How Much Does It Cost to Rent an Apartment in Dubai?

If you are moving to Dubai, one of the first things on your checklist should be finding a good house. Dubai has a wide range of neighbourhoods, each catering to a certain target group based on their budgets and requirements. By analysing data from the Dubai Land Department, ServiceMarket has prepared a rental price guide for you. This price guide can help you narrow down your search to a certain locality, depending on what kind of lifestyle you’re after and how much you are willing to spend on accommodation. Keep in mind that if you are moving to Dubai from abroad you should get quotes from international movers in Dubai at least two weeks before you move. You can also get quotes from ServiceMarket for a local move if you are looking to move within the UAE.

One bedroom apartments have been used as a benchmark for this rental price guide. For areas where villas outnumber apartments, the ranges given are for 3 bedroom villas. You can use this guide to get a sense of which areas are suited to your budget,  but rents can vary and some apartments might stand outside the ranges mentioned here. Check out our full infographic.

1) Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Marina, and Jumeirah Lakes Towers: These high-density areas are packed with those who are looking for a high-rise living in Dubai. JLT is a very family-friendly neighbourhood with its parks and lakes. JBR offers great access to amenities and the beach, also making it well-suited for families, whereas Dubai Marina apartments are more sought after by couples and singletons.

  • Dubai Marina (1BR apartment): 90000 to 110000 AED per year.
  • Jumeirah Beach Residence (1BR apartment): 90000 to 120000 AED per year.
  • Jumeirah Lake Towers (1BR apartment): 75000 to 95000 AED per year.

2) Emirates Hills, The Springs, The Meadows and The Lakes: These areas are ideal for families with children or pets as they are full of spacious villas with gardens. Developed and managed by Emaar, each of these communities also have their own community centers that usually contain gyms, pools, grocery stores and restaurants. The Springs is the most affordable option in this area. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a high end property, then check out Emirates Hills. However, this is one of the most expensive areas in Dubai and you are unlikely to find anything below 450,000 AED per year.

  • The Lakes (3 BR villa): 230000 to 260000 AED per year.
  • Meadows (3 BR villa): 220000 to 230000 AED per year.
  • Springs (3 BR villa): 160000 to 200000 AED per year.

3) The Palm Jumeirah: This caters to those who truly want to experience the luxurious lifestyle of Dubai. This, of course, comes at a hefty price.

  • Palm Jumeirah (1BR apartment): 120000 to 155000 AED per year.

4) Jumeirah Village: Even though Jumeirah Village is one of the more recently developed areas in Dubai, its villas, townhouses and apartments have become very popular. It is known to be one of the more reasonably priced areas. It has been built near Al Khail Road, which means that it is relatively accessible.

  • Jumeirah Village (1BR apartment): 55000 to 70000 AED per year.

5) The Greens: Developed in a central location, this area has a mix of low rise and high rise apartments. There are a number of restaurants, lakes and a nice jogging track to serve its residents. Many people move to this area because of its welcoming community. It is also a central location for people who work in Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City.

  • Greens (1BR apartment): 80000 to 90000 AED per year

6) Arabian Ranches, Motor City, and Sports City: You will be able to find many apartments and townhouses in Motor City, which is located between Arabian Ranches and Dubai Sports City. Developed and managed by Emaar, Arabian Ranches is a compound with beautiful villas and private gardens. With a central community center and many shops and restaurants, it’s a high-end area where living is more expensive compared to some of the other areas in Dubai. Sports City is where you should be hunting for a budget friendly option for your family.

  • Motor City (1BR apartment): 65000 to 80000 AED per year.
  • Dubai Sport City (1BR apartment): 60000 to 75000 AED per year.
  • Arabian Ranches (3BR villa): 190000 to 230000 AED per year.

7) Downtown Dubai, DIFC and Business Bay: This is where you’ll find high-flying professionals and singletons, since the area provides quick access to Sheikh Zayed Road, and the commercial districts of DIFC and Business Bay.  This is also the area around the popular Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa. It is considered to be one of the most prime areas in Dubai – and its high rental prices reflect this!

  • Business Bay (1BR apartment): 80000 to 105000 AED per year.
  • DIFC (1BR apartment): 80000 to 130000 AED per year.
  • Downtown (1BR apartment): 95000 to 115000 AED per year.

8) Jumeirah, Umm Sequim and Al Wasl:  Most of the residential properties in this area are villas. Some of them are located in small compounds but most are independently built. It is renowned as one of the most beautiful residential areas in Dubai and is close to the beach. Many people are willing to rent expensive villas in Jumeirah because it is very centrally located and is an excellent area for families.

  • Al Wasl (3BR villa): 165000 to 175000 AED per year.
  • Jumeirah (3BR villa): 85000 to 220000 AED per year.
  • Umm Suqeim (3BR villa): 205000 to 225000 AED per year.

9) Deira and Bur Dubai: Both of these areas are considered to be among the oldest parts of Dubai. They consist of a mix of new and old buildings and are densely populated. You will find many hotels, shops, restaurants and shopping malls in these areas. They are ideal for families who are looking for an affordable apartment.

  • Bur Dubai (1BR apartment): 45000 to 110000 AED per year.
  • Deira (1BR apartment): 35000 to 78000 AED per year.

10) Festival City: You can find apartments, townhouses and villas in this area. With a number of shopping malls, schools, hospitality venues and a golf club, it is an ideal residential area for families.

  • Festival City (1BR apartment): 80000 to 100000 AED per year.

11) Mirdif: This is suited to those who want to enjoy the luxury of having their own private garden and villa, but have budget constraints as well. It is ideal for those who work near the Airport or on Sheikh Zayed Road. Affordability is the main factor that draws people to Mirdif; you can get a spacious villa without breaking the bank.

  • Mirdif (3BR villa): 110000 to 182000 AED per year.

12) Dubailand: This area attracts people who are looking for spacious but affordable apartments.  Since it is still under development, it only has a few restaurants and shopping areas. That said, it still offers all the basic amenities that are needed for day-to-day living.  

  • Dubai land (1BR apartment): 45000 to 55000 AED per year.

Additional points to consider

Rent is usually paid in the form of post-dated cheques. Many people choose to split the yearly payments, typically into 2-4 installments. This can vary depending on the agreement you sign with your landlord. However, remember that you can use this as a negotiating factor. Many landlords will agree to reduce the rent price is you agree to pay a year’s rent in advance.

When you rent property in Dubai it is normal to have to pay a fee to your real estate agent. Even though there is no fixed amount set by law, you can expect to pay around 5% of the total lease.

In addition to the basic rent and the agent’s fee, tenants also have to pay a security deposit of 5% of the total rent. Although this deposit is refundable, the landlord can use this amount to pay for any repairs needed to restore the property to the state it was in when it was rented out to you.

You will also have to register your tenancy contract with Ejari, which is going to cost you AED 160. To set up your DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) account, you will also have to pay a refundable deposit between AED 1,000 and AED 2,000 for an apartment, and a deposit of AED 2,000 to AED 4,000 for a villa.

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