ABOUT DHA KARACHI
Defence Karachi covers 8,838 acres of land. It is one of the most urbanized and prestigious housing societies of the city. The frontline of DHA displays Karachi’s beautiful beach. It consists of eight phases, offering unmatched and high-quality standards of living.
Not only is it meticulously planned, but also has a regulated administration. In March 1953, a housing society named Defence Officers Housing Society was established by a group of retired Army officers. Later, in the year 1981, under presidential orders, it was taken over by the government, who then gave the controls to the Corps Commander, Karachi. A municipal cover is provided by Clifton Cantonment Board (CBC), which is an autonomous civic body. CBC encompasses the eight phases of Defence Housing Authority, katchi abadis and Clifton Blocks 8 and 9. Its functions are maintaining public parks, streets, potting plants on roadsides, providing a sufficient supply of water, implementing good sanitation practices, conducting a census and ensuring public safety.
People invest in houses in DHA Karachi because the community has taken into consideration all aspects of a luxurious lifestyle. Due to the modern infrastructure, clean network of roads, green belts, best recreational amenities, high-quality medical facilities, modern clubs and top educational institutions, investors are interested in buying plots in Defence Karachi. Extremely well connected through a network of highways and roads, DHA has also become a commercial and business hub. It attracts job seekers to rent a house in DHA, providing an easy commute to work.
AT A GLANCE
- A well-planned, secure residential scheme, offering state-of-the-art amenities
- Hosts a flower show and many community events all year round
- Various modern and elite clubs for sports and recreational activities
- Numerous commercial and residential properties available for investment
- A huge number of eateries and entertainment venues
- Karachi beaches located nearby
FACILITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Public Transport in DHA Karachi
DHA is an area that facilitates the residents sufficiently and in every sense of the world. Therefore, you will find many options for public transport in and near DHA, Karachi as well.
Most residents in the area commute via their personal transportation or through ride-hailing services. However, there are still several buses passing through the area from different parts of the city. These include W30, X10, X8, W21, Z2, Gulistan Coach and Aiwan Coach.
Following are the most prominent bus stations in the area:
- A group of bus stops including Iqra Bus Stop, Madina Stop Defence View and JolSol Bus Stop is located on Shaheed –e-Millat Road in Phase II Defence
- Akhtar Colony Bus Stop, an important stop is located in Phase II Commercial area of Defence
- There are three significant bus stops on Korangi Crossing Road in Qayyumabad namely KPT, Qayyumabad and M-1 Bus Stop
- Blue Lines Luxury Coach Service Bus Stop and Warraich Express are located in Cantonment near Karachi Railway Station
There are quite a few other public transport options available as well. These include Gizri Bus Stop on Sunset Boulevard Bridge, Submarine Chowk on Gizri Road and KPT Underpass near Khayaban-e-Iqbal Road. Another bus stop is W-30 Sultan Masjid Stop on Khayaban-e-Bahria in Phase V. Also, you will find a bus stop by the name of Focus N Focus Bus Stop on Saba Avenue in Badar Commercial Area, Defence.
Karachi Cantonment Railway Station
Karachi Cantonment Railway Station, also abbreviated as Karachi Cantt, is one of the prominent railway stations in the city. Located near Dr Daudpota Road, Saddar, the railway station offers waiting area, counter staff for ticket purchase and tuck shops. Other retail shops found on Platform 1, include outlets of Pizza Hut and Rehmat-e-Shereen.
The station has a model of train carriage stationed at the entrance red and green shades, characteristic of Pakistan Railways. Previously known as Frere Street Station, the popular station is located at a distance of only 2 km from DHA Phase II. Its construction had started in 1896. The construction was finished in 1898. The station had cost PKR 80,0000 at that time. Government of Sindh has declared this building as a heritage site now.
Equipped with all basic facilities, the station offers opportunities for both advance and current reservation. You can use the services for reservations not only at Pakistan Railways but also for parcel and cargo facilities.
Markets in DHA Karachi
There are various famous markets in and near DHA, Karachi as it is an area with a large population and commercial significance. You will find shops and markets scattered all over the area placed rather strategically. Moreover, there are all kinds of markets - some high-end bazaars while other more economical options.
Following are the most popular and oft-visited markets located in the area:
It is a large marketplace located in Stadium Commercial Area Defence V. Counted among the oldest markets in the area, Khadda Market has a lot to offer from groceries to clothing items. The market is especially famous for its food items. Moreover, there is also a supermart, a photo gallery and gift shops. The market offers variety and affordability.
Imtiaz Super Market – Korangi Road
A branch of a famous supermarket franchise, it is a one-stop-all mart. The store offers groceries, frozen and packed food items to skincare products and pharmacy. You can also find gift items here. In short, the market caters to all the daily requirements. It is located on Korangi Road, a drive of around 2 to 3 minutes from Phase 7 of Defence, Karachi.
Famous for selling fabric at affordable rates and offering a variety at that, the market has a charm not only for the residents of DHA, Karachi but other nearby areas as well. In addition to clothing items, the market also has a variety of jewellery available.
Located near Teen Talwar Chowk in Phase 8, Clifton, the market is a drive of around 3 to 5 minutes from DHA, Karachi.
There are several other markets located in the area as well. These include fruit markets such as Badar Commercial Fruit Market in Phase V and Farmer’s Market in Phase VIII, Defence. The latter market is somewhat price. However, it is popular for offering organic food items, a healthier alternative to processed and preserved groceries.
Also, Imtiaz is not the only superstore in the vicinity. There are many other marts in the area. For instance, Tesco SuperMarket and Pharmacy in Shahbaz Commercial Area, Phase VI of Defence, Karachi is a popular choice among the residents of this area. Moreover, New Motta's Market in Phase V of Clifton and Diamond Super Market in Phase VIII of Clifton are both famous stores providing all items of daily need.
