Investment in rental property in Dubai: is it worth investing now?

Investment in rental property in Dubai: is it worth investing now?

03.10.2022 (updated 01.26.2023)

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  • Investment in rental property in Dubai: is it worth investing now?

Dubai’s housing market is a smart and liquid investment solution. It can become not only a source of stable rental income, but also a holiday destination and (in the long term) a residence, if you decide to relocate. In any case, this investment will not be a waste of money. According to the analytical agency Mordor Intelligence, prices in the emirate’s residential real estate market will continue to grow and will add 12.36% by 2026. Therefore, buying an apartment now, you will multiply your investment.


Dubai as a real estate investment destination

According to the Dubai Land Department (DLD), in 2021, more than 84,000 real estate transactions were concluded in the emirate and amounted to almost AED 300 billion ($81.6 billion). Analysts note that 2021 results beat forecasts as sales deals beat previous records. The total cost of transactions in 2021 increased by 71% compared to 2020, and real estate prices increased by an estimated 9-17% over the year.

According to experts, right now is the best time to invest. Although property investment may not be that profitable in terms of short-term goals due to potential market volatility caused by the pandemic, the market has taken off and Dubai has become even more attractive as investments in local real estate remain profitable.

In addition, it is predicted that in 2022, property prices and rent rates across the emirate will grow at a slightly slower pace. And while experts have not yet stated any specific figures when it comes to rent rates, they expect property prices to increase by about 5% this year, and a similar situation is expected in 2023.

The recovery was bolstered by three key factors that will support and drive the market going forward: foreign investors, shrinking supply in premium areas, and record low lending rates. Government initiatives (such as the Golden Visa program) and simplified business conditions are also cited as growth drivers.

The recovery is connected, among other things, with EXPO 2020. Areas close to the EXPO venue have become very popular and properties in these areas have risen in price. For example, in Dubai South, where the exhibition pavilions are located, the price of a square metre of residential real estate increased by 44.2% to AED 7,500 ($2,000). According to experts, this upward trend will continue even after the end of the event. Both already completed and unfinished properties will continue to be in high demand, as the influx of foreign investors into the Dubai property market will continue. In addition, during the exhibition in the emirate that there was an urgent need for short-term rentals. According to experts, the industry set the bar high at the beginning of the year, and the situation will remain the same in 2022.

Growth in the Dubai rental market

The return of foreign investors and the effective measures against the pandemic have become one of the main reasons for the active recovery of the rental housing market. Rental rates continued to rise. For example, in the apartments sector, this figure increased by an average of 3%, villas – by more than 20%, which was due to high demand for large living space in the context of COVID-19. Rent growth for luxury apartments in high-demand areas reached 26%.

Budget villas in popular areas of Dubai have risen in price by 21%. Villas in high-end areas were rented out on average for a 41% higher price than in pre-pandemic times. Some areas, such as Dubai Hills and Arabian Ranches, saw rates rise by 40% due to increased demand.

Residential communities of Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), Palm Jumeirah,Al Barsha and Downtown were the most popular destinations in the luxury housing category in 2021. Properties in Umm Suqeim, Dubai Hills Estate and Arabian Ranches were also in demand. In terms of rental apartments, Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC), Al Nahda, Mirdif, Dubai Silicon Oasis and Akoya Oxygen were the most popular communities.

According to analysts, tourist areas continue to be popular. For example, homeowners in Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah, Downtown can expect 85% occupancy per year. In other words, in these areas, there will always be income from short-term rental of apartments and villas.

Rent fluctuations in the emirate

According to Property Monitor, since January 2022, rental rates for villas in Dubai have decreased in only three neighborhoods of Dubai: Palm Jumeirah (-1.34%), Dubai Science Park (-1.61%) and Motor City (-0.33%). The rest of the neighbourhoods have either kept the rent rates at the same level (for example, Emirates Living, Dubai Silicon Oasis and Falcon City of Wonders) or recorded their significant increase.

In general, rent growth rates in the villas and townhouses sectors are as follows:

  • Jumeirah Islands – 5.95%
  • Al Barari – 5.25%
  • Jumeirah Park – 4.12%
  • Arabian Ranches 2 – 4.01%
  • Dubai South – 3.39%
  • Dubai Hills – 2.78%
  • Mohammed Bin Rashid City – 2.51%
  • Jumeirah Village Triangle – 1.86%
  • Arabian Ranches – 1.79%
  • The Villa – 1.66%
  • DAMAC Hills – 1.58%
  • Mudon – 1.58%
  • Reem – 1.55%
  • Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC) – 1.41%
  • Al Furjan – 1.2%
  • Town Square – 1.15%
  • Jumeirah Golf Estates – 1.08%
  • Dubai Investment Park – 0.86%
  • Victory Heights – 0.31%.

