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asafaryan 30th July 2012 06:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Bounty Hunter (Post 855843)
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.

As long as you are a western guy you will get a good salary package, I'm sure, here race and national discrimination are in first place. Near Airport I don't think there are apartments where you could live, because I work very close to the Airport terminal 2, but after long searches I decided to live 35km away from my workplace, just because the environment (neat, clean, accurate). Moreover, apartments near airport are relatively cheap. But If you want a decent lifestyle and clean house, which has not been polluted before and it doesn't stink you can go for Al Nahda villas which are very close. But if you prefer bit further, then look at Mirdif, there are some good new developments advertised with affordable prices even. Another option is Al Quoz which is somewhere in between the airport and the downtown Dubai.

Bounty Hunter 30th July 2012 06:49 AM

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Originally Posted by asafaryan (Post 855896)
As long as you are a western guy you will get a good salary package, I'm sure, here race and national discrimination are in first place. Near Airport I don't think there are apartments where you could live, because I work very close to the Airport terminal 2, but after long searches I decided to live 35km away from my workplace, just because the environment (neat, clean, accurate). Moreover, apartments near airport are relatively cheap. But If you want a decent lifestyle and clean house, which has not been polluted before and it doesn't stink you can go for Al Nahda villas which are very close. But if you prefer bit further, then look at Mirdif, there are some good new developments advertised with affordable prices even. Another option is Al Quoz which is somewhere in between the airport and the downtown Dubai.

Sent you a PM...check it out!

Bigjimbo 30th July 2012 06:58 AM

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Originally Posted by asafaryan (Post 855888)
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 ...


This sounds crazy! I would call the agent right now and ask for your deposit back as I bet he has used it to put you in a short term let, in which case your money is gone.

XDoodlebugger 30th July 2012 07:03 AM

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Originally Posted by asafaryan (Post 855896)
As long as you are a western guy you will get a good salary package, I'm sure, here race and national discrimination are in first place. Near Airport I don't think there are apartments where you could live, because I work very close to the Airport terminal 2, but after long searches I decided to live 35km away from my workplace, just because the environment (neat, clean, accurate). Moreover, apartments near airport are relatively cheap. But If you want a decent lifestyle and clean house, which has not been polluted before and it doesn't stink you can go for Al Nahda villas which are very close. But if you prefer bit further, then look at Mirdif, there are some good new developments advertised with affordable prices even. Another option is Al Quoz which is somewhere in between the airport and the downtown Dubai.

I've been driving a lot between Sharjah and the Marina, going to Sharjah in the morning, return about 5 o 6. I pass the Dubai airport in about 35 minutes from the Marina, total 45 minutes to an industrial area of Sharjah (I avoid the mess around downtown Sharjah). It's not that bad of a commute, you might consider the family commute to school rather than your work commute, the less time on these roads my family would spend would make me feel better than shortening my time.

XDoodlebugger 30th July 2012 07:09 AM

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Originally Posted by steve_99 (Post 855734)
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?

I live on the north side of the Marina with easy access to Sheik Zayed road, it takes me about 20-25 minutes to gate 8 which is on the south side of Jebel Ali Free Zone.

30-35 minutes to Dubai airport in the mornings, evenings there is traffic from the Mall of the Emirates to downtown.

Why do you need downtown? Ibn Battuta mall is between the Marina and Jebel Ali, Marina Mall in the marina area, Mall of the Emirates 10 minutes away from the Marina. Lots of bars, restaurants and stuff to do around the marina.

XDoodlebugger 30th July 2012 07:18 AM

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Originally Posted by asafaryan (Post 846230)
. Prefer having Australian neighbors rather than a pack of men hanging there and spoiling English language.

This is wrong in so many ways.............:D

asafaryan 30th July 2012 07:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Bigjimbo (Post 855907)
This sounds crazy! I would call the agent right now and ask for your deposit back as I bet he has used it to put you in a short term let, in which case your money is gone.

Really? I'll call him to clarify...thanks

asafaryan 30th July 2012 07:39 AM

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Originally Posted by XDoodle****** (Post 855924)
This is wrong in so many ways.............:D

maybe I'm mistaken, but when you see camp laborers whistling and commenting on your wife even when she's with your small kid ... this becomes so true as there is nothing more important than safe and private environment.

anyways? is there anything I don't know about Australians? :D

XDoodlebugger 30th July 2012 07:49 AM

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Originally Posted by asafaryan (Post 855937)
is there anything I don't know about Australians? :D

Yes :D

steve_99 30th July 2012 01:32 PM

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Originally Posted by XDoodle****** (Post 855915)
I live on the north side of the Marina with easy access to Sheik Zayed road, it takes me about 20-25 minutes to gate 8 which is on the south side of Jebel Ali Free Zone.

30-35 minutes to Dubai airport in the mornings, evenings there is traffic from the Mall of the Emirates to downtown.

Why do you need downtown? Ibn Battuta mall is between the Marina and Jebel Ali, Marina Mall in the marina area, Mall of the Emirates 10 minutes away from the Marina. Lots of bars, restaurants and stuff to do around the marina.


Please read my post carefully. I don't need downtown. In fact I want to stay around Marina so I am 20-25 mins from airport (North) and 30 mins from Jebel Ali (South)

So I was asking for suggestions and someone said to live in downtown as it's more fun.

Again to make it simple:

work @ Jebel ali
[email protected] ??? (I prefer a place where young expats live and where the action is)


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