The Blue Area Islamabad, best known for the business center in the capital of Pakistan, soon became the home of many residential areas. The area is scatteredover Jinnah Avenue and covers key areas of the city, including the F6, F7, F8, G6, G7, and G8 sectors. Blue Area already has a direct foreign investment, indicating its value to overseas investors. The well-known Centaurus Mall is also situatedhere. These residences are more expensive compared to other projects, and future residences, too, will be more expensive because the space, by its construction, is made to be unique. AT A GLANCE: Closely linked to other sectors Islamabad’s Commercial Hub Situated on Jinnah Avenue Upcoming Deluxe Developments Business Spaces Plenty of Green Spaces NEIGHBOURHOOD PUBLIC TRANSPORT NEAR AND IN BLUE AREA ISLAMABAD Visiting people without personal transportation is much easier here, thanks to the number of public transportation options available in the Blue Area Islamabad. Expected residents and those already living here can use Parade Ground Station North on Jinnah Avenue F-6/4 Blue Area, Shaheed-e-Millat Station South on Jinnah Avenue in the G-6/2 Blue Area,at Centaurus Station South on Jinnah Avenue in the G-8/3 Blue Area and Parade Ground Metro Bus Station, located on Jinnah Avenue in Sector G-6/3 Blue Area, Islamabad. In addition, 7th Avenue Station South-West on Jinnah Avenue in Category G-7/3,the subway station, lasts for about five minutes.Other stops near Polyclinic Stop on Shaheed-e-Millat Road on G-6/2, Khyber Plaza Stop on Luqman Hakeem Road G-7/2, Tank Stop on Jasmin Road G-7/3, and Puli Stop on Rehman Baba Road on G-7/3. It takes about 6 to 7 minutes along the road and 20 to 25 minutes afoot to arrive at these public stops near the Blue Area, Islamabad. Locals can easily call bicycle services and car sharing with their Smartphones, or take local taxis from there. THE MARKETS ARE NEAR THE BLUE ISLAMABAD The mega store Al-Fatah, located in Centaurus Mall, F-8/4 Blue Area, Islamabad, stores almost all daily products, perishable items such as rice, sugar, and salt, to name a few, dry goods, and toiletries among other products. In addition, other food markets near the Blue Area, Islamabad include Islamabad Natural Honey on F-6/1 near Street 30, Shaheen Grocers, Safa Gold Mall at 7 College Road at F-7 Markaz, Qureshi Store in Block 13 / J, F -7 Markaz, Shahbagh General Store on College Road W F-7 Markaz, and Unique General Store F-7/1 near F-7/1 mosque. BY Road you can reach there within 6 to 8 minutes, while people who like to walk can reach therewithin 15 to 25 minutes. In addition, some new food markets in the 5-to-10-minute drive include Veg Xpress on 49 Marvi Road on F-7/4, Bismillah Fruit & Vegetable Shop on Street 53 for G-7/3, i -Abbasi Fruit and Vegetable Shop on G-7 Markaz, and Farm to Home on F-7/2. MOSQUES IN AND NEAR BLUE AREA ISLAMABAD There are several Muslims in Blue Area Islamabad who acted upon their religious activities there. Masjid: Masjid Syedna Siddiq-e Akbar in Block G of Category G-7/3 Jamia Masjid Rahmanaia in Block C, G-6/2 CHARCH: Masjid Syedna Siddiq-e-Akbar in Block G of Category G-7/3 Jamia Masjid Farooqia and Ghousia Mosque in F-6/1 Jamia Masjid Alkausar in F-7/4 Masjid Al Huda at F-7 Markaz Bait-uz-Zikr Mosque on Street 8 of Category F-7/3 Faisal Mosque on Shah Faisal Avenue in Section 8 Islamabad SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES CLOSE TO THE BLUE ISLAMABAD Some famous educational institutions operate near the Blue Area are as follow: MONTESSORI SCHOOLS Kidz Garden on Street 32 ??on F-6/1 The Learners School & Day Care on F-7/4 Friends Preschool and Activity Center on Nazim-Ud-Din Road on -F-7/4 PRIMARY & SECONDARY SHOOLS Beaconhouse School System Islamabad Model School in G-7/3 offers education from first grade to fifth grade Froebel's International School Islamabad on Street 13 on F-7/2 Headstart School in Nazim-Ul -Din Road on F-7/4 For Technical Education Colleges & Universities: Punjab College of Science on Fazl-Ul-Haq Road in Category G-6/2 Indus Group of Colleges in Blue Area G-7/3 Federal Medical Dental College for Women in G-7/3 FG Margalla College for Women in -Street 62 near F-7/4 Federal Government College for women F-7/2 on College Road on F-7/2 BLUE AREA ISLAMABAD BANK The Blue Area, the city's commercial center, is home to several banks including Bank Islami, MCB HBL Allied Bank Askari Bank Bank Al Habib All these banks operate in Block F of G-7/3 Blue Area, and First Women Bank Ltd. (FWBL) - Blue Area Branch in the State Life Tower Building is located in Block L of F 7/4 and Summit Bank is located in Block C of G 6/2, Blue Area, Islamabad. Electrical SUPPORT IESCO supplies power to the Blue Area, Islamabad. Commercial centers, offices and supermarkets in the area are already using generators and UPS systems during power outages. Similarly, people who decide to purchase accommodations here can also install backup devices. CLINICS AND HOSPITALS IN BLUE ISLAMABAD AREA Several clinics are in the Blue Area, Islamabad, some of which are Hearing Clinic in G 7/3 Blue Area, Advanced Ultrasound Clinic in Block G of G-7/3 Blue Area ICSI Clinic in Saudi Pak Tower in Block L Category F-7/4 Blue SPEAKING OF HOSPITALS Medicsi operates in Block LF 7/4 Kulsoom International Hospital operates in Block G of Category G7 / 3, Blue Area NEARBY HOSPITALS INCLUDE CDA Hospital on Street 31 in Category G-6/2, Ali Medical Center on Kohistan Road in F- 8 Markaz PNS Hafeez - Naval Hospital in E-8/1 The hospitals are two to six kilometers from the Blue Area, Islamabad, and take about five to 15 minutes to reach them by road. All hospitals are well-organized, equipped with the right medical equipment, working with trained staff and a panel of specialists in various departments of gastroenterology, pediatric care, maternal care, ENT, laboratory services, general surgery, and emergency services. MALLS IN AND NEAR BLUE AREA ISLAMABAD The famous residential and commercial skyscraper, Centaurus Mall is situated in F-8/4 Blue Area and features a huge variety of local and international brands, a food court, a kid’s area for toddlers to enjoy, and a movie theatre capable of playing 3D and 2D movies. Kamran Centre in Block F G-7/3 Blue Area, Black Horse Plaza in Block G of G-7/3 on Fazal-ul-Haq Road, and Mall of Islamabad in Block J of Sector F-7/1 also offer a wide range of products to choose from. Centaurus Mall is a famous shopping and residential complex situated in Blue Area, Islamabad Besides, some malls near Blue Area are Safa Gold Mall on College Road in F-7 Markaz and Time and Style mall situated in Sector F-6/1, Islamabad. All shopping malls based in and near Blue Area, Islamabad are multi-storey complexes, housing well-known retail chains, and food courts, and play areas for kids. It takes less than 10 minutes to reach the malls near Blue Area Islamabad by road. RESTAURANTS AND BAKERIES IN AND NEAR BLUE AREA ISLAMABAD A common way of enjoying quality time with friends is having them over for any meal of the day. Now, you can either cook for them or take them out. If you select the latter, a plethora of restaurants can be found in Blue Area, Islamabad to host a small party or get-together. From fine dining to pizza places – everything is available here. Restaurants offering different kinds of cuisines can be found in Blue Area Islamabad Some famous restaurants in Blue Area, Islamabad are: Omar Khayyam Iranian Restaurant in Madni Plaza, located in Block E, Blue Area, Islamabad Khokha Khola in Beverly Centre in F-6/1 Blue Area, Islamabad Raja Restaurant on Fazal-ul-Haq Road in Block G of Sector G-7/3 Blue Area, Islamabad Savour Foods, Fortune Plaza, situated in Block H of Sector G-7/2 Blue Area, Islamabad Moreover, some well-known bakeries are operational in Blue Area, Islamabad and they are Tehzeeb Bakers in Block F, Sector G-7/3 Blue Area, Islamabad, Fresco Sweets in Block G, Sector G-7/3, Blue Area, Loafology Bakery & Cafe in Block I, Sector G-7/2, Blue Area, and Burning Brownie in Beverly Centre in F-6/1, Blue Area, Islamabad. Blue Area Islamabad is home to several known bakeries and sweet shops. As for nearby bakeries, some of them are Toast'd Cafe and Bakery on F Street in F-7 Markaz, Gourmet Bakers & Sweets and Afghan Bakery on College Road in F-7 Markaz. You can reach these bakeries by road from Blue Area, Islamabad in less than 10 minutes. SPORTS FACILITIES AND FITNESS CENTRES IN AND NEAR BLUE AREA ISLAMABAD Fitness conscious people can quickly go to various gyms located in Blue Area, Islamabad. Popular gyms in the area include Studio 8 and The Gym in Beverly Centre in F-6/1, Blue Area, 313 Fitness in Block G, G-7/3, Blue Area, and Fitness Lounge – Blue Area inside United Plaza located in Block I of Sector G-7/2 Blue Area. Moreover, some outdoor sports and adventure sports complexes can also be found in a few miles. These include KTE Ice Skating Rink on 7 College Road, F-7 Markaz; Sukh Chayn F-8 Multi-Purpose Sports Ground on Street Number 30 of F-8/1, Multipurpose playground on Street 13 in Sector G-8/1, Iswa Football Academy in Islamabad Sports Complex, and Hockey Ground in G-6/4. The mentioned sports arenas are located at a distance of around 5 to 15 minutes by car. PARKS NEAR BLUE AREA ISLAMABAD The well-constructed roads running across Blue Area, Islamabad are covered with trees