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Dubai International Financial Centre Area Guide

This 110 acre financial quarter is located between Burj Khalifa and Emirates Towers, and comprises three districts: commercial, retail and residential. All three are linked by a retail corridor. Roughly sixty percent of the properties planned for DIFC have been completed, while the remainder are still in development.

DIFC is well connected to the rest of Dubai by excellent road and rail links, Dubai International Airport and the business districts of Downtown Dubai and Business Bay are all less than twenty minutes drive or twenty five minute train ride away.

Because DIFC is the financial centre of Dubai the majority of buildings are commercial properties. About 30% of the land here is earmarked for high rise apartments, and of that about one third has been built. Park Towers, twin 49-storey apartment buildings, have been completed, and when the first tranche of apartments went on sale they were snapped up within 48 hours.

The luxury fit-out may not always be matched by a luxury floor plan, but if you can’t have it all at least you get fantastic views of some of Dubai’s most famous landmarks, including the Burj Khalifa and Emirates Towers.

Dubai International Financial Centre Amenities

Those who live here can eat, shop, work and play all within DIFC. A walk down from one of the residential buildings leads straight onto DIFC’s retail corridor, lined by individual stores and host to regular farmer’s markets, so that residents rarely have to leave the district in order to find what they need. A modern health club offers sports enthusiasts a variety of facilities, including squash, tennis and basketball courts. The landscaped grounds provide residents with places to walk and socialise. Fine dining, cafés, well-known retail stores and an entertainment centre are all just a short walk away.

DIFC’s Town Centre, still in development, claims to become one of Dubai’s ‘most distinctive lifestyle destinations’, with outdoor restaurants and cafés and a variety of street entertainment acts. It will also offer a central market selling fruit, vegetables, fish, meats and cheeses.

A cinema and theatre will add to the evening attractions, and those looking to party until the early hours will, we are told, be able to meander into one of the district’s varied nightclubs and dance the night away.

Financial Freezone

The Dubai International Financial Centre is a business freezone geared towards financial institutions looking to establish operations in Dubai. It is an independent jurisdiction under the UAE Constitution and has its own civil and commercial laws, based on English law, which it upholds though its own court system and arbitration centre. This covers areas such corporate, commercial, civil, employment, trusts, and securities law. UAE criminal and immigration laws still apply however.

The area is governed by the DIFC Authority and is self regulated under the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA). It even has its own financial exchange, the NASDAQ Dubai, which has been in operation since 2005.

There are currently over 1,200 firms licensed in the freezone with a workforce of around 18,000 and over 280,000 of let office space. As per the freezone rules all companies enjoy zero tax on income and profits as well as unrestricted repatriation of capital.

Expansion Plans

In March 2015 the DIFC announced plans to build a new commercial building in Gate Village as well as a 150 unit retail development which will link together all of the existing buildings. The expansion is due for completion in 2017 although construction work has yet to begin.

Dubai International Financial Centre Travel Guide

Most people who work here live in neighbouring districts and make use of the excellent road and rail links to commute. Sheik Zayed Road, the main highway through Dubai, passes alongside DIFC.

Public Transport Links to Dubai International Financial Centre

The metro also passes through DIFC with two stations, Financial Centre and Emirates Towers, serving the district.

Dubai International Financial Centre Location Map

Communities within Dubai International Financial Centre

Buildings in Dubai International Financial Centre

Dubai International Financial Centre Reviews

See what the residents have to say courtesy of flatreviews.com
Average of 4 based on 40 reviews.

"Next To DIFC"

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Positives:   The location.

Negatives:   Traffic.

Handy location if you work in DIFC but public transport is a good 10 minute walk and the traffic is very heavy in the peak times. The building itself is well executed with amazing restaurants in the neighborhood.

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"I Like Living Here A Lot"

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Positives:   Location, pool area, apartment size.

Negatives:   Gym, neighbours.

