UAE: Top neighbourhoods for renters revealed

From budget-friendly options to green areas, Data Guru by Property Finder has revealed the top neighbourhoods for renters and home seekers in the UAE.

The list is based from data in the last 12 months.

Most budget friendly

Al Furjan, Discovery Gardens, Dubai Investment Park, Dubai Land, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Jumeirah Village Circle and Dubai Sports City are good budget-friendly options to look at in New Dubai. The average price in these areas for one bedroom apartments is around Dh46,000 per year for rentals and Dh532,000 for ownership. Some of Old Dubai’s much-loved cultural neighborhoods including Al Qusais, Deira and Bur Dubai also have a lot of budget friendly options to offer. In Sharjah, some of the price-friendly neighborhoods include one bedroom apartments in Al Khan available for rent around Dh23,000 and Muwaileh around Dh20,000 per year.

Green areas

Love the lush greens surrounded by fresh air and parks? Sharjah’s newest hotspot – Aljada offers a range of affordable housing options, along with Al Rahmanya and Tilal City. Average price for a studio apartment rental in Aljada is around Dh23,000 per year, while ownership prices for two bedroom villas are around Dh1.39 million. A variety of rental and ownership options in Dubai also offer greener housing options to choose from. These include the Greens, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Al Barari, Mirdif and Damac Hills. With average one bedroom apartment rentals costing around Dh67,000 per year and ownership priced at Dh893,000, these communities offer access to well-planned facilities along with gated projects, designed for the wellbeing of residents and visitors alike.


Among Dubai’s most upscale neighborhoods are Business Bay, DIFC, Downtown Dubai, Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach Residences. With a host of premium facilities on offer, average rents in these areas for one bedroom apartments are around Dh110,500 per year, while ownership is around Dh1.6 million. Al Majaz and Maryam Island offer luxury living options in Sharjah, with average ownership prices for two bedrooms costing around Dh638,000 and Dh1.02 million. Without a doubt in Abu Dhabi, some of the most premium properties offer island style living with uninterrupted comfort in Yas, Al Maryah and Saadiyat.


Al Barsha, Arabian Ranches, Al Furjan, Motor City and Dubai Silicon Oasis are top locations to opt for a family-friendly address in Dubai. In Sharjah, homeseekers can look at Al Khan, Al Qasba and Al Taawun for greater convenience with a wide range of supermarkets, schools and malls nearby, along with easy connectivity to other Emirates. Ras Al Khaimah’s Al Marjan Island, Mina Al Arab, Al Nakheel and Al Hamra Village are also some of the most suited areas with amazing amenities for parents and children alike. With average rents around Dh62,000 per year, for a one bedroom apartment, Al Raha Beach is one of the popular family-suited communities in Abu Dhabi. Having a home in any of these areas puts you in easy reach from top schools, community living centers, play areas and more.

Outdoor and sport lovers

Fancy a game or a walk every evening? If outdoors or sports are your priorities when looking for a house in Dubai, check out properties in Meydan, Greens, Jumeirah Golf Estates or Damac Hills using the Neighbourhood insights toggle on Data Guru. For Ajman, Al Zahya has some of the best options with villa ownership around Dh1.061 million for three bedrooms. These areas provide ample access to open spaces, gyms, as well as dedicated cycling, running and walking tracks, tennis and football courts. Residential Insights also allows you to view the pricing of nearby towers, average historical prices, supply of residential units in the community, ratings and reviews, as well as building age and images.

Waterfront living

With plush views on offer, waterfront properties are increasingly becoming preferred in the city. Popular areas in Dubai include Al Sufouh, Jumeirah, Dubai Creek Harbour, Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah. Exclusive one-bedroom apartments with great blue views cost around Dh103,000 for rentals per year, while ownership begins at around Dh.1.37 million. More people are also considering seafront communities like Al Marjan Island and Mina Al Arab in Ras Al Khaimah for the plenty of diverse housing options they offer. Al Marjan also offers two bedroom apartment options with average costs around Dh53,000 for rent per year and Dh1.038 million for ownership. ICA/Expat Media

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