on both sides. Moreover, several fantastic parks are also located nearby, adding more value to the contemporary area. A few well-known parks near Blue Area, Islamabad are Park F6/1 and Kids Park in F-6/1, Swiss Avenue F-7/4 Park on Street 61 in F-7/4, Jubilee Park on College Road in F-7, Argentina Park on Street 4 in Sector G-6/2, Hill View Park in F-8/4, and Meelad Park on Street 42 in Sector G-7/2. You can reach Swiss Avenue Park easily by foot in almost 10 minutes, while the remaining parks are found at a drive of 5 to 10 minutes. SALONS AND SPAS IN AND NEAR BLUE AREA ISLAMABAD Several known salons owned by famous makeup artists are present in and near Blue Area, Islamabad. Future residents can go to Tariq Amin Salon in F-6/1 Blue Area, Allenora Annie Signature Salon Islamabad in Union Gold Mall located in Sector F-7 Markaz, Daniella's Salon & Spa in Bangish Plaza, F-7 Markaz; Bia's Salon in F-7 Markaz near Federal Government College for Women, and Shaheena's Beauty Salon near Qasoori Market Tramri Chowk in F-7/4 for a wide range of beauty and personal care services. It takes just about 5 to 8 minutes to reach the salons and spas near Blue Area, Islamabad by road. CINEMAS IN AND NEAR BLUE AREA ISLAMABAD Prospective residents can easily go to The Centaurus Cinepax operating in Centaurs Mall. The mall, as we all know, is based in Blue Area. Also, Islamabad Club Cinema on Main Murree Road inside Islamabad Club is at a drive of approximately 16 minutes from Blue Area. People fond of watching movies on the big screen can watch 3D and 2D movies in these movie theatres. SOCIAL EVENTS Several events take place in The Centaurus Mall on Eid, Christmas, Independence Day, Defence Day, Women’s Day, Iqbal Day, and during Ramadan. Moreover, meet and greet with celebrities, and premier shows of the latest movies also take place in the mall’s cinema. Also, Centaurus Mall holds art and crafts exhibitions, above the line marketing activities of various brands, and public sessions with sports stars. NEARBY AREAS The beauty of Blue Area, Islamabad is that it includes some of the most sophisticated sectors and areas of Islamabad. Sectors adjoining Blue Area include F-6, F-7, F-8, F-10, G-6, G-7, and G-8. The magnificent Faisal Mosque is also in proximity to Islamabad’s Blue Area. Furthermore, recreational areas, including Lake View Park, Saidpur, and Rawal Lake are also nearby. THINGS TO CONSIDER Blue Area, Islamabad includes everything starting from commercial spaces to luxurious amenities. However, the only thing where the area lags is the non-availability of plots on sale and houses on rent and sales. A good number of flats are up for sale and rent in this area. Nevertheless, this problem will be addressed after some modern houses and plots are offered for buying and rental purposes in Blue Area for interested parties. LOCATION IMPORTANCE OF BLUE AREA ISLAMABAD FROM MAJOR LOCATIONS NEARBY Placed at a drive of nearly 4 minutes from Sector F-7,Islamabad It takes almost 5 minutes to reach Sector F-6, Islamabad by road It takes just about 6 minutes to reach G-6, Islamabad by road A total of 8 minutes is needed to get to Saidpur by road from Blue Area, Islamabad G-7, Islamabad is placed at a road trip of almost 9 minutes from Blue Area, Islamabad Faisal Mosque, situated in E-8, Islamabad is at a drive of nearly 9 minutes It takes around 10 minutes to reach G-8, Islamabad by road F-8, Islamabad is at a drive of about 11 minutes from Blue Area, Islamabad It takes around 14 minutes to reach F-10, Islamabad by road It takes about 15 minutes to get to Lake View Park by road A drive of approximately 16 minutes is needed to reach Rawal Lake
Pakistan’s pace of development during the last three years has seen some unprecedented highs. This is primarily attributable to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, which through its USD 65 billion investment is generating economic activity through all sectors of the economy. As economic activity increases, it translates into employment generation. When we talk of employment under CPEC, the first thing to consider is how it is being generated, and in which sectors. For this reason, in this blog we have adopted a sector-wise approach to understand patterns associated with employment generation under CPEC. EMPLOYMENT GENERATION UNDER CPEC: SECOND PHASE CPEC is fast reaching completion in Pakistan The first phase of CPEC was from 2015 to 2020, when infrastructural and energy projects were constructed. The start of year 2021 for CPEC has been highlighted as a milestone for ensuring people-to-people connectivity, which essentially means that a series of business investments are coming into different sectors of Pakistan’s economy. This will create opportunities for business-to-business collaboration; and allow Pakistani locals to expand their operations, while at the same time creating opportunities. The most prominent example of this is the establishment of Special Economic Zones (SEZs), which are dedicated areas for setting up of industries and manufacturing units. There are four main SEZs under which work has already begun, however, more are proposed to be constructed and operationalized soon. Rashakai SEZ in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Allama Iqbal Industrial Complex in Faisalabad Dhabeji SEZ in Thatta, Sindh Botsan in Pishin, Balochistan The main idea behind the SEZs is to set up industries specific to the area they are based in. This gives competitive advantage to the SEZs, and also ensures a steady supply of skilled laborers. In this way, the SEZs aim to harness the existing potential of the areas they are based in. Moreover, in order to facilitate businessmen, all enterprises under the SEZs have been exempted from taxes for 10 years. However, work on colonization of the SEZs is still underway, and much of the skilled labor is being utilized in various sectors as CPEC projects assume fast pace. HOW EMPLOYMENT IS BEING GENERATED UNDER CPEC Gwadar poised to become an economic hub Employment statistics have increased in CPEC areas where development projects are being pursued at a fast pace. Already, over 75,000 locals have been given jobs under various CPEC projects, while experts predict that by the year 2030, 2.3 million jobs for locals will be created. Chairman CPEC Authority, Lt Gen (retd.) Asim Saleem Bajwa has also highlighted that through CPEC, Pakistani has been able to boost production under the agricultural and industrial sectors, as well as create job opportunities in the energy sector. Let’s dig deeper into these statistics to understand which have been the most beneficial under CPEC. EMPLOYMENT GENERATION: SECTOR-WISE APPROACH The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is being labelled as CPEC For All because of how it’s going to provide job opportunities for everyone; the skilled and unskilled labor. For this reason, we look at the various sectors where jobs are being created. INFRASTRUCTURE Infrastructure is rapidly being developed under CPEC A 2018 study, titled “Employment Generation and Labour Composition in CPEC and Related Road Infrastructure Projects,” by Dr. Shahid Rashid, Muhammad Muzammil Zia and Shujaa Waqar, notes the following statistics on CPEC’s infrastructural jobs. Under CPEC, infrastructure, being one of the two sectors where investment first came in, has developed rapidly. In the first phase, six early harvest projects were introduced. These are: KKH Phase II (Thakot-Havelian Section) Peshawar Karachi Motorway (Multan-Sukkur and Lahore-Multan Section) Upgradation of D.I Khan (yarik-Hakla) Phase I to V Faisalabad-Multan Motorway (M4) Package II and III E-35 Expressway As of 2018, for KKH, 7,800 jobs were created, with a 76% percent share of Pakistani professionals. In the Multan-Sukkur section of Peshawar-Karachi Motorway 15,174 people were employed. Meanwhile, in the Lahore-Multan section, 17,246 jobs were created. In the former project, Pakistani employees account for 91.5% of the total number while, in the latter project, more than 96% of the jobs belonged to Pakistanis. The upgradation of D.I Khan is divided into five phases, all of which employed a total number of 6,700 people, all Pakistanis. The Faisalabad-Multan Motorway comprises two packages, which employed 3,640 total laborers; only 97 of which were Chinese. During the construction and operationalization of E-35 Expressway, 1,020 people were employed with 98% participation from Pakistanis. Another key project in this regard is the Orange Line Metro, Pakistan’s first electric train system, which, as it operates, will continue to contribute towards the socio-economic well being of the area. ENERGY Significant progress has been made in the energy sector of Pakistan as a part of CPEC Under CPEC, 22 energy projects have been finalized. Of these 22, nine have been completed and are operational. The first project to be completed is the Sahiwal Coal Power Plant. Moreover, in 2021 it has been announced that Pakistan has attracted about 50% of total BRI’s renewable energy investments. For this reason, projects such as Karot Hydropower project and Jhimpir Wind Farm have been introduced in the country. Overall, Pakistan and China have 24 cooperation projects with a scale of 12,282 MW of energy. Overall, there are 10 prioritized (or early harvest) energy projects, while 4 have been