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Real Estate in Mohammed Bin Zayed City

Mohammed Bin Zayed City, also known as MBZ City, is a quiet residential area spread over 45 sq. km on the outskirts of Emirati capital. The area is considered complete, with a wide range of educational institutions and clinics, as well as entertainment and leisure destinations, can be found here. Residents who reside in MBZ can experience silence and a more peaceful way of life, but at the same time still be within close proximity to Dubai and Al Ain, which is one of the pros of living here. Besides a range of basic facilities, the price range for properties on offer is considerably low.


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MBZ City

Mohammed Bin Zayed City is also one of the best options in the capital for families with children wishing to live in comfort whilst also having the opportunity to get to Abu Dhabi Downtown in a short period of time. The area is located between Mussafah and Zayed City.

From Mohammed Bin Zayed City one can get to any location in Abu Dhabi. Thus, travel time to Abu Dhabi Downtown, Yas Island and Al Reem Island can all be reached in 30 minutes, while Saadiyat Island is a 35-minute drive away, and Abu Dhabi International Airport is about a 15-minute drive from the area. Villas offer parking spaces, so there will be no problem in finding a place to park for a private vehicle. Moreover, those who have more than two cars can also use the local street parking.

Public transport is present in the area, and one of the most popular bus stops is located at Al Sawari St / Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Mosque, where one can use the buses M1 and M2. However, you will need to make a change, as there are no direct buses to the main areas of Abu Dhabi from MBZ.
Families with children might want to learn more about the closest educational institutions and clinics located in the area and its surroundings. Among the ones to consider are:

  • Liverpool Nursery, Kid’s Island Nursery, Riverwood Nursery, etc.
  • Private International English School, The Cambridge High School, Emirates Future International Academy and other schools that can be easily reached from any corner of Mohammed Bin Zayed City within a 10–15 minute drive.
  • Among the closest universities are Al Ain University Abu Dhabi Campus, Abu Dhabi University and Zayed University, located a 15-minute drive from the area.
  • Residents of Mohammed Bin Zayed City can get professional help in Madinat Mohammed Bin Zayed Healthcare Center, located in the center of the area. One can see a professional in family medicine, dermatology, radiology, audiology, endocrinology, dentistry, etc. Bareen International Hospital and Burjeel Medical City are also in close distance to MBZ.

Residents of the area have access to a wide range of groceries and supermarkets such as Leemar Supermarket and Little Star Supermarket. Spinneys can be found in Mussafah, which is close to Mohammed Bin Zayed City.

Real Estate Property in Mohammed Bin Zayed City

Mohammed Bin Zayed City is not a freehold area, which means that only Emiratis and residents of other GCC countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman, have the right to obtain a property here.

Those wanting a spacious apartment in a high-rise building with breathtaking views might be interested in other areas including Saadiyat Island, Yas Island and Al Reem Island, as you will not find any skyscrapers in Mohammed Bin Zayed City. The area offers a great number of villas and townhouses, ideal for those wishing for comfort and peace. Among the most popular communities in the area are:

  • Mohammed Bin Zayed Centre is a sub-community located in the heart of the area where anyone can find a suitable unit corresponding to their needs. An eight-bedroom villa with an area of 7,500 sq. ft will cost AED 260,000 (USD 71,000) per year, while the price of renting a three-bedroom villa with an area of 3,500 sq. ft is AED 105,000 (USD 29,000).
  • Zone 22 is another popular sub-community of Mohammed Bin Zayed City which is located near the southern part of the area, close to E11 and E22 roads. Potential tenants can find a range of educational institutions and shopping options here. It will cost AED 110,000 (USD 30,000) per year to rent a four-bedroom villa with an area of 4,500 sq. ft in Zone 22.
  • Zone 12 is one of the quietest sub-communities in the area, where several mosques are located. Renting a four-bedroom villa with an area of 5,600 sq. ft will cost AED 120,000 (USD 32,700) per year. However, it’s also possible to find a smaller unit. For example, a one-bedroom apartment with an area of 300 sq. ft in a two-storey building will cost AED 25,000 (USD 6,800) annually.

If you are interested in obtaining a property in Mohammed Bin Zayed City, the price of a two-bedroom villa with an area of 1,884 sq. ft is AED 620,000 (USD 169,000), while a seven-bedroom with an area of 8,677 sq. ft cost AED 9,000,000 (USD 2,450,000).

Economic Attractiveness

The Emirati capital attracts foreigners due to a wide range of reasons that include job opportunities, safety, warm climate, the opportunity to travel inside and outside the country, as well as many more, and as a resultan increasing number of professionals are thinking about moving to Abu Dhabi.

Mohammed Bin Zayed City is the best option for families with children, as it offers a great number of spacious villas and townhouses to choose from. Moreover, there are educational institutions and clinics within the area, as well as entertainment activities which will be appreciated both by adults and children. In 2019, according to Bayut's Abu Dhabi market report, the area was ranked as the most popular choice for buyers and renters in the UAE capital.

The rental yield in Mohammed Bin Zayed City depends on the area of the unit. Thus, the average ROI for a five-bedroom villa is 6.5%, while a seven-bedroom villa will provide you with 7.1% rental yield per year. That means that obtaining a property in Mohammed Bin Zayed City is a good investment which will provide GCC citizens with a stable income.

Leisure Activities & Sights

In Mohammed Bin Zayed City there is no time for boredom, as it is a family-friendly area where anyone can find the right entertainment activity to suit their mood. Among the most popular leisure activities located at the area and its surroundings are:

  • Mazyad Mall is one of the most popular shopping centers within the area. Here one can go shopping, enjoy some food in various F&B outlets that include McDonald’s and Subway, as well as practice sports at Gold’s Gym.
  • Capital Mall offers retail stores, cafes and restaurants and an Action Zone where one can have fun at the Video Gaming Zone, stock up on treats at the YAMU snack counter, test out the Virtual Reality games, experience the KIDZONE ocean world soft play area, and much more.
  • Dalma Mall is a shopping centre located off E30 road in Mussafah. It’s popular among both locals and tourists. Over 450 international and local brands can be found here including American Eagle, Giordano and Aéropostale, as well as a wide range of cafes and restaurants, cinemas, and other entertainment options.
  • MBZ Park is an ideal place to relax after a tiring day, as visitors have the opportunity to practise sports in the outdoor gym, use the running track, or just walk and enjoy greenery. Families with children will also appreciate the children's playground and picnic areas.
  • Ultimate Sports Academy Al Forsan International Sports Resort where anyone can practise equestrian, archery, motorsports, paintball, paddle tennis, sword fighting, etc. The sports resort can be reached within 10 minutes from Mohammed Bin Zayed City. Abu Dhabi Golf Club is also a 15-minute drive from the area.