Driven Properties LLC
Dubai Area Guides

Searching For an Apartment For Rent in Dubai? Things You Should Know

Last modified on 10th December 2020. Dubai Real Estate Blog

Searching For an Apartment For Rent in Dubai? Things You Should Know

Moving to a new place involves facing a lot of new things and experiencing some challenges related to settling in and finding ways that minimize the feeling of detachment. A few things help you feel belonging shortly at a location you recently arrived at, and being comfortable at your new place is the most important one. When people relocate or start living independently they usually go for renting rather than buying a property. So if you’re one of those looking for an apartment for rent in Dubai and need someone to tell you where to start, you arrived at the right place. 

In this article you will find out all you need to know about renting a Dubai property, from choosing the location till signing the contract. 

In order to make the right choice about your rent, you need to put a checklist of your requirements like how long you are planning to commit to a contract and the type of property you want, the location, the budget and this kind of details that we’ll talk about one by one. 

Long-term or a short-term apartment for rent in Dubai

First of all, you need to decide whether you want a long-term or a short-term rental. Some people would like to have the opportunity to try living in a place for a while and see how it would reflect on their lives then make a long term commitment based on a thoughtful decision, other people might be tempted by the opportunity to have a home that offers all the requirements like utilities and bills taken care of without them worrying about anything, so they prefer short-term over long-term apartments for rent. Dubai property options for rent offer you the opportunity to rent apartments monthly or yearly just as suits you. A variety of short-term rentals are available on Driven Holiday Homes, listing properties of different locations and price ranges that you can check from here.

Property type 

Is what you’re looking for a villa, a studio or an apartment for rent in Dubai? And then, what is the size or the number of rooms you need to fit with the lifestyle you live. Having a home with enough room for each family member to have their private space is essential for a quality life and has a big influence on having a happy life so this should be thought out carefully. 


Choosing the location is something you need to decide, considering different factors that each can be a priority to people according to their lifestyle and requirements. You might prefer to choose a location that is close to your workplace and save yourself the trouble of being on the roads for a bit of time everyday. While if you have a car or planning to have one shortly, you might prioritize having your home in a quiet neighborhood with a more homey feeling. Sometimes people would go for choosing family-friendly districts that offer high quality educational institutes for children besides good connectivity and availability of public transportation, so there is no right or wrong here it’s only a matter of priorities. 


This might be considered one of the most important factors when choosing the property you will rent in Dubai, because it affects choosing all the other points. Our consultants can make this easier for you and take all your requirements into consideration when nominating options that check all the boxes on your list within your budget.

Furnished or not furnished

This is going to be decided also according to your specific circumstances, the period of time you’re going to stay in the city, how stable your work and its location are, and things of the sort. It would be less trouble not to have a lot of things to carry with you if you’re going to be relocated in a short time, in that case a furnished apartment for rent in Dubai is a smarter choice. 

After deciding all these points you’ll have a good idea of what you need to search for, so you can browse the option available on the Dubai property portals like Driven Properties listing apartments for rent in Dubai and nominate the units that go with your criteria to choose from. You can use the filters to make your job easier and display the options similar to your search. You may then go through the images of the apartment for rent in Dubai and read the description provided to see how you like the unit and amenities offered with it. You might take notice of the layout, the number of bathrooms, whether the unit has a balcony or not and any of the things that can be known by the images on the listing like the natural lighting and the view of the windows. 

At this point you would have settled on a few options, maybe two or three apartments that you’d like to visit and see on site. Don’t confuse yourself with multiple options, try to limit the choices to a number of two or three apartments to view and have your decision after. if you didn’t find the option you are sure of, you can go back to finding some more options. 

All you have to do now is contact the community expert who listed the Dubai property to book a viewing of the property. It is always good to visit the place before signing the contract, because viewing allows you to see the actual state of the property. You can see for yourself the things that might not appear in an image, like the painting for example, is it new or the place needs repainting. Other things you can see are the lighting, the electricity, the air conditioner condition, plumbing and fixtures. 

You can ask the agent or the owner of the apartment you want to rent in Dubai, about anything that is significant to you and wasn’t mentioned in the listing, like the parking situation in the building and whether you’re allowed to keep pets or if the building allows pets and you have concerns regarding living in a pet friendly building, besides any questions and concerns you might have. Get all the information you need before making a decision and signing the contract.