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Property for Rent photos in Al Bandar: Be the first to live in this exceptional three bed - 1

Be the first to live in this exceptional three bed

Azzam One Residence, Al Bandar, Al Raha Beach16 minutes
AED 160,000
3 Bedrooms3 Bathrooms2,206 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Markaziyah: Ready to move in | Four Bedroom in Electra Street - 1

Ready to move in | Four Bedroom in Electra Street

Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi City Centre16 minutes
AED 100,000
4 Bedrooms5 Bathrooms2,141 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Raha Beach: Stunning 3+ Maid|Full Sea view|Ready to move-in - 1

Stunning 3+ Maid|Full Sea view|Ready to move-in

Al Maha - Al Raha Beach, Al Raha Beach16 minutes
AED 155,000
3 Bedrooms4 Bathrooms1,791 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Mamsha Al Saadiyat: Superb Two Beds|sea view|Prime location - 1

Superb Two Beds|sea view|Prime location

Mamsha Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Cultural District16 minutes
AED 250,000
2 Bedrooms3 Bathrooms2,432 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Muneera: High Floor| Water View| (towards Yas Viceroy) - 1

High Floor| Water View| (towards Yas Viceroy)

Al Nada 2, Al Muneera, Khor Al Raha16 minutes
AED 75,000
1 Bedroom858 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Raha Beach: Spacious 2 Bed with Canal and Sea view Al-Barza - 1

Spacious 2 Bed with Canal and Sea view Al-Barza

Al Barza, Al Raha Beach16 minutes
AED 155,000
2 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1,353 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Muneera: Ready to move-in two bedroom with beach access - 1

Ready to move-in two bedroom with beach access

Al Nada 1, Al Muneera, Khor Al Raha18 minutes
AED 110,000
2 Bedrooms1,556 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Raha Beach: Priced to rent | Sea View | Ready to move in - 1

Priced to rent | Sea View | Ready to move in

Al Naseem Tower, Al Raha Beach18 minutes
AED 185,000
3 Bedrooms4 Bathrooms2,485 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Muneera: Upcoming August l Beautiful 3Bed plus maids l Sea view - 1

Upcoming August l Beautiful 3Bed plus maids l Sea view

Al Rahba 1, Al Muneera, Khor Al Raha18 minutes
AED 160,000
3 Bedrooms4 Bathrooms1,850 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Reem Island: Amazing 3 Bedroom plus maids - Available in March - 1

Amazing 3 Bedroom plus maids - Available in March

The Gate Tower 2, Al Reem Island18 minutes
AED 129,000
3 Bedrooms4 Bathrooms1,580 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Saadiyat Island: Read to move in | Studio | High floor | Sea view | Brand new - 1

Read to move in | Studio | High floor | Sea view | Brand new

Soho Square Residences, Saadiyat Island18 minutes
AED 44,000
Studio1 Bathroom479 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Raha Beach: Ready to move in l Spacious 4 BR Plus Maids l Glass Balcony l Beach Access - 1

Ready to move in l Spacious 4 BR Plus Maids l Glass Balcony l Beach Access

Al Zeina, Al Raha Beach18 minutes
AED 175,000
4 Bedrooms5 Bathrooms2,933 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Muneera: No Commission Flexible Upto 4 Installments Ready to move in - 1

No Commission Flexible Upto 4 Installments Ready to move in

Al Rahba 1, Al Muneera, Khor Al Raha18 minutes
AED 175,126
4 Bedrooms4 Bathrooms2,363 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Bandar: Ready to move in l Lovely 1 BR l Ground Floor l Marina View - 1

Ready to move in l Lovely 1 BR l Ground Floor l Marina View

Al Bandar, Al Raha Beach18 minutes
AED 95,000
1 Bedroom2 Bathrooms803 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Raha Beach: Available soon|Two Beds with beach Access - 1

Available soon|Two Beds with beach Access

Al Zeina, Al Raha Beach18 minutes
AED 120,000
2 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1,385 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Muneera: No Commission Rent Flexible  up to 12 Cheques - 1

