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Do I Really Need a Rental Car in Dubai

The question of whether or not you need to rent a car in Dubai comes up quite often with our customers. Our answer depends on the purpose of your travel, where you are staying, and where you want to go.

The average cost of a rental car is $20/day, for a mini-van it is $55/day, plus you’ll need to consider the cost of fuel.
If the purpose of your travel is business and requires that you have the ability to move about the various areas of the city, especially outside of the Sheikh Zayed Road and Dubai Creek corridors, you are best off renting a vehicle.

If you are a family on vacation, staying in or around Sheikh Zayed Road, DXB, or Dubai Creek, or if you are a business professional commuting to and from work in the same areas, you could save quite a bit by taking the Dubai Metro.
The Dubai Metro is considered one of the cleanest and safest metros in the world.

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The areas with easy access to the Dubai Metro include:
• Al Qusais
• Al Rashidiya
• Dubai International Airport
• Deira
• In and around Dubai Creek
• Bur Dubai
• DTC (Dubai Trade Centre) and DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre)
• Downtown Dubai (Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall)
• Mall of the Emirates (Ski Dubai)
• Dubai Internet and Media Cities
• Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)
• Dubai Marina

These areas are a bit farther, but are still in reasonable proximity to the Metro:
• Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach (Burj al Arab and Wild Wadi)
• Palm Jumeirah (Atlantis-The Palm and AquaVenture)
• Al Barsha
• The Greens
• Mirdiff

Tickets are easy to purchase at any of the ticket offices or vending machine at any station, but if you are planning to use The Dubai Metro as a major source of travel we suggest you purchase a SmartCard .
A SmartCard is a pre-paid card that you can add to that you swipe through the gate at the stations. The cost of the trip is then deducted from the card.
There are a number of benefits in using the SmartCard. They are:
• The SmartCard is convenient and saves you time. You don’t have to purchase a ticket for each trip.

• There is a daily cap of 14 AED ($3.80), prices on the red line are slightly higher, in Dubai Metro fares. So you won’t spend more than the daily cap regardless of how much you ride in a day.

• The SmartCard can also be used on any of Dubai’s city buses or water taxis on Dubai Creek.
If you rely on the Dubai Metro for your transportation needs, you may find the need to hail a taxi every once in awhile, but overall you should be able to save.

Learn more about our great selection of accommodations offering easy access to the Dubai Metro. contact us to book www.dubaishortstay.net

Why Hire a Professional to Shoot Your Holiday Home Photos?

Why Hire a Professional to Shoot Your Holiday Home Photos ?

You may wonder why you should hire a professional to shoot the photos of your holiday home. I mean, after all, isn’t just a matter of going through each room and snapping a few shots?

Unfortunately not.

A professional photographer has years of experience in lighting, exposure, and angles that will get the most from each shot. Getting the proper angle and lighting can make turn a good picture into a captivating one.

Shopping is all about emotion, and emotion plays even a grander role when it comes to planning your vacation. Think about it. You’re planning a trip to Dubai, an exotic destination. Now, you’ve already begun to create an image of what your perfect getaway will look like.

Next, you go online and begin your search. Where should you stay? The place you choose will reflect your idea of the ideal holiday.

Your property only has one chance to capture that traveler’s attention. You don’t want just pictures of your rental, you want images that send a message to the traveler, a message that conveys the very essence of your property.

A picture may be able to create a thousand words, but a picture may not be able to truly capture what the eye sees and the heart feels(especially if it is taken by a non-professional).

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Think back, have you ever taken a picture of something or someplace you thought was absolutely breathtaking, and when you look back at the picture you realize that the picture just doesn’t quite look like what you remember? It doesn’t instill that same sense of awe, the tug at your heart as when you saw it with your own eyes.

This is what we’re talking about.

Capturing the essence of something isn’t easy. It requires a keen eye, and a talent for telling a story through images. It requires a professional.

