Barsha Heights, Dubai, UAE

Al Shaiba Towers

11 Reviews
star 2.5
Year built
2008
Developer
Al Shaibha Family
Al Shaiba Towers is a multi-building complex located in Barsha Heights, United Arab Emirates
Al Shaiba Towers is a multi-building complex located in Barsha Heights, United Arab Emirates
star 2.5

Al Shaiba Towers receives an overall rating of 2.5 based on 11 reviews. We asked the residents to consider a variety of factors such as the view, finishing, layout, noise levels, traffic, public transportation, parking, security, swimming pool, gym, and maintenance.

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Al Shaiba Towers review, September 2021
Terrible building with pathetic maintenance staff.
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Sam
From India
Moved here in 2019, Living with spouse.
Positives
Near to metro.
Negatives
Greedy maintenance, unhygienic, hidden costs.
Lifts are in terrible condition. Poor condition of parking. Maintenance and Agency staff always bother you for small things. Even if u bring an extra mattress they will question you unreasonably. Me and my husband waiting for our current contract to get over so we can shift elsewhere.
Lifts are in terrible condition. Poor condition of parking. Maintenance and Agency staff always bother you for small things. Even if u bring an extra mattress they will question you unreasonably. Me and my husband waiting for our current contract to get over so we can shift elsewhere.
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Al Shaiba Towers review, October 2016
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Katerina
From Greece
Moved here in 2016, Living with spouse.
Positives
View, metro
Negatives
Maintenance,elevators, dirty building
We chose tecom because we liked the area, very close to the metro but the building is really bad. Bad maintenance. Water was leaking out of the ceiling especially when it was raining (we are talking about a lake in my bedroom) You have to wait for the elevators up to 30 more… minutes. (Elevators haven't been maintained). Dirty floors, cigarette butt everywhere! My apartment was falling apart. Pieces of the ceiling, kitchen cabinets etc.. and the moto of the people of this building is "no problem".. Right.. Show less
We chose tecom because we liked the area, very close to the metro but the building is really bad. Bad maintenance. Water was leaking out of the ceiling especially when it was raining (we are talking about a lake in my bedroom) You have to wait for the elevators up to 30 minutes. (Elevators haven't been maintained). Dirty floors, cigarette butt everywhere! My apartment was falling apart. Pieces of the ceiling, kitchen cabinets etc.. and the moto of the people of this building is "no problem".. Right..
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Al Shaiba Towers review, February 2016
Excellent location
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Cheryl
From Philippines
Moved here in 2013, Living with flatmate.
Positives
Location
Negatives
Not so new inside
Very accessible to transport (taxi, metro, buses..), park, mall, banks, groceries. Although the bldg. is quite old & nothing fancy about the interior of the flat.
Very accessible to transport (taxi, metro, buses..), park, mall, banks, groceries. Although the bldg. is quite old & nothing fancy about the interior of the flat.
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Al Shaiba Towers review, November 2015
Fair
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Moe
From Egypt
Moved here in 2014, Living alone.
Positives
View and location
Negatives
Sharing appartments
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Al Shaiba Towers review, March 2015
Badly Managed
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Mohammed
From Lebanon
Moved here in 2015, Living with spouse.
Positives
The restaurants, location, supermarkets and close proximity to all malls and SZR.
Negatives
The dangerous and slow lifts. The useless security. The smells on floor and parking corridors.
It is a shame to see one of the best located towers in Tecom being managed and maintained the way it is. The security just sits there. Expect daily massage cards, menus and flyers on your door. Water and filters salesmen ringing your doorbell at 9m, etc. The lifts are more… extra slow and so old. The walls are so thin, bad moulding and foul smells that never get addressed when maintenance is called. They just come and paint over it. The pool is almost unusable as it is too small for a twin tower of 60 floors between the two. Our floor is the last with a balcony. We have a breathless view of the Emirates Hills golf course but we dont dare enjoying it because first, the balcony is so tiny and second, because it has no ceiling. Every piece of garbage, glass, carton and cigarette butt lands on it as they are thrown by some of the horrible tenants. The list goes on, bottom line we cant wait to leave this building.Show less
It is a shame to see one of the best located towers in Tecom being managed and maintained the way it is. The security just sits there. Expect daily massage cards, menus and flyers on your door. Water and filters salesmen ringing your doorbell at 9m, etc. The lifts are extra slow and so old. The walls are so thin, bad moulding and foul smells that never get addressed when maintenance is called. They just come and paint over it. The pool is almost unusable as it is too small for a twin tower of 60 floors between the two. Our floor is the last with a balcony. We have a breathless view of the Emirates Hills golf course but we dont dare enjoying it because first, the balcony is so tiny and second, because it has no ceiling. Every piece of garbage, glass, carton and cigarette butt lands on it as they are thrown by some of the horrible tenants. The list goes on, bottom line we cant wait to leave this building.