No Commission Rent Flexible up to 12 Cheques

Al Nada 1, Al Muneera, Khor Al Raha18 minutes
AED 170,618
4 Bedrooms4 Bathrooms2,171 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Qasr El Shatie: Brand New |Vacant I Price Negotiable I +Maids - 1

Brand New |Vacant I Price Negotiable I +Maids

Qasr El Shatie, Abu Dhabi Island18 minutes
AED 150,000
3 Bedrooms4 Bathrooms2,073 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Raha Beach: Huge I Modern StudioI  Ready to move in - 1

Huge I Modern StudioI Ready to move in

Al Hadeel, Al Raha Beach18 minutes
AED 70,000
Studio1 Bathroom700 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Markaziyah: Ready to move in | Four Bedroom in Electra Street - 1

Ready to move in | Four Bedroom in Electra Street

Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi City Centre18 minutes
AED 100,000
4 Bedrooms5 Bathrooms2,141 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Tamouh: Ready to move in I Affordable I High Floor - 1

Ready to move in I Affordable I High Floor

Hydra Avenue Towers, Tamouh, Al Reem Island18 minutes
AED 43,000
Studio1 Bathroom514 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Raha Beach: Available soon|Prime location|Beach access - 1

Available soon|Prime location|Beach access

Al Zeina, Al Raha Beach18 minutes
AED 170,000
4 Bedrooms5 Bathrooms3,123 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Saadiyat Beach Residences: 3 Bedroom|Saadiyat Island Living at a Great Price - 1

3 Bedroom|Saadiyat Island Living at a Great Price

Saadiyat Beach Residences, Saadiyat Beach18 minutes
AED 145,000
3 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms2,118 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Markaziyah: Ready to move in | Four Bedroom in Electra Street - 1

Ready to move in | Four Bedroom in Electra Street

Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi City Centre18 minutes
AED 100,000
4 Bedrooms5 Bathrooms2,141 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Shams Abu Dhabi: Ready to move-in|Brand New Tower|Prime location - 1

Ready to move-in|Brand New Tower|Prime location

The Bridges, Shams Abu Dhabi, Al Reem Island18 minutes
AED 75,000
2 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1,070 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Qasr El Shatie: Price Negotiable I Flexible up to 4 installments - 1

Price Negotiable I Flexible up to 4 installments

Qasr El Shatie, Abu Dhabi Island18 minutes
AED 80,000
1 Bedroom2 Bathrooms933 SqFt

Apartments for rent options in Abu Dhabi

As with anywhere in the world, finding flats for rent in Abu Dhabi can be a daunting process. However, by breaking down your requirements and preferences, you can begin to prioritize your needs against your wants. You can begin by asking yourself a few questions to lead the search, such as – how many bedrooms do you and your family need? How close to the major highway or public transportation do you need to be? Do you need to live near a school or your place of work? Are you looking to live in Abu-Dhabi for a long-term or short-term? Do you prefer to live in a flat that is fully furnished, furnished with just the essentials, or unfurnished? Do you prefer an apartment that is ready to move into, or do you prefer your own fit-outs? To help you with the search for your next apartment in Abu Dhabi, we have some great insights for consideration. 

What is life like in Abu Dhabi?

Located just over 130 km from Dubai, Abu Dhabi is the capital and the largest of the UAE’s seven emirates. The majority of the population is expatriate, and over the last ten years, there has been an increased focus on developing tourism, education, financial and cultural sectors to diversify the economy. The expat community in Abu Dhabi is welcoming and poses great options for bachelors and families alike. Residents can spend the weekends by beautiful sandy beaches, luxury resorts for short staycations, or shopping in some of the best malls in the country. The city is home to some breathtaking cultural landmarks, such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Theme parks Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Warner Bros Abu Dhabi also make for fantastic family entertainment. 

