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Planning to rent a house in Dubai? Avoid these unpopular areas and towers

This guide unveils top 4 unpopular areas and towers to avoid when looking to rent in Dubai, as well as valuable tips for making informed decisions about housing options in the city

Planning to rent a house in Dubai? Avoid these unpopular areas and towers

When moving to Dubai, finding suitable housing is a key concern. Factors to consider include location, rent cost, contract terms, and other important considerations. However, it is important to also consider whether it is more beneficial to rent or buy an apartment in Dubai. Colife experts provide valuable insight on this matter.

Top 4 unpopular areas to rent in Dubai

There are varying opinions on what is considered to be the best and worst aspects of Dubai. Nevertheless, there are at least four locations in the city where the drawbacks are clear.

Deira is known as one of the oldest areas in the city, often preferred by those on a tight budget who are looking for modest living arrangements. The neighbourhood attracts residents who are unpretentious and value practicality over luxury.

“In Deira, finding apartments that interest tenants is extremely difficult, with only 1.17% of accommodation requests considering this area. This low demand is attributed to the area’s established reputation, making it unpopular for long-term living. Additionally, apartment owners are hesitant to rent out their properties in the condition required for tenants, further limiting availability. Showing apartments in Deira is also a challenge, as managers are unwilling to go there,” says Vyacheslav Kuznetsov, Head of Sales at Colife, a UAE-based rental, investment, property management, and proptech company.

The next three areas in Dubai, International City, Sports City, and Damac Hills 2, all share common characteristics of poor transport accessibility and remoteness from the centre of Dubai. These areas are known for their lack of convenience in terms of transportation and their distance from the bustling city centre.

International City and Sports City both have major transportation issues, with International City suffering from heavy traffic congestion and limited public transport options while Sports City also has poor accessibility. On the other hand, Damac Hills 2 is convenient to reach for those with cars, although it may still take some time to get there.

According to Colife’s tenant requests data, the other least sought-after areas include Al Jaddaf, Al Sufouh, Barsha Heights, Bur Dubai and Al Satwa in Dubai. Hence, it is recommended to avoid investing in properties in these locations at least for the time being.

Towers not meeting expectations

In Dubai, it’s not just certain areas that can impact one’s quality of life, but also specific towers within those areas. Some of the worst towers in the city have been identified by Colife experts for having issues like mold in apartments, frequent elevator breakdowns, and poor management company performance. These issues can affect the overall living experience regardless of the desirability of the neighbourhood. Tenants need to be aware of these nuances when choosing a place to live in Dubai.

Before moving into a tower, it is recommended to speak with current residents or consult reputable companies with experts who have gathered analytics on the area’s towers. By doing so, potential issues with certain towers can be avoided. It is important to be informed about the tower’s reputation before deciding to live there.

Dubai Marina: Manchester Town is located in a poor location, where cockroaches have been found. On the other hand, Marina Diamonds suffers from poor build quality and is situated near a noisy highway.

JLT: The Dubai Star (Preatoni tower) and New Dubai Gate were left unfinished due to poor quality construction and management. Additionally, Lake Point was plagued by extraneous odours and cockroaches, indicating a lack of proper maintenance and cleanliness in the building.

Business Bay: Residents of AG Tower have expressed dissatisfaction with the management, citing issues such as a dirty pool, broken elevators, and frequent false fire alarms. Similarly, residents of Burj Al Nujoom have reported poor management, unpleasant odours on certain floors, and the presence of cockroaches.

The housing options in Dubai are diverse, with some areas being best avoided for renting and certain towers in excellent areas not living up to expectations. It’s important to research and carefully consider the location before deciding on where to live in Dubai. The choice of housing may not always be obvious, so it’s essential to thoroughly investigate the options available.