Originally Posted by crazymazy1980
Have a look at Dubai Property for Sale and Rent, Jobs in Dubai, Dubai Classifieds
if you're coming alone. There are flat-shares. It's not legal by UAE law for a tenant to sublet but it happens. It's best to have a look at the site now to get an idea of prices and then when you come over, usually your company will pay for you to stay in a hotel for a couple of weeks - that's when you go a'hunting
You really need to have a look at the places and talk to the people you'll be living with as I've heard some horror stories of people ending up in the maid's room of a make-shift brothel.
Also be aware that the cost of living even in flat shares for a really nice place is VERY high and you're going to have to balance the cost/time of commuting against the cost of the place. A small room (yes just the room) in JBR will set you back around 5500Dhms £800 per month + DEWA (bills) + Internet. It's quite hit and miss though.
Alternatively you and your friend may want to look into renting something together. It divides the risk but you will still have to pay at least 6months up front + Deposit + other fees.
Adding on to that, you will also need about 30,000 AED to furnish the apartment as most are rented out unfurnished.