ABOUT ZONE 20
Mohammed Bin Zayed City also referred to as MBZ City or Zayed City is a serene area located on the edge of Abu Dhabi and offers proximity to the happening emirate of Dubai. Divided into different zones, Mohammed Bin Zayed City is continuously growing and getting popular among expats.
Zone 20 features modern Arabic architecture with a twist of earth colours. The housing options of the sub-community is grabbing the attention of UAE residents, especially large families.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Features a blend of apartments and villas
- Just 12 minutes to Al Ain Road Abu Dhabi, a road that connects Abu Dhabi to Dubai
- Affordable housing options
- Family-friendly community with all basic amenities
Key features of the community are:
- A peaceful lifestyle with modern facilities
- Khalifa City and Yas Island in close proximity
The secure and peaceful environment of Zone 20 makes it an ideal residential area that offers a lavish lifestyle with tranquillity.
PROPERTIES IN ZONE 20
Properties in Zone 20 include several villas on rent while interested buyers can choose from a variety of apartments for sale also. The 4-bedroom villa has coverage area ranging between 3,700 sq. ft. to 3,800 sq. ft. You can rent a 4-bedroom villa for as low as AED 140k per annum.
- The coverage area of a 5-bedroom villa in Zone 20 lies between 3,600 sq. ft. and 5,000 sq. ft.
- Rental range of 5-bedroom villa starts from AED 140k and goes up high to AED 250k per year
Apartments in Zone 20 come with 1 and 3-bedroom, one can also find a studio apartment in the community. Renting a studio apartment can cost AED 28k per year. Those expats looking to rent a 1-bedroom apartment in Zone 20 can expect to pay AED 42k to AED 44k per year. Those families looking for a 3-bedroom apartment, the rent is AED 85k to AED 90k per annum
Those interested in buying property in Zone 20 have multiple options. One can expect to shell out an average price of AED 8.6M for a 6-bedroom villa
Most of the villas in the neighbourhood come with private garden, swimming pools, Jacuzzi, spacious living and bedrooms, maid’s room and powder room.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN ZONE 20
The availability of ample parking spaces in Zone 20 will make residents free from hassle. Villas have their own garages and covered parking space for 2 cars.
Residents with their own vehicles can get around the city with ease. For those relying on public transportation in Zone 20, might face some difficulty as the area doesn’t have bus stops or metro stations around yet. However, taxis are easily accessible in the area.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
SUPERMARKETS NEAR ZONE 20
For daily grocery shopping, residents can head to the nearest store of Carrefour. It is a one-stop shop destination for the tenants of the neighbourhood with a wide range of fresh food items, frozen food, dairy products and home appliances. Other supermarkets near Zone 20 include City Supermarket, 6 minutes away and Tuwairish Supermarket located at a 7-minute drive.
MOSQUES IN ZONE 20
Residents can offer their prayers at Caravan Mosque, the only mosque in Zone 20. There are a few mosques located nearby in other zones of Mohammed Bin Zayed City including Masjid Amina, 6 minutes away and Mubarak Bin Sumaida Mosque, 7-minute drive away.
For large gathering on Friday and Eid, one can head to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi, accessible in 17 minutes via Abu Dhabi Al Ain Truck Road E30. The mosque has a library as well and it organises various exhibitions, social activities and different religious programs.
OTHER PLACES OF WORSHIP NEAR ZONE 20
Most churches near Zone 20 are 15-20 minutes away. The closest church is The Armenian Church of Abu Dhabi, 12 minutes away. It will take you 14 minutes to reach St. Paul’s Church Musaffah while St. Elias Rome Orthodox Church is accessible in 13 minutes.
The temple in Abu Dhabi is under construction and it’ll be completed in 2021. It’s half an hour away from the locality. For now, residents can head to Shiva and Krishna Temple in Dubai.
