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Living in Dubai definitely comes at a tremendous price – a point of concurrence among UAE residents especially expatriate employees, the majority of whom only have the means to rent a decent apartment or villa while working in the country.
With the cost of living rising unabated, a lot of people who cannot afford to invest in a freehold property have gotten into the practice of doing very thorough research before committing to any long-term rent contract. Would-be tenants take the time to visit various communities, check the amenities available in the place under consideration, and carefully weigh the pros and cons of living in that particular area.
Murtaza Ali, an IT professional, and his wife Eliza were no less discerning. After all, when one chooses a place, one is actually making a lifestyle choice.
The couple had lived in the Al Khan neighborhood back in Sharjah prior to moving to Skycourts in mid-2013. But deciding on a new location was no easy task. Murtaza recalls, “We also considered other places such as Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), Ghoroob Mirdif and Al Khail Gate while house-hunting. After some painstaking decision-making, we chose to live in Skycourts Towers because DSO prices were higher and the apartments here are bigger. Skycourts was also quite new and had better facilities and amenities than those other areas we checked. Overall, the community had more to offer than the others. Although it seemed too far out at first, that was actually the main attraction. We wanted peace and quiet after the daily grind, and we found that here.”
Skycourts is located in the Dubailand Residence Complex, minutes away from Dubai Outlet Mall, close to neighboring communities and attractions like The Villa, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Global Village, the soon-to-be-launched Marvel Superheroes theme park and Dubai International Academic City.
When asked if they were initially happy with the place they chose, Murtaza remarks, “We actually were. People continue to live at peace on their own like typical city folks. In fact, the quality of the finishes and the fixtures at Skycourts are way better than most of the projects we initially considered. There were a few landscaping issues here and there, but things are more or less settled now. We all know that efficient maintenance is a key factor that helps keep tenants and homeowners happily stuck in one place, and we’re quite pleased that such things have already been addressed.”
Each of the six towers at the Skycourts complex comes with its own gym and shaded open air pools. Other amenities include a supermarket, restaurants, cafes, a laundry shop, pharmacy, clinic and beauty salons.
With the complex being part of a rapidly developing section of Dubailand, there is still a lot of room for improvement as the various projects in the area continue to attract more residents.
Murtaza’s favorite activity in Skycourts? “While we don’t have much right now in terms of jogging trails and water views, my wife and I enjoy our long walks in the evenings. After dinner, especially in the winter, it’s nice to take a relaxing stroll around Skycourts. It’s our daily exercise ritual, too. We’ve been told that landscaping work is going to be done here soon. We’re pretty sure our daily walks will become even more enjoyable once all that is done.”
While Dubailand goes through a series of further transformations, residents in this part of the city can continue to enjoy the quiet city life they had once sought and found in Skycourts.
• Affordable apartment units in a growing neighborhood
• Accessible from Al Ain Road and Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road
• Unmatched recreational and fitness facilities
• Completely self-sufficient
• Attractive options to consider for buying and investing with lucrative rent and capital appreciation returns
• Landscaping needs some improvement
Source: Claire Dangalan, Special to Freehold
The writer is a freelancer