About This Listing
Travelling to Dubai on a budget? This cosy room for 1 has private entry, use of pool, AC, wifi, ensuite shower/wet room + breakfast. Bus 2 min walk. Mirdif is a safe suburb, 10 mins by taxi to DXB airport. Ideal for Dubai stopovers.
Just 10-15 minutes cheap taxi ride from DXB airport, this clean and comfortable self-contained space for 1 gives guests convenience, privacy and flexibility. Guests have their own front door and key as it is separate from our family home.
It is a small yet bright and cheerful room, and it's well equipped with everything you need to be safe and comfortable. There is a compact ensuite wet room shower, AC, tea/coffee making facilities and plenty of tourist information and guide books. You'll enjoy resting here after your long flight, making us a convenient transit stop.
****At the moment, there are 2 new villas being built across the road, which means there is some construction noise during daytime hours. I have lowered my price to compensate for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, please do ask. No work at all takes place on Fridays. I have not found it to be very disruptive at all so far. ****
Location & Getting Around
Due to our suburban location, guests need to be happy to use public transport or taxis to explore Dubai. Guests easily find their way around Dubai's simple metro system, which is ultra modern, reliable and user-friendly. Reach the nearest metro station (Rashidiya) via a fast and pleasant bus journey from our house. I loan guests a travel card for use during their stay.
Our villa is located in a residential area in the suburb of Mirdif, typical of the region. You won't find it buzzing with nightclubs and 5 star hotels. We have convenient essentials on our doorstep including a selection of local takeaways, groceries, bakery, pharmacy, dry cleaners, numerous salons, a park with walking track and outdoor gym, and a bank/ATM. It's a straight 10-15 minute walk to reach Mirdif City Centre, an upmarket shopping mall containing over 430 stores, salons, restaurants, cafes, currency exchange bureau, Carrefour hypermarket and a cinema with 3D and 4D screens. Buses link the mall with the metro, too.
Our busy family consists of myself (English housewife) and my husband (British Zimbabwean) and one 8-yr old at school. We have a vocal cat called Kassie. See my profile for more information on our family.
This is a strictly non-smoking house, both inside and in communal areas.
Between 11am - 9pm. Late arrivals can be accommodated on request.
Strictly 12 noon (midday).
Breakfast is served in the main house at an agreed time between 7.30am - 10.30am.
NOTE: We don't have a fast connection.
Directly through patio doors from the main house lounge. Access via arrangement with hosts. Enjoy a refreshing swim in our pool (shared with 5 neighbours) in the shade of palm trees. The best weather in Dubai for swimming is from April to November.
Help from hosts
Most of the interaction with guests will be at breakfast time, when I am available to give help for planning your day and answer any questions.
After a booking is confirmed, I email guests with ideas for activities, cultural sites and attractions, to assist with planning and making the most of a short stay in this vibrant and fascinating city. There is something for everyone - art, ancient history, shopping, beaches, entertainment, music and the chance to experience the desert on an organised 4x4 safari.
I have a special arrangement with a tour company for desert safaris or city tours. Guests are collected and dropped off at our villa, and the price includes BBQ dinner, unlimited soft drinks, activities and transportation.
We have a small parking space outside the house on the street.
IT IS THE GUEST'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THEY ARE FAMILIAR WITH LOCAL LAWS BEFORE ARRIVAL. THIS INCLUDES LAWS ON BANNED MEDICATIONS, ALCOHOL, PUBLIC DECENCY. ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE ASK OR CHECK WITH YOUR GOVERNMENT'S OVERSEAS TRAVEL ADVICE ONLINE.
We request guests consider the check in and check out time and plan accordingly. Special requests can sometimes be accommodated so it is best to check.
Late arrivals can be accommodated. Guests arriving after 9pm can find their room waiting for them with a key in the door. They will meet the hosts at breakfast the next morning.
Breakfast is served between 7.30am and 10.30am. I'm unable to accommodate early or late requests. Please advise hosts of allergies or intolerances before the stay.
