Living in Dubai

Leasing an Apartment in Dubai: Renting Dubai Properties

The contracts for leasing have a fixed-term. It is not possible legally to have an apartment for a long-term without a residence visa.

For Dubai Properties, the contracts for leasing an apartment have a fixed term which is one year. It is not possible legally to have an apartment on rent for a long term of the contract without a valid residence visa. Many owners of Dubai properties accepts only one or two cheques in a year, means, the rental amount should be paid in advance. Cheques in Dubai legally enforced bond and more than just a method of payment. There will be serious legal consequences if the cheque is found a bounce due to the insufficient bank balance. Additionally, make sure that you’re issuing a bank cheque, for Dubai properties, only payable to the registered owner.

At the end of a contract term, there is a notice period for your decision whether you’re staying or not. If you ignored that notice period, then you’re bound to renew the contract legally.

Source of Dubai Properties

The primary source for Dubai properties is a property portal website: Agents or Property management companies are listing their properties on the website regularly. You can go to the website for views of apartments to rent your apartment at your ideal location in Dubai. The website is not a sole agency system for leasing Dubai properties. Therefore, companies can also list their properties elsewhere other than

The responsibilities of arranging papers and doing paperwork or drawing contacts are of agents. You must be careful that you must not deal with unauthorized freelance agents – unregistered with RERA. Before paying any money, you should make sure that you see and read all the ownership documents of the landlord. Never issue a rent cheque payable to the agent unless the agent has a valid POA and for POA, you should verify it with the court if the agent is claiming to be. POA means power of attorney.

In Dubai, the contracts for leasing have a fixed-term. It is not possible legally to have an apartment for a long-term without a valid residence visa.

Utility Bills for Dubai Properties

First of all, you should make sure that there are Water and Electricity connections in the apartment which you want on rent. Also, make sure if there is any housing fee or management fee outside of rent amount. For utility bills, you can pay online through DEWA website, DEWA means Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.

If you live in a building where AC is central and charged per apartment, many places in Dubai are like this. So, in such situation, you must check the fee before going to the apartment lest it will be scary for you.

Gas supply, a canister arrangement in buildings may vary. Therefore, when you are visiting a property, you must check it too.

Also, make sure to the property which is the service provider for TV, the Internet, and Landline phone connection. There are only two telecom operators in Dubai, therefore, the service provider is either dU or Etisalat. But, you will have no choice for line connection in your apartment. Both service providers are expensive, so you should go through the package or any particular offer submitted by them, changing the box could be difficult afterward.

When leaving a lease from Dubai properties

Make sure when you start a new lease that the apartment is a painted afresh, otherwise, request for it. When you leave the apartment, you will repaint it. You can deduct the amount from the security deposit the amount of repainting when you leave a lease.

Residential Areas of Dubai

For residential areas, Dubai Marina a famous place in the city; it is one of the Dubai’s places for tourist attractions too. Therefore, it’s an attractive place for everyone. Dubai Marina is world’s tallest residential towers’ block. Marina is bit noisy, massively varying quality in its towers. You will find a fantastic apartment for you to live on rent here.

In Dubai Marina, if you have a bigger budget or you have a larger family (i.e. if you live in a joint family) then consider the Original 6 Towers. The first phase of Dubai Marina comprises of six towers; these buildings are a symbol for Dubai Marina.

The first phase of six towers:
Al Anbar: 19 floors, 102 units.
Al Mass: 31 floors, 233 units.
Al Murjan: 40 floors, 296 units.
Al Yass: 27 floors, 145 units.
Fairooz: 23 floors, 111 units.
Mesk: 40 floors, 234 units.

Dubai Marina is a famous place in Dubai, it is one of the Dubai’s places for tourist attractions too. Therefore, it is a popular place for everyone.

The Palm Jumeirah

This area is the mix of villas and apartments, it is one of the best places to live in Dubai. The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago, which looks like a stylized palm tree from above.

The Atlantis Hotel, Palm Jumeirah. IMAGE CREDIT: Flickr

Barsha Heights

It is close to the Sheikh Zayed Road, the famous Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway with skyscrapers. The former name of the community is Tecom, that is now known as Barsha Heights. It has access to Hessa Street and Sheikh Zayed Road that make it easy to get in and out. It has Metro station and linked by the RTA’s bus network. You can reach the Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City, Palm Jumeirah, the Marina, Dubai Knowledge Park, JBR, JLT within few minutes.

The Greens

It’s near the Palm Jumeirah. The apartments are consisting of a mix of low and high-rise apartment buildings. The area is perfect for families, couples, and singles. All communities here have a pool area and well-established garden.

Al Barsha

It is close to the Dubai Internet City, Dubai Marina, and the Palm Jumeirah. Landmarks such as Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Autodrome are within Al Barsha. It is yet thinly populated since it is a newly developed community. Al Barsha is surrounded by Al Sufouh in the north, by Emirates Hills in the west, by Al Quoz in the east and by Dubai Sports City and other development in the south.

Deira/Bur Dubai

These areas are the part of Old Dubai. Deira is the historical commercial hub of Dubai, Bur Dubai is historical mainland Dubai. These areas have cheapest priced apartments for rent, Deira/Bur Dubai are less Western and than other areas mentioned – Deira/Bur Dubai have more Indian population. Here, you need a specialist to guide you to get an apartment since there is a diversity of apartments.

Deira/Bur Dubai. IMAGE CREDIT: Flickr


This area is consisting of Arabs, Europeans, Emiratis, Indians, South-Asians, etc. Mirdiff is nearby Dubai Festival City and it provides easy access to Universal American School. Large parts of this area can be very noisy since the area close to the Dubai International Airport and under the flight path.

Jumeirah/Umm Sequim

Umm Suqeim is located along with the Jumeirah Beach coastline. The Jumeirah is popular with expatriates and is familiar to many tourists visiting Dubai.


It is known as Jumeirah Beach Residence. Here is easy access to restaurants, shops, and of course the Jumeirah beach. It is waterfront community located in the Persian Gulf in Dubai Marina. It is a residential area in Dubai contains 40 towers (35 are residential). JBR is consist of six residential blocks, from east to west they’re; Shams, Amwaj, Rimal, Bahar, Sadaf, and Murjan.

Dubai Jumeirah Beach

International City

It is situated in the Al Warsan region, it has country-themed buildings of residences, business, and attractions for tourists. The project contains studio and one-bedroom apartments in 8 millions square meters area. The project is inspired by traditional carpets.

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