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Top 6 affordable areas to rent an apartment in Dubai in 2024

With the Dubai Metro stations set to expand from 96 to 140, various neighbourhoods in the city are set to experience improved connectivity. Hence, Paul Kelly, Operations Director at Allsopp & Allsopp Group, has exclusively shared a list of the six most affordable communities that should be considered when renting an apartment this year in Dubai

Top 6 affordable areas to rent an apartment in Dubai in 2024

Dubai welcomed over 50,000 new residents in the first half of the year. This impressive influx of new expats has naturally fuelled the demand for well-priced rental properties.

While the city has become synonymous with ultra-luxury, the market caters to diverse budgets including those looking for communities beyond the iconic skyscrapers and branded residences.

A notable trend we are seeing across the market is the increase of rental demand in suburban communities away from the main city centre that offer excellent amenities and a great overall community. These communities are often in close proximity to key highways, malls, and public transportation networks such as the metro and bus lines.

Following the announcement of RTA’s launch of 140 new metro stations set to be stapled across the city around the popular suburban communities, these communities are likely to gain further popularity with their enhanced accessibility.

Below are Dubai’s top six affordable areas to rent an apartment:

Motor City

Motor City is a crowd favourite amongst young adults, couples and small families who have recently moved to Dubai. Known for hosting the city’s biggest autodrome and various F&B choices, the community has gained large popularity.

Motor City has also grown into a popular hub for many businesses, commercial towers and retail outlets. The community offers easy connectivity to Al Khail Road, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road. With direct access to major bus lines and taxi stands, commuting in and out of the community is easy for residents.

In this community, tenants can expect a studio space to rent on average for $8,700 (AED 32,000) spanning up to $21,700 (AED 80,000) for a three-bedroom apartment annually.

Dubai Sports City

As the community’s name suggests, this community is highly sought-after by sports enthusiasts and young adults looking to be in a social hub.

Home to the headquarters of the International Cricket Council (ICC), multiple football stadiums, multiple workout hubs, fitness studios and all things sports-related, this community is considered quite affordable for young individuals moving to Dubai. Dubai Sports City sits right on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, a key highway making accessibility easy for tenants, while also offering direct access through Hessa Street onto Al Khail Road.

The community offers studios to three-bedroom apartments, starting at price points of $9,500 (AED 35,000) for studios, and going up to $23,000 (AED 85,000) for three bedrooms annually.

Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC)

JVC has become the city’s fan favourite with its lively ambience, easy connectivity and range of amenities at hand.

Popular amongst young adults, couples and expats, the community has many entertainment and social outlets, from bars and restaurants to a mall, retail outlets, cinemas and the popular FIVE Hotel. Multiple tenants shift into this community every month, and according to Dubai Land Department data, 500 contracts are being signed on average per month.

Here tenants could rent a studio space starting at $11,400 (AED 42,000), with a one-bedroom apartment available for $13,600 (AED 50,000) and a two-bedroom apartment for $15,500 (AED 57,000) on average. Properties span from studio spaces up to three bedrooms for apartments.

Dubai Studio City

Tucked away in the south corner of Dubai, Studio City is a fairly new community that is home to a wide range of film studios, and TV and radio stations. The community also features a range of commercial towers.

While Studio City is still directly on Dubai’s mainland, it has a range of restaurants and supermarkets conveniently located around the community. Popular malls such as Dubai Hills Mall are a stone’s throw away while other malls and outlets are in close proximity.

Apartments in Studio City start at $12,200 (AED 45,000) onward for a studio apartment annually and $14,000 (AED 55,000) for a one-bedroom apartment annually.

Al Furjan

A newer community located across the road from Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan has quickly become a tenant-favourite over the last years or so.

Al Furjan has everything a tenant would be in search of, from amenities in every tower, gyms, walking tracks, restaurants, retail outlets, a metro station and direct highway access.

Studios in Al Furjan start anywhere at $12,200 (AED 45,000) and average up to $14,000 (AED 55,000) in newer developments.

Town Square

Struck along the lines of Al Qudra road, this recent development is a small little city within itself with 13 different communities around, from apartments, townhouses and villas and hosts a large string of amenities, stores, restaurants and nurseries.

Town Square has several properties ranging from one to four bedrooms. The community is known to be highly affordable and is also home to multiple families and young couples, which is highly attractive as the community has nurseries and schools within a two km driving distance. To make things easier, Al Khail Road is directly accessible from Town Square and is just a few minutes from Dubai Hills Mall.

Apartments go on rent from $12,200 (AED 45,000) for a studio apartment and can span up to $17,600 (AED 65,000) for a two-bedroom within the community.