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Abu Dhabi Al Qurm community is an oasis of safety and comfort. Explore it!

One of the most exclusive residential villa destination in Abu Dhabi is Al Qurm community perfect for a elegant living.

Like all the others communities this one is also a fabulous eco-friendly development surrounded by mangrove forests and beautiful sandbars. This community of residential villas and private access ways is what everyone dreams of. Houses here were inspired by Asian and Mediterranean architectural standards being designed as low-rise structure to match with the fragile environment.

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70 villas beautify the first stage of Al Qurm each of them having from three-bedrooms to five-bedrooms and the best thing is that some of them are housed by their own private island. There is no need to say that each villas has spacious indoor and outdoor living areas, landscaped gardens, maids and driver rooms. Modern kitchens and bedrooms impress with their elegant finishes. Amazing private swimming pools, sparkling water features and what do you think? Private jetty for direct boat access to the Arabian Gulf.

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Al Qurm second stage is currently in the design phase but promises the same elegance and fine taste.

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This community is that kind of place you search to find peace and relaxation. Residents of this area are aware of the presence of indigenous creatures which are protected by the strict wildlife-first policy. Everyone is grateful for the magnificent flora and fauna.

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Highest levels of services are offered in this community from the Aldar Estates team. Residents are offered community and leasing management and 24-hour gated security so if this is not a safe place, I don’t know which is. 

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Make sure you check everything before you sign any contracts!

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Well we all know how important is the step of moving into a rented home. Besides being an important step it is also exciting because you don’t know what events will you  encounter. Because Summer Holiday is over and hundreds of students will start a fresh new year, they will start searching for a place to rent.

If you want to avoid possible conflicts, which inevitable appear among tenants and landlords, here are some tips for being a loyal and appreciated tenant. 

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Make sure before you move or before you sign any contract, that the fees are those who were said in the first place. You don’t want any surprises like more money or more taxes or a bigger commission for the sale agent.  Most of the owners demand a hand over deposit for a month or more, and you need to pay a guarantee so make sure you know all these before you decide to move in. It is very important not to pay for things that don’t concern you like old debts or fines.

Read the agreement very carefully before you sign it! If more people move there and all together sign the same contract that it’s a joint tenancy, if each of you signs a different one, than it is a separate tenancies. It is very important that the agreement to include all the relevant information. You must know if the rent you pay includes the bills also , or these have to be paid separately, also be careful at the rules: if pets are allowed, guest, smoking, noise thing like that. It is excruciating to know that if you signed a joint tenancy if one of your colleagues doesn’t pay his or her rent you have to pay it instead.

 

There is a government-approved tenancy deposit protection scheme in order for your cash to be protected.  You have to ask about this before you sign any contract.

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Usually the landlord will ask for a guarantor and often this is more close relative like your mother or father or brother. This is the procedure because in case you don’t pay for your rent the person in charge will have to pay it for you. The tricky part here is that the guarantor will have to pay also for those who didn’t pay it in case of a joint tenancy.

Before you move in make sure the inventory is done and if it is accurate. This means that a list of everything that it is in the house is made including furniture, carpets, curtains, appliances, crockery and cutlery. It must also include the condition of them, you don’t want to be accused of breaking something which was already broke. Make photos for evidence.

 

In what concerns your bills make sure you pay them on time because you don’t want any penalties which will cost you even more.

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It is very important to check if you are safe. Ask about a fire safety, check the gas appliances, make sure somebody in charge with these come every month to see if everything is ok. A possession insurance will be also a good idea.

Avoid making a joint tenancy because you might get in an argue with one of your colleagues and you might want him or her to leave and you can’t do anything if there so. If your name is on the bill contract, you will have to pay for everything so avoid this.

As I said make photos of what is inside the house, keep all the bills in order because you might never know when you need them.

When you want to move out or your contract expired, you must have 10 days time to find another place. You must clean all the house and if you broke something you need to pay for it.

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Hope you won’t have problems at your new house and your stay here will be beautiful and comfortable! Become a happy tenant . 

 

See here what points you can't miss when visiting or living in Al Bandar!

Explore Al Bandar: Ornina View

Al Bandar, placed in the north of Al Raha area, is a great location to visit. It’s built on an artificial island and you can be sure that there are lots of things to see here, even though it has been developed quite recently. Stick with us to see what tour we prepared you if you want to explore Al Bandar!

