ABOUT GULSHAN-E-IQBAL KARACHI
Gulshan e Iqbal is a large urban area situated on the eastern side of Karachi featuring both residential and commercial properties. The town was named after Pakistan’s national poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal; it literally translates to ‘Iqbal’s Garden’. The neighborhood primarily caters to middle to high income working class, but some of the blocks offer affordable residence for lower income families as well.
Gulshan-e-Iqbal was initially planned to have over 20 blocks but some were later merged into one block while others were divided into sub blocks. The development work in this area started back in the 70s and now it stands as one of the most well-developed and populous areas in the city. Since most of the city’s development over the three decades shifted towards the eastern side, Gulshan-e-Iqbal eventually became the strategic centre of the metropolis. Therefore, people here enjoy a central location in the city with easy access to many shopping avenues, entertainment facilities and well-maintained parks.
Located close to public sector universities such as University of Karachi and NED University of Engineering and Technology, the area is also a hub of prestigious schools, colleges and universities.
Residents of Gulshan-e-Iqbal enjoy proximity to other known neighbourhoods of the city such as Bahadurabad, Karsaz, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Federal B Area, Liaquatabad Town and Gulberg Town. Hence residents can enjoy a multitude of amenities from neighbouring towns as well. The area is connected to its neighbouring towns with important roads like University Road, Sehba Akhtar Road, Rashid Minhas Road, Karachi-Hyderabad Highway, Lyari Expressway and Shahrah-e-Pakistan.
Let’s have a quick look at what Gulshan e Iqbal has to offer before we get into the details.
AT A GLANCE
- Fully developed neighborhood rife with all the essential facilities
- One of the most populous areas of Karachi
- Home to popular parks, markets, malls and restaurants
- Close proximity to University of Karachi and NEDUET
- Provision of electricity, gas, water and other utilities
- Connected to major arteries including University Road and Rashid Minhas Road Road
FACILITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
PUBLIC TRANSPORT NEAR GULSHAN-E-IQBAL, KARACHI
If you reside in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, rest assured that you will have easy access to a number of public transport options. Numerous main bus stops can be found in the area including Nipa Chowrangi Bus Stop in Block 10, Sir Syed Bus Stop in Block 9, Urdu University Bus Stop on University Road, Expo Centre Bus Stop near Hassan Flyover in Block 15 and Gulshan Chowrangi Bus Stop near NIPA Flyover. Nipa Chowrangi Bus Stop is where you can easily board a bus to almost every other area of the city.
Bus stops near Gulshan-e-Iqbal include UBL Sports Complex Bus Stop on Rashid Minhas Road – an 8-minute drive, Resham Bus Stop on University Road – 7 km away, Continental Bus Stop in Gulistan-e-Johar – 6 km away, Millennium Bus Stop in Gulshan-e-Jamal – a 5-minute drive, Star Gate Bus Stop on Shahrah-e-Faisal – a 10-minute drive and Karimabad Bus Stop on Shahrah-e-Humayun – a 15-minute drive.
Gulshan-e-Iqbal is home to the now defunct Nipa Station Karachi Circular Railway in Block 13. The presence of this station played a key role in fast-paced development of this area. Now, the nearest railway station is Drigh Road Railway Station in Drigh Road Colony, which is a 15-minute drive from this neighborhood.
The only international airport in Karachi, Jinnah International Airport, is located on Airport Road Faisal Cantonment at a distance of 10 km. The airport is managed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and acts as the primary hub for most Pakistani airlines. The main terminal is divided into two sections for transaction of international and domestic flights separately. Cars have to follow through multiple checkpoints for safety purposes. Security is usually uptight and does not allow visitors inside indoor premises without ticket. Apart from impressive safety measures, all basic facilities and duty shops are accessible.
MARKETS NEAR GULSHAN-E-IQBAL, KARACHI
For the convenience of the residents, there are many markets located in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. Prominent markets include Discovery Supermarket on Allama Sher Ahmed Usmani Road – a 10-minute drive, Dhoraji Market on Olympian Islahuddin Road – around 5 km away, Shadman Market near Khulfa-e-Rashideen Road – 5 km away, Waqas Clothes Market and Safeway SuperMarket on Sehba Akhtar Road Block 13D – an 11-minute drive.
