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Jules2211 12th October 2011 07:27 PM


Originally Posted by zin (Post 604621)
Small mention. If you want to live close to the airport then there's Garhoud, Rashidiya and Festival City/Al Badia as alternatives to Mirdiff.

Bigjimbo any opinion on these areas?

Any opinion on Discovery Gardena will be very helpful I'm viewing there next week!!

Jules2211 12th October 2011 07:30 PM

Hey Big Jimbo
excellent information - whats your take on Discovery gardens i've just booked a viewing!! am i better with Greens?

Gavtek 13th October 2011 03:05 AM

Disco Gardens is mostly a dump. The Greens is 100 times better as is JLT.

Bigjimbo 13th October 2011 05:18 AM

They are also more expensive Gavtek. Disco gdns is ok if you are on a budget. I would sooner live in the Greens, and some towers of JLT. Other JLT towers are so bad thyat I would live in Disco gdns instead.

marc 13th October 2011 06:17 AM

Discovery Gardens is ok for budget living but the traffic in the morning and at night is an absolute nightmare!

20,000 people + 2 roads going in = :s

I went to Ibn Battuta the other night at 6.30pm - what a mistake!!

Felixtoo2 13th October 2011 06:58 AM

Big Jimbo highlighted something which we haven`t really touched on but something that I fell victim to once. Always Always read the contract very very carefully.

When I first came here I was doing the usual running around getting everything organised so I got my rental agents to fax me copies of the contract so that I could go through it at home. No problem, all was well so the very next day I went down to their office and signed the contract.

I liked the apartment so we stayed for another year and just as that year was going to end I got a bill from Emaar for 20,000dhs, WTF. I contacted the landlord and the rental agency and they said please read the contract you signed, there was a clause on the back that said that if we stayed for more than one year the tennant would be liable for the apartment yearly service fees! You can imagine how stupid I felt that I had somehow missed this almost 2 years earlier, to be honest I was pretty down on myself and the wife wondered how I could have missed it.

We obviously decided to move out as we felt we`d been shafted but it wasn`t until we started doing the packing that we found the original faxed copy of the contract that i`d be sent. There was no mention of this clause, the rental agency had added it overnight and not told me about it. To say I was angry would be an understatment and I went to the landlords house and the rental agents and went to RERA with all the documentation as for the second year my signature had been forged on some of the documentation.

Toi cut a long story short we waited until the landlord had got a new tenant arriving and then we called him to meet face to face to tell him that unless he refunded our money we would not be moving anywhere. We had somewhere to go in a couple of days but we deliberatly didn`t have anything packed up so that it looked like we were serious.

Fortunately our gamble worked out and we got refunded but it wasn`t pretty and the estate agents who helped cheat us were very very rude.
Lesson learned, never sign anything that you haven`t read immediately before you sign it!

Tokyorose 14th October 2011 05:02 PM

Thanks for your help - I don't like Al Barsha either but I guess that or near DIFC is an easy option for those of us who don't drive much as there are plenty of taxis and the metro...

Bigjimbo 16th October 2011 01:31 PM

over 5000 people have checked this thread now, and NOT one twitter request! It must be broken.................

Fullalove 17th October 2011 09:17 AM

Not broken; i'm on! look forward to any Shoreline proerties that come up!

Fullalove 17th October 2011 11:37 AM

Bigjimbo; any chance you can PM your number? The one on the website doesn't seem to work; I land in Dubai on Tuesday, would be great if I could catch up with you!?

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