Rental Costs

How much does renting cost in Dubai?

Rental costs vary enormously for villas of different sizes, some with swimming pools, others without, and between old and new apartment blocks, in good, bad and indifferent locations.

Since 2005 housing prices have almost doubled in some parts of Dubai, although as of 2015 have started to drop. Dubai's rental costs are on a par with those in Geneva, one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in.

Short-term lets are charged at a higher rate than longer ones. Serviced apartments are available in all states, although not widely, and cost between 30 and 50 per cent more than unserviced apartments; services normally include cleaning, laundry and linen-changing.

Air-conditioning might be included in the rent or be charged separately as part of your electricity bill. If there's a communal gas tank, gas is usually included in the rent. Otherwise, you can buy gas bottles. Other utilities will be separate. (Water is usually charged as part of the electricity bill). You should check these items at the time of negotiation and on the contract. You or your sponsor must also pay a deposit against damage to the property or to items of furnishing provided.

Note also that some states impose a local tax ( baladiya) on property to cover expenses such as refuse collection and road maintenance. Whether the landlord or the tenant pays is one of the matters to sort out in the contract, although normally the property owner bears the cost.

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  • Mohammed, 09 July 2008 Reply

    Prices incorrect

    • vks 20 Jul 2008, 10:02

      cheap rent

    • Damian from Australia 23 Jul 2008, 06:40

      New Prices

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    • Harjit from UK 30 Aug 2008, 01:25

      Rent Prices

    • Michelle 31 Aug 2008, 11:43

      Accommodation in Dubai

    • possible expat from italy 02 Sep 2008, 03:00

      How about a villa with a swimming pool would cost

    • Paul 14 Sep 2008, 01:44

      Do these prices are for one month's rent?

    • william 20 Nov 2009, 05:42

      large studio for rent 55000AED per annum

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      Can a foreign Muslim woman work and live alone?

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