Originally Posted by zin
Someone mentioned Silicon Oasis in all this. How are the amenities etc.. there now? Does it still feel like its in the middle of the desert ?
I don't live in Silicon Oasis, but I work close by in DOZ. Silicon Oasis is actually only a 20-minute drive out of Dubai - about the same distance out as the Ranches - and the amenites are improving. There is a big Spinneys just inside the Cedre Villas development, plus a Choitrams and a small independent supermarket in the mixed commercial/residential area. There are a couple of ladies' salons too.
Obviously you don't have the same choice as restaurants and bars as the Marina or Downtown, but that's reflected in the prices. A colleague of mine pays the same for his detached villa as we do for our apartment in Old Town.
Personally, I wouldn't choose to live there - but I do think it is starting to lose its "middle of the desert" feel.