Dubai Villa Rental Market Report - March 2023

Written by Adam Gee

Dubai's villa and townhouse rental market is undergoing a significant shift, with a notable increase in contract renewals and a thriving prime and super prime segment. The market has seen a 33.66% increase in renewals from Q1 2022 to Q1 2023, while new contracts have declined. This change is driven by factors such as rising rental prices, limited availability of properties, and tenants' growing preference for long-term living arrangements.

Villa and townhouse rental prices have increased by 13.52% in the past year, prompting tenants to renew contracts at more favorable rates rather than searching for new properties at higher rates. The limited availability of properties, particularly in the general market, has also led to an increase in contract renewals. In Q1 2023, properties valued below AED 200,000 accounted for only 36.73% of active listings, compared to 63.71% in Q1 2022. This lack of available properties has pushed tenants to explore other options, such as larger apartment units, which offer better value for money and more amenities.

Dubai's evolving lifestyle offerings and legal changes, such as the introduction of the 'Golden Visa' and retiree visas, have also contributed to tenants viewing their properties as long-term homes rather than temporary accommodations.

In contrast, the prime and super prime segments of Dubai's villa and townhouse rental market have seen a surge in transactions, driven by an influx of high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) and an increase in available properties. The number of prime and super prime transactions increased by 8.2% in Q1 2023, accounting for 13.3% of the market. The growth in active listings for these segments is due to developers focusing on delivering high-quality luxury properties in prestigious communities and current owners upgrading their properties to meet the standards of the prime and super prime segments.

As the market continues to evolve, it is crucial for tenants, developers, and investors to adapt to these changing dynamics. Tenants should explore alternative housing options and consider the benefits of renewing contracts versus relocating. Developers and investors should capitalize on the growing demand for prime and super prime properties by developing new luxury projects or upgrading existing properties to cater to the unique needs of high-net-worth tenants.

For more insights into Dubai’s villa and townhouse rental market, take a look at our latest report.