Besides, there is a Darakhshan Market in Darakhshan Villas, a popular residential scheme in Phase VI, Noble Traders and Gulf Traders near Khayaban-e-Shujaat and Sea View Mini Market in Phase V.
Also, there is a real estate market, Defence & Clifton Association Of Real Estate Agents located in phase 7 near Defence Fruit Point.
Mosques, Temples and Churches in DHA Karachi
Presence of worship areas is extremely important for the residents of any area. It offers convenience and freedom to practice their religion. There are a sufficient number of mosques, churches and temples in and near DHA, Karachi.
Some of the most-visited mosques in the area are:
- Masjid-e-Khadija tul Kubra, a large and beautiful mosque with interesting architecture and Masjid-e-Faizan-e-Islami are located in Phase 7 near Khayaban-e-Sehar
- Meanwhile, Fatima Masjid is situated in Gizri Village
- Jamia Masjid Abdul Aziz on Khayaban-e-Mujahid in Khadda Market, Phase 5 is a large mosque often visited by the residents
- Jama Masjid Noor-ul-Islam is located near Zamzama Park in Phase 5
There are several other mosques in the area as well. These include Sultan Masjid in Phase 5, Masjid E Umar Farooq – SKBZ on Khayaban-e-Rahat and Masjid-e-Kabeer in Phase 6. Also, Masjid e Saheem is a spacious white mosque with impressive pillars.
Other mosques include Masjid-e-Ali on Khayaban-e-Muhafiz in Phase 6, Jamia Masjid Auliya and Shrine of Misri Shah Ghazi on Khayaban-e-Bukhari in Phase 6 and Ayesha Masjid, a spacious mosque with white dome and beige building exuding brilliance is located on Creek Road in Phase 7.
You will find many churches located in DHA, Karachi. Some famous names are:
- Newlife Theological Seminary - United Pentecostal Church, located in Qayyumabad
- Philadelphia Pentecostal Church of Pakistan in Sikandrabad is a drive of about 10 minutes from this area
- Meanwhile St. Anthony's Parish and Church of Christ are located in Frere Town, a distance of around 2 km from this area
Masjid e Tooba, also known as Gol Masjid, is often claimed to be the largest single-domed mosque in the world and one of the biggest mosques in Pakistan. It is built on Islamic architecture, having a spacious lawn in front. It has a capacity of 5,000 namazis in its prayer hall.
Other churches in the area include St Paul ARP Church in Akhtar Colony, Church of Living Christ Pakistan and St. Andrews Church in Kashmir Colony and The Salvation Army Church in Qayyumabad. Meanwhile, St. Thomas’ Church and Holy Rosary Catholic Church are located in Azam Basti, a drive of about 5 minutes from DHA, Karachi.
There are also three main temples located near DHA, Karachi. These include:
Shri Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple
Located in Block 3 of Clifton, this is a brick-walled temple. Several people from the defence area visit it as well. It is a drive of around 5 minutes from phase 7 of DHA. The temple has an interesting architecture. There are two statues of lions placed on the entrance gate of this temple. It is surrounded by a garden shaded with trees.
It is situated on Zamzama Street in block 5, Defence. It is a large temple offering a comfortable worship place for the devoted. You can reach here in around 5 minutes from Gizri Village.
Shree Darbar SSDN
This is situated in Block 3 of Clifton. You can reach there in around 3 to 5 minutes from DHA, Karachi.
Schools, Colleges and Universities in DHA Karachi
Just like other necessities, this area is not short of offering educational institutes either. You will find many schools, colleges and universities in and near DHA, Karachi.
Some of the most famous schools in the area are discussed below:
- Dua Higher Secondary School near Khadda Market is located in Phase V of Defence
- The branches for Nursery and Junior section of one of the most famous school franchise in the country, The City School are located in Phase V, Defence
- DA Model School and DA Model Montessori School are also located in Phase V near Sea View, Karachi
- Different sections of Foundation Public School are located in Darakhshan Villas in Phase VI
Meanwhile, Karachi British School is located on Khayaban-e-Ittihad Road in Muslim Commercial Area, Phase VI. You will find Alhuda International School located on Khayaban-e-Shahbaz in Phase VI, Defence. It is a well-known school, the brainchild of the famous Pakistani Alimah, Dr Farhat Hashmi. The purpose behind establishing this school was to inoculate Islamic teachings with the formal education curriculum for young girls.
Other schools in the vicinity include Washington International School, The C.A.S School (Center for Advanced Studies) and Haque Academy School, all are located on Saba Avenue in Phase VIII, Defence, Karachi. Also, a branch of the famous Beaconhouse Defence Campus is located there as well.
Moreover, the main branch of Foundation Public School is located near Khayaban-e-Roomi in Phase VIII. On the other hand, Education Bay and Bay View Academy are located in Phase VIII near Zulfiqar Avenue.
When it comes to colleges, DHA, Defence area does not fall short either. Some of them are discussed below:
- Three important colleges in Phase VIII include DHACSS College for Women, a government degree college, Law College and Southshore College near Korangi Creek
- Meanwhile, Defence Authority Degree College, another branch of DHACSS, Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Campus on Khayaban-e-Rahat and Nixor College on Khayaban-e-Shaheen are located in Phase VI
- Beaconhouse College Campus Defence is another famous college located in Phase VI in Bukhari Commercial Area
Roots Millennium College Karachi (RMC Karachi) near Russian Consulate is a popular private college located in Block 3 of Clifton is a drive of 5 minutes from DHA, Karachi. Also, Govt Girls Degree College Gizri, Zamzama in Clifton is located at a distance of 2 km from in this area.
Moreover, TCF College Qayyumabad is a drive of 5 minutes from DHA, Karachi. TCF aka The Citizen Foundation is a non-profit organization expending considerable efforts in bringing free education to the poor. They are doing a commendable job without compromising on the quality of education.
In addition to schools and colleges, there are various universities located in the area as well. For instance, you will find SBB Dewan University and Greenwich University located in Phase VI of Defence Housing Scheme, Karachi. SBB Dewan University aka Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Dewan University was founded in 2013, a project by Yousuf Dewan Companies.
