No matter what your budget there are lots of different areas to find good quality properties for rent in Dubai. Here is a guide to some of the best places to start your search.
The Springs, ideal for families with children
One of Dubai’s most desirable villa communities, the Springs has always been popular with families, although rents have fluctuated greatly in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. This community of townhouses comes with amazing views of waterways, lush landscaping and beautiful gardens. The area also includes various amenities such as banks, supermarkets, cafes, restaurants and more.
Downtown Dubai, perfect for singletons and high flyers
Downtown Dubai is a hotspot for young go-getters and has Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, located right at its centre. Add to this Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination, and The Dubai Fountain, the world’s tallest performing fountain, and it’s easy to see why this is one of the top pieces of real estate in the world – with rental prices to match.
The Palm Jumeirah, a fun slice of Dubai luxury living
The Palm Jumeirah is one of Dubai’s most iconic developments and renting property here does not come cheap – but it does offer an amazing lifestyle. This grand development stretches out in the Arabian Gulf in the shape of a date palm tree, the UAE's national plant. Apart from housing some of the fanciest residential villas and apartments, it is also one of the most popular destinations with visitors and attracts lots of tourists during the holiday seasons.
Motor City, great for budget conscious expats
Rents in Motor City, a district sandwiched between Dubai Sports City and Arabian Ranches, went through a something of a hike in 2014, but have evened out since. The community is the ultimate destination development and offers a combination of entertainment, dining and retail within a pedestrian orientated, multi-use environment. The area is based on a motor-sport theme and includes residential units, motor-sports facilities, retail, and a theme park.
Dubai Marina/Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) – life in the heart of the action
Properties for rent don’t come more sought after than those in Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). Dubai Marina offers a vast array of skyscrapers with apartments to rent and in recent times these prices have dipped significantly – despite the luxuriousness of the waterside living. JBR is a beachfront community featuring huge sand coloured residential blocks. Rents here can be quite reasonable if you shop around and flats offer amazing views across Dubai.
A few tips…
When you do decide to rent a property, here are some top tips for making sure everything legit and above board. For each rental transaction the landlord or the agent representing the property owner must furnish certain valid documents. These include the Deed of Title to the property being rented out, a copy of the passport and the registration card issued to the property consultant/ brokerage firm by the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA), Dubai. NOTE: the name of the title deed (be it in an individual’s name or that of a company) must be the one that is mentioned in the rental contract. Registration of the tenancy contract completed on Ejari, the online portal operated by RERA.