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Emaroyds 11th December 2011 02:05 PM

Hi folks,
My husband is checking out two possibilities for company provide accommodation. Any experienced views would be great fully received!
Being very new to Dubai (2 days in!) he obviously doesn't know much about the areas and I'm back in the UK desperately trying to find out what I can using t'internet and google Earth!!!!
We have been offered the choice of a villa in 'The Terraces' 20 B St off Al Wasl Rd (which I think is in Jumeirah) or Le Meridien Villas, al Sufouh Rd - which is apparently near Media City?!! We would really appreciate an 'insiders' knowledge to help us make the decision!!!!!
He has the awful job of deciding on our future home on his own - I'd love to be able to pass on my 'opinion' with a little help from my Expat friends!!!!
Thanks in advance!!!

Bigjimbo 12th December 2011 03:53 AM

I don't know the particular projects that you have mentioned, but it depends what you guys want. The Meridian villas are closer to a lot of the nightlife and shopping, but no idea of the quality. Good luck!

TallyHo 12th December 2011 07:07 AM

20B Street is in Jumeira 2, near Jumeira Beach Park. A very pleasant part of Dubai. Walking distance from the beach, near the various shopping centres along the Beach Road and only a few minutes from the Dubai Mall, Downtown and the assorted hotels along Sheikh Zayed Road. Plenty of shopping and nightlife to choose from, and if anything, the shopping is better in this part of Dubai than up in Al Sufouh (although this is splitting hairs a bit).

Al Sufouh will be a bit further away from the beaches, or rather, beaches with public access and not walkable. It's newer and more 'raw' in this area and there's less of an established neighbourhood feel. But you are much closer to Dubai Marina and especially the Mall of Emirates, which is where most expats go for their everyday needs rather than the Dubai Mall.

But one really won't go wrong with either location.

TallyHo 12th December 2011 07:11 AM

Burj Lofts and Burj Views are exactly the same, by the way, other than a few minor differences. Emaar used the same floor plans for the buildings.

Emaroyds 12th December 2011 07:19 AM

Many thanks Bigjimbo and TallyHo. From what you tell me it sounds as though the Jumeirah option will suit us better... Interestingly that's the one that my husband preferred based on a first look yesterday. Can't wait to get out there now!!!

Bigjimbo 12th December 2011 12:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TallyHo (Post 668352)
Burj Lofts and Burj Views are exactly the same, by the way, other than a few minor differences. Emaar used the same floor plans for the buildings.

I stand corrected, as a self declared non expert on the area............

oz75 14th December 2011 06:39 AM

whats wrong with discovery gardens - i live in the gardens and have been there for 6 years - green - quiet - mall is close by - got a good community feel to it - i have no issues there - i'm actually moving in to the garden villas at the back - best place in dubai to live i think - expection of green community - but the villas are big - a cheap when compared to other 4000sqft size places.

gardens rock!

Fiff 17th December 2011 08:01 AM

Very useful post as am gonna start looking apartment next week. Just by any chance if you know, which internet/phone provider at Dubai Marina and JLT? Cheers

JMUK 17th December 2011 12:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fiff (Post 671899)
Very useful post as am gonna start looking apartment next week. Just by any chance if you know, which internet/phone provider at Dubai Marina and JLT? Cheers

That would be Du.

just put w w w dot, in front of the following.

du.ae/en/athome

(Sorry for the rubbish web site address. Apparently I can't post links yet)

Could someone help me? I've posted this before but it's been deleted for some reason. I don't think there is anything against the rules in my question.

Nevermind, it had been deleted by jojo but it's back now.

I'll leave it here anyway.

"Just a quick question, I hope someone can help.

I am leaving my apartment on the 22nd January and the agency have sent an email saying someone is coming to view the apartment at 5:30pm tomorrow.

Is this normal? Everywhere else I've lived, they have waited until I've moved out before sending random strangers into my apartment.

I'm not happy about having to be in at random times over the next month so people can come in and have a look."

Thanks.

Fiff 17th December 2011 04:15 PM

@JMUK, hi thanks for the info. re: someone will view your apartment, you need to check your tenancy agreement. It seems normal here that the landlord/agent will start offering the unit to other tenants before the current tenant moves out. However, the clause regarding this should be written down on the contract (normally they will have to give you notification first). If not, you may need speak to the agent. PS: I work for a relocation company, so I have learned this kinda thing. Hope this would help.


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