Need a Storage Unit in the UAE? Here Are Some Tips to Make It More Affordable

Storage Unit in the UAE

There are many situations when it makes sense to get a storage unit for your belongings in Dubai, whether moving to a new home or traveling for a few months to a different city. But many UAE residents have second thoughts on whether or not they should get a storage unit. This is because they either don’t understand how it works or are afraid that it’s going to break their bank. Contrary to what you might expect, the process of using a Dubai warehouse unit or a storage facility is usually very straightforward and doesn’t cost a fortune, especially if you’re looking for a short-term storage solution. 

To book a storage company in Dubai and other cities, ServiceMarket, the UAE’s leading online marketplace has put together this guide to help you cut down on your storage expenses.

Tips to Reduce Your Dubai Warehouse and Storage Cost

Whether you want a shared storage or self-storage unit for your warehousing needs or, for storing personal items, consider these tips to save cost:

Opt For Shared Storage

If you don’t need a lockable self-storage unit, then you should opt for shared storage because it’s more affordable. It would cost you approximately AED 250 to rent 10 square feet (sqft) of an air-conditioned shared storage unit in the UAE. On the other hand, 10 sq ft of lockable self-storage costs closer to AED 350 – AED 400 per month. The following table can help you figure out how much it would cost you to store your belongings.   

Table 1: Cost of storage in the UAE per month (AED)
Cubic Meters (CBM)SQFTSelf-storageShared storage
1 to 210300 – 400  200 – 300
3 to 525600 – 800400 – 600
6 to 1050800 – 1000500 – 700
11 to 15751000 – 1400700 – 1100
16 to 201001300 – 17001000 – 1400

Choose a Storage Facility That is Farther Away

You can cut down your storage cost significantly by selecting a warehouse that is farther out. Of course, by taking this approach you’d be compromising accessibility. However, that’s recommended because accessibility comes at a very high cost. Be it a furniture storage facility or any other, any facility that’s in the city centers is likely to be more expensive.

Frequent Access Will Cost You More

If you need to access your items frequently, then you need to opt for a self-storage unit, but don’t forget that it’s more expensive than shared storage space. In addition, some storage companies will charge you for accessing your items or delivering your items to you.

Only Store Essential Items

Since you should try to use every inch of the storage unit to save money, consider selling, donating, or discarding everything you don’t need. It’s always a good idea to make a list of all items that are going into the storage unit and then decide whether or not you’d be using each of these in the future. You’d be surprised by how many useless items you’ve been hoarding in box storage at home over the years. You can also cut down your cost by rotating the items you store in the unit. For example, when it’s summer you can store the things you only need during winter and vice versa.

Book a Long-Term Contract

Those who plan to keep their belongings in a storage unit for a very long time can get a discount if they sign up for a long-term contract. UAE residents often underestimate the number of months for which they’ll be needing a storage facility. You might start with a 3-month contract, but then keep extending it, and before you know it, you’ll have rented a unit for a whole year. So, it’s important to accurately estimate how long you need the storage for because you can save a lot of money upfront by booking a 1-year contract. Many storage companies will give up to 2 months of storage for free if you commit to a whole year.

Let Professionals Pack Your Belongings

Trying to pack your belongings yourself to save money is a big mistake as you can end up losing more money by damaging your belongings. Packing for storage is a highly specialized task, so it’s better to ask your storage company to pack your belongings to avoid damage costs. They use sturdy packaging materials, know how to pack items in the right way, and will typically itemize your belongings in every box as part of their service.


With so many ways to make storage more affordable, it’s hardly surprising that a lot of UAE residents are now choosing to rent Dubai warehouse spaces. After all, renting a storage unit is much cheaper than moving to a bigger house and it’s also a great way to declutter your home. Want to save more money on storage? Request and compare quotes from multiple storage facilities in Dubai throughΒ ServiceMarket.

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