newly added which are primarily renewable energy projects including Kohala Hydel Project, Cacho Wind Power Project, Western Energy Ltd Wind Power Project, and Azad Pattan Hydel Project. These are in line with PM Imran Khan’s vision of having a share of 60% of renewable energy by 2030. Overall, this mix of energy projects has ensured that there are plenty of job opportunities for locals. For the 16 ongoing energy projects more than 73,000 people have been employed so far. Of this number, the share for locals stands at 63%. These projects have added over 6GW of electricity to the national grid, making load shedding a relic of the past in Pakistan. Potential job opportunities, in terms of skilled labor, include openings for the following positions: Civil engineers Electrical engineers General managers Installation specialists Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) engineers Foreman AGRICULTURE Pakistan’s agriculture is boosting under CPEC There are talks of Pakistan-China cooperation in the agricultural sector as well, since this sector has been included in CPEC projects. As Chinese have expressed interest in Pakistan’s high-quality dairy and meat products, the proposed plans include developing cold storage and food processing facilities, which will enhance productivity in livestock and fisheries sectors as well. Moreover, the Deputy Consul General of Pakistan in Chengdu has also expressed Chinese interest in setting up slaughterhouses in Pakistan. These slaughterhouses will enable meat processing to be done in line with international standards. For crops, China has promised provision of high-quality machinery as well as seeds and herbicides to boost production of Pakistan’s major cash crops, such as wheat, rice etc. In addition to this, Chinese farming experts are also working to introduce maize-soybean intercropping techniques as soybean is a staple for most Chinese households. Similarly, sea rice along coastal regions, edible floral landscaping, and planting of fruits and vegetables will also take place. Already, Pakistani mangoes and cherries have made their way into China, and as tastes are acquired, there is a greater demand for even more locally-produced fruits and vegetables. Recently, a pilot project for chili farming was recently completed, and is based on 100 acres of land. According to CPEC Authority Chairman, Asim Saleem Bajwa said that during the next phase 3,000 acres of land will be cultivated with chillies. All of these initiatives are part of the China-Pakistan Agricultural Cooperation Pilot Zone which is to be up during five years. Under this program, a China-Pakistan food industrial park will also be established in 5 to 10 years, to promote the condiment industry of both countries. While farmers will benefit from these plans, it’s also going to open up opportunities for agricultural scientists, who play a vital role in increasing productivity and sustainability of crops and animals. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY The incumbent government is working to introduce a number of IT initiatives in Pakistan. While many have been launched, various are underway such as the Smart Village Initiative. In addition to these, the Digital Silk Route (DSR) will soon transform how trade is done between Pakistan, China and the entire Europe. The DSR is aimed at facilitating telecommunications networks, artificial intelligence capabilities, cloud computing, e-commerce and mobile payment systems, surveillance technology, smart cities, and other high-tech areas, for all member countries. As Pakistan makes significant headway towards IT acquisition, it is with China’s cooperation that Pakistan’s IT landscape will significantly improve. Already during the coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce and e-banking has experienced a boom. With Chinese investment and unique skills, more job opportunities and investment avenues will open up. TOURISM In recent years, Pakistan’s tourism has expanded leaps and bounds. For this reason, the incumbent government is working toward upscaling its religious tourism which carries immense significance for Hindu communities, Sikhs, and Buddhists as a large number of historical religious sites are located here. To uncover religious synchronism with China, extensive plans are underway for reviving the ancient Gandhara Trail. This will be of paramount importance for not just the Chinese, but Buddhists located in any part of the world. This is a Buddhist monastery at Takht-i-Bhai Apart from religious tourism, there are numerous opportunities for expanding the tourism industry of Pakistani under the country’s collaborative efforts with China. This comes primarily from rebuilding and connectivity efforts in Pakistan’s remote areas, such as Balochistan. Already Gwadar is seeing an influx of tourists as development projects in Balochistan are underway. Rapid infrastructural development is paving the way for tourists to access Sindh and Balochistan’s pristine beaches. Of these, Gadani Beach remains one of the most popular spots. Already tourism in Pakistan employs a great number of people and with newer initiatives like these, this number is bound to grow.
Islamabad was established in 1960s to replace Karachi as the capital city of Pakistan. The city is located at the cross roads of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province & Rawalpindi. In addition to the nature of the geographical and political importance, Islamabad is also one of the few cities in Pakistan have been built according to a master plan. However, Housing Societies in Islamabad are also well-planned, including the Defence Housing Authority Islamabad (DHA) is known for offering a premium lifestyle, enhanced by the amenities of modern urban planning. DHA, Islamabad, has been created in order to serve the residents of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. DHA Islamabad has an excellent infrastructure, the design and planning of urban environment, combined with the modern social amenities in order to meet the essential needs of the community. Given the stellar reputation, and the potential for a healthy return on investment, DHA Islamabad is an ideal place to live and work in, as well as an excellent choice for investment in economic activities. According to the master plan, Defence Housing Authority Islamabad has been divided into six phases, an expansion (phase 2), and DHA valley. SECTIONS OF DHA, ISLAMABAD DHA Islamabad Phase 1, is well-designed and structured according to the best standards to please home buyers. This section has a different standard of living full of breathtaking views in a mountainous area. Hundreds of families live here and enjoy modern life because all the facilities have been provided. Phase 2 is located in the main area between Islamabad Highway and Grand Trunk Road and covers an area of ??approximately 15,075 kanal. All the zones in Phase 2 are fully developed and are home to several families. This special section of DHA, Islamabad, is an outstanding example of security, peace, comfort, harmony, and ease of use. In the center of the Potohar region, Phase III, DHA promises a world class town planning for commercial and residential areas. According to a recently published brochure, a theme park, golf course, and lake have already been built. The construction of Phase 3 has been in progress since January 2017, and to date, almost 3,800 kanals have been completed, of which 1,050 canals are ready for further development. Phase 4 of DHA, Islamabad, is located near the Soan River and replaces approx. 4,000 kanal. Proud of the eye-catching natural views and well-planned hilly terrain, this section gives residents a good idea. Phase 4 of DHA, in Islamabad, will feature a number of entertainment venues with state-of-the-art facilities and several green spaces. AT A GLANCE Premium, comfortable and peaceful living Attractive quarterly instalment plans for residential and commercial plots Unique suburban and business space with all amenities Modern living standards Sustainable infrastructures Environment-friendly development Communal worship centres Modern centres of education Academic institutions Secured via check posts Control and monitoring room Underground cabling and plumbing NEIGHBOURHOOD FACILITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN DHA, ISLAMABAD As a whole, DHA, Islamabad is connected to many notable routes and arteries, and as such, quite a few modes of public transportation are readily available near the society. Also, since the area is enormous and is on the outskirts of the city, quite a few minivans operating on a set route can be found all day near DHA, Islamabad. As for individual phases, Phase 1, DHA, is connected to Defence Avenue and Bahria Expressway, and a couple of bus stops are present nearby. These include Noor Colony Chauraha Bus Stop, situated near Green Fresh Mart, 5 to 10 minutes’ walk away, while Aiman Car Station Bus Stop, located near Defence Phase 1 Head Office, can be walked to in around 6 to 7 minutes. Residents can also opt for Bahria Town Bus Stop, which is located on Bahria ExpressWay. It might take some 5 minutes’ drive to reach this bus stop from Defence Phase 1. As for Defence Phase 2, the phase has eight sectors, and it also has many options when it comes to public transport. People living in