If you want to make your taste buds extremely happy, you should not miss Ornina. It’s a fine dining Mediterranean restaurant which offers gourmet seafood. While you enjoy some smoked duck, beetroot or orange salad, you should admire the fascinating decor: there are wooden panels that recreate the aspect of a yacht, together with large windows and a sleek design.

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For those who live here or are simply interested in doing some exercise before or after they explore Al Bandar, we have to recommend Cobra Fitness. Here you can find everything you want when it comes to sports and fitness, from Muay Thai to boxing or mixed martial arts. Here you can take yoga or Pilates lessons, use the weights gym and swim in a 25 meters lap pool. The prices are 70 AED for one session, a subscription for 10 sessions costs 550 AED and a monthly one is 800 AED.

Hydro Marine Sports Dhow. An one-hour cruise in a traditional dhow is a perfect way to explore Al Bandar and discover new attractions and beautiful sights. On weekdays a ticket for an adult costs 50 AED, in weekends AED 60 and children below 10 have a special price of AED 30. If you want, you can rent the boat for a party. In this case, the first hour costs 1.200 AED, and each hour after that will cost 1.000 AED more. The bright side is that you can have 22 guests at the party!

Those who want to explore Al Bandar in a more high class way are invited to the Juli Music Institute. This music school offers various instrument lessons (piano or woodwind ones, for instance) or singing classes (from pop to classical). A 30-minute lesson costs 120 AED. For kids there are special ballet classes or jazz lessons for prices starting with 67 AED.

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Relax and explore Al Bandar by trying Afghani cuisine at Nolu’s Cafe. One of the most popular cafes around, here you can taste the true Afghani dishes, but with a Californian touch. Try out salads with more than ten different toppings or choose chapli kabob, which is a special mound or brown rice, combined with onions, jalapenos, coriander and minced beef. Enjoy!

Those who are not interested in trying exotic cuisines will be happy to know that in Al Bandar you can find an excellent Italian restaurant, Bricco Pasta & Pizza. Classic dishes are available here, from mozzarella pizza and spaghetti carbonara cooked with turkey bacon and egg. If you want to cook some Italian dishes yourself, you can find here also an Italian grocery shop with pasta, risotto, chocolate, cakes, olive oil or balsamic vinegar. For the chef in you!

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Whether a tourist or with business in Abu Dhabi, you certainly need some information on where to rent and what type of apartments would suit you better.

Short Term Accommodation in Abu Dhabi: Apartments with a view

Whether you’re a tourist or simply looking for a short term accommodation in Abu Dhabi, you certainly need some tips about the types of accommodation here and the prices. A hotel is sometimes the easiest and the most obvious solution when you need a place to stay a couple of days here, but did you know there are other types of lodgings? Check them out!

Serviced apartments, for instance,  are a  great alternative to hotels. Usually preferred by people who are waiting for the visa or by professionals who travel a lot and don’t need many facilities, these apartments offer the minimum comfort, plus some extra services. It comes fully furnished and most of time it has a kitchen and a living area, so that you can receive guests too.

If, however, you think the best solution for short term accommodation in Abu Dhabi is a hotel apartment, we have several suggestions for you. if you want to have a fully Arabian experience, you should try the Asfar Hotel Apartments. Here you can find studios starting from 350 AED per night or 9.000 AED per month. Placed in Al Zahia, they include a lounge and a kitchen with microwave oven, toaster, electric oven and a fridge.

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Another place to go if you need short term accommodation in Abu Dhabi are the Ramee Garden Hotel Apartments. They also include a kitchen with everything you need basically, from a fridge, toaster, utensils, microwave, but even more so, a dining table and a washing machine. The prices here start from 350 AED per night, but can reach 9.500 AED for one month.

Sahara Hotel Apartments 9 is yet another place to go for some quality lodging. There are smaller prices here, starting from 477 AED per night, up to the usual 9.500 AED monthly. You can find these apartments on the corner of Najda (6th) with Zayed the First Streets, and take into account the fact that they have a kitchen with the necessary facilities and laundry services.

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For those who are looking for a more high-class short term accommodation in Abu Dhabi, know that Grand Millennium Hotel also offers apartments. These ones though have two bedrooms, large living areas and kitchen with everything you need. Of course, the prices are also higher: one night for a one-bedroom apartment costs 1.400 AED, while a two-bedroom apartment costs 1.650 AED. And if you’re interested, you can find the hotel right next to the Al Wahda Mall.

