The options for housing and apartments when moving to Dubai are endless, but a few things are worth considering. When moving to another country you don't just need a new place to sleep and a place to store your belongings. You would (probably) like to create a new home.

Whether you choose to rent or buy, any agency or real estate agent will ask you the following:

  • What areas would you like to live in?

  • How many rooms are needed?

  • What is your budget?

  • How will you pay? Cash, Transfer, Cheque, Loan?

  • Want the place to be furnished?

  • If you rent it, then for how long would you like to rent the place?

Prices vary, just like any other place, depending on location and size. What you need to be aware of in most cases is, if you rent, you can save a lot of money if you agree to long-term contracts. The same goes for the payment, which often isn't done on a monthly basis but often up front for 3 months to a 1 year at a time. So, if you have the opportunity to pay 1 year up front (even though it might seem a little crazy) you can potentially save a lot of money. 

Need a contact? We have a growing network within Real Estate Agents. So let us know what you are looking for and we will connect you to one or several people who can help you find a new home: 

H2L Tip

  • Don't accept the first offer given by any agent or agency. If you can't get the price down, then go for the utilities. These are not to be forgotten. Especially air-condition is a heavy expense. Ask questions about the cost of chiller, gas and always double check that the facilities the agent show you are actually included in the rent and is yours to use.

  • If you are not ready to make a commitment for a year, don't want the hassle or simply don't have the paperwork ready yet, then there are a lot of agencies offering fully furnished, all bills included, long and short-term options as well. But be aware that the prices will be higher and you are, unfortunately, not in the most favourable bargaining position.

  • Due to the high prices, many people also rent a room or a studio in a larger unit. A post in any of the expat or country specific Facebook groups could get you some good leads.

Most of the long-term rentals from Real Estate agents will require you have your visa/emirates ID. Are you looking to rent unfurnished, then you will also need to get water, electricity, etc. Be aware of the extra cost.



The most used sites to find a new place in Dubai arePropertyfinder, Bayut, Dubizzle

H2L Tip: Going through these sites you will notice that many units actually are listed with several agents. To save yourself the headache, talk to one agent you are comfortable with, they will get you what is available from other agents as well. Also, make sure to double check with the agent that the pictures you have seen in the ad is actually from the unit you are interested in. Often there will be no resemblance at all when you show up for a viewing. When using these sites/apps you can choose to rent directly from the landlord as well. 


On Property Finder you can look into 'Building Reviews & Ratings' where people review different buildings. This can be helpful when you are in the process of choosing a building.

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