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TallyHo 16th April 2013 09:05 AM

If you want to 'bank some savings' then why are you willing to spend 100-130K for a studio?

Without a job offer and a residency visa that goes with the offer you can't rent an apartment unless it's some type of holiday let or an apartment hotel. Thus the address may be your only choice among the two listed unless the Burj also has hotel apartment facilities.


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Originally Posted by jamesbk (Post 1131281)
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 :)


jamesbk 16th April 2013 11:35 AM

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Originally Posted by TallyHo (Post 1131401)
If you want to 'bank some savings' then why are you willing to spend 100-130K for a studio?

Without a job offer and a residency visa that goes with the offer you can't rent an apartment unless it's some type of holiday let or an apartment hotel. Thus the address may be your only choice among the two listed unless the Burj also has hotel apartment facilities.

Thanks for your response. I suppose I could live under a bridge and save every penny I earn, but that won't be particularly comfortable in the long run. 100-130k seems to be the going price for a studio in these buildings. I am willing to sacrifice space for views and quality fixtures and amenities. I know I am being precipitous with my inquiries, but my plan is to secure a job before heading over (which, if my recruiter is to be believed, should not be too difficult).

m1key 16th April 2013 12:35 PM

I'd secure the job before worrying about flash lifestyles personally...

chestnut 16th April 2013 09:52 PM

I'm still working out my budget so that I know what to negotiate for. And one of my budget questions relate to renting an apartment and it is this: Is one expected to tip the security staff when the building has security? If yes, what sort of figures are we talking (in the US, I understand it can easily be the equivalent to 1 month's rent)? And how often does one do this?

Thanks,

D.

TallyHo 17th April 2013 04:32 AM

Almost all buildings have 'security' staff. They're mostly men who man the front desk in the lobby and monitor the sign-in book for visitors. They also keep an eye on the parking garages to make sure no one is illegally parking.

Sometimes they will help people carry packages to their flats but from my personal observation in a fairly expensive Dubai building even this is rare. They're not going to be what you'd expect of doormen in New York.

Tipping the 'security' is not something that will be commonplace. I've never done it, partly because they don't do anything for me. If you frequently have the 'security' carry your groceries and dry cleaning upstairs then you can tip if you want but it'd be on an ad hoc basis.

So - tipping one month's rent? Nope. Not tipping at all - standard because they won't be doing anything special for you.

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Originally Posted by dnastudios (Post 1132309)
I'm still working out my budget so that I know what to negotiate for. And one of my budget questions relate to renting an apartment and it is this: Is one expected to tip the security staff when the building has security? If yes, what sort of figures are we talking (in the US, I understand it can easily be the equivalent to 1 month's rent)? And how often does one do this?

Thanks,

D.


TallyHo 17th April 2013 04:35 AM

Any company worth its salt will put you up in a hotel apartment for the first month or so until your visa is processed. This is normally free.

Then you can rent your own place. A nice two-bedroom flat in Downtown with views of the Burj will cost you between 110-130K.

It's up to you to spend your money however you wish but if you post about wanting to save in one sentence and in the next write that you're willing to spend up to 130K for the most expensive studios in Dubai, be prepared to get lots of laughs.



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Originally Posted by jamesbk (Post 1131631)
Thanks for your response. I suppose I could live under a bridge and save every penny I earn, but that won't be particularly comfortable in the long run. 100-130k seems to be the going price for a studio in these buildings. I am willing to sacrifice space for views and quality fixtures and amenities. I know I am being precipitous with my inquiries, but my plan is to secure a job before heading over (which, if my recruiter is to be believed, should not be too difficult).


chestnut 17th April 2013 05:49 AM

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Originally Posted by TallyHo (Post 1132523)
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So - tipping one month's rent? Nope. Not tipping at all - standard because they won't be doing anything special for you.

Thanks for clearing that up for me.

dizzyizzy 17th April 2013 06:59 PM

For anyone planning to rent, have a look at this thread

http://www.expatforum.com/expats/dub...landlords.html

If your potential landlord tries to do any of these, then be really careful, best to walk away and find a new property ;)

aliceasia 18th April 2013 08:42 AM

Hi everyone and thanks a lot for this great thread.

I was just wondering if it was realistic to move to the Palm as my husband does not drive and i do but I hate it... How hard is it to get a taxi, is there a bus, are they going to open more stations at the monorail??

TIA for your answer

jbonkers 19th April 2013 01:52 PM

Hi all, I am moving to Dubai in June with my partner (we are not married) and I have looked for answers to my queries on this thread - and although I have had a few queries answered I am conscious they were posted a year ago in some cases so I want to make sure I am getting the latest information as from what I can gather Dubai is ever changing!

Regarding accommodation I have the first month in a hotel but after that I am on my own!

I am looking for a two bed apartment in the areas of (JLT, Marina, Tecom, JBR etc) and my budget is 100k over at least 4 cheque's - I can't afford to stump up for 1 cheque's upfront!

Would I be unwise with trying to deal with the landlord directly as the agents fees seem pretty high? I have looked at Dubizzle and all the apartments seem to be agent only and from what I can gather from the feedback on here the agents seem to be just hassle for a fee of 4500 or so! Is there a certain website I should look at whereby it deals with the owners directly?

Second question is if I do have to deal with an agent can you recommend a good trustworthy one that covers apartments in the above areas? Judging by here better homes seem quite good but they have very few places on their site?

Third Question :) Are security deposits a standard in every apartment?

Last question :) As we are unmarried, I intend to refer to my partner as my wife everywhere we go but when it comes to the landlord asking who I will be living with will a marraige cert be requested? Should I put all bills in my name too as I will have the work/resident visa? My partner is concerned about this-as long as we respect our neighbours in the form of no late night parties etc is there anything else I need to be wary of or have prepared should we get a knock on the door?

Sorry for all the queries any advice would be great :)


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