Senior Editor: Muhammad Shoaib
Gulberg ( ) is a residential
and commercial area of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.
is known for its upscale shopping centres, restaurants, posh
residential areas and the Hafeez Centre (the largest computer and
mobile market in Lahore). It also includes Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium Sports Complex, the home of Pakistani
It is also known as the hub of the fashion industry
in Pakistan, and is the location of PACE (an upscale shopping
mall.)It is bordered by the Allama Iqbal International Airport to
the east, the Model Town development to the south, the Aitchison
College campus to the north, and the Shadman district to the west.
Gulberg is considered to be one of the most exclusive residential
areas in Lahore.
The name "Gulberg" is a combination of the Persian "Gul
(flower) and a Punjabi inflection of the Persian word
", meaning an open park. Gulberg was famous in the
past for large gardens, hence the name.
Many of Pakistan's leading industrial clans, entrepreneurs, and
"pro-establishment" social elite maintain residences in Gulberg,
making it the civilian epicenter of Lahore, as Military families of
high rank either reside in the city of Rawalpindi, or in the
Cantonment("Cantt")district of Lahore.
Lahore's two major markets both are located in Gulberg. The Main
Market and Liberty Market are commercial hubs in central Lahore,
functioning as half-souq/bazaar, half shopping mall in appearance
Main Market provides an ever expanding shopping area for a variety
of goods.Along side Main Market is the Canal Park Bazar boasting
more than 1000 shops.Liberty Market offers a wide variety of shops,
department stores, and clothing outlets, and is considered by many
Lahoristo be the main shopping plaza of the city. Traffic Jams are
Most of Lahore's major high-end commercial districts are located
within Gulberg, including M M Alam Road, Gulberg Main Boulevard,
portions of The Mall Road, Noor Jehan Road, Jail Road, Gaddafi
Stadium, and others.
Gulberg's posh reputation is well-deserved. Leading athletic
competitions, health and fitness gyms, as well as bi-gender
swimming pools are easily accessible to the wealthy inhabitants of
the district. The area is known for its cultural centrality for the
modern pro-establishment elites of Pakistan, as well as the
presence of nearly all of Lahore and Punjab's prestigious