Backpacker Bliss 10 min DXB airport

Villa - Private room · b, 17D Street, Dubai, 79501, United Arab Emirates

This safe single room for ONE non-smoking guest has AC, ensuite wet room/shower, private access and use of community pool. 10 mins taxi from Dubai Intl Airport. Bus stop 2 min walk. Value stay for guests in transit between flights, short stays.

The Space

Ideal for short stays for guests with proximity to Dubai International Airport as their priority. The room is small and designed for practicality - simply furnished, clean, secure and you have it all to yourself!

Comfortable single bed, bathroom toiletries, wifi (see cautionary note below), bottled water, magazines and tourist information, adapter plugs, slippers, bathrobe and a loaned mobile phone on request (pay as you go).

Pool access is directly through patio doors from the main house lounge. Enjoy a refreshing swim in our pool (shared with 5 neighbouring villas only) in the shade of palm trees. The best weather in Dubai for swimming is from April to November. Please wear culturally appropriate (modest) swimwear.

This is a strictly non-smoking house, both inside and in communal areas.

I don't offer an instant booking facility. I prefer to establish communication with a guest and ascertain the guest's requirements before a booking is confirmed and we like to ensure our location and amenities will suit you. Our budget-friendly price should not be your only consideration.

Attractions in Dubai include: Burj Khalifa, shops and entertainment at Dubai Mall, traditional souks, abra boat rides on Dubai Creek, Atlantis the Palm, Wild Wadi water park, Ski Dubai, several golf courses, beaches along the Jumeirah coast, desert excursions, myriad restaurants and cafes, shopping malls and public parks to name a few.

I have a special arrangement with a tour company for desert safaris or city tours. This company's mini buses collect and drop you off at our villa, and the price includes BBQ dinner, unlimited soft drinks, activities and transportation.

I am happy to suggest activities or days out, tours and assist with bookings and itineraries. We provide heaps of tourist information leaflets, guide books, maps and brochures to help you with planning your excursions and exploration of the UAE. Although Dubai is a busy, bustling, 24 hour city, nothing is too far away. When exploring the city, allow plenty of time for public transport due to our suburban location.

Please note that there are 2 airports in Dubai. They are on opposite ends of the city. We are located very close to Dubai International Airport (DXB). The other airport, Al Maktoum Airport (DWC), is far away. Please check your flight's arrival airport before you book with us.

Due to our location on the border with the neighbouring Emirate of Sharjah, we are less than 30km from Sharjah International Airport (low cost Air Arabia, Air India and Jet Airways among others within Indian/Middle Eastern/African region). A taxi journey will be between 25-40 minutes depending on traffic and around 80 dirhams taxi fare.

Check-In Time After 11:00 AM.
Please note: Earlier check ins (before 11am) require an additional night's booking.
Check-Out Time Before 11.00 AM

Breakfast is served in the main villa at an agreed time. Numerous takeaways in immediate vicinity, including Jabal Murdaf Cafeteria which does the best chicken Shawarmas...

Internet Free WiFi. We don't have a fast connection so this property would not suit someone reliant on technology for work. Video phone calls might be intermittent. Please choose alternative accommodation if a fast speed connection is important to you, or if you plan to use the internet for long periods of the day.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Dubai home!

Guest Access

Access to the main house is for breakfast and use of pool by arrangement with hosts.

Interaction with Guests

Most of the interaction with guests will be around breakfast time, where I give help for planning the day and answering any queries. Hosts are unavailable between 9pm and 7.30am.

The Neighborhood

Our safe neighbourhood
There are some small grocery shops, local bakery, bank and ATM, laundry and numerous salons very close by. There is a pharmacy and a convenience store immediately opposite the villa for essentials. We are situated between Mirdif Mosque and Mirdif Park.

We are in a residential cul-de-sac away from tower blocks, main roads and the bustle of Downtown. This is the chance to see every-day life tick over.

Our busy family consists of myself (English housewife) and my husband (British Zimbabwean) and one 7-yr old at school. We have a cat called Kassie who generously lets us live in her house.

Getting around

If you need to be in the centre of Dubai or by the coast, please choose an alternative listing. If you have any questions about our location please do ask before you book.

Local Transport
We are across the road from a bus stop, where air conditioned buses take you to Rashidiya Metro Station (12 minute journey), where you link with the metro's 'red route' across the city. You'll need to be ready to negotiate busy city public transport (with plenty of guidance from us of course).

When exploring the city, allow plenty of time for public transport. You might need a combination of buses and taxis to reach your destination and it can take a while to cover Dubai's distances. Taxis and cars are the most popular way to get around in UAE but public transport is always improving and it's safe, efficient and clean. Compared to European cities, public transport and taxis here are inexpensive and good value, which run late into the night. Ladies have dedicated metro carriages and allocated seats on the bus - so safety gets a big thumbs up!

We can call or pre-book a taxi for any time of day or night.

I have a public transport travel card for loan to guests.

We have a small parking space outside the house on the street.

