An apartment by the Bay


Almost a year ago I moved away from Abu Dhabi to Dubai. I was transferred to the Dubai office of the firm I work for.

I’d like to take a moment and just reflect on how quickly the time flies. When I was transferred, I was given two weeks notice (much like the movie) and in those two weeks I had to find a new place and move in immediately. Luckily Abu Dhabi is not too far from Dubai so initially, for about a 2 weeks I did have to commute, until my furniture arrived to my apartment.

My heart was set on a building which was right next to work and it had a few apartments empty. This was because I was new to Dubai and didn’t want to get caught up in the morning rush trying to get into work. However, for some reason, either the agent would increase the price or tell us it was no longer available. We had contacted a few agents about the apartments in the building. Until finally we managed to secure one and handed in a deposit. Little did I know that handing in a deposit doesn’t mean much and the next morning the agent called saying how the apartment is in high demand and can only make it available to me if we pay a higher rent. I flat out refused (pun intended), it’s not a joke and it shouldn’t be this difficult to book an apartment. Shame that people are not good for their word anymore and luckily I got my deposit back. Time was running out and I was back to square one and had no apartment. It was difficult to call agents at that time too because work was extremely busy. I have to admit, I was extremely lucky because my parents were very helpful. They would drive to Dubai to view the apartments on my behalf. I cannot stress enough how grateful I am for their help. In any case I gave up on that building and even though the agent called again confirming that another apartment was available, I was now adamant to find a place anywhere else and never live in that building.

I had basically lost faith in ever finding an apartment and decided that commuting won’t be that bad and that I could do it. 10 days into commuting back and forth everyday, my hunt was back on. Luckily my mother had found another agent and she was excellent. She knew exactly what I was looking for and didn’t play any games in relation to my budget. She booked a viewing and I had taken a few days off to find a place. So on a Thursday, I went to Dubai with my parents to view the places. The first building was in a compound with a cluster of 13 buildings. We walked up to the compound from the underground parking, as we stepped outside, my dad said to me “This is it” with a big smile on his face and this was before we had gone up to look at the apartment! It just had a nice vibe to it, which the other building next to work did not have. We went up had a look at a few apartments and I chose the corner apartment. We got the lease signed the same day and I had the keys to my very own place.

It makes me curious how something’s just work out. Maybe it is fate? I guess the moral of the story is, if something is meant to be, it will be easy peasy. Don’t force things, just let it be. 🙂

Featured image is the view from my apartment.

Selectively Curious©


  1. Quinn · March 1, 2017

    I agree! With our apartment, when we first showed up to the viewing somebody had already asked to put a deposit down. The landlord told us he would have chosen us if he hadn’t said yes to the other couple. Disappointed, we went on holidays for a couple of weeks (Miami, where you can sunbathe your sorrows away) and a couple of days before we were due to come home the landlord rang to say that it had fallen through with the other couple and did we still want it.

    Three and a half years later, we still live there and love it. Funny how things work out!

    How do you like Dubai compared to Abu Dhabi?

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    • Selectively Curious · March 1, 2017

      Honestly it does amaze me how things fall into place when you least expect them to.

      Abu Dhabi will always be home since I’ve spent most of my childhood there. I was born in Dubai, moved to Abu Dhabi when I was 7 and then to London when I was 19 and then back to Abu Dhabi when I was 26. I’ve grown to like Dubai as it reminds me of London. However, I do miss Abu Dhabi too and Dubai is where I need to be at this point in my life, away from the drama of people I know in Abu Dhabi. I’d love to move back to Abu Dhabi once I’m settled and married, it’s a nice place to raise a family. 🙂
      Where else have you lived?

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      • Quinn · March 1, 2017

        Only Germany! Although I do visit Madrid about three times a year. I haven’t been as footloose in my life… yet…!

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      • Selectively Curious · March 1, 2017

        Oh did you go there for a year abroad? How was it? Where in Germany?
        Id love to live in Madrid at some point in my life


      • Quinn · March 1, 2017

        Yes, I spent a year in Heidelberg. It was something!

        Madrid is my soul city. I absolutely love it, just… all the way down to my bones. If Scrubs spoke Spanish fluently I would definitely push to move there. It’s such a lovely place.

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      • Selectively Curious · March 1, 2017

        I can’t wait to visit 🙂

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