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I know this has probably been asked a hundred times before and i've done quite a bit of research, but id like to know your views, where should i live in Dubai? A bit about me....

Im 28, single english male, moving to Dubai in 1 month, i'll be working at the DIFC.

I wont have a car to start off with so need somewhere that is pretty close to the DIFC ideally. I also want to get a flatshare with other western males, somewhere thats pretty close to the nightlife too for a single guy. I heard that Dubai Marina was a good place, but was a bit concerned as the bars round there sound pretty expensive and pretentious according to reviews, is this true? Where are the other main areas for bars and clubs? Bur Dubai? Jumeirah beach? Im not really into the pretentious cocktail bar scene, i just want somewhere i can nail a few pints!!!

Would anyone recommend living in Bur Dubai? Taking into account i want to live with western expats, close to nightlife and close to work?

One last question, how good is the metro? Do westerners use this for commuting to work?

Many Thanks,

Look forward to some replies.
 

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Downtown Burj Dubai would be best.

Entirely depends on your budget...

Big difference between Bur Dubai and Downtown Burj Dubai..
 

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i agree

i would have to agree. I live at downtown Burj Duabi. There is a good bar, reasonably priced and a club in the address hotel which anyone is welcome to. DIFC is only approx 10 mins away if that if you drive. not far at all.
The metro is very good gets a bit crowded at certain times but the max time you would have to wait for 1 is ten minutes. There are alot of westerners that use it.
Hope this helped a little.
Maybe we can have a drink when u arrive if you move to downtown. :)
 

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Thanks for the replies, is Downtown Burj Dubai on the other side of the creek then from Bur Dubai? Whats Downtown Burj Dubai like? Do lots of Westerners live around here?

The metro sounds good, i'm used to overcrowding having used London Underground for the last couple of years! I wont be driving to begin with but maybe i could also get a taxi to DIFC if its only around 10 minutes away?

Definitely up for a drink or 7 when i arrive, as im coming on my own!
 

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I think you need to get hold of a map of Dubai :)

Downtown Burj Dubai is near the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall. This area and Bur Dubai are both south of the creek. Traffic in and out of Bur Dubai can be a real pain at peak hours.

Bear in mind that the Metro really just cover Dubai from end to end and that's it. Nightlife is spread across the city and there is no real centre, just areas of activity.

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I know this has probably been asked a hundred times before and i've done quite a bit of research, but id like to know your views, where should i live in Dubai? A bit about me....

Im 28, single english male, moving to Dubai in 1 month, i'll be working at the DIFC.

I wont have a car to start off with so need somewhere that is pretty close to the DIFC ideally. I also want to get a flatshare with other western males, somewhere thats pretty close to the nightlife too for a single guy. I heard that Dubai Marina was a good place, but was a bit concerned as the bars round there sound pretty expensive and pretentious according to reviews, is this true? Where are the other main areas for bars and clubs? Bur Dubai? Jumeirah beach? Im not really into the pretentious cocktail bar scene, i just want somewhere i can nail a few pints!!!

Would anyone recommend living in Bur Dubai? Taking into account i want to live with western expats, close to nightlife and close to work?

One last question, how good is the metro? Do westerners use this for commuting to work?

Many Thanks,

Look forward to some replies.

If you will work in DIFC, maybe Sh.Zayed road itself will be good for you
you can't select the part of Dubai for westerners only - Dubai is Middle Eastern country with over 60 nationalities living and working here, 60% of residents are Indians and Pakistanis, 20% Locals, the rest is splitted between other Arabs and Europeans.
 

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Downtown is pretty much the same price at the moment, and the buildings are nicer then the ones on SZR, saying that Zabeel Tower on SZR has great size apartments, my friend lives there and its great.

Nightlife is good on weekends and generally during the week at Souk Al Bahar.

No alcoholic places in Dubai Mall.
 

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Downtown is pretty much the same price at the moment, and the buildings are nicer then the ones on SZR, saying that Zabeel Tower on SZR has great size apartments, my friend lives there and its great.

Nightlife is good on weekends and generally during the week at Souk Al Bahar.

No alcoholic places in Dubai Mall.

there is alcohole at the Al Manzil, across from the mall. its an Australian/New Zealand/South Africa bar.
 

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Downtown is pretty much the same price at the moment, and the buildings are nicer then the ones on SZR, saying that Zabeel Tower on SZR has great size apartments, my friend lives there and its great.

Nightlife is good on weekends and generally during the week at Souk Al Bahar.

No alcoholic places in Dubai Mall.
mistaken, there is one restaurant, located in Dubai Mall, than belongs to Address Dubai Mall (hotel) and they serve alcohol (I don't drink but I know)
 

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Yeah but its classed at Dubai Hotel, not Dubai Mall - it aint in the food court.

the day they serve alcohol in a mall, is the day Casinos are aloud in Dubai
 

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It will. I can put money on it..
 

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Just need to look at what they are doing

World Islands
Cruise Terminals
Palms
Dubai Pearl - Bellagio Hotel / Baccaratt Hotel / MGM Grand Hotel
 

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I know this has probably been asked a hundred times before and i've done quite a bit of research, but id like to know your views, where should i live in Dubai? A bit about me....

Im 28, single english male, moving to Dubai in 1 month, i'll be working at the DIFC.

I wont have a car to start off with so need somewhere that is pretty close to the DIFC ideally. I also want to get a flatshare with other western males, somewhere thats pretty close to the nightlife too for a single guy. I heard that Dubai Marina was a good place, but was a bit concerned as the bars round there sound pretty expensive and pretentious according to reviews, is this true? Where are the other main areas for bars and clubs? Bur Dubai? Jumeirah beach? Im not really into the pretentious cocktail bar scene, i just want somewhere i can nail a few pints!!!

Would anyone recommend living in Bur Dubai? Taking into account i want to live with western expats, close to nightlife and close to work?

One last question, how good is the metro? Do westerners use this for commuting to work?

Many Thanks,

Look forward to some replies.
I will also be arriving at end of month, beers sound an ideal way to get integrated :D
 
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