ABOUT ROLLA AREA
Located to the east of Khalid Lake, Rolla Area is one of the most prominent communities in Sharjah. Its prominence is broadened by an array of landmarks and cultural centres that surround the neighbourhood and attract flocks of tourists. The area is termed 'Rolla' after a large banyan tree that once thrived in the area. Rolla is a part of the Al Ghuwair development, the neighbourhood is nestled between the communities of Al Shuwaihean and Al Musalla.
A mixed-use development, Rolla Area features both commercial and residential properties for rent and a few recreational facilities. It is popular for Rolla Square Park, Rolla Mall and Souq Al Rolla.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Mixed-use development
- A part of the Al Ghuwair development
- Home to Rolla Square Park, Rolla Mall and Souq Al Rolla
- Close to a number of art centres and museums
- Close to Sharjah Eid Musalla
- Next to Sharjah Clock Tower
- Contains clusters of low and mid-rise buildings
- At a practical distance from both Ajman and Dubai
The community is made up of undefined clusters of low to mid-rise buildings. The commercial area in the development is divided into several sections for restaurants, electronics and garments.
In terms of commercial businesses, there are many travel and tourism agencies scattered around the lower half of the community. These include Air India Travel Agency, Kanoo Travel, Al Ajwa Tourism and Desert Tourism. Other amenities in Rolla Area include tailoring shops, laundry facilities, textile markets and electronic repair shops.
Sharjah residents prefer living in Rolla Area since its proximity to public parks, restaurants, shops, shopping malls and the availability of public transportation. Moreover, it is cheaper to rent a house in this area compared to other neighbourhoods in Sharjah.
Offering connectivity with other areas of the city, Rolla Area has Al Zahra’a Street to the east while Al Arouba Street runs along its western boundary.
PROPERTIES IN ROLLA AREA
Rolla Area is dominated by multipurpose properties such as commercial, residential and hotel apartment towers. Due to its affordable rents, singles, couples and small families consider living in Rolla Area apartments.
The features of residential properties in Rolla Area include moderately sized living rooms connected to balconies through sliding glass doors. Kitchens are built in a separate compact area and are fitted with cabinets, counters, exhaust fans and a fire extinguisher. Since some residential units are not centrally air-conditioned, rooms are installed with ceiling fans and AC outlets. This affects the rental price of units and those with central air conditioning are priced on the higher end.
Some notable buildings include Rolla Tower Building, Tiger Building, Centre Hotel, Al Sharq Hotel, City Hotel and Damas Tower 14.
Rolla Tower Building is located on Al Zahra’a Street, opposite Rolla Square Park. The 13-storey mixed-use Tiger Building was built by UAE’s renowned real estate developer Tiger group. Offering temporary accommodations, Centre Hotel has 13 floors, Al Sharq Hotel consists of 11 floors and City Hotel features 10 floors.
Developed by Damas Real Estate, one of the tallest buildings in the area is Damas Tower 14. Divided into 24 levels, the tower features 344 commercial and residential units. The commercial units include 96 offices and 22 shops, whereas the residential units are split into 22 1-bedroom and 198 2-bedroom units, three studios and three penthouses. Other features include a gymnasium, central air-conditioning system and covered car parking.
There are few shops for rent in Rolla Area spanning over an area from 150 sq. ft. to 800 sq. ft.
RENTAL TRENDS IN ROLLA AREA
Average Rental Price in AED
Average Rental Price in AED
Average Rental Price in AED
Average Rental Price in AED
Apartments for rent in Rolla Area are situated next to the Sharjah Clock Tower. Compared to other areas in Sharjah, these properties are quiet affordable. The presence of amenities and communal service add value to your property.
Popular among singles, studios for rent in Rolla Area are spread across 600 sq. ft. and 700 sq. ft. with annual prices between AED 12k yearly and AED 15k yearly. 1-bedroom flats for rent cover a floor area ranging from 520 sq. ft. to 1000 sq. ft. and offered at a price range of AED 14k per year and AED 24k per year. As for 2-bed apartments for rent in Rolla Area, the price range between AED 23k per year and AED 36k per year. Those looking for larger units can find 3-bedroom apartment for rent at an average price of AED 34k per year.
Shops for rent in Rolla Area can cost between AED 12k per year and AED 45k per year.
Hotels in Rolla Area
Towards the north lies the residential community of Al Naba’ah that houses 3 and 4-star hotels. Some of the popular hotels in Rolla Area include:
- Jormand Hotel Apartments Sharjah
- Al Sharq Hotel
- Nejoum Al Emarate Hotel
Jormand Hotel Apartments, Sharjah are located on the King Faisal Road. This 4-star hotel facility is designed to provide comfort and peace to tourists, families with children, business guests and transiting passengers. The amenities of this hotel include a sunlit spacious lobby, calming décor, indoor free parking, well-equipped gymnasium and sauna facilities. Jormand Hotel Apartments, Sharjah offers 130 well-furnished units of studios, 1 and 2-bedroom apartments. Each bedroom features an attached bathroom, while the 1 and 2-bedroom apartments also feature a guest bathroom. Guests can avail extra beds, twin beds, rollaway beds and king size beds. Each unit features a LCD TV and a DVD player. This hotel is accessible at a walking distance.