I think the quality of a review given always depends on the kind of living conditions you're used to before moving into a building. I moved to Damac Park Towers from a luxury serviced apartment in Qatar, and I still thought it was a pretty great building. The location is amazing, of course, the pool area is beautiful, I can see that they make an effort with maintenance (though they do seem to be averse to the idea of cleaning the windows sufficient times a year), the security is helpful (especially when it comes to noisy neighbours), the metro is relatively close (a construction site has recently blocked the straight path to the nearest station, though, so you would need to go round quite a bit to get to it now), Dubai Mall is a 12-dirham cab ride away, or you could just walk, tons of restaurants at a 10 to 15 minutes walk. The thing I like the most is that my apartment is really large for a one-bedroom in this area. Some people don't like the shape of the apartments, but the one I got had one slanted wall at the end of the apartment, which I managed to get creative with and it's not a problem for me. It's also a very sunny apartment, which I love, and I also like the half-indoor/half-outdoor feel of the balcony. Oh, and it's pretty cheap, seeing as it's in DIFC and the area is generally quite expensive. Cons: the gym is downright awful. It's small and cramped and not very well-equipped. Most of the neighbours aren't very friendly. They aren't awful, but they aren't nice either. The apartment fixtures are of awful quality, but our landlord got them fixed for us whenever something went wrong, so it wasn't an issue for me. Some neighbours love letting their children loose in the corridors and they tend to create a lot of noise, though I'm sure it doesn't happen on every floor. All in all, I'd say it's a nice building and even though it's not the absolute best in the area, it's cheaper than those buildings, and hence, great value for money.

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"Overpriced And Overrated"

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Positives:   Location.

Negatives:   Maintenance and lack of comfort.

This is one of those buildings that looks great on the surface but scratch a little bit deeper and you'll find countless flaws. I'll try to focus on the main complaints but they all boil down to one cause - the lack of experience by the developer in constructing mega towers in Dubai. This is their first and only major development and you realize that very quickly once you live here. The ACs in the bedrooms are very weak. They used smaller units undoubtedly to save money but what that means is come summer time, your AC will not cool your room below 24 degrees. If you like it a bit cooler than that then you're out of luck. Walls are paper thin so neighbors complaining to each other about the noise levels are common place. For weeks we had to deal with a pungent smell coming out of the vents in addition to the occasional loud bang/pop sound. Maintenance was at a loss to explain or solve it but after weeks of restless nights it one day disappeared on its own. There are no signs that the gym is ever going to be constructed. There's a spacious area reserved for it but no one knows whether the building is interested/ has the funds to fit it out. Parking for residents is 5 floors below ground. The 4 floors above are mainly empty. Resident are not allowed to park there despite there being plenty of empty spaces. 2 bedroom apartments are allocated only 1 parking spot despite there being several football fields of empty space. Of course, you can always spend money to buy an extra spot but that doesn't quite seem fair given the availability of spots. Guest parking runs at 20 dirhams an hour six days a week. If you have a group of guest coming over the total parking bill can stretch into many hundreds of dirhams per day. While the exterior looks very polished and some of the finishing looks good - that doesn't make up for the total lack of experience by the developer coupled with an attitude of disregard for the residents happiness in order to cut costs where needed. If you work in the DIFC the location is hard to beat but for the money one spends here you would a more pleasant experience.

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"Expensive And Poor Quality"

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Positives:   Convenience, View.

Negatives:   Space, price, maintenance, management.

Lived here for a year. Poor to say the least. The building's management changes yearly, and along with change the maintenance, security etc. This means that NOT ONLY will there be the fire drills conducted every saturday afternoon for 3 months, there will also be poor maintenance! All this for an apartment that will not cost you lower than 85k with the exorbitant chiller charges! My experience summed up: 1. 3 seperate occasions where the elevators were not working and there was no water in the morning - aka only shower possible was a 'Masafi'/drinking water shower. 2. Fire drills conducted every Saturday for around 2-3 months. 3. Incredibly expensive maintenance. 4. A studio where the lights kept malfunctioning, the A/C was in poor condition, and one of the walls has some weird water damage through no fault of my own. 5. While I usually have no problems with an apartments' size, and knew what I was getting in to, the place gets quite cramped especially due to the small kitchen. 6. Al Maya right below is convenient, but very expensive. 7. Poor security - long 4 month period where the door to get into the residential lifts was left wide open. At least there's a security guard on the far side of the reception - not that he cares though, doesn't check anyone who is going in. 8. Terrible gym - although that seems to be the norm for DIFC apartment buildings, its really quite poor unless you just want to do Cardio. Overall would not recommend.

