Pros & Cons: old villas vs. new villas

Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a villa in Dubai, you are bound to face the difficult choice between old villas, mostly located in areas such as Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim, and new villas, mostly located in newly developed areas such as Jumeirah Islands, The Palm, and Emirates hills.Why is the choice difficult? Because there’s a huge difference in prices. This is why we found it necessary to break down the pros and cons of old vs. new villas. 

Old villas



Old villas are usually located in older parts of Dubai which still play a vital role as the city’s central areas. Unlike new villas, which are part of more recent expansion plans and cities, old villas offer you a chance to live in the heart of Dubai while paying a relatively lower price. 


Old villas are significantly cheaper than old villas. This is not only due to their maintenance but also to their locations. Areas with older villas are concentrated in older parts of Dubai, still central and close to the beach.


Old villas leave more room for renovation and alteration. An old villa owner is more likely to allow tenants to change the structure of a property and renovate it. He might even contribute to the costs and negotiate certain renovations to be included in the contract.

Check out our listings for villas in Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim and Satwa starting from 110,000AED.

New villas

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Maintaining a new villa costs a lot less than paying old villa renovation costs. New villas come with state-of-the-art AC units, water pipes and electric lines, and you are more likely to be compensated for any damage by your landlord than if you were renting an old villa. 


If you’re paying for a new villa, you are expected to receive a top-notch home. This comes in the form of guarantees that you’re getting your money’s worth. From your garden and private pool, to your interior finishing. If you’re going to rent a brand new villa, you should negotiate a clause in your contract regarding all of these amenities and the landlord’s responsibility for them. 

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New villas usually follow energy-saving and environmentally green guidelines newly implemented in construction. So if you’re looking to cut down on your DEWA bill and help reduce the unnecessary damage to the environment, then a new villa is a good investment for you. 

Check out our listings for villas in Arabian Ranches, Palm Jumeirah, Emirates Hills, and Sports City starting from 140,000AED

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