This neighbourhood closest to Dubai International Airport is one of the most matured areas of the city
Once a million miles out of Dubai, Mirdif is now a well-connected suburbia with everything you need...
Complete with shops, nurseries, schools and its own mall, Mirdif is an area of Dubai that is more affordable for families seeking a villa with a garden and/or access to a pool; although, apartments are also available in the area.
It's a world away from the skyscrapers you now find in 'modern' Dubai, and it's an area that is beloved by its residents - many of whom have lived in Mirdif for years.
The community has organically evolved over the years, and is made up of four sub-communities; Ghoroob, Shurooq, Uptown Mirdif and Mirdif Tulip. Each offers a variety of residential units for families to choose from as per their lifestyle needs, and it's one of the few Dubai areas that has been developed for the needs of its residents - and not as a tourist destination.
Not only that - but Mirdif is also conveniently located close to Dubai International Airport, and is home to the massive Mushrif Park.
Public transport in Mirdif
- No Dubai Metro currently operates in the area
- Nearest Dubai Metro station is Rashidiya on the red line
- Feeder buses F03, F05, F05 and F10 serve Mirdif
- RTA buses frequently service the area daily, including the X35
Commute times by car from Mirdif
You can reach the following from Mirdif by car:
- to Dubai Marina: 31 minutes
- to Dubai International Airport: 10 minutes
- to Mall of the Emirates: 26 minutes
- to Jebel Ali: 45 minutes
- to Downtown Dubai: 19 minutes
What's life like in Mirdif?
- Well-connected to the rest of Dubai
- In close proximity to Dubai International Airport
- A quiet, suburban community offering a family-friendly lifestyle
- A great place to live for outdoor activities and children's play areas
- The huge Mushrif Park offers beautiful green space to enjoy
- Convenient malls, supermarkets, amenities within Mirdif available
What was once a place too far from the city, Mirdif is now a well-connected, suburban community that is great for those seeking a family-friendly lifestyle.
This neighbourhood has literally everything you need; from shopping malls to parks, restaurants, schools, beauty salons, pet shops, sports facilities and even administrative facilities like DEWA, Etisalat, an Emirates Post Office nearby and more.
The area is complete with lush green spaces, children’s play areas and paved walking paths – ideal for families with young children, or pet-owners.
Mirdif is also home to one of Dubai’s biggest parks, Mushrif Park. This attraction has its own mini zoo plus a plethora of outdoor activities available; including running, walking and bike riding. Al Khawaneej Pond Park can also be found here, which is home to a lengthy cycle-track has surrounded by greenery for cyclists to enjoy.
Due to the area’s close proximinity to Al Khawaneej, the community offers easy access to the desert – and so Mirdif is an ideal place to live for those who enjoy off-roading.
Pictured: Uptown Mirdif from above
Amenities and facilities in Mirdif
- Spinney's supermarket in Uptown Mirdif, and Carrefour in Mirdif City Centre
- Several smaller groceries and mini-marts throughout the neighbourhood
- Home to Dubai's beautiful Mushrif Park
- A number of mosques in the area, there's also a church and temple nearby
- Home to international nurseries, primary schools and high schools
- A variety of green and outdoor spaces, and children's play areas
- Fitness First gym with swimming pool and others
As this Dubai area is entirely family-focused, there is several options for outdoor living and activities the whole family can enjoy. When the weather is too hot, families can head to Uptown Mirdif or Mirdif City Centre to find kids' activities and things to do.
You'll also find beauty salons, fitness facilities, picnic areas, BBQ spots, cycling routes and restaurants throughout Mirdif. For cinema-lovers, there's VOX Cinemas at Mirdif City Centre and there's even indoor football we're sure the kids would love!
In terms of schools in Mirdif, there's Uptown School Dubai and Start International School. Additionally, there are several nurseries, like Emirates British Nursery, British Orchard Nursery and Step By Step Nursery. You can find more nurseries in Mirdif using our dedicated guide to Dubai's nurseries that you can browse here.
For health clinics and dentists in Mirdif, you can find the nearest one to you by using our directory, here.
