The majority of expatriates live in one of the following areas of Dubai:
Congestion is a problem during rush hour in the city. It is best to avoid locations that require crossing the Creek to get to your workplace, and to check for volume of traffic during the rush hour before committing to a property.
If you intend to keep a car during your stay in Dubai, you will need a garage or covered car port. With temperatures reaching as high as 50C, even an air conditioned car will be unbearable when you first enter it if it has been parked outside. If left in the scorching sun for any length of time, the bodywork vehicle will also deteriorate rapidly, impacting it's resale value.
Flat sharing is becoming increasingly popular in Dubai, particularly following increases of up to 20% in rental costs during recent years. To share a good-quality apartment, you can expect to pay in the region of 2000 - 2500 AED per month. The Gulf News carries numerous advertisements from people seeking flat sharing partners.
In the advertisements section of the English language newspapers:
On the internet:
The Dubai Youth Hostel is on Al Nahda Road, between Al Mulla Plaza and the Al Bustan Centre. Phone +971 4 2988161 (or 2988151 (Administration) after 17:30 Daily Dubai time) Fax +971 4 2988141 Rooms cost AED 45 or 65 per night including breakfast for YHA members Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org