Al Sharq Hotel is a 2-star hotel located at Umm Tarrafa. This facility offers currency exchange, a dedicated smoking area and a safety deposit box within the premises. Al Sharq Hotel features 63 rooms with heating, a trouser press and large windows. The rooms also have a kettle, a toaster, a dishwasher, a foam pillow, down pillow and a pillow-top mattress. Continental breakfast is served every morning. There is a 24-hour on-site restaurant serving international cuisine. The hotel also features an indoor swimming pool along with a sauna, a fitness centre and a gym. It is accessible at a 2-minute drive by car.
Nejoum Al Emarate Hotel is a 3-star hotel located in the heart of Sharjah. It offers spacious rooms with private bathrooms. There are three different types of accommodation in this hotel. This include Standard room, Executive Deluxe room and Executive Deluxe Suite. The hotel rooms feature a flat TV screen and a mini fridge. Room service is available round the clock. Meeting room facilities are available upon request. Free parking is subject to availability. It is accessible at a 4-minute drive by car.
Other nearby hotels in the vicinity include OYO 429 City Hotel, Sahara Hotel Sharjah, Al Jazeerah Hotel, Swiss Belhotel Sharjah, Aldar Hotel, Dana Hotel, Ruwi Hotel Apartments, Pan Emirates Hotel. These hotels are accessible within 5-minute driving distance.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN ROLLA AREA
There is a considerable number of outdoor parking spaces in Rolla Area which are dedicated to visitors. Um Al Tarafa Car Parking Rental is a paid parking zone.
There are expansive outdoor parking facilities near ADCB Sharjah Excellency Centre and other buildings such as hospitals and mosques.
Many buildings in Rolla Area allow parking around their curbs and some even have covered spaces in the basement levels. The parking bays around Rolla Square Park and Rolla Market are often filled due to the popularity of these locations.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN ROLLA AREA
Managed by Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority (SRTA), options for public transportation in Rolla Area include buses and taxis. There are bus stations located near Rolla Square Park. These include Al Rolla Bus Stop, Sharjah, Al Jubail Bus Station 1 and Sharjah, Al Jubail Bus Station 2 are accessible within 3 to 6-minute drive by car. The buses cover routes to areas such as Sahara Centre, Muweilah and Al Saja’a. Al Qiyadah Metro Station and Stadium Metro Station on green line are accessible within 18 to 19-minute drive by car.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
SUPERMARKETS IN ROLLA AREA
There are many supermarkets in Rolla Area located at convenient intervals. Starting from the north, Al Safeer Supermarket is located on Arabian Gulf Street. Other grocery options in the upper half of the region include Noor Al Falak Supermarket, Al Telal Supermarket and Gharb Al Madina Supermarket. The region below Rolla Square Park features stores such as Fathima Supermarket, Giant Supermarket and Sadrofa Supermarket.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES IN ROLLA AREA
Based in Al Yarmook at an ideal distance, there is a cluster of churches near Rolla Area. With a drive of approximately 11 minutes, one can visit Russian Orthodox Church, Rolla Catholic Church, St. Michaels Church, Marthoma Parish Sharjah, St. Mary’s Soonoro Church and Good Shepherd Nepali Church.
Presently, there are four mosques in Rolla Area. These include Alharamain Mosque, Al Aziz Mosque, Souq Al Ghuwair Mosque and Hamza Ibn Abdulmuttalib Mosque.
SCHOOLS IN ROLLA AREA
For preschoolers, the options near Rolla Area include Al Aman Nursery, Kids Paradise Nursery, Dreamland Nursery and EuroKids International Nursery.
There are many schools present at a convenient distance from Rolla Area. These include Progressive English School, Sharjah Indian School, Emirates Private School and Happy Home English School.
There are many music and art schools in Rolla Area such as Opera Music and Arts Centre, Al Maharah Music Centre, Al Najah Musical Centre and Kairali Arts Centre. There are a few business and IT schools as well, such as Rolla Computer Institute, SBS Swiss Business School and Informatics Cultural and Computer Institute.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS IN ROLLA AREA
There are dozens of clinics and hospitals in Rolla Area. One of the notable medical centres is Al Zahra Hospital with a capacity of 137 beds, serving around 23,000 inpatients and 400,000 outpatients. It is one of the top hospitals in Sharjah.
Thumbay Hospital, Premier Medical Centre, Rukin Al Shifa Medical Centre, NMC Medical Centre Rolla and Al Saadah New Medical Specialist Centre are few of the healthcare facilities within the vicinity.
Lying towards the east of Rolla Area, the community of Al Musalla is known for Sharjah Eid Musallah, an expansive Muslim worship facility for congregational Eid prayers, and Grand Mall Sharjah.
Other nearby areas include Al Mareija, Al Shuwaihean, Al Naba'ah, Al Sharq and Al Gharb.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS IN ROLLA AREA
Rolla Area has a massive commercial area that covers a great fraction of the development. It features Rolla Mall, Rolla Market, Gold Market, Souq Al Rolla, Al Ghuwair Centre, Sharjah Plaza and a few individual retail stores. The community is known to offer everything, from leather goods to mattresses, even jewellery and high-tech gadgets.