Nearby markets include Water Pump Market in Federal B Area – 6.5 km away, KK Super Market & Pharmacy in Block 10 Gulberg – a 15-minute drive, Birds Market on Rashid Minhas Road – around 8 km away, Qurtaba Market in Bahadurabad – a 17-minute drive, Karsaz Small Market near Karsaz Road – around 7.5 km away.
Some of the largest and worth-mentioning supermarkets in the area include the following:
- Imtiaz Super Market and Basera Market are located in Block 2
- Metro Cash & Carry on University Road
- Chase Value Centre on Rashid Minhas Road in Gulshan-e-Iqbal
If you are looking for an affordable marketplace where you can find a wide variety of products at reasonable rates, Weekly Sunday Bachat Bazar should be on yours go to list. From your daily household items to antique arts, almost everything is available here. Grocery items are also available at the lowest price. The market can get extremely crowded during peak hours and finding a valid parking spot can be a challenge. However, the saving is well worth the hassle.
Birds Market on Rashid Minhas Road is ideal for selling or purchasing pets. Birds breeding has become a legit business module among many people. You can find a plethora of different breeds and species of birds such as parrots and finches. Apart from this, bird’s medicines and feed are also available. The market is an attraction point for many visitors who love the sight and sounds of cheerful and colourful birds. Breeders can also find fine breeds of hens in this market.
One of the major super markets in Gulshan is Metro Cash & Carry. Also known as Metro AG, it is a multinational wholesale chain that originated from Germany. Its warehouses currently operates in Europe, India, Pakistan, China and Japan. In Pakistan, Metro AG has 9 wholesales centres. The Gulshan-e-Iqbal branch is located in a spacious building where everything, from fresh groceries to clothing, is available under one roof. The mart is arranged in an orderly fashion with the staff ready to guide customers. With a huge parking space, many visitors becomes recurring customers due to hassle free environment.
Imtiaz Super Market is a leading brand in terms of its impressive profitable turnovers. The market has around 9 stores in Karachi. With over 20 years of experience in managing supply chain, Imtiaz Super Market has become the busiest supermarket in the city. From groceries to clothing, you will find everything under one roof, and at extremely competitive rates.
Chase Value Centre became operational in 2009 and currently owns three branches to facilitate consumers. Reduced prices in store are due to efficient supply chain techniques by removal of all 3rd party people. You can find everything from shoes and clothing to cosmetics and electronic items in this store. Chase Value Centre also provide online shopping feature on their website so products can be ordered and delivered at your home.
Besides, LuckyOne Mall on Rashid Minhas Road has almost half of its lower ground floor dedicated to Carrefour, which is an internationally recognized chain of supermarkets. It also boasts a plethora of commodities under one roof. The store also stocks numerous imported products that are otherwise difficult to find in Karachi.
MOSQUES, CHURCHES AND TEMPLES NEAR GULSHAN-E-IQBAL, KARACHI
Gulshan-e-Iqbal is also home to various Islamic centres and mosques. Prominent mosques in Gulshan-e-Iqbal include Jamia Masjid Bait-ul-Mukaram Masjid in Block 8, Hayatul Islam Mosque and Masjid Madina tul Ilm Imambargah in Block 5, Jamia Masjid Umer Farooq and Roshan Masjid in Block 11, Masjid-e-Imam Abu Hanifa and Jamia Masjid Shah Faisal in Block 6, Jamia Masjid Al Aziz & Madersa Tajweed Al Quran and Masjid-e-Tayyaba in Block 10, Masjid-al-Quds and Masjid-e-Akhiyar in Block 9, Al Aqsa Masjid and Masjid Khulfa-e-Rashideen in Block 13, Ashraf-ul-Madaris Masjid, Jamia Arabia Ahsan-ul-Uloom Masjid & Madersa and Masjid Al Furqan in Block 2, Ghousia Memon Masjid in Block 1 and Huda Masjid in Block 7.
