ABOUT ZONE 2
Zone 2 is one of the several housing zones in Mohammed Bin Zayed City (MBZ). MBZ or Zayed City is a residential community located at the edge of Abu Dhabi. Given its prime location on the mainland, MBZ provides easy access to central Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. The area is peaceful and secure — an ideal retreat for families looking for residences away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
One of the several zones in MBZ, Zone 2 is mainly comprised of villas and apartments. A number of properties here are still under construction while the rest are ready for residents to move in. The sub-community is close to Abu Dhabi International Airport as well as popular locations like Yas Island and Downtown Abu Dhabi.
IN A NUTSHELL
A few things to note about this area:
- A residential community comprised of apartments and villas
- Properties available for rent
- Studio apartments available
- Runs along the industrial district of Mussafah
- Most properties have identical designs
- Close to the airport
Popular points of interest here are:
- Modern amenities
- Upscale properties
- Covered parking
The popularity isn’t surprising. According to the H2 Abu Dhabi Property Market Report 2018, MBZ ranks second as one of the most popular places to rent villas.
PROPERTIES IN ZONE 2
Properties in Zone 2 are available for rent. Units include 1-bedroom apartments for rent to 3-bedroom rentals and studio units. Villas for rent include 3-bedroom and 6-bedroom standalone properties. These come with private parking spaces and in some cases, a separate barbeque area.
Details for renting an apartment are as follows:
- Annual rent for studio apartments ranges from AED 22k to AED 32k
- Annual rent for a 1-bedroom apartment ranges from AED 38k to AED 46k
- Annual rent for a 3-bedroom apartment ranges from AED 72k to AED 75k
Villas for rent in Zone 2 comprise of 3 to 6-bedroom with an annual rental rate ranging from AED 70k to AED 1.9M. Size of villas start at 1,050 sq.ft and goes up to 4,500 sq.ft. Apartments range from 600 sq.ft. to 2,075 sq.ft while Studio units range from 400 to 700 sq.ft.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN ZONE 2
Residents won’t be short of parking spaces in Zone 2. Most properties here offer covered spaces for vehicles.
Other modes of transportation in Zone 2 are limited. The nearest bus stop is a 28-minute drive away. However, for residents who don’t own private vehicles, there is always the option of hiring local taxis or ride-hailing services to get around the city.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Certain properties here come with private yards and amenities like built-in wardrobes, storage rooms, centralized ACs, and terraces. The rental price depends on the number of bedrooms and additional amenities.
Additionally, the area is also within close proximity to local schools, supermarkets and healthcare facilities.
SUPERMARKETS NEAR ZONE 2
While there aren’t any supermarkets in Zone 2 specifically, there are several in the rest of Zayed City. For example, located west, the nearest supermarkets in MBZ are Baqala Supermarket, Ramla Supermarket, Rich and Fresh Supermarket, Al Adil Supermarket and Tuwairish Supermarket — all within an 11-minute drive from the sub-community. In addition to a stock of everyday grocery items, Ramla Supermarket offers delivery services on minimum orders purchased.
Other supermarkets near the sub-community include Lemar Supermarket which is 10 minutes away in Zone 14 and Tawairish Supermarket in ME 2, 11 minutes away.
MOSQUES NEAR ZONE 2
There is only one mosque in this area, Ber Alwaleydein Mosque which is within walking distance. Mosques near Zone 2 include the Abas Ben Anas Mosque, the Z1 Mosque in Zone 1, the Mr Mohammed Salif Al Mazroui Mosque in Zone 4, the Mohamed Ghannam Alhameli mosque in Zone 5 and the Crown Prince Mosque in Zone 6 — all of which are a 3-minute drive away.
OTHER PLACES OF WORSHIP NEAR ZONE 2
Located right in Zayed City in Shabiya 12, the nearest church near Zone 2 is Giant Slayers 4 Christ gospel church located 13 minutes away. Other places of worship are located outside the vicinity of Zayed City 11 minutes away in Musaffah. These include the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, The Armenian Church of Abu Dhabi, All Saints Anglican Church and the Saint Elias Rome Orthodox Church.
For Sikh residents, the nearest Gurudwara is in Mussafah Industrial area a 13-minute drive away. Drive along 28th street and travel west to reach there.
SCHOOLS NEAR ZONE 2
From early learning schools to institutes of higher education, residents in this sub-community live within close proximity to local and international academic establishments.
Nursery schools near Zone 2 include:
- Kids Fantasy Nursery
- Little Helpers Nursery
- Emirates National School First Kindergarten
Primary Schools nearby include:
- Abu Dhabi International School MBZ
- Elite Private School
- Dunes International School (DIS)
Located in Zayed City 6 minutes away, the Abu Dhabi International School MBZ is a private K-12 school and is licensed by the UAE Ministry of Education. In addition to an American program, this institute provides students with the opportunity to progress through a British (IGCE and A levels) and an International Baccalaureate Program (IBDP).
High schools nearby include The Cambridge High School. Also located in MBZ 6 minutes away, this institute offers a British curriculum and accommodates students from age 4 to 18. The Model School, located a 12-minute drive away, offers classes from pre-primary to higher secondary.
The nearest university is Abu Dhabi University. Located 7 minutes away, this institute offers everything from MBA programs and more. Another university, Zabeel Institute of Technology is a 13-minute drive away. It offers a vast curriculum with disciplines in Accounting to engineering, corporate management to IT.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS NEAR ZONE 2
There are a number of clinics and hospitals near Zone 2. The nearest medical facilities include:
- Archer Medical Centre
- Mediclinic Al Mussafah
- NMC Royal Family Medical Centre
- Bateen International Hospital
A 3-minute drive away in Zone 1, Archer Medical Centre offers cosmetic and dermatological treatments as well as other services. Located 10 minutes away, Mediclinic Al Mussafah offers a range of primary health services for families from ENT to services in radiology, paediatrics, family medicine, general surgery and more.
