Defence Road – a mix of old and new

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The Defence Road in Abu Dhabi is locally known as the Hazza bin Zayed Street. It begins from the Jumbo Electronics showroom and meanders through the stretch that leads to SEHA, Shaikh Khalifa Medical City and Nahyan Camp.

The street is right in the middle of the main city and is just a mere 30-minute drive from the Abu Dhabi International Airport.

For many years, it has been the popular go-to place for anything electronics and auto-related as it is lined with many little shops dealing in electronic stuff, cell phones and car accessories. When the recession hit, the stores reported a reduced number of customers; however, they still stand today.

One of the main landmarks in the area is the Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station, the final stop for many bus routes. The routes cover all the main city areas with inter-emirate buses, e.g. to Dubai or Sharjah, conveniently available at any time of day.

The Dar Al Shifa Hospital is also located here. The multi-specialty healthcare establishment offers services covering cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, ENT, pediatrics and gynecology, among others. It boasts experienced doctors and over three decades of good reputation, making it one of the preferred hospitals by many.

For the brand conscious and shopaholics, the modern Al Wahda Mall is the place to go. Located right next to the bus terminal, it offers international brands, a multiplex cinema, hypermarket, food court and an entertainment area, making it a complete family entertainment zone.

The Grand Millennium Al Wahda, located beside the mall, is the right blend of comfort and hospitality. The five-star property has hundreds of elegantly appointed rooms alongside the renowned Zayna Spa that offers signature treatments and a rooftop pool. Business travelers can make the most of their stay here with its state-of-the-art business center and many conference rooms.



Handy Hints

• Abu Dhabi’s Defence Road is also called Hazza bin Zayed Street

• One landmark in the area is the Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station

• The Al Wahda Mall is the area’s primary shopping destination


Source: Urmila Santosh, Special to Properties

The writer is a freelancer

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