6 Tips and Tricks For Finding the Perfect Home in Dubai

Written by Tom Buckland

In recent years, Dubai has become a hub for new residents, with the city attracting droves of expats as a center for economic growth in the region, as well as offering a celebrated level of lifestyle. If you are planning for moving to Dubai, there are plenty of great options for places to live. So many options, in fact, that this process can become rather overwhelming for first-time residents. However, these 6 tips should help to make the process of finding a home in Dubai much easier.

How to Find a Property in Dubai

1. Make Use of Online Resources 2. Comply With All Regulations
3. Research Different Neighbourhoods 4. Know the Facilities and Amenities You Need
5. Make a Smart Investment 6. Be Aware of Scams

Home In Dubai

1. Make Use of Online Resources

If you are searching for a property in Dubai, the best place to start is online. There are a number of good sites which you can use to search for apartments and most feature both properties to rent and for sale. They also allow you to filter your search based on requirements, such as the number of bedrooms and car parking.

2. Comply With All Regulations

When buying or renting a property, it is important to make sure that you comply with all necessary regulations. This is an area where expats can often be caught out, because they are unfamiliar with local laws and procedures. Be sure to do your research to make sure your transaction is compliant and you are not faced with any nasty surprises down the track. In particular, be aware that all agents in the UAE are required to register with the local real estate authority body, RERA, so make sure you only deal with a registered agent.

Burj Khalifa

3. Research Different Neighbourhoods

Dubai is divided into a number of neighbourhoods and communities, each of them quite different from the others. This means it is important to research the different neighbourhoods in order to find the one which is right for you. Do your own research online, and if possible go and visit these places in person, looking at factors like transport, amenities, distance from Downtown or other important areas, and availability of quality schools and health care.


As in introduction, here are some of the neighbourhoods which are most popular with expats living in Dubai:

Downtown Dubai: This vibrant area really is the centre of things in Dubai. Featuring the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and the world’s largest mall, Dubai Mall, there is certainly plenty to do here. The areas has plenty of homes though intense traffic can deter some people from living here.

Dubai Marina: This is a more recent development and is a very cosmopolitan neighbourhood with a large number of shops and restaurants arranged around a nice waterfront, as well as many options for high-rise living close to the beach.

Arabian Ranches Dubai: Located some distance from Downtown Dubai, this lush neighbourhood is a favourite with expats looking for a more relaxed, quiet lifestyle. The area has a number of fine schools, health facilities, shopping and restaurants, but comes with a hefty price tag.

4. Know the Facilities and Amenities You Need

Before starting your search in earnest, it is important to be clear on the facilities, features and amenities you require in your new home. This will save you from getting swept up in the excitement and making an unwise  decision. Sit down and make a list of all of the “must-haves” you are looking for in your new apartment or villa. This could be things like number of bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen size and number of car parking spaces. Keep in mind that in Dubai, car parking is scarce so if you are planning on having a car or cars parking spaces attached to your residence are important. Traffic can also be heavy here, so you will want to either live somewhere close to work or with great access to public transport.

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5. Make a Smart Investment

If you are planning on buying a property in Dubai, be sure to invest your money wisely. Dubai can be an excellent market for investment, as long as you make the right choices. Be sure to conduct thorough research into real estate trends in the city, to make sure you buy the type of property in the right neighbourhood which will represent a good investment in the long-term.

After being opened up to foreign investment in 2002, Dubai real estate experience a boom from throughout the 2000’s, which has somewhat flattened out in recent years. However, there remains good investment potential in certain areas and for particular property types. For more on real estate price trends in Dubai, Click Here

6. Be Aware of Scams

Thanks to laws put in place by the UAE Government, Dubai is generally a safe place to invest in property. However, scams do exist, and foreigners who are not familiar with local laws and procedures are vulnerable to being taken advantage of by scammers. Scams most commonly revolve around the sale of fake properties, or selling property without the legal right (or ownership) to do so. In order to protect yourself from scams, make sure to only deal with agents who are registered with the RERA, and go through all paperwork with a fine-tooth comb to make sure it is in order.