Sector A, Phase 2, can head to Kahuta Humak Road Junction Bus Stop, reachable in around 5 minutes by car via Jinnah Road. Residents of Sector B, C, D, and J, on the other hand, have Ghee Mill Bus Stop near MCB Bank, Burji Bus Stop near Malik Restaurant, and Javed Road Bus Stop near Jubilee Insurance Company. All these stops can be walked to in 8 to 10 minutes. And for residents of Sectors G, H, and F, Grand Turk Road Bus Stop near Royal Marquee Banquet is around 10 to 15 minutes’ walk away. There are not many options of public transport available near Phase 3 since it is under construction, however, going by the success and trends of other phases, the area will soon boast the availability of multiple modes of transportation. Until then, residents of Phase 3 can head to the bus stops near Phase 2, which are about 18 to 20 minutes’ drive away. Then, the nearest bus stop from Phase 4, DHA, Islamabad, is ARL Colony Bus Stop, which is 9 minutes’ drive away from the centre of Phase 4. STICLE is another bus stop present around 14 minutes’ drive away. Both stops are located on Morgah Road, which is considered one of the significant roads in Phase 4. As for Phase 5 and Phase 6, multiple bus stops are present nearby, the closest one being Kakpul Bus Stop, which is 15 minutes’ drive away, while Niazian Bus stop near Sahil Khatak Restaurant can be driven to in 14 to 15 minutes. Also, Public vans, including No. 111, can be found on the Express Highway to Rawat, and minivan No. 136 will drop you close to Bahria Town. You can then quickly take a traditional taxi or rickshaw, or use app-based cab-hailing services to reach DHA, Islamabad. As for a railway station, the nearest one is Sinhala Railway Station, about 15 to 18 minutes’ drive away from all Phases of DHA. Chakala Railway station, Liaquat Bagh Railway Station, and Railway Station Stop are other railway stations that can be conveniently reached in about half an hour’s drive from all Phases of DHA, Islamabad. MARKETS IN AND NEAR DHA, ISLAMABAD Most, if not all, projects by DHA feature dedicated commercial areas that are a hit with both investors and business people. The commercial spaces are home to markets, banks, offices, and everything else in between. Similarly, DHA, Islamabad hosts many markets within its boundary for the convenience of residents. All the phases of DHA, Islamabad are home to at least a couple of general as well as medical and other retail stores. Residents of Phase 1 can comfortably go to DHA Green and Fresh Mart in Sector B. It will hardly take some 5 to 8 minutes’ walk to reach this store. It is a neat and clean shop with quality groceries, vegetables, fruits, meat, and dairy items. Besides, Omnia Grocery Store is situated adjacent to Fresh Mart. You can conveniently reach the store in 8 to 10 minutes on foot. Next, Babu Market, Unique Fair Price Shop, Umer Electric Works, Arslan General Store, and Ajmeree Street Khota Klan are some of the well-known stores around the area. All these stores are situated on Rabia Banglows Road and can be reached on foot in 10 to 15 minutes. As for Phase 2, DHA, Islamabad, the area is equipped with several mini-marts and grocery stores. To begin with, Greens Fruit and Vegetable Store is 10 minutes’ walk away from Sector D. For grocery shopping, residents can head to Marhaba Cash and Carry Convenience Store, reachable in 8 to 10 minutes. Additionally, Carrefour is present near Grand Turk Road. According to Google Reviews, “The store has all amenities under one roof, be it crockery, technology, clothes or fresh fruits”. The staff is professional, courteous, and cooperative. Then, Gota Kinari is another famous market situated on Lane 4 of Central Boulevard, 10 to 12 minutes’ drive away. Since Sector 3 of DHA Islamabad is still under construction, there's a lack of convenience stores. However, a few stores that are situated nearby include Pakeeza Cash and Carry Store, located on Talha Road near ASL School, reachable in 10 to 12 minutes by car. The famous Sector F Market is a 6 minutes’ drive away, while Lilly Market can be driven to in 12 minutes from Sector 3. Next, River Garden Market takes 9 minutes by car to reach, and Shalimar Market can be reached in a drive of 12 minutes from Sir Syed Boulevard. However, Al Ghani Market and the central Rawalpindi City Market take around 30 minutes by car to reach from DHA, Islamabad. DHA Phase 4 hosts Khattak General Store, only 3 to 4 minutes’ walk away, while Haji Aslam Market is a famous grocery market that can be reached by foot in 5 to 6 minutes. Plus, this phase also features a Bachat Mall, which is a mini-mart, located on Askari Boulevard. It will hardly take 10 minutes’ walk to reach this mart. For dairy and meat, residents can head to Akhtar Chicken Shop and its nearby market, which can be reached in 10 to 15 minutes. Phase 5 of DHA, Islamabad is home to Good Supermarket, situated near Emaar Canyon Views, Sector N. Residents can reach this mart in just 5 to 7 minutes. Moreover, Chaudhary Mart is a family-friendly grocery store boasting an excellent inventory. They cater to special requests too. The staff is very considerate and responds quite positively to feedback. According to Google Reviews, “it’s finally a good Cash and Carry in the neighbourhood”. Since the phase neighbours Phase 2, residents can also access the grocery stores serving Phase 2. As far as Phase 6, DHA, Islamabad is concerned, not many options are available here since it is under construction. However, residents and people living nearby can go to Feroz Khan Shop to shop for everyday goods. MOSQUES IN AND NEAR DHA, ISLAMABAD One of the largest mosque in DHA, Islamabad with modern infrastructure DHA, Islamabad is an adequately planned locality with every phase being home to mosques for residents to take care of their religious obligations with ease. As for DHA Phase 1, keeping Ameen Car Station as our central point, the closest mosque is situated in Sector A, which requires only a minute’s walk to reach. Masjid Falah Mosque in Sector B takes 4 minutes to reach, while Jamia Mosque Sector B, Phase 1, is 3 minutes’ walk away. Besides, Sarfaraz Mosque, Masjid Gulzar, and Sector B1 Masjid are located on Defence Avenue Road and can be reached on foot in 10 minutes. A few other mosques around Phase 1 include Masjid Muhammadabad Aurania, Al Amin Mosque, Masjid Sulemania, Jamarah, Bilal Mosque, and Jama Masjid Arl Jump stop. All of these mosques are 10 minutes’ drive away. As for Phase 2, Sector D mosque near BasketBall Court can be reached in 2 to 3 minutes, and the mosque near parking basement can be reached in 5 minutes’ walk away from main Sir Syed Boulevard. Sector E mosque in lane 14/A near Athlon Market Sport is only 6 minutes’ walk away, while Mosque Local on Lane 13, Sector E can be reached in 8 minutes. Moreover, Sector G Mosque near DHAI Army Public School can be reached in 10 minutes, and Sector J Mosque, near 24/7 Cash and Carry, can be reached in 8 minutes. Jamia Masjid Noor near Cemetery, Mosque Sector B near Fauji Fertilizer, Bin Qasim Limited, can be reached in 10 minutes. The mosques nearest to Phase 3 are Serene City Mosque, situated on Street 6, DHA Serene City Zone 1, reachable in 6 minutes. The phase lacks an abundance of mosques since it is under development. For Phase 4, Masjid Bilal Garden Villas is the nearest, and it can be reached in 6 minutes. Masjid Abdullah Bin Masaood is also 15 minutes’ drive away. Phase 5 is packed with dozens of mosques, take, for example, Jamia Masjid DHA Phase 5 near Khan Food and Restaurant, Jamia Masjid in Sector A, near Chaudhary Market, a mosque on DHA Expressway, Jamia Masjid Chak Mori near roots Emaar School, and dedicated mosques in every sector. All of them are reachable in 10 to 15 minutes by car. Further, since Phase 6 is still under construction, there aren’t any mosques operational in the phase as of now. SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN AND NEAR DHA, ISLAMABAD Boys Campus of Army Public School in DHA Islamabad Being one of the most developed city, Islamabad has some of the best schools in country that provide quality education and best academic exposure to students of all ages. Similarly, DHA, Islamabad hosts many top educational institutes of the twin cities. Starting with Phase 1, DHA, Islamabad, we have Roots School System near Omina Market, which is only 2 to 3 minutes’ walk away. Roots School System was established in 1988 and is currently a leading 21st-century educational institution following international standards. It focuses on delivering all-round education, and national as well as international organisations, have acknowledged its quality of teaching. All the sectors of Phase 1 and 2 have a chapter of APS DHAI School. This school was established in February 2012, and the branches in DHA are located near Orchard Area, Sector B, Phase 1, DHA, Islamabad. The school has classes from kindergarten to 8th grade. The schools work under the administration of DHAI-R and are affiliated with the Secondary Board of Education, Islamabad, and the Federal Board. There is also a branch of Roots IVY International School near Attock Petrol Pump named River View Flagship Campus. The schools are part of a system that was initiated by Mrs. Riffat Mushtaq in 1988. The school believes in the overall development of a child, and it boasts the highest