Bait-ul-Mukaram Masjid has quite a significance in Karachi as it is among one of the oldest mosques in karachi built over an area of around five acres. It is managed by Jamia Darul Uloom and features a large hall and open space to accommodate huge number of worshipers. A beautiful garden with tall date trees enhances the beauty of the mosque. During Ramadan, worshippers and needy can enjoy free iftar sponsored by the management. Furthermore, the mosque consists of hostels and libraries to accommodate scholars and students from far areas.
Jamia Arabia Ahsan-ul-Uloom is an international Islamic education institute with focus of teaching on classical Arabic and Islamic theology. It was founded by Maulana Mufti Zar Wali Khan in 1978. He was an Islamic scholar with expertise in the field of hadith, tafsir (Quranic interpretation) and tasawwuf (Sufism). Apart from its historical relevance, masjid is structurally beautiful with three floors to accommodate influx of people.
Gulshan-e-Iqbal is surrounded by a number of churches due to its proximity to Essa Nagri, an area with a majority of Chritian residents. Saint Philip's Church in Block 13D of Gulshan-e-Iqbal is frequently visited by this community. Other prominent churches nearby include Philadelphia Pentecostal Church in Block 5 Gulberg Town – 10 km away, Seventh Day Adventist Church in Block 9 Pehlwan Goth – a 16-minute drive, Faisal Base Church & High School in Gulshan-e-Jamal – 10 km away, Assemblies of God Church on Cantonment Road – around 7 km, Saint Lawrence Church in Soldier Bazar Garden East – approximately 12 km away, Christ the King Church on Dadabhoy Naoroji Road – a 20-minute drive and Campus Crusade for Church in Block 6 PECHS – 11 km away.
SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES NEAR GULSHAN-E-IQBAL, KARACHI
Access to reputable educational institutes is one of the primary factors in property evaluation. A plethora of schools are located in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, namely Eden Public High School on Nasir Shahanshahi Road, Happy Palace Grammar School on Sardar Ali Sabri Road, School of International Education, Peace International School, Programmer Girls School and Hayut-ul-Islam Public School in Block 5 Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Al Khaleej Islamic Education System, Fortune House School System, PIPS School System and Vailas School in Block 6 Gulshan-e-Iqbal,DEBS (D Education Bureau Schooling System) near Gulshan Chowrangi, The Educators Gulshan-e-Iqbal Campus 2 in Block 13 D.
Beaconhouse Gulshan Campus and Foundation Public School O’ Level North Campus are both located in Block 10, Gulshan-e-Iqbal. Beaconhouse belongs to a private chain of educational institutes that follows a set of unique teaching techniques known as The Beaconhouse Schooling System. While it is popular among students interested in Cambridge education up to A-Level, Beaconhouse also has matriculation wing for students who do not opt for Cambridge curriculum.
Foundation Public School follows the curriculum of Cambridge system by dividing students into houses. The House System assures competitive environment for students so they can grow and strive for continuous improvement.
Following colleges are located in Gulshan-e-Iqbal: Ideal Degree College, PakTurk Maarif International Schools & Colleges Girls Campus and The Smart College in Block 6; Shah Commerce Institute & College in Block 5; Indus Public College in Block 2; Al Haq Girls College in Block 1; Ghazi Foundation College in Block 3; Reads College and Government Degree College in Block 7. Moreover, Government Degree Science & Commerce College for Women in Gulberg Town and Comprehensive Boys College in Federal B Area Azizabad is around a kilometre away from Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
Since a huge portion of University Road passes through Gulshan, there is no surprise that some of the renowned universities in Pakistan are located in this area. NED University of Engineering and Technology, University of Karachi and Institute of Business Administration Karachi Main Campus are on University Road. Preston University Gulshan Campus on Olympian Islahuddin Road, Culinary & Hotel Management in Block 2, Islamic Women University and Abu Bakr Islamic University in Block 5, Sir Syed Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology in Block 9, University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) near Sardar Ali Sabri Road. Aga Khan University Medical College is located near National Stadium Road at a 16-minute drive.
