The City Centre Mirdif is a large shopping mall in the Mirdif area of Dubai. Unlike many other large malls in Dubai, it has been designed to appeal to the local community rather than visitors. It offers over 400 stores, a cinema, entertainment centres, and a good selection of restaurants and food and beverage outlets.
Anchor stores are Carrefour, Centrepoint, Crate and Barrel, Debenhams, Decathlon, Emax, Hamleys, Home Centre, Jashanmal, Pottery Barn, and Paris Gallery.
Centrepoint is an 85,000 square feet store on the ground floor and is home to the four Landmark Group’s brands; Shoe Mart, Splash, Lifestyle, and Babyshop.
Shoe Mart sells inexpensive shoes for men, women and kids, plus accessories such as belts, luggage, bags, and jewellery. Splash offers contemporary fashion from both internationally recognised brands and in-house designers. Babyshop caters to babies, toddlers and children and stocks toys, clothes, prams and pushchairs, nursery and bedroom furniture. Lifestyle sells a wide range of products such as home furnishings, bedding, lighting, and gifts.
Decathlon is a large sports retailer offering a comprehensive range of products ranging from golf clubs to scuba diving equipment. In addition to stocking all the main international brands it is one of the few sports retailers that develops its own products. The store is located on the ground floor.
Hamleys is a world-famous toy retailer. Their store at City Centre Mirdif was their second in the UAE (the first was at the Dubai Mall). The 22,000 square foot store stocks a massive range of premium toys and also offers regular workshops and activities, plus events where children can meet their favourite cartoon characters. The store is situated on the first floor, near the North Food Court.
Paris Gallery is the leading luxury goods retailer in the Middle East and offers a huge range of fragrances, cosmetics, watches, and fashion accessories. They sell all the top brands including fragrances from Agent Provocateur, Boss, Boucheron, Burberry, Bvlgari, Chanel, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Hermes, Jean Paul Gautier, Kenzo, Lacoste, Paloma Picasso, Vera Wang, and Yves Saint Laurent, plus watches by Cartier, Diesel, DKNY, Just Cavalli, and Versace.
Carrefour is a massive hypermarket on the ground floor of the City Centre Mirdif. In addition to groceries and household products, it also stocks clothes and footwear, toys, furniture for both home and garden, carpets and rugs, bags and suitcases, home appliances such as fridges and dishwashers, car accessories, plus an extensive range of electronic equipment including TVs, mp3 players, radios, mobile phones, games consoles and laptops.
Emax is one of the largest electronic retailers in the Middle East. Their ground floor store at City Centre Mirdif offers a wide range of products such as mobile telephones, digital cameras and camcorders, computers, DVD players, home theatre systems, games, satellite navigation systems, plus domestic appliances like cookers, dishwashers, freezers, washers and dryers, and microwave ovens.
Other stores at the City Centre Mirdif include Clas Ohlson (home improvement store – first store in Dubai – opened in 2014), Boots, Areej (cosmetics and perfumes), VaVaVoom (beauty products and fragrances), La Senza, Nayomi (lingerie), Nine West, Karen Millen, New Look, Miss Selfridge, H&M, American Eagle Outfitters, Zara, Pierre Cardin, Max Value, The North Face, Timberland, Armani Jeans (new in 2014), Hackett (British designer menswear), Sun & Sand Sports, Nike, Early Learning Centre, Destination Maternity (maternity fashion and accessories), Mothercare, Mamas & Papas, Bhs Kids, Marina (home furnishings), Lakeland (kitchenware), Virgin Megastore, Jumbo Electronics, Bose, Canon, Etisalat, and du.
The City Centre Mirdif also boats a good range of activities and entertainment options. Most are located on the first floor.
VOX Cinemas (formerly known as CineStar) is a 10-screen multiplex cinema showing all the latest films. Two of the screens are in Gold Class theatres where movie lovers can collect their tickets without queuing and relax in luxurious reclining chairs. Hot food and drinks can be ordered on entry and are served during the film.
Mirdif City Centre also boasts The Playnation, a large leisure and entertainment area with numerous different experiences under one roof.
Football Planet is an attraction consisting of a series of interactive football games. Using state-of-the-art technology players can test and develop their ball skills using real footballs.
iFLY Dubai is an indoor skydiving centre that offers people of all ages to experience the thrill of skydiving in a controlled environment. The attraction features two flight chambers; giant vertical wind tunnels with powerful turbines that generate a column of air that travels up to 200 kilometres per hour. Experienced flight instructors provide tuition before the flight and accompany every skydiver into the chamber. Flying packages are available for all levels of ability from beginners to experienced flyers. All equipment, clothing, and locker rentals are included in the price.
