Al Barsha 1 is a base for DG Metrostation. Its walking distance to the Mall of the Emirates, several hotel bars, lots of restaurants and very much under-rated as an area. We have a villa in this area, after searching all the usual popular areas. There are lots of well priced apartments, in almost 'low' rise blocks, i.e. under 15 story's high. I get the Metro from either the Mall of the Emirates or Sharaf DG station, and its 5 minutes to either.
Also perfect for a single guy would be to live in the JLT, Jumirah Lake Towers. Then you have access to two metro stations. JLT stop its self and also the Marina Metro Stop.
The apartments are well priced and there is a great hotel called the Bonnington with a popular Expat community in the bars and restaurants here. Just be mindful of some building work that has just started to convert one of the lakes into a park and hotel.
BUT...... really the JLT is a great way to get the Dubai Marina lifestyle, without the price.
Best of luck and Welcome to Dubai!..
PS.... no where in Dubai is much more than 30 minutes away.... no matter where you are going and when!.
pps. if you hate the underground busy london style trains, just get a Gold Card to travel on the Metro and you will never have to queue to get on.... the gold carriage always has space.....
is it practical to reside in sharjah and rely on the metro to work in Dubai ( garhoud ) ?? near emirates metro station ??
Need list of service apartment below 3 star category in Abu Dhabi. I got number of good option in Dubai but not in AD.
Internet search through various top booking sites gives results of more than 3 star category only.
If any one knows good service apartment below monthly rate of 6K dhs in AD pl share.
N.B. earlier posted in wrong thread.
I'm tentatively browsing for an apartment to rent, and would appreciate any recommendations/advice for potential building/residencies. We have the following criteria:
1. Budget - 120k AED per annum (not including 5% tax or bills).
2. Location - The palm, the Dubai marina or JBR.
3. Two bedroom apartment.
4. Partially or fully furnished (not sure how realistic this is).
5. Large swimming pool 25 metres plus (preferably open 24/7).
6. Prefer to be higher up in the building (anything above the 10th floor).
7. Built in wardrobes (saves on furniture costs!).
8. Gym on site.
9. Sea or marina view.
Not too fussy you see :)
Also, I've factored in the following costs for cost of living (per annum):
5% tax: 6000
Car lease: 24000
Car insurance: 5000
TV (cable): 6200
Mobile phone x2: 4024
Are there Any other obvious costs that I've omitted, apart from incidentals?
Is any of the above even realistic?! :D
I'll let others reply reg. the rents although I think your expectations are realistic. Just wanted to add a few comments reg. your cost of living figures:
See response in red below:
DizzyIzzy and Tallyho, thanks
My company will pay for my apartment up front, and take the repayment out of my salary each month, so not concerned about that.
Noted on the Ikea front! I'll have relocation assistance, so that should take care of itself.
In terms of car insurance, I wasn't sure whether insurance was included in the monthly lease amount, or a separate add on. Sounds like I can reduce that in my calculations.
Looks like I'll need to add another 5% on for the agents' fees, and up my monthly food projections too!
I have just returned from a holiday in Dubai, which has galvanised my resolve to emigrate from Melbourne to further my career and bank some savings. From what I observed, the Dubai Marina and Downtown areas seem the best fit for me, with Downtown being preferred. I am a single male and looking for a studio apartment in the 100-130k range. I am leaning towards either The Address Downtown or Burj Khalifa as both appear to be within my budget.
Does anyone have any experience living in either building? The Address Downtown will be less expensive in some respects as it is fully furnished and pretty much all bills included for the price. The Address is also serviced by housekeeping 3 times a week which is a nice perk, but the Khalifa offers slightly more space in (what I consider to be) a better building. I haven't seen the amenities on offer in the Khalifa but I would expect them to be quite good. Any opinions would be appreciated :)
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