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Old 2nd September 2019, 05:27 AM
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Default Visiting tourist wanting to rent an apartment

Hi,
I plan to visit Dubai soon and plan to rent an apartment instead of staying in a hotel or a hotel apartment. From reading the posts I see that Dubai has a policy of accepting post dated checks as payment for the apartment.

My visa-on-entry would be 90 days and that is the period I plan to stay. I do not have a local (UAE) bank account so as to issue these checks. And hence I have the following questions

1. How do I go about renting an apartment and enabling utilities without an Emirates ID or a Residency Visa (I will be on a tourist visa) ?

2. Do landlords/ property managers accept foreign bank checks?

3. I plan to use this time to study the situation in UAE before I set up my own Free Zone Company and obtain residency so as to start operations. During this period (90 days or probably less) I would like to have a tenancy agreement that I could seamlessly move into when (and if the market is positive to me setting up shop) I change into a UAE residency visa. Is it feasible to get a tenancy while on a visit visa?

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Hi,
Put simply - you can’t!
Just rent a hotel apartment instead.
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Hey BigDawg—Yes, you can... I am renting an apartment in Downtown for a year through Blueground. I can't recommend them enough. They tailor to Business travelers and expats around the world. The minimum stay is one month. Basically, I walked-off my plane and met my Blueground rep in the lobby of the building, and I was set-up. Furnished, Utilities, Internet, cable, laundry, cleaning svc, everything. I didn't need to rent a hotel. I didn't need to get my salary certificate and run around making deposits with DEWA or deal with any ejaris, etc.
TheBlueGround [dot] com has a certain modern style throughout all their apartments worldwide in the more upscale sections of cities. Their offerings here mainly involve Marina, JBR and Downtown. Any issues, use the app and/or call and their customer support crew will fix/rectify/solve any issue with the apartment. Same for cleaning, laundry, etc., if desired.

Again, I am soooo glad I stumbled across them when I knew I was moving to Dubai. While everyone was telling me to rent for a month and use Dubizzle, PropertyFinder while I look, I had been looking at crap places for almost a year prior. Furnished? HAAAAA!!! A stank mattress and an outdoor patio set acting as a dinner table does not count as "furnished".

You can rent via TheBlueGround without EmiratesID or Residency Visa. They are tailored to your situation. You pay them via online (including utils for the time you are here). Obviously, the longer the stay, the cheaper the monthly price. You can see the amounts for monthly rent, booking fee and the rest change, depending on the exact dates you choose for your stay, so the price is transparent—no dealing with shifty agents (bonus).

Just my $.02. If anyone has any questions about my experience, please ask... again, I can't recommend them enough (I do not work for/with them), just a very, very, very happy renter/customer.
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Hey BigDawg—Yes, you can... I am renting an apartment in Downtown for a year through Blueground. I can't recommend them enough. They tailor to Business travelers and expats around the world. The minimum stay is one month. Basically, I walked-off my plane and met my Blueground rep in the lobby of the building, and I was set-up. Furnished, Utilities, Internet, cable, laundry, cleaning svc, everything. I didn't need to rent a hotel. I didn't need to get my salary certificate and run around making deposits with DEWA or deal with any ejaris, etc.
TheBlueGround [dot] com has a certain modern style throughout all their apartments worldwide in the more upscale sections of cities. Their offerings here mainly involve Marina, JBR and Downtown. Any issues, use the app and/or call and their customer support crew will fix/rectify/solve any issue with the apartment. Same for cleaning, laundry, etc., if desired.

Again, I am soooo glad I stumbled across them when I knew I was moving to Dubai. While everyone was telling me to rent for a month and use Dubizzle, PropertyFinder while I look, I had been looking at crap places for almost a year prior. Furnished? HAAAAA!!! A stank mattress and an outdoor patio set acting as a dinner table does not count as "furnished".

You can rent via TheBlueGround without EmiratesID or Residency Visa. They are tailored to your situation. You pay them via online (including utils for the time you are here). Obviously, the longer the stay, the cheaper the monthly price. You can see the amounts for monthly rent, booking fee and the rest change, depending on the exact dates you choose for your stay, so the price is transparent—no dealing with shifty agents (bonus).

Just my $.02. If anyone has any questions about my experience, please ask... again, I can't recommend them enough (I do not work for/with them), just a very, very, very happy renter/customer.
Something is funky with that website, all the apartments look nearly the same.

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Something is funky with that website, all the apartments look nearly the same.
Yes, they are furnished very, very similar around the world. Same style, but they are actual photos of different apartments if you look closer. I live in Boulevard Central Tower 1. My Apartment is listed as Boulevard Central Apartment II, Unit #174 and is available on January 3, 2020.

TheBlueGround deals either directly with developers (like Emaar) or with individual landlords. They will rent the apartment for a minimum of three years and pay the owner 3 years of rent, regardless if the apartment is occupied or not. They go in, and remodel the apartment as per their style (as seen in the photos), and alarmingly, the photos actually depict the apartment as-is. I was shocked when I got off the plane at 11:30pm, caught an Uber, met my rep in the lobby, and saw the apartment for the first time. It was just like the photos. I get the resistance of "too-good-to-be-true", but in this case, I feel like I was so lucky with my experience in finding a place; the entire experience was painless, I live in a terrific area and I love my apartment (with reserved parking included).

Again, if anyone is at-all interested in staying here in Dubai on a finite timeline (or even extended), it would be worth checking them out. I was also skeptical and I was on the phone for a good two-weeks with a BlueGround rep, constantly asking questions. I also had someone here in Dubai (from work) go over and look at the apartment before I sent any money. I was also able to negotiate-down the price and fees, so I am not paying the advertised price.
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Something is funky with that website, all the apartments look nearly the same.
I still believe we need to have an Ejari contract !!!

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Hi,
You still cannot rent a traditional apartment on a tourist visa.
You can stay in a hotel, hotel apartment or a serviced apartment on a tourist visa.
To rent a normal unfurnished apartment or villa with a traditional 1 year contract - you need a residence visa to get the Ejari and DEWA connection.
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It would also appear that Emaar are going to stop third party holiday lets ?

https://www.thenational.ae/business/...arket-1.907389

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It would also appear that Emaar are going to stop third party holiday lets ?

https://www.thenational.ae/business/...arket-1.907389
Yes saw that - has been a lot of pushback!
Will be interesting to see if that decision will be reversed.

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Yes, looks like Emaar is looking to eliminate short-term rentals in Downtown in order to eliminate the likes of AirBnB, et. al., with its own sub-leasing platform, Ease by Emaar.
The OP is looking for something around 90 days, so this is not considered short-term. The minimum stay at a BlueGround apartment is one-month and they pay and deal with all DEWA, utilities, cable, internet, parking, and Ejari stuff, so, no need for Emirates ID. If staying longer than 90 days, obviously one would need an Emirates ID for staying here, but not for the apartment. TheBlueGround is somewhere between Holiday Apartments and Traditional contracted apartments. It is not a serviced hotel. I am a customer—not affiliated with TheBlueGround. I do appreciate all the skepticism as I am sure not many have had experience with TheBlueGround. The company is NOT UAE-based (thus, not dealing with a local agent); they are global and tailored to Business relocation, long-term stays for Business and Expats. All I can say is that my experience has been nothing but smooth and easy with them.

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