IBA is one of Pakistan’s leading business schools. Admission in the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) is an achievement itself for its competitive evaluation test and stringent admission criteria. Even after admission, students are required to maintain their GPA during the course of their studies. IBA offers a variety of specific programmes like BBA and BS in computer science, economics, finance and social sciences for under graduates while Master in Business Administration (MBA) and a Masters in Science (MS) in variable courses for graduates. Opportunities for PHD in computer sciences, economics and mathematics are also available for students with aptitude for these fields.
The University of Karachi was established in 1951 as an initiative to increase educational resources in Pakistan. The university has more than 50 academic departments with multiple research centres. Evening programs are offered to provide opportunities to interested youth who wishes to work and pursue higher education at the same time. The UOK features one of the largest libraries in Pakistan with a record collection of over 360,000 books and 110,000 copies of national and international journals. Historical records including personal books collection of Quaid-e-Azam and All India Muslim League papers are also available. As the library is mostly digitized, many researchers and students can easily access the required sections and books to facilitate their work.
NED UET is a known public sector engineering university. NED provides a wide range of courses in engineering spectrum. Based on job demands, new programmes get introduced occasionally. Currently, the university has six faculties which manages different engineering programmes including Civil & Petroleum Engineering (CPL), Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering (MME), Information Sciences & Humanities (ISH), Architecture & Management Sciences (AMS) and Chemical & Process Engineering (CPE). The university also provides opportunity to students from different education boards including Sindh Board, Federal Board and A Levels, to compete on quota basis. Therefore each department has a diverse collection of students not only from Karachi but other parts of Pakistan as well.
BANKS NEAR GULSHAN-E-IQBAL, KARACHI
For the comfort and convenience of residents, branches of popular banks are present near Gulshan-e-Iqbal. Prominent banks along Rashid Minhas Road in Gulshan-e-Iqbal include MCB Bank, Allied Bank Ltd, Meezan Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank, National Bank of Pakistan and Bank Al Habib. Other branches in Gulshan-e-Iqbal include Faysal Bank on Allama Shabbir Ahmed Usmani Road in Block 6, United Bank Limited (UBL) in Block 2 and Habib bank in Block 5.
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS NEAR GULSHAN-E-IQBAL, KARACHI
Access to healthcare facilities adds up to the value of properties in the area and ensure a better living experience. Notable hospital in Gulshan-e-Iqbal are Patel Hospital and Rajput General Hospital in Block 4 and M RAB Medical Centre in Block 2. Other nearby hospitals include Darul Sehat Hospital on Abul Asar Hafeez Jalandhari Road – a 10-minute drive, Alico General Hospital in Mughal Hazara Goth – a 14-minute drive, Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases on Shahjahan Avenue – 5 km away, – 5.5 km away, Dr Ziauddin Hospital & , Dr Ziauddin Cancer Hospital in Block B North Nazimabad – 9 km away and Aga Khan University Hospital on National Stadium Road – a 15-minute drive.
Patel Hospital was established by a notable philanthropist from memon community, Mr Abdul Ghaffar Abdul Rehman aka Mithu Patel. The hospital features wheelchair access across the building to accommodate senior citizens without hassle. As a large hospital in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Patel Hospital is capable of handling most treatments with the aid of cooperative staff and professionals.
Aga Khan University Hospital is a well-known brand, popular for its healthcare services as well as education. A total of 560 beds including 122 private, 117 semi private, 251 general ward and 52 special care beds are available to accommodate patients. It was in the year 2000, AKUH was recognized as the first teaching hospital in Pakistan with ISO 9002 and ISO 9001 certification. Since than Aga Khan Hospitals have strived to further improve their standard of education and become a model for other health institutions.
The entire neighborhood of Gulshan-e-Iqbal is rife with private practice clinics. You might find a small clinic in almost every other street. Notable ones include Karachi Chest Clinic near Nipa Chowrangi, Mayet Dental and Medical Centre near Sardar Ali Sabri Road, Cheezal Dental Clinic in Saleem Centre Block 13, Dr A Malik Clinic in Block 5, Dr Khurram Skin Care Clinic on Rashid Minhas Road, Dr Fazal Mubin’s Clinic Gulshan-e-Iqbal in Block 2, Dr Syed Aley Hassan Homoeopathic Clinic in Block 3.