Other Things to Note

Written directions are sent as part of the confirmation email from airbnb after you complete your booking. In the email, find the blue rectangle that says 'VIEW ITINERARY' and follow the link to the details of your trip. You need to print this and keep it if you want a straightforward and fast taxi journey from the airport. Taxi drivers do not always know the way. Failure to do this will result in you being lost/stranded and an expensive taxi fare with the extra driving around.


Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 0.5
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Check In: 11:00 AM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Thank you for your kindness. I felt comfortable and enjoyed Dubai.

    March 2014
  • Really nice and kind host mates. The room is perfect, it has all necessary things that you need. It is so easy go to the city. Highly recommended.

    March 2014
  • I'm not sure what I can say about this accommodation and host that hasn't been said before in the many excellent reviews that I had checked before making the booking. There is a saying that if something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is ... but I nevertheless was swayed by the feedback of previous guests and was so glad that I made the reservation.
    The accommodation was accurately described, so was exactly what I had expected ... well, to be truthful, it was made slightly better than I had expected by the small welcoming touches left by Clare - little touches that matched or exceeded those in some expensive hotels!
    The hosts were warm and welcoming - Clare was the perfect hostess, and a font of information, and it was a shame my stay was so short that I wasn't able to stay to accept Gary's barbecue invitation!
    Sure it's not the most central location for downtown Dubai, but who cares for that when it' got so much else going for it?
    I will certainly hold this as my number one choice for return trips to Dubai, and recommend highly to others.

    March 2014
    Response from Clare:

    Touched by your kind words, Paul - thank you! :-)

  • Clare Lawrence is an excellent host. Very friendly, very helpul.I had informed her about thr nature of my visit, snd she checked out in advance of my visit and guided me on how tthe most economical and comfortable way to get there. Not only that, she had a Bus Timetable ready, duly highlighted-from and to the residence!
    She also provided me with a Travel Card that I could use for the duration of my travel.I topped it up and returned it with a little more than the original amount that she had so thoughtfully, and kindly maintained.
    Her residence is within walking and public transport distance, a Supermarket too within walking distance whereat I could also top up my cell phone.
    She was also kind to provide me with a coffee kettleto makr my own coffee, as I am a very early riser.
    She was also kind to provide a fairly sumptuous breakfast.
    The room by itself, was small, but self -contained.
    Overall, I had a very peaceful and comfortable time, and wholeheartedly recommend her place for travellers.

    March 2014
  • Clare was a wonderful host!!
    She gave me many suggestions for the trip even before I visit so it made me easier to plan my schedule. And during the stay, she told and wrote down for me which buses and metro should I take, so I really enjoyed my trip without any trouble.The room was very clean and breakfast was great. She was kind and very helpful.

    If you go to Dubai, I highly recommend you to visit Clare's house.
    You will get great hospitality and get 5 star airbnb experience.

    February 2014
  • Claire and her family were wonderful hosts. It's a pity I couldn't stay longer to enjoy their hospitality. Highly recommended!

    February 2014
  • The room is small but has everything needed for a comfortable short stay. There is a bus station a couple of minutes away that connects with the metro. The buses are punctual and run according to a schedule the host provided. Clare is a very professional host and has been a great help in orienting myself around Dubai. I recommend this accommodation to other travelers.

    January 2014
  • I stayed at Lawrence. She is a lovely english lady!
    I was only in dubai for 2,5 days, and she helped me what too see.. her service is world class and i can't say anything bad about my stay there!

    January 2014
  • Clare was an exellent host! very helpful and friendly and a very good guide to a dubai-visitor! nice breakfast every morning at the time you prefer and all the info u need to get around! The house is a bit far from some parts of dubai, but t is easy to get around with the public transport! Shukran Jazeelan ya Clare!

    January 2014
  • Highly recommend host family. The room is in a very good location, in the immediate neighborhood there are good shopping centers. The bus stops "at the door", just 2 minutes walking distance. By bus you can reach the train station in a few minutes. From there you can drive by train around anywhere in Dubai you want. You do not need to get into a taxi. In the planning of excursions Clare helped me a lot. I recommend everyone Clare's room who want to explore Dubai.

    January 2014
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My husband Gary (British Zimbabwean) and I (British) have lived in Dubai for over 3 years. We love living in the United Arab Emirates and enjoy enabling our guests to see as many of its unique sights as possible during their stay, safely and smoothly. We have a son, age 7, and a very protective cat who guards the house from her spot near the door. We have hosted over 60 guests from all over the world in our two airbnb rooms. Most are in transit but often they leave wishing they'd stayed longer to explore - Dubai's charms often take our guests by surprise! While Gary works long office hours, I am at home and my son is at school. I enjoy the flow of people at my breakfast table, all with tales to tell (it seems taxi disasters are notorious the world over). As a small family we enjoy getting out and about in Dubai together - beaches, waterparks, meals, movies and parks. Our family vacations are always to beach resorts, and our favourite was Bang Tao beach in Phuket, Thailand. We have visited neighbouring countries like Oman and Sri Lanka several times. Gary plays guitar and loves firing up a good barbecue. We can't live without good food and company, access to a swimming pool (our son is part fish) and sunshine (we are solar-powered).
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