Rolla Mall is located next to Al Arouba Street and close to Rolla Clock Tower. Rolla Mall is a 6-floor commercial building that has designated spaces for office units and also houses retail outlets, textile shops and shoe stores. This mall is home to a wide collection of home-grown brands which offer products at fixed rates.
Situated in the heart of the area, Rolla Market features alleyways with lots of small shops. There, one can find garments and accessories at discounted prices, haggling is recommended.
One of the most popular destinations for jewellery shopping, Rolla Gold Market features a number of retailers that deal in semi-precious stones, pearls, diamonds, silver and 18 to 24-carat gold. Some of the notable brands include Malabar Gold & Diamond, Damas Jewellery and Kalyan Jewellers.
RESTAURANTS IN ROLLA AREA
The neighbourhood is a haven for those looking for pocket-friendly dining options. Restaurants in Rolla Area are focused on Indian and Pakistani cuisines. Panama Restaurant, Morning Star Restaurant, Delhi Nihari Restaurant, Yummy Indian Restaurant and City Darbar Restaurant are a few names located here.
BEACHES NEAR ROLLA AREA
Accessible to the public, the beach near Rolla Area is Al Khan Beach. A straight drive of 10 minutes via Al Arouba Street will bring beach-goers to this popular coastal destination in Sharjah. Safe for swimming, Al Khan Beach is closely monitored by well-trained lifeguards. It offers numerous activities and facilities for both sun-lounging visitors and water sports enthusiasts.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
People who like to spend their leisure time watching movies can go to Al Hamra Cinema, a traditional multi-screen theatre located a short drive away. Those who appreciate arts, culture and history have an impressive number of options they could visit nearby. These include Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah Heritage Museum, Majlis Al Midfa and Al Hisn Fort Museum.
If one looks around Rolla Area, they will find at least one landmark or a place of interest in any direction. The north-eastern corner of the community is flanked by the historical tower known as Sharjah Clock Tower. The Government House Square is near the southeastern corner. The large landscaped area of Round Park lies close to Rolla Area’s southwestern corner and Al Khaleej Square is a landmark easy to spot near its northwestern corner. Standing at a great height, there is also Rolla Clock Tower in front of Rolla Mall.
Spread across an area of 3.7 hectares, Rolla Square Park is one of the beautiful parks in Sharjah. It is without a doubt the most prominent landmark and a recreational attraction of the development. Heavily landscaped, 60% of the park is covered with green areas and the remaining 40% offers walkways and fountains.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Including Rolla Square Park, the numerous landscaped areas around the development such as the Round Park, Al Ittihad Park and Al Muharrah Park offer a lot of space for outdoor activities. There is a sports complex called Al Manakh Football Court which is an 8-minute drive away. For those who have a membership, Sharjah Wanderers Sports Club offers a broad range of recreational activities such as football, rugby, golf, cricket, tennis and swimming.
Rolla Area residents will find many facilities that offer fitness programs and strength building sessions. These include Khaled Al Ameri Fitness Centre, Energy Body Building Gym, United Karate and Fitness Centre, Vakson Building Rolla Gym and Al Rolla Fitness Gym.
Beauty centres in and around Rolla Area are countless. Within the vicinity include one of the best salons in Sharjah, Moon Beauty Salon. Other options are Al Burj Ladies Salon, Roses Dew Ladies Salon, Taj Al Ameerat Ladies Salon and Al Nafouurah Salon. Just outside the community yet easily accessible, a few other beauty centres include Miami Beauty Salon, Jannat Al Firdous Ladies Salon and White Moon Salon.
Accessible under 10 minutes by car, Kaya Skin Clinic in Mega Mall has skilled beauticians offering treatments related to hair, skin and cosmetic issues.
Located close to art centres, historical preservation and restoration projects in Sharjah, art and history fanatics living in Rolla Area won’t have to worry about missing some of the popular annual events in Sharjah.
Situated west of Rolla Area, Heart of Sharjah is a vibrant cultural destination that hosts a number of events. One popular event is the Al Basta Festival that showcases Emirati culture in the form of traditional craft workshops, live music and food stalls.
Held every two years at Heart of Sharjah, the globally acclaimed Sharjah Biennial is an arts festival that creates a cultural bridge between artists and art centres around the world.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Although a popular community in Sharjah, Rolla Area is a commercial hub where traffic congestion and public commotion is common. This may not be appreciated by those who are looking to reside in a relatively quiet residential area.
Since the area has a limited number of villas and larger apartment units, large families will find it difficult to find a suitable property here.
- Located around two kilometres from Heart of Sharjah
- Al Manakh and Al Musalla lie to its east
- Al Shuwaileih and Al Mareija lie to its west
- The community is 24 minutes away from Sharjah International Airport
- Ajman - Sharjah border is towards the north and can be accessed in about 20 minutes
- Sharjah - Dubai border can be crossed in approximately 25 minutes