Rent in Dubai is probably on your mind if you are planning to move to the vibrant city, unofficially UAE’s capital. “Where should I live in Dubai” is a difficult question. Finding a home for rent is not only a matter of price, different areas in Dubai offer different types of activities and social events. There are many factors to consider such as proximity to work, “good” schools for the sake of children’s education and lifestyle adjustment. If you do not plan to waste time waiting in traffic, metro access might be on top of your checklist as well.
The most common types of housing in Dubai are condominiums, villas, apartments and two-storey houses. Rent in Dubai can be as “cheap” as Dhs,30,000 per annum to Dhs300,000+.
Note that because of real estate growth in Dubai, some complexes and residences might not be complete yet. Beware that while you may or can save on money with cheaper rent, you will have to live with a few inconveniences and some noise as well.
Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)
JBR is a 1.7 kilometer waterfront in Dubai Marina at the Arabian-Persian Gulf. It hosts 40 towers and thousands of apartment with a massive view on the water. JBR is known for “The Walk”, a restaurant and shopping strip close to the beach.
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Palm Jumeirah is an artificial island off the mainland in the shape of a palm tree. There are two types of housing on the island: Medium-rise apartments with access to communal beach or private villas with private beaches and pools. The island has no metro access. Thus, a car is a must.
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Dubai Marina is another man-made landscape in the city. Dubai Marina is a popular residential area among the city dwellers and those who can afford downtown rates. It has metro access. It is well surrounded with restaurants and shops. Though no longer quiet with the recent construction work in the area, it is at least on a short ride to the very downtown and Dubai Mall.
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Downtown is home to the very famous tower – Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world. It is also home to the Burj Khalifa fountain ranked the best touristic attraction in the world. Apartments in downtown are high-rise and expensive. One has got to spare an extra penny to enjoy the area to the fullest. The area has no beaches, though, and fewer gardens.
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Deira and Bur Dubai are known as “old Dubai” and generally the oldest parts of Dubai city. They’re traditionally home to the “guestworker” community in Dubai who enjoy the areas’ cheap and more affordable rents. These two areas are very central. If you enjoy hustling and bustling in Marrakech or Cairo, you will not be disappointed.
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