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With over 20 million people living in Dhaka, the capital of the country is welcoming to everyone who wants to build a life here. And many of the residents of the city prefer living in areas that meet their living needs. A place that is resourceful and wouldn’t require them to go anywhere else for their day to day necessities. The good news is, there are quite a few self-sufficient areas in Dhaka. And Uttara and Mirpur are on the top of the list.

One of the few well-planned areas in Dhaka is Uttara. From cozy apartments, quality education, medical facilities to recreational options, Uttara has everything one would need to live a happy life here. As one of the self-sufficient areas of Dhaka, from transportation to entertainment, Uttara would never disappoint.

On the other hand, you can’t make a list of self-sufficient areas in Dhaka without adding Mirpur to it. Mirpur is one of the oldest and well-known places in Dhaka. This area has surprisingly improved over the past few years. Mirpur is considered one of the largest landmarks in Dhaka today.

So in today’s blog, let’s break down the reasons that make Uttara and Mirpur the most self-sufficient areas in Dhaka. 

Affordable Living

Affordable living
Uttara and Mirpur are two of the most affordable areas in Dhaka

When you are thinking of living in one of the best residential areas in Dhaka lots of questions run through in your mind about living costs, safety measures, education accessibility, community, transportation and many more. And affordability stays above all. Divided in sectors, you will find many affordable apartments in sector 7,9,11,13 &14 of Uttara. Areas close to Diabari are also quite inexpensive in terms of living expenses. 

On a different note, In Mirpur, there is a high demand for apartments due to affordability. A lot of middle-class families choose Mirpur as their home. If you are tight with your budget, then this is the best place to settle down. Mirpur 1, Pallabi, Mirpur 11, Darussalam has an abundance of affordable apartments that can fit any price range. And if budget isn’t an issue, you can also look into Mirpur DOHS as your preferred location as well.  

Connectivity & Transportation

Metro rail
With the inauguration of the Metrorail will open up a lot of routes for Mirpur

With Shahajalal International Airport located nearby, Uttara provides countless connections to other parts of Dhaka through public and private transport. The famous Dhaka-Maymansingh Highway passes through Uttara, dividing it into two parts. The railway station is also a great transport option if you are looking to go outside the city.

On the other hand, Mirpur is also a focal point for public transport. From here you will get buses that travel anywhere within the city. One side of Mirpur connects with New Market, Dhanmondi, Panthapath, while the opposite links to Farmgate, Tejgaon, Shahbag, Kawran Bazar, etc. Nonetheless, from Mirpur you can also easily travel to the Airport Road, Mohakhali, creating a short distance between Banani and Gulshan. Without much trouble, you could travel wherever you want. Also, the construction of Metro Railway is being done here, which will further link places like Motijheel as well.

Educational Institutions 

educational institutes in Uttara
Uttara hosts a lot of quality educational institutions

Anyone living in Uttara will know the plethora of prestigious educational institutions it has. Scholastica, Mastermind, RAJUK Uttara Model School & College, The Aga Khan School, and International Turkish Hope School, to name a few. You can stay put regarding your child’s future while living here.

Now when it comes to Mirpur, it is also filled with reputed educational institutions like Monipur High School and College, Dhaka Commerce College, Mirpur Cantonment School & College, SOS Hermann Gmeiner College, and Scholastica Mirpur. Universities like Bangladesh University of Professionals and MIST are also located here. 

Healthcare Facilities

Hospitals in mirpur
Uttara and Mirpur both has best quality healthcare facilities

Not having to worry about the medical facility is the superiority of Uttara. Kuwait Bangladesh Friendship Hospital, Uttara Crescent Hospital, BIRDEM, Labaid, and Ibn Sina will provide you with the best medical care in the area.

Mirpur also hosts plenty of hospitals and diagnostic centers which offer quality healthcare facilities. Delta Hospital, Heart Foundation Hospital, EXIM Bank Hospital, and many more are found here including two branches of Lazz Pharma. 

Shopping Centers


While talking about shopping, the prominent Rajlaxmi Complex still stands proudly in Uttara. Polwel Convention Market, Mascot Plaza, RAJUK Commercial Complex are some of the favorite choices for shopping among residents of this neighborhood. And for some fun thrift shopping, fashion entusiastas of Uttara always keep going back to the street market of Sonargaon Janapath, sector 7.  

Mirpur also extends its facility by providing a variety of shopping centers. Starting from imported goods, local products to home appliances, everything is up for your grab. Providing shopping centers like Capital Tower Shopping Complex, Mirpur Shopping Center, Rajanigandha Market, Sony Square, Mirpur also features the best saree market in Dhaka, Banarasi Palli.

Entertainment & Amenities 

Ajo Idea Space
You will find many eateries in Uttara

As one of the self-sufficient areas in Dhaka, You will also be taken aback by the profusion of eateries, including Ajo Idea Space, Takeout, Trouvaille in Uttara. In your spare time, you could go for a long drive in Diabari to get in touch with nature and the charming lake. Additionally, you can always take a walk to Uttara lake or the park beside the lake along with your family as well.

Now if you talk about Mirpur, without a doubt, it is one of the best places for recreation. The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium hosts many national and international games. This would come to the great advantage of cricket lovers. Alongside, you could spend some quality time with nature and animals of the National Botanical Garden and National Zoo. 

Given all the pointers above, Mirpur & Uttara both are incredible options for anyone who wants to build a home in these self-sufficient areas in Dhaka. From daily amenities, transportation, shopping centers and healthcare facilities, when living in these two areas, you wouldn’t have to go anywhere else! 

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