This family-orientated neighbourhood gets a lot of flack for its noise pollution (the neighbourhood is next to an air strip), yet past the initial rattles lies a family-friendly place.

Do: JumpBoxx

Covering 22,000 square feet, Jump Boxx is made up of more than 100 interconnecting trampolines and visitors can play dodgeball and basketball or simply throw themselves into the soft-foam pit.

Awesome flip at the main arena by @azimfaizal. Double tap if you can do tricks on the trampoline too!

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Uptown Mirdif, Dubai, Dhs69, Dhs59 children aged three to five, Sun to Thur noon to 10pm, Fri 10am to 11pm, Sat 10am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 2885744. Taxi: Uptown Mirdiff. 

Do: Cheeky Monkeys Playland


Originally located in Al Barsha Mall, this popular haunt recently opened another venue in Mirdif in Etihad Mall. Entry costs just Dhs65 for two hours of play per child.

Etihad Mall, Mirdif, Dubai, Sun to Thur 9am to 10pm, Fri and Sat 9am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 2524878. Taxi: Etihad Mall.

Do: iFly

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This huge wind tunnel lets you float in the air above a behemoth fan. It’s pretty much like skydiving but without having to do that whole terrifying leaping-out-of-a-plane thing.

Mirdif City Centre, Dubai, daily 10am to 10pm, Dhs220. Tel: (04) 2316292. Taxi: Mirdif City Centre.

Do: Learn a musical instrument

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Brooklyn Melodies is the place to visit to pick up a new instrument. Offering a range of lessons, from vocal and percussion to other instrumentals, they stock plenty of musical equipment.

Uptown Mirdif Mall, Mirdif, Dubai, Sat to Thur 2.30pm to 9pm. Tel: (04) 2514098. Taxi: Uptown Mirdif Mall. 

Dine: Butcher Shop & Grill

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Don’t be fooled by its mall location, Butcher Shop & Grill takes its food seriously. Lovely cuts of meat – you can buy them to take home, too – come with chunky chips, sauces and delicious sides.

Mirdif City Centre, Mirdif, Dubai, daily 11.30am to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 2840740. Taxi: Mirdif City Centre.

Do: Yalla! Bowling

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Amid the games, rides and attractions at Playnation in Mirdif City Centre you’ll find a 12-lane bowling alley. This one is for the children, with all the bells and whistles that come with kiddie-friendly bowling, such as a cosmic theme and lots of video stimulation.

Mirdif City Centre, Mirdif, Dubai, Sat to Wed 10am to 11pm, Thur and Fri 10am to midnight. Tel: (04) 2316316. Taxi: Mirdif City Centre. 

Hidden Gem: Glamour Beauty & Nail Spa


With a wide range of services including hair and beauty treatments, Glamour Nail is a favourite with the Mirdif ladies. It’s comfortable, stylish and the quality of service is as competitive as any fancy hotel spa, with a very reasonable price tag, too.

Al Barajeel Oasis Complex, Mirdif, Dubai, daily 10am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 2363237. Taxi: Al Barajeel.