You won't be living north of DIFC, FYI. Well, you could but it's not likely.
It is feasible to park within a few blocks (under 5 min walk) of both Noor Bank and First Gulf Bank stations, on the west (sea) side. Those stations border the Umm Suqeim area, a quiet residential district and the parking is on-street and free. No ticketing! The stations are only 4-5 stops away from DIFC. I did this all the time if wanting to take the metro to a destination where I didn't want to deal with the traffic or park. But this is generally only realistic for a daily commute if you live in the Umm Suqeim area, otherwise you're prolonging your commute if coming from elsewhere.
FYI I just took a look at propertyfinder.ae and searched for Umm Suqeim and wow, prices really seemed to have tumbled. Lots of simple, usually (though not always) older compound and attached villas for 150-180k AED. I'd jump for those because the proximity to the beaches and the amenities of Umm Suqeim / Jumeriah is fantastic. Get a cheap used car for yourself (the lady gets the 4 x 4 of course) and do what I suggested, park near FGB or Noor and take the metro in. Problem sorted.
Alternatively, get a nice apartment in Dubai Marina within a few blocks of the metro stations (there's two) and take the metro straight to DIFC. 25 minutes in the train, add another 20 minutes walking time for both ends, total 45 minutes door to door, which isn't bad.
Originally Posted by shake2000
I am not a banker.
20-30K per year, that is steep, Metro sounds like the best option.
Assuming you live somewhere north and not being too familiar with the Metro, I assume there no way you can drive and park at the station to catch the Metro?
Thank you for your help!