In the apartment sector, five districts went negative: Dubai Marina (-0.49%), Emirates Living (-0.77%), Culture Village (-0.59%), Dubai Science Park (-0.96%) and Dubai Investment Park (-0.4%), but in all areas the decrease does not exceed 1%.

The ranking of districts with the highest growth rates of apartment rent since the beginning of 2022 is as follows:

  • Downtown Dubai – 5.95%
  • Al Furjan – 2.98%
  • Dubai South – 2.96%
  • Al Sufouh – 2.93%
  • Living Legends – 2.6%
  • Palm Jumeirah – 2.57%
  • Jumeirah Village Triangle – 2.43%
  • Dubai Hills – 2.41%
  • Business Bay – 2.34%
  • Al Barari – 2.28%
  • DAMAC Hills – 2.24%
  • Motor City – 1.95%
  • Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC) – 1.93%
  • Jumeirah Golf Estates – 1.78%
  • Dubai Creek Harbor – 1.76%
  • Jumeirah Beach Residence – 1.68%
  • Barsha Heights – 1.64%
  • City Walk – 1.56%
  • The Hills – 1.49%
  • Al Habtoor City – 1.48%
  • Dubai Residence Complex – 1.48%
  • International City – 1.39%
  • Dubai Studio City – 1.34%
  • Town Square – 1.32%
  • Al Khail Heights – 1.25%
  • Discovery Gardens – 1.22%
  • Dubai Production City – 1.18%
  • Dubai Silicon Oasis – 1.17%
  • Liwan – 0.98%
  • Dubai Festival City – 0.92%
  • Dubai Sports City – 0.84%
  • Remraan – 0.74%
  • Jumeirah Lakes Towers – 0.49%.

ROIs in the most popular areas of Dubai

Another important point to consider as a residential property investor is the average annual rental income of apartments and villas in relation to their value. Now in the emirate this figure varies from 5% to 8% per year.

This is how the table of ROIs for real estate rentals in Dubai in the most popular areas (V – villas, A – apartments) looks like:

Dubai Marina А: 7,95%
Dubai Silicon Oasis В: 6,95%
А: 4,19%
Downtown А: 6,34%
Jumeirah Village Circle В: 6,29%
А: 6,32%
Palm Jumeirah В: 3,63%
А: 6,15%
Arabian Ranches В: 4,98‒5,69%
Dubai Hills В: 5,47%
А: 5,65%
Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) А: 5,64%

Areas of Dubai with the most expensive property to rent

The current top 5 most expensive areas for rent include:


  1. Al Barari. The average cost of an annual lease is AED 763,000 ($207,500).
  2. Palm Jumeirah. The average annual rent is AED 634,000 ($172,500).
  3. Jumeirah Golf Estates. The average annual rent is AED 435,600 ($118,500).
  4. Jumeirah Islands. The average annual rent is AED 374,000 ($102,000).
  5. Mohammed Bin Rashid City Town. The average annual rent is AED 302,000 ($82,000).


  1. Al Barari. The average annual rent is AED 236,600 ($64,500).
  2. Palm Jumeirah. The average annual rent is AED 181,300 ($49,500).
  3. City walk. The average annual rent is AED 158,600 ($43,000).
  4. The Hills. The average annual rent is AED 142,500 ($39,000).
  5. Dubai Marina. The average annual rent is AED 131,000 ($35,500).

The most expensive rental deal in Dubai since the beginning of the year has been the rental of a villa for 12 months in Palm Jumeirah for AED 5 million ($1.36 million). A total of 65,400 rental contracts have been concluded in the emirate since the beginning of the year.

Important information when buying real estate in Dubai for rent

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  • If you are going to offer a property in Dubai for short-term rent, please keep in mind that short-term rental contract can last no more than six months (this also applies to renting out housing to tourists). A property management company that has the appropriate license can arrange the rent for you.
  • To choose the best area and property that will ensure you the highest ROIs, it is worth consulting with specialists.

AX CAPITAL, a real estate agency in Dubai, is always ready to guide you through the best offers in Dubai, the UAE and help you find the perfect option for both renting out and living. Contact us today to get more information.

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