The speed of development means that there is always plenty of choice for those looking to rent. In the residential sector, first time renters will need to decide whether they want to live in an apartment or a villa.
Apartments are often the simplest option for those who are staying for a short period, but if you are planning a longer stay and intend to relocate your family to Dubai, there are plenty of opportunities to rent villas.
One of the best-known areas for renting apartments is Dubai Marina, which offers everything from small studios through to opulent five bedroom penthouses. Large duplex apartments are also available for those with a large budget. Renting studio apartments can be a sensible investment for businesses, as they can make budget-friendly accommodation for visiting staff to save on the cost of hotels and other temporary accommodation.
Downtown, home of the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall, is an area of high demand which offers a variety of apartments, from contemporary mid-rise and high-rise towers to the Arabian heritage-influenced Old Town.
Other districts to consider if you’re looking for an apartment for rent include The Greens, Tecom, the Palm Jumeirah, and, for those who are on a more restricted budget, Discovery Gardens and International City. There is increasing development in the area known as Dubailand, including Sports City, Sky Gardens and International Media Production Zone (IMPZ).
Renting villas in Dubai is getting easier, as new developments are announced regularly, many of them bought up by investors who want to earn income from leasing the property. In some areas with large amounts of villas, for example, Jumeirah, the only option for expats is to rent as only Emirati citizens are permitted to own property in the area. Neighbouring Umm Suqeim, has villas of similar age and quality.
For those wanting a newer property, the Emirates Hills district is home to palatial mansions and villas, as is the neighbouring Jumeirah Islands. The surrounding districts of the Meadows, the Springs and the Lakes have more modest but comfortable family homes. Arabian Ranches is also a popular choice for families and increasingly, Sports City, Silicone Oasis and Falconcity of Wonders have come into their own as residential areas as rental prices have increased.
The Green Community, considered a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city of Dubai, is also a popular location for families with townhouses, bungalows and mansions.