Buying A Home In Dubai

Go Back   Expat Forum For People Moving Overseas And Living Abroad > Middle East > Dubai Expat Forum for Expats Living in Dubai

Dubai Expat Forum for Expats Living in Dubai Have you made Dubai your new home? Are you thinking about moving to Dubai? If you want meet like minded Expats living in Dubai then you have come to the right place. Join the Dubai Expat Forum and discuss food, meet friends, talk property in Dubai, finances, jobs and much much more.

Buying A Home In Dubai


Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 6th June 2013, 10:56 PM
New Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Kuwait
Posts: 8
Rep Power: 0
Solomon42 is on a distinguished road

Users Flag! Originally from kuwait. Users Flag! Expat in uae.
Default Buying A Home In Dubai

I and my wife will be moving to Dubai shortly and we are plannng to buy a 4 or 5 bedroom house in Dubai. We dont need to be near schools etc. I have talked to various brokers about the best areas to buy but we continue to get very mixed feedback. The following are the areas that we have shortlisted. In the brackets, I have put some negatives about each which people have told us.

1. Meadows

(some people say that traffic is too much particularly getting on the Sheikh Zayed Road, the houses are much older and lastly some areas are having salinity problems because of rising ground water levels etc, use of Sheikh Zayed Road frequently incurrs high Salek bills)

2. Arabian Ranches

(some people say it is too far away but the good thing there is the traffic is light there and you dont need to use Sheikh Zayed road a lot)


3. Victory Heights

(Some people say it is too new, unestablished and sponsors are a private company and can be unreliable)

I would appreciate some honest advise from people alreadyliving there. I am getting very confused.

HELP

Solomon

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 7th June 2013, 04:14 AM
Chocoholic's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Dubai
Posts: 2,291
Rep Power: 177955
Chocoholic has a reputation beyond reputeChocoholic has a reputation beyond reputeChocoholic has a reputation beyond reputeChocoholic has a reputation beyond reputeChocoholic has a reputation beyond reputeChocoholic has a reputation beyond reputeChocoholic has a reputation beyond reputeChocoholic has a reputation beyond reputeChocoholic has a reputation beyond reputeChocoholic has a reputation beyond reputeChocoholic has a reputation beyond repute
777 likes received
662 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from england. Users Flag! Expat in uae.
Default

The Meadows area is an older community and depending which sector you look at the quality of construction can be very different. Some of these places are literally crumbling. I used to live in the Springs - loved it!

AR - pretty much the same story.

VH - has some lovely places. Those who say it's 'too far' don't know what they're talking about. You hop straight onto the 311 and are in the centre of Dubai in 15 minutes. It's next to Sports City which is now coming up nicely, also Motorcity which is a nice established area and Arabian Ranches in also close by.

You could try looking at The Villa - it's got established and new clusters. The facilities aren't built yet, but it's a very nice community. A little further out, but again easy access to a main highway means you're in the city centre in around 20 mins.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 7th June 2013, 05:42 AM
ziokendo's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Dubai
Posts: 279
Rep Power: 17235
ziokendo has a reputation beyond reputeziokendo has a reputation beyond reputeziokendo has a reputation beyond reputeziokendo has a reputation beyond reputeziokendo has a reputation beyond reputeziokendo has a reputation beyond reputeziokendo has a reputation beyond reputeziokendo has a reputation beyond reputeziokendo has a reputation beyond reputeziokendo has a reputation beyond reputeziokendo has a reputation beyond repute
37 likes received
17 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from italy. Users Flag! Expat in uae.
Default

Honestly I believe you spoke to the wrong people if you have the money to buy a property in the meadows but are concerned about Salik bills, worst case scenario if you really move around a lot with two cars and always take SZR, the salik bill will be totaling at 2-3 kd per day, is not something to worry about.

Especially from Emirates Hills you have good access to Al Khail road.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Solomon42 View Post
I and my wife will be moving to Dubai shortly and we are plannng to buy a 4 or 5 bedroom house in Dubai. We dont need to be near schools etc. I have talked to various brokers about the best areas to buy but we continue to get very mixed feedback. The following are the areas that we have shortlisted. In the brackets, I have put some negatives about each which people have told us.

1. Meadows

(some people say that traffic is too much particularly getting on the Sheikh Zayed Road, the houses are much older and lastly some areas are having salinity problems because of rising ground water levels etc, use of Sheikh Zayed Road frequently incurrs high Salek bills)

2. Arabian Ranches

(some people say it is too far away but the good thing there is the traffic is light there and you dont need to use Sheikh Zayed road a lot)


3. Victory Heights

(Some people say it is too new, unestablished and sponsors are a private company and can be unreliable)

I would appreciate some honest advise from people alreadyliving there. I am getting very confused.