SCHOOLS NEAR ZONE 20
Families with preschoolers can find ample options for nurseries in the locality. Some are as below:
- Rainbow Nursery
- Tom and Jerry Nursery
- Little Steps Nursery
Schools near Zone 20 include:
- Creative British School
- Al Bashair Private School
- Shining Star International School
To enhance and simplify education, Creative British School has provided children with an ambient atmosphere with a smart learning system. Located in close vicinity, the school follows the British Curriculum for students of KG to Grade 11. Al Bashair Private School complies with the international quality standards in education while promoting the values of the country in their curriculum. The school is located at a short drive of 6 minutes from the locality.
Those looking for higher education institutes can find ample options around. The nearest one is Abu Dhabi University. The university has four colleges that offer 40 graduate and postgraduate programs. Rabdan Academy, Khalifa University SAN Campus and University of Strathclyde Business Abu Dhabi are a few of the universities located near Zone 20.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS NEAR ZONE 20
Residents can reach to the hospitals near Zone 20 at a short distance. Some of them are,
- Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital
- Ahalia Hospital Mussafah
- Al Bustan Speciality Hospital
- Bareen International Hospital
With more than 84 areas of specialisation, Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital offers the best medical facilities to patients. From baby care to skin treatment, paediatrics to the gynaecologist, the expert team of doctors is available for you 24/7. The hospital is 8 minutes drive away.
Other clinics near Zone 20 include Mediclinic Al Mussafah and Kaya Skin Clinic, 13-minutes away and Aster Clinic, 16 minutes away.
Residential areas near Zone 20 are,
- Khalifa City A
- Al Raha Gardens
The key incentive of Khalifa City A is its residential units, affordable and budget-friendly for young couples and expats. Mussafah is another residential area located nearby. It was an industrial area at first only but the area boomed as a distinguishable economic zone in the 2000s and then residential projects were introduced to the area. It is the home to the second largest channel in the region also.
Popular entertainment destinations nearby include,
- Ferrari World
- Yas Waterworld
- Emirates Zoo Park
Ferrari World is the world’s first Ferrari-branded theme park. Located at Yas Island, Ferrari World is heaven for thrill seekers. The amusement park features 37 rides, a collection of Ferrari’s cars, Ferrari knowledge game show and factory tour for true car nerds. The world’s largest roller coaster, Flying Ace is also located in the branded theme park which clocks up on a 52-meter loop with 120 km/hr speed.
Yas Waterworld is home to more than 45 exhilarating rides, slides other attractions divided into four levels according to age and height. Bandit Bomber, Yas Pearl Diving, Bubbles’ Barrel are a few of the popular rides in Yas Waterworld. There are ample dining and shopping options available for the visitors also.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS NEAR ZONE 20
Shopping malls near Zone 20 include,
- Mazyad Mall
- Al Raha Mall
- Dalma Mall
With wide open spaces and natural light, Mazyad Mall is located with easy proximity to Abu Dhabi International Airport, Abu Dhabi City, the Al Raha communities and Mohammed Bin Zayed City. The mall offers unique retail options that include fashion items for the entire family, jewellery, sporting goods, toys, cosmetics, electronics, books and many more. Mazyad Mall is accessible in a 13-minute drive via Abu Dhabi Al Ain Truck Road E30.
Al Raha Mall is another renowned shopping mall near Zone 20 with endless entertainment and shopping options. Oscar Cinemas and Sparkys Digital Land are popular leisure destination at Al Raha Mall. It is located 23-minutes away from the locality.
RESTAURANTS NEAR ZONE 20
People will find a bunch of food outlets at Mazyad Mall. Some of them are:
- Rolls N Rice
- Gloria Jean’s Coffees
- Baffi Café
- India Palace
- Grand Imperial Restaurant
- Baskin Robbins
A few of the established restaurants near Zone 20 are:
- Royal Biryani Restaurant
- Al Mansaf Al Moloki
- Zuma Restaurant
The aromatic secret spices, Basmati rice and a choice of meat are blended to make sumptuous biryani at Royal Biryani Restaurant. Located at a 22-minute drive, the restaurant offers a wide range of veg and non-veg biryani according to customer’s choice. Those looking for Arabian cuisine can visit Al Mansaf Al Maloki, accessible in 6 minutes. Other famous eateries nearby include Zuma Restaurant, Nanglo Restaurant and Sea Shell Restaurant & Grill.