academic standards. The school system is now spearheaded by Mr Waleed Mushtaq, son of Riffat Mushtaq, who is also a well-known national educational icon. Next, Dar e Arqam is situated near Marquee Banquet. The school is reachable in 10 minutes from any sector of Phase 1. The first branch of Dar-e-Arqam School was established in Sargodha in 1991. The aim was to create a school that would break the monotony of 8 to 2 regular schools. The idea has attracted many parents, which is why Dar-e-Arqam School, as of now, is one of the largest growing school systems in Pakistan. The school has more than 170,000 students in its 660 branches all over Pakistan. The school is also known for its exclusive idea of merging Islamic education with a modern perspective. The school has made tremendous achievements both nationally and internationally. Moreover, City Grammar School GT Road campus near Waseem Autos Shop is reachable by car in 6 to 7 minutes. The school was established in 1987 as a primary school, and the sole aim of the school is to focus on individual character building and imparting quality education. The school provides a learning environment that stimulates and challenges each child’s unique potential. This extracurricular experience fosters students’ interests and talents and values a child’s uniqueness. The Beaconhouse School System Potohar Campus near Swan Camp can be reached in 10 minutes, while Allied School Gulraiz Campus near Colour Graphics shop can be reached in 10 minutes. As for well-known schools in Phase 2, DHA, a branch of DHAI Army Public School is situated in Sector D near Marhaba Cash and Carry. Also, Pakistan Model School (Kaak Humak Campus) is present in Sector D near Cadet College, reachable in 8 to 9 minutes, while Govt Primary School Gurian near Family Mart can be reached by foot in 15 minutes. Residents living in Sector E can opt for Capstone Academy, which is a charter school near Habib Bank and is around 10 minutes’ walk away. Then, Army Public School in Sector F near JFC Marquee Banquet can be reached in 8 minutes. Since DHA Phase 2 is one of the most developed phases, it has plenty of schools in each sector. IIUI School and College near Grand Turk Road can be reached in 10 minutes; Allied School Model Town Humak Campus on Street Number 10, Nai Abadi Model Town can be reached in 7 to 8 minutes; Explore Ville School near Service Road, Model Town Humak is 11 minutes’ walk away, and Faith School in Model Town Humak, near Kahuta Road, can be reached in 10 minutes. Since Phase 3 and 6 are under construction, there are not many options present when it comes to schools. Even the nearest school is 15 to 20 minutes’ drive away. Islamabad Model School for Girls Bhangril Khurd on GT Road, Bhangril, LEADS School System Bahria Town Campus, and SLS Montessori School in Zaraj Housing Society, Sector B are a few schools to name. As for Phase 6, it has yet to host a school. Phase 4 is also one of the most developed phases of DHA. Residents of Phase 4 won’t have to send their children to a school far away from their homes. There is Kalri Govt School near Kalri Darbar on Adyala Road. You can easily reach the school in 10 minutes. Mini Start School and Academy in Sector 1, Gulshan Abad, can be reached by foot in 10 minutes. Moreover, Green School System Montessori Campus Gulshan Abad is near Top Taste restaurant. A branch of Green School System is situated in House no 6, Sector 2, Adyala Road. Residents of Sector 2 can comfortably walk to the school. Then, the Beaconhouse School System on 01 Adyala Road, Sector 1, Gulshan Abad, near Al-Ikhlas Cash and Carry is reachable in 8 minutes, Abad Public School and Dar-e-Arqam School on Street No. 56, Sector 2, Gulshan Abad can be reached in 8 to 10 minutes. Further, a branch of Air Foundation School System near Sanjoli Estate, Adiala Road, Kehkashan Colony Stop can be reached in 10 minutes. The Sapient Hall School System near New Best Taylor can be reached in 8 minutes, while The Knowledge School near Street No. 64, Sector 2, is reachable in 9 minutes, and Ace Foundation High School is only 8 minutes away. As for Phase 5, a branch of Roots School Emaar Campus is functional near M4 Canyon Views, situated in Sector 2, reachable in 10 minutes. The Science School near T Chowk, GT Road, Rawat, Phase 2, and Para Nasir School near Sihala are reachable in 7 to 8 minutes, whereas the Quaid e Azam Campus of Allied Schools Sihala on Kahuta Road can be easily reached in 15 minutes. National Public Secondary School Rawat on Chamber More can be reached in 8 to 10 minutes, Gagri Model School (Girls) near the University of Lahore. Brainiacs School is a new school in the area that focuses on the overall development of the student. It is a new approach that is being recognised and appreciated by many residents. The school is situated near Block B Naval and can be reached in around 10 minutes. The Smart School on Shalimar Road, Block G Soan Gardens Can be reached in 15 minutes. That was it for the schools in various phases and sectors of DHA, Islamabad. Moving on to colleges, APS College Level near Orchard Area, Sector B DHAI-R, can be conveniently reached in 10 minutes. Roots School System on 2nd Avenue Road, Sector A, Phase 1, is only 15 minutes’ walk away. Concepts College Sawan Campus Girls near Suzuki Central Motors can be reached in 15 minutes, Superior College Soan Campus near Bahria Town Gate 1 Main Grand Trunk Road, opposite Forest Complex is only 8 minutes away, and Concordia College DHA campus on GT Road, DHA Phase II is also located at the same distance. Residents of Phase 2 will also not face any problems when it comes to colleges, as it is one of the most developed phases of DHA, Islamabad. To begin with, Fatima Degree College is situated on Service Road of Nai Abadi Sector B, Phase II, and can be reached in 10 minutes. IMCG Humak Islamabad College on Street 7, Model Town Humak, is easily reachable in 8 minutes, and Fatima Jinnah Girls Model College in Sector D, Phase II, is only 8 minutes away. Islamabad Model College for Girls in Humak Town is reachable in 19 minutes, Cadet College on Kahuta Road, Sector D, Phase II is only 15 minutes away, while Concordia College DHA campus near G.T Road, DHA Phase II is around 10 minutes’ drive away from Phase 2. A couple of colleges are also present near DHA, Islamabad, such as Yusra Medical and Dental College on Talha Road, Zaraj Housing Society, reachable in 10 minutes, while Army Public College in Sector F, Phase II, DHA is only 10 minutes’ drive away from Sector 2. There is a branch of IIUI School and College on Grand Trunk Road, DHA Phase II, which can be easily reached in 4 to 6 minutes’ drive. Republic College on Main GT Road, Opposite DHA-2 Republic Tower is only 7 minutes’ walk away from the area. And Mehran Degree College for Boys is around 16 minutes drive away from the area. For Phase 4, Digitise College of IT and Management near Rawalpindi Golf Club is reachable on foot in 10 minutes. Also, Superior College is present near Soan Campus, Bahria Town Gate 1, main Grand Trunk Road, Opp Forest Complex Soan. It will only take 15 minutes’ walk to reach the college. Also, a private college called Steps College on National Highway 5 is reachable in 10 minutes. Another private college and hospital near Defence Avenue, Phase 4, is Foundation College of Dentistry and Hospital. It will only take 7 minutes’ drive to reach the college. The Foundation College also has a Nursing department nearby. The department is known for providing world-class nursing courses. Phase 5, DHA, is one of the most developed phases. People living here have several options at their disposal when it comes to a nearby college. For instance, Watim Medical and Dental College-Rawalpindi is reachable by foot in 15 minutes, while IMCB Degree College Sihala on Kahuta Road, Naval Anchorage, Sihala, is only 10 minutes’ walk away. Moreover, Uswa College Islamabad on Japan Road, Kangota Syedan, Her Do Gher, can be reached in 15 minutes. As for institutions for higher education, quite a few universities are found near DHA, Islamabad, and all of them can be reached in 10 to 15 minutes from any phase of DHA. These include: Institute of Space Technology near Toll Plaza 1, Islamabad Highway Rawat, Sector H, Phase II, DHA Capital University of Science and Technology near Kahuta Road, Sihala National Institute of Medical and Social Sciences in Riphah International Hospital Westminster Institute of Advanced Studies situated in IBS House, DHA Building, Phase 5, Near Kala Pul The University of Lahore on Japan Road Mohi-Ud-Din Islamic University AJ and K, Sihala Campus near Union Council Road, Sihala Beaconhouse Concordia University GT Road Campus near Mari Gold Marquee Roots Ivy University College opposite DHA II Gate #01, Main GT Road BANKS IN AND NEAR DHA, ISLAMABAD Banks are now considered an essential amenity, and it becomes more convenient for people to go to banks if they are located nearby. When it comes to DHA, Islamabad, the area is genuinely rich in banks. The following are some banks near Phase 1, DHA, Islamabad. Askari Bank is situated near TK Mart, just a minute away from main Defence Avenue. Another nearby option is Meezan Bank near DHA PTCL Exchange. You can easily reach this bank in 5 minutes from any sector of Phase 1. Then, Allied Bank near Sarfraz Masjid is just 3 minutes’ drive