Dubai can be an expensive place to live, so it’s important to try and find somewhere cheap but nice to live. Of course, your definition of, ‘nice,’ will vary from person to person but the main focus should be finding something affordable and comfortable for you or your family.
You’ll need to consider area, size and housing type when making this decision as well as your budget and proximity to schools, work, supermarkets, pharmacies and more.
The Cheapest Areas to Rent (Average prices for 1 bedroom apartment)
|Abu Hail||40,000 AED (£8,200)||45,000 AED (£9,200)|
|Al Awir||30,000 AED (£6,100)||35,000 AED (£7,100)|
|Al Baraha||35,000 AED (£7,100)||45,000 AED (£9,200)|
|Al Muhaisnah||40,000 AED (£8,200)||55,000 AED (£11,200)|
|Al Sabkha||40,000 AED (£8,200)||50,000 AED (£10,200)|
|Al Ras||40,000 AED (£8,200)||50,000 AED (£10,200)|
|Al Quasis||40,000 AED (£8,200)||50,000 AED (£10,200)|
|Al Tawar||40,000 AED (£8,200)||50,000 AED (£10,200)|
|Al Quoz||40,000 AED (£8,200)||45,000 AED (£9,200)|
|Satwa||40,000 AED (£8,200)||60,000 AED (£12,300)|
|Dubai Investment Park (DIP)||40,000 AED (£8,200)||50,000 AED (£10,200)|
|International City||35,000 AED (£7,100)||40,000 AED (£8,200)|
You can use this as a guideline as to the average rental prices for each area.
Size can always be an issue when considering somewhere to live. You’ll find one-bedroom apartments all over the city ranging from anywhere between 500 and 1,500+ sq. ft but remember you’ll be paying a premium for the size.
Although we all want supermassive mansions, you should think realistically about the size of the property you’re looking at. It would help to check your current living situation, note down the square footage available to you and use that as a guideline. You’ll probably be surprised at the size of your own current living spaces.
You’ve only really got two choices here. You’re either looking at a villa or an apartment. A villa is much better for a family and an apartment is much better for a single or couple. Consider the amount of bedrooms you’re going to need. It’s all well and good getting yourself a 3-bedroom apartment in the middle of Dubai if you’re going to use those other two rooms.
A couple can quite comfortably live in a one bedroom apartment but maybe you’d want to keep another bedroom open for guests (who wouldn’t be happy sleeping on a pull-out in the living room).
Families would usually be much happier in a villa, although apartments range in size enough that a small family could definitely consider an apartment if it’s the more economical choice.
One downside to apartments is parking space, you’ll probably find one parking space included as standard so keep an eye out for those rare double-parking space options that come up every once in a while.
Keep in mind what schools are available, pharmacies and supermarkets when choosing your location, too. It’s important to make sure you can easily nip out and grab a few things without having to go on a huge journey out just for a few teabags, some Panadol or the school run.
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