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Originally Posted by Panditsfromabz View Post
Hi Guys,

It's almost imminent that we will be moving to Dubai in couple of weeks time and still undecided about the areas to live in.

I will be working and commuting to Sharjah everyday, so living close to E311 makes sense. I will also have to travel frequently to our Abu Dhabi office, so once again E311 proximity would be a key factor.

My budget is 130k/year absolutely max!

Areas I found good size 2/3 bed apartments/villas/townhouses are (villa is our preference) -

1. Springs
2. Jumeirah Village circle and some surrounding areas
3. Mirdif (heard about the flight path issue but got mixed reaction here)
4. Silicon oasis

Any suggestions or warnings about the above list? Any other areas that we should consider?

We are looking for at least 1600 sqft of property size. I realised they waste so much space to include countless number of toilets! When I heard the reasoning behind it it was amusing....not

Also, lot of them comes with a 'maids room' - is that really a room? Can it be used for any practical purpose - like guest bed or study etc?
Just be prepared to compromise on the villa / location as you'll never tick all the boxes .

I lived in Midriff a lot of years ago and loved it , fortunately for you you'll be going into Sharjah and not out on the commute .

You'll pick a decent little place up in Midriff for 130K
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Hi Guys,

It's almost imminent that we will be moving to Dubai in couple of weeks time and still undecided about the areas to live in.

I will be working and commuting to Sharjah everyday, so living close to E311 makes sense. I will also have to travel frequently to our Abu Dhabi office, so once again E311 proximity would be a key factor.

My budget is 130k/year absolutely max!

Areas I found good size 2/3 bed apartments/villas/townhouses are (villa is our preference) -

1. Springs
2. Jumeirah Village circle and some surrounding areas
3. Mirdif (heard about the flight path issue but got mixed reaction here)
4. Silicon oasis

Any suggestions or warnings about the above list? Any other areas that we should consider?

We are looking for at least 1600 sqft of property size. I realised they waste so much space to include countless number of toilets! When I heard the reasoning behind it it was amusing....not

Also, lot of them comes with a 'maids room' - is that really a room? Can it be used for any practical purpose - like guest bed or study etc?
Kids of school age?
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Cheers for the reassurance about Mirdif. Any thoughts on the other areas? We want to be in a community and have some amenities nearby - like shops, restaurants, parks etc. Found some good looking townhouses in Queue Point, Liwan, but the place looks 'dead'!
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Kids of school age?[/QUOTE]

No my daughter is only 2 and a bit. another couple of years before she goes to school.

On this note - I will get a schooling allowance of AED32000/annum. Any decent British school there will cost at least AED75-80k, am I agreeing to a s**te deal?
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I live in JVT (across the Al Khail from JVC) which has identical townhouse and villa architecture, the difference being that JVC plots are much smaller. JVC is very much a building site and access is limited, although they have announced 3 more access points from Hessa Street. JVC has plenty of shops and eateries, JVT, although more mature, is only just starting to get those. There are no public pools or social amenities in either, although in JVC you can join some of the apartment blocks for swimming and gym.
JVT is having a large (3000 pupils) secondary school built and a jumior school. Both due to open in September this year. JVC has neither. JVT is having a huge mall built (4000 parking spaces) although it is only a giant hole in the ground at the moment, so another couple of years. JVC has plans for another huge mall (235 shops) but not yet started.
If you are thinking of either site I would go for a 2 bed townhouse, it is much better organised and planned internally, as the villas basically waste space. If you wanted a 1 bed TH (which I live in) in the UK these would be 3 beds as they are very large.

Schooling allowance is woefully inadequate.
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I live in JVT (across the Al Khail from JVC) which has identical townhouse and villa architecture, the difference being that JVC plots are much smaller. JVC is very much a building site and access is limited, although they have announced 3 more access points from Hessa Street. JVC has plenty of shops and eateries, JVT, although more mature, is only just starting to get those. There are no public pools or social amenities in either, although in JVC you can join some of the apartment blocks for swimming and gym.
JVT is having a large (3000 pupils) secondary school built and a jumior school. Both due to open in September this year. JVC has neither. JVT is having a huge mall built (4000 parking spaces) although it is only a giant hole in the ground at the moment, so another couple of years. JVC has plans for another huge mall (235 shops) but not yet started.
If you are thinking of either site I would go for a 2 bed townhouse, it is much better organised and planned internally, as the villas basically waste space. If you wanted a 1 bed TH (which I live in) in the UK these would be 3 beds as they are very large.

Schooling allowance is woefully inadequate.
1 Bed townhouses are looking really nice but not smart designs! Saw couple of the floor plans on the ads and there is no 'room' for guests, albeit plenty of open spaces.

The insight provided about JVC and JVT is really useful and sounds like what we are looking for.

I had a horrible feeling about the schooling allowance! I have couple of years to see if their policy changes/improves! If not there's always option to come back to UK (at their expense of course) just before the school starts. Can't afford to compromise on education standard.
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1 Bed townhouses are looking really nice but not smart designs! Saw couple of the floor plans on the ads and there is no 'room' for guests, albeit plenty of open spaces.
The landing at the top of the stairs is often converted to a bedroom, it is large enough for a double bed, plus chests of drawers etc. I had a double sofa bed there and put screens around the top of the balustrade when guests stayed over. Own balcony over the carport as well.
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No my daughter is only 2 and a bit. another couple of years before she goes to school.