Recognized by HEC, this institute offers different programmes in various fields. These include bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in Health Management, Commerce, Management Sciences, Education, Pharm D, BBA and Computer Sciences.
Greenwich University (GU)
Meanwhile, Greenwich University (GU) is an HEC-recognized private sector university offering research options in various fields. It is situated in the residential side of Defence near the beach. The university is considered as among the leading names in business schools. The university has produced many leaders in the country including several MPAs, MNAs as well as CEOs of different multinational organizations. The university has a serene environment thanks to the atmosphere radiating calm from the sea. Moreover, the spacious building and impressive infrastructure make it a comfortable place. The university was established in 1987.
DHA Suffa University, Karachi
The DHA Suffa University (DSU), a private university comes under the administration of Pakistan Army. Named after Masjid-e-Nabwi Suffah, the famous university is situated in the middle of residential area of armed forces in Defence Housing Authority.
Established in 2002, the university started functioning in 2012. It offers various degree programmes in different fields. It offers several graduate and postgraduate programmes in fields such as Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Finance, Accounting, Management Sciences and Computer Science. The university is famous for its research and facilities. Moreover, it offers doctoral programmes in the fields of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Computer and Management Sciences.
Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST)
The Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) is a private institute with various campuses in the residential and commercial areas of United Arab Emirates and Pakistan. The main campus of the university is located in Block 5 of Clifton, a drive of around 5 minutes from Phase V in DHA, Karachi.
The university had started in 1995, an initiative of Ex-Prime Minister, Bibi Benazir Bhutto. The institute had been established as a tribute to and in remembrance of Ms Bhutto’s late father and Ex-Prime Minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. The project was led by and completed under the vigilance of Dr Javaid Laghari. The source of funding for the university comes from the leadership of the famous political party, Pakistan People’s Party.
The university offers different programmes including undergraduate and postgraduate degree in various fields. The major programmes offered by the school are management sciences, social sciences, computer sciences, law, economics, media sciences, engineering, biosciences and public health.
The university is a member of Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and Association of Commonwealth Universities of the United Kingdom and other international institutes and associations. It is among the few top-notch research institutes belonging to the private sector in Pakistan. HEC has ranked the university among the top-ten institutes in 2013.
The institute also offers external programmes provided with the collaboration of the universities in the UK. Such degrees include mostly post-doctoral courses in various fields such as social sciences and Economics, Management Sciences, Biosciences and other fields. The university also offers external programmess in the fields of Economic and Development (bachelors) and Law (LLB). These are in collaboration with the University of London.
SZABIST also offers Intermediate programmes at SZABIST Intermediate campus Larkana. It is in affiliation with Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Larkana (BISE Larkana).
Indus University, Karachi
Located in Block 9 of Clifton, Indus University previously known as Indus Institute of Higher Education is a drive of around 5 minutes from Phase V of DHA, Karachi. Government of Sindh has chartered the university and HEC has awarded it the “W” category, the top most category given based on quality education and university infrastructure. Moreover, CIEC or Charter Inspection and Evaluation Committee, Pakistan listed the university among the 5-star universities of the country in 2013.
The institute has several affiliations and recognition from various institutions. These include Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Islamabad, Ministry of Science and Technology, Virtual University of Pakistan, Board of Intermediate Education, Karachi, Education & Literacy Department, Sindh Board of Technical Education, Pakistan Engineering Council, Executive District Officer- Colleges, Pakistan Computer Bureau, Islamabad and University of Central Lancashire, UK.
The university offers various programmes such as PhD, M.Phil, M.S, M.B.A, B.B.A, B.Com. The fields offered here include Faculty of Design, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Information, Science & Technology.
Other major institute in the area is TMUC - The Millennium University and College on Ibn-e-Qasim Park Road. It is located on Block 3 of Clifton, a drive of around 5 minutes from phase V of Defence area. It is a popular educational institute, which was raised to the status of university later. Initially, it was a college.
Institute of Business Management (IoBM)
Meanwhile, Institute of Business Management (IoBM) – Korangi Creek is located at a distance of around 5 to 6 km from Defence, Karachi. Also known as, CBM, the institute has four colleges under its wing. These include the College of Business Management (CBM), the College of Economics and Social Development (CESD), the College of Computer Science and Information Systems (CCSIS) and the College of Engineering Sciences (CES).
It is a private sector university, which came into being when Sindh Provincial Assembly approved a bill unanimously for its establishment in 1998. While the university is notably famous for its courses in management sciences, it also offers bachelors and masters degrees in other fields such as Engineering, Data Science, Computer Sciences, Media Studies, Media Psychology, Business Psychology and others.
Moreover, the university offers a comfortable learning environment thanks to its impressive infrastructure. Also, it is famous for its quality of education, a product of hiring competitive faculty. The students of IoBM have a very interesting student life thanks to the availability of various extracurricular activities and societies. These include the likes of CBM Society of Health Managers (CSHM), Dialogue Society, The Literary and Public Speaking Society, Entertainment Plus Society (EPS) and several others.
Banks in DHA Karachi
DHA, Karachi is an area of immense commercial and residential significance. As such, it must have branches of banks and ATMs allowing people to transact money with ease. Following are the banks in and near DHA, Karachi.
- Allied Bank Ltd. Branch is located in Khadda Market in Phase V, Defence, Karachi
- In Badar Commercial Area, Phase V, branches of MCB and Faysal Bank
- Meanwhile, you will find The Bank of Punjab, Bank Al Habib and JS Bank branches in Shahbaz Commercial in Phase V
There are also various bank branches located in Phase VI of this area. These include Meezan Bank, Habib Metro Bank, Bank Alfalah and Faysal Bank on Khayaban-e-Bukhari Road. Also, a branch of Bank Alfalah is located on Khayaban-e-Muslim in Phase VI. There is also a branch of Standard Chartered Bank on Khayaban-e-Ittihad in Phase VI. A branch of Askari Bank Limited is situated in Shahbaz Commercial Area in Phase 6.
