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Felixtoo2 12th September 2011 09:30 AM

If you want to be out in the Mirdiff area i`d recommend Al Mizar instead, it`s all villas and predominently locals but it is away from most of the aircraft noise.

confused.dom 12th September 2011 12:56 PM

Gazumped..well sort of..
 
Great posting Jimbo.
Just a quick write up of my first dealings in the Dubai rental market.
On thursday agreed a rental deal with agent (sole agent with keys) ,landlord accepted.Went through contracts over weekend and with help from your posting all seemed to make sense.
Ready to sign on dotted line and just been told by agent that another agent has promised to get a greater rent(50% more!!) ,so i've been sent to the sidelines.
Strange as i was the first to see it an offered full rental amount asked for.Perhaps i should have haggled and got it cheaper!.
Never mind back to dubizzle etc and sift through the duplicated listings ,i suppose until contracts are signed there are no ways to secure a property.
That aside not the sort of landlord i want to get tied to for my first year in Dubai.

Bigjimbo 12th September 2011 01:19 PM

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Originally Posted by confused.dom (Post 604845)
Great posting Jimbo.
Just a quick write up of my first dealings in the Dubai rental market.
On thursday agreed a rental deal with agent (sole agent with keys) ,landlord accepted.Went through contracts over weekend and with help from your posting all seemed to make sense.
Ready to sign on dotted line and just been told by agent that another agent has promised to get a greater rent(50% more!!) ,so i've been sent to the sidelines.
Strange as i was the first to see it an offered full rental amount asked for.Perhaps i should have haggled and got it cheaper!.
Never mind back to dubizzle etc and sift through the duplicated listings ,i suppose until contracts are signed there are no ways to secure a property.
That aside not the sort of landlord i want to get tied to for my first year in Dubai.

It happens unfortunately, and there are the occasional nutters who pay that kind of figure. Nothing is ever done till its signed, and I always try to get a contract finished as soon as I can after a deal is agreed.

mavzor 12th September 2011 04:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Felixtoo2 (Post 604570)
I don`t feel recommending International City is a responsible thing to do.

gulfnews : International City: Squalor township

You're probably right.
In fact it may not be responsible to assist people in moving to Dubai at all. Shame on us all.

Here's just one of the many reviews of our town, there are many more like it.
Laid-Off Foreigners Flee as Dubai Spirals Down - NYTimes.com

Quote:

Lurid rumors spread quickly: the Palm Jumeira, an artificial island that is one of this city’s trademark developments, is said to be sinking, and when you turn the faucets in the hotels built atop it, only cockroaches come out.

KidRukkus 13th September 2011 12:05 AM

Thanks for putting this all together. Great post.

TallyHo 13th September 2011 04:46 AM

International city is cheap and....cheap. Like Discovery Gardens it does vary from cluster to cluster. Some clusters are decent places to live, but other clusters have been colonised by bachelors and that is an entirely different environment and not one I would suggest to newcomers to Dubai, especially women or families.

If one wants to save money Silicon Oasis is a better place. Inexpensive rents, decent buildings and a better kept environment overall.



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Originally Posted by mavzor (Post 604941)
You're probably right.
In fact it may not be responsible to assist people in moving to Dubai at all. Shame on us all.

Here's just one of the many reviews of our town, there are many more like it.
Laid-Off Foreigners Flee as Dubai Spirals Down - NYTimes.com


dizzyizzy 13th September 2011 05:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mavzor (Post 604941)
You're probably right.
In fact it may not be responsible to assist people in moving to Dubai at all. Shame on us all.

Here's just one of the many reviews of our town, there are many more like it.
Laid-Off Foreigners Flee as Dubai Spirals Down - NYTimes.com

mavzor, the article you linked is two years old. No longer relevant.

the reality is that International City is cheap for a reason, and in all honesty if IC was the only place I could afford to live, I'd rather not live in Dubai at all. Good thing you are happy there though, each to their own.

zin 13th September 2011 11:55 AM

Someone mentioned Silicon Oasis in all this. How are the amenities etc.. there now? Does it still feel like its in the middle of the desert ?

katiepotato 13th September 2011 01:19 PM

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Originally Posted by zin (Post 605563)
Someone mentioned Silicon Oasis in all this. How are the amenities etc.. there now? Does it still feel like its in the middle of the desert ?

I don't live in Silicon Oasis, but I work close by in DOZ. Silicon Oasis is actually only a 20-minute drive out of Dubai - about the same distance out as the Ranches - and the amenites are improving. There is a big Spinneys just inside the Cedre Villas development, plus a Choitrams and a small independent supermarket in the mixed commercial/residential area. There are a couple of ladies' salons too.

Obviously you don't have the same choice as restaurants and bars as the Marina or Downtown, but that's reflected in the prices. A colleague of mine pays the same for his detached villa as we do for our apartment in Old Town.

Personally, I wouldn't choose to live there - but I do think it is starting to lose its "middle of the desert" feel.

/dev/null 14th September 2011 10:46 PM

Is getting apartment viewings at night and on weekends normal or would that be an extra-ordinary request? I'm worried about my ability to find a permanent residence while working 8-4 with 3 hours total commute.


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