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Property for Rent photos in Al Muroor: Luxury 1 Bedroom Hall Apartment At Al Muroor Near Khalifa University: - 1

Luxury 1 Bedroom Hall Apartment At Al Muroor Near Khalifa University:

Al Muroor, Abu Dhabi Islandabout 1 hour
AED 42,400
1 Bedroom1 Bathroom800 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Najda: Awesome 1 Bedroom Hall Apartment At Madinat Zayed: - 1

Awesome 1 Bedroom Hall Apartment At Madinat Zayed:

Al Najda, Madinat Zayedabout 1 hour
AED 42,400
1 Bedroom1 Bathroom800 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Shamkha: Splendid 2 Bedroom Hall Inside villa Ground Floor with Easy Payments at Al Shamkha - 1

Splendid 2 Bedroom Hall Inside villa Ground Floor with Easy Payments at Al Shamkha

Al Shamkhaabout 1 hour
AED 35,000
2 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1,600 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Reem Island: Sophisticated 2 BR w/ Maids and Sky Pod - 1

Sophisticated 2 BR w/ Maids and Sky Pod

Sky Tower, Al Reem Islandabout 1 hour
AED 120,000
2 Bedrooms3 Bathrooms1,719 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Markaziyah: Full Sea View | 12 Patments | 0% Commission - 1

Full Sea View | 12 Patments | 0% Commission

Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi City Centreabout 1 hour
AED 300,000
4 Bedrooms5 Bathrooms2,884 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Markaziyah: High Floor | 12 Payments | 0% Commission - 1

High Floor | 12 Payments | 0% Commission

Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi City Centreabout 1 hour
AED 175,000
3 Bedrooms4 Bathrooms2,217 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in City of Lights: This Home Will Make You Feel Good and Comfortable - 1

This Home Will Make You Feel Good and Comfortable

City of Lights, Tamouhabout 1 hour
AED 115,000
3 Bedrooms4 Bathrooms1,750 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Shams Abu Dhabi: This Unit Will Always Make You Feel At Home - 1

This Unit Will Always Make You Feel At Home

The Bridges, Shams Abu Dhabi, Al Reem Islandabout 1 hour
AED 55,000
1 Bedroom1 Bathroom689 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Raha Beach: Hot Deal Unit with Maids and Laundry Room - 1

Hot Deal Unit with Maids and Laundry Room

Al Maha - Al Raha Beach, Al Raha Beachabout 1 hour
AED 140,000
3 Bedrooms4 Bathrooms1,823 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Shams Abu Dhabi: Brand New Fully Furnished with 2 Payments - 1

Brand New Fully Furnished with 2 Payments

Shams Abu Dhabi, Al Reem Islandabout 1 hour
AED 140,000
3 Bedrooms4 Bathrooms1,702 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Baniyas City: Make This Spacious Unit Your Next Sanctuary - 1

Make This Spacious Unit Your Next Sanctuary

Baniyas Cityabout 1 hour
AED 114,000
3 Bedrooms4 Bathrooms1,927 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Reem Island: Harmonious Sea View Unit w/ One Month Free - 1

Harmonious Sea View Unit w/ One Month Free

Sun Tower, Al Reem Islandabout 1 hour
AED 100,000
2 Bedrooms3 Bathrooms1,253 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Reem Island: Furnished Home! for Monthly w/ Wifi  Parking - 1

Furnished Home! for Monthly w/ Wifi Parking

Al Reem Islandabout 1 hour
AED 120,000
2 Bedrooms3 Bathrooms1,350 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Reem Island: A Vacant Apartment Perfect For Relaxation - 1

A Vacant Apartment Perfect For Relaxation

Sun Tower, Al Reem Islandabout 1 hour
AED 85,000
2 Bedrooms3 Bathrooms1,253 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Shams Abu Dhabi: Stunning Brand New Family Home with 1 Payment - 1

Stunning Brand New Family Home with 1 Payment

The Bridges, Shams Abu Dhabi, Al Reem Islandabout 1 hour
AED 120,000
3 Bedrooms3 Bathrooms1,474 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Khalidiyah: Tremendous Value and Perfect City Views! - 1

Tremendous Value and Perfect City Views!

Al Ain Tower, Al Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi City Centreabout 1 hour
AED 115,000
2 Bedrooms3 Bathrooms1,300 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Raha Beach: Sophisticated Family Home with Waterfront - 1

Sophisticated Family Home with Waterfront

Al Raha Beachabout 1 hour
AED 350,000
4 Bedrooms5 Bathrooms4,568 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Shams Abu Dhabi: Perfecly Price Brand New Home with 2 payments - 1

Perfecly Price Brand New Home with 2 payments

The Bridges, Shams Abu Dhabi, Al Reem Islandabout 1 hour
AED 105,000
3 Bedrooms3 Bathrooms1,474 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Reem Island: Marvelous 3 BR with Maids  Scenic Balcony - 1

Marvelous 3 BR with Maids Scenic Balcony

Beach Towers, Al Reem Islandabout 1 hour
AED 160,000
3 Bedrooms4 Bathrooms2,088 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Muroor: No Commission Elegant Size 2 BHK With Maids Room Gym Covered Parking Apartment At Al Muroor Road For - 1

No Commission Elegant Size 2 BHK With Maids Room Gym Covered Parking Apartment At Al Muroor Road For

Al Muroor, Abu Dhabi Islandabout 1 hour
AED 85,000
2 Bedrooms3 Bathrooms1,500 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Reem Island: Alluring and Spacious Unit with Maids Room - 1

Alluring and Spacious Unit with Maids Room

Al Durrah Tower, Al Reem Islandabout 1 hour
AED 155,000
3 Bedrooms4 Bathrooms2,669 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al Reem Island: High Floor Unit with Maids Room and 3 Payments - 1

High Floor Unit with Maids Room and 3 Payments

The Gate Tower 2, Al Reem Islandabout 1 hour
AED 90,000
2 Bedrooms3 Bathrooms1,500 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Al  Ghadeer Village: Timeless Grace And Grandeur w/ 2 Payments - 1

Timeless Grace And Grandeur w/ 2 Payments

Al Ghadeer Village, Al Ghadeerabout 1 hour
AED 30,000
Studio1 Bathroom485 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Yas Entertainment District: Perfect Home for your Family with 2 Payments - 1

Perfect Home for your Family with 2 Payments

Yas Entertainment District, Yas Islandabout 1 hour
AED 105,000
2 Bedrooms3 Bathrooms1,366 SqFt
Property for Rent photos in Yas Entertainment District: Make Yourself Feel At Home In This Stylish Unit - 1

Make Yourself Feel At Home In This Stylish Unit

Yas Entertainment District, Yas Islandabout 1 hour
AED 110,000
2 Bedrooms3 Bathrooms1,366 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.