PROPERTIES IN GULSHAN-E-IQBAL, KARACHI
SALES PRICE TREND IN GULSHAN-E-IQBAL, KARACHI
Gulshan-e-Iqbal offers an abundance of investment opportunities due to availability of huge variety of houses and flats. Fluctuation in prices is not only based on size but on property’s specific location and position. In order to make your search easier, you can utilize Zameen.com smart search filters to optimize results as per your requirements and budget.
HOUSES FOR SALE ON GULSHAN-E-IQBAL, KARACHI
Gulshan-e-Iqbal offers a wide range of houses for sale. Since the area is divided into a number of blocks, property prices vary for each block accordingly. Block 13 and Block 4 seems to be best suited for middle income people while block 2, block 6 and block 10 have highest asking prices. A 120 sq yd house is for sale with highest asking price of PKR 3.4 crore which can go as low as PKR 1.15 crore. Similarly, a 240 sq yd house is available for sale with lowest asking price of PKR 2.6 crore up to highest price of PKR 6.5 crore.
FLATS FOR SALE ON GULSHAN-E-IQBAL, KARACHI
A number of flats are up for sale in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. A 1 bedroom flat is up for sale with lowest asking price of PKR 25 lakh while a 4 bedroom flat is available for sale with highest asking price of PKR 4.35 crore. You can find every flat with variable rates matching your budget.
PLOTS FOR SALES IN GULSHAN-E-IQBAL, KARACHI
Plots are available for sale in different sizes. A 120 sq yd plot is on sale for a minimum price of PKR 70 lakh to a maximum of PKR 2.4 lakh. A 240 sq yd plot is up for sale at a starting price of PKR 2 crore, going as high as PKR 3.25 crore. Larger plots of 500 sq yd are for sale in the range of PKR 5 crore to PKR 7.5 crore.
RENT PRICE TRENDS IN GULSHAN-E-IQBAL KARACHI
HOUSES FOR RENT IN GULSHAN-E-IQBAL, KARACHI
A lot of houses are up for rent in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. A 120 sq yd house can be rented for a minimum price of PKR 32 thousand which goes to up to PKR 80 thousand. A 240 sq yd house can be rented in between PKR 50 thousand to PKR 4.5 lakh. A 500 sq yd house is on rent for PKR 55 thousand up to PKR 3.2 lakh.
FLATS FOR RENT IN GULSHAN-E-IQBAL, KARACHI
Similarly, a number of rental flats are also available in Gulshan e Iqbal. A 2 bedroom flat can be rented for lowest price of PKR 14 thousand which can go as high as PKR 1.3 lakh for renting a 3 bedroom flat.
COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES IN GULSHAN-E-IQBAL, KARACHI
A 120 sq yd commercial building starts out at an asking price of PKR 2.5 crore. A 240 sq yd shop can be sold for PKR 1.25 crore. A number of other commercial sites are also available for sale including small shops and buildings with variable prices and sizes.
SHOPPING, RESTAURANTS AND BAKERIES
MALLS NEAR GULSHAN-E-IQBAL, KARACHI
Gulshan e Iqbal has many popular shopping centres & malls that cater to people hailing from all sorts of socioeconomic backgrounds. Prominent malls nearby include Nipa Mobile Mall on Saeed Ahmed Shaheed Road – 2-minute drive, Prime Shopping Mall on University Road – 4.5 km away, Millennium Mall in Gulistan-e-Johar – a 6-minute drive, Kings Mobile Mall in Block 2 – 2 km away, Centrum Mall in Mateen Shopping Galaxy – 5 km away and LuckyOne Mall on Main Rashid Minhas Road – less than 5 km away. A mall street on University Road within 6 km radius include City Vision Shopping Mall, Lamcy Plaza, RBS Mall and BB Shopping Mall.
LuckyOne Mall is one of the largest malls in Pakistan, managed by Yunus Brother Group. The mall became operational in 2017 and attracted huge crowd across entire city. All your typical retail brands including local and international are available in great variety. An open air food court features some of the popular food brands, namely Dunkin Donuts, Subway, KFC, Pizza Hut and Burger Kings. Famous restaurants like Howdy, BBQ Tonight and Royal Jasmine are also found here. A ramp area is present around the centre of the mall to promote special events like lucky draws, fashion shows and musical concerts to entertain valued shoppers. A modernized parking area is accessible below the mall with digital screens to aid visitors toward nearest empty space.