Aparthotel Adagio Al Bustan is another place you should put on your accommodation list. Here the prices are quite low, starting from 600 AED per night for a studio and 800 AED for a one-bedroom apartment per night. The apartments come with a kitchen with decent utilities and laundry facilities. You can find this hotel on the Airport Road, right across the American International School. Good luck with finding the right accommodation for you and don’t forget to find the proper information!

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If you look to buy, rent or are simply interested to relocate in Abu Dhabi, we have prepared a guide to house hunting here. See the best locations and prices!

House Hunting in Abu Dhabi: Khalifiyah Palace

Abu Dhabi is one of the best places to live in the UAE. And if you want to move there, buy, rent or simply relocate, you should be well aware of the most popular areas to rent or buy in Abu Dhabi. Of course, you can’t say there is one area which is worst, because they are all very well developed and have lots of facilities, but according to personal taste, let’s see some hints when house hunting in Abu Dhabi!

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Al Nahyan

Found between the Muroor Road and the Eastern Ring Road, this area is perfect for anyone who wants easy access to parks, restaurants, cafes, hospitals, schools, a mall and public transportation. This area stretches from Delma Street all the way to Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi. The most popular options for many people here are the available villas and apartments, placed in complexes like Al Nahyan Compound or Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi Apartments. Prices range from 75.000 AED for one bedroom apartments, 95.000 AED for two bedrooms and for three bedrooms you have to pay around 150.000 AED. Villas cost 200.000 AED (three bedrooms) and can go up to 450.000 AED for six bedrooms.

Al Khalidiya

When thinking about house hunting in Abu Dhabi, you should totally consider this downtown area. It’s a little bit more modern that the rest of them, very close to the Abu Dhabi Corniche and parks, as well as the Khalidiyah Mall, cafes, supermarkets and schools. Prices are a little higher here, with one bedroom apartments starting from 80.000 AED, two bedroom ones for 90.000 AED, while for a three-bedroom one you have to pay around 130.000 AED.

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Al Zahiyah

For those who are on a budget when house hunting in Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah is the best option. Affordable accommodation is available here, in this area that streches between Al Falah Street (9th) and the northern end of the Corniche East. However, you don’t have as many facilities here, as the buildings are quite old, so it’s hard to get access to pools or gyms, for instance. But this compensates with the central placement and the hundreds of restaurants, shops, hotels and supermarkets around. As we were saying, the prices are quite small, starting from 75.000 AED for one-bedroom apartments, 80.000 AED for two bedrooms and 110.000 for three.

Madinat Zayed

The downtown part of Madinat Zayed is a mix between old and new and it’s found around the Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre, right on Muroor Road. Here, old architecture blends with the new one and you can find here lots of apartments for all preferences, along with a mosque, a post office and CoOp. There are still some downsides: traffic can be really heavy sometimes and you can encounter some issues when trying to park, but other than that, it’s a very beautiful area. One bedroom apartments have prices starting from 50.000 AED, two bedroom ones around 80.000 AED and for three bedrooms you will need to pay 100.000 AED.

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Reem Island is a fascinating place, but learn here how to discover a more unusual side of its touristic part.

EXPLORE AL REEM ISLAND

Reem Island is a great place to be, whether you live there or you’re just visiting. And sometimes, visiting a place and understanding its essence isn’t just about tourist landmarks and cultural places, but also random walks and rambling through the streets when you simply need something. That’s why we prepared you a virtual and unusual tour and we invite you to explore Reem Island like you never did before!

One of the places you need to visit if you want to complete your experience in Reem Island is the Boudoir Beauty Lounge. A beautiful experience in visiting Reem Island needs to be completed with a spoiling session. Check out the newest make-up trends, girls, and let yourself spoiled with nail and hair services, from styling to experiments you wouldn’t have thought of ever trying! Not to mention the facials and massages that feel absolutely heavenly and will leave you with a great memory of when you decided to explore Reem Island!

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Next stop on our unusual tour here is Italianissimo. Yes, we know, you don’t go to Reem Island to try Italian cuisine, but if you live here or if you simply miss eating some good Italian food,  you should definitely check out this wonderful restaurant. It has a very comfy and homey atmosphere, plus you can find here a shop to buy souvenirs, from sunglasses to shoes, jewelry and many other items. Relax here with a cocktail or a sophisticated drink and take a break, observing the rest of the bustling city!

