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Marseeya 12th February 2013 08:42 PM

We're looking at a possible move to Dubai for my husband's job in the next 8-12 months, so I've been reading as much as possible. I'm just curious what general areas you'd recommend focusing on for us. Husband and I are in our mid-40s with a late teen daughter (won't be in school by then). We are used to small town living. We're very quiet people, not all that social, although we will enjoy making new friends and engaging in a few social activities (dinners, beach outings, things like that). Oh, and it has to be pet friendly, as I have two dogs that I will want to bring with me. I haven't settled on whether or not I want to work, but I have a teaching degree. That more than likely depends on how we like it and how long we hope to stay.

If I'm reading correctly, The Greens and Arabian Ranches might be good for us? Anything else?

Wonderful forum, BTW. The information is completely overwhelming, but so well thought out. I just wanted to get a few opinions to go along with my reading. :)

m1key 13th February 2013 12:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Marseeya (Post 1053027)
We're looking at a possible move to Dubai for my husband's job in the next 8-12 months, so I've been reading as much as possible. I'm just curious what general areas you'd recommend focusing on for us. Husband and I are in our mid-40s with a late teen daughter (won't be in school by then). We are used to small town living. We're very quiet people, not all that social, although we will enjoy making new friends and engaging in a few social activities (dinners, beach outings, things like that). Oh, and it has to be pet friendly, as I have two dogs that I will want to bring with me. I haven't settled on whether or not I want to work, but I have a teaching degree. That more than likely depends on how we like it and how long we hope to stay.

If I'm reading correctly, The Greens and Arabian Ranches might be good for us? Anything else?

Wonderful forum, BTW. The information is completely overwhelming, but so well thought out. I just wanted to get a few opinions to go along with my reading. :)

Both areas you mention should work for you. The Greens is closer to the Marina, beach etc. The Ranches is a bit further out and generally quite peaceful. The area is well landscaped and lots of paths and several lakes to walking along. Also handy to head into the desert to let the dogs off the leash. You can get to most places in Dubai within 20-30 minutes from the Ranches (depending on traffic).

When considering where to live, take into account commutes to work. The driving here is more tiring than you'll be used to at home, mainly due to the number of maniacs on the road, so requires lots of concentration!

Marseeya 13th February 2013 09:43 PM

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Originally Posted by m1key (Post 1053861)
Both areas you mention should work for you. The Greens is closer to the Marina, beach etc. The Ranches is a bit further out and generally quite peaceful. The area is well landscaped and lots of paths and several lakes to walking along. Also handy to head into the desert to let the dogs off the leash. You can get to most places in Dubai within 20-30 minutes from the Ranches (depending on traffic).

When considering where to live, take into account commutes to work. The driving here is more tiring than you'll be used to at home, mainly due to the number of maniacs on the road, so requires lots of concentration!

Thanks! He told me that he would be working in DuBiotech, and when we looked it up on the map it doesn't appear to be very far from the Ranches. I haven't had the opportunity to visit, but he's been there a couple of times. Hopefully I'll get to see all this for myself soon.

gstecca69 13th February 2013 10:19 PM

Hi all, we will be moving to Dubai soon and need advise on housing.
Our budget is between 50 to 70k AED and I will be working at Dubai Airport.
We are looking for a 1 bedroom apt in an area with westerners. We are a young-ish family in our 30 ies, no kids, but not much into partying or anything.

Any advises on areas close and convinient for commuting will be aprreciated.

m1key 14th February 2013 03:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Marseeya (Post 1054408)
Thanks! He told me that he would be working in DuBiotech, and when we looked it up on the map it doesn't appear to be very far from the Ranches. I haven't had the opportunity to visit, but he's been there a couple of times. Hopefully I'll get to see all this for myself soon.

Dubiotech is not far at all. It can take 10-15 minutes to get out the Ranches at rush hour at the moment, so take that into account. There are road works, which we're hoping will help when they are finished.

Barsha South is very convenient for Dubiotech as well. They are independent villas but quite good value for what you get. Still building works in the area though. Might be worth driving around there to see if it is for you.

m1key 14th February 2013 03:45 AM

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Originally Posted by gstecca69 (Post 1054430)
Hi all, we will be moving to Dubai soon and need advise on housing.
Our budget is between 50 to 70k AED and I will be working at Dubai Airport.
We are looking for a 1 bedroom apt in an area with westerners. We are a young-ish family in our 30 ies, no kids, but not much into partying or anything.

Any advises on areas close and convinient for commuting will be aprreciated.

Downtown is a good location, with plenty of shops, restaurants etc in the area. You'd likely be at the top end of your budget though.

Business Bay is still a bit of a building site, though you can get something decent in Executive Towers for your budget, which is a decent set of towers.

Mirdif is close to the airport (parts under the flightpath). Good shopping mall at Mirdif City Centre.

Otherwise you're heading towards Al Barsha and Jumeirah lake Towers which are further away.

zed_kid 14th February 2013 05:06 AM

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Originally Posted by m1key (Post 1054566)
Downtown is a good location, with plenty of shops, restaurants etc in the area. You'd likely be at the top end of your budget though.

Business Bay is still a bit of a building site, though you can get something decent in Executive Towers for your budget, which is a decent set of towers.

Mirdif is close to the airport (parts under the flightpath). Good shopping mall at Mirdif City Centre.

Otherwise you're heading towards Al Barsha and Jumeirah lake Towers which are further away.

I donít know if you can get into downtown for 50-70k. 1bedders in Residences are going for 110k, cheapest 1bedder I saw was in Claren at 90k and that was during the off season in the summer.

This is all just my experience, so a small sample size.

I would try DIFC. Itís a hit and miss area though but less of a construction site than Business Bay

m1key 14th February 2013 05:44 AM

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Originally Posted by zed_kid (Post 1054629)
I donít know if you can get into downtown for 50-70k. 1bedders in Residences are going for 110k, cheapest 1bedder I saw was in Claren at 90k and that was during the off season in the summer.

This is all just my experience, so a small sample size.

I would try DIFC. Itís a hit and miss area though but less of a construction site than Business Bay

You might be right. I did see something advertised for 70ish a while ago, but it was a while ago. Demand is so high rents just have to go up by 50% according to greedy agents and landlords :rolleyes:

worldismine 14th February 2013 05:51 AM

Skyview
 
Hi guys,

I wonder if you could share any opinions of SKYVIEW TOWER in dubai.. I will move to Dubai in 4 weeks, and I have already read almost all the post in the forum.. Skyview is one of the recommended buildings, but I could not find specific any pros and cons of this building..

I have a budget of 80k.. On Dubizzle I see that I can afford 1BR in this building.

Anyone can share his/her comments about SKYVIEW if there is any? Is it close to cafes/parks in Marina walk, is it close to sea, finally is it on the right side of the traffic, since I will work in Dubai media city. Finally do you recommend?

Thank you

mop49100 14th February 2013 03:14 PM

Heads Up "The Spirit" tower
 
Hello everyone!

I feel that I should give you a "heads up" if you are interested in renting a apartment in "The Spirit" tower in Dubai Sports City...


The guys give you a couple of papers to sign besides the contract... BE CAREFUL on what you are signing! One of those "unsuspecting" papers had a tax that even the brokers could explain or quantify! They try to tax you a part of 70% of the tenants A/C consumption (even if you are already paying for you own metered A/C) and 30% of the electricity used to generate that A/C... or something like that...
Bottom line... that are asking you to sign a paper that will tax you on something that they can't explain and that can't even say in average how much it will cost you.

... Of course I'm still looking ;-)

Regards to all and congrats for a great topic!


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