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 and a desk, and plenty of tourist information and guide books. You'll enjoy resting here after your long flight, making us a convenient transit stop.
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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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.
What a great space.. Too many good things to say .. You won't be disappointed for choosing to stay with claire .. You are within walking distance of anything that you may need. Claire is beyond helpful and a pleasure...
Clare is such a kind and welcoming host. Armed with a gentle nature and the most delicious homemade muffins, she will make you feel right at home.
The room itself has it's own entrance and is neither huge nor small. It has a single bed, a small desk and it's own shower. All is clean, tidy, cozy and comfy. Neat decorations and a little guidebook filled bookcase makes this an ideal place to retreat to after a busy day in Dubai.
It's situated in the very residential Mirdiff suburb. It's safe, it's clean but it's far away from central Dubai (but rather close to the airport). Luckily, Clare will equip you with both a metrocard, directions and lots of tips to get the most of your time in Dubai.
Thank you Clare!
My stay at your home was my first airbnb experience!
It is one thing to provide a service but it is quite another to set the benchmark for how airbnb hosting should be. You consistently maintained quality
a. The Listing - one look and it is so well explained leaving guests with little or no queries
b. Communication - Clear expectations were set and Clare promptly responded to the few queries I asked. Often enthusiastically providing me with a wealth of information on the location of the villa, places of tour importance in Dubai etc.
c. Commitment - The room was ready in time for my arrival and made comfortable by small thoughtful touches such as toiletries, mineral water, travel card etc.
d. Breakfast and banter - Clare's genuine smile and polite yet casual conversations over a hearty breakfast just made my day. The sheer warmth of feeling 'at home' is something money can't buy.
e. Price - For a single traveller ideal if you are looking for affordable luxury.
f. Location - The villa is located at Mirdif, a quiet, peaceful and elegant neighbourhood. Away from the rush of central Dubai yet easily accessible and close to the airport.
The check-in process was simple! Clare is waiting for me and greeted me with a smile. She was very informative and gave me all the important information regarding the neighborhood such as where the good shwarmas are, the mall, and the bus stop.
The room was clean, had everything I needed, and perfect for my stay. The location was actually very ideal for me because it wasn't in an expensive area of town. Just across the street is some seriously good cheap shwarmas and a 10 min walk will lead you to one of the biggest malls I've ever been to.
If y'all want something reasonably priced with cheap food around and only a short walk away from the rest of the city or a major mall, this accommodation is for you.
Clare is a wonderful and lovely Host. She is very good prepared and everything was like she told me befördert. Sometimes Even better (wlan, Check Out Time, mobilephone). She was always approchable if i had any questions. But the Most of the Time she answered my questions before I could ask. Also she have me a Lot of advertises and helles me bockig a Tour. I Met her Hausband just a Short Time before i leave but i can also say it is a nice lovely and Open minded Family.
Thank you for this short great and amazing Time in Dubai
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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.