It is worth the cost of hiring one, but there’s no need for you to worry. The great thing about listing your property with KeysPlease.ae is that this service comes free of charge to our property owners. With KeyPlease we hire the professionals that will come in and capture that “je ne se qua” that makes your property unique. Check out our listings to get an idea of what we can do for you.

Does Dubai Cater to Those on a Budget

Does Dubai Cater to Those on a Budget?

It most certainly does, if you know how to go about it.
The main cost areas you want to focus on is airfare, entertainment, transportation, accommodations, and food.
Airfare: Try to find a discount airline that offers service to Dubai. FlyDubai is the most popular, but there are several others. Check with your local budget carrier to see if they fly to Dubai.
Entertainment: In the area of entertainment you’ll want to look for activities that are low-cost or free. Here are some that we suggest.

• Dubai Fountain – The dancing fountains at outside the Dubai Mall at the base of the Burj Khalifa is Dubai’s starring attraction.
• Take an Abra across the Dubai Creek – Ride a wooden boat across the creek for a unique experience. Cost is 1 AED.
• Dubai Gold and Spice Souk – On the shores of the Dubai Creek are the Gold and Spice Souk offering a more traditional shopping experience.
• Al Bastikiya – Visit this historical district to learn more about the Dubai of yesteryear and how the locals kept cool before air conditioning was invented.
• Jumeirah Beach Park – Enjoy a day of family fun at the Jumeirah Beach Park with its white sandy beaches and family barbeque areas. Cost is 5 AED.
• Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) Beach – This free family friendly beach is popular amongst the local residents.

For other Dubai attractions, you may want to check out websites, such as Groupon.ae where you can find discounts and other great deals.
Transportation: The Dubai Metro is a great low-cost means of getting around the city. If you can, try to find accommodations within walking distance of the Metro. It can save you a lot in taxi fares.
Accommodations: This is probably your biggest cost. Dubai is full of 5-star hotel and resorts. But they are not the only accommodation in town. There are several mid-range and budget hotels, such as Holiday Inn Express.
Another accommodation alternative is a short-term holiday rental. You’d be surprised how much you can save, especially on a family holiday. If you are staying for a week or more we suggest checking out this option. Click here to learn more about our great selection of holiday rentals.
Food: You’d be surprised, but this is a biggie! The cost of eating out (3 meals/day) can really play havoc on the holiday budget. But this is where a short-term holiday rental can really save you. Holiday rentals come with fully-equipped kitchens and dining areas, so all you have to do is stock up the Frig from a nearby grocer, and watch your savings add up.

With these cost-saving tips, you don’t have to be a millionaire to enjoy what Dubai has to offer. check out our Dubai furnished holiday Budget apartment as well as keysplease.ae

Who Benefits Most From Dubai’s New Holiday Homes Law

ho Benefits Most From Dubai’s New Holiday Homes Law?

It is true with the new holiday homes law there will be more rules and regulations in a once ambiguous area of Dubai’s real estate and property market. So what was the purpose of creating such laws and who will benefit most?

The purpose of creating such laws is to better manage the Dubai’s tourism market. In the past holiday home rentals were treated differently than its accommodation cousin, the hotel sector. The Dubai government, with the award of Expo 2020, has acknowledged the need for better regulation of this market.
Expo 2020 means that Dubai will need to double its accommodations over the next 5 years. To do this effectively and efficiently will mean bringing in the holiday homes sector to be governed under the same umbrella as that of hotels, under the direction of the DTCM (Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing).

Its purpose is to oversee the safety of Dubai’s visitors as well as ensure that when booking your Dubai accommodations, they can be guarantee you are dealing with a legitimate licensed operator, approved by the government.

Public safety is the primary concern of the Dubai government. It today’s age, it is critical that the government know who is in the country and where they are staying. Now, holiday home licensed operators will need to provide this information to the DTCM when you check-in just as hotels have done for years.
The government also wants to ensure that when you book your stay you are receiving quality accommodations that match what was promised. In the past, you never knew if what you were getting was what was advertised, and if it wasn’t, you had no place to turn. With the new rules and regulations all of that is changed.