New in 2014 is the iPilot flight simulator. Customers are offered the opportunity to learn to fly the Airbus A380, currently the world’s biggest passenger airliner. Tuition is provided by a fully qualified pilot instructor and participants can choose from more than 24,000 airports for take-off and landing. Another iPilot flight simulator can be found at the Dubai Mall.
Sky Trail is an aerial obstacle course high above the floor of the mall. Although it looks extremely scary, participants are securely harnessed to a guide system.
Little Explorers is an interactive learning zone for children aged between two and seven. It features over one hundred exhibits, games and experiments spread over five distinct zones, each designed to stimulate a particular area of development. For example, in the I Discover Myself zone children participate in activities designed to build awareness of their social identity, while I Experiment introduces children to science and technology. Adults accompanying children enjoy free admission. Children can also be left at Little Explorers while their parents shop.
Magic Planet is a family entertainment centre with various children’s rides and video games while Yalla! Bowling is a tenpin bowling alley with 12 fully automated lanes.
The Playnation is situated on the first floor of the City Centre Mirdif, right next to the VOX Cinemas.
Aquaplay is also on the first floor of the mall and is unique indoor water-themed play area. Highlights include a flume ride, swinging ship ride, and bumper boats. Swimming costumes are not required.
City Centre Mirdif boasts a great selection of restaurants and places to eat and drink, although none are licensed.
There are two food courts, both on the first floor. The North Food Court is situated next to Aquaplay and offers outlets such as Al Farooj (Arabic), Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, Bombay Chowpatty (Indian), Burger Fuel, Charley’s Gilled Subs, Chinese Palace, Hardee’s, Hatam (Persian), Karam Express (Lebanese), Kcal (low calorie), KFC, Le CreParis (French crepes), London Fish & Chips, Max (Swedish burger bar), McDonald’s, New York Fries, Pizza Hut, and Subway.
The South Food Court is at the opposite end of the mall, near VOX Cinemas and The Playmania. Places to eat and drink here include Fatburger, KFC, McDonald’s, Nawab (Indian), Noon o Kabab (Iranian), Panda (Chinese), Papa John’s Pizza, Sumo Salad (salad, wraps), Texas Chicken, and Wendy’s.
The majority of sit-down restaurants are situated near the main entrance to the mall. On the ground floor there’s Abd El Wahab (Lebanese), Al Forno (Italian), Gazebo, Japengo, PF Chang’s (American Chinese), Paul, Uno Chicago (pizzas), and Yo Sushi. On the first floor there’s Anatolia Turkish Grill, California Pizza Kitchen, Leila (Lebanese), Pars Iranian Restaurant, and The Butcher Shop and Grill.
There are also a handful of restaurants on the first floor near VOX Cinemas including Chilli’s and Johnny Rockets.
Information desks are located on both floors of the mall and offer maps and store guides, event and transport information, gift vouchers, and more. Other facilities and services at the mall include toilets, baby changing areas, and prayer rooms for men and women.
Free Wi-Fi is also available. Simply connect to the network and register to receive your password by SMS. The password is also valid at City Centre Mirdif’s sister malls; Deira City Centre and the Mall of the Emirates.
Numerous ATMs are dotted around the mall. There are also branches of the Emirates NBD, Emirates Islamic Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank, Mashreq Bank plus several currency exchanges.
City Centre Mirdif is open 7 days a week. Store opening times at the time of writing (January 2015) are Sunday to Wednesday 10 am to midnight, and Thursday to Saturday 10 am to 1 am. Opening hours for Carrefour are Saturday to Wednesday 9 am to midnight, and Thursday and Friday 9 am to 1 am.
City Centre Mirdif is located at the junction of Emirates Road and Tripoli Street in Mirdif, a residential area south east of Dubai International Airport. Free parking is available for 7,000 vehicles. Valet parking and car washing services are also offered.
Taxi drivers should have no problem finding the mall. There’s a designated taxi pick-up and drop-off area immediately outside the main entrance.
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City Centre Mirdif
Tripoli Street, Mirdif
United Arab Emirates
Nearest Metro Station(s): Rashidiya