Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Cheapest areas to rent in Dubai - #DubaiTragedies


You just landed yourself a new job in Dubai, and you want to live the lifestyle and save.
However, as it turns out, instead of leaving with lucrative savings and tan, most expats leave Dubai with DEBT. I'm not kidding.
I googled "Living the High life"  and this is what I found, No joke.
The Palm, Dubai Marina, JBR, JLT, Emirates Hills, the Greens, the Springs, the Meadows, JVT, JVC, Sports City, Motor City, Dubai Land, Barsha, Al Khail, Downtown, Deira, BurDubai, Al Wasl, Midriff, Warqaa, International City, Silicon Oasis...and MORE
So many areas, crazy prizes, everyone says Live in Marina! Live in JBR! But then you look
If you live and work near or in Dubai Media City, You're in luck! I'll give you a few pointers about where to rent.
Here's the average cost (currently - thank you Expo 2020)  of a Studio/ Shared Room in some areas of New Dubai:
  • The Palm          6000 - 8000 per month (all inclusive room to rent)
  • Dubai Marina    80,000 upwards annually
  • JBR                  7000 upwards room to rent
  • The Greens      70,000 upwards annually
  • TECOM            65,000 upwards annually
  • Barsha             65,000 upwards annually
  • JVC                  45,000 upwards annually
  • Sports City       40,000 upwards annually
  • Motor City        55,000 upwards annually 
  • Discovery Gardens 50,000 upwards annually
My reaction when I saw the jump in rent from last I checked - May 2013
A ridiculous amount of money to earn as an inexperienced advertising
account executive with a bachelors degree and can only professionally use one language is upwards of AED 14,000
If the universe is fair then you are NOT that person and you are looking to save some money because you don't have anyone's bank to use as a safety net - Daddy's little boys and girls yes I mean you.
anne hathaway gif
I am a bitter, bitter human being that needs to grow up
The "In" crowd

If you  want to fit in with the "cool crowd"  (These are the rich kids, or the kids that think they are rich kids, or the ones who pretend to be rich but really have maxed out 3 credit cards and have loans from people they barely know) then I suggest you live in JBR, and spend the rest of your money eating out, tipping extreme amounts,  getting sloshed every other days buying designer clothes and getting your nails, hair and toes did every weekend.
I'm BAWLIN' Dawg

The "In" crowd's other friends

If you want to be able to eat out on the weekends (and I mean at expensive places like at leave 200AED Per Person for the Main and a drink) and get sloshed on weekends, see the latest concerts and have designer accessories (but not clothes cuz that's what a Dubai Hipster Does
"Oh yea, this outfit? I got this 3 months ago, it's practically Vintage!"
then you should live in Dubai Marina.
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Loving #DubaiTragedies, poor poor #DubaiHipsters
The In-Between-er

 You want to eat out on the weekends, (About 70 AED a main meal +coke), Get sloshed once a month, see a concert twice a year (or otherwise hyped event) , buy clothes from Highstreet stores, then you should live in  Motor City


The Sheesha addict
Sheesha isn't addictive! - I only smoke it once a day!
 You shouldn't be on this list, since you're just going to smoke sheesha all day - it doesn't matter where you live, or how much you earn, you'll find it and you'll spend on it.


 
The Sexy Frugal
You eat out on Weekends (Yea, at a friends place, or at SeaShell Cafeteria) , treat yourself to a 60AED meal+drink offer once a month, never attend "it" concerts and events. Go to as many free events as possible.You're more than happy to accept gifts and gift back cheaply. You go shopping once a year (ok twice, and only during the festivals) -with a shopping list.You don't really get along with the "in" crowd, except sometimes - at work.
You should live in sports city.

badass shit

The Crazy Budgeter
Me and you wouldn't get along, because you would live in Ajman ,at 10,000 AED for a studio, thinking you'll save money. But really your spending about 30000 on fuel, salik and car maintenance and another 15000 on health fees because your too stressed from driving so far. You think paying less all the time means you save more and fail to realize there's a balance of value for money vs. health that needs to be maintaine
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So in the end, the place that I feel has the best value for money is in Dubai Sports City, or Jumeira Village Circle - Happy Renting!

For More fun, read Panarabia Enquirer's Landlord Awards Showcase the Very Best in Dubai Increases 

20 comments:

  1. Hi there :) Are there any areas with street life? I read an article from 2009 (I know, in Dubai time that's half a century ago) that said how exciting Al Quoz and Al Satwa are. What do you think? I don't need luxury but being European I'd love a place with street life.

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    1. Hiya! Sorry I know I'm super late replying but I'd suggest Barsha (if you want to live in New Dubai) or Karama/Bur Dubai if you really don't mind the crowds. Great for just popping out and landing in a plethora of cultures and sights and sounds and just general exploration. Though not at all glamorous.

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