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"Sky Gardens Flat Review"

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Positives:   Can walk to DIFC.

Negatives:   Expensive.

I work in DIFC so this building is probably the best choice as it is literally just across the street. The studio feels comfortable and has nice finishing. Only downside is the high price, but then again I don't have to use my car each day.

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"Great Place To Live"

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Positives:   Location and quality.

I loved to live at that place! The location is perfect...everything is available within walking distance. The Metro station is right front of the building, taxis are running all around. It has great noise isolation between the apartments. You just can not hear your neighbor. The building has a Supermarket and Subway sandwich at the lobby. Parking lots are always available. The pool is nice enough and the gym is useful.

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"Bad Quality And For Young People Only "

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Positives:   Location.

Negatives:   Quality.

The location is very convenience with a few step to Metro and in the central of Dubai. It has also a grocery in the building which is open 24/7. However the quality of the building and furniture is very poor. I had so many times water leaking from the ceiling, problem with A/C, all furniture broken after years and on and on..... The wall is also very thin and you can listen neighbors party every weekend, because mostly young people living there. So if you're in the 20's is a place to live but not with family or if you are looking for a quality life.

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"Lovely Apartment But "

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Positives:   Layout, kitchen, swimming pools.

Negatives:   Unclean windows, delays, problem with keys.

We really love our duplex apartment, layout is great and interior is wonderful. Location is great, you can walk easily to metro or Dubai Mall and there are no traffic so driving is easy. There are two pools that are great and reception and security staff is amazing and caring. Tower is very new and thus there are certain problems that hinder living here. Windows have not been cleaned once even people have lived here more than half a year. You are not able to see thru the windows which is pity since we were looking for cheaper apartment but wanted to pay more for the huge windows. Also the gym and other services are not open yet and they keep informing new dates when they should open. However maybe the biggest problem is that for 2 bedroom apartment there are only two keys and no-one is able to duplicate them since you need to order them from Germany. No-one from staff or developer has been able to help us to get more keys and two keys are not definitely enough for 2 bedroom apartment. It's hard to try to always agree who is keeping the key. However without those problems, tower is great and as said layout and interior of the apartment is nice as well as the security and the reception staff is very caring.

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"Limestone House The Reality "

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Positives:   Location.

Negatives:   The maintenance and management company.

For the last five years the building has gone through many owners and management. Things have been going down a lot. Other than its location I wouldn't recommend anyone live here. 1)Windows don't open so very bad air circulation and humidity that causes the wooden floor to swell and pop up in addition to having mould and fungus on the walls. We all have been suffering allergies even though we got a few companies to clean up the mould and ac. 2)The flooring is installed incorrectly in a lot of the apartments so if you are unlucky and end up with one of them you will have very squeaky floors. 3)kitchen cabinets look amazing when you first see the apartment but as soon as you move in you realize that the quality isn't great and that it's very narrow. Not to mention that regardless if you have a studio or 3 bedroom apartment the fridge and the stove is same size. Not so great when staying in a 3 bedroom apartment. 4)smell of sewage comes from toilet if not flushed on daily basis 5)with latest arrival of maintenance company rubbish wasn't removed promptly which resulted in the building having issues with cockroaches and rodents . 6)security personal of building are rude and have seen them harass tenants on many occasions 7)sewage overflow causing stench in garage in certain times 8) there seem to be issue with electricity that causes plugs to pop and no one can seem to figure it out in the whole building . 9) the AC are very hot in the summer due to the new management that decided to lower the temperature . So not only has the public areas get pretty warm but even at full strength your AC won't be cooling much in the summer.

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"Lots Of Pros, Few Cons"

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Positives:   Spacious, views, finishing, quality, trendy, luxury.

Negatives:   Gym, parking fee.

