UAE Area Guides: Dubai

Mirdif Area Guide

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Mirdif was one of the first areas of a newer Dubai, only built on the other side of the town from the actual ‘New Dubai’. Located after Dubai International Airport (it suffers from being on the flight path of most take offs and landings) and a little beyond Festival city, while once an outpost, it is now a well-connected, popular area for expatriates with families that work in Old Dubai.

Uptown Mirdif has its own Spinneys supermarket, a food court and array of shops and cafés, as well as apartment complexes. There are several schools nearby (Royal Dubai School, American Academy for Girls, Star International Academy, Uptown School, Our Own High School and Rajagiri International School), as well as Mirdif City Centre Mall (see image), which has greatly added to the traffic in the area. Mushrif Park connects to the community on the east and is highly accessible from almost anywhere in the community.

“Greater Mirdif” includes villa communities (and the schools noted above) in Al Warqaa, Al Mizar and Al Khwaneej.

Mirdif is a well-known choice for families looking for – relatively – affordable villas. A three bed villa will cost, approximately 120,000 AED to 150,000 AED a year.


Average current asking price:
Studio apartment: From Dhs50,000
One-bed: From Dhs80,000
Two-bed: From Dhs100,000
Three-bed: Dhs120-150,000
Four-bed: From Dhs180,000
Three-bed villa: From Dhs150,000
Four-bed: From Dhs180,000
Five-bed: From Dhs400,000


Nearby Schools

IB curriculum
Dar Al Marefa Private School (04 288 5782) in Mirdif
Uptown School (04 288 6270) in Mirdif

Indian curriculum
Gems Our Own School (04 280 0075) in Al Warqaa
Our Own High School (04 280 0077) in Al Warqaa
Rajagiri International School (04 280 0691) in Al Warqaa

British curriculum
Arab Unity School (04 288 6226) in Mirdif
Gems Royal Dubai School (04 288 6499) in Mirdif
Star International School (04 288 4644) in Mirdif

Also... Sharjah English School and Scholars International Academy Sharjah

American curriculum
Al Mizhar American Academy for Girls (04 288 7250)
International School of Arts and Sciences (04 280 0459/185) in Al Warqaa
International Academic School (04 280 0993) in Al Warqaa
Mirdif Private School (04 288 3303)
New Arab Unity School (04 288 4844) in Mirdif
Sharjah American International School — Dubai campus (04 280 111) in Al Warqaa

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