ABOUT KHAYABAN-E-IQBAL, ISLAMABAD
Khayaban-e-Iqbal, also known as Main Margalla Road, is among one of the major roads in Islamabad named after the national poet, Allama Muhammad Iqbal. It is a significant road that stretches over 17 km all the way from Red Zone to Golra. It runs along several residential sectors of Islamabad from E-7 to E-11 and F-6 to F-11.
The road further extends towards outskirts of Islamabad passing through Jinnah Stream to intersect with Fourth Avenue and Nurpur Road. Khayaban-e-Iqbal or Margalla Road intersects a number of other important roads including Hillal Road, Ahmed Faraz Road, Rafiqui Road, Younus Avenue, Lalak Jan Road, Kohistan Road, Ismail Zabeeh Road, Faisal Avenue, Aurangzeb Road, Parveen Shakir Road, Kohsar Road, Parbat Road, Hill Road and Constitution Avenue. Furthermore, this road is a service road away from Kashmir Highway, which provides access to two major arteries, namely Murree Road and Islamabad Expressway.
While all of the aforementioned roads connect you to the main city of Islamabad, Khayaban-e-Iqbal also links you to Pir Sohawa Road, which gives you access to the fun side of the capital i.e. Islamabad Zoo, Daman-e-Koh, The Monal and Pir Sohawa resort. Faisal Mosque is also accessible directly via Faisal Avenue from Khayaban-e-Iqbal.
For a road that well connected, it is no surprise that real estate market is quite hot in the surrounding area. There are plenty of properties to consider in sectors lining Margalla Road.
AT A GLANCE
- Intersects with several roads connecting residential sectors F and E of Islamabad
- Direct link to Fatima Jinnah Capital Park
- Availability of utilities like gas, water and electricity
- In the vicinity of several markets and malls including Centaurus Mall
- Easy access to public transportation
- Connects to Kashmir Highway, Islamabad Expressway and Murree Road
- Proximity to several prestigious educational institutes
- Sports complexes in proximity including Pakistan Sports Complex and Margalla Greens Golf Club
- Proximity to, Daman-e-Koh, Islamabad Zoo, Faisal Mosque and Lok Virsa Museum
FACILITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
PUBLIC TRANSPORT NEAR KHAYABAN-E-IQBAL, ISLAMABAD
An effective transportation network propels the resident’s quality of life, which in turn increases property value. Khayaban-e-Iqbal, acting as one of the major roads, offers an easy access to several bus stops in the vicinity.
While there are several stops on the road, many are just within 5 km radius. The latter include Zafar Chowk Stop in Sector F-8/3 – 2 minutes’ drive, Faisal Mosque Bus Stand on Faisal Avenue – 2 km away, Stock Exchange Metro Bus Station on 109 Jinnah Avenue – 3 km away, Katchery Metro Bus Station in Sector G-8/2 – at a distance of 4 km, PIMS Metro Bus Station on Jinnah Avenue – 3 km away and seventh Avenue Metro Bus Station in Sector F-8 – around 3 km away.
Other nearby bus stops include Polyclinic Bus Stop on Fazl-ul-Haq Road – 7.5 km away, Ibn-e-Sina Bus Station on Ninth Avenue – at a distance of 3.5 km and Kashmir Highway Station on Kashmir Highway – 7 km away.
Many railway stations and ticket reservation offices are easily accessible through Khayaban-e-Iqbal road including Railway Reservation Office on Mangla Road – 2 km away, Seventh Avenue Metro Station in Sector G-6/2 – less than 1.5 km, Golra Railway Station on Golra Road – approximately 4.5 km away and Islamabad Railway Station in Sector H-9/1 – at a distance of 6.5 km.
Residents have an easy time booking flights as some major airports are located in the proximity to Main Margalla Road. Islamabad International Airport via Kashmir Highway on Airport Avenue, at 35 minutes’ drive, serves as the main airport for Islamabad-Rawalpindi Metropolitan Area. It replaced Benazir Bhutto International Airport in 2018 and is hailed as Pakistan’s largest airport in terms of passenger capacity.
