The mega city of Dubai welcomes thousands of people every year, and, with the passage of time, the thriving metropolis has become a sprawling expanse, which allows diverse communities to emerge in pockets away from the more established hot spots.
However, all the residential areas equal. If an area one person, it might not be the priority of another. So which spot is right for you? Here, we offer you a peep into the some of the communities to short-list places according to individual needs and requirements.
Best for: Budget
There are some decent places to live in Dubai with minimal expenses from two perspectives; maybe you want to maximise your saving potential or perhaps you are on a modest income overall.
For solitary residents, a studio apartment is an affordable choice with Elite Sports Residence in Dubai Sports City offering units for less than Dh30,000 ($8,170) a year.
A bit further inland is Damac Hills, which has 400-square-foot studios available fully furnished for between Dh30,000 and Dh40,000 a year, with some landlords accepting 12 cheques.
Families looking for space without breaking the bank might be better off with sister site Damac Hills 2, previously named Akoya, where a four-bedroom villa will set you back between Dh50,000 and Dh60,000 a year.
Couples hoping to spend as little as possible on rent might try looking in the Al Qusais area, where two-bedroom apartments are advertised for about Dh30,000.
But be warned, the area is close to Dubai International Airport, which operates 24 hours a day, and that may be difficult for some to get used to.
If you are looking for a place to stay that is not far out of town, but still gives your wallet a break, then consider looking into the apartments in Jumeirah Village Circle.
While traffic might not be your best friend getting in and out, once you are in the community there are plenty of little shops and restaurants that will service every need that you might have right at your doorstep.
Two-bedroom apartments in JVC start at Dh50,000 a year for 1,300 square feet.
Best for: Space
Some locations offer green spaces and fewer high rises to avoid that cramped city feel.
On the more expensive end is Arabian Ranches, which offers 2,700-square-foot villas with places featuring about three bedrooms starting at Dh180,000 a year.
According to one industry expert, it’s important to look for quality.
It’s worth noting that in Dubai, the biggest developers like Emaar – such as Springs and Arabian Ranches – have a long-standing track record of producing genuinely high-quality projects and integrated communities that deliver that aspirational Dubai lifestyle.
Heading further out along Al Qudra Road are Mira, Mira Oasis and Town Square where the villas are slightly smaller, but the green spaces and parks are just as good to stretch your legs in.
Rents in those areas start at about Dh130,000, and apartments in Town Square start at Dh54,000 for a two-bedroom unit.
If you prefer to be a bit closer to the action, the Springs and Meadows areas can offer a more suburban vibe that is only a short drive from the Marina.
The Springs is more suitable for a smaller budget, with prices starting at Dh100,000, and Meadows may make your eyes water with three-bedroom villas starting at Dh270,000 a year.
If you want to be right next to a new mall, Dubai Hills has apartments and villas to suit most budgets.
Dubai Hills has become extremely popular recently for its central location, lush green spaces, privacy, and quality master plan – this is a rental good tip for 2023.
Best for: Beach
Whether you want to exercise, socialise or enjoy some peace and quiet, a popular pastime in Dubai is to hit the beach, and people may choose to reduce travel time by living as close to the water as possible.
A two-bedroom apartment on a high floor in Jumeirah Beach Residence will have you close to the beach, as well as several restaurants and cafes. Rents cost about Dh120,000 a year.
A two-bedroom place in The Torch tower near the Marina comes in slight cheaper with apartments going for about Dh95,000 a year.
Those with a larger budget could opt for the famed Palm Jumeirah, where more than 60 kilometres of beach was added to the Dubai coastline. The sky is the limit when it comes to price on the Palm, but apartments start at about Dh145,000 a year for 1,500 square feet.
For those who do not have any form of budget constraints, there are always options like the Le Cote and Le Rive buildings down in the Port de La Mer project by Meraas.
A one-bed apartment there can start at Dh150,000 and go all the way up to Dh480,000 for a three-bedroom apartment.
While prices are higher, there is something very special about living out on an exclusive man-made island with 270 degree water views and the very iconic Dubai skyline in the background.
Best for: Commute
Traffic is notorious in Dubai, and no one looks forward to gridlock when trying to return home after a day at work. The trick to avoiding heavy rush-hour traffic in the emirate, regardless of where you work, is to avoid the popular roads taken by everyone else.
Hessa Street, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Khail and Umm Suqeim are known for heavy traffic, and occasional accidents can cause delays. Al Qudra is also used throughout the winter for sports competitions due to its connection to the cycle track. It can sometimes be reduced to one lane or closed completely for a few hours at weekends to accommodate athletes.