Residents can enjoy the nightlife at W XYZ Bar, 21 minutes away. It has a wide range of fast food items, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, cocktails and many more. The live screening of cricket and football matches can neb enjoyed also. Other pubs near Zone 20 are The Sportsman Arms, Victor’s and Coopers.
BEACHES NEAR ZONE 20
The public beaches in Abu Dhabi are the perfect place to relax and unwind on your day off. Among these, Yas Beach is the top-most one. Yas Beach is the famous coastal part of Abu Dhabi’s man-made island, Yas Island. Visitors can enjoy the white sand, crystal blue waters and mangrove surrounds at Yas Beach.
Located at a drive of 30 minutes, Yas Beach has a wide range of water sports including Jet Ski, banana boat, volleyball, double kayak and flyboarding. Other beaches near Zone 20 include Al Raha Beach Chalets, 25 minutes away and Saadiyat Beach, 40 minutes away.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
A few of the notable landmarks near Zone 20 are.
- Emirates Heritage Club
- Observation Deck at 300
- Emirates Palace
Emirates Heritage Club is a replica of Bedouin village where visitors can experience the traditional aspects of the desert way of life before modernization in Abu Dhabi. You can see the craftsmen are engraving metal, weaving fabric on a loom, making pottery, diving to find a pearl and many other activities. The craftsmen share their skills with visitors and sometimes, give them a chance to try themselves. There is a small shop that offers dried herbs, handmade soaps and many souvenirs to collect.
Observation Deck at 300 is another remarkable landmark in Abu Dhabi. It is located on level 74 of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. The café is known for tea blends, coffee, signature mocktails along with sweet or savoury treats. The exclusive TWG Tea Grand Crus Prestige blends including Silver Moon Tea and White House Tea is a must-try while enjoying the. Alongside, you can enjoy the panoramic views of the city.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Residents can stay fit at,
- Shared swimming pools
- Lush green gardens
Fitness enthusiasts can go to Powerhouse Gym, 8-minutes’ drive away. It is one of the top leaders in the fitness industry for over 40 years. The well-informed staff helps members in achieving individual fitness goals with premier exercise equipment. Eagle Gym Musaffah, 4 minutes away and Las Vegas Gym, 5 minutes drive away are other gyms nearby.
Ladies can find some beauty salon near the neighbourhood including:
- Code Salon
- Lips and Lashes Beauty Ladies Centre
- Indian Star Ladies Beauty Salon
Code Salon offers a complete range of hair, face and body services for men. An experienced staff member is assigned to you right after your consultation. The salon is at a drive of 5 minutes from the area. Lips and Lashes are known for facial, massage and henna designs. Located at a 4-minute drive, the salon offers special nail care treatment also.
La Riche Spa Lounge aims to provide a nurturing environment that promotes rejuvenation and relaxation. The spa offers Moroccan bath, body massage and other skin treatments. One can visit Royal Aura Spa for Ladies, located nearby and Atmosphere Spa that is 7 minutes away from Zone 20.
Mazyad Mall hosts most of the community events during Ramadan, Eid, Holi, Diwali, international days’ celebration and many more. The mall offers special entertainment options for children during these events.
SOCIAL COMMUNITY GROUPS
There is a Facebook group ‘Mussafah, Shabiya and Mohammed Bin Zayed City’ where residents can add themselves to keep in touch with their community fellows and latest updates of the community. However, there isn’t any Facebook group created by the residents of Zone 20 yet.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
While Zone 20 is well-equipped and offers all the basic amenities to its residents, one can feel a bit tucked away as the locality is far away from the main city.