ABOUT ZONE 17
Zone 17 is one of several residential communities in Mohammed Bin Zayed City (MBZ City). The villa sub-community is one of the most recent developments in the master community that is located on the edge of Abu Dhabi and provides convenient access to Al Ain, Abu Dhabi Island and Dubai. Zone 17 offers both expats and Emiratis beautiful and spacious villas and apartments for rent.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Residential community
- Variety of villas and apartments to choose from
- Proximity to the city centre
- Amenities with easy reach
- Recreational spots nearby
According to the 2018 H2 Abu Dhabi Property Market Report, Mohammed Bin Zayed City is the second most popular area to rent villas in the capital. Likewise, according to rental trends, Zone 17 is one of the most popular areas within MBZ City to rent villas and apartments. Community highlights include:
- Public Park
- Mazyad Mall
- Al Ain University
To sum up, Zone 17 and the wider community of MBZ City offers a peaceful environment ideal for young couples and families.
PROPERTIES IN ZONE 17
Propeties in Zone 17 are a mix of villas and apartments suited for professionals, young couples and families. The sub-community also represents some of the lowest rents in all of Abu Dhabi.
To begin with, studios in Zone 17 have a covered area ranging from 550 sq. ft. to 670 sq. ft. These units feature a sleeping area, 1 bathroom and a spacious kitchen and dining area, along with a balcony.
- Rental prices for studios range from AED 24k to AED 30k per year
- Rents can be paid in up to 4 cheques
With an average covered area of 1,000 sq. ft., 1-bedroom apartments in Zone 17 feature a master bedroom, ceramic-tiled bathroom and a large living area with marble flooring. There’s a separate kitchen featuring marble tops, ceramic finishing and wooden cabinets.
Tenants also get a washing machine in the apartment, among other appliances. Large windows let in natural light and offer views of the community. Landlords also allow pets inside the apartments.
- One can rent a 1-bedroom flat for up to AED 40k per year
- Payments can be made in 3 cheques
These units are more suited for individuals and couples. Families, on the other hand, can opt for 4 and 5-bedroom villas in the sub-community. The covered area of villas ranges from 1,200 sq. ft. all the way to 7,100 sq. ft.
Inside there are master bedrooms, guest rooms, maid and driver rooms, along with attached and common bathrooms. There are spacious living and dining areas, and separate kitchens. Upstairs you get access to a balcony and terrace while outside you will find a BBQ area, play area and car parking.
- Rental prices for 4 bedroom villas are AED 135k per year on average
- Rental prices for 5-bedroom villas range from AED 160k to AED 180k per year
Facilities for the residents of Zone 17 include 24-hour security, CCTV surveillance, common pool and gymnasiums for men and women.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN ZONE 17
Finding public transportation in Zone 17 can be a challenge. While some bus routes do reach MBZ City (such as 102, 130 and 210), there aren’t many bus stops in the area. The nearest one is 4km away on 47th street.
Taxis are readily available, but they prove costly in the long run. That is why most residents have their own vehicles. Parking is not an issue as apartment buildings and villas have dedicated parking spaces in Zone 17. Those who have more than one vehicle can also safely park their vehicles on the street.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
SUPERMARKETS NEAR ZONE 17
There is no shortage of supermarkets near Zone 17. Residents can fulfill their daily shopping needs at the Spinneys store located in the community, just 8 minutes away from Zone 17. There’s also a Lulu department store at Mazyad Mall, 9 minutes away. The nearest Carrefour hypermart is also less than 10 minutes away at Dalma Mall. Safeer Centre is yet another hypermarket near Zone 17.
MOSQUES NEAR ZONE 17
Salim Hamed Nasr Al Shaibeh Mosque is a large mosque located within the sub-community itself. There are several other mosques near Zone 17 as well, six of them in Zone 10 alone. In fact, the sight of minarets and the call to prayer are hallmarks of the community.
OTHER PLACES OF WORSHIP NEAR ZONE 17
Churches of different denominations are conveniently located within a 10-minute distance from Zone 17. These include St. Paul’s Catholic Church, The Armenian Church of Abu Dhabi, Assemblies of God Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
There’s also a Sikh gurudwara nearby, the ‘New Gurudwara’, 11 minutes from Zone 17. Finally, the BAPS Hindu Mandir is located 30 minutes away.
SCHOOLS NEAR ZONE 17
There are several nurseries and schools near Zone 17, making it an ideal location for families with school-age kids. In fact, there are several top-notch schools within a 5-minute distance from the sub-community. Examples include:
- Abu Dhabi International (Pvt.) School
- Ajyal International School
- Diyafah International School
The Abu Dhabi International School (AIS) is located just 3 minutes away from Zone 17 on 63rd Street. The private, K-12 school is one of the most flexible in all of UAE in terms of curriculum as it offers American, British and IB curriculums.
