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In short, nicely built, spacious apartments, pools and gyms, family friendly, no bars anywhere near, so social life will be taxi heavy.

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The commute will be more than 15 minutes. 20 sounds more realistic. Traffic during rush hour coming down Umm Suqeim Road and then through Al Barsha, or Al Khail to the back road through TECOM is backed up.

Motor City is quiet and the apartments are large. But while they may appear cheap MC apartments are in a district cooling scheme, which means your utility bills will be much higher as you will need to pay a monthly DC charge regardless of the amount of AC you use.

Have you considered living in TECOM itself? Or the Greens?


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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

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Thanks for your responses Bigjimbo and TallyHo, hadn't considered an increase in the cooling charges - Not as much of a bargain as they look! Will keep looking and will consider The Greens and TECOM too

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15 mins drive if no traffic and all lights are on green. 30 mins is more realistic. The Greens, Marina, Jumeirah Lake Towers or Tecom would be much better locations. Where is your wife's office?

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It's a bit further than 15mins. And if you don't drive can be a bit out of the way. Tecom/greens or Marina area would be much more convenient for your work and also for socialisng.

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Hi there!

I have been living in Motor City for the past 2 months since I moved here and I think it's great. It's not in the hustle and bustle of the city, but a taxi to the 'middle of it all' is around 25 dhs which is very cheap!! AND, there are 2 bars within walking distance here - one at the polo club and one at Arabian Ranches Golf Club, both also do very reasonable and nice lunch/dinner packages. There's also cinema night beside the pool at the polo club once a week :-)

In terms of Motor City on the whole, its a lovely residential area - you can cycle/skate/run/walk around the place and upto the shops etc as there are actually pedestrian pathways unlike in most places in TECOM, Al Barsha etc.. The range of shops within walking distance is also good - a large spinneys supermarket, 2 indian restaurants, a lebanese, chinese, subway, fish n chips, salad and smoothy bar, starbucks, cafe nero, pharmacy, health centre, ladies fitness, pet shop, party shop, bookshop etc etc you get the idea..!

There are 6 pool areas within the complex and you are free to use whichever you like, all also have a small gym and fitness studio within them covered within the price of the apartment. The apartments are VERY spacious compared to others I've seen and all with balconies/terraces - some very large! There's also a good crowd of youngsters around here to get chatting to aswel as youngish families.

Regarding the cooler fees - it depends what you think is better value for yourselves - for me it suits paying a set fee each month because you dont ever have to worry how long you're leaving the AC/heating on for, and its handy to know the exact amount is the same each month..

Hope this helps a little as I know what it's like deciding where to be!!

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I do like Motor City. But just to clarify many of us in apartments without district cooling don't pay any AC charges. All AC is provided via an internal AC system in the building itself and is paid for by the landlord out of his maintenance charges. The electricity component of my DEWA bill has nothing to do with my AC usage.

Some of the apartments I looked at, especially on the Palm, required 6,000+ AED/year in district cooling charges alone. So I said no thanks.

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I have been living in Motor City for the past 2 months since I moved here and I think it's great. It's not in the hustle and bustle of the city, but a taxi to the 'middle of it all' is around 25 dhs which is very cheap!! AND, there are 2 bars within walking distance here - one at the polo club and one at Arabian Ranches Golf Club, both also do very reasonable and nice lunch/dinner packages. There's also cinema night beside the pool at the polo club once a week :-)

In terms of Motor City on the whole, its a lovely residential area - you can cycle/skate/run/walk around the place and upto the shops etc as there are actually pedestrian pathways unlike in most places in TECOM, Al Barsha etc.. The range of shops within walking distance is also good - a large spinneys supermarket, 2 indian restaurants, a lebanese, chinese, subway, fish n chips, salad and smoothy bar, starbucks, cafe nero, pharmacy, health centre, ladies fitness, pet shop, party shop, bookshop etc etc you get the idea..!

There are 6 pool areas within the complex and you are free to use whichever you like, all also have a small gym and fitness studio within them covered within the price of the apartment. The apartments are VERY spacious compared to others I've seen and all with balconies/terraces - some very large! There's also a good crowd of youngsters around here to get chatting to aswel as youngish families.

Regarding the cooler fees - it depends what you think is better value for yourselves - for me it suits paying a set fee each month because you dont ever have to worry how long you're leaving the AC/heating on for, and its handy to know the exact amount is the same each month..

Hope this helps a little as I know what it's like deciding where to be!!

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I do like Motor City. But just to clarify many of us in apartments without district cooling don't pay any AC charges. All AC is provided via an internal AC system in the building itself and is paid for by the landlord out of his maintenance charges. The electricity component of my DEWA bill has nothing to do with my AC usage.

Some of the apartments I looked at, especially on the Palm, required 6,000+ AED/year in district cooling charges alone. So I said no thanks.
I see, well we don't pay any maintenance fees to landlordso I suppose it's all much of a muchness. You're also the 1 st person i've heard of where that happens. My friends all get air con bills!!

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The only people who get separate AC bills are those in district cooling schemes. In district cooling the AC is generated in a central plant and pumped into each apartment building and then to the apartments itself. What this means is that district cooling is able to pass along the expenses of air conditioning to the occupiers of the individual flats, as opposed to being factored into the general maintenance fees for the owners of the apartments.

My building, which is the case for all Emaar buildings, has an internal AC system for the building and doesn't rely on outside sources. The expenses of operating the AC system is covered by the owners' common maintenance fees - along with the pool, gym, common areas etc cetera. In theory the rent we pay allows the landlord to cover the maintenance fees but it's not a separate charge that can legally be passed along to the tenant.

District cooling is a 'hidden cost' that many people don't carefully consider when deciding what apartment to rent.

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I see, well we don't pay any maintenance fees to landlordso I suppose it's all much of a muchness. You're also the 1 st person i've heard of where that happens. My friends all get air con bills!!


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The only people who get separate AC bills are those in district cooling schemes. In district cooling the AC is generated in a central plant and pumped into each apartment building and then to the apartments itself. What this means is that district cooling is able to pass along the expenses of air conditioning to the occupiers of the individual flats, as opposed to being factored into the general maintenance fees for the owners of the apartments.

My building, which is the case for all Emaar buildings, has an internal AC system for the building and doesn't rely on outside sources. The expenses of operating the AC system is covered by the owners' common maintenance fees - along with the pool, gym, common areas etc cetera. In theory the rent we pay allows the landlord to cover the maintenance fees but it's not a separate charge that can legally be passed along to the tenant.

District cooling is a 'hidden cost' that many people don't carefully consider when deciding what apartment to rent.
This is almost correct. In certain Emaar developments, they use Emcool, and the Landlord will sometimes try to charge the tenant this, and it can be more expensive then District Cooling. As always check and recheck your contract prior to signing.

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