Meezan Bank branch on Khayaban-e-Sehar is located in Phase VII. Meanwhile, Phase VIII has a branch of JS Bank located in Al-Murtaza Commercial Area.
Clinics and Hospitals in DHA Karachi
Among other basic facilities, the availability of timely medical attention is of great importance. Therefore, it is only natural for people to look for residential areas with hospitals nearby. Fortunately, there are numerous clinics and hospitals in and near DHA, Karachi.
Some of the most popular medical facilities located in the area are:
- South City Hospital is located on Rojhan Street in Block 3, Clifton, a drive of approximately 5 minutes from phase V, Defence
- Al Tamash Hospital is located in Block 1, Clifton, a drive of less than 5 minutes from phase V of Defence
- Also, Sir Syed Hospital on Qayyumabad Road is located at a distance of 2 km from this area
Dr Ziauddin Hospital - Clifton
It is one of the branches of the famous Dr Ziauddin Hospitals, healthcare company functioning primarily in Karachi. It operates under Dr Ziauddin Trust. The hospitals provide medical treatment and care. Named after Indian academic Ziauddin Ahmad, the same group also owns Health TV and Ziauddin University.
The group operate five hospitals across Karachi and has over 600 beds in total providing medical care. The hospital offers various services such as MRI, X-Ray and Ultrasound, CT Scan, Colour Doppler Mammography, Digital Subtraction Angiography and Interventional Radiology.
It is located in Clifton Block 3. You can reach the hospital in 3 to 5 minutes from Defence area of the city.
PNS Shifa Hospital, Karachi
PNS Shifa or the Pakistan Navy Ship Shifa is a Naval hospital/treatment facility. Located in Bukhari Commercial Are in Phase 6, Defence Housing Society, the hospital has played a major role in the Karachi’s history.
In 1953, when the United States Navy first visited Pakistan, United States Navy Medical Officers established this hospital. The government of Pakistan commissioned the facility in 1956 in the services of Pakistan Navy. Pakistan Naval Engineering Branch redesigned it in 1970 under the project codename Medical Assistant Training School. In 1982, the name was conceived for the hospital as Pakistan Navy Nursing School. It was then that Forces Nursing Services (AFNS) trainee officers and Female Nursing Cadets were joined the medical facility for various professional courses.
It is a large hospital with 700 beds and offers modern treatment options to the patients.
There are also several clinics located in the area as well. These include the following:
- In Phase V, you will find MediLife Clinics in Tauheed Commercial Area, Defence Medical Clinic, Dr Zia Uddin Clinic and Denmed Clinics in Stadium Commercial Area and Shaista Clinic – The Aesthetics on Khayaban-e-Shujaat
- Meanwhile, some of the clinics in Phase 6 are The Skin Clinic in Bukhari Commercial Area and Aesthetics & Healthcare in Shahbaz Commercial
- In Phase 7, you will find SM Health Care Homeopathic Clinic, Virgin Scalp Clinic, Health Point Clinic and Rahat Medical Centre
PROPERTIES IN DHA KARACHI
Sale Price Trends in DHA Karachi
When it comes to investing money in properties, it is always recommended to study the popular trends in that area. This allows you to make a sensible decision ensuring sufficient ROIs. Discussed below are the sales price trends in DHA Defence, Karachi.
Houses for Sale in DHA Karachi
DHA Karachi has always been a popular choice as per the buying trends for properties in Karachi. One can find 120 sq yd, 150 sq yd, 240 sq yd, 500 sq yd, 1000 sq yd and 1200 sq yd houses up for sale. 120 sq yd houses come in single and double units. The double units comprise 3-4 bedrooms with attached washrooms, a drawing room, dining area, TV lounge and two furnished kitchens. The price range for 120 sq yd houses is in between PKR 3.2 crore and PKR 6.25 crore. The 300 sq yd houses in DHA, Karachi are also a good investment choice for home-buyers. The double unit houses are most popular, consisting of 5 bedrooms with attached bathrooms. It also has a specially designed children’s room, drawing room, living area, kitchen and a balcony as well. The asking price for 300 sq yd houses is in between PKR 4.75 crore and PKR 75 crore. There are 500 sq yd houses also up for sale in Defence Karachi, offering 5 bedrooms with attached washrooms, a drawing/dining area, TV lounge, and a servant’s quarter as well. The price range for 500 sq yd houses start from PKR 4.95 crore and can go as high as PKR 25 crore.
Plots for Sale in DHA Karachi
There are 120 sq yd, 200 sq yd, 300 sq yd, 500 sq yd, 1000 sq yd and 2000 sq yd plots up for sale. The price range for 120 sq yd plots in DHA Karachi is in between PKR 13 lakh and PKR 20 crore. For 500 sq yd plots, the prices tend to increase from PKR 5 crore and can go as high as PKR 70 crore.
Flats for Sale in DHA Karachi
Karachi Defence has 1-bed, 2-bed and 3-bed apartments up for sale. For better investment yields, people invest in 1-bed apartments. They have prices in between PKR 42 lakh and PKR 3.1 crore. Most of these flats are available near Seaview and Dolmen Mall. There are 2-bed flats up for a sale as welll having a price range in between PKR 35 lakh and PKR 9 crore. Moreover, the prices for 3-bed flats start from PKR 65 lakh and can go as high as PKR 7.5 crore.
Rent Price Trends in DHA Karachi
If you are interested in renting properties in any area, then you must study its general rental trends. Following are the rental price trends in DHA, Karachi.
Houses for Rent in DHA Karachi
When it comes to finding the rental trends in Karachi, DHA tops the list. There are higher rents for furnished bungalows. For a 120 sq yd house on rent, the prices vary in between PKR 85 thousand and PKR 2.5 lakh per month. When it comes to 300 sq yd houses on rent, the lowest rental cost is PKR 70 thousand per month. It can go as high as PKR 4 lakh per month. For 500 sq yd ready-to-move-in houses, the rental price is in between PKR 55 thousand and PKR 35 lakh per month.