For more extensive services, drive 9 minutes north to NMC Royal Family Medical Centre. This hospital offers an impressive range of treatments from Embryology and Genetics to psychology and speech therapy.
Zayed City is close to some of the city’s other residential communities and entertainment hotspots. Residential options nearby include:
Located 14 minutes east via Al Ain Road, Khalifa City is divided into Khalifa City A and Khalifa City B. It’s popular for renting villas and apartments. Further east lies Masdar City, a sustainable urban community 20 minutes away from Zone 2.
Entertainment destinations nearby include:
- Desert Safari Dubai
- Murjan Splash Park
- Magic Planet
Located 18 minutes away in Zayed Sports City, Murjan Splash Park is an indoor waterpark with slides and other fun water-based activities. Magic Planet is in Al Saqr Mall. Located 27 minutes east via Al Ain Truck Road, this amusement park offers games and rides for kids. It also features a Soft Play Park for smaller children.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS NEAR ZONE 2
MBZ doesn’t have a lot of malls. However, those located within the community offer a range of brands to satisfy residents. Malls near Zone 2 include:
- My Safeer and Xpression Mazyad Mall
- Mazyad Mall
- Dalma Mall
Reachable within an 11-minute drive via 28th Street, Dalma Mall is one of the largest malls in Abu Dhabi. In addition to a food court, it also offers a variety of brands like Carrefour, Debenhams, H&M, Samsonite, GAP, Mothercare, and Giordano to name a few.
Mazyad Mall is located 6 minutes away via Al Athr Street and also features popular brands in fashion, a hypermarket and even banking services. Examples include Lulu Express, Giordano, Adidas, Lulu International Exchange, and more.
RESTAURANTS NEAR ZONE 2
There is only one restaurant in Zone 2 at the moment — Passion Food Restaurant which is within walking distance. Other eateries are in nearby Mazyad Mall which includes:
- Dunkin Donuts
- Baskin Robins
- Gloria Jeans
Food options are also available in Dalma Mall which includes:
- Papa Roti
- Johnny Rockets
- Papa John’s
- Texas Chicken
In addition to various popular food outlets in neighbouring malls, there are also other eateries that residents can go to. There is the Golden Sheep Restaurant 5 minutes away, a popular eatery which offers seafood, an assortment of snacks and other culinary delights. There is also the Karavali Restaurant 10 minutes away which specializes in Mangalorean food.
BEACHES NEAR ZONE 2
MBZ is far from Abu Dhabi’s coast; approximately 20 or so minutes away. In addition to a small public beach 15 minutes away, Beaches near Zone 2 include Al Qurm Beach which is a 19-minute drive away. This quiet beach features a small cafeteria and is perfect for walks along the shore, barbecues or just to enjoy the weather. A 21-minute drive will take one to Al Bateen Beach, a more populous area renowned for beachside activities like basking, fishing, swimming and kayaking. In addition to washroom and shower facilities, this beach also offers Jet Ski rentals.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Areas for leisure near the residential community include:
- Abu Dhabi Golf Club
- Al Forsan International Sports Resort
- Mangrove National Park
Residents looking to tee off in the city’s best golf courses can visit the Abu Dhabi Golf Club — located a 21-minute drive away. For sportier activities, head north to the Al Forsan International Sports Resort 16 minutes away via Al Ain Road. This resort offers golf lessons from trained specialists for people new to the sport. Residents looking for more educational leisure activities can visit the Mangrove National Park, 22 minutes away. Home to over 60 species of birds, the park offers kayaking as well as other water-based activities for visitors.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Residents looking to keep fit can visit these places:
- 2 swimming pools
- 2 parks nearby
- Home Fitness for Ladies
- Golds Gym
- Body Care Gym and Fitness
There are 2 swimming pools located 10 minutes south in Zayed City. This is pretty convenient for residents to visit during the hot summer months.
There is a children’s park with a play area for basketball 10 minutes away. Adjacent to that lies Mohammed Bin Zayed City Public Park — a larger park which features jogging tracks, basketball and football courts.
Gold’s Gym, located 5 minutes away in Mazyad Mall, offers a diverse selection of scheduled group fitness classes. Body Care Gym and Fitness located 8 minutes away offer trainers in addition to basic gym amenities like shower facilities.
Spas and salons near Zone 2 are:
- Kristy Beauty Centre
- 212 Salon
- Claire De Lune Spa and Salon for Ladies
- La Riche Spa Lounge
Located 3 minutes away, Kristy Beauty Centre offers basic salon services and opens at 10 a.m. The Claire De Lune Spa and Salon for Ladies 9 minutes away opens at 9:30 a.m. For other options, head out to La Riche Spa Lounge 3 minutes away or 212 salon, 9 minutes away.
There aren’t any events scheduled in this sub-community or Zayed City. However, residents can always visit other places in Abu Dhabi to take part in events. For example, there is the Yas Gaming Festival Tournament 2019 scheduled for June — a 30-minute drive away. Additionally, residents can also visit the Emirates Palace for its many cultural festivals.
SOCIAL COMMUNITY GROUPS
There isn’t a Facebook page for Zone 2 specifically. There is a Facebook page, Mohammed Bin Zayed City Room for Rent, which lists available rental properties in Mohammed Bin Zayed City.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
There is a lack of local transport. Aside from ride-hailing or taxi services, residents have no choice but to rely on private vehicles to get around the city.
- Nearby residential communities like Khalifa City and Masdar City and Zayed Sports City
- Adjacent to the industrial city of Mussafah
- Close to Abu Dhabi International Airport
- Mangrove National Park lies west