Mirdif offers family-friendly suburban living not often felt in Dubai, especially at its price point. Compared to the city’s other orchestrated and newer neighbourhoods, this area has really evolved over the past few decades to become a dreamy community. It is a world away from the chrome and metal of modern Dubai, beloved by residents – many of whom have been living in Mirdif for years. The area emerged as the most popular area to rent villas in Dubai according to the 2018 Dubai Real Estate Market Report. This area guide of Mirdif looks at the many amenities of the area, along with what makes living here ideal for families and what to consider before moving.
IN A NUTSHELL
- An organically evolved (and evolving) community
- Situated close to the Dubai International Airport
- Known for its eclectic villa architecture
- Home to the massive Mushrif Park
- Beloved by long-time expats as well as locals
- One of the city’s newest freehold zones has been launched here
Beloved in equal measures by Emiratis and expats from across the world, a number of families living in Mirdif have done so for their entire lives and quite honestly can’t imagine living anywhere else in Dubai! What makes renting in Mirdif so special is the fact that it is genuine and has been developed for the needs of the residents – not as a tourist destination. In fact, it is one of the few communities in Dubai without a hotel!
PROPERTIES IN MIRDIF
The area currently has four low-rise apartment sub-communities, Ghoroob, Shurooq, Uptown Mirdif and Mirdif Tulip, with only the latter being available as freehold to foreign nationals. Apart from Mirdif Tulip, the rental apartments in Mirdif have been developed by Union Properties and come in a variety of finishes and layouts, from studio to 3-bedroom apartments. The different sub-communities each have their own individual features, but you are guaranteed amenities of a standard comparable to the rest of the city no matter which one of these apartments in Mirdif you choose.
Despite the size of properties on offer, the area has long commanded one of the more affordable rents in the city. Currently, the price for renting studios in Mirdif starts from AED 44k and 2-bed apartments go for as low as AED 70k per year. Foreign nationals who are interested in purchasing apartments can head to Mirdif Tulip, where freehold 1-bedroom flats start from AED 1.275M.
However, it is the villas in Mirdif that makes this community so popular for renters. Located all over the community, detached and semi-detached 2 to 5-bedroom villas and townhouses make up the properties on offer. The villas in Mirdif vary wildly in terms of layout, design and amenities. Many have private pools, shared pools or larger gardens hence it is worth viewing a few different properties to see what works for you and your family.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN MIRDIF
When it comes to parking in Mirdif, there is little to complain about. Those living in the apartment complexes are usually allotted one parking space, so it might be best to have a single vehicle if you want to avoid the hassle of finding parking. The villas on the other hand, usually have space outside for parking or dedicated garages. Although there are no metros currently operating in the area, there are plenty of buses for those relying on public transportation in Mirdif. The nearest metro station is the Rashidiya on the red line.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Supermarkets in Mirdif
In addition to the Spinneys supermarket within Uptown Mirdif and the large Carrefour supermarket in Mirdif City Centre, there are several smaller groceries and mini-marts conveniently located around the neighbourhood.
Churches, Temples and Mosques in Mirdif
As is the case with most residential areas in the city, there are more than a few mosques in Mirdif to cater to the spiritual needs of the community. Notable among these are Mirdif Grand Mosque, Mirdif Masjid, Mohamed Khamis
Schools in Mirdif
Mirdif is a very family oriented neighbourhood. The area also has a few international nurseries and schools in Mirdif, meaning that parents don’t have to worry about a long school run in the morning. Institutions in the area are GEMS Royal Dubai School, it follows the UK curriculum until Year 6 and has received the outstanding rating from KHDA for the last 3 years. Star International also follow the British curriculum until Year 6 only. For those looking at options for the full International Baccalaureate (IB) system will find that Mirdif has 2 reputable schools: Uptown School and Dar Al Marefa School.
Clinics and Hospitals in Mirdif
In case of health issues, there are two Medcare Medical Centres and a Mediclinic hospital in Mirdif, with easy reach from most parts of the neighbourhoods.
Dubai Festival City is under 15 minutes away and has two popular hotels, the Intercontinental and Crowne Plaza with Dubai institutions, Belgian Beer Café and Trader Vic’s under their roofs. The Festival City mall is also where you can find the city’s only Hard Rock Café, a live music venue that’s known the world over.
On the more residential side, Rashidiya is also a few minutes from Mirdif, as are some other of the city’s older neighbourhoods such as Al Warqa.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
Malls in Mirdif
The massive City Centre Mirdif widely called MCC is situated on the edge of the community. It is filled with international fashion, home and lifestyle brands, delicious restaurants and plenty of options to keep the kids entertained (including indoor football). As is expected from a mall in this city, a roster of world-class performers and entertainment to enthral those of all ages. The branch of VOX Cinemas in City Centre Mirdif is another popular favourite. You can also find the Arabian Centre and Etihad Mall located just next to the community. Park Centre Mirdif is another one of the popular shopping malls in Mirdif.