Now, as long as you book with an accredited licensed operator, such as Keys Please, you can be assured that you will receive the quality accommodations you expect.
So who wins? Everyone!

The Dubai government wins because it has better control over managing public safety and the city’s reputation as one of the world’s top tourist spots.

Licensed operators win because they no longer have to compete with unprofessional individuals and companies promising the world at cheap rates then delivering substandard accommodations.

But you, the one who is planning a trip Dubai, are the biggest winner. You can be assured when you visit this great city, that the government of Dubai is doing everything they can to ensure your safety and that your stay in Dubai is a positive one.

As a government licensed operator, check out our great selection of Dubai short tern rental at keysplease.ae and Dubaishortstay.net.

Relocating to Dubai ? Here’s How to Plan

Relocating to Dubai? Here’s How to Plan

Relocating to a new place can be exciting, but it can also be scary. I know I was when I first arrived in Dubai. New city, new people, and unfamiliar surroundings, it can be overwhelming. But having a game plan can make your move much easier.

Here are some things to consider when planning your move:
Do you have children?
This is probably one of the most important issues to your move. If you have school-age children, your whole relocation is dependent on where your children will be attending school.
Begin your research as early as possible as schools can be quite expensive, and many of the top-rated schools are full.

I highly recommend visiting Dubai before your move to meet with the administration of the schools that have made your short list. Making sure that the school and its environment is right for you and your children can make all the difference in the world.

If you are having a difficult time finding the right school, you may want to consider online options.
More and more families are turning to online homeschooling through such schools as K12 International Academy to fulfill their children’s educational needs. And, it is more cost-effective than most Dubai schools.

What area do you want to live?
Once, you have decided on the school, you can begin the search for your home. If you don’t have school age children then you can start your search immediately. If you can, take your time with this step. It’ll be well worth your while to take a bit of time in determining which area is right for you. Visit the communities, talk to people about their experiences and ask for recommendations.
Learn the commuter patterns to determine if the area you’re considering allows for a feasible commute to work and to the school, unless you’re willing to sit in rush hour traffic or pay for school transportation.
What do you do in the meantime?
Depending on where you are moving from, it may take a while for you to have household goods delivered to you. For us, the wait was over two months. Even if you are buying everything new, it can take some time to furnish a household to your liking.

No need to rush, and no need to live out of a suitcase in a crowded hotel room. Instead, rent a furnished apartment short-term. We found the perfect 2 bedroom/2 bath apartment in Downtown Dubai that gave us all the luxuries of home until we were settled, and I was so happy we did.

Renting a place short term allowed us the time and space to find the perfect spot to call home.
Learn more about our properties available for short-term rental.
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Who Are Holiday Home Rentals Best Suited For

Who Are Holiday Home Rentals Best Suited For ?

As this alternative means of accommodation becomes more and more popular, we often get asked the question, “Who are holiday home rentals best suited for?”

We have found that holiday home rentals are best suited for families and/or large groups.

However, they are becoming increasingly more popular with business travelers who find themselves staying in a spot for an extended length of time, such as a week or more.

They are also growing in popularity with honeymooners and couples seeking to make the most out of a romantic getaway.

Apartments and villas rented out short-term can often times save a family lots of money as well as enhance the quality of a vacation. A hotel can cramp the style of any holiday, especially when kids are involved. Holiday rentals provide the luxury and space of a “home away from home”.

And, when you add up the cost of premium hotel accommodations for a family of four staying for a week or more, you will surely see the savings.

In addition, an apartment or villa provides the convenience of a fully-equipped kitchen, and eating in can save you a small fortune, especially in a city such as Dubai.

Large groups can benefit from the rental of a short-term villa. Many of our customers are extended families who share a villa on the popular Palm Jumeirah.

With 4 to 5 bedrooms and over 5000 sf. of space, there is plenty of room for everyone to do their own thing. Many of our villas offer game rooms for the children, a private pool, and your own private beach to build sand castles, fish, or relax under an umbrella with a good read.

These villas are also popular for corporate meetings and events. Hosting an event at a Dubai resort is extremely pricey. Companies can save a lot hosting an event at one of our villas.

