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Q Hi again Louise, and thanks a lot for your answer about cost of living. This got me further ;o) Now we´re invited to Dubai for a couple of days, and want to check out where to live. Do you have any suggestions where? – danish family with 3 children aged 3 to 13 years. We like it nice and quiet, but still with some activity. We would like a house, living near other Europeans – maybe Scandinavians and some luxury would be welcome. But as you know our income, you might be able to tell me if i´m aiming too high…? Do you have any idea how stable the market is in Dubai? Would it be a good idea to buy house, as i heard the prices was influenced by the global crisis. But maybe thats more stabilized now? I think it´s a hard decision and don´t think our budget looks that good, so i feel a little insecure what kind of lifestyle to expect…. was dreaming of something quite a bit above average. Camilla

A My first bit of advice would be to find out what school your children will be going to and then find accommodation that is convenient to the school. There are many Europeans throughout Dubai in areas such as Jumeirah, Umm Suqueim, The Lakes, The Meadows, Arabian Ranches, Motor City, Mirdif, Victory Heights, The Palm. As far as buying a property there are mixed reports regarding whether property has hit the bottom price yet. I would personally advise you not to buy at first as you need to live here a while to see if you will like it. The areas such as The Lakes, Meadows, Arabian Ranches and Motor City all have pools and tennis courts accessible to residents and the other areas may have these facilities too if you are on a compound but most importantly find out which school your children will be able to get into.



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