Life in Islamabad
Islamabad is a planned city with wide, tree-lined boulevards and many green spaces for biking, jogging or daily outings with your dogs. Travel within the city is easy; most destinations are just a 15 or 20 minute drive. The Margalla Hills define one edge of the city and boast well marked hiking trails to satisfy casual walkers, as well as challenge keen hikers. Rawal Lake offers good public facilities and opportunities for outdoor activities.
Islamabad residents may choose to join a variety of affordable organizations, which provide a wide array of social, cultural and sports events and activities. These well-established groups provide opportunities to meet the needs of both local and expatriate residents. Embassies routinely arrange for outstanding cultural performances.
Islamabad residents enjoy a comfortable and active lifestyle which can include dining out, entertaining, diplomatic functions, tennis, golf, horseback riding, cooking and photography classes, visiting museums and art galleries, participating in charitable organizations and a host of additional opportunities. Personal time and energy will be your main constraint.
While excellent medical care is available from doctors and dentists who have qualifications from the United States or the United Kingdom, some expatriates arrange for annual medical care in their home countries or Thailand.
Travel within Pakistan is affordable; the breath taking destinations are well worth the effort. Several UNESCO World Heritage Sites are within an hour's drive of the city. Newcomers should be aware that travel restrictions may be in place and it is always prudent to check travel advisories from their respective Embassies prior to making travel plans within Pakistan.
Residents will find a variety of places of worship to accommodate most spiritual needs within the community. The majority of the residents celebrate Eid, and local businesses and offices observe government holidays. Dress within the capital is modest. The expatriate community respects local values by minimizing the wearing of sleeveless tops and pants above mid-calf, outside club venues.
Shopping is an eclectic mix of North American, European and Asian goods. Residents are able to find most of their favorite brands or acceptable substitutes. The adventurous may explore a treasure trove of exotic foods, spices and local products. Pakistan is home to artisans who can produce a wide variety of tailored clothing or world class furniture from a photograph. The city has a rich culture, which is reflected in the markets, events, art galleries and museums.
Life in Pakistan