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Al Shaiba Towers review, February 2015
Couldn't wait to move out
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Tom
From United Kingdom
Moved here in 2014, Living with flatmate.
Positives
Leaving
Negatives
Maintenance
Elevators the worst! At busy times of the day you can be waiting over HALF an HOUR!!! Maintenance almost non existent, they have less maintenance guys than elevators! Bathroom continually leaking water through the ceiling, on one occasion I got a knock on the door from maintenance about water leaking through to more… the tenants downstairs... I had to explain it was coming from ABOVE ME and going all the way through! Other minor problems with poor quality fixed furnishings and fitted kitchen. Only 1 power socket in each bedroom, which is a major inconvenience. Show less
Elevators the worst! At busy times of the day you can be waiting over HALF an HOUR!!! Maintenance almost non existent, they have less maintenance guys than elevators! Bathroom continually leaking water through the ceiling, on one occasion I got a knock on the door from maintenance about water leaking through to the tenants downstairs... I had to explain it was coming from ABOVE ME and going all the way through! Other minor problems with poor quality fixed furnishings and fitted kitchen. Only 1 power socket in each bedroom, which is a major inconvenience.
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Al Shaiba Towers review, December 2014
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Savita
From Malaysia
Moved here in 2014, Family with children.
Positives
The view and the finishes are the best
Negatives
The size of the apartment and the Bathroom layout
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Al Shaiba Towers review, December 2014
Not awful, but not great either
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Sohan
From India
Moved here in 2014, Living alone.
Positives
Location, neighborhood, some facilities
Negatives
Agency in charge, lack of enforcement of rules, bad fittings
Pros: Good access to SZR and Hessa (and from there to E44 and E311). Convenience for groceries and restaurants, downstairs as well as nearby. Nearby pubs and bars too. Major malls and performance venues within easy reach. Reasonable storage space. Good balcony space and view. Pool and gardens. Some white goods provided, including oven and stoves more… (see cons entry about white goods) Decent maintenance overall, and free (see cons entry about hidden costs) In-building parking, and usually plenty of it (see cons entry about parking) Cons: Bit of a chokepoint getting into neighborhood from SZR from the Abu Dhabi side Parking slots are not reserved. Many drivers abuse this to take up two slots with one car, against which action has been threatened but clearly not enforced. I also feel that many people who either do not live in the building or live there but have more cars per apartment than allowed are using the parking levels here. I dunno, I have frequently encountered cars waiting near the entrance or exit for someone else with a working remote, and then sneaking in or out. Really annoying, as there is practically no parking late at night, thanks to these two factors. Gym is a little under-equipped A lot of unpaved area around. Need to go to the nearby Greens to walk, as there is no continuous walking circuit around. Built-in closets barely deep enough to take full-size clothes. Have to tilt coat hangers sideways in the cases of suits. The kitchen (for 1BR, at least) is really constrictive. Too little counter space -- I had two buy two islands to keep stuff on or in, and on which to do chopping. The two stove-tops are so close to each other that you can't have two large pots on at the same time -- really infuriating for someone who likes to cook. Fittings not so good either: I had one dish rack collapse once, wrecking half my crockery, and weak hinges on cabinet doors sometimes literally break. The guest restroom is ridiculously tight; my guests have to squeeze in sideways past the commode in order to close the door behind them. There is also some ventilation cross-connection mess-up, because closing the guest restroom door while turning on the kitchen exhaust results in warm, moist air being pumped into the guest restroom, stinking it up. Maintenance has yet to come up with a solution for this. The area is quite dusty from construction. The balcony doors are very hard to open and close, while simultaneously not being dust-proof. Seriously, there are gaps at the edges of the balcony doors so large you can put your finger there and feel the hot, dusty air flowing in. AC is not consistent. Sometimes, to get it to cool, you often have to put it on the highest setting. Sometimes, you do that, and leave it for a bit or go to sleep, and it suddenly works too well, and it's freezing. White goods at one time did include the fridge and washing machine. Then management decided to renege on this provision (probably to skimp on maintenance costs and/or drive out existing tenants to take advantage of rent rises), posting notices that these two items will be removed upon the next renewal. Elevators are slow, and controlled by a really bad algorithm that sometimes had all of them go up at the same time. You have to keep aside at least 5 minutes in my tower for the elevator wait, and apparently even more in the other tower. Lessor agency has so far kept rent increases within RERA limits, but has snuck in additional costs by removing white goods, and charging huge additional "service fees".Show less