Flats for Rent in DHA Karachi
DHA Defence has 1-bed, 2-bed and 3-bed apartments up for rent. The rent for 1-bed apartments is in between PKR 10 thousand and PKR 60 thousand per month. Most of these flats are available near Sea View and Dolmen Mall. There are 2-bed flats also available on rent, with a starting price of PKR 20 thousand. It can go as high as PKR 3.2 lakh per month. Moreover, the prices for 3-bed flats is in between PKR 25 thousand and PKR 6.75 lakh per month.
In every phase of Defence Housing Authority, there are designated commercial areas. In Phase 1, there is Commercial Area B and Industrial Commercial Area. In Phase 2, there is Commercial Area A and Sunset Boulevard Commercial Area. Phase 4 has Sunset Commercial Area and 9th & 10th Commercial Street. Phase 5 comprises Badar Commercial Area, Stadium Commercial Area, Tauheed Commercial Area and Zamzama Commercial Area. Phase 2 Ext. and Phase 5 Ext. have Commercial Area and Saba Commercial Area, respectively.
Phase 6 has a long list, comprising Bukhari Commercial Area, Ittehad Commercial Area, Nishat Commercial Area, Muslim Commercial Area, Nishat Commercial Area, Rahat Commercial Area and Shahbaz Commercial Area. In Phase 7, there is Sehar Commercial Area and Jami Commercial Area. Phase 8 comprises Zulfiqar & Al Murtaza Commercial Area and Peninsula Commercial Area. A number of buildings, offices and shops are up for sale in DHA. There are 5 marla, 10 marla and 1 kanal commercial plots available on sale. As it is the most prestigious business address in town, many companies also look for rental options in DHA. You can find fully furnished offices and shops available for rent.
Most Popular Phases in DHA Karachi
DHA Phase 8 is the most popular phase for buying property in DHA Karachi. People are investing in plots in DHA Phase 8, as it is the biggest and largest sector of DHA. It comprises 45% of the entire covered area of DHA. It has six sectors - A to E. Some of them are fully developed. There are some facilities that have been introduced in Phase 8, such as E-tagging, ICT plan based on fibre optics and a state-of-the-art graveyard. The graveyard will have digital web cameras for live streaming of the grave and it will also be well-equipped with computerized internet system for remote connectivity so that even if you are not in town, you can still offer fateha for the deceased.
When exploring options for renting houses in DHA, Karachi, Phase 6 is the most popular sector, according to Zameen’s data. It is home to tennis clubs, squash courts, rifle clubs, parks, places of worship, educational institutions, commercial areas, sports complex and clubs, shopping centres and a graveyard.
SHOPPING, RESTAURANTS AND BAKERIES
Malls in DHA Karachi
Defence is among the top commercial areas of Karachi. It offers a variety of activities to the residents of the area. A happening shopping scene is among them too. There are several malls located in and near DHA, Karachi.
Some of the famous malls in the vicinity are discussed below in detail:
Zamzama Mall is located on Zamzama Boulevard in the Zamzama Commercial Area, Phase V, Defence. This is among the first shopping malls in the area. The mall covers an area of around 40,000 sq. ft. and has 120 shops encompassing all the high-end brands.
The mall is located in Zamzama City along with bustling Zamzama Park Roads and Zamzama Boulevard. The mall offers a superior shopping experience in the true sense thanks to their dedicated security service, CCTV surveillance, extensive parking facility and central air-conditioning.
The Forum Shopping Mall Karachi
The mall located in Khayaban-e-Roomi, Block 9 Clifton is a distance of around less than 2 km from Defence, Phase V. It is a quiet famous mall with a supermarket, brand shops for clothing and jewellery and a plethora of eateries in the food court.
While in general, the mall is expensive than its other counterparts, it also has better products and a lot more variety of products available.
Another high-end mall laced with the latest facilities offering shopping, entertainment and food all under one roof. The mall is situated in Khayaban-e-Iqbal in Block 9 Clifton, a drive of 10 minutes from Defence area. The mall has a cinema, a major attraction of the mall.
However, it also has a lot more to offer in terms of shopping with every major brand having outlets located in the mall.
Dolmen Mall – Clifton
The Dolmen City Mall is located in block 4 of Clifton at The Front Harbour. The mall belongs to the famous chain, Dolmen Malls. Dolmen Group owns and operates it under the project called Dolmen City. The group has been established as a real estate investor in 1984.
The Clifton branch of the mall was inaugurated in 2011 and has been a success ever since then. The malls celebrated Independence Day in 2018, spanning from 10 August to 14 August. The mall is a spacious, multi-storey building offering all the latest facilities including elevators, escalators, bathrooms on different floors, parking with valet service and praying area.
This shopping mall houses local as well as international retail, fashion and food brands. Moreover, there are various indoor recreational activities such as Sindbad Amusement Park. There is also a food court bringing different restaurants and café under one roof. Also, media persons and filmmakers have used this mall several times for promoting their films, shows and projects.
The Mall is located in Khayaban-e-Shaheen in Phase VIII in Defence surrounded by the breezy wind from the sea. This is a huge mall with state of the art infrastructure. In addition to offering a comfortable haven for shopping, the mall harbours Nueplex Cinema. This cinema is among the most popular ones in the city. People from all over the city come here especially on weekends to watch the latest movies.
Also, the mall has a resourceful food court with various options to choose from. The mall has a joy ride as well which is equally popular among children and adults.
Restaurants and Bakeries in DHA Karachi
A good restaurant near your residential area feels like a blessing. Defence, Karachi has a lot to offer to its residents in this regard. There are several restaurants and bakeries in and near DHA, Karachi offering a variety of delicious cuisine.