If you’re a coffee fan, you have to include on your list when you explore Reem Island Cafe Macondo. Stop for a moment of relaxation at this coffee shop and enjoy a quality coffee with beans brought from Colombia. Complete this delicious drink with croissants or empanadas and even meat pasties if you like, here you find it all.

Smoking Doll is another place you can’t miss when in Reem Island. It’s an Asian restaurant decorated in a minimalist style and it’s the perfect spot to try out new things. Why not remember Reem Island as the place where you first tried Thai cuisine (massaman curry is a great recommendation) or Singapore specific dishes (like chilli crab). You can find there lots of selections that will prove to be absolutely delicious. Yummy!

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Next stop to check whether you’re a tourist or not is the Ohara Flowers. Surprise your partner with a nice bouquet, gentlemen, or simply decorate your home with extremely beautiful flower arrangements. It’s the perfect place to be if you’re hosting a party or simply want to surprise someone, so  make sure you know where the point is located and how you can reach it.

The last stop of our plan to explore Reem Island is a high-class place, the Paris-Sorbonne University, Abu Dhabi branch. If you’re young, you might want to consider enrolling here, it’s a great university and the city is awesome to live in. But if you don’t have such plans, you should simply visit the place for its architecture, art exhibitions or cultural events that are held there.

See also: Things to Know When You’re Buying a Property in Al Reem Island

 

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Those of you who are looking to rent a house in Abu Dhabi this year, check out what are the hottest places to live here!

Rent in Abu Dhabi in 2015: High Class Houses

If you’re looking to move to Abu Dhabi this year, one question that might have popped into your mind in where to rent in Abu Dhabi in 2015? No worries, you can now see what are the trendiest locations and whether they are suitable for your own needs. Read on and make up your mind regarding your next home!

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Saadiyat Island. Of course, there couldn’t be any other destination to occupy the first place than Saadiyat Island. Although all the areas in Abu Dhabi are a great choice if you decide to rent here, you should be seriously considering this one in particular. Why? Because the area is among the most well developed ones and it is expected to develop even more throughout this year. To be more precise, the cultural scene can’t be missed, with the upcoming Guggenheim and Louvre Abu Dhabi. If you have children, a good place to inform yourself about is the Cranleigh School, recently opened. If you have a big family for instance, a good idea is to rent a six-bedroom villa for a little more than 870.000 AED per year, which includes access to the pool.

Al Raha Beach. If you’re looking for a bargain, this is the place to come! And this happens because here you can find lots of buildings recently finished, which is why the owners are seeking to rent them as quickly as possible, therefore the prices are slightly lower than in other communities. That’s why this is a great place to rent in Abu Dhabi in 2015 for the families who are on a budget and who want to keep their expenses under strict surveillance. For a family with several kids, a duplex apartment with four bedrooms will cost around 190.000 AED per year, including access to a private beach and sea view.

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Reem Island. Placed closely to downtown Abu Dhabi, this destination is also worth considering by those who want to rent in Abu Dhabi in 2015. It is extremely convenient because it’s close to the Abu Dhabi Corniche, the Al Maryah Island and other points of interest. However, here you should expect prices to grow until the end of the year, but for the moment you can find apartments with two bedrooms, for instance for somewhere between 120.000 and 150.000 AED. Alternatively, you can even find three-bedroom apartments in Marina Square for around 130.000 AED, therefore an ideal option for young couples or professionals who travel a lot.

Downtown Abu Dhabi. What can be better than living right in the heart of the city, close to anything you need? Together with the older district Khalidiya, Downtown Abu Dhabi is expected to have low rent rises this year. Being older than the rest of the areas, here you will find older buildings that generally do not have access to any outside space, but if you look thoroughly you can still find new buildings. Depending on the facilities, a two-bedroom apartment can cost between 100.000 AED and 160.000 AED per year.

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If you want to move and to rent in Saadiyat Island, read on and find out what are the most recent prices in this popular location in Abu Dhabi.

Rent in Saadiyat Island: Luxury Apartments

Saadiyat Island is the most luxurious place you can find to rent a beautiful home and to spoil yourself in every possible way. There is no wish you can’t fulfill to yourself here in Saadiyat, and that applies to your living quality too. This is for sure a living place for those who are not on a budget and who want to get the best in life!