Pros: Good access to SZR and Hessa (and from there to E44 and E311). Convenience for groceries and restaurants, downstairs as well as nearby. Nearby pubs and bars too. Major malls and performance venues within easy reach. Reasonable storage space. Good balcony space and view. Pool and gardens. Some white goods provided, including oven and stoves (see cons entry about white goods) Decent maintenance overall, and free (see cons entry about hidden costs) In-building parking, and usually plenty of it (see cons entry about parking) Cons: Bit of a chokepoint getting into neighborhood from SZR from the Abu Dhabi side Parking slots are not reserved. Many drivers abuse this to take up two slots with one car, against which action has been threatened but clearly not enforced. I also feel that many people who either do not live in the building or live there but have more cars per apartment than allowed are using the parking levels here. I dunno, I have frequently encountered cars waiting near the entrance or exit for someone else with a working remote, and then sneaking in or out. Really annoying, as there is practically no parking late at night, thanks to these two factors. Gym is a little under-equipped A lot of unpaved area around. Need to go to the nearby Greens to walk, as there is no continuous walking circuit around. Built-in closets barely deep enough to take full-size clothes. Have to tilt coat hangers sideways in the cases of suits. The kitchen (for 1BR, at least) is really constrictive. Too little counter space -- I had two buy two islands to keep stuff on or in, and on which to do chopping. The two stove-tops are so close to each other that you can't have two large pots on at the same time -- really infuriating for someone who likes to cook. Fittings not so good either: I had one dish rack collapse once, wrecking half my crockery, and weak hinges on cabinet doors sometimes literally break. The guest restroom is ridiculously tight; my guests have to squeeze in sideways past the commode in order to close the door behind them. There is also some ventilation cross-connection mess-up, because closing the guest restroom door while turning on the kitchen exhaust results in warm, moist air being pumped into the guest restroom, stinking it up. Maintenance has yet to come up with a solution for this. The area is quite dusty from construction. The balcony doors are very hard to open and close, while simultaneously not being dust-proof. Seriously, there are gaps at the edges of the balcony doors so large you can put your finger there and feel the hot, dusty air flowing in. AC is not consistent. Sometimes, to get it to cool, you often have to put it on the highest setting. Sometimes, you do that, and leave it for a bit or go to sleep, and it suddenly works too well, and it's freezing. White goods at one time did include the fridge and washing machine. Then management decided to renege on this provision (probably to skimp on maintenance costs and/or drive out existing tenants to take advantage of rent rises), posting notices that these two items will be removed upon the next renewal. Elevators are slow, and controlled by a really bad algorithm that sometimes had all of them go up at the same time. You have to keep aside at least 5 minutes in my tower for the elevator wait, and apparently even more in the other tower. Lessor agency has so far kept rent increases within RERA limits, but has snuck in additional costs by removing white goods, and charging huge additional "service fees".
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Al Shaiba Towers review, November 2014
Great location, shame about fire alarms and safety
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Stephen
From United Kingdom
Moved here in 2014, Living alone.
Positives
Location
Negatives
Fire Alarms
Al Shaiba is in the most perfect location - it is on the corner of Greens and TECOM and close to Byblos, Metro, Carrefour and Park N Shop. Hitting Sh Zayed Road in either direction is easy, and you have direct access to Hessa Street and Sh Mohd bin Zayed more… and Al Khail very easily. Apartment sizes are large, and there is some safe area to play for kids on the mezzanine area. Problems are that because so many people live there, and the cookers and ventilators need fixing, fire alarms go off every day, multiple times. This week they have gone off 12 times daily between 5am and 11pm. In Ramdan, you just can't sleep. Sadly neither building management, civil defence or tecom civil defence see this as a problem and despite many complaints, no steps have been taken or are likely.Show less
Al Shaiba is in the most perfect location - it is on the corner of Greens and TECOM and close to Byblos, Metro, Carrefour and Park N Shop. Hitting Sh Zayed Road in either direction is easy, and you have direct access to Hessa Street and Sh Mohd bin Zayed and Al Khail very easily. Apartment sizes are large, and there is some safe area to play for kids on the mezzanine area. Problems are that because so many people live there, and the cookers and ventilators need fixing, fire alarms go off every day, multiple times. This week they have gone off 12 times daily between 5am and 11pm. In Ramdan, you just can't sleep. Sadly neither building management, civil defence or tecom civil defence see this as a problem and despite many complaints, no steps have been taken or are likely.
