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Izzy77 2nd October 2011 10:38 AM


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?



John I am looking within the same budget. Downtown wasn't for me due to it being fairly far away from my office. I very much liked the Marina but decided it was too noisy with the Sheikh Zayed road + another fairly large road. Last time I visited I went to have a look at the Palm residencies and was very impressed with the apartments, the space the facilities and the feeling of being on holiday. Given that working in Dubai is a rat race I decided that living in a "resort" would be a nice thing to come home to! So am now looking at Tiara, Oceana and Fairmont. All fab developments and within the budget you mentioned.

BigJimbo showed us around and was greatly helpfull with all sorts of questions.

Good luck!

Jmrs33 3rd October 2011 10:20 AM

So.. I am a short time lurker, first time poster, due to move out to join my husband in the new year, (he is there now). I came over a few weeks ago and looked at lots of apartments in the Marina (sorry bigjimbo, palm not for us!) and we found one we liked.

The agent we were dealing with didn't get back to us about our offer within the time period we needed (24-36 hours), I kept having to call him and ask for updates. We offered 150k and two cheques against 160K and one cheque but the agent kept saying he couldn't get a hold of the owner. So we decided to move on ......however two weeks later it looks like the apartment is still available and when my husband called the agent we were dealing with (we had no contact in between) he confirmed it was. He says he has been unable to get a hold of the owner and will try again.

My questions are: Is this normal? or are we being 'spun a line'? Also I think this apartment is being offered by other agents so should we be speaking to someone else?

Yours hopefully

Bigjimbo 3rd October 2011 11:38 AM

Yeah this is possible, although if I couldn't get hold of an owner for so long I would have stopped marketing the property.l Feel free to call the other agents but beware, as if they do speak to the owner then he may get the idea that there a few interested parties and hold firm on the price. This is a very common occurance and is also the best arguement for sticking to an agent that you trust.........

jj864 5th October 2011 04:01 AM

Big Jombo, with regard to Mirdiff when you say BIG pitfalls, is it only the sound issue cause of the airport.

IS there any other community area close to the Health care city?

Bigjimbo 5th October 2011 05:05 AM

Massive difference in quality of build, maintenance issues, age of buildings. I wouldn't ever live in a Dubai Properties developement again, so that rules out Sharooq. Uptown is quite nice, and I would live there.

gb226690 5th October 2011 01:34 PM

Jimbo - do you cover apartments in the Marina as well? Or just palm?


Bigjimbo 5th October 2011 01:52 PM


Originally Posted by gb226690 (Post 621450)
Jimbo - do you cover apartments in the Marina as well? Or just palm?


Occasionally. Depending on the project, budget etc. What did you have in mind?

gb226690 5th October 2011 01:57 PM


Originally Posted by Bigjimbo (Post 621464)
Occasionally. Depending on the project, budget etc. What did you have in mind?

I'm not looking for anything crazy just a one bed 65-70k. If it isn't something you could help me with, can you recommend someone to me please?

Thanks :)

Bigjimbo 6th October 2011 05:00 AM

No not really. Following the steps in the first post of this thread is the best bet. Good luck!

AlmostThem 7th October 2011 08:22 AM

Hi everyone! Been reading this post with interest as it looks like I'll be moving over in January. My early research suggests Motor City might be a good fit for our first year as it seems to be cheaper but only 15 minutes from my new office in TECOM and 15 minutes from my wife's new office. What's the verdict on Motor City in general? Not seen any mention in the above posts. We're a married couple in late 20's with no children

Thank guys

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