Welcome to Our (Future) Home

After we ate lunch at the Palace Hotel, Steve and Gale took us over to Sama Tower where all the NYU students, faculty, and staff will be living. Beth and I will be in our hotel through this Thursday, then move to a temporary furnished apartment, before finally relocating to Sama when our belonging arrive in early/mid May.

We’re going to be in apartment 2103 which is on the south-side of the building on the 21st Floor. They haven’t completely finished yet, but we got to take a sneak peak.

You enter into the apartment with the kitchen on your left and a half-bathroom on the right. The kitchen is a nice size with plenty of cabinet space. During this visit, there was still no refrigerator or washer/dryer, but most everything else in finished. The inside of the cabinets doesn’t quite live up to the quality of the outside, but we’ll have more storage than we did in New York and lots more counter space. Steve suggested that we could build an add-on to the counter/bar top area and create a second level that was 12-18 inches higher outside the kitchen.

The kitchen opens in to the main living area. All the floors are tile, so we’ll need to buy some large floor rugs to combat the echo problems. The south-wall is all windows and looks out on a small neighborhood mosque and some other smaller buildings. We’re not far from one of the city’s malls and the old gold souk (marketplace).

A door separates the living room from the rest of the apartment (two bedrooms and a full bathroom). Both bedrooms have great built-in wardrobes for clothes and other storage, but we’ll have to buy some ladders to get to the top halves of them. The ceilings must be at least 10-12 feet high, so there’s lots of usable space up high.

If we have any complaints, they’re about the bathrooms. Both feature bidets, which we won’t use, and the shower in the full bathroom is quite small. We may look into our options to remove the bidet(s) and/or enlarging the shower stall slightly.

We’re going to make the second bedroom into a office, but it will double as a guest room, so we do hope you’ll all come visit soon.

  • Door to Our Apartment
  • The Kitchen
  • Looking Out Our Window
  • View from Our Window
  • The 2nd Bedroom
  • The Bedroom
  • The Bathroom

3 Responses to “Welcome to Our (Future) Home”

  1. Frank Gauthier says:

    Hello Vic,
    I am finding your blogs both informative and entertaining. I’m going to suggest that the second bedroom “not” be made into an office, but rather “just” a bedroom. This would probably be more conducive to a “longer term vistor” and would not inconvenience you. Perhaps you could make a corner of “your” bedroom into an “office nook.” Thank you so much for your consideration in this matter.
    Best wishes,
    P.S. Your business class sleeping accommodations were sensational. Dana has an old friend who is a Delta flight attendant who gets us the occasional buddy pass. She once got us two round trips to Paris (on a standby basis), but they had nothing to equal the design and technical appointments of your sleeping areas. I once flew from London to New York as a courier on a British Airways Concorde, and am sorry to say that the food was not much better than coach fare fare on a regular flight. Somewhat disappointing. But it was interesting to fly at 60,000 feet and actually see the curve of the earth. As Shakespeare says, “Travelers must be content.”

  2. Meg says:

    Wow, that shower IS tiny. Love the built-in wardrobe/closet things. Nice to see where you guys are going to live. Enjoy!

  3. J says:

    Hello! I was wondering, might you consider posting more pictures of your apartment? I ask because my husband is interviewing for a job at NYUAD and it would be great to get a better feel of the living environment. Thank you so much!