PROS&CONS: studio apartment in central Dubai vs. 1br on the outskirts

The question asked by every apartment hunter in Dubai: “A tiny place in the heart of the city or a spacious flat somewhere far?”

Just like anything else in Dubai, there is no one-fits-all option. That’s why we decided to dedicate this week’s Pros & Cons article to tenants confused between choosing a studio in Dubai’s hotspots or a bigger 1br on the city’s outskirts.

Studios in a central location

Dubai Marina

Prices:

Pros:

  • Entertainment: let’s face it, you’ll never get bored in a place like Dubai Marina or Downtown. There’s an abundance of things to do and places to go 24/7.
  • Transportation: from busses and metros to taxis and trams, getting around in Dubai’s central areas is easy and convenient at most times.

Cons:

  • Higher cost of living: like anywhere else in the world, living in metropolitan areas costs more money. Not only rent prices are higher, but central Dubai is also filled with high-end restaurants and outlets which make every day life a little more expensive.
  • More noise: if you want to live in the heart of the action, you have to be ready to hear the action.
  • Parking scarcity: contrary to popular belief, more parking spaces does not mean more vacant parking spaces. Residents and visitors to central Dubai always complain about the lack of available parking.

What did you say?

“To be honest, I living in the heart of Dubai is completely the extra money and the smaller space. Who needs a spacious apartment when you live close to everything you want? The point of living in Dubai is to enjoy it.” – Maryam Yacoub, 26, Egypt.

1BR in non-central location

Motor city

Prices:

Pros:

  • More space: if you’re an adult who’s planning on settling down, a studio apartment is hardly big enough for that. By paying the same rent, you can find a 1br in less strategic locations of Dubai.
  • Less noise: less people = less cars = less noise.
  • Less expensive: living in a quiet community neighborhood will not only give you a peace of mind but also help you save up.

Cons:

  • Transportation: this is not entirely true, as more and more areas in Dubai enjoy regular bus routes. However, more central areas offer more transportation options.
  • Lack of things to do: let’s face it, you might enjoy the peace and quiet for a couple of month, but eventually you will miss living in an area where there’s something going on at any time of the day.

What did you say?

“I can spend my day in Dubai’s central areas, so I don’t really need to live in one. Besides, Dubai is not that big, so a person can drive to any part of it whenever he wants.” – Eric Blair, 34, UK.