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IzzyBella 12th June 2013 03:22 PM

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Originally Posted by pkrjohn (Post 1202106)
Hey,
This is my first post here. I hope you can help me out a little.
I'm looking for a luxury 1br furnished rental in Dubai (downtown) later on this autumn. Have been looking at the Address and Burj Khalifa but also a bit cheaper options like The Lofts, Standpoint, 28 blvd, the Residences and so on... When looking on dubizzle the rentals is yearly. Is it possible to find shorter rentals like 2-3 months or do I have to sign up yearly?
I dont have a working visa and planning to do visa runs for my stay. I will consider buying a place and get a visa from that later on.

Will they ask for a visa when I'm renting a place or are they okey with me just doing visa runs from now?

Also if someone have a recomendations for a certain Tower that would be cool. Im between 25-30 and looking for a nice place with a younger vibe.

You can't legally rent a property without residency. Mainly because you can't set up a checking bank account without one and all rent is paid by cheque in this country.

You can, however, rent serviced apartments which you do not need residency for and you can do that monthly as opposed to annually.

pkrjohn 12th June 2013 04:22 PM

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Originally Posted by IzzyBella (Post 1202168)
You can't legally rent a property without residency. Mainly because you can't set up a checking bank account without one and all rent is paid by cheque in this country.

You can, however, rent serviced apartments which you do not need residency for and you can do that monthly as opposed to annually.


I suppose the Address counts as a serviced apartments. Is there any other options for "serviced apartments" in downtown-area?

Damas747 14th June 2013 04:41 PM

This is exactly what I may be looking for also so interested to hear additional replies. Have checked dubizzle, pk dubai, etc. It seems much less expensive to rent a lux apt for a longer period of time, as usual in most places.

jbonkers 16th June 2013 06:55 AM

I plan on getting a one bed in Marina/jlt area but I can't figure out whether to go with a furnished or unfurnished apartment. Having a brief look at Ikea for the basics It looks as if I could get away with spending 7000 dirhams?
Any advice would be great from someone who was in the same position

raghuvansh 17th June 2013 09:32 AM

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Originally Posted by jbonkers (Post 1206569)
I plan on getting a one bed in Marina/jlt area but I can't figure out whether to go with a furnished or unfurnished apartment. Having a brief look at Ikea for the basics It looks as if I could get away with spending 7000 dirhams?
Any advice would be great from someone who was in the same position

Spending 7000 up front is a better option. At the end of the tenancy contract, the furniture would still be worth, 3500-4000. So you would have effectively spent only 3500 or so to use the furniture. If the difference in furnished and unfurnished is less than or upto 3500 then go for furnished.

I was in the same position 1 month ago for my JLT apartment. I ordered everything from Ikea, they delivered and installed everything. Completely hassle-free. Khallas! It's easier than you think

Best of Luck for your search!

TallyHo 18th June 2013 05:10 AM

Good luck in getting 50% back.

It can happen in theory. In reality you'd be very lucky.

You will get something back but I wouldn't bank on half the original cost. Most people I know who sold stuff when leaving Dubai usually ended up with 25-30% of the initial expenditures.

The advantage of furnishing your own place is that it's your stuff and most of the furnished places have crap furniture that's often ugly as well.

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Originally Posted by raghuvansh (Post 1208014)
Spending 7000 up front is a better option. At the end of the tenancy contract, the furniture would still be worth, 3500-4000. So you would have effectively spent only 3500 or so to use the furniture. If the difference in furnished and unfurnished is less than or upto 3500 then go for furnished.

I was in the same position 1 month ago for my JLT apartment. I ordered everything from Ikea, they delivered and installed everything. Completely hassle-free. Khallas! It's easier than you think

Best of Luck for your search!


IzzyBella 18th June 2013 05:53 AM

I have to agree with TallyHo.

If you're doing a 6month-1 year stint, just go furnished. If you're looking to stay longer, buy your own. It really adds up when buying furniture...but if you want to make it "home", it's worth the fuss.

kopster 18th June 2013 09:46 AM

Hi, I am moving to Dubai next month for a 1-2 year stay. Now my office would be located in Dubai Media City ( Al Salam Tower). I am looking for an affordable studio apartment with preferably a gym in the building. Can you please let me know some of the localities where I should be looking at. I don't mind traveling for 30 mins or so if I could save some bucks on my accommodation and the traveling part is not that tiring. Thanks!

TallyHo 18th June 2013 09:53 AM

We'd be more inclined to help you if you can give us your rent budget.

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Originally Posted by kopster (Post 1209500)
Hi, I am moving to Dubai next month for a 1-2 year stay. Now my office would be located in Dubai Media City ( Al Salam Tower). I am looking for an affordable studio apartment with preferably a gym in the building. Can you please let me know some of the localities where I should be looking at. I don't mind traveling for 30 mins or so if I could save some bucks on my accommodation and the traveling part is not that tiring. Thanks!


kopster 18th June 2013 10:02 AM

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Originally Posted by TallyHo (Post 1209512)
We'd be more inclined to help you if you can give us your rent budget.


let's say something between 2000-3000 AED.


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