For bachelors, a great idea is to rent a studio. The yearly rent in Saadiyat Island is around 110.000 AED for a studio, and that includes sharing facilities, a multipurpose court, parking places, gym, wardrobes and even a barbecue area. For one bedroom apartments, you can find prices starting from 145.000 AED per year, up to 150.000 AED. There are apartments with one bedroom and one or two bathrooms, open kitchen and wonderful views, it all depends on how much you choose to pay for this.

Two bedroom apartments are great for families with kids who look to rent in Saadiyat Island. The cheapest ones start from 170.000 AED per year and may reach even 190.000 AED, for the ones with 3 bathrooms and an area of 1.500 square feet. For numerous families, it’s time to find out what are the prices for three-bedroom apartments. The yearly rent for such an apartment starts from 220.000 AED and goes as far as 240.000 AED, varying between 4 or 5 bathrooms, access to spa, sauna, gym or parking spots and even beach view. Even so, everybody here has a quick access to the beach, offering you the possibility to go to the beach every time you want. Alternatively, you can always look for an apartment building which offers pool access all day long.

For those who are looking for more space, villas are perfect. The ones with 4 bedrooms can cost around 1.200.000 AED per year. There are also villas with 6 bedrooms, great for very large families or even several bachelors who want to share a villa. The yearly rent for such a villa starts from 600.000 – 650.000 AED and go as much as 800.000 – 850.000 AED. Almost all of the villas with 6 bedrooms have minimum 6 bathrooms, and some of them even 8. The prices might seem very high, but in fact the costs split between all those who want to live there. And in the end, the facilities and the place of the villa have a sure impact on the final price.

However, what’s more important when choosing a place to rent in Saadiyat Island is to be very well informed before signing any contract or deciding upon an apartment or villa. Try to verify the prices you see with various sources and remember that if a price looks too good to be true, it probably isn’t. Once you find the perfect spot for you, relax and spoil yourself in this wonderful luxury location that will leave with an excellent impression, mostly due to its location, view and life style.

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Renting a house in Abu Dhabi is a great idea, but you need to know some basic information before you do this. Here is some information about locations, prices, fees and everything else you need to know.

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When renting a house in Abu Dhabi there are some things you need to know before going ahead and choosing your next home. One of the most basic things you need to know is that you will need to pay an annual rent and that there are allowed 1, 2 or maximum 3 cheques.

Also, there are multiple ways of renting a place to live. You can rent an apartment for yourself, which is more convenient because you won’t be disturbed. Another option would be to share a bigger apartment with 1 or 2 other families. This will help you a lot with the expenses, since everything will be shared. In what regards the type of the house, you can choose between a villa or an apartment. Usually, more people live in a villa and share the expenses, while the studios are rented by single people only.

What you must know is that any apartment that you want to rent comes unfurnished. So you might want to take into account the costs of the future furniture (if you don’t have some already). This can actually be an advantage, since you have the chance to decorate the apartment exactly as you wish, even though it’s only rented.

Usually the rents start from 40.000 AED and can go up to 90 – 100.000 AED for studios, and can even reach 300.000 AED for big apartments in luxurious conditions and great locations. To this you have to add the furnishing costs, as we said above, and also the agency fee, which is around 5% of the property’s value, but not less than 3000 AED usually.

Depending on how much you can afford to spend, you can choose a great location. The most popular locations in Abu Dhabi are Abu Dhabi City, Reem Island and Reef Downtown. The most expensive rents are for villas and apartments located next to the sea, with a wonderful view to the seaside, private beaches nearby and a lot of comfort. The most beautiful locations here are Al Raha Beach, Al Reem Island and Saadyiat. All of them have great views and stunning beaches, not to mention how beautiful the house there are. In places like these you should expect to pay the most for the rent.

In comparison, there are some locations which are the quite accessible. Mushriff area, Al Reef, Al Ghadeer and Hydra Village offer great conditions for less money that the luxurious ones. However, you shouldn’t expect to have a private beach next to your villa, but then again, there are decent conditions everywhere.

Last but not least, you should be very careful when you start looking on real estate portals to find something to rent. Some of them can make a lot of fake promises, and you might end up paying much more for something of a lesser value than you thought initially. Double-check every information, go for yourself to see the house or the apartment, ask around, get some information online or ask people who have worked with that agency before. In this way you can make sure that your choice will be the best one and you won’t regret it!

 

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