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Old May 16th 2016, 10:12 pm
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Hello guys,

I m in the process of negotiating for an interesting first opportunity in Dubai. The Office is 2 minutes from the World Trade Centre in Deira. Which places would you recommend to live for a person on a salary of roughly 20, 000 somewhere near the office. I am planning to drive therefore, have the flexibility.

I am planning to live in a 1 or 2 bedroom flat (obviously expecting loads of random family visitors)

Your intellect & insight will be appreciated
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Old May 17th 2016, 1:27 am
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Hello guys,

I m in the process of negotiating for an interesting first opportunity in Dubai. The Office is 2 minutes from the World Trade Centre in Deira. Which places would you recommend to live for a person on a salary of roughly 20, 000 somewhere near the office. I am planning to drive therefore, have the flexibility.

I am planning to live in a 1 or 2 bedroom flat (obviously expecting loads of random family visitors)

Your intellect & insight will be appreciated
It's going to depend on your standards with regards to accommodation, and what lifestyle you're looking for.

Check Dubizzle for accommodation...I'd be inclined to forget about a car and use the metro/taxis (parking could also be an issue).
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There is no WTC in Deira.

The only WTC is on Sheikh Zayed Road near DIFC.

20K a month means you will have to compromise on something. The cheapest 1-bed anywhere along Sheikh Zayed from Bur Dubai out to the Marina is 70-75K and add another 10-15% on top of that for annual housing expenses such as utilities and internet. But there real challenge for people on low incomes is that rents are still payable in 1-4 cheques and you, not the landlord, pays the 5% agent's fee, and there's another 5% deposit plus multiple deposits for the internet and utilities. It adds up much more quickly than you can imagine. Then you need to kit out the place.

You an find a cheaper 1-bed out in Silicon Oasis or Sports City but you must need a car. No ifs and buts.

You'll be ok but you will need to stick to a budget and be pragmatic about where you live. I'd try to avoid owning a car as that's a big expenditure and find a place along the metro line in JLT or even one of the Marina Diamonds and take the metro to work.

May I suggest that you look at a temporary flatshare for your first six months or so before finding your own place? Flatshares usually pay monthly and it'll allow you to explore Dubai and decide on the best locations for you without committing too early into an expensive lease.

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Hello guys,

I m in the process of negotiating for an interesting first opportunity in Dubai. The Office is 2 minutes from the World Trade Centre in Deira. Which places would you recommend to live for a person on a salary of roughly 20, 000 somewhere near the office. I am planning to drive therefore, have the flexibility.

I am planning to live in a 1 or 2 bedroom flat (obviously expecting loads of random family visitors)

Your intellect & insight will be appreciated
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Hello guys,

I m in the process of negotiating for an interesting first opportunity in Dubai. The Office is 2 minutes from the World Trade Centre in Deira. Which places would you recommend to live for a person on a salary of roughly 20, 000 somewhere near the office. I am planning to drive therefore, have the flexibility.

I am planning to live in a 1 or 2 bedroom flat (obviously expecting loads of random family visitors)

Your intellect & insight will be appreciated
you'll spend half if not more, just on accommodation.
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As others have said you will spend half your money just on rent if you want a 2 bedroom flat near Deira or the World Trade Centre (which is not in Deira).

You might find a 1 bedroom at a better rate but not near WTC. Perhaps in Bur Dubai though - there are lots of places around Bur Juman which are older but have parking and tend to be a good size.

Ask yourself how often people will visit and why they need to stay with you rather than in a hotel. We took a larger place for a lot more rent and ended up hardly using the spare rooms. Dead money - we could have easily put up visitors in decent hotels nearby for less.

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yep me too....I took 2 bed aprts for the first 3 years while being out here...complete waste of money.


If you seek a large enough 1 bed aprt, you can always find space to put up people....although, granted, not for too long.
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yep me too....I took 2 bed aprts for the first 3 years while being out here...complete waste of money.


If you seek a large enough 1 bed aprt, you can always find space to put up people....although, granted, not for too long.
I have a two bed - don't think all my stuff would fit in a one bed... they are like rabbit hutches.

Where do you dry the clothes etc in a one bed?

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I have a two bed - don't think all my stuff would fit in a one bed... they are like rabbit hutches.

Where do you dry the clothes etc in a one bed?
on the balcony!
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thank you all, for your input. Didn't realize that 20, 000 AED was a low salary. Maybe I need to even ask for more. I am on £50, 000 pa here in UK. How much should I ask for for the move to make sense ?

I am now inclined to look in either JLT, Greens or Bur Dubai or Even Motor City

thanx guys
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thank you all, for your input. Didn't realize that 20, 000 AED was a low salary. Maybe I need to even ask for more. I am on £50, 000 pa here in UK. How much should I ask for for the move to make sense ?

I am now inclined to look in either JLT, Greens or Bur Dubai or Even Motor City

thanx guys
Looks like you are taking a pay cut.

I would not move for less than 50k AED a month if i was on 50K in the UK. It is an expensive place to live out here...
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Or use 20k as your base salary and make sure that provision for accom, flights. medical and school is added on top ( you may be here longer than you think!). As other seem to think 120k is the basic amount needed (to cover a 80 - 100k flat) I'd start with that.
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I have a two bed - don't think all my stuff would fit in a one bed... they are like rabbit hutches.

Where do you dry the clothes etc in a one bed?
On the second balcony.
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I have a two bed - don't think all my stuff would fit in a one bed... they are like rabbit hutches.

Where do you dry the clothes etc in a one bed?
MILL you'd be surprised as to how big you can get 1 bed aprts - my current aprt one is almost 1600 sq ft - including a decent size balcony. I can easily sleep 3-4 people in my living room alone, without them being on top of one another, and can easily fit another handful on the balcony if needed
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MILL you'd be surprised as to how big you can get 1 bed aprts - my current aprt one is almost 1600 sq ft - including a decent size balcony. I can easily sleep 3-4 people in my living room alone, without them being on top of one another, and can easily fit another handful on the balcony if needed
I'm still waiting for my sleep over invite.
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I'm still waiting for my sleep over invite.
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I'm still waiting for my sleep over invite.
I'd invite you but I'm only 25 floors up and it won't be enough stairs for you to climb.
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