Moved here in April 2015 with my wife. We absolutely love it here in Burj Daman. Will only detail the cons, all else is perfect. - rather thin walls, neighbour came over few times to complain about music level. - gym still not open (not sure if they ever will) - not allowed to eat, drink by the pool (although they have become a little more easy going recently) - guests used to park in the valet parking free, now they are charging 10aed/hr (first hour free). it's too expensive! - renting an extra parking spot as tenant is too expensive minimum of 1200aed/month all else is amazing! very clean, great finishing, great service, walking distance to everything.

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"Park Towers Review"

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Negatives:   Accessing own reserved parking, requires using access card twice, once at road entrance and again on ramp to basement, then same card is required to access lift lobby. So over secure, excessive and unnecessary. Access card is also required to enter residential tower lobby.

Some security guards are totally ineffective, do not enforce community regulations, like smoking around the pool, even when you request they do so, but run away and hide. Receptionists in main lobby and residential lobbies are unable to answer even the most simple question, appear to have no training or common sense, constantly have to phone their supervisor, who is no more informed or efficient. Facilities Management staff are ineffectual, arrogant, totally unwilling to manage. General/community cleaning services are a sub-contract company and are very good.

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"Good Option In DIFC"

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Positives:   Price for the location.

We simply moved to Park Towers as it was the cheapest building in DIFC. It's easy to see the reason, as the finishing isn't that luxurious as in the other towers in the area. However we still found it OK, and didn't want to compromise on the location as we both work in DIFC. There is a small shop downstairs and some salons, but if you need anything more Dubai Mall is literally 2 minutes drive away. The pool area is also a big plus, as it feels like you are in a hotel.

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"Great Apartment"

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Positives:   Great view and quality in the middle of the city.

Negatives:   No window in the living room, small second bedroom.

Great tower, simple from the outside, amazing on the inside. Apartment is very modern (shiny white surfaces, hidden built-in appliances, etc.) and has an amazing view over DIFC and Sheikh Zayed Road. Although we are in the middle of the buzzing city, our flat is very quiet and peaceful. The pool and the gym on the lobby level is probably the best I've seen in Dubai.

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"Sky Gardens DIFC"

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Negatives:   Not enough windows, the pool has been closed for 4 months now.

The main advantage is the size of the two bedroom apartment, it's really spacious. The layout of the living room which is triangular makes it difficult to enjoy all the space though and doesn't make it very cosy. Overall it's a very nice tower with very high standards of quality. Currently the rooftop pool is closed, it's annoying but they are making it bigger so when completed it's an advantage for the community. The reason of my move out was the energy consumption. AC is not included, if you can't live without AC from time to time you gonna pay a lot. It can reach 1800aed monthly in summer months.

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"Well Kept And Spacious"

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Positives:   Clean.

Negatives:   Two elevators need to be taken to get to your apartment.

Index Tower is very well kept and feels spacious from the moment you walk into the apartment building to the corridors on the floors. Cleanliness and spaciousness is all you can think of.

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Positives:   Location, large rooms and balcony. Grand lobby and beautiful swimming pool.

Negatives:   Approach road to Financial Center.

Park Towers is fantastically located in the heart of the city still without much noise and traffic congestion. Very spacious rooms with fantastic view. Nicely maintained 5 Star Swimming Pool. Posh and Grand Lobby. One of the best places to live in Dubai.

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"Damac Park Towers "

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Positives:   Excellent facilities! The swimming pool is to 5* hotel standards!

A well maintained building in the heart of DIFC. Easy access to SZR & Al Khail Road and within walking distance of Dubai Mall & Downtown Dubai. The Metro station is a 5 minute walk. The building has excellent facilities including a gym, sauna, steam room, and tennis courts. There are well maintained gardens surrounding the pool along with several bbqs for shared use. Parties and group bookings are welcomed! There are also beauty salons, hairdressers, cafes and grocery stores within the buildings in addition to new shops that are due to open in the new shopping plaza. The building is very secure and has an entry card system. Video entry is also soon to be installed. Private, secured underground parking is provided. The Apartments themselves are very spacious and well finished and the public areas were designed by Versace!

