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wandabug 14th August 2012 06:01 PM

I lived at The Address Downtown - it was fantastic. There used to be a 2% service charge paid by the tenant - don't know if that still applies. Other than that there are no charges for the Tenant. DEWA, Parking Internet, TV etc are all included. Internet speed was very good, TV channels were good as well (Showtime).
Facilities and Service - excellent.

pauleire 16th August 2012 09:10 PM

Looking for short term letting
 
I am moving to Dubai mid September and as I want to have a look around for a month before settling on a full year contract does anybody know where a cheap place to get a serviced apt/cheap hotel etc in the Lakes/marina district? i am a musician and will be coming over with a friend. We have auditions and gigs lined up but no where to stay whe we arrive. Suggestions anyone?

de Mexicaan 17th August 2012 07:11 AM

@pauleire: I do not know your definition of cheap, but in my opinion Marina is not cheap and in my perception the prices are going up. I read somewhere that Radisson Blue sometimes offers good prices. It is probably cheaper to look somewhere else, e.g. Holiday Inn Express Internet City (basic though).
I am not sure if there are apartments like this in Jumeirah Lake Towers, but you might want to take a look.

wandabug 17th August 2012 07:29 AM

You'd be better searching areas like Al Barsha or Bur Dubai for cheaper serviced apartments. There are loads of options just google serviced apartments. Or Golden Sands Bur Bubai and Silver Sands. The Marina is an expensive area. Jumeirah Lake Towers accross the road from The Marina is a little cheaper but still expensive. There is Liwa Heights Serviced apartments and The Bonnington at JLT. There is serviced apartments at Discovery Gardens which will be much cheaper and close to Marina but cannot remember the name.

Cearense 18th August 2012 02:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sisi2012 (Post 867242)
If you have a family with children, which is better: meadows 1 or the Lakes?

I'd say they are pretty much the same, it would go down to the specific villa you're looking for. In Meadows 1 just stay away from villas facing the new road to JLT.

Roadworrier 20th August 2012 01:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by de Mexicaan (Post 872622)
@pauleire: I do not know your definition of cheap, but in my opinion Marina is not cheap and in my perception the prices are going up. I read somewhere that Radisson Blue sometimes offers good prices. It is probably cheaper to look somewhere else, e.g. Holiday Inn Express Internet City (basic though).
I am not sure if there are apartments like this in Jumeirah Lake Towers, but you might want to take a look.

I'm staying at the Gloria Hotel Apts in TECOM area when I make my move in Sept. Good location, fair price

Belgium3800 21st August 2012 02:54 PM

I have read some pages of this thread already, very interesting !

My office asked me to move to Dubai in the beginning of November. I will be traveling towards Dubai for the first time mid-september to look for an apartment.

I am 28 year old and would love to live around younger people for a nice social life. My yearly budget for an apartment is 65000-70000 AED. My office will be in the Jebel Ali Free Zone.

Besides from Marina and JLT, which are the best area for young people to live?

nyanda 21st August 2012 08:21 PM

Ultimate CHEAP guide to apartments
 
I am new to Dubai and will be making a reasonable salary. I wish to save as much money as possible but still live with the comforts of home. This is my account of shopping around for apartments in Dubai. I hope this helps you or is at least informative information. This is day one of looking.



Motor City

Grocery Store, Starbucks, Restaurants, Pharmacy, Ladies Center (I don't know what that is), Subway, Burger place (I think it was Wendys or Burger King)

Studio was $38,000dir unfurmished
Pool, Gym, utilities not included
Cute apartments, clean, new, all appliances incl. washer/dryer
NO one brms available


Sports City

Nothing around and I mean nothing (construction mostly and high rises)
5 mins drive to Motor City

Studio 26,000 unfurnished, 28,000 furnished
1 brm 36,000 unfurnished-40,000 furnished
Furnished means all appliances, including a microwave (still in box), queen bed, desk, sofa set, curtains, dresser, coffee table, and rugs
looks like from IKEA and quite nice
Roof top amazing out door pool, sauna and hot tub
gym (separated by men/women

IMPZ

Very crowded feeling but I had no proof
Various cooked food smells
Apts didn't seem to be cleaned for showing
Pool with lawn chairs, playground
HUGE apartments
1 brm-$20,000
2 brm-$40,000

scottyw 22nd August 2012 04:01 AM

Thanks, this is good info.
Let me know how day 2 goes!

nyanda 22nd August 2012 08:17 PM

Day 2
 
Tecom

Brand new apartments available
upgraded accessories (funky door handles, etc)

Studio-$40.000
1 brm-$60.000
The higher the floor the higher the price.

Populated area
Lots around (shops)


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