Following are some of the most famous eateries located in the area:
- There are several high-end fine dining restaurants such as Chinese Treasures, Nawab's Dynasty Authentic Mughlai Restaurant, Roasters, Arizona Grill, Domino’s Pizza and Oh My Grill located in the Zamzama Commercial Area in Block 5, Clifton
- Mirchi, Daily Dubai Restaurant and Chop Chop Wok are situated in Badar Commercial Area in Phase V
- On Khayaban-e-Mujahid near Khadda Market in Phase V, you will find New Chopstix Restaurant as well as Rowtisserie, an elegantly designed fine-dine restaurant
- Meanwhile, there is a cluster of restaurants on Shahbaz Commercial Area in Phase 6 including Cafeela Restaurant, Bella Vita and Ginsoy, a famous restaurant offering delicious Chinese cuisine
There are numerous other restaurants located in this vicinity. Thyme Restaurant on Khayaban-e-Ittihad Road in Phase 6 is famous for its delicious seafood options. Long Cheng Chinese Restaurant and the burger expert, Burger O’Clock are also located in Ittihad Commercial Area in Phase 6. Bonsai Pan Asian Kitchen, a Thai restaurant is located in Ittihad Commercial Area as well.
Meanwhile, Rakaposhi Restaurant is located in Sehar Commercial, Phase 7 of DHA, Karachi. Tau’s Restaurant famous for its continental cuisine in Phase 6 offers scrumptious food and a brilliant ambience. Also, Broadway Pizza considered the best pizza in town by some, is located right next to Tau’s. Loco is another classy restaurant located in Phase 6. The eatery has an eye-catching aesthetics with an artistic touch to the décor lending a pleasing effect to the overall environment. Also, Sobremesa and the popular Xander’s Restaurant are located nearby.
Another famous restaurant offering a fine dining experience in the area is the Salt N Pepper Village Karachi. It is a buffet restaurant with a seating capacity of around 300 people. It also has the facility of valet parking. The restaurant is mainly famous for its delectable breakfast including halwa puri.
Kolachi – Do Darya
Considered among some of the must-visit eateries in Karachi, Kolachi offers not only taste but aesthetics as well. Constructed over a famous water strip, the restaurant is visited for the refreshing breeze and serenity. Moreover, the restaurant has an amazing variety on their menu ranging for steaks and fast food to desi cuisine. It is a high-end restaurant and so the prices are a bit on the higher side.
People are often seen enjoying the waters. You will observe kids throwing breadcrumbs in the sea. There is nothing to worry though, they do that to attract the small fish in the sea that come swimming in groups to feast on the food.
There are also several other restaurants located inline on the same road as Kolachi along Do Darya. These include Kababjees, Al Habib Restaurant, Sajjad Restaurant, BBQ Delight and Charcoal BBQ n Grill. These are situated in Phase 8 of Defence Housing Authority, Karachi.
Moreover, there are many cafés and bakeries situated in this area as well.
There is a plethora of cafés and bakeries in Phase 6 in Shahbaz Commercial Area. These include the likes of Evergreen Café, Dunkin Donuts, Vintage Café Khayaban-e-Seher and bakeries such as the famous Pie in the Sky and Delizia are situated here. Both bakeries offer a delicious variety of cakes and pastries always offering a touch of difference. Also, Hobnob Bakery is located on Khayaban-e-Badar in Phase V.
Café Zouk and Café Chatterbox are located in Bukhari Commercial Area, DHA Phase 6. Meanwhile, Mocca Café, Fibbi Café and Café Glow are all located as a group in Shahbaz Commercial Area in Phase 6. Once Upon A Time Café in Muslim Commercial Area in Phase 6 is a great option if you are looking for delicious coffee and some entertainment
N'eco's Natural Store & Cafe
The café is located in Bukhari Commercial, Phase 6 near Teena Durrani boutique. Considered among the best cafés of the city, they have an environmental-friendly approach. All their products are 100% natural and free of processing. They offer a variety of products including healthy drinks, natural bakery products and other items including keto diet and organic honey. Additionally, they have a beauty and bath range as well.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Sports Facilities and Fitness Centres in DHA Karachi
Health is of the utmost importance for humans. While taking care of your diet is one way to ensure good health, indulging in physical activity is also of the essence. However, for practical purposes, the sports facility must be located in the vicinity. It saves time, energy and time. Luckily, there are many sports facilities and fitness centres in and near DHA, Karachi.
Covered below are the most popular gyms and sports facilities in this area:
- A group of famous gyms are located in Bukhari Commercial Area, Phase 6 including Fitness Edge Gym, Roar Fitness Gym and Fitness Gym Boxing
- J Fitness Club is located near Nishat Park in Nishat Commercial Area in Phase 6
- FZM Fitness Studio on Khayaban-e-Amir Khusro in phase 8 is a popular gym among the residents
- Fitness Cartel in Ittihad Commercial Area is located in Phase 6
Other fitness centres located in the area include Structure Health & Fitness in Badar Commercial Area and Kore Fitness on Khayaban-e-Shahbaz in Phase V. TAURUS MMA & Fitness Center and Samz Studio are located in Rahat Commercial, Phase 6.
Meanwhile, you will find a cluster of high-end fitness centres on Khayaban-e-Seher in Phase VII. These gyms are Cuts & Curves Fitness Gym, Gravity Fitness, Ideal Fitness Gym and Fitness Innovation Studio & Gym.
DHA Golf Club
DHA Golf Club is a large facility located on Zulfiqar Street 1, D.H.A. Phase 8. It is a famous club with spacious lawns ideal for golfing. People from all over the city come here to practice their love for the game. The only other golf club in the city to rival it would be Karachi Golf Club in Karsaz.
DHA Golf Club offers a serenity and beauty thanks to its ideal location. You will find golfing on the shore of the sea highly entertaining.
Defence Authority Marina Club
The club is famous for offering a unique boating experience to the visitors. It is also located alongside the sea as is evident from its name. Apart from the boating, members can have a highly entertaining time at private yachts. They also allow you to arrange events alongside the sea.