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"Good Building But Finishing Is Bad"

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Positives:   Convenience, Pool area.

Negatives:   Bad finishing, not pet friendly.

The building is good overall, it's nicely located if you work in DIFC. It has a very nice pool area with BBQ pits for rental. The finishing of the building is bad though, they left one elevator as a service elevator, so it's covered in blue cloths, also the handles in the other elevators fell off at some point, but were fixed. In the apartment, AC is very weak, and the water faucet fell off by merely bumping into it once as I was taking a shower.

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"Luxury But With Drawbacks"

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Positives:   Swimming Pool.

Negatives:   The summer heat caused by the glass facade and accompanying AC bills!

Plus Points: Very, very Luxurious Lobby and Swimming Pool with BBQ area. Separate Sauna, Steam Room and changing rooms for men/women Guest Meeting Rooms with TVs and Childrens Play Room with Playstation 3s. Rooftop Semi-Private Tennis Court (only one but amazing) Spacious apartment with maids room (for 3-bed) Amazing Views of Sheikh Zayed Road and across to Al Khail Road (30th floor apartment) Drawbacks: One Parking space allocated for 3-bed apartment (2 spaces should be provided but ground floor parking is being used for public paid car park - not a good impression of the building management) Very Odd shaped windows - curved and at an angle (nightmare to get curtains that fit) Glass facade is like a glass house in the summer!!!!! - serious, serious drawback AC not able to deal with the heat generated by the glass facade - serious, serious drawback Gym is a bit small for the size of the building (not a big drawback for me) View of Burj Khalifa is blocked by Index Tower (1st World problems eh! :) ) Building serviced by Empower, bills for chiller are very very high All in all its a very nice looking building and feels like luxury. However, the AC/Glass facade heat problem is not worth it for comfort and for AC bills!! I nearly melted during the summer! If you choose an apartmant facing away from the sun you might survive! :D.

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"Dont Rent, Overrated"

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Positives:   Close to DIFC.

Negatives:   Poor management.

Despite an agreeable look and finishing, the building is poorly managed and poses many constrains which make tenants' lives difficult. -gym unequipped. For what you pay the least you could have is a decent gym. Reason invoked: building is still new! -pool area empty, no chairs or beds of any kind, no way of buying a drink or a snack, not even water. Total dead area :(( -no trollies or any help when you come back from supermarket or the mall with a ton of things to carry from car to apartment. Especially hard if you have kids. You will have to make several trips from car to apartment to offload your bags. This is despite many demands. -no mini market -no laundry service -no atm machine -security personnel are very uptight and rules unecessarily complicated. Good luck to a friend or a taxi waiting for you downstairs. -allocated car parks are burried on basements 3 and 4. It takes around 10 minutes from parking entrance to front door. Don't come to Burj daman.

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"Very Bad Maintenance And Common Facilities"

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Positives:   Location and layout.

Negatives:   Maintenance, pool, gym, price increase yoy.

The pros of my place are location and size. The building has a premium location if you work in DIFC or Downtown Dubai, and the studio is relatively big with a nice layout and finishings. However, everyone in the building, including me, complain of the maintenance, it simply takes ages to fix anything. For example, one elevator has been down for a month, making the wait in the morning unbearable (I have been late several times to work because of this). The pool has been closed for 3 months this year for "maintenance and proofing", and last year the same thing happened as well. The Jacuzzi has been down for a year! The gym is sooo bad I had to pay a lot of money to go to Fitness First. There is one elliptical machine, which is 5 years old and makes noises, two treadmills, and veryyy old and limited weights. Another con is the price increase year on year! I am renting from the developer and in one year they increased my rent from 67k to 75k and this year they want 85k. No negotiations. So I am moving out this year and would definitely not recommend this property for anyone.

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"Posh With A Great Location"

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Positives:   View, impressive building, gym.

Negatives:   Ridiculous closets, apartment layout, price.