Nurseries near Zone 17 include:
- Liverpool Nursery
- Riverwood Nursery
- Vision Nursery
Liverpool Nursery is located within the sub-community and is highly rated by families living in the neighbourhood. Supervised by UK nursery experts and consultants, Liverpool Nursery offers the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) British curriculum.
Students also don’t have to travel far to pursue higher education, as the Al Ain University of Science & Technology and the Abu Dhabi University are located just 7 minutes from Zone 17.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS NEAR ZONE 17
The sub-community is well-served in terms of healthcare facilities. Clinics and hospitals near Zone 17 include:
- Bareen International Hospital
- LHH Medical Centre
- Burjeel Medical City
All these healthcare facilities are less than 10-minutes away by car. Bareen International Hospital is located within Zayed City. There are other clinics near Zone 17 located 10 minutes away in Mussafah, such as Aster Medical Clinic and Ever Care Medical Clinic.
There are several pharmacies nearby as well, such as Vivid Pharmacy, Noor Al Hayat Pharmacy and Aster Pharmacy.
MBZ City is located close to Al Ain Road, Abu Dhabi. Nearby areas and communities include:
- Khalifa City B (18 minutes away)
- Mussafah (15 minutes away)
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS NEAR ZONE 17
Shopping is not a problem for the residents of the sub-community as there are several shopping malls near Zone 17. The Mazyad Shopping Mall, for instance, has a supermarket, a sports shop, cafe, a food court, restaurants and gymnasium. Adidas, Giordano, Damas and Titan are some of the top brands that you can find at Mazyad Mall.
The Capital Mall is also located nearby in Mussafah. Capital Mall features a huge LuLu store, a food court and a Kids’ Action Zone. Residents can also head to the Dalma Mall, also in Mussafah, which has a cinema, kids play area as well as an indoor adventure park.
RESTAURANTS NEAR ZONE 17
There are several restaurants near Zone 17. Eateries at Mazyad Mall include:
- Al Rifai
- King Corn
- Baby Corn
- La Brioche
- Papa Murphy’s Pizza
- Barrio Fiesta
- SFC Plus
- Rolls N Rice Restaurant
- Grand Imperial Restaurant
- Lebanese Flower
- India Palace
- ARYAAS Express Caffee
You will also find some cafes and ice cream places at the mall such as Dunkin Donuts, Baskin Robbins, Gloria Jean’s, Cafe Julie and Baffi Cafe.
For fine dining, residents have to drive to Abu Dhabi city centre.
BEACHES NEAR ZONE 17
There are pools within the sub-community for those who enjoy swimming. For beach-lovers, there are a couple of clean, public beaches near Zone 17. These are located within a 25 to 30-minute distance, such as Yas Beach and Abu Dhabi Beach. They are perfect spots for relaxing and unwinding. Yas Beach also has a beach club with swimming pools and other water sports facilities as well.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
There aren’t many recreational facilities in MBR City, and residents usually travel to Abu Dhabi for leisure activities. Examples include:
Having said that, there are a few entertainment options near Zone 17. Children can head to the Kids Action Zone in Capital Mall or the indoor adventure park in Dalma Mall. Movies lovers can also visit the cinema at Dalma.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
There are plenty of outdoor spaces in the community to promote an active lifestyle. Residents can avail an outdoor gym, common pool, jogging trail and playground. Fitness enthusiasts can head to:
- Gold Gym (Mazyad Mall)
- Home Fitness (for ladies)
- First First (Dalma Mall)
Beauty salons near Zone 17 include:
- 212 Salon
- Comb Scissors Gents Salon
- Tip and Toes
Once again, residents have to drive to Abu Dhabi city centre for more upscale salons.
Residents of Zone 17 can engage in several events at Mazyad Mall, such as Eid, Diwali and Christmas Celebrations.
SOCIAL COMMUNITY GROUPS
Residents of Zone 17 can connect with the wider community of MBZ City as well as neighbouring communities of Mussafah, Shabiya and Khalifa City via ‘Mohammed Bin Zayed City, Abu Dhabi’ Facebook group.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
To sum up, Zone 17 is a residential community with decent shopping facilities and excellent schools and universities with easy access. With the exception of public transport, residents have all the amenities they need for a calm and convenient lifestyle away from the bustle of the city. Not to mention, Zone 17 has decent rental prices as compared to the rest of the emirate.
- 7 minutes away from Al Ain Road, Abu Dhabi
- 30 minutes away from Abu Dhabi City
- 1.5 hours away from Dubai
- 20 minutes away from Abu Dhabi International Airport