Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Finally. I'm Like SO Done With This. Fa-real, Please, Seriously, Finally.

Okay, fingers and toes crossed, planets have to align, and Dubai has to be efficient. Problem is, you have to pay for a full year's rent upfront. And you have to write a check. And it has to be a local check. So, let's say you don't have your residents visa yet. And you need that to open a bank account. And you need that local account to get your money over from the states. You'd be stuck, right? Yup. Unless you can convince your company to cough up $50K in 24 hours and write a check for you to a landlord you've only met once (but no worries - you handed him an envelope with $9,500 in cash when you met him last time, so you're sure he's a stand-up guy).

Now let's say IF that all happens tomorrow, we're all set with our new apartment! We've put a deposit in (i.e., envelope of a cash to the nice Pakistani man), signed a contract, gotten keys, and had our first meal (see the video below) in our new digs right next to the tallest building in the world. It's a nice two-bedroom in a brand new building (development company released it 4 days ago) with all of the niceties. Most importantly, floor-to-ceiling windows with a view of the Burj Dubai, Arabian Gulf and The World Islands, skyline of Dubai, the lake of Business Bay, and "Old Town" (don't kid yourself - they're still being built). Yes, we're 300 feet up, and yet, the building is still settling - it's a weird feeling when you walk up to the edge of the building and all of the windows creak at the same time. But don't worry, it's solid (ish). What happens if it all falls through, you say? Then we come home, and I punch you in the shoulder.

Now, you're all missing the biggest point - TWO BEDROOMS. An extra full bed, an extra full bath, and a full hug for everyone who wants to visit - we guarantee a five star vacation at rock bottom 8 star prices. You know you want it! Check out the gallery for more fun and more echoey video.


Anonymous said...

HaHaHaHa! Keep this up and I'll become addicted to blogging.

So glad to see you still have your sense of humor about this experience. I'll have to pass this on to the guy who bought your car -he was nervous about carrying $4500in cash!

Anonymous said...

I assume that picture of Katie is while she's having her Indian breakfast?

And please tell me that the tower is straight and you're leaning slightly to the right.


Anonymous said...

Congrats potentionally, I'll hold that until it's all final. Glad to see you guys are finally getting more settled out there. I'm really wanting to come out there as soon as possible and with a place to stay..... ;).

Adair said...

Congrats on the new place...well, fingers crossed that is. :) I'm glad to hear you have a two bedroom, now chris and I can't refuse a visit...especially with that view! I'm glad you two are settling in and having fun it appears. :) Miss you two!