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gemastar 10th April 2013 11:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stamboy (Post 1123589)
Hi,

I've read quite a few articles on here but can't see much specific to me. I'm looking for a room to rent that is very close to the green metro line for a commute work near Al Ghubaiba metro. Can anyone recommend any places that are very close to the metro as I won't have a car and have restaurants and shops nearby?

I don't really want to change trains (red to green) as I hate doing that in London! I would like a 20min commute door to door.

Is Marine transport a possibility or would it be hassle (waiting times) during rush hour?

Thanks in anticipation

Hi Stamboy,
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.....

ADAM19 10th April 2013 11:18 PM

is it practical to reside in sharjah and rely on the metro to work in Dubai ( garhoud ) ?? near emirates metro station ??

madhu123 13th April 2013 04:41 AM

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.

Krom 13th April 2013 10:37 PM

Evening all...
 
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.
10. Balcony.

Not too fussy you see :)

Also, I've factored in the following costs for cost of living (per annum):

Rent: 120000
5% tax: 6000
Car lease: 24000
Petrol: 5600
Car insurance: 5000
TV (cable): 6200
DEWA: 3000
AC: 6000
Mobile phone x2: 4024
Food: 5000

Are there Any other obvious costs that I've omitted, apart from incidentals?

Is any of the above even realistic?! :D

Cheers.

dizzyizzy 14th April 2013 04:34 AM

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:

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Originally Posted by Krom (Post 1128465)
Also, I've factored in the following costs for cost of living (per annum):

Rent: 120000 will need to be paid in advance - 1 or 2 cheques average
5% tax: 6000 - not sure if by this you mean the housing fee? if then, this is correct
Car lease: 24000
Petrol: 5600
Car insurance: 5000
TV (cable): 6200
DEWA: 3000
AC: 6000
Mobile phone x2: 4024 My employer pays my phone bills but my first impression is that this number is a bit low
Food: 5000 this equals to 415 dhs per month so is too low - that's probably what you will be spending on one visit to the supermarket! This expense varies a lot but the average spent in monthly groceries according to numerous posts has been reported to be in the range of 2000dhs - 4000 dhs per month.

Are there Any other obvious costs that I've omitted, apart from incidentals?

Need to add 5% rental agent fees

Is any of the above even realistic?! :D

Cheers.


TallyHo 14th April 2013 05:23 AM

See response in red below:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Krom (Post 1128465)
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). Furnished apartments are going to be more expensive. It's cheaper to equip your place with the basics from Ikea.
5. Large swimming pool 25 metres plus (preferably open 24/7). Good luck. 25m pools are rare in Dubai. A handful of buildings have them but not on the Palm. Park Island in the Marina has a 30m lap lane, as does the Fairways in the Greens. Golf Tower and Mosela in the Greens also have 25m long pools. But almost all other buildings have smaller 10-15m pools.
6. Prefer to be higher up in the building (anything above the 10th floor).
7. Built in wardrobes (saves on furniture costs!). Almost all flats have them.
8. Gym on site. All flats in your budget category will have gyms. Emaar building gyms tend to be the best equipped.
9. Sea or marina view.
10. Balcony. All flats in that end of town will have balconies especially for the larger apartments.

Not too fussy you see :)

Also, I've factored in the following costs for cost of living (per annum):

Rent: 120000
5% tax: 6000
Car lease: 24000
Petrol: 5600 Depends on the car and how much you drive. I drove a 4x4 for years and spent on average 120 AED/week on petrol. I now drive a sedan and it's only 65 AED/week.
Car insurance: 5000 Seems way too high unless it's a premier European model. Besides if you're renting a car then why the insurance?
TV (cable): 6200
DEWA: 3000 A little low. I'd think for a 2-bed you're looking at a min of 300 AED/month, especially if you have the TV/computers on all the time.
AC: 6000 Only if you have district cooling. Most buildings in the Marina aren't district cooling so chiller charges are included as part of your rent. Palm is district cooling, JBR is district cooling, JLT is district cooling. Rest of Marina and the Greens aren't.
Mobile phone x2: 4024
Food: 5000 Too low. I'm not extravagant when it comes to cooking but I still spend 300 AED/week average ~ 15,000 AED for the year. This is for one person.

Are there Any other obvious costs that I've omitted, apart from incidentals?

Is any of the above even realistic?! :D

Cheers.


rsinner 14th April 2013 11:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ADAM19 (Post 1124636)
is it practical to reside in sharjah and rely on the metro to work in Dubai ( garhoud ) ?? near emirates metro station ??

The metro does not run till sharjah - closest station to Sharjah is Rashidiya. You will need to drive to get to Rashidiya (and then might as well drive to your workplace)

rsinner 14th April 2013 11:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by madhu123 (Post 1127619)
pl share.

Not with you.

Krom 14th April 2013 07:25 PM

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!

jamesbk 16th April 2013 07:31 AM

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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