirdif City Centre and Dubai Festival City Mall, both are home to many high-end and luxury retail shops, dining experiences and entertainment options.
RESTAURANTS IN NAD AL HAMAR
Casual dining restaurants in Nad Al Hamar that offer Pakistani and Indian cuisines include Eat and Drink Restaurant, New Sarhad Darbar Restaurant, Pearl Star Restaurant, Maraheb Restaurant and Caesars Restaurant.
If you are in the mood to dig into a piping-hot pizza straight out of a wood-fired oven, then head to Paavo’s Pizza at Eppco Al Rowdah Station.
Showcasing an assortment of designer truffles, petite bars and beautifully packaged gift baskets, Dandy Chocolate Factory and Le Chocola are every chocolate lover’s dream come true. Other options in the neighbourhood include Fresh and Nice Cafeteria for snacks and Ice Lab for some delicious variety of ice creams and desserts.
Fine-dining restaurants can be found in the hotels in Dubai Festival City (DFC). The Crowne Plaza DFC houses the Mediterranean restaurant Zaytoun, Belgian Beer Cafe and Skyline Lounge. The InterContinental DFC has The Fish House which is known for its seafood dishes, Black Tap which is an American restaurant known for its burgers and milkshakes and Anise which features Indian and Arabian flavours and is well-known for its weekend brunches. Licensed options in the hotel include Vista Bar and Terrace, Eclipse and Pierre’s Bistro & Bar.
BEACHES NEAR NAD AL HAMAR
If one wants to visit a beach near Nad Al Hamar, they would have to travel far west to the most popular coastal destination, Jumeirah Beach, which is a 21-minute drive away.
However, if being close to nature is all that matters then Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is a great option. It is a blissful wetland, situated only a few metres away from neighbourhood and has a few areas, such as Ras Al Khor Flamingo Viewing Deck and Dubai Water Canal Cruise, for you to view the wildlife firsthand.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Residents and visitors can enjoy taking a dhow cruise or an abra ride touring the Dubai Water Canal from the pier near the Dubai Festival City Mall. The dhow cruise comes with a 3-course dinner meal and fantastic sights within the 2.5-hour ride. The abra ride is a traditional mode of transport used in the UAE, this is a 1.5-hour trip that also offers stunning views of Dubai’s skyline.
The neighbourhood also has many cinemas nearby for those who prefer to watch the latest blockbusters on the big screen. There is a VOX Cinemas in City Centre Mirdif, a Novo Cinemas in Dubai Festival City Mall and another Novo Cinemas a little further away in Dragon Mart 2. All these options are reachable in under 15 minutes.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
It may not be as large as other popular parks of the city, but Nad Al Hamar Park sure has its own charm. Situated along 47th Street, the park is often buzzing with visitors that enjoy outdoor activities. It has jogging tracks, sandy areas for ball games and shaded benches for visitors to sit and relax in.
Fitness freaks can boost their adrenaline levels by joining the extensive physical training classes offered at one of the well-equipped fitness centres such as Power Fit Gym, Bel Remaitha Club and Platform Fitness Gym which offers the Crossfit exercise program.
Having a facility in town that offers professional beauty procedures and treatments is of great importance. Nad once again acknowledges this essential part of a community by housing a few well-known salons, spas and nail bars. These include AJ’s Salon, Lush Lounge Ladies Salon, La Perla Beauty Centre and Les Soeurs Nail Bar. There is also a salon in Nad Al Hamar for kids called Kiddy Couture and Thaqeb Gents Salon for the male residents.
The aforementioned Dubai Festival City is also a hub for the most happening events in the city. Harboured in this destination is Festival Arena which is a massive entertainment venue used for staging big concerts and events. World-famous electronic dance music (EDM) festival ‘Unite with Tomorrowland’ made its debut here in 2017.
Located some 15 kilometres away near the creek, the dazzling waterfront destination of Dubai Creek Harbour has come up with the trending #RiseDubai. It is a seasonal event that spectacularly combines food, shopping, art, entertainment and educational entertainment all in one place.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Nad Al Hamar is located right under Dubai International Airport’s flight zone, so residents frequently encounter the unpleasant aircraft noise. That could be the only thing disrupting the otherwise peaceful environment of this community.
Also, since it is still in its developmental phase, many amenities are set to launch in the future. As of now, residents may have to rely on the limited choices present in the vicinity or they can drive to nearby areas for more options.
- The central business district – Business Bay – is at a 17-minute drive via route E44
- The vibrant International City is located mere minutes from the community
- Dubai International Airport is almost 10 minutes away
- The western region is occupied by Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary as well as Dubai Festival City