away, while Summit Bank in Sector F can be reached in 5 minutes by car from any nearby sector. A little further away, Standard Chartered on Bahria Expressway near Clock Tower Square can be reached in 8 minutes, and Faysal Bank and Meezan Bank, situated on Service Road, are only 7 minutes’ drive away, while Askari Bank near Rasheed Sweets is reachable by car in 10 minutes. Moving on to Phase 2, this is one of the most developed areas of DHA, Islamabad, and plenty of banks are present across the phase. Keeping Central Park as our centre point, the nearest bank is Allied Banks and Habib Bank on Jinnah Boulevard near Mj’s Bakers. Both banks are reachable in 10 minutes by foot. A few other banks are lined down the same road and include Faysal Bank and Askari Bank, present near Pak Properties Shop, and Bank Alfalah Limited and Samba Bank, near Agha Khan Laboratory. It might take some 8 to 10 minutes’ walk from Central Park to reach these two banks. The opposite side of the road hosts Silk Bank Emaan and Al Baqara Bank near Medicure Pharmacy. You can conveniently reach these banks in 10 minutes. Moreover, a branch of Dubai Islamic Bank is present on Tipu Boulevard, which is reachable by foot in 7 minutes. Likewise, a couple of banks are present on Iqbal Boulevard, including Bank Islami Limited near Hot and Spicy, Soneri Bank Limited near Jamia Masjid, and Allied Bank and Meezan Bank near Sales Mart Cash and Carry. All of them are reachable in 6 minutes. Next, a branch of MCB Bank, Askari Islamic Bank Limited, Bank Alfalah, and Summit Bank are situated on Sheikh Zayed Bin Usman Road and can be reached in around 10 to 12 minutes. Also, a branch of HBL is situated on Potohar Avenue. It might take you 8 to 10 minutes’ drive to reach this bank from Central Park. Residents of Phase 3 can head to National Highway Road, as there are multiple banks situated here. Some of them are United Bank Limited, near Dermalogica Clinic, only 7 minutes away, and Bank Alfalah and The Bank of Punjab, only 8 minutes’ drive away. Summit Bank near Wild Fest Restaurant, Askari Bank, and MCB Bank near Defence Mall are reachable in 7 minutes. Residents of Phase 4 have multiple options when it comes to banks. Quite many banks are situated on the Commercial Avenue of Phase 4. The following are some banks present on Commercial Avenue: Bank Alfalah near Ryder’s SuperBike is 7 minutes’ drive away Silk Bank near Nana Chaye can be reached in 8 minutes Dubai Islamic Bank near Civic Centre is only 8 minutes’ drive away Summit Bank near Subway is only 8 minutes away United Bank Limited near Pappu Chai Wala is 8 minutes’ drive away Habib Bank Limited is near Maryam Hospital A few more banks can be found on Park Road, Phase 4, and they are JS Bank and Al Habib Bank Limited. Both of them are reachable in 8 to 10 minutes. Since Phase 5 and Phase 2 are neighbours, residents of Phase 5 can use all the banks present in and near Phase 2. CLINICS AND HOSPITALS IN AND NEAR DHA, ISLAMABAD In case of a medical emergency, our priority is to rush the patient to the nearest hospital. So, it comes a massive advantage for people living in DHA, Islamabad to have clinics and hospitals are reasonable distances. From world-class, state-of-the-art hospitals to renowned doctors and specialists, all are available here. For dental problems, residents of Phase 1, can head to Dr. Munawar's Dental Arts Clinic near Askari Bank. The clinic can be reached in 4 to 5 minutes. Then, there is a Hearing and Balance Clinic near Bahria Expressway Bus Stop, which can be reached in 10 to 11 minutes. Dr. Bashir Ahmed's ENT specialist consults in this clinic from 4 pm to 6:30 pm. The doctor also practices in Heart International Hospital and is known for his speciality. Next, OBGIS is a women's health care clinic near Moonlight Baker. The clinic is 10 minutes’ walk away from the sector of Phase 1. For Skin related problems, residents of Phase 1 can reach a Skin Care Clinic situated near Royal Arcade. According to Google Reviews, the doctors at the clinic provide outstanding services with quality products and excellent knowledge. The patients of the clinics are delighted as the clinic is rated five stars. Born To Be Happy Sadia Shakil is a psychotherapy clinic that is also one of the most famous clinics in town. According to Google Reviews, people have experienced a significant change in themselves and now have a positive outlook on life after being treated at the clinic. The clinic is situated near Zuopin Chinese Restaurant and can be reached in 8 to 10 minutes by car. Dr. Feroze's Clear Skin Laser Clinic, Doctors and Nurses Clinic (Bahria Town), and MediSate Clinic are situated in Civic Centre and can be reached in 8 to 10 minutes. According to reviews, all of these clinics provide excellent services and customer satisfaction. Dr. Feroz in Clear Clinic is experienced, professional, and informative regarding skin and laser issues. He takes time to review and listen to patients and prescribes the most effective medicine. Plus, the entire staff is very professional both in terms of treatments and appointments. As for hospitals, Phase 1 has Avicenna Medical Center Avicenna (MI room) situated in Defence Park near Encanto Restaurant. The hospital was initiated on 13th March 2007 by Vice President DHA Islamabad-Rawalpindi. Medical First Aid and emergency surgeries are provided round-the-clock to employees and local residents. The hospital also organises various awareness campaigns for residents. Also, membership cards are available for residents by which they can afford all the necessary treatments. Plus, sanitation rounds are held in different phases on a quarterly basis, immunisation programme for children, family planning services, and Antenatal care is available on the spot. Outdoor consultation on various health matters is available for any age group, and ambulances are available for emergencies. Residents of Phase 2 also have many options such as Molars and Incisors Dental Clinic near Jacaranda Club, 04, DHA - 2 Sector E DHA Phase II. The clinic is reachable on foot in 10 minutes. The clinic has a very professional patient-oriented environment, and Dr. Gulrez consulting here is among the best doctors in town. The Skin Clinic near no 59, House no 983 B Street, Sector F 11/4, is only 7 minutes’ drive away from Central Park. Ali Clinic on 5 Service Road, Model Town Humak, is only 7 minutes’ walk away. There is also a DHA II Medical Clinic in Sector B, DHA Phase II, and it can be reached in 6 minutes by car. Dr Jawad, a renowned paediatrician, consults at Shalimar Clinic, which is present on Plot 18 Near Gate 1, Main G T Road, Sector A. The clinic is only 8 minutes’ drive away from Central Park. Shaaf Homeopathic Clinic near Lignum Tower is reachable in 8 minutes, whereas Defence Family Clinic near Rahat Bakers is only 10 minutes’ drive away from Central Park. Bashiran Umer Eye Hospital is situated near Grand Turk Road Opposite Bank Alfalah. The clinic can be conveniently reached in 10 minutes. Also, Le Lotus Clinique / 3D lifestyle Aesthetics is only 10 minutes’ walk away from the area. As Phase 3 is still under construction, there are not many options for nearby clinics. Residents will have to travel at least half an hour to the nearest clinic. Alnajah Psychology Clinic near Time square commercial, lane 2, Block 3, Office #2, is 20 minutes’ drive away from the centre point of Phase 3. The clinic is one of the best-reviewed clinics. Basheera Umar Eye Hospital is only 8 minutes' walk away. The hospital is one of the best eye hospitals and clinics in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. According to reviews, the hospital’s staff is one of the most professional and humble. From receptionists to specialists, everyone is polite and concerned. The clinic is equipped with all the latest technologies and equipment. Although space is a little bit congested, the waiting lounge is equipped with comfy chairs and sofas. The entire space is centrally air-conditioned. Other than that, a small tuck shop and a pharmacy are present as well. Shalimar Clinic near Maryam Memorial Hospital, Phase 4, Bahria Town, is only 8 minutes away from the central Park in Phase 2, and 10 minutes away from the Lal Kothi Bus Stop, while Dispensary Media Town General Hospital can be reached in 10 minutes from any phase of DHA, Islamabad. Riphah International Hospital is located near Bahria Town and is only 10 minutes’ drive away from any sector of DHA, Islamabad. The medical centre has gynaecologists, paediatricians, orthopaedic specialists, surgeons, psychiatrists, physiotherapists, and specialist doctors on its panel. The consulting fee is also quite nominal at PKR 300. In the case of admission, ward charge is only PKR 200 per day. Lastly, Shaafi International Hospital, near C-3, Main PWD Double Road, Doctor's Town, can be reached in 8 minutes. ELECTRICITY BACKUP Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) supplies electricity to DHA Defence, Islamabad. However, in case of power shortage or breakdowns, people are allowed to install and use personal UPS and generators. MOST POPULAR PHASES IN DHA, ISLAMABAD Buying Trends of DHA Islamabad The recent buying trends of DHA Defence, Islamabad, show DHA Defence Phase 2 and DHA Valley are more popular than Phase 5, Phase 3 and Phase 1 when it comes to buying properties. Rental Trends