Spent 6 months (aug 2008 - feb 2009) at the Nuran Marina whilst in Dubai on a contract job.
The staff are stellar, sweet people -- all of them: front desk, housekeeping, costa coffee (like a starbucks) ppl, security, etc.
I am grateful they were so nice and friendly all the time to me. It took the bite out of being there alone for so long. I don't think they knew how much I appreciated that.
The apartments are clean and modern and large by NYC standards. The kitchen has everything u'll need including corkscrews. (Sidenote: get as much booze as you can at the airport coming in because you can't buy it outside bars in Dubai w/out a residency booze license! There are not local bars w/in walking distance that I knew of.)
The pool is a small, just almost big enough to do laps when there aren't little kids in it (which was most of the time). Best time to do laps is dinner time when ppl aren't sunning. During the day it was sometimes hard to get a lounge chair because so many ppl were sitting around the pool all day. I think there were a lot of vacationing Europeans there.
They have parking spaces in the garage for you.
Its a short walk over the bridge to JBR and the beach and a shorter walk to the new Marina Mall. There's a nail salon and a little corner grocery store 3 blocks down the street within walking distance.
My fave local place for dinner was Burger House just over the bridge. Nuran has a pile of local delivery food places in your room/apt. (Although, the food, overall, in Dubai is not as good as the food in NYC, IMHO.) You can get groceries - everything u'd get in the US or EU plus more - at a Spinneys grocery at Marina Walk (drive there don't walk, its too far) and there's a bigger grocery store at Ibn Batuta mall. There's an Organic Grocery Store and Cafe one exit down Sheik Zayeed Road too.
If I had to go back to Dubai, I would definitely try to stay at Nuran Marina again.
I wish my apt in NYC were as nice and as big as the Nuran apt and I wish I had frequent housekeeping now. I miss the housekeeping gals I would chat with. And saying hi to Preveen, the most handsome security young man I've ever - so polite and looks like a movie star.
They have an ethernet cable for 'net access in the bedroom. I bought a cheap wireless router (your local mall is Ibn Batuta, a 5 mintue drive down Sheik Zaayd Road). If you need to print docs, you can email them to the front desk and they print them immediately and run them up to your room.
TVs in both living and bedrooms with 100+ channels. There's an audio CD player and maybe a DVD player in the living room (I didn't use them).
They gym is awesome; coming from NYC where I use the crowded and loud and over-priced NYHRC, the Nuran gym was spacious with lovely big windows and has many machines and weights (and I think some free weights for you guys). I enjoyed exercising on the cardio machines overlooking the marina. There's a sauna and hot tub in the women's locker room that I never saw used, btw.
If I could improve one thing it would be them getting wireless 'net access in the coffee shop next to the pool. I would take my computer and go work down there sometimes to get out of my room but I'd have to run upstairs to get onto the 'net. Not a big deal. Oh, and I'd make a bigger swimming pool. :)
Also re: 'net access: their ISP doesnt have the restrictions that offices and some other residential areas have. Like i was able to use flickr and standard social networking sites, whereas my friends who lived in the Gardens (not affiliated w/ Nuran) had flickr et al blocked.
PS - if you are a non-smoker, ask for a non-smoking room. the 1st apt i had had obviously been used by a smoker b4 and was kinda smelly. but it went away afer a few days. And, when I was there there was a building going up on the east side of Nuran and construction was 24/7 so I asked to move to the west side. And, the west side view at that time had a nicer view imho.
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