Millennium Mall is an older mall with good variety in shops and entertainment facilities. The mall developed its reputation among young adults for it economical bowling area. Even students from around the area can be seen bowling after school hours. Apart from this, local food stalls are located inside the mall to facilitate hungry visitors.
Other prominent shops in the area along Rashid Minhas Road within 1 km radius include Rasheed Sons, Student Computers, The Fix Laptop Store, Home Décor Innovations Furniture, Saeed Ghani, White Rose Uniforms and Fariya Gaming Zone.
RESTAURANTS AND BAKERIES NEAR GULSHAN-E-IQBAL, KARACHI
Gulshan e Iqbal is literally home to several food streets with famous restaurants and international fast food chains in the area. Prominent restaurants along Nipa Flyover and Rashid Minhas Road include Chaudry Mateen Foods, RJ Food Lounge, Meerath Kabab House, Aryan Restaurant and Urban Ootaq. Another food street on Allama Shabbir Ahmed Usmani has several accessible restaurants including Kashif Foods, Pizza O Pizza, Hot N Roll BBQ, Al Karam Restaurants, Kashmiri Rolls, Mon-Arsh Fine Dine, Urban Tarka, The Platter, Dua Foods, Darbar Biryani, Pulao & Haleem, Subway, Pizzahut, Bumzee’s Restaurant, Sizzlerz Café & Grill, KFC, Burger O’Clock, Dunkin Donuts, Chopsoy The American Chinese Cuisine, PUBG Café and Moos n Clucks. Other notable restaurants in the area are as follows: Ice n Spice near Sardar Ali Sabri Road, Lasania Restaurant in Block 10, Subhan-Allah Hotel on Chase Street and Noorani Restaurant in Suleman Plaza, Ginsoy Gulshan Branch in Block 4 and another branch of Subway in Block 13-A
PUBG Café is designed around the theme of a famous online multiplayer video game, PUBG. The game has a massive following among kids and adults alike. The Cafe has successfully executed the theme with detailed environment, grass floors and drop box tables. Apart from creative and impressive décor, café has also gone popular for its juicy burgers and unique sauces.
Lasania Restaurant is owned by Abbasi Brothers and is a part of the chain of restaurants spread across Pakistan. The first Lasania Restaurant started out in Rawalpindi in 1993. Due to successful business strategy, today the restaurant owns six branches. It features air-conditioned environment, unique interior and impeccable food taste. The restaurant also offers catering services to outdoor events like weddings and parties.
Karachi offers a lot of options when it comes to popular steakhouses. Sizzlerz Café & Grill is an upcoming steakhouse which offers several varieties of food including burgers, pastas, fish and steaks. Steaks are usually served with spices and sauces as per customer’s order followed up by grilled vegetables and sideline of mashed potatoes, fries or rice. Great ambience and cozy environment is all you need to enjoy some of their tasty dishes.
Baked and oven fresh goods are normally available through local bakeries. Several bakeries are present in Gulshan-e-Iqbal next to each other. Prominent bakeries along Rashid Minhas Road include La Farine Bakery, Hobnob Bakery, Bakery Delight, Master Cakes, Dacca Sweets & Bakers and United King. If you move along Allama Shabbir Ahmed Usmani Road, notable bakeries include Delicacy Bakers, Disco Bakers, Clara Bakers, Pie in the Sky, Lafarine and Blue Ribbon Bakery. Other bakeries in the area are as follows: Bombay Bakery on University Road, Crown Bakery on Olympian Islahuddin Road in Block 6 and Delhi Sweets & Bakery on Sahba Akhtar Road in Block 13.
Dacca Sweets & Bakers is famous for its paneer barfi and kacha gola. The bakery provides fresh baked goods and sweets that surpasses in flavour when compared to your average bakers. Most served goods are packed to home as the bakery does not has dine in facilities.
