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Central Business District (CBD)

Nairobi city is popularly referred to as ‘the green city in the sun’ and the Central Business District is the heart beat of the city. From humble beginnings in the late 1890’s, Nairobi city has grown from a simple rail road depot on the railway linking Mombasa to Uganda, to become the 4th largest City in Africa, in terms of infrastructure development and size. The CBD skyline is usually compared to cities in America and Asia.

The CBD resembles a concrete jungle, with tall, modern skyscrapers adorning the beautiful landscape overlooking the Central and Uhuru Park. Nairobi City is one of the few cities in the world that has spacious, recreational parks sitting next to office apartments. The bomb blast memorial park and the Jevanjee gardens lie within the CBD. A beautification project carried out two years ago, has made the CBD even greener by planting trees. The city centre is relatively clean with litter tins in most areas of CBD. Key landmarks include the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), Times Tower (The tallest building in the city) and City Hall – the mayor’s office. The Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE), the fourth largest stock exchange in Africa in terms of volume trading, is also housed within the CBD.

Location:The city is located at 1°17'S 36°49'E and is set almost in the middle between Kisumu and Mombasa cities. The business district is boxed within the four main roads; Uhuru Highway, Haile Selassie Avenue, Moi Avenue and University Way.

Types of buildings: Most buildings in the CBD are multi-storied buildings and skyscrapers. A stretch of tall buildings line up along Uhuru Highway, making the area prime for office location. The main street is Kenyatta Avenue, which runs from Uhuru Highway to Moi Avenue. The general post office, located at the Teleposta Towers, is along Kenyatta Avenue, and so is the magnificent I&M Bank towers. Parliament building and the Kenyatta Mausoleum, along Parliament Road are worth visiting.

Population Density: High density

Property values/Trends: Office rent per square metre gets is charged $10 per month.

Area zoning for development: The CBD is a designated commercial area. There are a few high-end apartments like the Norfolk Apartments and Chester Apartments.

Association: The Nairobi Central Business District Association (NCBDA) is a vibrant business association catering for the needs of the CBD community.

Security: The CBD area is relatively safe during the day but residents must be vigilante at night. However, the presence of the police headquarters and the central police station along University Way has helped keep petty crime at a low. There are also several CCTV cameras on major streets helping to curb crime.

Transport & Road Networks:
Only specific buses are allowed to ply their trade within the CBD. This has helped decongest the city centre. However, the heart of the city encounters endless traffic jams as cars try to leave and enter the CBD through different exits.

Useful Contacts/Links for the area:

Nairobi Central Business District Association (NCBDA)
Telephone: +254 (0) 20 2219412
Fax: +254 (0) 20 340296
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Kenyatta National Hospital
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+254 20 2737390, 0722 829 500-2, 0733 606 400

Nairobi Hospital
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+254(020)2845000 , +254(020)2846000
0722 204115 , 0733 639301

Upper Hill Medical Centre
Ralph Bunche Road,
Tel: +254 2 2721580
Fax: +254 2 342808
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Private clinics are also open within the city.

Schools & Universities
Catholic Parochial Primary School
University of Nairobi
Kenya Polytechnic
There are many colleges within the CBD offering different courses.

Holy Family Basilica – Parliament road

Shopping Centres & Amenities:
Nakumatt Lifestyle
Enkarasha, Kenyatta Avenue
Uchumi Supermarket, Aga Khan walk
Tuskys Supermarket

Important Contacts
Central Police Station