The emirate also has a set of attractions expected to open over the next year. For aquamarine lovers, Abu Dhabi will be introducing The National Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the Middle East, housing 33,000 marine animals. One of the biggest projects will be the AED 12 billion project – Yas Bay. Featuring an indoor arena and flexible capacity for between 5,000 and 18,000 people, the project is expected to be great for residents and tourists alike. Snow Abu Dhabi, located in Reem Island is also expected to launch in 2020. At four times the size of Ski Dubai, this will be the world’s largest snow park. 

What are the best areas to rent a flat?

Apartments in Abu Dhabi have become more affordable over the last year, mainly because a lot of the units that were still under construction have now been handed over. In 2020, the city aims to better balance supply and demand, leading to more stable prices. There are some great areas cheap apartments for rent in Abu Dhabi, including Al Mushrif, Al Khalidiya, Al Reem and Al Karamah. 

Al Mushrif is ideally located for families, with great schools and shopping malls in the area. Positioned in the city center, the society is affordable, has a quiet residential feel, and access to nearby attractions like Mushrif Mall, Mushrif Palace, and Umm Al Emarat Park. Al Khalidiya is another prime location with great schools, parks, and amazing sea views. The area is home to some fantastic flats for rent in Abu Dhabi. Al Reem is a beautiful waterfront development, with luxury apartments for families looking for a modern lifestyle. With easy access to schools, retail shops, restaurants, and Al Wahda mall right around the corner, Al Karamah is centrally located, with some of the best-priced apartments.   

What is the process of renting in Abu Dhabi?

Once you have decided the right area for you, you need to decide how big or small an apartment you need. From studio apartments to penthouses, Abu Dhabi hosts a wide range of rental properties, so the next best step is to shortlist depending on your requirements and budget. Once you have found the right flat, you will need to sign an agreement with the landlord. Usually, this done through an agent, however, in some cases, you can seal the deal directly with the homeowner. 

While most rental contracts are signed on an annual basis, there are short-term rental options available. Sometimes, investors put their holiday apartments up for rent in Abu Dhabi. This makes for a great option for those who may not want to commit to a long-term contract. However, it is worth confirming this with the agent or homeowner at the time of the viewing. 

On signing the contract, you can agree with the agent or homeowner to hand over the security deposit and rent in an agreed number of cheques for the total rental amount. More often than not, the fewer cheques guarantee the best prices. Having said that, there is often some negotiating power to get the price you want with an easy payment plan that suits your budget – this can be two, four or even 12 cheques. 
 
What’s the difference between fully furnished and partly furnished?

While sifting through verified apartment listings, you will often come across furnished apartments for rent in Abu Dhabi. While the most affordable apartments for rent in Abu Dhabi are quite often the unfurnished ones, the fully and partly furnished ones can offer some hefty benefits. A fully furnished apartment is one where all furniture and kitchen appliances are included. Naturally, these apartments are slightly more expensive since the costs of the furnishings are factored into the total rental amount. 

This option may give you the most bang for your buck if you are only planning on staying in Dubai for the short-term. This way, you wouldn’t need to buy your own furniture or kitchen appliances when you move in or worry about eventually selling it on when you relocate. A partly furnished apartment would likely include basic kitchen appliances, such as an oven, cooker, washing machine, and fridge. Sometimes, these may even include living room furniture. 

To get your security deposit back, you just need to ensure that when your contract is up, all of the furniture that was in the apartment when you moved in is still there, and in the same condition that you found it in. 

What is a rent to own option?

A ‘rent to own’ option is generally for those who intend on staying in the UAE for the long-term and want to join the property ladder without breaking the bank. In this option, you can pay a fixed amount as ‘rent’ each month, which essentially goes towards owning your own home. This option is becoming increasingly popular. Instead of paying the rental amount to the landlord each month, you could pay the developer over a defined timeframe to eventually own your own home. While there is usually an upfront down payment required, it is still a relatively affordable option when compared to getting a mortgage. A typical mortgage requires a down payment of at least 30% of the value to cover down payment, transfer and agent fees. The ‘rent-to-own’ option makes becoming a homeowner a reality for many people in Abu Dhabi.