The compound is a non-smoking compound, even outside (outside air comes in through air conditioning). We do have asthma in our family. Smoking also presents a fire risk in this hot climate.
We have one cat, Kassie. Guests who are allergic to cats may still be able to stay here as the guest room is separate from the family home and the cat does not enter it. However, she will be in the main house and outside - you're bound to meet her.
Alcohol is not permitted. Our household is legally licensed for our own private use but this does not cover our visitors.
The size of this room prevents guests from being able to invite friends etc inside. Therefore, this guest room is off limits to anyone except the checked-in guest, even for a short time.
The following is a list of local guidelines. I have copied these from the UK's Foreign & Commonwealth Office website to draw attention to some of the UAE's laws and traditions which you should familiarise yourself with before you travel. Some laws will be different to those in your home country but need to be taken very seriously. While Dubai is a relaxed and friendly environment for tourists and foreigners, the country's laws reflect its Muslim tradition, and tourists who do not take steps to familiarise themselves with restrictions may quite easily find themselves unknowingly breaking laws and/or offending people. This can have consequences which could seriously derail your vacation.
Entering the country
:: The UAE has a zero-tolerance drugs policy and anyone caught carrying illegal substances can expect a stiff penalty, even if it is just a trace amount.
:: Some prescription drugs, such as commonly-used anti-depressants, cold remedies and pain killers are included on the UAE's controlled list and visitors are advised to check the status of ALL medicines before bringing them into the country. Bring your doctor's prescription (or a letter) with you, and only carry enough to last you for your trip. Check your medication against the UAE banned substance list on the internet. Codeine is illegal - do not bring it (4 year jail term).
:: Pork products and pornographic books and material are also banned.
In the country:
:: Swearing or making rude gestures is considered to be an obscene act and offenders can be arrested by police.
:: Public displays of affection, including kissing and holding hands, could lead to arrest if deemed to be offensive.
:: Sex outside marriage is banned and unmarried couples who live together or even share a hotel room are (technically)committing an offence. Adultery is illegal.
:: Homosexual behaviour and cross-dressing is forbidden.
:: In situations other than on the beach or by the swimming pool, a woman's clothing may be considered indecent if it is tight, transparent, above the knee or shows her stomach, shoulders or back. A man should not wear shorts above the knee or show his chest. Underwear should not be visible. Most public areas enforce a modest dress code (shopping malls, hotel foyers, etc). Visiting official buildings or heritage sites will mean you should take extra steps to cover up - take a shawl or cardigan with you, and long trousers etc are advised. EVEN IN HOT WEATHER.
:: Visitors can only drink alcohol in licensed hotels or clubs, and drinking alcohol or being drunk in public is an offence. In the emirate of Sharjah, any alcohol consumption is illegal. In the emirate of Sharjah, any alcohol consumption is illegal. Alcohol can be purchased at the huge duty free shop when arriving at DXB airport, subject to the duty free limit. Alcohol can't be bought locally in supermarkets, and is served in licensed hotel restaurants and bars only. Our nearest licensed premises will be the airport hotels, such as Bustan Rotana, Le Meridien and Millennium Airport, or the Irish Village, all a short taxi ride away.
:: Driving after consuming any amount of alcohol is against the law. Zero tolerance applies.
:: Photography of certain government and military buildings is banned, and visitors should always ask before taking pictures of people, especially ladies in national dress.
:: Failing to pay a bill or bouncing a cheque can lead to a fine and even imprisonment.
:: During the fasting month of Ramadan, visitors should not eat, drink or smoke in public places. Live and loud music is also banned. Check with hosts for updated Ramadan dates and timings.
