Since Dubai is synonymous with skyscrapers and towers, it makes sense that apartments are the most common housing option available. Villas are the next most popular choice and cater very well to families. Penthouses, duplexes, townhouses and even bungalows do exist but for the most part in Dubai, when it comes to properties for rent, it’s either an apartment or a villa.
The apartments for rent in Dubai are spread out across the emirate and suit every taste and budget. JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residence) and Dubai Marina apartments are always in demand as it is a modern development on the water with excellent ocean and city views and fantastic entertainment options. Apartments on the Palm Jumeirah are similarly sought after and residents enjoy living on an icon of Dubai. Downtown Dubai apartments give residents unique views of the Burj Khalifa as does Business Bay. Areas such as JLT (Jumeirah Lakes Towers), Barsha Heights (previously known as TECOM) and Al Barsha offer apartments that vary in size, styling and rental amounts. Newer developments such as Dubai Motor City, Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC) and Dubai Sports City are attracting residents who don’t mind living away from the hustle and bustle of the main areas of Dubai. The properties for rent in these areas have everything you could ask for in an apartment.
The villas for rent in Dubai are also equally spread out across the emirate and come either as stand alone villas or within gated communities. Villas in Al Barsha, Umm Suqeim and Mirdif are typically standalone whilst the luxury villas on the Palm Jumeirah, Emirates Hills and Arabian Ranches are part of compounds with restricted access.
Properties for rent in Dubai are designed to make the most of the weather and since property developers and architects are always looking to do different things with houses, one can expect greatly different designs for each apartment and villa ranging from Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences to more contemporary architecture. Dubai caters very nicely to large families so finding 6 and 7 bedroom villas is not uncommon though anyone who prefers villa life and wants something smaller can easily find 2 and 3 bedroom villas to suit.
Landlords in Dubai are always eager to please their tenants and many will furnish their rental properties in order to attract and retain tenants. This sometimes means a higher rental amount but is also hugely convenient. For those rental properties that are unfurnished, residents can choose to shop at Dubai’s many shopping malls to buy furniture, appliances and homewares to their liking. Dubai is home to an IKEA for those inclined by flatpack and Swedish design!
Dubai is a world class city and in order to maintain a high standard of living has introduced rental laws and a rental disputes committee. Rental increases have to follow the RERA rental index (try the rental increase calculator to see if an increase is allowed) and for any issues that come about during a tenancy, one can file a rental dispute with the committee. This is one of the many ways Dubai is improving the quality of life for its residents and why the world is flocking to find fantastic properties for rent in Dubai.