Pros: View, floor-ceiling windows, the best gym I have seen here (also with a view), modern finishings, bright interior, huge doors to the apartment, great staff. Cons: Cost, wasted space, no walking areas, moving in/out. This building looks impressive from a visitor's perspective. Inside is clean, modern, and sleek. It is easy to find, and being right by Dubai Mall and Gate Village means there is no shortage of restaurants that deliver to you quickly. Traffic can get congested on Financial Center Road (71) toward Jumeirah in the evenings, but things flow smoothly in general. The layout of the apartment has a lot of wasted space (pointless hallway, closets that cannot be used, and the tub and shower are separate to necessitate a huge, space-wasting bathroom), and there are massive electronics boxes that are virtually useless in each apartment. Doesn't feel like a 900+ sq ft. apartment. To move furniture in/out of the building or get a delivery, you need to give several days notice and the moving/delivery company needs to submit paperwork to the building to gain clearance into the delivery section of the building. This was quite the surprise when we tried to have our couch delivered and had to wait a week! Pet owners: dogs must be carried downstairs or use the service elevator. The elevators are FAST, but you do have to switch elevators at the lobby floor (30). Luckily, there are very nice bellhops who will happily take your shopping items up to your apartment. The staff is amazing, friendly, and helpful. There are some quirks: our shower doesn't drain because the floor is slanted the wrong way, and the ceiling in our guest bath is slowly lowering because of a lack of support. Our AC has had to be checked and fixed twice, and has leaked. Living in DIFC also adds its own interesting aspects. You must check to be sure all legalities that apply outside DIFC actually do apply within as well, since the zone often has its own "privileges.".

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"Damac Park Towers - DIFC"

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Positives:   Views, Modern Furnishings, Location, Swimming Pool.

Negatives:   Gym, Only 1 Parking space provided.

We moved into Park Towers in March 2014. Upon viewing the property we were immediately taken aback by the fantastic views from both bedrooms and the lounge. The open plan kitchen is beautifully designed with fully functional, modern kitchen fittings and has space for both a dishwasher and a mashing machine. The apartment is extremely spacious and both bedrooms have modern en-suite bathrooms with his and hers sinks. The air conditioning wasn't great when we first moved in, however after a service we did see an increase in efficiency. We tend to leave this on at around 20 degrees throughout the day / night however sometimes during the summer days it struggles to get so low. The pool is fantastic, usually plenty of loungers - however it loses sun at around 2pm as it moves behind Tower A. The gym is terrible for such a modern building and only has a couple of treadmills / bikes and also has a creche joined on so you will often find kids running around while you a trying to work out. Overall the apartment is in a great location, rent is reasonably priced and the quality of furnishings / views are fantastic. We will most likely be renewing our contract next year!

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"Index Tower"

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Positives:   Apartment finish, security staff and view.

Negatives:   No outdoor swimming pool or internal retail.

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"No Windows, No Balcony"

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Positives:   Wide rooms, security.

Negatives:   Maintenance, price.

1 bedrooms have no balcony. And no opening windows also.

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"Nice Apt, Great Location But Rents Rising Fast! "

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Positives:   View, Size.

Negatives:   Some sewage/maintenance issues.

I have lived here for more than 5 years and have LOVED it. The location is EXCELLENT without getting you stuck in traffic (like in JBR or downtown) and is much more convenient to reach than other SZR/DIFC apartments. The building was brand new with good amenities, a beautiful lobby and nice design. The studios are very spacious and wall-to-wall windows provide awesome views. They have been adding some stores (salon, dry cleaner, grocery, bakery to come) in the past year or two so it is more convenient now, but DIFC is right across the street anyway. Rental rates were amazing since I moved in right after the crisis hit, but now they are reaching the ridiculous point again. They do need to provide some free visitor parking though and fix the smoke/fire alarms that like to go off at all hours of the night every couple months.

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"Park Towers - DIFC"

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Positives:   Proximity to DIFC, nice barbeque area.

Negatives:   Its a long walk inside the building to reach your tower.

