Cheapest places to live in Dubai in 2019
Published on February 7, 2019
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We’ve all been through that sinking feeling when the house rent is due. Like any other city in the world, Dubai too has it fair share of areas which offer high rent apartments as well those which are on the other end of the scale. Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) is one of the most popular localities in Dubai and living there comes at an expense, from DHS 95,000 to DHS 116,000. Other locations which are considered the upscale places to live in include Dubai Marina, the Greens and Downtown Dubai.
Looking at the other end of the spectrum, it’s the International Media Production Zone or IMPZ where apartment rents are almost at half the price, approx. DHS 50,000.
Based on the rents indicated in the RERA rental index as of April 26,2018, the less expensive and most expensive places for a studio apartment in Dubai are as follows:
10 cheapest areas for non-freehold (studio)
- Al Awir: 19,000 to 23,000
- Al Ehibab: 21,000 to 25,000
- Al Qouz: 25,000 to 31,000
- Al Qusais: 27,000 to 33,000
- Al Tawar: 28,000 to 34,000
- Al Baraha: 28,000 to 34,000
- Al Muhaisnah- 4th: 30,000 to 36,000
- Satwa: 30,000 to 40,000
- Al Jaffliya: 30,000 to 40,000
- Abu Hail: 31,000 to 37,000
10 cheapest areas for freehold (studio)
- Dubai Investment Park: 25,000 to 35,000
- International City: 30,000 to 36,000
- Gardens: 34,000 to 42,000
- International Media Production Zone: 35,000 to 43,000
- International City CBD: 36,000 to 44,000
- Discovery Gardens: 38,000 to 46,000
- Dubai Silicon Oasis: 38,000 to 46,000
- Dubai Sports City: 42,000 to 52,000
- Green Community DIP: 42,000 to 52,000
- Jumeirah Village: 43,000 to 53,000
5 places with the lowest price for a one-bedroom flat
- International City
Annual rent: DHS 32,500 to DHS 42,500.
International City is right next to Dragon Mart, a huge marketplace for China-made goods
Annual rent: DHS 35,000 to DHS 65,000
It is one of the oldest areas in Dubai and offers great benefits and options for residential living on a limited budget.
- Jumeirah Village
Annual rent: DHS 40,000 to 57,500
Jumeirah village is a little far from the heart of Dubai, but offers great rent options.
- Dubai Sports City
Annual rent: DHS 40,000 to 60,000
The Canal Residences in Dubai Sports City.
- Discovery Gardens
Annual rent: DHS 45,000 to 55,000
Discovery gardens is a popular place in residential area because you end up saving a lot of rent in this location. The best thing about this area is that it offers great public commute options via buses and metro.
Other options for cheap accommodations:
A residential area yet untapped, Al Awir has a lot of new developments coming in. This area is the cheapest to rent in Dubai as per the RERA rent calculator. The nearest metro station is Rashidiya metro station on the red line and there are buses to and from Al Awir.
Abu Hail is a popular residential area at a comfortable distance from the centre of Dubai which also has a dedicated metro station. It is mostly populated by Asian expatriates and has easy access to supermarkets and other utility outlets as well.
A prime residential location, this area boasts of a great community and many utility places for families. The nearest metro is Ibn Battuta metro station and you would need to take a taxi to get to your residence. However, this won’t be for long as Dubai Metro Route 2020 will pass through Gardens and DIP.
Al Qusais may be far away from the glitter of the city centre, but staying here will give you easy access to any part of the city while protecting you from the hustle and bustle of the main areas. Sharjah is not more than 20 minutes away by car in non-peak hours. The area boasts utility outlets, schools and hospitals at every turn and has a dedicated metro stop as well.
Karama is one of the busiest areas of Dubai with mostly middle and lower income Asian expats. The area is famous for shopping, food and good residential units. The buildings are older than the ones found in other areas. ADCB metro station is the dedicated station for Karama.
Oud Metha is mainly a business location. Residential units here are quite expensive in comparison but the area is quiet and has a dedicated metro station. There are good shopping outlets, churches and schools nearby.
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