Central Business District (CBD) is located between the foot of Aso Rock and into the Three Arms Zone to the southern base of the ring road, Abuja. Residents in Abuja also call the district "Central Area". It is in the phase 1 development plan of the Federal Capital Territory. The CBD is located at the centre of Abuja phase 1 with Garki to the south, Maitama to the north, Wuse to the west and Asokoro to the east.
Central District is the city's prime Business Zone. Most parastatals and multinational corporations have their offices located in this area. The district contains the Three Arms Zone, and this zone houses the administrative offices of the executive, legislative and judicial arms of the Federal Government. The National Mosque and National Church are located opposite each other on either side of the Independence Avenue. A well known government office is the Ministry of Defence, also known as "Ship House