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Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and is where approximately 300,000 people call home. It is the largest emirate and there is a great variety of properties for rent across its land. Residents can choose to live on one of the many islands on the coast of Abu Dhabi, further inland near the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and airport or even further in towards the border in Al Ain. Abu Dhabi has a lot to offer its residents which includes excellent ocean views from the many islands on the coast to the the greenery of Al Ain and a generally modern vibrant cosmopolitan lifestyle beyond compare.

Whilst there are many types of housing in Abu Dhabi, apartments and villas remain the most abundantly available and most popular. Although there are properties within compounds for rent in Abu Dhabi, agents typically prefer to use the property type when listing, for example a villa. So you may see a villa for rent that is freestanding but you may also see a villa for rent that is part of a compound. 

Apartments for rent in Abu Dhabi range in size from studios, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments right up to 5 and 6 bedroom apartments however these tend to be in short supply. Studio apartments can often be found for rent around 25,000 per year and this amount can fluctuate depending on the market. Areas most popular with apartment renters in Abu Dhabi include Al Reem Island, Khalifa City, Al Raha Beach, Corniche Road, Al Reef, Al Khalidiya and Al Ghadeer.

By default, the villas for rent in Abu Dhabi are typically large and spacious, even the 2 and 3 bedroom villas. It is not uncommon to find 6 and 7 bedroom villas in Abu Dhabi as they cater for families who need the space and these can be upwards of 5,000 sq ft. Villas are available for rent throughout Abu Dhabi and popular areas include Khalifa City, Al Reef, Mohamed Bin Zayed City and Al Raha Gardens.

One can find a mix of furnished and unfurnished properties for rent in Abu Dhabi and whilst a furnished home will attract a higher rent, it is quite convenient. Unfurnished properties are most common and suit most people who prefer to choose their own appliances and furniture. Abu Dhabi is home to an IKEA and loads of stores that make kitting out your pad very easy.

In 2013, Abu Dhabi abolished the rent cap which was a regulatory measure to limit rental increases to no more than 5% per year. As much as this gives landlords every chance to increase rent of their property, it also means the market highly controls the price of rent. It is in the landlord's best interest to maintain rent at manageable levels and in recent times, many landlords have opted to offer more flexibility such as quarterly cheque payments, freezing rental increases or lowering rental amounts for their property.

Abu Dhabi is scattered with parks, malls, schools, universities and dining outlets and is the perfect place for young professionals, couples and families to settle down and find a property for rent.