An overview of the most lucrative locations for real estate in the UAE

An overview of the most lucrative locations for real estate in the UAE

Real estate investments in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have proven to be a reliable and beneficial tool. This is facilitated by several key features of the country in terms of being a good place for doing business and as a place for settling permanently.


The following factors should be considered by foreigners who wish to buy property in Dubai, as a long-term investment:

  • Foreigners have complete freedom of action with the acquired property, though it is important to confirm before making a purchase that the new unit in one of the development projects in Dubai being bought is in a freehold zone, which means there are no transaction restrictions.
  • Capital outflows from the UAE are not taxed, so the income from renting a residence or apartment can be used for other projects or simply used based on your needs anywhere in the world.
  • No capital gains tax makes it beneficial to leave and spend your income in the UAE, especially since imported goods are not subject to import duties.
  • When purchasing a ready-made housing unit, foreign citizens can obtain a residence permit for 5 years for a purchase of at least AD 750,000 (roughly $204,000) and for 10 years (the so-called “Golden visa”) for a purchase price of AED 2,000,000 (roughly $544,000). Obtaining a visa is a separate process, but for most buyers, does not create complications.

There are several sought-after locations in the United Arab Emirates for foreigners to purchase a home, but Dubai is, without a doubt, the most popular among them. You may purchase apartments in development projects in Dubai, in either a peaceful neighbourhood outside of the city centre or in an ultra-modern skyscraper on the waterfront. The city is constantly being developed with buildings of various sizes and types.

Housing prices in Dubai have grown exponentially in recent years, however, the average cost per square metre is still significantly lower in comparison with London, New York, and other popular cities. The Dubai property price index rose by 1.77% compared to the previous month, in October 2022 alone. Additionally, the transaction volume is increasing, as, in the same October, more than 8.5 thousand transactions were completed. This year, the average rental income has been approximately 6.5%, which is above the standard rate for this market. Experts predict that prices for buying and renting houses in Dubai will continue to rise until at least late 2023.

Of course, the buyer will take other factors into account when considering each offer, particularly if he plans to take occupancy of the house or apartment he has bought rather than renting it out. Here, however, is a list of Dubai real estate markets with the greatest expected benefits for the near future.

An overview of the most lucrative locations for real estate in the UAE

1. One-bedroom apartments in Dubai Silicon Oasis

The cost of this type of apartment rose by over 28% on a semi-annual basis in October 2022. AED 8,700 (about $2,370) per m2 is the current average price after the price increase that began in July, with an average price of about AED 6,770 (roughly $1,840) per m2. Only a very small number of dwelling types may show similar cost dynamics, especially when considering that prices are still rising.

With a residential area, a free trade zone and a technological park, Dubai Silicon Oasis is largely of interest to people involved in high-tech businesses. It is also particularly popular among students in related specialties, mostly due to the affordable rental costs.

This area's unique selling point is the abundance of low-cost options. For example, a one-bedroom apartment with two bathrooms and a total area of 60 m2 in the prestigious Silicon Heights community can cost approximately AED 350,000 (about $95,000). For this amount, the buyer can also enjoy a large balcony, a parking space, and all the amenities offered in the residential complex, such as a swimming pool, a gym, and a playground. With such a purchase, you would obviously not be able to obtain a resident permit, but it is suitable for entry-level real estate investment in Dubai.

2. Apartments in Motor City Uptown

Various apartments in Motor City Uptown have also experienced significant price hikes, with the average price rising from AED 7,525 ($2,050) per square metre at the beginning of the year to AED 9,300 ($2,530) per square metre by October. The area is well-known for the featured Dubai Autodrome and its general focus on sporting activities after emerging as a standalone unit from the enormous Dubailand project. However, for the buyer, the range of options with a relatively low population density may be the selling point of Motor City Uptown.

In the community comically named Shakespeare Circus, a one-bedroom apartment may be purchased for approximately AED 585,000 (almost $160,000). Such cost comes from the non-standard area of this unit, offering 100 m2 with a 9 m2 balcony, and the cosy atmosphere in a pleasant area with low-rise residences. Here, three six-storey houses are available, in a quiet neighbourhood, within walking distance of the popular Dubai Miracle Garden. Depending on the apartment's area and location, the annual rent in the building can range from AED 45,000 to AED 60,000.

3. Villas in The Meadows

There are many benefits of choosing a villa in the popular community of The Meadows, when making significant acquisitions. This upscale neighbourhood provides a selection of villas in several communities that differ in size and architectural style and are close to Dubai Marina and the Palm Jumeirah. The price of a villa in Dubai has never been low and a buyer is unlikely to find a property here for less than 3.4 million AED. Additionally, five-bedroom villas have seen the most significant price growth this season, starting at AED 5,700,000. For example, in the The Meadows 9 community, a 560 m2 villa with five bedrooms and seven bathrooms is available for 5,750,000 AED ($1,565,000).

Despite this, it is a noteworthy bargain for this class of residence:

  • Prices for five-bedroom villas in the neighbourhood have been climbing significantly for the past year, increasing by 27% overall, or AED 4,000 ($1,090) per square metre. Even longer-term growth is evident, though it is not as consistent.
  • You have the right to apply for a 10-year “Golden visa” as soon as you pay the purchase price.
  • These villas now have a return on investment (ROI) of 4.8%. In comparison, purchasing a property with the goal of selling it later might be even more profitable than renting it out. Some homes have risen in price since they were first commissioned, and subsequent sales have increased their value by almost double.
  • The area's location suggests that real estate costs here will continue to rise. There are very few places in Dubai's capital that can be compared to this, and practically all of them have previously been planned and developed. They are calm family communities with great infrastructure and yet are also close to the city's centre.

An overview of the most lucrative locations for real estate in the UAE

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