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Mirdif vs Dubai Marina

Old and new Dubai battle it out in Kipp’s brand to brand.



Located in the middle of the desert on a hill, Mirdif isn’t the most glamorous of districts; it sits directly underneath Dubai Airport’s flight path.

The icing on the cake, however, is the neighborhood’s proximity to one of the city’s biggest sewage plants. In short, Mirdif stinks.

Location, therefore, isn’t Mirdif’s biggest asset. But what it lacks in fresh air and peace and quiet, it makes up for in quaintness. The neighborhood is one Dubai’s truly organic residential communities.

It still stinks though. Score: 2


Rents are comparatively cheap here. You can find a one bedroom apartment for AED45,000 to AED50,000 per year, which is a bargain in Dubai. Score: 10


You might not believe this, but the humidity levels in Mirdif are lower than in communities by the beach. We have no numbers to prove it though; we’re speaking from personal experience.

However, thanks to the desert, the level of dust in the air is staggering. Score: 7


It’s bad, but not that bad.

Unfortunately, the drivers in Mirdif appear to be worse than in other neighborhoods. Why is that? You tell us. Score: 5

Standard of living

Considering the stinky air and the noise pollution, the standard of living in Mirdif is pretty low. But we have another issue with Mirdif: the authorities take little notice of it. There’s no grass; the traffic lights don’t work; and there are no sidewalks. Score: 2

Final score: 26



  1. Anand on July 7, 2009 6:54 am

    The grass is missing at the Marina as well, Have not seen/heard of any park in the near vicinity?On that fron standard of living deserves may by 7.

  2. Sudhir I on July 7, 2009 9:11 am

    Since when is Mirdif old Dubai?

  3. Erik on July 7, 2009 9:34 am

    Traffic in the Marina is not bad at all. It was bad several months ago when some of the bridges were still under construction, but now it flows quite smoothly except at peak hours.

    Also, some apartments in the Marina are poorly built, and some are incredibly nice. Not good to generalize.

  4. HS on July 11, 2009 11:00 am

    I have been living in Mirdif for the past 8 years. I have never heard a plane over my house nor ever smelled sewage (that is International City, not Mirdif). This is not to say that some areas do not have overly disturbing planes as if they are landing on their roofs, but this is really limited to very few streets within big Mirdif.

    Greenery is limited, true, but the benefit of living in this lesser rent area is you get more for your money. With a one bedroom rent in Marina, you can get a 2 bedroom villa in Mirdif, which usually means, a pool and garden (i.e. your own personalized greenery!)

    I never needed to get out of Mirdif for my daily errands, we have a huge variety of supermarkets, many of which are walking distance, hospitals, pharmacies, clinics, restaurants, cafes, etc… With Uptown Mirdif and Arabian Center malls in Mirdif, and Dubai Festival City nearby (no salik iif I may add), a family has everything you need and lots of activities as well (skate park, bowling center, public park, fun city, cinemas, gyms, kids classes, etc..)

    You can easily avoid Salik by using Business Bay Crossing.

    Mirdif is a beautiful and practical place for a family, however, if you are single and work for DMC, DIC or within that side of Dubai area, the definitely Dubai Marina is better for you.

    (I think my review is much more comprehensive than Kipp’s! :P )

  5. SK on July 15, 2009 7:53 am

    I think you should research your facts before making it public, i think the comments that you made are discriminating and action will be taken for your misrepresentation from the owners of properties in Dubai, unless you clarify these issues… i am serious…..

  6. guest on July 16, 2009 9:43 pm

    4. Nice one

  7. Louise on July 20, 2009 12:05 pm

    Kipp has clearly never been to Mirdif.

  8. Zana on July 23, 2009 8:39 am

    I live in Mirdif for the past 18 years !
    I never thought to move away coz i simply love the area and the atomosphere.

    Dear publisher ..
    Mirdif never stinks and as people referred to that is the International City NOT Mirdif .. though in some areas in Mirdif yes there is an airport flight path but if you live there you get used to it as there is no plane passing by.

    Since Kippreport goes international please do ensure accurate information is distributed.


  9. Just FUn on August 6, 2009 12:23 pm

    Its incorrect. Kipp is crap. Go personally and see facts to know the truth

  10. Nero on September 30, 2009 8:18 am

    HS I agree with your. This is bad reporting by KIPP. KIPP you need to check the facts.

  11. Manisha on October 31, 2009 6:50 am

    Hey i subscribe to EVERYTHING Kipp said about Mirdiff. I booked and even paid the rent checks for a property right over a FLIGHT PATH! Before taking over the house stayed ONE night in the place… My ears are in deep pain. My head is spinning and I came back feeling SICK! I want to now cancel my contract and am working towards getting out of moving there.
    As for the STINK, Kipp HAS got the facts right. One friend is moving OUT of Mirdif because of the stink! He attributes it to the fact that ALL MIRDIFFITES think the sandy areas are public toilets for their pets!

  12. Manisha on October 31, 2009 6:50 am



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