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riggers50 25th July 2012 06:37 PM

Can anyone just let me know the drive time from Silicon Oasis/motor city etc to the airport. Anywhere near the emirates headquarters.

I was looking at Mirdiff but I'm a bit put off by airport noise if it is that bad. I'm currently in works accommodation in Hor al Anz and I think there must be 500 planes a night landing on my building as sleep is not happening.

40-45k is more my budget (for a 1 bed, just me) but will obviously need a car from these places but I would hopefully get somewhere with a gym so saving 4k a year on joining Fitness First if I lived in Mirdiff.

It seems there are a lot of places available in all 3 areas so I'm guessing the move in time will be pretty swift.

Any help much appreciated :)

riggers50 25th July 2012 06:41 PM

Sorry just realised Silicon Oasis is actually closer than Motor City, thought it was in the same area but if anyone has an idea of times from either or both it would be most appreciated.

m1key 25th July 2012 06:49 PM

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Originally Posted by riggers50 (Post 852102)
Sorry just realised Silicon Oasis is actually closer than Motor City, thought it was in the same area but if anyone has an idea of times from either or both it would be most appreciated.

Motor City would be about 30 minutes dependant on traffic.

suzimack 26th July 2012 04:24 AM

I live in Motor City and work for Emirates. My office is in Deira (past the airport) and I can get there in 30 minutes. I've driven to HQ a couple of times, and would say yes 30 minutes tops will get you there.

Bounty Hunter 26th July 2012 05:53 AM

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Originally Posted by suzimack (Post 852373)
I live in Motor City and work for Emirates. My office is in Deira (past the airport) and I can get there in 30 minutes. I've driven to HQ a couple of times, and would say yes 30 minutes tops will get you there.

Motor City...Is that in Dubai or Abu Dhabi? 30 mins doesn't seem too terribly bad. Unless you consider it twice a day 5 day a week...that's a little over (or under) 5 hr a week just on the road.

m1key 26th July 2012 06:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Bounty Hunter (Post 852447)
Motor City...Is that in Dubai or Abu Dhabi? 30 mins doesn't seem too terribly bad. Unless you consider it twice a day 5 day a week...that's a little over (or under) 5 hr a week just on the road.

It is Dubai. 30 minutes beats my old UK commute of 2hrs plus each way, so I'd take it :D

steve_99 30th July 2012 12:23 AM

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Originally Posted by wandabug (Post 851378)
You should consider Downtown Burj Khalifa in any of the Towers close to Dubai Mall and Souk Al Bahar. The area is full of bars and clubs, all in walking distance.

Marina Walk is a dry area (no alcohol). There are bars in the hotels and at Madinat but you still need a taxi from Marina Walk.

Towers like Burj Residences anf The Lofts are good and you can still get a sea view. Or go for the ultimate and rent a serviced apartment at The Address Downtown. A 1 bed there is about dhs.120k a year but it is 5* and includes all your bills. And has a cool swim up bar.
Dont know prices for a 1 and 2 bed at Burj Residences,Check out Dubizzle.


Hi, thanks for the reply. I cannot get an apt near downtown because then my work will be 48 kms away. My office will be 30 kms south of Marina, in Jebel Ali.
I want to stay somewhere in the middle so I am not too far from Airport,downtown and from work.
On average how long does it take from Marina to travel 30 kms south?

Should I be considering any other area?

Bounty Hunter 30th July 2012 04:49 AM

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Originally Posted by asafaryan (Post 847727)
Well thank you for the advice, there are many shared villa's with affordable prices, I have been offered a few. I search in dubbizle mostly and I get crazy when I see agency fees, they get huge fee for doing nothing. They are not even concerned to get you several options and let you choose, take you from house to house, then maybe they would have deserved an agency fee. I'm very frustrated and I can't seem to find a proper house with affordable rent rate in a polite and clean environment. My budget is 28-38k per year for a rent but I'm ready to give even 45 to get what I exactly want.

Asafaryan,

I have been reading your posts and the fact that dubizzle has a lot to offer, the pictures that get posted leave it up to your imagination. I see a lot ofplaces but the pictures are all of the outside! Some of them only list one picture and it is of the small kitchen. I understand your frustration and hopefully, I will be there soon and wioll know exactly what I, you, and everyone else is dealing with.

Good luck!

Bounty Hunter 30th July 2012 04:51 AM

I will be working at the airport (I think) so are there places close but not too close? My family will be joining me after 6-8 months or so and I think that will give me plenty of time to get situated.

asafaryan 30th July 2012 06:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Bounty Hunter (Post 855842)
Asafaryan,

I have been reading your posts and the fact that dubizzle has a lot to offer, the pictures that get posted leave it up to your imagination. I see a lot ofplaces but the pictures are all of the outside! Some of them only list one picture and it is of the small kitchen. I understand your frustration and hopefully, I will be there soon and wioll know exactly what I, you, and everyone else is dealing with.

Good luck!

Well, there are some real announcements in Dubbizle but the rest is just agents' tricks to catch some clients. But my recent experience has shown that there are some very good agents, despite for my budget they are charging too much for what they do. Finding an immediate landlord is very hard, I didn't try.
The pictures are actually very important, and really I don't understand why agents and agencies who are charging and earning a lot of money are so lazy about taking some 8-10 photos and attaching to a particular announcement. They are not worried to call you, you are the one to call and disturb them. In other words, I still didn't see any customer oriented service here, except maybe the metro.

Well, my agent, who is at Cosmos Star Real Estates, seems to be a very nice guy, first he disappointed me because I liked one studio in this Goldcrest Executive Tower at JLT, the next they I went to his office to make the contract. When I reached the place they told me that this house is already given to somebody else because he came here 1 hour earlier. What the ****. Then I told them I don't care, you find me a studio in this same building withing two days cause my company urges me for the hotel staying. Then he promised me, took from me 700 USD as a deposit for an apartment that I didn't even see (cause I already missed the one that I saw) then he told me that I will get even better one. After couple of days, I told him that I need to move already, he told ok, I will give you a one bedroom apartment for FREE in that same building you can stay there until I will find you studio in this building with a price we agreed. And it's already two days I'm in this apartment which is actually very nice but I can't afford it cause the rental fee is 30% higher for only one bedroom. Our deal was an apartment that I want starting from 1-st August. So I hope everything will be alright. To be continued ...


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