Main advantages of the building are: 1. cheaper than the surrounding buildings like Index, Liberty House and the new Daman towers 2. close to DIFC so if you work there you can walk easily and save the approx AED 1000 per month of DIFC parking fees. Lots of people working in DIFC come and park close to Park Towers. Building is slightly flashy but construction quality is not that great (was in Liberty House earlier). Have also heard of plumbing issues but didn't face any ourselves.

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"Park Towers"

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"Great Location"

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Positives:   The location and facilities.

Negatives:   No windows.

The location is fantastic of Sky Gardens: it is very seldom that you can work and live within a few hundred meters in Dubai. Not to mention the amazing F&B outlets and facilities that you can use in DIFC without having to sit in your car. The flat itself was very nice size for a studio with a great layout where you could almost completely segregate a bedroom from your living area. The finishing was nice and had a nice view over Zabeel. The one very big down side of the flat was that you could not open the windows at all and it was slightly claustrophobic due to that. Also, the parking was really not thought over at all. They made it impossible for the guests to come and park anywhere. The flat had quite good soundproofing but they started a construction right next door that was still very noisy during construction hours. The maintenance was quite efficient that came with the flat at no extra charge. The pool area and gym was very nice and well kept.

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"Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover"

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Positives:   The area I'm living in and the services I get in the building.

Negatives:   The price of the apartment.

It's true that Sky Gardens is a perfect location for most people who work in DIFC, or are looking to live on a high end street but the apartments are ridiculously overpriced and there are no rules for not raising the rent because it's part of the free zone - which means they can change the rent whenever and however they want. The gym is fully equipped, but the machines are not serviced or cleaned regularly and some of them don't even work properly. The AC bills come separately and they are insanely priced - over the roof - very unrealistic. If you don't pay, obviously they cut it off and it really gets unbearable. The windows are rarely cleaned - maybe once a year. Mine hasn't been cleaned for the past 3 years I've lived there. If you sleep early, good luck because you can hear all the parties and music happening in DIFC - especially on weekends. Good things: finishing is good, there's a dryclean, maid service, salon, spa, minimarket and a mini bakery in the building which is very convenient.

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"Overpriced Living In DIFC"

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Positives:   View, beautiful building and surroundings.

Negatives:   Noise and disgusting smell.

Sky Gardens is a beautiful, 40-storey building in DIFC with a designer-styled lobby. Kind security, but many smugly and smartphone-addicted residents. DIFC is a beautiful area, but no hotspot by night. I had a beautiful sight on DIFC and Za'abeel Park, except of the district cooling plant. This plant is the reason for a permanent, loud and very annoying noise the whole day and night! The maintenance team was not able to completely fix a disgusting smell from the WC pipe in the bathroom as well as stopping cockroaches and aunts coming inside the flat. Finally I fixed the latter issue by myself with closing holes between the tiles. Some flats have a balcony, without you don't get fresh air because you cannot open the windows. The pool area on the roof-top could be nice, but is in a very bad condition. Every flat has a basement parking, there are only a few parking spaces outside for visitors, usually most of them occupied. The property management is unprofessional and incapable of providing proper bills for district cooling.

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"Liberty House Loft"

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Positives:   Location.

Negatives:   Nothing.

Located opposite the Financial Towers Metro Station, and various restaurants nearby as well as hotels, Liberty House is quite a convenient location. There is a supermarket just down below, and they can deliver to your door step. I love the fact that the pool is enclosed with a small garden nearby, and it's not open out in the sun. There's another pool on the rooftop if you want that option too. There is a jogging area as well next to the pool area.

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"Great Architecture And Facilities"

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Positives:   The Swimming pool and BBQ area.

Negatives:   Only paid parking for studios and guests, access to metro limited.