of DHA Islamabad However, when it comes to renting properties in DHA Defence, Islamabad, the rental trends show DHA Phase 2 is the most popular block, followed by Phase 1. LIFESTYLE SHOPPING, RESTAURANTS AND BAKERIES MALLS IN AND NEAR DHA, ISLAMABAD GIGA Mall is Islamabad's biggest and one of a kind shopping mall located in DHA Islamabad Shopping malls are no longer limited to just hosting shops. New shopping places are pushing the out-dated mall’s boundaries beyond retail to create dynamic community destinations to eat, be entertained, get together, and shop. Housing societies that include the provision of malls in their masterplans attract more investors and buyers. And DHA is one such society that pays special attention to this all-important aspect. Residents of Phase 1 can head to DHA Avenue Mall near DHA Community Centre. The project is almost complete and is ready for inauguration. The mall’s state-of-the-art exclusive infrastructure is a sight to behold. The mall is easily reachable in 4 to 5 minutes from any sector of Phase 1. Then, at a drive of around 4 minutes, there is Orchard Plaza in Sector B. The plaza has a few clothing brands, a grocery store, a few fast-food restaurants, and tons of property shops. Residents can also head to Rabi Centre near Wallayat Complex, Street 3, Phase 7, Bahria Town. The centre has a calm and serene ambience, and shoppers have the convenience of parking right outside with minimal traffic. Also, multiple shops of both casual and fancy clothes are present in this mall. Mall is only 8 to 10 minutes drive away from Phase 1 of DHA Islamabad. As for residents of Phase 2, they have the opportunity to visit the Aquatic Mall occasionally. It is Pakistan's First Underwater Themed Mall with the World's Tallest Aquarium. Apart from underwater-themed restaurants, aquatic suites, apartments with a sky view, personal lawns, and many more attractions are promised to be delivered. This project is going to revolutionise the shopping experience in Pakistan. The mall can be conveniently reached by car in around 10 to 12 minutes. Then, GIGA Mall is Islamabad's biggest and one-of-a-kind shopping mall located in DHA, Islamabad. The mall’s elegant infrastructure, coupled with the security, ranks it at the top of must-visit malls in Islamabad. According to Google Reviews, “shops and restaurants inside the mall are hygienic, too. The mall has almost everything from local and international brands to a food court and arcade/entertainment area. The parking lot is spacious, and there are separate prayer rooms for both women and men”. The mall also has a well-known HyperMart CarreFour situated inside. It will only take 8 to 10 minutes’ drive to reach this mall from any sector of Phase 2. The Best 5 Cash and Carry is a fashionable town mart that takes only 5 minutes by car to reach from DHA Phase 2, whereas a shopping mall in Sector C of DHA, Islamabad, is a 7-minute drive away. The Defence Mall, Amazon Mall, and The Aquatic Mall are also a 7-minute drive away, however, the first Amazon Mall is 12 minutes away from DHA, Islamabad. The mall is only 8 minutes’ drive away, while Shopping Mall Sector C on Street 6, Phase 2, is only 5 minutes’ drive away from the sectors of Phase 2. The location of the mall makes it a desirable destination for shoppers. Since the mall is still under construction, only a few shops are operational here. Moreover, Silk Mall on GT Road is just 6 minutes’ drive away from Phase 2. Khaadi Builders Mall is situated near Grand Turk Road near Zaramama Gathering Shop and can be reached in 9 minutes by car. Residents of Phase 3 will have to drive around half an hour to reach Giga Mall and Aquatic Mall. Since this phase is under construction, there are not many options for malls available in the phase. Similar is the case for people residing in Phase 4 since the area is under construction. As for people living in Phase 5, DHA, Islamabad, they also have many options when it comes to nearby malls. Some malls are present in the Commercial Area of Sector C near Blue Bird Park. A few malls that are present near DHA, Islamabad include: Sanctuary Mall near Safari Villas 3, Phase 2, Bahria Town, reachable in 8 minutes The Pearl Mall and Residency in the Business District of Bahria Town is only 10 minutes’ drive away. RESTAURANTS IN AND NEAR DHA, ISLAMABAD A famous plaza comprising international fast food chains like Mcdonald's and Pizza Hut DHA, Islamabad, is home to several local and international brands of restaurants and houses some of the finest places to eat. Almost all the sectors in all the phases of DHA, Islamabad have a branch of McDonald’s and Pizza Hut. You can also pick and choose from these top restaurants in DHA Islamabad With that said, let’s take a look at some restaurants in Phase 2 of DHA, Islamabad. Starting with Enchanto Restaurant, the eatery is situated near Defence Park and can be reached on foot in 4 to 5 minutes. According to Google Reviews, “the place is easy to find as it is virtually on the main avenue. There is good parking space available, and there is both indoor and outdoor seating available. Both are spacious enough for larger groups too. The food served here is good and has uniqueness. In terms of ambiance, it is well managed.” Brunette Café and Chai Ghazal are two cafés situated on Defence Avenue Road. Both are near DHA Community Centre and can be reached in a walk of 5 to 10 minutes. Then, another local favourite fast-food restaurant called Royal Fried Chicken (R.F.C) is near APS DHAI School. Their menu features a variety of dishes. Also, Diva Restaurant near Eye View Park is only 5 minutes’ drive away from the area. It is one of the famous high-end restaurants in the area. The thing that separates this restaurant from others is its picturesque location, lush greenery, and a scenic view of River Soan. Furthermore, the restaurant is situated away from the hustle and bustle of the city. People usually visit this place for its outdoor sitting arrangement and rooftop dining area to enjoy the weather. In terms of food, the restaurant is rated five stars. A wide range of different desi and continental cuisines are available. Management and staff are well trained and professional. Interior, as well as exterior, are decorated meticulously. Due to its classy and cosy environment, it is one of the most frequented restaurants in the area. Other than that, a considerable space is reserved for parking. Slider Zone is another excellent restaurant near Bahria Glow Park. The restaurant’s menu is entirely different from most restaurants. Its unique and ever-changing menu is one of the key features that attract lots of customers. The restaurant is only 6 minutes’ drive away from Phase 1. Asian Wok Bahria Town is another famous high-end restaurant situated near Raja United heights. This is a multi-storey restaurant with a nice ambience and decor. The quality of the food is also quite good. The restaurant serves desi dishes; however, a few Chinese dishes and buffets are also available. As for restaurants in Phase 2, you have Pan and Grill Restaurant, which is a reasonably new eatery in the town. According to Google Reviews, the restaurant is quite affordable and serves some unique burgers and steaks. The proportion of the dishes is also satisfactory. The restaurant is reachable by car in 4 to 5 minutes from any sector. Next, Fresh Foods and Restaurants and B.B.Q is another local favourite in Phase 2. The restaurant is situated on Iqbal Boulevard and is reachable in 3 to 4 minutes by car. BURGERIZZA Fast Food Restaurant is another new entrant. The restaurant is also located on Iqbal Boulevard and is 5 minutes away. According to reviews, “the restaurant serves some of the best and authentic pizza and burgers. As a new start-up, they are keeping up the standard and are tough competition for traditional fast-food chains.” A few other restaurants situated in DHA Phase 2 include DHA Pizza Inn near Shaheen Electronics shop. The restaurant is reachable in 6 to 7 minutes. In the east of DHA Phase 2, you’ll find Luqman Restaurant near Family Mart, Peera Court Yard Restaurant near Al Hussain Properties Shop, and Jacaranda Family Club situated near Athlon Sports Club. The restaurants are well maintained and organised, and the food is served fresh, and the overall décor is commendable. It will only take around 5 minutes’ drive from any sector to reach these restaurants. Plus, JFC BBQ Terrace Restaurant near Summit Bank boasts a pleasant indoor setting as well as a huge open terrace seating arrangement for people to enjoy an impressive view of DHA. The restaurant is situated near Club Avenue, Sector E, and is reachable in 8 minutes by car. Then, there is Zauq Restaurant and Nan Centre and Karachi Hot and Spicy restaurant situated near Askari Bank, reachable by car in 7 to 10 minutes. A chain of MacDonald’s is also located on DHA Roundabout, Central Boulevard, and Sector G. It will only take a drive of 5 to 6 minutes to arrive at the restaurant. Since Sector 3 and 4 are still under construction, not many options are available in terms of restaurants. For the time being, people living in Phase 3 and 4 and head to the restaurants situated in Phase 2 and 5. Those restaurants are easily reachable by car in 5 to 10 minutes. OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY SPORTS FACILITIES AND FITNESS