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david421962 20th September 2011 04:25 PM

Renting / Sharing
 
Is flat sharing an option? Is there any sites / classified ads that list flatsharing? Moving out in Oct an looking for temp accomidation for 3-6 months whilst serving my 'probation' period, any find suitable accomidation of my own. Or is this not the done thing?:ranger:

Bigjimbo 20th September 2011 05:52 PM

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Originally Posted by david421962 (Post 610979)
Is flat sharing an option? Is there any sites / classified ads that list flatsharing? Moving out in Oct an looking for temp accomidation for 3-6 months whilst serving my 'probation' period, any find suitable accomidation of my own. Or is this not the done thing?:ranger:

Dubizzle.com is your friend. You can specify those criteria when searching.

sadubai 21st September 2011 02:41 AM

Hi. We're moving to Dubai by year-end and I had a few questions. If we see an apt end-Oct will we be able to start a lease say early Jan? Will a ll wait that long for us? I'm keen on downtown as we are apt rather than villa people - which of the buildings is most child-friendly (we have a toddler)? I get the sense apts are either 4 or 6 bedroom - will a ll agree to partition off part of the living room to give us a study? Thanks in advance!

TallyHo 21st September 2011 05:46 AM

To answer a few questions:

1. Can you sign a lease at the end of October but which will begin in January? Very unlikely. That's asking the landlord to let his property remain empty (no incoming cash flow) for two months. Leases are usually signed within a week or two of moving into the apartment.

Your company should be providing you with temporary housing for a month or so. You're better off moving into either the company provided housing or a hotel apartment for a month when you arrive in Dubai, and use that time to look for an apartment and sign a lease to begin on 1 February.

2. None of the buildings in "Downtown" (by which I assume you mean the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall and its immediate vicintiy) are any more or less child friendly than the others. All will have baby pools and a play room and young couples with children. That said, my impression of Downtown is that it's mostly popular with singles and childless couples and families wanting apartments tend to prefer the Marina and Greens. There's a large apartment complex called the Executive Towers (12 towers) in Business Bay, just behind Downtown, and it does seem to have a lot of families.

3. Very few apartments in Dubai are either 4 or 6 bedrooms. The vast majority are 1-3 bedrooms.

4. Subdividing a room? Well, if you want to be in Downtown (all Emaar properties) the apartments are not big. Trying to carve out another room from an existing room will be interesting, to say the least. I imagine you can do this by strategically placing a few bookcases, but for a more permanent division the landlord will probably say no. My lease specifically states no alterations to the apartment.

There are quite a few apartments that come with a study, which is usually a windowless alcove.

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Originally Posted by sadubai (Post 611213)
Hi. We're moving to Dubai by year-end and I had a few questions. If we see an apt end-Oct will we be able to start a lease say early Jan? Will a ll wait that long for us? I'm keen on downtown as we are apt rather than villa people - which of the buildings is most child-friendly (we have a toddler)? I get the sense apts are either 4 or 6 bedroom - will a ll agree to partition off part of the living room to give us a study? Thanks in advance!


sadubai 21st September 2011 04:47 PM

Thanks TallyHo. I guess we will use this trip to finalise bldg blocks we like and then once we relocate look at actual availability. By sub-divide a room I meant really cordon off part of the living room if it is very large. What is your opinion of Executive Towers? I see a lot of feedback that it is still a construction site. Also, which of the downtown blocks have villas as well as apts? Thanks again for your time.

TallyHo 22nd September 2011 05:44 AM

Downtown has no villas. All apartments.

Executive Towers does have villas on the podium level. These aren't standalone villas and it's more realistic to think of them as duplexes attached in a row, so think of them as half apartments, half villas.

Executive Towers apartments are larger than the downtown apartments but the finish quality is far inferior. The area around Executive Towers is still a construction zone with few amenities and it's not easy to walk anywhere, including the Dubai Mall/Downtown, but within the Towers there are several large pools.

I'm not a fan of Executive Towers because every time you drive out you must pass through a Salik toll gate, so you pay the privilege of 4 AED every single time you leave your apartment! That said, Executive Towers is cheaper than Downtown.

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Originally Posted by sadubai (Post 611830)
Thanks TallyHo. I guess we will use this trip to finalise bldg blocks we like and then once we relocate look at actual availability. By sub-divide a room I meant really cordon off part of the living room if it is very large. What is your opinion of Executive Towers? I see a lot of feedback that it is still a construction site. Also, which of the downtown blocks have villas as well as apts? Thanks again for your time.


sadubai 22nd September 2011 04:50 PM

Thanks TallyHo. I get the feeling Exec Towers is not for us. I have dust allergies and we have a little one so we may not do well with all the construction. I think I'd heard about the Podium Villas but I'm not that keen on a duplex. Thanks again for replying.

John__ 24th September 2011 01:40 PM

Housing question
 
HI Everyone,

I will be moving to Dubai in January. I have been given between 160-180k PA housing allowance.
I am 31, single and looking to get a balance between being in an area where there are other single people and I can go out meet people etc but reasonable quality living.

I would also perhaps like to be close to the sea as I want to try sailing/watersports etc

Could anyone advise on areas to live?

Thanks

john

basc 24th September 2011 04:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by John__ (Post 613844)
HI Everyone,

I will be moving to Dubai in January. I have been given between 160-180k PA housing allowance.
I am 31, single and looking to get a balance between being in an area where there are other single people and I can go out meet people etc but reasonable quality living.

I would also perhaps like to be close to the sea as I want to try sailing/watersports etc

Could anyone advise on areas to live?

Thanks

john

I'm in the exact same position and narrowed down my choices to the Downtown area and the Marina for the same reasons you gave- I guess the Marina area would be perfect for you if you want easy access to the sea...

Bigjimbo 25th September 2011 06:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by John__ (Post 613844)
HI Everyone,

I will be moving to Dubai in January. I have been given between 160-180k PA housing allowance.
I am 31, single and looking to get a balance between being in an area where there are other single people and I can go out meet people etc but reasonable quality living.

I would also perhaps like to be close to the sea as I want to try sailing/watersports etc

Could anyone advise on areas to live?

Thanks

john


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