I chose this building because I wanted to be close to the world trade center and have the option to use the metro. The metro is about 500 meters away however it is a bit burdensome to get there, one needs to cross through a construction site, however this is ok. If you use a taxi there are always many available outside the front door. If you have a car, parking is not included for studios eventhough the building has many unoccupied parking bays, paid parking is available outside. The facilities in the building are of high quality for Dubai standards, the finishes also give a quality appearance. The best features are the massive swimming pool which is heated in winter. Also if you have a small apartment you will still be able to host guests at the BBQ area which has ample BBQ pits and seating possibilities. The gym is quite small but has all the basics, there is also a tennis court which is great. The apartments come with built in warddrobes and kitchen units, the bathrooms have proper showers unlike most other buildings in dubai. The kitchen and bathroom counters are of granite. The cooker is gas which is unusual for this type of building, but better for cooking. Almost all apartments have balconies eventhough it doesn't appear so at first glance. Some tips, the actual floors are not representative of the actual height. Floor 1 is actually the 12th floor, so an apartment on the 10th floor is actually the 22nd. Also apartments on the higher floors have a significant curvature of the outside glass, which reduces the room size. Internet and phone services are available from both DU and Etisalat up to 500mbps. The security and concierge is very friendly and helpful.

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"Love Our New Place"

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Positives:   Amenities.

Negatives:   Small gymnasium.

We just move here last February 2014 and we are loving it below are the reviews and comments I can share: THE LOCATION: We are 10 minutes away by feet and 5 minutes by car from the financial metro station which is great but you have to walk on a sandy part at the back of the tower in order to get there the quickest but THE BUILDING: At the ground floor there are not salons for ladies and gents as well as a small grocery. They also have a designated reception areas for the commercial and residential part of the building. The interior is amazing and a bit posh also especially on the residential reception area. They also put a nice computerize laundry box which is quite fascinating and cool. The facility management is good in maintaining the cleanliness of all the areas. THE FLAT: The first thing that we like about Park towers is the size of the flat. It is pretty decent for a 1BR hall around 850-900 Sq. ft. including the balcony which is I also like because it is not opened all the way. It is an opened kitchen which is I don’t like. THE AMENITIES: The have a really nice pretty big outdoor pool and garden where in you can go barbecue with your family and friends but for reservation and some other terms to consider. They have an outdoor tennis court which is amazing. The gym is common but a bit small. They also have steam and sauna separate for men and women. You can also get you kids play in a small play room near the gym area. They also have a medium size lounge area just in case you wanted to book it for a small gathering or party you can do so as per terms and condition of the building.

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"Sky Gardens - One Of The Best Places To Live In Dubai"

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Positives:   The view and proximity to DIFC.

Negatives:   Still living in it and hope to continue.

Was very lucky to find this appt - its a one bed duplex with fantastic views and is very spacious and well laid out. Friendly and helpful security and great maintenance that are always available to help. Just across the road is DIFC and its within walking distance from Dubai Mall ( when the weather is good) Love it and hope to keep living in it for as long as possible.

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"Index Tower 57th Floor"

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Positives:   Ofcourse the view.

Negatives:   Its lack of an outdoors swimming pool.

Very elegant building.

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"Great Quality And Layout"

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Positives:   The quality of the building and the unusual layout of my 1 bedroom loft apartment.

Negatives:   The lack of guest parking.

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"Quality Building At Perfect Location"

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Positives:   Location and quality of the building.

Brilliant location, as it is DIFC but you can walk across a street to Sheikh Zayed Road in 2 minutes. The building meets high standards and so does the apartment. The Sheikh Zayed Road view is simply breathtaking. Only small problem is the limited public parking spaces for guests.

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"Overall Great Flat, Could Be Lighter "

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Positives:   Very nice building and apartment, good location close to everything.

Negatives:   Only a small window in kitchen, lights have to be always on in the dining room.

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"Amazing Quality"

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Positives:   The location and the overall quality of the whole building.

Negatives:   Got quite expensive.

We really loved our apartment in Index tower with its minimalistic style and amazing views. My wife liked the large enough kitchen with the long working surface and the hidden built-in appliances. Our flat faced the sea and the towers of Sheikh Zayed Road, but the other side of the building has unbelievable views of Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai. The only small problem with the flat I can mention, is that the bedroom could have been bigger. Basically we put are bed in, and there was only space left to walk around it. The swimming pool and the gym on the lobby floor is simply great, I didn't need to go anywhere else to workout. Location-wise you can't get much better than this, 2 minutes from Dubai Mall and Sheikh Zayed Road, plus all the restaurants and bars of DIFC.

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