Other domestic airports include Rawalpindi Domestic Airport and Chaklala Airport on Airport Road, both around 30 minutes away via Islamabad Expressway.
MARKETS NEAR KHAYABAN-E-IQBAL, ISLAMABAD
Market access and availability of various shops makes it convenient for residents to shop for daily groceries and utensils. Several markets within 5 km radius of the Main Margalla Road include Jinnah Super Market on College Road Sector F-7, F-6 Super Market on School Road, Kohsar Market on Street 10 in Sector F-6/3, Ayub Market in Sector F-8 Markaz, Shaheen Market in Sector E-7, Abbasi Market in Sector F-8/3, Madina Market in Sector F-8/2.
Jinnah Super Market is less than 2 km away from Khayaban-e-Iqbal Road, located within the heart of the city. It has become one of the most recognized markets in Islamabad due to huge variety of shops, cafes, restaurants and service facilities.
A weekly Itwar Bazaar is organized each Sunday in Sector G-6/4, around 3.5 km from the road. It is a one-stop shop for everything from shoes and clothes to fresh vegetables, fruits, poultry and fish. It is like a typical flea market that usually sells decent merchandise and utensils at throwaway rates. However, parking might be an issue as the market is extremely crowded.
Many shops are located in mini plazas such as Al-Baber Centre at a distance of 2 km in Sector F-8, Malik Plaza in Sector F-8 at less than 2.5 km and Kashif Plaza also in Sector F-8 at around 2.5 km.
MOSQUES, CHURCHES AND TEMPLES NEAR KHAYABAN-E-IQBAL, ISLAMABAD
There is no shortage of mosques for daily worshippers near the Khayaban-e-Iqbal road along with access to one of the most famous mosques in Pakistan, Faisal Mosque.
Faisal Mosque is just 5 minutes away from this road. The mosque is an amazing example of Islamic architecture. It was commissioned by the Saudi King Shah Faisal in 1976 and designed by a Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay. His design demonstrated a Bedouin tent and was selected through an international competition. The mosque has a capacity of 74000 worshippers owing to its sheer size of 54000 sq ft.
Other mosques near the residential area within 5 km radius include the following:
- Khadija Tul Kubra Mosque in Sector G-11/4
- Masjid Osman in Sector G-10/1
- Iqra University Mosque in Khayaban-e-Johar, Sector H-9/1
- Mu’aaz bin Jabal Mosque in Sector I-8/3
- Masjid Al-Quba on Rehman Baba Road, Sector I-8
There are several churches within 5 km of the road. These include Our Lady of Fatima in Sector F-8/4, Saint Thomas’ Reformed Church in Sector G-7/2 and United Pentecostal Church District Office on Main Mohammad Bakhsh Road Sector G-7.
Temples around the area include Purana Mandir in Sector E-11 – less than 1 km away, Shree Ram Mandir in Sector F-6/2 – at a 1-minute drive and Shiv Mandir and Sree Ram Temple in Sector H-9/1, at around 7 km distance.
SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES NEAR KHAYABAN-E-IQBAL, ISLAMABAD
The residential sectors surrounding the road have numerous schools, making it easier to select desired curriculum for your children.
The City School is located in Sector E-9/3, less than 1 km away from Khayaban-e-Iqbal. It has a lot of branches, not only spread over Pakistan, but also in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Philippines and Malaysia. The school was established in 1978 with English as the main medium of instruction. Currently, it has 165 plus campuses in Pakistan. Since their main curriculum is based on Cambridge GCE programmes, they have further expanded their programmes to include Pakistan curriculum.
Prominent schools within 1 km distance from Khayaban-e-Iqbal include Froebel’s International School in Sector F-7/2, School Nova in Sector F-8/3 and Roots Millennium School in Sector E-11/4. You can also find Headstart School in Sector F-8/4 & F-7/1 respectively – approximately 2 km away, Aims Education System in Sector F-8/4 - around 2 km away and ASAS International School on Street 55 – at 2.5 km distance.