It is also located on Zulfiqar Seat, Phase VIII of Defence, Karachi.
Parks and Clubs in DHA Karachi
DHA is perhaps the most posh area of Karachi. It is popular for fresh air and beauty. There are various aesthetically pleasing spots in the area allowing the residents to enjoy the atmosphere even more. While most of these places have historical importance, built during the British Raj, there are many established later to make the area more alluring. Therefore, you will find many parks in and near DHA, Karachi.
Some of the major parks located here are as follows:
- Hilal Park and Nishat Park are located on Khayaban-e-Hilal in Phase 6 offering walking track and playground area to the children
- In Phase 7, Rahat Park on Intersection of Khayaban-e-Rahat and Khayaban-e-Ittihad Road and Bukhari Park on Khayaban-e-Ittihad are located
- Visually Impaired Persons Park, a great initiative for the less fortunate is located in Phase VIII
- A.K.Khan Park is located is situated on Sea View Road in Phase V
There are several other parks located in the vicinity as well. Darakhshan Park near Darakhshan Villas is located in Phase 6. Meanwhile, Captain Farhan Ali Shaheed Park is located in Phase VIII. Other parks include an Extension Park in Phase VIII and a Children’s Park in Phase V of Defence. Meanwhile, Nisar Shaheed Park is located in Phase IV near Golf Course Road.
There is an amusement park located adjacent to Nisar Park called Chunky Monkey Amusement Park. The park is an amazing place, especially for the children. It offers various joy rides that are safe and fun. Also, the accompanying gardens, tracks and grounds are
It is a beachside park in Clifton, a drive of around 5 minutes from Phase V of Defence, Karachi. It is the largest urban park in Karachi. Covering an area of 130 acres, the park has a lot to offer to the residents making it a favourite picnic spot. Almost over 10 million people visit the park each year.
Bagh-e-Ibn-e-Qasim is especially famous for a turtle pond, murals of dinosaurs, 20 stone canopies and a large rose garden. Moreover, it overlooks the 90-meter Port Fountain of Karachi Port Trust (KPT). The name of the park commemorates Muhammad Bin Qasim of the Umayyad Empire, the 8th-century Arab conqueror.
The park was established in 2007 and has housed several festivals as well including Sind Festival, 2014.
This is an oft-visited park in Zamzama City area covering a total of 26 acres. Situated in phase 5 area of Defence Housing Authority, the park offers jogging tracks, walking paths, rollerblading enclosure, playground and refreshment stand. The display centre and head office of Pakistan Bonsai Society is also located inside the park. You can reach them in 2 minutes by entering from gate no.2.
Amir Khusro Park
The park was established in 1around 960s. Up until the 70s, it was a beautiful park and was visited frequently by the residents around the surrounding area. However, in the mid-80s, the park was deserted due to negligence. The government then renovated it and reopened it in the early 90s. It has a walking/jogging track 431 meters in length. It is facilitated with public toilets, exercise machines and benches for resting.
Mr Mumtaz Bhutto had inaugurated it while he was the caretaker chief minister of Sindh.
The park is located on Hatim Alvi Road in block 5 of Old Clifton. You can reach there in around 5 minutes by car if you are travelling from Phase V in Defence, Karachi.
Frere Hall, Karachi
Frere Hall is a very famous building in Karachi with considerable historical significance. The building dates to the early British colonial-era in Sindh. Frere was completed in 1865. Initially, its purpose was Frere Hall served as Karachi's town hall. However, now it serves as a library and an exhibition space.
Based in Saddar Town, central Karachi's colonial-era, the building is close to the Civil Lines neighbourhood, home to various consulates. It is a library and hall with interesting Victorian architecture attracting tourists in torrents. The hall is located between Fatima Jinnah Road (formerly Bonus Road) and Abdullah Haroon Road (formerly Victoria Road). It lies right next to the popular Sind Club.
One of the most notable characteristics about the Hall is its ceilings were decorated by the world-renowned Pakistani artist Sadequain. Unfortunately, due to his death in 1987, the mural remained incomplete. Several other works by Sadequain are found in the hall, and form what is known as the "Galerie Sadequain."
Frere Hall houses many stone busts, including that of King Edward VII, which was a gift from local Parsi philanthropist Seth Edulji Dinshaw. Frere Hall also houses oil paintings by Sir Charles Pritchard, who was a former Commissioner of Sindh.
The Mohatta Palace, a famous museum is located in Block 5 of Old Clifton, a drive of less than5 minutes from this area. Shabbir khan Mohatta was a Hindu Marwari who had built this palace in 1927 in the posh seaside area of Clifton. He had built the enchanting as a summerhouse but also made a palm olive soap business in this palace. Unfortunately, Mohatta could not enjoy the palace for more than two decades because of Independence, after which he decided to leave for India.
The design of the building was the brainchild of the brilliant architect, Agha Ahmed Hussain. The palace is built in the tradition of stone palaces in Rajasthan. He used pink Jodhpur stone in combination with the local Yellowstone from Gizri. The amalgam gave the palace a distinctive presence in an elegant neighbourhood, characterised by the Indo-Saracenic architecture, which was located not far from the sea.
Acting as a museum now, the palace has interesting exhibits on maps & cultural artefacts. Also, the surrounding gardens add beauty to the already exquisitely elegant building.
The palace is closed on Mondays and the timings for Tuesday to Sunday are 11.00 am to 6.00 pm. Meanwhile, there is a Friday Prayer break between 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm. You can reach the palace using buses such as Bus: No 20, Minibus: N and W30 and Coaches including Super Hasan Zai and Khan Coach.
People residing in DHA have access to the Clifton Beach, more popularly known as Sea View, which can be reached in around 10 minutes. The Sea View provides many entertainment options for both children and adults alike. Inhabitants can enjoy the cool breeze while walking alongside the seashore. After enjoying the time spent at the beach, people go to famous food outlets like McDonald's, Mr Burger and Xander’s which are located nearby.