Our villas meet or exceed most 5-star hotels in Dubai, plus you will have the added benefit of a private facility to conduct meetings, team build, or plan your next business strategy.

We are also finding that with the construction and growth planned for the city as it prepares for Expo2020, more and more businesses and corporations are sending in personnel for extended stays, a week or more. Short-term rental apartments offer a huge savings for this segment.

Business travelers find that staying in a fully-furnished apartment makes their stay more pleasant and productive by providing them with all the amenities of home.

Couples are also finding that our holiday rentals are an excellent alternative for that romantic getaway or honeymoon retreat. The added benefits of the additional privacy that a vacation rental offers can easily turn that entertaining holiday into the memory of a lifetime.

So whether you are a family, large group, couple, or the business traveler planning to spend a bit of time in the beautiful city of Dubai, holiday home rentals are definitely worth considering. And, we offer the best selection at the lowest price. So check us out. You’ll be happy you did.

Dubai New Holiday Home Laws

The Purpose of Dubai New Holiday Home Laws

The new Decree No. 41 pertaining to holiday home rentals was sparked by the award of Expo2020 to Dubai.  If you are wondering what Expo2020 has to do with holiday home rentals, you’ve come to the right place, as we can share with you the importance of the laws of this new decree and why they are necessary.

Expo2020 is anticipated to bring more than 20 billion visitors to Dubai. At present, the city does not have the means to accommodate such a volume.

Dubai will need to double its present occupancy rate to reach such a goal. This drastic growth requires more than just adding new hotels. It will also require the addition of alternative forms of accommodation such as the short-term rental of villas and apartments.

Until the recent passing of Decree No. 41, holiday rentals were a grey area under Dubai’s property laws. Unregulated, this meant that just about anyone with an inkling to do so, could rent out their property short-term.

Property owners could even go so far as to rent out “rooms” or portions of their home to travelers under marketing websites such as airbnb.com.

For those interested in staying in a holiday apartment or villa, it wasn’t hard to find available properties online, but who knew what they were getting into.?

How was one to answer the difficult questions, such as, “When I get there, will the property be as advertised, or will I be in for a rude awakening?” Or, “Am I dealing with a reputable individual or company? What can I expect in the means of customer service? And, is it safe?”

The answers to those questions could mean the difference between a great stay and a vacation nightmare. And if things did go wrong, where was the customer to turn?

With the institution of Decree No. 41, all short-term rental properties must be licensed and managed by locally-based licensed operators. All licensed properties and operators must meet the stringent requirements set forth by Dubai’s Department Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).

Under the regulation of the DTCM, travelers can now be assured that any licensed property or licensed operator in Dubai will a “safe” choice.

Requiring that licensed operators be locally operated ensures that travelers will be dealing with local professionals who are accessible and able to address issues in a timely manner, in the event they should occur.

Keys Please is an approved licensed operator by the DTCM.

And, should one face such an unfortunate but unlikely event, the customer will have the peace of mind in knowing they have the recourse of filing a complaint with the DTCM, if their issues are not addressed and remedied by the operator.

However, please note that at Keys Please, we believe in going above and beyond the DTCM standards to provide our customers with the highest quality of service they can expect.

The renting of “rooms” or portions of someone’s home is no longer allowed. This adds to the safety of those traveling to the city, especially women.

And while on the subject of safety, it is important to note that holiday home licensees will be required to follow all check-in reporting procedures that govern Dubai hotels. These reporting procedures are essential to the homeland security of the Emirate, as well as the security of all those visiting.

We hope that this helps you to better understand of the importance of Dubai’s new holiday home laws.

 

vacation rentals vs hotels

Vacation Rentals vs Hotels

We have made a brief comparison info-graphic which shows few main items  comparing offering at cost at both vacation rentals and hotels  have your say

 

 

 

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There is a Twist in One of the Newest Dubai Attractions


Dubai a city of skyscrapers, Dubai is known for its towers. From the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest, standing 828 metres high, to the Princess Tower, the tallest residential building in the world at 413.4m (101 stories) high, Dubai knows how to build them. Next came the world’s tallest hotel. The 77-story twin towers of the JW Marriott Marquis reach 355 metres into the sky. Now, the city has unveiled its newest of Dubai attractions, Cayan Tower.