HELP

Solomon

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 7th June 2013, 09:53 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Dubai
Posts: 1,502
Rep Power: 131254
TallyHo has a reputation beyond reputeTallyHo has a reputation beyond reputeTallyHo has a reputation beyond reputeTallyHo has a reputation beyond reputeTallyHo has a reputation beyond reputeTallyHo has a reputation beyond reputeTallyHo has a reputation beyond reputeTallyHo has a reputation beyond reputeTallyHo has a reputation beyond reputeTallyHo has a reputation beyond reputeTallyHo has a reputation beyond repute
578 likes received
12 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from uk. Users Flag! Expat in uae.
Default

The Meadows is, what, eight years old?

If you're worried about the Meadows being too old in just eight years you'll have to worry about age with any community in Dubai.

Construction standards are mediocre across the board and all communities will suffer from similar maintenance problems.

The Meadows is best from a location perspective. Easy access onto Sheikh Zayed. If you spend most of your time in Media City/Marina/Ibn Battutta you won't go through a salik toll. You can easily take the back road to Al Barsha where the Mall of Emirates is and avoid the salik gate by MoE.

Arabian Ranches is probably better built than the Meadows. It is more removed from the activities.

Victory Heights is coming along. It's the newest of the areas mentioned. I don't like the design of the villas but that's my subjective view.

Of all the areas I'd go for the Meadows due to its proximity and access to amenities.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Solomon42 View Post
I and my wife will be moving to Dubai shortly and we are plannng to buy a 4 or 5 bedroom house in Dubai. We dont need to be near schools etc. I have talked to various brokers about the best areas to buy but we continue to get very mixed feedback. The following are the areas that we have shortlisted. In the brackets, I have put some negatives about each which people have told us.

1. Meadows

(some people say that traffic is too much particularly getting on the Sheikh Zayed Road, the houses are much older and lastly some areas are having salinity problems because of rising ground water levels etc, use of Sheikh Zayed Road frequently incurrs high Salek bills)

2. Arabian Ranches

(some people say it is too far away but the good thing there is the traffic is light there and you dont need to use Sheikh Zayed road a lot)


3. Victory Heights

(Some people say it is too new, unestablished and sponsors are a private company and can be unreliable)

I would appreciate some honest advise from people alreadyliving there. I am getting very confused.

HELP

Solomon

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 7th June 2013, 10:37 AM
New Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Kuwait
Posts: 8
Rep Power: 0
Solomon42 is on a distinguished road

Users Flag! Originally from kuwait. Users Flag! Expat in uae.
Default

Many thanks. Highly appreciate your honest comments. Tese are very usefull.

Regards

Solomon


Quote:
Originally Posted by Chocoholic View Post
The Meadows area is an older community and depending which sector you look at the quality of construction can be very different. Some of these places are literally crumbling. I used to live in the Springs - loved it!

AR - pretty much the same story.

VH - has some lovely places. Those who say it's 'too far' don't know what they're talking about. You hop straight onto the 311 and are in the centre of Dubai in 15 minutes. It's next to Sports City which is now coming up nicely, also Motorcity which is a nice established area and Arabian Ranches in also close by.

You could try looking at The Villa - it's got established and new clusters. The facilities aren't built yet, but it's a very nice community. A little further out, but again easy access to a main highway means you're in the city centre in around 20 mins.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 7th June 2013, 10:43 AM
New Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Kuwait
Posts: 8
Rep Power: 0
Solomon42 is on a distinguished road

Users Flag! Originally from kuwait. Users Flag! Expat in uae.
Default

Thanks Very useful. I was misinformed that the Salik Bill would be about Dh.100 inimum with two cars. How is the traffic on SZR? Is it easy to get out of Meadows?

Solomon


Quote:
Originally Posted by ziokendo View Post
Honestly I believe you spoke to the wrong people if you have the money to buy a property in the meadows but are concerned about Salik bills, worst case scenario if you really move around a lot with two cars and always take SZR, the salik bill will be totaling at 2-3 kd per day, is not something to worry about.

Especially from Emirates Hills you have good access to Al Khail road.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 7th June 2013, 10:47 AM
New Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Kuwait
Posts: 8
Rep Power: 0
Solomon42 is on a distinguished road

Users Flag! Originally from kuwait. Users Flag! Expat in uae.
Default

Many thanks for your help. I take it you prefer Meadows and dont think Traffic is a big issue.

Thanks

Solomon


Quote:
Originally Posted by TallyHo View Post
The Meadows is, what, eight years old?

If you're worried about the Meadows being too old in just eight years you'll have to worry about age with any community in Dubai.

Construction standards are mediocre across the board and all communities will suffer from similar maintenance problems.

