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AB-Fit 21st December 2011 06:14 PM

Hey all,

Me and a colleague have been offered housing allowance and are looking for an area suitable for 2 young male singles. We work at Wafi so near the top of town along the Sheik Zayed Road, but looking at the DIFC, downtown, crowne court plaza hotel area. This would allow us convenience to get to work and the other end of town. Is this the sort of area that would be suitable for us? We like a drink and local amenities so thats important too. Or any other suggestions? Furthest south we could go is Emirates Mall, and needs to be no more than 15 mins from the metro.

AB-Fit 21st December 2011 07:42 PM

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Originally Posted by AB-Fit (Post 674985)
Hey all,

Me and a colleague have been offered housing allowance and are looking for an area suitable for 2 young male singles. We work at Wafi so near the top of town along the Sheik Zayed Road, but looking at the DIFC, downtown, crowne court plaza hotel area. This would allow us convenience to get to work and the other end of town. Is this the sort of area that would be suitable for us? We like a drink and local amenities so thats important too. Or any other suggestions? Furthest south we could go is Emirates Mall, and needs to be no more than 15 mins from the metro.

In addition to the above, which I think are out of our price range. Business bay opinions?

Tecom looks good for what we need but may be too far!!

basc 22nd December 2011 05:06 AM

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Originally Posted by AB-Fit (Post 675024)
In addition to the above, which I think are out of our price range. Business bay opinions?

Tecom looks good for what we need but may be too far!!

I've been looking in this area for the last few weeks and seen quite a few buildings - tell me what your budget is and I can give you some tips (either on here or PM if you want). Cheers.

AB-Fit 22nd December 2011 03:10 PM

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Originally Posted by basc (Post 675220)
I've been looking in this area for the last few weeks and seen quite a few buildings - tell me what your budget is and I can give you some tips (either on here or PM if you want). Cheers.

Were looking at about 60-70k a month, there are decent sized 2 beds for that surprisingly. Were focusing more on Marina/JLT now because of this, as anything further north in DIFC, Business Bay area is out of our range plus we tend to go out a lot, lol. I saw 2 places today that were next to JLT metro but want to see a fair few more to get a good comparison on quality and location for the same sort of money. Any advice much appreciated.

basc 23rd December 2011 04:31 AM

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Originally Posted by AB-Fit (Post 675584)
Were looking at about 60-70k a month, there are decent sized 2 beds for that surprisingly. Were focusing more on Marina/JLT now because of this, as anything further north in DIFC, Business Bay area is out of our range plus we tend to go out a lot, lol. I saw 2 places today that were next to JLT metro but want to see a fair few more to get a good comparison on quality and location for the same sort of money. Any advice much appreciated.

yeah ok, I think this side of town is out for that budget... but if you get off at World Trade Centre and walk back towards Downtown on the Crowne Plaza side, you can go into each tower and ask the security guard if there are apartments available - that is what I did. These older towers are cheaper. For 2 beds in DIFC - the cheapest I found was 115k in Sky Gardens - Limestone and Index Tower were over 150k and Liberty was 115 - 135k. In Business Bay, the cheapest I found was Windsor Manor - 85k for a large 2 bed with maids (huge apartment) and a free 13th month rent. But you'd need a car.

Good luck!

brysurfing 23rd December 2011 11:45 PM

I will be relocating to Dubai in the next couple months and have found a lot of good rental advice in this thread. one thing I need help with is the rental codes on dubizzle (e.g. 3M, 2E, etc). What do these codes mean?

Felixtoo2 24th December 2011 03:41 AM

I`ll take a guess that you are refering to villlas in the Springs, Ranches etc. in which case the codes refer to the relative floor plans. Just google the villa with the code and you`ll find the floor plans.

mmkayyali 27th December 2011 07:01 PM

silly question, is the price of the apartment (i.e. 75k) the annual price and divided into 12 payments or whatever the lease term is?

Ish 28th December 2011 02:48 AM

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Originally Posted by mmkayyali (Post 678309)
silly question, is the price of the apartment (i.e. 75k) the annual price and divided into 12 payments or whatever the lease term is?

Unless it specifically specifies the number of payments (or cheques as they say), that amount is due as a yearly lump sum.

I have been talking to an local businessman in the market that I met, & he is starting to see a trend where landlords are becoming more willing to divide the rent into multiple payments because of the downturn in the economy.

Jynxgirl 28th December 2011 03:55 AM

If someone is telling you they 'recently' became more willing, they realize you are green and probly are trying to get over on you. They have been willing since the downturn. The exception is the well sought after areas. And even still, those places are usually not doing lump sump. Lump sump though allows you to have more negotiating room to go down in price...





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