For higher secondary education, there are a number of nearby colleges to choose from. Some of the prominent colleges within 5 km radius include Federal Government College for Women in Sector F-7/2, Islamabad Model College for Girls in Sector F-6/2, Fazaia Intermediate College in Sector E-9/4, ICG College in Sector F-6/2 and Roots College International in Sector F-7/1.
Khayaban-e-Iqbal opens routes to several universities within 7 km. Many of these universities are known worldwide and would definitely aid in securing future of coming generations.
Allama Iqbal Open University is located on Ashfaq Ahmed Road at a distance of 6 km. It offers courses at minimal fees along with free online courses.
National University of Modern Languages (NUML) is situated in Sector H-9/4, which is approximately 7 km away from Khayaban-e-Iqbal. The institute was founded as a college in 1969 and later progressed to university status in the year 2000. NUML offers a variety of programmes pertaining to engineering and commerce disciplines.
Air University (AU) is located on Service Road E-9/E-8, just 2 minutes’ drive from the Margalla Road. The university is under the administration of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and is ranked amongst Pakistan’s top 10 Universities by Higher Education Commission (HEC). It offers program related to engineering, information technology and business management.
Other significant universities include:
- National Defence University in Sector E-9/3 – around 2.5 km away
- Bahria University Islamabad Campus in Sector E-8/1 – less than 1 km away
- Preston University in Sector H-8/1 – at a distance of 7 km
- University College of Islamabad in Sector F-8/2 – less than 1 km away
- Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University on Ibn-e-Sina Road – approximately 4 km away
BANKS NEAR KHAYABAN-E-IQBAL, ISLAMABAD
Khayaban-e-Iqbal is a busy road with massive coverage of residential as well as commercial areas. Hence, there are several banks and their branches placed within the vicinity. Some of the banks within 10 to 15 minutes distance include:
- Habib Bank in Sector F-7 and 2nd floor of The Centaurus Mall
- Bank Alfalah in Sector F-6 and F-7
- Summit Bank in Sector F-10/3, G-6/2 and ISM Supermarket F-6
- JS Bank in Sector F-10 and F-7
- Standard Chartered Bank in Sector F-7/4 Blue Area
- MCB Bank Limited on the 3rd floor of The Centaurus Mall
CLINICS AND HOSPITALS NEAR KHAYABAN-E-IQBAL, ISLAMABAD
Many private practice clinics are within reach along Khayaban-e-Iqbal road, within a matter guarantees easy healthcare access to all nearby residents.
Some of the prominent ones include ICSI Clinic in Sector F-7/4 Blue Area – at a distance of 3 km, Uppals Clinic in Sector F-7/1 – less than 2 km, Islamabad Skin & Laser Clinic in Royal Inn Plaza Sector F-8 – less than 1 km away, Dr Wajahat Aziz Clinic and Laser Inn Aesthetic Hair Transplant in Khayal Plaza Sector 13-A – at 1 km driving distance, Skinovations Laser Skin Clinic and Islamabad Oasis in Kiran Plaza Sector F-8 – 1 km away.
Numerous hospitals are present within the neighbourhood provide advanced healthcare services and emergency treatments.
Maroof International Hospital is located in Sector F-10 at a minute’s drive. It provides all standard healthcare and services. They have the capacity to manage emergency procedures and admission of patients at fast pace. Moreover, they have around seven operation theatres to pursue multiple surgeries at one time.
Other known hospitals include:
- Ali Medical Centre in Sector F-8 – 1 km drive
- CDA Hospital in Sector G-6/2 – at a distance of 2 km
- Shifa Medical Centre in Sector F-11 – approximately 7 km away
- Kulsum International Hospital in Sector G -7/3 Blue Area – less than 2 km
- PAF Hospital in Sector E-9/1 – 1-minute drive
PROPERTIES IN KHAYABAN-E-IQBAL, ISLAMABAD
Khayaban-e-Iqbal passes through several sectors of residential community with property listing along the road. Since it’s a busy and bustling road, properties get quickly sold out.. It is advised to keep yourself updated with Zameen.com to acquire information on future available listings.
