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Al Jafiliya Area Guide

Al Jafiliya Area Guide

Image credit: Gulf News reader, Norberto L. Lingcaso

Schools: 2*
Entertainment: 3*
Family friendly: 2*
Traffic: 2*
Rents: Mixed

Al Jafiliya is composed primarily of residential dwellings but also hosts Dubai’s Department of Naturalization and Residency, Chelsea Plaza Hotel (formally Rydges Plaza) and Al Hana Center shopping mall which caters almost solely to local residents.

The area also includes a ministry of interior department and has a dedicated metro station in service for its residents. Al Jafiliya station is on the red line.

Outside the Chelsea Plaza, Jafiliya Park 2 hosts a number of basketball courts which regularly see Dubai league games. They are always well attended, especially by the large number of Filipinos that live in the area.

The corner of Al Mankhool which hits the Satwa roundabout buzzes with life, much more so than other areas in Al Jafiliya (although parts of Al Mankhool street can get busy). 2nd December Street (formally Al Diyafah Street) is one of the most active in Dubai, and is home to a large number of good value Chinese, Thai and Arabic restaurants. You’ll also find Shisha served, an especially popular social activity on the street in the winters.

Rents in the area vary widly. Around Al Diyafah Street, there is a significant amount of bedspace for 300-500 AED a month. Further back are both appartments and villas. Villas can be swanky and range between 200-250,000 plus plus for a 4-bed. A 3-bed appartments will cost in the range of 160,000 AED. Closer to Satwa, a three bed will cost 120,000 AED. A studio in the same area will cost around 60,000 AED.

There are no schools in the Jafiliya area itself. Residents with children would, in the main, either head towards Jumeirah, or to Oud Metha.


Al Jafiliya has a little bit to offer all segments of Dubai. There are high quality villas, some in compounds with gym and swimming pools. At the other end of the spectrum are studios and bed space, particularly towards Satwa. Its proximity to Al Diyafah means it’s well served by restaurants and amenities.

As a residential area, there is little of note to make the area stand out. It is however located close to areas that offer more character, but perhaps – depending upon where you live exactly – less peace and quiet.


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