Mirdif by day
For daily life, you’ll find everything you need in one place and you’ll no doubt find you rarely need to leave the community for anything. Grocery stores, schools, nurseries and medical facilities can be found throughout Mirdif.
If you do need to venture out though, it’s best if you have a car due to the lack of public transport options servicing the area.
For day-time activities, Mirdif City Center offers families great shopping, dining and kids activities options and the outdoor, open plan layout of Uptown Mirdif makes the area a pleasant place to shop and eat when the weather permits.
One thing worth noting about Mirdif is the heavy traffic; the area is popular for residents working in Sharjah and central areas of Dubai, so expect to be faced with traffic during morning and evening rush-hours.
Mirdif by night
For dining and entertainment options, the community is host to different malls throughout; namely, Mirdif City Center, Arabian Mall, Etihad Mall, Aswaaq Mall and Mizhar Mall. Each mall comes complete with restaurants and entertainment that make for an enjoyable evening out.
For those living in the flight path of DXB, you might find the noise becomes a little louder in the evening as the rest of the area’s sound becomes less noticeable.
For nightlife, you’ll find there are a couple of bars in the area but residents generally travel to nearby locations like the Dubai Creek, Downtown Dubai and Business Bay for an evening out.
Pictured: Mirdif City Centre
Who lives in Mirdif?
- New and established families with school-age children or older
- Local families live in Mirdif, as well as expatriate families
- Young professionals seeking cheaper rents
- Staff and cabin crew who work at Dubai International Airport
- Individuals working in Sharjah, but prefer to live in Dubai
Whilst it’s a little out of the main city, Mirdif is well-connected via arterial roads like Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed (E311) . As a result, those working in Dubai’s business districts like Downtown Dubai and Business Bay – or even in Sharjah – often choose to life in Mirdif.
As the area is close to DXB, Mirdif is also popular among individuals working at the airport – like cabin crew or airport staff.
Otherwise, as mentioned, the area is a great location to live in for families seeking a relaxing, quieter lifestyle with easy access to outdoor areas, green spaces and kids’ activities.
Properties for rent and sale in Mirdif
Average rental prices in Mirdif are as follows:
- 1 bedroom apartment: AED 61,000
- 2 bedroom apartment: AED 83,000
- 3 bedroom apartment: AED 105,000
- 2 bedroom villa: AED 75,000
- 3 bedroom villa: AED 110,000
- 4 bedroom villa: AED 125,000
Average sales prices for properties in Mirdif are as follows:
- 1 bedroom apartment: AED 900,000
- 2 bedroom apartment: AED 1,450,000
- 3 bedroom apartment: AED 1,800,000
- 3 bedroom villa: AED 2,450,000
- 4 bedroom villa: AED 6,100,000
What are properties like in Mirdif?
Mirdif is made up of four, low-rise sub-communities; Ghoroob, Shurooq, Uptown Mirdif and Mirdif Tulip. Each sub-community has its own individual features, and residents are guaranteed amenities of a standard comparable to other areas of the city.
The villas in Mirdif is what makes this area so popular for renters; detached and semi-detached villas can be found all through the area, and each design varies in terms of layout, design and amenities. Many have private or shared pools and large gardens that are suitable for family living.
Unlike other communities in Dubai, Mirdif’s villas offer residents a variety of facades and interior layouts. The majority of villas in Mirdif were built individually or in small clusters, and by different developers – so a lot look different and have interior spaces that have evolved over the years.
When choosing your home to rent or buy in Mirdif, it’s worth viewing different properties to help you figure out what works for you and your family.
In terms of parking in Mirdif, there is little to complain about. The majority of apartment complexes are usually allocated one parking space. For villas, most if not all offer adequate space outside for parking or even dedicated garages.
What are noise levels like in Mirdif?
This suburban area is relatively quiet in comparison to other communities in Dubai, like Dubai Marina and Al Barsha. Although, depending on where you live in the community, you should expect some noise from planes flying overhead.
Because this Dubai area is close to Dubai International Airport, some villas and apartments are situated within “the flight path” of nearby aircrafts.