SALES PRICE TREND IN KHAYABAN-E-IQBAL, ISLAMABAD
HOUSES FOR SALE ON KHAYABAN-E-IQBAL, ISLAMABAD
On Khayaban-e-Iqbal, previous sales trend shows a 1 kanal house goes for a minimum of PKR 5.5 crore with 2 kanal houses reaching as high as PKR 30 crore.
FLATS FOR SALE ON KHAYABAN-E-IQBAL, ISLAMABAD
At the moment, there are no flats for sale. Based on previous trends, price of future flats are expected to increase over time. Sold records show, 5 marla flats sell for a minimum PKR 44 lakh with prices reaching as high as PKR 88 lakh. 10 marla flat start out at minimum 85 lakh onward.
PLOTS FOR SALES IN KHAYABAN-E-IQBAL, ISLAMABAD
Currently, there are no plots for sale. Based on previous sales trends, a 5 marla plot can cost around PKR 36 lakh, reaching up to PKR 50 lakh. 1 kanal plot can be purchased for around PKR 1.45 crore to PKR 2.35 crore.
SHOPPING, RESTAURANTS, AND BAKERIES
MALLS NEAR KHAYABAN-E-IQBAL, ISLAMABAD
Residential nature of areas along Khayaban-e-Iqbal road promotes people to invest in malls and restaurants since they have the opportunity to generate a lot of business. Apparently there is a mall at every 5-minute as you move through the neighbourhood.
Centaurus Mall in Sector F-8/4, one of the famous and largest mall in Islamabad, is just 2 km away. The mall incorporate retail stores along with residential apartments, hotels and offices. Bottom floors are built for parking space to ease traffic flow whereas first few floors are devoted to shopping mall. The mall comes equipped with a variety of entertainment facilities including its own play area referred as “Fun City”. Cinemas and a food court catering menus from all the famous food chains like Subway, McDonald’s and Hardee’s are also available. With a collection of wide range of brands, it’s no wonder Centaurus Mall has become a must-see destination.
Safa Gold Mall is another mall that brings in all the facilities and utilities to attract visitors. It is located in Sector F-7, which is approximately 3.5 km away. Although it is not as massive, but it incorporates almost all the famous retail brands along with a food court to satisfy visitors.
Other famous malls include Mall of Islamabad in Sector F-7/1 – 3 km away, Emporium Islamabad in Sector F-10/3 – less than 1 km away, Al Jannat Mall Islamabad in Sector G-9 – 3 km away and Mall of Jinnah Super on Bhittai Road – at a distance of 1.5 km.
RESTAURANTS AND BAKERIES NEAR KHAYABAN-E-IQBAL, ISLAMABAD
A wide range of restaurants are spread across the neighbourhood, providing fine dining and fast food experience to visitors.
Savour Foods has managed to gain a lot of popularity solely on the basis of its food quality and services. It is situated in Sector G-7/2 Blue area of Islamabad at a distance of 3 km. Their prices are quite reasonable and menu consists of wide variety of food items meaning whether you are a meat eater or vegetarian, it got something for you.
Jessie’s Restaurant is located in Sector F-7 – around 1 km away from Khayaban-e-Iqbal. Jessie is popular for providing great burgers on the level of foreign food chains like McDonald’s and Hardee’s.
Salt and Pepper is located in Blue Area Sector G-6/2 which is around 2 km away. The place is known for its unique ambience and décor. Their environment is calm, staff is cooperative and the food is delicious.
Famous food chains like Subway on Johar Road and Hardee’s in Sector F-7/2 are available at around 1 km drive. Subway is an American brand that allows you to “build your own sandwich”. Hardee’s is another American fast food chain famous for its exceptional burger recipes and taste.