The Meadows is best from a location perspective. Easy access onto Sheikh Zayed. If you spend most of your time in Media City/Marina/Ibn Battutta you won't go through a salik toll. You can easily take the back road to Al Barsha where the Mall of Emirates is and avoid the salik gate by MoE.

Arabian Ranches is probably better built than the Meadows. It is more removed from the activities.

Victory Heights is coming along. It's the newest of the areas mentioned. I don't like the design of the villas but that's my subjective view.

Of all the areas I'd go for the Meadows due to its proximity and access to amenities.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 7th June 2013, 02:53 PM
New Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Dubai
Posts: 20
Rep Power: 0
raybar is on a distinguished road
2 likes received

Users Flag! Originally from usa. Users Flag! Expat in uae.
Default

Dear Solomon,

I see that you have received mixed reviews already about brokers, friends and people in general. I was in the same situation as you when I moved to Dubai from the US, at the end of the day what it really matters is what location fits your budget better and your lifestyle. I am a villa specialist in Dubai and would love to meet you and share my experience when i first moved and what some of my clients have decided in similar situations as mine and yours.

Richard

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 7th June 2013, 04:29 PM
ziokendo's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Dubai
Posts: 279
Rep Power: 17235
ziokendo has a reputation beyond reputeziokendo has a reputation beyond reputeziokendo has a reputation beyond reputeziokendo has a reputation beyond reputeziokendo has a reputation beyond reputeziokendo has a reputation beyond reputeziokendo has a reputation beyond reputeziokendo has a reputation beyond reputeziokendo has a reputation beyond reputeziokendo has a reputation beyond reputeziokendo has a reputation beyond repute
37 likes received
17 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from italy. Users Flag! Expat in uae.
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Solomon42 View Post
Thanks Very useful. I was misinformed that the Salik Bill would be about Dh.100 inimum with two cars. How is the traffic on SZR? Is it easy to get out of Meadows?
You can't be billed more than 32dhs per day for salik tag (if I recall correctly), after is free: and anyway really I can't see a situation where a normal person would need to cross so many times the gate.

Stay assured that almost everywhere in Dubai traffic and transit times are like one fifth (20%) compared to the amazing traffic in Kuwait (i understand from your flag that you are currently living there, apologies if I am wrong), you very rarely have that kind of traffic gridlocks except on SZR during office in/out time from the most popular/cheap areas (sharjah) to jebel ali, and only if an accident happens.

This is because you have several alternatives roads (SZR being often the faster but with Salik) and efficient public transportation in Dubai.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 8th June 2013, 05:35 AM
Chocoholic's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Dubai
Posts: 2,291
Rep Power: 177955
Chocoholic has a reputation beyond reputeChocoholic has a reputation beyond reputeChocoholic has a reputation beyond reputeChocoholic has a reputation beyond reputeChocoholic has a reputation beyond reputeChocoholic has a reputation beyond reputeChocoholic has a reputation beyond reputeChocoholic has a reputation beyond reputeChocoholic has a reputation beyond reputeChocoholic has a reputation beyond reputeChocoholic has a reputation beyond repute
777 likes received
662 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from england. Users Flag! Expat in uae.
Default

As I said used to live in the Springs - same location as many of the Meadows. Getting in and out is ok. Can be very slow obviously during rush hours and at the school run times, as there are several schools in the vicinity.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Tags
arabian ranches, meadows, victory heights

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Expat Forum For People Moving Overseas And Living Abroad forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
buying home in france davamac France Expat Forum for Expats Living in France 2 27th May 2013 04:05 PM
Buying a home JAKEBAXTER America Expat Forum for Expats Living in America 6 2nd September 2012 04:41 PM
Buying a home Raphael1974 Japan Expat Forum for Expats Living in Japan 4 5th August 2012 12:09 PM
Buying a first home wka Greece Expat Forum for Expats Living in Greece 16 22nd June 2011 09:27 PM
buying a home tonyandjayne Cyprus Expat Forum for Expats Living in Cyprus 3 22nd September 2009 05:27 PM

LEGAL NOTICE
By using this Website, you agree to abide by our Terms and Conditions (the "Terms"). This notice does not replace our Terms, which you must read in full as they contain important information. You must not post any defamatory, unlawful or undesirable content, or any content copied from a third party, on the Website. You must not copy material from the Website except in accordance with the Terms. This Website gives users an opportunity to share information only and is not intended to contain any advice which you should rely upon. It does not replace the need to take professional or other advice. We have no liability to you or any other person in respect of any content on this Website.
FORUM PARTNERS

ExpatForum.com is owned and operated by VerticalScope Inc.

Retiring Overseas Guides | Moving Overseas Guides | Cost of Living | Health Care Guides


All times are GMT. The time now is 11:44 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO