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TallyHo 18th June 2013 11:19 AM

I don't think you're getting a studio anywhere on the south end of Dubai for less than 3,000 a month. Especially not within walking distance of a metro stop.

Your best bet is Discovery Gardens where you can find studios for 36,000. Can't say how easy it is to walk to the metro from DG.

Another thing to consider is if you can only afford 2 to 3K a month, can you afford the monthly dewa as well? Plus the cost of renting the apartment - deposit, agents' fees and so forth, and are you able to pay your rent in 2-4 cheques?

The alternative is to find a flatshare. But you're still looking at a long commute.

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Originally Posted by kopster (Post 1209525)
let's say something between 2000-3000 AED.


kopster 18th June 2013 02:52 PM

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Originally Posted by TallyHo (Post 1209645)
I don't think you're getting a studio anywhere on the south end of Dubai for less than 3,000 a month. Especially not within walking distance of a metro stop.

Your best bet is Discovery Gardens where you can find studios for 36,000. Can't say how easy it is to walk to the metro from DG.

Another thing to consider is if you can only afford 2 to 3K a month, can you afford the monthly dewa as well? Plus the cost of renting the apartment - deposit, agents' fees and so forth, and are you able to pay your rent in 2-4 cheques?

The alternative is to find a flatshare. But you're still looking at a long commute.

Ok,so if I am a single person living in a studio,how much DEWA am I looking at. I mean, is it something fixed or depends on the consumption and if on consumption,how much should I expect it to be.

TallyHo 19th June 2013 08:21 AM

Let's assume it's a 36,000 studio in Discovery Gardens, which is your only reasonable option within reach of the metro in the south end of Dubai.

Dewa: 5% housing tax divided by 12: 150/month.
Water/electricity: 75/month
AC: Discovery Gardens is district cooling which requires you to pay additional a/c charges: Probably works out to another 2-300 a month on average? Hopefully someone else will be able to confirm.

On top of this you have the one off 5% fee to the agent who rents you the property, and another 5% to the owner as the deposit.

Then there's the 1,000 AED deposit to connect to DEWA.

We haven't even talked about internet access. I'm guessing it's not a priority for you but a basic internet access is probably 300/month.

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Originally Posted by kopster (Post 1209963)
Ok,so if I am a single person living in a studio,how much DEWA am I looking at. I mean, is it something fixed or depends on the consumption and if on consumption,how much should I expect it to be.


kopster 19th June 2013 10:32 AM

Thanks a lot bro.The last post was really useful.

rsinner 19th June 2013 12:59 PM

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Originally Posted by kopster (Post 1211143)
Thanks a lot bro.The last post was really useful.

I am not sure where the rent levels are these days, but Al Barsha may be worth a try as well - the area around Mall of Emirates is close to two metro stations

calinflorea 25th June 2013 07:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Bigjimbo (Post 1193694)
What he said. Also maybe motor city, and check out Reemram or Remraam. Funny spelling but brand new hence the prices are low at the moment.

Thank you very much!

Calin

calinflorea 25th June 2013 07:11 PM

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Originally Posted by TallyHo (Post 1192974)
Silicon Oasis.

Thank you very much!

Calin

ACertainRomance 26th June 2013 11:37 AM

bit of advice.... should be moving to dubai mid - end of August, am just finalizing things with my employer.

ive been offered a 1 bedroomed flat in al quoz or a yearly allowance of 56k aed.

now, its just me and my wife to be (3 weeks and i'm bricking it!) and she will find work when we are out there...

Al Quoz is not really appealing to me courtesy of google....

with this in mind, could you recommend any nice areas that we should both look at... no kids (and no plans), we are both mid-30's and dont really drink (although perhaps once a month we do).

ive looked at the opening couple of posts and really useful however the areas post is a little out of date so wasnt sure.... ive had a look at dubizzle and there is plenty on there but not knowing the areas im not sure what to avoid...

finally, i will be working in the area around the airport but not at the airport, i plan to get a car but that will have to wait until i'm settled so will be using the metro initially... :)

thanks in advance :)

Graham50 26th June 2013 11:53 AM

ACertainRomance, it all depends on your budget? I have been here a couple of months now and have been looking around to see what Dubai has to offer. Initially you will have to live near a metro which can put the price up a little. I would not particularly want to live in the Al Quoz area as it seems a little industrialised. Maybe think about Al Barsha near the Emirates mall, or if your budget can stretch a little further try the Marina. The rental market here is very fluid, and you dont have to rush into getting somewhere as you can be in a place within a week quite easily. Do a bit more research and look at what your priorities are with regard work/social life balance.

ACertainRomance 26th June 2013 12:03 PM

thanks for reply...

as i said, budget given to me by my employer is around 56k a year so really that needs to fit...

in terms of social, we dont go out a huge amount (in fact ive only been out once this year at home) so it doesnt have to be in the social hub of dubai, in fact, i dont mind living in out in the sticks at all...


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