Other popular restaurants include Wild Thyme in Sector E-7 – 2.5 km away, Khoka Khola in Sector F-6/1, Tandoori Restaurant in Sector F-10/1 and Mindanos in Sector F-6. A chain of restaurants can be found in Sector F-7 just 1 km away, namely Qishmish Restaurant, Atrio Café & Grill, Kabul Restaurant and Delicious Xinjiang Restaurant.
Bakeries have become essential to provide fresh nutrition for your breakfast and a lot of them can be found in the vicinity of residential community.
Tehzeeb Bakers are regarded as the best in Islamabad. It is feasibly located in Sector G-7/3 Blue Area – at a distance of 2 km. For their great service and taste, it’s a no brainer that bakery has acquired a place in people’s heart.
Loafology has obtained reputation not just among locals, but foreigners as well for its fresh appetizing breads, friendly environment and exceptional service. It is located in Sector G-7/2 at a distance of 2 km and has gained a loyal following of customers.
Other prominent bakeries nearby include United Bakery in Sector F-6 – less than 1 km away, Toast’d Café, Gourmet Bakers, Kitchen Cuisine Bakery Cafe & Sweets and Bakery in Sector F-7 – around a –minutes’ drive, Modern Bakers in Sector G-6/1 – 3.5 km away, Bakeman in Sector F-8 – around a km and Tee’s Cakery in Sector F-8/4 – 1.5 km away.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
SPORTS FACILITIES AND FITNESS CENTRES NEAR KHAYABAN-E-IQBAL, ISLAMABAD
Khayaban-e-Iqbal gives you an easy access to numerous sports complex along with some of the famous one.
Pakistan Sport Complex (PSC),7 km away from Khayaban-e-Iqbal (Main Margalla Road) near Kashmir Highway, is renowned for its exceptional athletic facilities. PSC is spread across a vast area covered with trees and greenery. Apart from the beautiful landscape, PSC offers facilities in almost all sports league with possibility of membership to attain discounted rates.
Jinnah Sports Stadium is located on Garden Avenueat a distance of 7 km near PSC. It is built to accommodate and promote sports competitions and prepare athletes accordingly. Pakistan Sports Board is also situated here.
Other sports facilities include Sukh Chayn Multipurpose Sports Ground in Sector F-8 – less than 1 km, PN Gymnasium Hall in sector E-8/1 – 1-minute drive, KTE Ice Skating Rink on College Road – around a minute’s drive and Margalla Sports Complex in Sector E-9 – 1.5 km away. A chain of sports complex can be found near PSC on Sports Board Road at a distance of 7 km, namely Mushaf Squash Complex, Iswa Football Academy, Sports Complex Flex and Rodham Hall.
PARKS NEAR KHAYABAN-E-IQBAL, ISLAMABAD
Parks are known to reduce air and water pollution by reserving greenery in the cities, which are usually subjected to constant vehicle traffic and plots allotment for residential or commercial activities. Several parks are present in close proximity to Khayaban-e-Iqbal Road. Some prominent parks located at a distance of 1-minute or less include Fatima Jinnah Park in Sector F-9, Madina Park in Sector F-8/2, Jubilee Park on College Road and Dino Park on Zoo Road.
Fatima Jinnah Park is the biggest park in the capital city of Islamabad covering whole Sector F-9. Jogging, walking and bicycle tracks are placed for morning exercisers. Kids can enjoy themselves on swings and outdoor gym. There is a lot of space for sports practice with some famous food chain outlets like McDonald’s.
Play areas are being located with entertainment sections like MegaZone, which is famous for its bowling alley. The area is decorated with beautiful sculptures and nicely landscaped. Families can let children play without supervision since park is bordered with fences and multiple gates.
Other parks in proximity include Argentina Park in Sector G-6/2 – within 2 km, Three Children Park on Mangla Road, in Sector F-11/1 and Sector G-11/2 – approximately 2 km away, Kids Park in Sector F-6/1 – less than 1.5 km drive, Lodges Park on Ataturk Avenue – 3 km away and Serena Park in Sector G-5/1 – approximately 3 km away.