On this note - I will get a schooling allowance of AED32000/annum. Any decent British school there will cost at least AED75-80k, am I agreeing to a s**te deal?
Short answer, yes, you are. And whilst its only you and the wife living hand to mouth initially, when its time for your daughter to get enrolled in school, trade both cars in and get a camper. You can save the rent money that way as well...

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Short answer, yes, you are. And whilst its only you and the wife living hand to mouth initially, when its time for your daughter to get enrolled in school, trade both cars in and get a camper. You can save the rent money that way as well...
Talking from experience are you?? All your posts has a 'Pikie' flavour to it, that camper van comments explains it why.

THANKS for your valuable inputs so fart!
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Talking from experience are you?? All your posts has a 'Pikie' flavour to it, that camper van comments explains it why.

THANKS for your valuable inputs so fart!
Actually, mate,I am.... But not the type you are alluding to.. Im attempting to politely point out that this 'offer' is shit..

The experience I am talking from is, having left ABZ 15 years ago, living in the ME, Asia and the US. Throughout that time, I have ensured any move has had a decent salary, housing, flights, health cover, car allowances, paid schooling etc etc..

If it hasnt, I havent moved..

Regards your usage of the word pikey, can I just confirm what specific meaning you are attempting to get over? Is it the original 'turnpike vagabond', is it the later 'traveller', is it the more current 'chav', or is it the more North East centric 'Dundonian'?

I would certainly have to hold my hands up at the 'traveller' epithet, as pretty much 90% of the people on this site would have to admit. If its one of the others, step away from your keyboard, take a deep breath and calm the f**k down. If my post winds you up that much, then you'll LOVE the Sharjah commute ....

PS. 'So fart'... Nice touch.. Your kid tell you that one??
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Originally Posted by Panditsfromabz View Post
Hi Guys,

It's almost imminent that we will be moving to Dubai in couple of weeks time and still undecided about the areas to live in.

I will be working and commuting to Sharjah everyday, so living close to E311 makes sense. I will also have to travel frequently to our Abu Dhabi office, so once again E311 proximity would be a key factor.

My budget is 130k/year absolutely max!

Areas I found good size 2/3 bed apartments/villas/townhouses are (villa is our preference) -

1. Springs
2. Jumeirah Village circle and some surrounding areas
3. Mirdif (heard about the flight path issue but got mixed reaction here)
4. Silicon oasis

Any suggestions or warnings about the above list? Any other areas that we should consider?

We are looking for at least 1600 sqft of property size. I realised they waste so much space to include countless number of toilets! When I heard the reasoning behind it it was amusing....not

Also, lot of them comes with a 'maids room' - is that really a room? Can it be used for any practical purpose - like guest bed or study etc?
you will not get any villa for 130k in those areas or anywhere
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No my daughter is only 2 and a bit. another couple of years before she goes to school.

On this note - I will get a schooling allowance of AED32000/annum. Any decent British school there will cost at least AED75-80k, am I agreeing to a s**te deal?

Children start school from age three here so you haven't got long. If schooling isn't fully covered you really need to think again. AED 32k is enough for the first couple of years but your allowance should be for all fees, not a limit that will be less than 50% a few years down the line.

You'll also find that being rude to posters who have taken the time to respond to you really won't make you popular. You aren't entitled to get any answers so should appreciate that people are giving you the facts - even if they are not what you want to hear.

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Originally Posted by TGFKASE View Post
Actually, mate,I am.... But not the type you are alluding to.. Im attempting to politely point out that this 'offer' is shit..

The experience I am talking from is, having left ABZ 15 years ago, living in the ME, Asia and the US. Throughout that time, I have ensured any move has had a decent salary, housing, flights, health cover, car allowances, paid schooling etc etc..

If it hasnt, I havent moved..

Regards your usage of the word pikey, can I just confirm what specific meaning you are attempting to get over? Is it the original 'turnpike vagabond', is it the later 'traveller', is it the more current 'chav', or is it the more North East centric 'Dundonian'?

I would certainly have to hold my hands up at the 'traveller' epithet, as pretty much 90% of the people on this site would have to admit. If its one of the others, step away from your keyboard, take a deep breath and calm the f**k down. If my post winds you up that much, then you'll LOVE the Sharjah commute ....

PS. 'So fart'... Nice touch.. Your kid tell you that one??
I see who's getting wound up here

You did quite a research on that word, I'd give you that

Just as you pointed out 'hand to mouth' - a AED 500k/annum excluding schooling allowances, 2 flights/year, medical insurance and some other shit, didn't seem 'hand to mouth' to me initially and even after your input, it doesn't sound 'hand to mouth'! But hey, even if it turns out to be 'hands to mouth' I bet you'd be the first to comment here, until that time - CHEERS MATE!
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Children start school from age three here so you haven't got long. If schooling isn't fully covered you really need to think again. AED 32k is enough for the first couple of years but your allowance should be for all fees, not a limit that will be less than 50% a few years down the line.
Thanks for this. I will take this up with the hiring manager and see if a renegotiation is possible.

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You'll also find that being rude to posters who have taken the time to respond to you really won't make you popular. You aren't entitled to get any answers so should appreciate that people are giving you the facts - even if they are not what you want to hear.
Frankly, I didn't come here to become popular. The quality of responses from some of the guys here are genuinely helpful, whereas some are here to polish their vanity against people who are possibly half their age and are looking for help. I am not 'rude', but I don't shy away from a confrontation.
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you will not get any villa for 130k in those areas or anywhere
I'm sure he could bag somewhere in Mirdiff for that money .
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