United King was once known as United Sweet Bakers and Nimko. It later changed its brand name to United King as several other bakers had started to cash in on its logo to increase their sales. Currently, the bakery has various branches across the city as well as involved in international export of its product.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
SPORTS FACILITIES AND FITNESS CENTRES NEAR GULSHAN-E-IQBAL, KARACHI
A good number of sports and fitness facilities are located in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, namely Karachi Hockey Association and Jahangir Khan Squash Complex on Sardar Ali Sabri Road, Women Sports Complex in Block 3, UBL Sports Complex on Rashid Minhas Road, Customs Cricket Academy near Al Mustafa Mosque, Thalla Football Ground in National Cement Employees Housing Society, IBA Student Centre in University of Karachi. Other sports complexes near the area include Sindh Sports Board Complex on Nawab Siddique Ali Khan Road – a 20-minute drive, KMC Sports Complex on Kashmir Road – a 15-minute drive and National Stadium on National Stadium Road – a 13-minute drive.
Karachi Hockey Association offers best ground for hockey practices and tournaments. The ground is covered with Astro Turf to provide professional experience. If you want to learn hockey, KHA has trainers who will coach you with their expertise.
United Bank Limited (UBL) Sports Complex is specifically designed for UBL cricket team. Well maintained ground and pitch contributes to realistic cricket experience. There are multiple grounds in complex each for football, cricket and hockey. This allows optimum utilization of ground as teams of different sports league can practice at the same place. UBL Sports Complex is also renowned to be selected as venue for Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Matches in 2019.
National Stadium is a cricket stadium managed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The stadium has a capacity of 34228 spectators and is considered as the second highest capacity stadium in Pakistan. Domestic and international matches are regularly held here. During important matches, expect tough security procedures not only inside the stadium but protocols are taken to block any traffic routes towards National Stadium.
A lot of gyms can be found in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, namely Pure Fitness Gym on Rashid Minhas Road, Get Strong Gym and Slimmers Club in Block 10, Excellent Gym on Sardar Ali Sabri Road, Body Shape Gym in Block 6, Fitness Empire near KDA Market, The Gym Hub in Block 1 and Workout Studio Fitness Centre and Life Fitness Gym in Block 13.
PARKS NEAR GULSHAN-E-IQBAL, KARACHI
In a city that is filled with concrete buildings and structures, nature lovers can still find a number of beautiful parks which have become a regular picnic spot for the locality. Various parks are accessible in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, namely Aziz Bhatti Park on University Road, Aladin Park on Rashid Minhas Road, Railway Park on Johar Mor Road, Safari Park and Madhu Muhammadan Football Ground near University Road, Zuberi Family Park, Khulafa e Rashideen Park and Bagh-e-Mustafa Park in Block 13, Nasir Hussain Shaheed Family Park in Block 2, Al Hamra Park in Block 9, Azizabad Park in Block 8, Arshad Ali Sabri Family Park in Journalists Society Block 4 and Jamshed Ansari Park on Abul Hasan Isphahani Road.
Safari Park is a family park which became operational in 1970 and spread over an area of 148 acres. It was an independent venture by KMC (Karachi Municipal Corporation). In 1995, the park was expanded with a zoo and aquarium. Some of the major attraction of Safari Park include a Swan Lake which features pagoda styled sitting spots, a Chairlift Ride which provides an overview of the park, Elephant Enclave that serves as habitat for elephants and their interaction with visitors, Kashmir Point as a picnic spot and Go Aish, a private theme park. Go Aish might be the highlight as the park features some rare recreational activities like rope course, paintball, mini golf, quad and rock climbing.
Aziz Bhatti Park was named in honour of renowned Pakistan Army personnel, Major Aziz Bhatti who bravely defended Lahore during Indo-Pakistani War in 1965. The park was initially built in 1972 by Karachi Development Authority (KDA) and later taken over by KMC in 1992. Spread over an area of 37 acres, the park features natural lakes, jogging tracks and scenic landscape for visitors to enjoy.
Aladin Park is among one of the most famous amusement parks in Gulshan e Iqbal. You can easily spot it with a decorated themed entrance gate. The park has a lot of attractions with most of the rides focused towards teens and adults. A wristband ticket can be purchased which allows visitors to use rides an unlimited number of times. Several food stalls and outlets are also accessible inside the park.
