|• Total||9.74 km2 (3.76 sq mi)|
|• Density||20,691/km2 (53,590/sq mi)|
|Time zone||BST (UTC+6)|
|Website||Official Map of the Dhanmondi Upazila|
Dhanmondi (Bengali: ধানমন্ডি) is one of the most affluent residential areas in Dhaka city. Its origins can be traced back to the late 1950s, beginning as the residential area for the city's elite, and over the decades evolving into a miniature city, where one can find everything from hospitals to malls, schools, banks, offices and universities.
Dhanmondi has been traditionally known as an upmarket, affluent residential area. After the liberation war, it primarily consisted of two storied houses and fostered a quiet neighborhood environment. More recently, migration issues, aggressive real estate business policies, and increasing numbers of schools and shopping malls have transformed its quiet residential status to that of a more cosmopolitan, commercial area.
It is in Dhanmondi where the founding father of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, lived and was assassinated, along with most of his family, in 1975.
Although there is a growing number of apartment complexes replacing the original two-storied houses of Dhanmondi, there are several non-residential establishments on almost every street, most of which are schools, universities, hospitals, restaurants and shopping centers.
|Food: Al Baik • Baskin-Robbins • Coffee World * KFC • Pizza Corner • Pizza Hut • Nandos •|
|Clothes: Levi's • Dockers • Nike •|
|Others: Bata •Archies Ltd. • Hallmark • Nokia Care|
Dhanmondi is well known for its lake. The lakeside walkway is one of the most popular destinations in Dhaka and is usually crowded with people during the evenings. One of the more prominent features of the lakeside walkway is the Rabindra Sharabar, an open air amphitheater near the Road 8 bridge, where dramas, concerts, and various cultural programs are held from time to time by both amateur and well-known artistes, especially during major festivals and holidays.
|Food: American Burger • BFC • Helvatia • Dhanshiri • Dominous Pizza • Midnight Sun • VOOT • Kasturi|
|Clothes: Aarong • Khan Brother's • Kay Kraft • Grameen Check|
|Others: Boi Bichitra •Hyankosh • Ecstasy ltd. • Time Zone (Watches)|
Snack stalls along the lakeside, particularly on Road 2 (opposite the entrance to Bangladesh Rifles), Road 5 (on an island accessible only by foot bridges from two sides), Road 8 (near the amphitheater) and Road 32 (opposite the residence of Sheikh Mujibir Rahman), offer a variety of tasty snacks and beverages, and attract thousands of city dwellers every day.
Almost every bank operating in the country has an outlet in Dhanmondi. Foreign banks such as Citi, HSBC and Standard Chartered also have branches here, with HSBC and Standard Chartered having multiple ATM booths within the area.
Real Estate in Dhanmondi have seen a tornado of soaring prices over the last 20 years.The growth rate of the price is 331%, the highest in Dhaka since 1995. An average acre of land in Dhanmondi will cost about 340 crore taka (USD $45 million) according to the 2010 property records and public records information by Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh.
Over the last fifteen years a large number of schools, colleges and private universities have been developed around the area. Many of the well-known English medium schools in the country, such as Scholastica (Junior Section), South Breeze, Sunbeams, Oxford International School, Mastermind, Maple Leaf, Marie Curie, Dhanmondi Tutorial, Sunnydale, and European Standard School (ESS) are located in Dhanmondi. College like Dhaka City College is located here. Among the universities, International Islamic University Chittagong, the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, United International University, Eastern University, The People's University Of Bangladesh, Stamford University, the University of Asia Pacific and Best Link Future Development Foundation (Head Campus) (Computer Education) are the most well known.
There are restaurants and cafes all over the locality. As of recently, hookah bars or shisha lounges are being attached to most restaurants to draw in young crowds. Some prominent restaurants which include hookah bars are Decagon Cafe, B151 Leisure Lounge, D Pavement, H2O. All established local and international fast food chains in the country have outlets in Dhanmondi.
A Nando's outlet on Road 27