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Property for Rent photos in Mussafah East: OUTSTANDING AND AMAZING 1BHK SEMI FURNISHED WITH CAR PARKING IN MUSSAFAH SHABIYA FOR RANT 36K 4PAY - 1

OUTSTANDING AND AMAZING 1BHK SEMI FURNISHED WITH CAR PARKING IN MUSSAFAH SHABIYA FOR RANT 36K 4PAY

AED 36,000
about 7 hours
1 Bed1 Bath800 SqFt
Mussafah East
Property for Rent photos in Khalifa City A: SUPERB EXCELLENT SPACIOUS 2BHK WITH BIG HALL AND BALCONY GREAT FINISHING  NEAR MODEL SCHOOL 40K 4 PA - 1

SUPERB EXCELLENT SPACIOUS 2BHK WITH BIG HALL AND BALCONY GREAT FINISHING NEAR MODEL SCHOOL 40K 4 PA

AED 40,000
about 7 hours
2 Beds2 Baths1,400 SqFt
Khalifa City A
Property for Rent photos in Khalifa City A: Aground Floor 3 Bedroom With Maid Room And Balcony Huge Kitchen 3 Washrooms In Khalifa City A. - 1

Aground Floor 3 Bedroom With Maid Room And Balcony Huge Kitchen 3 Washrooms In Khalifa City A.

AED 68,000
about 8 hours
3 Beds4 Baths2,800 SqFt
Khalifa City A
Property for Rent photos in Khalifa City A: 1bedroom with Separate Nice Full Huge Kitchen And Bat tab Full Washroom In Khalifa City A. - 1

1bedroom with Separate Nice Full Huge Kitchen And Bat tab Full Washroom In Khalifa City A.

AED 38,000
about 8 hours
1 Bed1 Bath1,000 SqFt
Khalifa City A
Property for Rent photos in Khalifa City A: 3 Payment (36K) 1Bedroom M/3200 With Separate kitchen With Huge Balcony Bat Tab Washroom In KCA. - 1

3 Payment (36K) 1Bedroom M/3200 With Separate kitchen With Huge Balcony Bat Tab Washroom In KCA.

AED 36,000
about 8 hours
1 Bed1 Bath1,000 SqFt
Khalifa City A
Property for Rent photos in Al Zaab: Amazing  furnished studio flat available al zaab near khalidiyah mall monthly aed 2700/- - 1

Amazing furnished studio flat available al zaab near khalidiyah mall monthly aed 2700/-

AED 32,000
about 8 hours
Studio1 Bath500 SqFt
Al Zaab
Property for Rent photos in : Amazing 03 bedroom hall available khalidiyah road close to cornish yearly aed 68k 04 payment - 1

Amazing 03 bedroom hall available khalidiyah road close to cornish yearly aed 68k 04 payment

AED 68,000
about 8 hours
3 Beds3 Baths1,800 SqFt
Abu Dhabi
Property for Rent photos in Al Khalidiyah: Amazing studio flat available near central bank al bateen Monthly Aed 2800/- - 1

Amazing studio flat available near central bank al bateen Monthly Aed 2800/-

AED 33,000
about 8 hours
Studio1 Bath500 SqFt
Al Khalidiyah
Property for Rent photos in Abu Dhabi Island: Amazing studio flat available behind al wahadah mall monthly aed 2400/- - 1

Amazing studio flat available behind al wahadah mall monthly aed 2400/-

AED 28,000
about 8 hours
Studio1 Bath500 SqFt
Abu Dhabi Island
Property for Rent photos in Abu Dhabi Island: Amazing one bedroom hall available opp al wadah mall close to airport road monthly aed 3000/- - 1

Amazing one bedroom hall available opp al wadah mall close to airport road monthly aed 3000/-

AED 36,000
about 8 hours
1 Bed1 Bath750 SqFt
Abu Dhabi Island
Property for Rent photos in Al Zaab: Amazing One Bedroom Hall Available Al Zaab Opp Skmc Hospital Monthly Aed 3200/- - 1

Amazing One Bedroom Hall Available Al Zaab Opp Skmc Hospital Monthly Aed 3200/-

AED 36,000
about 8 hours
1 Bed1 Bath1,000 SqFt
Al Zaab
Property for Rent photos in Al Reem Island: Astonishing I 2 bedroom I 1 Month Free | Balcony | - 1

Astonishing I 2 bedroom I 1 Month Free | Balcony |

AED 82,000
about 8 hours
2 Beds3 Baths1,076 SqFt
Al Reem Island
Property for Rent photos in Danet Abu Dhabi: No Commission I Studio I Offer I All Facilities - 1

No Commission I Studio I Offer I All Facilities

AED 40,000
about 8 hours
Studio1 Bath500 SqFt
Al Murjan Tower, Danet Abu Dhabi
Property for Rent photos in Danet Abu Dhabi: No Commission,  Modern One Bedroom with Facilities - 1

No Commission, Modern One Bedroom with Facilities

AED 55,000
about 8 hours
1 Bed2 Baths850 SqFt
Al Murjan Tower, Danet Abu Dhabi
Property for Rent photos in Danet Abu Dhabi: Lavish Luxury 2BR l Amenities l Balcony | Parking - 1

Lavish Luxury 2BR l Amenities l Balcony | Parking

AED 65,000
about 8 hours
2 Beds2 Baths1,200 SqFt
Danet Tower A, Danet Abu Dhabi
Property for Rent photos in Rawdhat Abu Dhabi: Peaceful I No Commission I Great Offer I Parking  I Amenities - 1

Peaceful I No Commission I Great Offer I Parking I Amenities

AED 50,000
about 8 hours
1 Bed1 Bath750 SqFt
Rawdhat Abu Dhabi
Property for Rent photos in Al Reem Island: One Month Grace I Brand New I Large 1 Bedroom I Balcony I - 1

One Month Grace I Brand New I Large 1 Bedroom I Balcony I

AED 53,000
about 8 hours
1 Bed2 Baths900 SqFt
Al Reem Island
Property for Rent photos in Tourist Club Area (TCA): Lovely Two Bedroom APT in TCA - 1

Lovely Two Bedroom APT in TCA

AED 50,000
about 8 hours
2 Beds2 Baths1,400 SqFt
Tourist Club Area (TCA)
Property for Rent photos in Electra Street: No Commission I Exquisite Two Bedroom I Facilities I - 1

No Commission I Exquisite Two Bedroom I Facilities I

AED 70,000
about 8 hours
2 Beds2 Baths1,500 SqFt
Sama Tower, Electra Street
Property for Rent photos in Khalifa Street: Magnificent I Three Bedroom APT I Pool Gym Parking - 1

Magnificent I Three Bedroom APT I Pool Gym Parking

AED 105,000
about 8 hours
3 Beds5 Baths2,100 SqFt
Khalifa Street, Al Markaziya

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.