SALONS AND SPAS NEAR GULSHAN-E-IQBAL, KARACHI
Whether you want to hire expertise for weddings or need a casual haircut, you will find a number of beauty salons in Gulshan-e-Iqbal can do the trick. These include Mehreen Beauty Parlour in Block 10, Amrah Khan Salon on Tariq Road, Najla’s Beauty College on Rashid Minhas Road, Shehla Beauty Parlour, The Barber's Salon and The Lounge by Depilex in Block 5, Dupilex Beauty Clinic on University Road and Flourish Beauty Salon, Kashee’s Beauty Parlour and Mahrose Beauty Parlour near KDA Market in Block 3.
Depilex Beauty Clinic has gained reputation for its professional services. Along with adults, small children as old as two years old can also get their hair done. Mahrose Beauty Parlour has a lot of branches across the Karachi. This assures their popularity in providing optimum services to female customers. Its a female only salon with facilities to prepare makeup and dressup for occasional events.
Spas located near Gulshan-e-Iqbal include The Art of Beauty Salon & Spa in Block 1 – 4 km away, Zaynah Spa and Salon on Rae Avenue – 4 km away, Rock & Style Salon in Gulistan-e-Johar – a 7-minute drive and Beautique Salon near Abul Asar Hafeez Jalandhari Road – a 11-minute drive.
CINEMAS NEAR GULSHAN-E-IQBAL, KARACHI
Gulshan-e-Iqbal offers access to some high end cinemas near the area in Karachi. Closest cinema in the area is 4D Cinema on University Road in Block 10. Other nearby cinemas include Mega Multiplex Cinema in Millenium Mall Gulistan-e-Johar – 3 km away, Nueplex Cinemas in Askari 4 – a 5-minute drive from Gulshan-e-Iqbal from Rashid Minhas Road and Cineplex City Auditorium near Ayesha Manzil – 6 km away.
Nueplex Cinemas is a prime example of exceptional cinematic experience. Designed by internationally recognized cinema architects, Mesbur & Smith Canada, it features air-conditioned halls with up to 8 screens. Wide variety of movies from local to international can be viewed along with access to food snacks. You can visit their website to view current screenings according to date and time.
Gulshan-e-Iqbal is strategically located in the centre of Karachi, allowing easy access to other parts of Karachi. The area itself is divided into several blocks. Prominent regions near Gulshan-e-Iqbal include Gulshan-e-Shamim, Azizabad, Ayaz Town, Railway Society, Gulistan-e-Johar, Bashir Village, KDA Officers Housing Society, Hasan Square and Mehran Residency. As one of the central points in Karachi, Gulshan-e-Iqbal witness the influx of people from the entire city. This makes it a hotspot for commercial businesses and residential development. The area has access to many food streets with restaurants and cafes of wide variety located next to each other. Popular universities in Karachi are just a few clicks away. It would not be wrong to say, Gulshan-e-Iqbal is also a hub for recreational activities.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Residents of Gulshan-e-Iqbal enjoy convenient living. As it is centrally located in Karachi, many famous universities, malls and hospitals are located in proximity. With a variety of shops along with famous supermarkets, residents have quite a choice available at their hand. Since University Road passes through Gulshan e Iqbal, prestigious government universities are directly accessible.
However, as a lot of people live in this area, the roads get congested during peak hours. Due to the presence of crowded spots like Imtiaz supermarket, Chase supermarket and Aladin amusement park, the residents of Gulshan-e-Iqbal face traffic jams almost on a daily basis and commuters are stranded in gridlock for hours.
Importance of Gulshan-e-Iqbal from major locations nearby
- Interlinked directly to University Road and Rashid Minhas Road
- NED University of Engineering and Technology, University of Karachi and Institute of Business Administration Karachi Main Campus are located on University Road
- LuckyOne Mall on Main Rashid Minhas Road is less than 5 km away.
- Aga Khan University Hospital on National Stadium Road is a 15-minute drive.
- Aladin Park on Rashid Minhas Road is a 3-minute drive
- Nueplex Cinemas in Askari 4 is a 5-minute drive