If you are looking to miss the traffic and also have a place that offers you a cozy town house then look into the Dubai South project by Emaar.
While it is a little further out of town, you can definitely find a really nice home that is away from the action. It’s a great option for those that work from home or only have to venture out occasionally.
Best for: Hustle and Bustle
Dubai is known for its active social scene, whether it be a 6am rooftop spinning session or a late night round of crazy golf. If it is too soon for the suburbs, both Downtown and the Marina offer a 24-hour lifestyle where you will never be left without something to do.
Right next to the largest mall and the tallest building in the world are several residential buildings along Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. Old Town is across the road from Dubai Mall and the Palace Downtown Hotel and offers low-rise accommodation with a historic vibe.
One-bedroom apartments start at Dh85,000 a year and residents have access to community pools and small playgrounds for children.
Beyond that, there are any number of skyscrapers to choose from, with studio apartments available at Dh90,000, with the potential for truly spectacular views.
At the other end of the city is the popular Marina. Prices here start as low as Dh45,000 a year for a studio, however make sure to view the property because it is likely to be on the smaller side. Two-bedroom places start at about Dh75,000 and can come with great views of the water.
One last option if you are wanting to stay in the midst of all of the action is the very popular Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Depending on the tower and the view that you have, a two-bedroom apartment can go for between Dh100,000 to Dh250,000 per year.
There is plenty going on in JLT. Whether you are the night owl or the run in the park at 5am type of person, you will find many like minded people in the area.
Dubai International City
Located at Al- warsan area, Dubai International City is spread across 8 million square meters. From school to supermarkets, medical facilities, restaurants, and cafes, etc. the area has no shortage of modern amenities.
Whole area is divided into 10 localities, surrounded by green space. The key feature of this locality is its architecture. The residential area is divided according to its design. Each area is named after a country like China, France, Greece, Spain, Italy: Emirates.
The area includes studios, spacious 1 bedroom apartment to 3 bedroom apartment. The average rental price is near about AED 32,500 to AED 42,500 annually.
For people having a low budget, Deira will be one of the best choices. Deria is similar to Bur Dubai but it is a bit modern. Deira is known as the first business area of Dubai. The area is mostly inhabited by Indians.
Deira is located near the airport and is well connected to all the landmarks. It is a mixture of old and new Dubai, it includes normal old shops to modern buildings with huge number of restaurants.
The average annual rent per year is near AED 42,000 to AED 57,700 for a fully furnished apartment.
Dubai Silicon Oasis
Known as the technical hub of Dubai, Silicon oasis is located at highway intersection of sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Rd and Dubai-Al-Ain Road. This place is full of commercial spaces for rent, and is most suited for people who want to start their own business.
Nearby places includes International city, Dubai mall, Dubai international airport etc. Because of its central location, the place is well known among expats. Dubai silicon oasis includes all kinds of essential amenities.
The area can provide you with the best residential house at the most affordable price. The average rate ranges from AED 45,000 to AED 65,000 annually for 2-3 bedroom apartments.
Dubai Sports City
Dubai Sports city is another best option if you are looking for an affordable residency. As the name suggests, the area is most suited to sports-oriented people.
There is a large number of sports complexes like gymnasiums, sports stadiums, etc. The area also hosts a large number of parks and plenty of jogging tracks and biking lanes. Overall, if you want to maintain an active and sports-centric lifestyle, then this area is ideal for you.
The average price for a studio apartment is AED 19,999/annually. For 2-3 bedrooms, you can expect from AED 31,997/ year to AED 58,000/year.
Based on Asteco data, below are the starting annual rental rates of a studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom apartments for the most affordable areas across Dubai.
>> Dh14,000 in International City
>> Dh15,000 in Deira
>> Dh17,500 in Discovery Gardens
>> Dh17,500 in Sports City
>> Dh20,000 in Jumeirah Village
>> Dh20,000 in International City
>> Dh25,000 in Deira
>> Dh27,500 in Discovery Gardens
>> Dh27,500 in Sports City
>> Dh27,500 in Jumeirah Village
>> Dh35,000 in International City
>> Dh35,000 in Deira
>> Dh37,500 in Sports City
>> Dh40,000 in Jumeirah Village
>> Dh50,000 in Discovery Gardens
>> Dh45,000 in International City
>> Dh60,000 in Deira
>> Dh60,500 in Sports City
>> Dh75,000 in Jumeirah Village