Many expatriates choose to rent rooms in Dubai rather rent entire flats or villas. A typical room sharer in Dubai or the UAE is a bachelor or bachelorette looking to cut on renting costs.
Before moving into a shared space, you have to make sure that your landlord is formally aware and okay with the situation. If you and your roommates fail to let your landlord or renting agency aware of your agreements, you may find yourself in the streets sooner than expected typically one day after a RERA (Dubai’s Real Estate Regulatory Agency) notice. You may be liable to paying fines as well.
Room Hunting on Melltoo Marketplace
As a peer-to-peer marketplace, Melltoo is bringing the room hunting experience from the unfriendly web classifieds to the friendly and trustworthy mobile. Melltoo Marketplace has a separate marketplace for browsing and listing rooms and properties on Rentals in UAE – available on Google Play. We also manage our own social group for renters and rentees that we ask you to join. We will let you know of every new available room or space posted on the group until we reach user-sustainability.
Rooms for rent in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi
Finding and moving into a room in Dubai is not an easy business inside or outside Dubai and the UAE. Being in Dubai or acquainted with the urban planning of Dubai will make it easier. Our Melltoo team members as well as our app users have had unique experiences while moving separately into Dubai. We will share their experiences with you in this article. Happy moving!
Ibrahim is Melltoo’s social media guru and graphic designer, Ibrahim moved to Dubai before joining Melltoo. He shared a room with a friend and paid as little as 300€ – 1500 AED.
“If you want to come to Dubai, make sure to have one or two contacts on site. If you do not know anyone, subscribe to the expatriate groups on Facebook and make some friends. I found my first bed space via a friend of mine, Ibrahim says.”
The hunting process
from our friends at propertyfinder.ae
Sharing a room in Dubai can be as cheap as 300€ if you rent through an acquaintance. Some agents may negotiate down their rents for tenants of their own ethnicity.
- Dubai International City: Dhs42,000.
- Deira: Dhs38,000 to Dhs50,000
- Discovery Gardens: Dhs58,500.
- Dubai Silicon Oasis: Dhs60,000.
- Jumeirah Village: Dhs50,000 to Dhs60,000.
- Downtown – Shaikh Zayed Road – JBR: Dhs82,500.
Pavel Kostritsa, our new app user from Ukraine says he cares about proximity and budget the most amongst other criteria. Read: Rooms for rent in Dubai: Screening New Roommates.
Pavel was encouraged that he will easily find a room with his 3,500 AED budget and he ended up in the Dubai Marina few walks from JBR. JBR is a great location for sports activity and swimming. As for the security deposit, it is customary to pay 50% to 100% to the landlord before moving in according to Pavel’s epxerience.
Social media groups
Pavel used social groups to hunt for new ads.
“Some of my new colleagues suggested me to write advertisement in Facebook groups of national communities in Dubai, like “Ukrainians in Dubai”, “Germans in UAE”, etc,” told me Pavel through chat. You can also chat through the Melltoo rentals app – “Rentals in UAE.”
It is mostly easier to find rent if you are in Dubai since new ads are usually snatched fast.
“A lot of ads proposals with good conditions may be taken very fast, even in few hours. So you should be ready to go take a look at the room right away new ad appear, Pavel added.”
Few references: Melltoo Marketplace (app), Rentals in UAE and Rooms for rent in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi (Facebook group).
Melltoo App updates (February 2015)
Melltoo starts this new month with new app updates.We crushed all the reported bugs all of our family apps on Melltoo Rentals, Used Cars and Mobiles app.
You can now share the URL of your item (from our web app) to your social networks, via email, whatsapp, or simply by copying and pasting the link. When you click on the URL of any item, it will open right in Melltoo; yes, it’s so cool.
– When you click on the URL of any item, it will open right in Melltoo; yes, it’s so cool.
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Rooms for rent in Dubai: The Hunting Process
Looking for roommates & flatmates to live with in Dubai, UAE? Browse our rooms for rent in Dubai. Subscribe to our Facebook rental group: Rooms for rent in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.