Zoos play an important role in protecting endangered species and educate people with aspects of wildlife. Islamabad Zoo is located on Pir Sohawa Road at less than 2 minutes’ drive from Khayaban-e-Iqbal. The Zoo is loved by people residing in the area for its diversity in collection of animals and trained maintenance staff. It’s an affordable option for families with kids who can enjoy animal sightings and scenery of land.
SALONS AND SPAS NEAR KHAYABAN-E-IQBAL, ISLAMABAD
Several salons have opened shops near each other covering whole sector namely Seemi’s Salon and Studios, Gharpar, Saadia’s Beauty Salon, Jana Salon Hair & Beauty and Depilex – approximately 1 km away in Sector F-10. Another block of salon shops include Bia’s Salon, Aslam’s Hair Dressing Shop, Jugnu’s Salon and Allenora Annie Signature Salon – within 2-minute drive in Sector F-7
Other nearby salons include Geero’s Salon PAF Branch in Sector E-9/1 – a minute’s drive, Rozella Salon in Sector F-8/1 – less than 1.5 km away, Studio T in Sector F-8/4 – 1.5 km away, Royli Salon in Sector F-10/2 – at 1-minute drive, Porcelain Salon in Sector F-10/1 – less than 1.5 km away, Infinity Salon in Sector F-11 – approximately 1.5 km away and Divino Ladies Beauty Salon in sector E-11 – roughly at a distance of 3 km.
Royli Salon in Sector F-10/2 is famous among females on the account of their services and staff expertise. With a relaxing atmosphere and complete assortment of facilities, Royli Salon has managed to keep a positive reputation among female clients.
CINEMAS NEAR KHAYABAN-E-IQBAL, ISLAMABAD
For generations, cinemas have kept culture alive with featured screening of local and international films. Even with increasing access to online platforms, cinemas are still in demand when it comes to new releases.
Two of the most prominent cinemas along Khayaban-e-Iqbal Road include: The Centaurus Cineplex (CC Cinema) in Sector F-8/4 on 4th floor of Centaurus Mall – 1.6 km away and Islamabad Club Cinema on Main Murree Road – approximately 7.5 km away.
The Centaurus Cineplex is famous for wide selection of films and discount offers. As a part of Centaurus Mall, this place is usually crowded but people have option to go on round of shopping while screening is prepared. The CC Cinema has tight security to assure family friendly environment and audience discipline during film screening.
Khayaban-e-Iqbal is regarded as a major road in the capital Islamabad. With several residential sectors in the vicinity, the property value in the locality is ever increasing. The area, therefore, offers fruitful investment opportunities.
Important areas near Main Margalla Road include residential sectors F-5 to F-8, F-9 to F-11, E-7 to E-11, Satellite Town, Saddar, Blue Area, Red Zone and Pir Sohawa Road. Prominent road connections are Kashmir Highway, Islamabad Expressway and Murree Road. The road has easy access to recreational spots in Islamabad including zoos, sports complexes, golf clubs and public parks.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Due to high residential demand, Khayaban-e-Iqbal provides best investment output for construction of houses and midrise buildings. A number of residential projects are already under construction and are expected to increase in price as more projects are finalized. One of the problems people will likely face is non-availability of plots.
As a part of the main city Islamabad, the area has excellent infrastructure, all the necessary facilities and utilities including gas, water and electricity. A number of schools, colleges and high standard universities are available, hence making it ideal for families with kids.
There are several clinics and hospitals nearby. Fine dining restaurants and food courts outlet are spread across the region along with dedicated places for entertainment.
IMPORTANCE OF KHAYABAN-E-IQBAL FROM MAJOR LOCATIONS NEARBY
- Kashmir Highway is at a distance of less than 4 km
- Islamabad Expressway is also around 4 km away
- Murree Road is at a distance of approximately 6.5 km
- Fatima Jinnah Park in Sector F-9 is a minute’s drive
- Centaurus Mall in Sector F-8 is at 2 km distance
- Islamabad International Airport via Kashmir Highway is around 35 minutes’ drive
- Direct connection to residential sectors E-7 to E-11 and F-5 to F-11