Source: FCO travel advice for UAE
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Clare and Gary are fantastic hosts! In addition to providing a very comfortable and clean private room and private bath (with private entrance), a delicious breakfast each morning, and the use of a lovely swimming pool, Clare was also happy to be my "tour director". She provided me with detailed information on how to get around using public transportation, some great ideas about places to visit (along with maps to help me get there), and booked a tour for me (arranging for me to be picked up at their home). She was able to accommodate an extremely late flight arrival time, and gave me super-detailed directions (and GPS coordinates) to help me guide a taxi driver to their home. Clare thought of everything -- she provided a needed "nol card" to get me started using public transportation, lots of travel books and brochures in the room, and an electric kettle with a nice selection of coffee and teas. She and Gary took special care to bring me some bottled water during a short period of low water pressure (which was repaired very quickly.) Clare went above and beyond what I would expect of an airbnb host, and I would recommend their home to anyone who needs a single room in Dubai and is willing to stay outside of the downtown area.
Did host make you welcome
I was made most welcome by Clare and Gary. Clare went out of her way to help create an itinerary for my 2 day stay and give maps and directions. She also provided a travel card. She was extremely helpful and I enjoyed chatting with her about local culture, history and attractions. Breakfast was excellent and included homemade date muffins and fresh fruit.
The room was very comfortable with everything you could need. Clare also provided a bottle of water and some peanuts, very welcome after a long flight arriving in the evening.
The neighbourhood was pleasant with a little shop on the doorstep and the bus stop only 2 minutes away. Travel connections were very easy and not expensive.
An excellent experience, thank you very much!
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Dubai for the short period 4 day was there. Mirdiff is a lovely neighbourhood full of lavish villas and the sounds of passioned chanting from the nearby mosque. Its close proximity to the airport is very convenient and as the city boasts a safe, clean, and efficient metro system -all is within reach.
The room is small but thoughtfully laid out with a comfortable bed and cosy duvet and pillows. A large bottle of water welcomes you with some snacks. There is even a little iron. I like the fact that there is a private entrance to the room.
The location of the room was perfect for me-beimg close to a bus stop that was easy to use and went straight to an mrt stop that took me to Deira city where I could access the hop on hop off tour bus that gave me a great 48 hour overview of the city's historical, cultural and marine sights. Beautiful city really.
For those of you that would appreciate the gorgeous public beaches and want to relieve some restlessness while enjoying , sea, sand, cool beeezes and city scape: there is a newly built 14km soft jogging, walking track that runs a huge part of the beach. I walked (website hidden) following the sunset with not too mamy others. A MUST do.
Clare herself is warm, thoughtful, organized and attentive but gives you your independance. She graciously aĺlowed a late checkout and will accomodate you if her guest schedule is not booked.
Thank you Clare!
My first Airbnb experience and couldn't have hoped for a better start than with Clare. Her uber quick response to silly questions, the smile with which she greets you for breakfast, takes time to explain things to do in Dubai and can give you good tips regardless of your length of stay and expectations as a tourist. The breakfast food is tasty as well and makes for a perfect morning start to your day. She is very flexible and has set very high expectations for my subsequent hosts. The room in itself is pretty comfortable and she has it organized for you. It is very near to the airport. I usually dont go by customer reviews but had to give it a shot considering she has been rated 5stars by almost everyone who has stayed there. I am no different and would definitely stay at her place if I get to visit Dubai the next time. I'd highly recommend her place.
This was my first ever booking using AirBnb and what an amazing experience it was. Everything was perfect. Clare really is a warm, loving and caring host, within minutes upon my arrival to the Villa I felt at ease and welcomed.
The room itself was very cosy and comfortable; ideal for single travelers with everything you need to make your stay as easy as possible. The amount of detail and effort Clare puts into ensuring her guests have everything they need is what makes the stay such a memorable experience, she truly goes above and beyond for her guest. I was provided with a Mobile phone, Travel Card, and a detailed breakdown of how to travel around Dubai, Clare really has thought of everything.
Breakfast was delightful-a great opportunity to chat, share stories and ask any questions about Dubai, Clare has a vast amount of knowledge of the local area and the whole of Dubai. Breakfast was light and refreshing, a great way to start my day.
