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Old 28th December 2011, 11:47 AM
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Howdy folks,

just been back from a week in Dubai where I had the chance to visit a bit the city to make up my mind before accepting my current company offer to move down there.

Forum suggestions have been definitely helpful, as I will be working in Al Mankhool, but after careful consideration I am not sure I will take accomodation near here, altough the place is cheap and requires no commute.
At least for my first year in Dubai I would have more peace of mind in what someone called "expat ghettos" like Marina and the Greens, altough that would mean a longer commute, or maybe in DIFC.

Speaking of that, what do you think about DIFC towers like Sky Gardens or Index Tower ? They seem to fit my budget and are a convenient commute to Bur Dubai, would you reccomend those ? It seems to me still a huge construction field.

Visiting Dubai in person I can understand why this kind of "western segregation" as I read also in this forum often takes place.
Even starting with the best intention and cultural awareness and will to meet and experience new cultures, let's speak frankly, you are new to the city and the last thing you want is to pay one year rent in advance in a building where you will soon discover the other 40 apartments are occupied by 8 to 10 people sharing 2BR apartments, overutilising the facilities and everything else, deep frying for an army, etc.

Talking about cheques number and paying your rent in advance, I would appreciate your experience and suggestion again, how much do you think an owner asking for just 1 cheque will go down ?

I mean, even accepting a rent raise, do you think someone asking for one cheque as a starting point will go down up to say at least six cheques ?


I see some ugly places accepting also 12ck but it is not the kind of property I am looking at.

Fact is, I discovered my housing allowance (60k aed) will be paid monthly by the company and needs to be documented, meaning they will pay "up to X aed", but if I have a rent agreement for 36k aed they will reimburse only 3k aed each month. Shame.

Needless to say at that point I want to exploit as much as I can, tentatively looking for a rent slightly higher than the allowance so I get the agreed amount in full, but on the other hand I can't pay 70k aed in advance, so ...wondering usually how much you can haggle these times.

Thanks for your help as usual


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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...
Can you or someone refer me to a good agent to help me find an apartment before i go at the end of January? All the ones I email will not respond. Many thanks

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Speaking of that, what do you think about DIFC towers like Sky Gardens or Index Tower ? They seem to fit my budget and are a convenient commute to Bur Dubai, would you reccomend those ? It seems to me still a huge construction field.
If your budget is 70k per year, then I think Index Tower is out. Sky Gardens might have something however. There is a lot of landscaping / road work going on at that side of DIFC, but I wouldn't call it a construction site.

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Talking about cheques number and paying your rent in advance, I would appreciate your experience and suggestion again, how much do you think an owner asking for just 1 cheque will go down ?

I mean, even accepting a rent raise, do you think someone asking for one cheque as a starting point will go down up to say at least six cheques ?
Just speaking from my experience in the typical expat areas, if you are renting directly from the developer they ask for1 to 4 cheques. If renting from a private landlord, then they want the minimum number of cheques possible - 1 or 2. After that it's all down to negotiation and how desperate the landlord is to get the place rented. But, again from my experience, I'd say 4 cheques max in the areas you've mentioned.

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Can you or someone refer me to a good agent to help me find an apartment before i go at the end of January? All the ones I email will not respond. Many thanks
I had the same problem - agents don't want to know you until you are here and have your residence visa stamped in your passport so you can close on the deal straight away. I got ignored by several agents, and others called and told me they wouldn't waste their time showing me anything until I was in a position to rent straight away. (well, not as blunt as that, but that was the message).

Just stick to checking the online ads to get an idea of the prices and areas you are interested in, and best to book a hotel apartment for the first few months while waiting for your paperwork.

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Sorry if it's all been spoken about in the thread somewhere.

Does anyone know where I can get cardboard moving boxes?

I know someone with a van so I'm not using a moving company.

I've been everywhere today looking for somewhere to get them from but nobody knows anywhere with them.

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Does anyone know where I can get cardboard moving boxes?

I know someone with a van so I'm not using a moving company.

I've been everywhere today looking for somewhere to get them from but nobody knows anywhere with them.
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I don't suppose you know of any others? I just called the SZR branch and the said they don't have any.

Thanks for the help!

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Really useful info . What about family villas - so many developments. Any guidance?

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Looking for an appartment in Dubai Marina with monthly rent, going to stay there for 3 months this spring. I would like to have an appartment with proper swimming pool as I do my sports excercise through swimming, so the pool would need to be proper lenght (25metres or more).
The Address Hotel Marina Mall I know, but they are slightly expensive - 2000 EUR / month for studio and 3000 EUR / month for one-bedroom. Anything else we should look at?

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Very long swimming pools are unfortunately rare in Dubai.

Park Island in the Marina has a 30m lap lane pool, and theirs is probably the closest to a proper 25-50m pool in the Marina outside the hotels.

The Fairways in the Greens also has a 30m lap lane pool.

The alternative is to join the Lakes Club, which is a five minutes' drive from the Marina.

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Looking for an appartment in Dubai Marina with monthly rent, going to stay there for 3 months this spring. I would like to have an appartment with proper swimming pool as I do my sports excercise through swimming, so the pool would need to be proper lenght (25metres or more).
The Address Hotel Marina Mall I know, but they are slightly expensive - 2000 EUR / month for studio and 3000 EUR / month for one-bedroom. Anything else we should look at?

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