 

The Cayan Tower is the Newest of Dubai Attractions to Grace the City’s Already Amazing Skyline.

Cayan Tower, touching the sky at 310 metres, is now the world’s tallest twisted tower. Although similar to the Turning Torso building in Sweden, the Cayan Tower’s design is more unique. With a structure that’s twisted from each level, every floor is rotated by 1.2˚ to complete a full 90˚ spiral. Its helix shape adorns the Dubai Marina skyline.

Construction began on this 1 billion AED ( $273 million USD) building which originally known as the Infinity Tower in February 2006, but stalled with the economic downturn in 2009. Now standing proudly  at 75 stories, it’s ready to go with its 570 plush studio, 1,2,3 and 4 bedroom apartments, duplexes, penthouses, offering amazing panoramic views of the Marina and the Palm Jumeirah. The tower will also house a spa, a nursery, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a state-of-the-art gym, as well as conference rooms, and a 24-hour concierge.

The twist in the architecture will give residents of the lower floors a beautiful view of the Dubai Marina’s waterfront promenade, and those in the upper floors with have a grand view of the Arabian Gulf.

Although the tower unusual design did create some challenges for its designers, Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP, these developers are no strangers to creating exclusive, world-class Dubai attractions. They are also the designers behind the infamous Burj Khalifa.

 

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Cayan Tower Location

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Interested in Staying Near this One of Many Dubai Attractions?

The Cayan Tower brings a particular charm to the Dubai Marina, and Dubaishortstay.com offers some great accommodation in this popular district. With a nice selection of short-term rental at the cayan infinity tower  you can’t go wrong. at Dubai short Stay We also offer a variety of luxury Holiday Villas in Dubai in the nearby Palm Jumeirah. Booking the perfect Dubai holiday rental is simple with our easy online booking service.

Dubai Boasts the Worlds Largest Green Public Sector Building – Accommodation in Dubai to Follow

Despite the success of accommodation in Dubai it’s shifting its focus from desert brown to “green”, starting with the Dubai Energy and Water Authority (known as DEWA to local residents) headquarters. The facility has become the largest public sector in the world to be awarded the LEED Platinum status.

 

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a third-party, Green Building Council based in the US. It is a program offers tools that support best strategies for building and sustainability to minimize its impact on the environment. It also provides certification for building projects that meet its rigid requirements. This is done through a points system. As the project meets the requirements of a certain category, it earns points. The points are then tallied to determine the level of certification, whether it be certified, silver, gold, or platinum.

 

The DEWA headquarters achieved a 98 out of 110 points. So what did DEWA have to do in order to obtain its platinum status?
As the UAE’s first green governmental building, this 103,500 m² facility was built from 36% recycled materials and high-efficiency insulation. It’s designed to reduce water and energy consumption by 48% and 66%, respectively.

 

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Its heating and cooling systems are linked to smart building technology, powered by a 660-kW solar energy power plant. The building will be lighted by low-powered LED lights with an automatic lighting control system that uses occupancy sensors. This too, is powered by solar energy. And, special glass has been installed to reduce heat transfer to a minimum, while energy-efficient water chillers decrease energy consumption.

 

Water efficiency was achieved through a storm water and sewerage treatment plant, which treats water for reuse, and recycles water for irrigation. The building is also fitted with regulators and low-flow fixtures, as well as sensor taps and waterless urinals.
But its “greenness” does stop there. The building was erected in an area that provides easy access to public transportation. It also offers substantial bicycle facilities, and preferential parking for hybrid cars, and electric vehicles, all in an attempt to reduce emissions and lower its carbon footprint.

 

The DEWA project is the first of many, as Dubai implements its Integrated Energy Strategy to reduce energy demand by 30% in 2030.

 

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