Mirdiff is a very peaceful part of town, the locals are extremely friendly and helpful, and the shops and food joints are all a stone’s throw away.
My taxi on departure was very early in the morning (5.30am) and it was still dark, Gary (Clares husband) was kind enough to wait with me and to ensure my taxi arrived on time and I departed safely.
I seriously cannot recommend this place enough, everything about my stay here was spectacular.
Thank you Clare!
This was my second stay at Gary and Clare's. It was a pleasure to meet Gary over the weekend, and Clare as always was well prepared and considerate. I was fairly used to the room by now and learnt my way around the peaceful area of Mirdif, making me feel very much at home and at ease.
I would also like to thank Clare for being helpful to arrange a cab to take me to Dubai Airport on my day of departure. Should I plan on returning to Dubai in the near future, I'd love to go back!
Clare clearly sets a benchmark for anyone hosting his/her place. The experience is ten fold better compared to what you imagine when you read the description or see the images of the house. There is absolute privacy and the locality is quiet and peaceful. Just what you need after all the hustle & bustle you face outside. The enormous attention to detail, whether it is the train/bus schedule to information you need to get around in Dubai or anything specific adds up to Clare's thoughtful and mindful nature. All the essentials like a grocery store, pharmacy and a restaurant where you get the most delicious chicken tikka rolls are right across the street. But all of the above is an understatement till you taste her homemade muffins for breakfast. Absolutely delightful. If you are in Dubai for a short period and looking for a place to stay, this is where you should be and you will be overwhelmed by the experience.
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About the Host, Clare
My husband Gary (British Zimbabwean) and I (British) have lived in Dubai for over 4 years. We love living in the United Arab Emirates.
We have a son, age 8, and a crazy cat.
As a small family we enjoy getting out and about in Dubai together - beaches, waterparks, meals, movies and parks. Our family vacation so far was to 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). Love airbnb for its range of places to stay and the kind people you come across during the process! Enjoy it when my guests enter into the spirit of it, rather than just finding the cheapest place to stay.
bus stop for F3 bus to Rashidiya Metro station in 13 minutes
lovely local bakery selling a range of baked snacks and bread, made on the premises, just opposite our house
cluster of useful local shops, very close to our house and adjacent to bus stop. Includes pharmacy, bank, supermarket, salons, Subway sandwich shop and bakery.
lovely shady park, a few metres from our house, ideal for a jog, walk, or a place to sit with a cold drink and get some fresh air
a plaza-style shopping area with coffee shops, supermarket, food court, taxi rank and many shops
massive shopping mall including 430 stores, cinema, supermarket, salons, gym, restaurants and cafes
our nearest metro station, accessible by local bus from close to our house
managed by InterContinental Dubai Festival City and features a Robert Trent Jones II designed 18-hole championship golf course and an array of enticing dining options.
The world's second busiest airport just 10 minutes away by taxi
•waterfront marina shopping mall
•75 restaurants, cafes and bistros
•12-screen cinema complex
•Hard Rock Cafe
•A 2km promenade overlooking the Creek
This is where you can pick up the double decker sightseeing bus tour. Accessible directly by metro.
nearest metro station for the souks, Dubai Creek and abra stations to cross to the souks and Bastikiya area on the other side (Bur Dubai)
cultural area of old Dubai including art galleries, art cafes, Dubai Museum and creekside walks
bus station for buses around the region including buses every 10 minutes to Abu Dhabi.
Buy tickets in advance for At the Top, View the spectacular water fountain show every day at 6pm and every 30 minutes until midnight.
Low cost regional flights with Air Arabia, Air India and Jet Airways to destinations in the Middle East, India and North Africa. 30km from our accommodation.
tours every morning at 10am lasting 45 minutes (except Fridays)
public beach entry 5dhs, accessible by X28 bus
enjoy evening entertainment on various stages, water shows, fireworks, funfair and souks selling crafts, spices, clothing, souvenirs and an abra ride down the canal. Bus from Rashidiya metro station.