The beach stretches from Karachi to Ormara (Balochistan). It is the most famous beach in the country. Open for 24 hours, it enjoys the status of being the most accessible beach in the country. Apart from this, Karachi being the prominent coastal city of the country has different beaches on the border of the Arabian Sea. It gives the beach lovers several opportunities to enjoy in the water.
The beach is located in the neighbourhoods of the city centre, the famous Saddar Town. The Sea view Apartments across from the beach is a gated residential area, which is rated amongst the top properties in the city. Other apartments and villas, which can be seen along the Clifton beach coasts, are becoming popular as well.
Salons and Spas in DHA Karachi
Pampering yourself is always a great idea. It can work wonders for your mood. Visiting a good salon for a treatment you had been delaying for a while is always recommended. However, the spas must not be located too far away to make your trip more economical and to ensure overall feasibility. Thankfully, there are enough salons and spas near DHA, Karachi.
Following are some of the famous salons in the area:
- Angie’s Salon in Khadda Market in Phase V offers quality hair treatment services
- J Style Men's Salon, H Salon & Spa, Maria’s Salon and Institute are located in Khayaban-e-Seher, Phase 6
- High-end designer salons such as Mubashir Khan Salon and The House of Glam are situated in Shahbaz Commercial Area on Saba Avenue in Phase 6 near The Royal Rodale
Sana Sarah’s Salon and Studio on Ittihad Commercial Area in Phase 6 is a leading beauty parlour. It has received several positive reviews in the past especially for its bridal makeup and services. Moreover, as compared to other high-end parlours, this salon offers affordability.
Also, Sabs The Salon is another brand by a makeup artist. The salon is also famous for its bridal and party makeup. Beauty Bar – Salon and Spa, Natasha B. Salon and Spa and Gillan Salon and Spa are located in Nishat Commercial Area in Phase 6.
A group of parlours are also located in Bukhari Commercial Area in Phase 6. These include Hina Khan’s Studio, Joie Salon & Spa, Naveen Salon & Spa, Peng's Salon Bukhari Commercial, Hina Arif Hair and Beauty Salon and Saman Salon & Spa. These are all famous makeup artists’ endeavours offering expertise and sophistication in their work.
CINEMAS IN and near DHA, Karachi
Karachi Defence Area is a commercial area. As such, it is home to several entertainment agencies. Therefore, you will find several cinemas in and near DHA, Karachi.
Nueplex Cinemas – The Place
Nueplex Cinemas is the largest Cinema Complex located in Karachi. The famous duo of cinema Architects, Member & Smith of Canada have designed it. The cinema is situated on Khayaban-e-Shaheen in Phase 8.
Housed on the second floor of The Place, the cinema comprises of 5 theatres encompassing 1200 seats. Three of the largest silver screens in Pakistan are in this cinema.
Cinepax Cinema – Ocean Mall
Cinepax Cinema is located in Ocean Mall on Khayaban-e-Roomi, Block 9 of Clifton. It has the honours of being the first National Multiplex cinema brand. The cinema offers several features including CMAX, Minipax, 4Dx, KIDS Screens, Platinum, Gold & silver seating facility. The cinema is kids friendly and therefore attracts families.
Defence is a significant area located in Karachi, Pakistan. Various important landmarks and areas of the city surround it. Allowing easy transport to the residents, Pakistan Railway Station is situated nearby.
The closest and most significant area near DHA is Clifton. It has several commercial advantages and houses many shops and other places of historical significance. Mohatta Palace, a site of heritage and a museum of maps is located in Clifton. One of the major landmarks of the city of Karachi, Teen Talwar Chowk is located in Clifton, merely a drive of around 5 minutes from Phase 5 of DHA. Bagh-e-Ibrahim, one of the oldest monuments of the city is also a part of Clifton.
Another important area in the vicinity is Saddar Town. Frere Hall located in this area, its hall and its famous library, is a hot attraction for the tourists. Moreover, another tourist’s attraction spot, Quaid-e-Azam House Museum is also located in Saddar Town. Other important area in Saddar Town include Art Council of Pakistan, Karachi Gymkhana and National Museum of Pakistan.
Another important area located nearby is the Korangi Creek Industrial Area. It houses the renowned university, Institute of Business Management (IoBM). The area has several units of small and large business. These include food and pharmaceuticals, garments and textiles, light engineering, packaging and printing, warehousing and logistics.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Living in DHA, Karachi has its perks and privileges but there are a few downsides too. Residents are concerned about the growing needs of water supply in the area, which is being taken care of by the administration. CBC has approved four Reverse Osmosis plants to be built. It will help provide 100 more tankers every day, resolving the water crisis soon. As DHA is a prime location, congestion on roads is another factor to consider, which is intensified whenever there is a VIP movement going on. Apart from these minor hitches, DHA provides all the facilities for a luxurious lifestyle.
DHA, Karachi has many events taking place throughout the year. From stand-up comedy, open mic events, to book launches, art exhibitions, handicrafts exhibitions, food festivals and community events, there are a variety of events taking place here. It provides a haven for artists and freethinkers. Those wanting to hone their artistic skills and learn new ways of creative expressions are welcomed at The Grid Club. While comedy nights, book launches and debates are held at T2F. Tansen Academy of Performing Arts holds music classes for music-lovers.
Importance of DHA Karachi from major locations nearby
- You can reach Clifton Beach in around 10 minutes from this area
- Atrium Mall is located at a driving distance of about 12 minutes from Defence, Karachi
- Dolmen Mall is a drive of about 7 minutes from here
- Malir River is a distance of 2 km from here
- Frere Hall is situated at a driving distance of 5 minutes from DHA, Karachi
- Ocean Mall is located at a distance of about 1 km from this area
- Mohatta Palace is located at a distance of around 2 km from this housing authority
- Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim is a drive of 5 minutes from here
- Teen Talwar Chowk in Clifton is only around 2 km from DHA, Karachi