Apart from these huge malls, there are several other retail outlets dotted around the neighbourhood for shopping in Mirdif. There is the Abaya Mall which is a specialised showroom for women's abaya as well as a branch of the popular clothing brand Promod.
There are several other shopping centres in Mirdif such as the Golden Gate Shopping Centre or the Khansaheb Lifestyle Park that features some upscale dining options, alluring flower shops, tailors as well as organic supermarkets. The residents living in the apartments in Shorooq can also have their shopping fix fulfilled in their own Shorooq Community Centre. For the pet owners, you can find pet shops in Mirdif such as the Paws & Claws Pets that also offers dog grooming services, along with a few other shops.
Restaurants in Mirdif
Mirdif has you covered in terms of gastronomic offerings. Apart from the restaurants in the City Centre, there are quite a few eateries in Uptown Mirdif, which are popular with those residing in Mirdif. Mirdif also has its fair share of quirky, small cafes that sit alongside global chains such as Starbucks, giving residents a choice of what they’re in the mood for that day!
You can choose from Aljood Mandy Restaurant 2, Al Arrab Restaurant, Chin Chin Chinese Restuarant, a Lebanese Restuarant called Arz Lebanon and more. Meanwhile, cafes in Mirdif are numerous. You have Filli Cafe, Macchiato Cafe, Costa Coffee, Kana Cafe, Kuttab Cafe and several others. These are all excluding the array of restaurants and cafes you can find inside City Centre Mirdif!
Beaches near Mirdif
The area is located quite inland, however, if you want to visit the beach, the Jumeirah beach is only a 25-minute drive away. In order to swim, there is a gym in the neighbourhood that has its own pool while the apartments in the area also enjoy access to communal swimming pools. Whether or not your villa has a shared (or private) pool depends largely on which property you opt for, so it’s worth looking around!
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Lovers of the outdoors and all things fitness are huge fans of Mushrif Park, located just next to Mirdif, with its numerous cycling routes, jogging tracks, children’s play areas, picnic spots and even an aerial adventure course! A unique attraction in the Mushrif Park is the collection of miniature traditional houses from across the world that is displayed across an area of the park. The largest in the city, Mushrif Park is also considered to be the oldest park in Dubai.
Mushrif Park is easy to get to from anywhere in the community of Mirdif. The easy access to this massive park is certainly one of the exciting benefits of living in Mirdif, where you can enjoy a full-on leisure day out with the several cycling routes, play areas, picnic spots, BBQ spots, an aerial adventure course and jogging tracks that are sure to appeal to all ages. It is also a great place to develop or hone your horse riding skills, thanks to an equestrian centre right in the park. The leafy green park is usually cooler compared to the rest of the city making it an ideal leisure location during hotter months.
For leisure spots within the community, you can also find two parks in Mirdif itself. Both are located at convenient intervals making it ideal for residents living in any part of the neighbourhood. There is the Mirdif Park and the well facilitated Uptown Mirdif Park, both a pleasant spot for kids and families. The residents can also often be found running, jogging or simply walking their furry friends just around the neighbourhood itself.
When it comes to fitness facilities, there are several gyms in Mirdif spread out across the community. For starters, you can choose from the GFX in Mirdif, Fitness First or the Pulse Fitness. There is also a Fitness First for ladies only. Other gyms in Mirdif include the FBC DXB in Uptown Mirdif Park or the Techno Fitness Gym Mirdif and more. You can also find a Fitness First branch inside the City Centre Mirdif.
As for beauty salons in Mirdif, the community yet again has an abundance of options to choose from. You can find Hairy Berry Beauty Salon, Nail Lounge Salon LLC which, as the name suggests, is a nail salon, Modern Women Salon, Sisters Beauty Lounge and several more. There is also a salon called Style Image for gents only. You can also, again, find some beauty salons inside the City Centre.
Apartment communities such as Uptown Mirdif hold several family-friendly events during the year, it is the convivial spirit of the neighbourhood that means residents don’t wait for a developer to organize an event! Neighbours often have their own impromptu gatherings to celebrate special occasions, something that is not often seen in other parts of the city.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
One of the most commonly held misconceptions about the area is that due to its proximity to the airport, the sound of aeroplanes is deafening! However, the majority of residents who live there admit that the sound isn't an issue inside houses thanks to double glazed windows. If you are looking at moving to Mirdif, it's worth noting that it would be easiest if you had a car since the metro is still quite far away from the community.
- Situated close to the main highway, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, and the Airport Road.
- Easy to get to places like Downtown Dubai and DIFC in under 20 minutes.
- The Dubai International Airport is also just 12 minutes away.
- If you don’t have a car, however, regular public buses service the neighbourhood, taking residents from Mirdif to the Rashidiya metro station.