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Whirling Dervishes at the Rafi Peer Theatre

 

Had you driven past Raiwind Road two years ago, you would have considered it an industrial zone. However, much has changed, and today Raiwind Road (which stretches for approximately 23 kilometres from Thokar Niaz Baig to Raiwind City) boasts of several residential projects and recreational avenues. Many of these have been established this year, making Raiwind Road one of Pakistan’s top-most real estate hotpots of 2014.

High-end living… Over the last few years, several upmarket gated residential communities have been established here and more are in the pipeline. Relatively secure and peaceful, they offer facilities including cinemas, malls, restaurants and parks, while sprawling farmhouses can be found nearby. 

An industrial hub… Despite increasing residential development, Raiwind Road is primarily an industrial and agricultural zone with large plots of land that house factories, offices and mills, as well as agricultural land. Several hospitals and higher education institutions have been constructed recently. 

 

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The Jamia Mosque in Bahria Town

 

Wildlife and whirling dervishes…  If you venture to Raiwind Road, visit the Woodland Wildlife and Safari Park; it has varied wildlife, an aviary and a large lake, making it an ideal recreational spot. Nearby is the Rafi Peer Cultural Centre, home to the Puppetry Museum and Theatre, where open-air, live performances by leading qawwals and whirling dervishes are held. While you are there, don’t forget to stop at Peeru’s Restaurant for some desi fare. The recently constructed Grand Jamia Mosque in Bahria Town, the seventh largest in the world, is also worth a visit. Inspired by Mughal architecture, the exterior is adorned with nearly four million handmade Multani tiles; inside there are Iranian chandeliers and handmade Turkish carpets.  

The real estate take… Approximately 35% of Raiwind Road is built up; residential property prices have almost doubled in the last year; rentals have increased by 40 to 50%. Commercial property prices and rentals have increased by nearly 20%. Prices are expected to increase further next year. 

In a nutshell… With investor interest in gated communities expected to increase in 2015, Raiwind Road is set to emerge as one of Lahore’s residential hotspots, promising the best of high-end living.

– Moneeza Burney 

First published in the Real Estate Section of The Dawn Weekend Advertiser on December 28, 2014.

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