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
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