CENTERS IN AND NEAR DHA, ISLAMABAD Jacaranda Family Club offers a variety of amenities in DHA, Islamabad including Fine Dining Experience, Clubs, Terrace BBQ, Bowling Alley and much more DHA is known for the great lifestyle it provides to its residents. All the extra amenities such as gyms and sports facilities are always part of the housing schemes developed by DHA. Similarly, all the phases of DHA, Islamabad are equipped with state-of-the-art sports and outdoor facilities. From gyms to fitness centres to sports clubs, residents of DHA, Islamabad are spoilt for choices when it comes to activity centres. Residents of Phase 1 have easy access to DHA Community Centre Gym, which is located in the centre of the phase and can be conveniently reached from all the sectors. It is an economical gym with up-to-date equipment and qualified trainers. Another good option for residents of Phase 1 is Gymnastic Arena, which is situated in Bahria Town and can be reached on foot in 10 minutes. It is one of the most advanced gyms in the area. Several fitness classes and health awareness programmes are organised here to promote better health among residents. For an exclusive spa experience, residents of phase 1 can head to She Fitness Ladies Gym and Spa, situated near Clock Tower, 10 minutes’ walk away. Residents of Phase 2 can head to the Health and Fitness Center Jacaranda Family Club, situated near JFC Cineplex. The centre can be reached on foot in 5 minutes from any nearby sector. Xercise Zone on Jinnah Boulevard is an exclusive female gym with female trainers. According to Google Reviews, the gym is well maintained and clean. The trainers are also professional. A little ahead on Jinnah Boulevard is Areej's Beauty Salon and gym, which is reachable on foot in 10 minutes. As for sports facilities in Phase 2, residents have Family Park basketball, tennis court, and outdoor gym located near Snack Shack Restaurant. The facility is conveniently reachable from all the sectors. Residents of Phase 2, DHA, Islamabad, also have a Football Ground in Sector F to play soccer and maintain their fitness. However, if you prefer going to a gym to burn calories, then there are two fitness centres located in Sector E by the name of Jacaranda Gym and Swimming Centre and Exercise Zone. Also, Family Park Outdoor Gym is located in Sector B, DHA, Islamabad. Other phases do not have many options when it comes to gyms. People living there can comfortably head to the gyms mentioned above. PARKS IN DHA, ISLAMABAD Having parks and green spaces is ideal for spending evenings with family and friends. Gladly, DHA has always put particular emphasis on keeping its projects green. Most DHA projects feature sustainable infrastructure and development plans that promote green and healthy living. So, it is no surprise that all the sectors and phases of DHA, Islamabad are well equipped with parks and green spaces. Residents of Phase 1 can head to Defence Park, which is a small community park with beautiful views and comfortable seating. In the morning, you can find people of all age groups doing exercises and breathing fresh air. While in the evening, people come here to take an evening stroll. It will hardly take 5 to 10 minutes walk to reach this park from any sectors within. Then, there is a Family Park near Aiman Car Station, reachable in 3 to 4 minutes. The park has many swings for kids and jogging tracks for adults. Eye View Park near Diva restaurant is another beautiful park reachable in 8 to 10 minutes. Paddle Boats are available in the park to entertain guests. There is a massive fountain in the park that adds charm and uniqueness to the surroundings. Fairy lights are installed all around the park to make it even more beautiful. Next, Morgah Biodiversity Park on Morgah Road, near ARL Colony, is a spacious and beautiful park. A great initiative by Attock Oil Refinery, the park hosts various plants native to the Potohar region. Residents can reach this park in around 10 to 15 minutes. Joyland Rawalpindi is situated on National Park Road and can be reached in 8 to 10 minutes from any sector of Phase 1. The park features an excellent play area for kids and has a plethora of attractions, including various rides at a reasonable price. You can buy a pass for PKR 350 and ride all the swings in the park. However, you have to pay an entrance fee, which is PKR 50 per head. Also, kids aged less than two years get free entry. As for the people living in Phase 2, Children Park near Marhaba Cash and Carry is reachable in 8 minutes from the nearby sectors. Humak Park is situated near Masjid-e-Taqwa, reachable in 9 minutes. It is a lush green park that provides a fantastic view of all the surrounding greenery. Central Park is a beautiful park located in the heart of Phase 2, DHA, Islamabad. The park is clean and features a small zoo, a skating area, fast-food restaurants, and coffee shops. A jogging track of 6.5 km is present here and well maintained. Plus the park can be easily reached in 10 minutes. Then, the Mini Jungle Park in DHA is reachable in 10 minutes. Besides, since Phase 3 and 4 are under construction, there are no parks available in these phases. However, Phase 5 is home to Woods Walk Park near Subedar Faris Khan Hotel, only 6 minutes’ drive away. The park is known for its beautiful camping sites. SALONS AND SPAS IN AND NEAR DHA, ISLAMABAD Islamabad’s top salons are located in DHA, Defence, such as The Lounge by Depilex Men, Faiza’s Beauty Salon in Sector E, Sapphire Beauty Salon, and Sobia’s Beauty Salon in Sector C, and Sadaf’s Salon Spa N Academy in Sector D. A few more local beauty salons are also situated near individual phases of DHA, where residents go to take care of their beauty needs. For residents of Phase 1, these are the nearest salons: Somi Naqvi Salon & Spa near Caffe Trieste is reachable by car in 8 minutes Elixir Beauty Lounge near Intellectual Inn Hotel is only 7 minutes’ drive away from Phase 1, DHA The Lounge by Depilex Men is situated near Coffee Planet Cafe. It will hardly take you 6 to 7 minutes’ drive to reach the salon Headlines Beauty Clinic, Bahria Town on Bahria Expressway is only 5 minutes’ drive away Now let’s take a look at a few options near DHA Phase 2 with their commute time: Sadaf's Salon Spa N Academy near Building #11 , Sector D, Near Askari Tower, is reachable in 8 minutes by foot Marciano's Salon and Spa for Men on Street 22, Sector J, DHA Phase 2, Sector J, is reachable in 4 to 5 minutes Faiza’s Salon in Lane 6, Sector E is only 7 minutes’ drive away Depilex Beauty Clinic is a famous parlour situated in the heart of Phase 2, DHA. It offers a lovely ambience and is located in the main commercial area with plenty of parking spaces. Banks and grocery stores are also available in the neighbourhood Since Phase 3 and 4 are still under construction, residents of these sectors can head to the salons present in and near Phase 1 and 2. For Phase 5, the following are some salons operational nearby: The Lounge by Depilex Men is located on Jinnah Boulevard near Askari Bank. The place boasts exceptionally professional and talented staff. Marciano'Z Salon and Spa for Men, situated near Sector C Mosque, is another men's salon. It is easily reachable in 8 to 10 minutes. Rose Beauty Parlour near 7/11 Cash and Carry is also one of the most exquisite beauty salons in the area, which can be reached in 8 to 10 minutes. NEARBY AREAS Numerous societies and residential schemes surround all the phases of DHA, Islamabad. All the areas near DHA, Islamabad are well-developed and have all the amenities available. DHA Phase 1 is situated close to Army Officers Colony, which is only 5 to 6 minutes' drive away from Phase 1. It takes about 16 minutes to reach Bahria Town Phase 3, whereas Phase 7 is only 8 minutes' drive away. Further, Bahria Intellectual Village, Mora Kalu, and Kanyat Colony are somewhat 10 to 11 minutes’ drive away. Following are some localities situated near Phase 2, DHA: Emaar Canyon Views is reachable in 10 minutes Humak and Zaraj Housing Society are around 10 minutes' drive away River Gardens Housing Scheme requires almost 10 to 12 minutes' drive to reach DHA Serene City, Bahria Hamlet, Sahora, Mohra Miral are all located near Phase 3 DHA Phase 4 has Askari 14, Gulshan Abad, and National Colony in the vicinity. All of them are 8 to 10 minutes' drive away Since Phase 5 is adjacent to Phase 2, it also neighbours the same colonies SOCIETY EVENTS All the phases of DHA, Islamabad have the best resorts and Golf Clubs, where the management hosts social events for New Years and Independence Day celebrations. The community also celebrates other festivals like Eid and Valentine’s Day by offering great discounts on food and clothing. THINGS TO CONSIDER High living standards and state-of-the-art construction distinguish DHA, Islamabad from the rest. It is an ideal society from an investment point of view since it offers world-class amenities and lucrative returns in a short period. All the phases are situated on a prime location from where you can access a range of utilities and facilities. These facilities bring a host of benefits to residents, such as economical shopping in local bazaars, delicious food options, and easy access to world-class educational and medical facilities. However, few of its phases are still under construction and lack essential amenities.