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Al Shaiba Towers review, November 2014
Shaiba Towers - 2 bdr
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Caroline
From Lebanon
Moved here in 2014, Living with flatmate.
Positives
Location
Negatives
Elevators and smell
The Shaiba towers have very poor maintenance, there are only 4 elevators for 36 floors, it takes up to 20 min for the elevator to arrive sometimes. The smells in the hallway are very bad and the finishing of the apartments is bad as well.
The Shaiba towers have very poor maintenance, there are only 4 elevators for 36 floors, it takes up to 20 min for the elevator to arrive sometimes. The smells in the hallway are very bad and the finishing of the apartments is bad as well.
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Al Shaiba Towers review, November 2014
Good value for money, great location, but older building
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Bonita
From South Africa
Moved here in 2013, Living with flatmate.
Positives
The great views from our apartment
Negatives
The lifts are really annoying
Shaiba Towers is a complex of two residential towers in TECOM Area, opposite Dubai Media City in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Shaiba Tower A is the taller of the two with 34 floors. The other tower, Shaiba Tower B, has 28 floors . Both towers have a common facilities of swimming more… pool, gym, sauna, steam and many other commercial facilities. We moved into Al Shaiba as it was good value at the time: 88k per annum for a 3 bed, 2 bathroom apartment signed in Oct 2012. Our apartment came with fitted kitchen appliances, although since then the building owner has removed the fridge and washing machine from all units as they have renewed rents in 2013. Since we were on the 32nd floor the apartment had great views and was very quiet. However the lifts were infuriating. They are not programmed properly and they are quite old. It could take up to 5 minutes to reach the ground floor. Included in our rental were chiller charges - this saved us lots of money in the end. Our DEWA bills never came to more than 900AED monthly and we were 3 adults (1 couple and a flatemate) living there. What I didn't like was the building maintenance - while they came when called, the workmanship left much to be desired. In the gym out of 4 treadmills, one was always broken as was one cross trainer. Other than that they had enough equipment to provide a decent workout, albeit a bit on the shabby side, having said all that- it's a free gym after all and you get what you pay for. :) The other main bug that I had was that one had to pay for your un-allocated parking bay in the basement - 2K for 1 car and 3K for the 2nd one. Building security was a bit lackadaisical too so many times people could just sneak in and park for "free" as it were. The building has a great location - 5 min walk to the metro and plenty of parking in the front of the building on the street for visitors and its within easy access to all highways. The building has lots of retail below on the ground floor, from a pharmacy to a groccer and beauty salons. You certainly won't find better value in Tecom.Show less
Shaiba Towers is a complex of two residential towers in TECOM Area, opposite Dubai Media City in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Shaiba Tower A is the taller of the two with 34 floors. The other tower, Shaiba Tower B, has 28 floors . Both towers have a common facilities of swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam and many other commercial facilities. We moved into Al Shaiba as it was good value at the time: 88k per annum for a 3 bed, 2 bathroom apartment signed in Oct 2012. Our apartment came with fitted kitchen appliances, although since then the building owner has removed the fridge and washing machine from all units as they have renewed rents in 2013. Since we were on the 32nd floor the apartment had great views and was very quiet. However the lifts were infuriating. They are not programmed properly and they are quite old. It could take up to 5 minutes to reach the ground floor. Included in our rental were chiller charges - this saved us lots of money in the end. Our DEWA bills never came to more than 900AED monthly and we were 3 adults (1 couple and a flatemate) living there. What I didn't like was the building maintenance - while they came when called, the workmanship left much to be desired. In the gym out of 4 treadmills, one was always broken as was one cross trainer. Other than that they had enough equipment to provide a decent workout, albeit a bit on the shabby side, having said all that- it's a free gym after all and you get what you pay for. :) The other main bug that I had was that one had to pay for your un-allocated parking bay in the basement - 2K for 1 car and 3K for the 2nd one. Building security was a bit lackadaisical too so many times people could just sneak in and park for "free" as it were. The building has a great location - 5 min walk to the metro and plenty of parking in the front of the building on the street for visitors and its within easy access to all highways. The building has lots of retail below on the ground floor, from a pharmacy to a groccer and beauty salons. You certainly won't find better value in Tecom.
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