When renting a house in Abu Dhabi there are some things you need to know before going ahead and choosing your next home. One of the most basic things you need to know is that you will need to pay an annual rent and that there are allowed 1, 2 or maximum 3 cheques.
Also, there are multiple ways of renting a place to live. You can rent an apartment for yourself, which is more convenient because you won’t be disturbed. Another option would be to share a bigger apartment with 1 or 2 other families. This will help you a lot with the expenses, since everything will be shared. In what regards the type of the house, you can choose between a villa or an apartment. Usually, more people live in a villa and share the expenses, while the studios are rented by single people only.
What you must know is that any apartment that you want to rent comes unfurnished. So you might want to take into account the costs of the future furniture (if you don’t have some already). This can actually be an advantage, since you have the chance to decorate the apartment exactly as you wish, even though it’s only rented.
Usually the rents start from 40.000 AED and can go up to 90 – 100.000 AED for studios, and can even reach 300.000 AED for big apartments in luxurious conditions and great locations. To this you have to add the furnishing costs, as we said above, and also the agency fee, which is around 5% of the property’s value, but not less than 3000 AED usually.
Depending on how much you can afford to spend, you can choose a great location. The most popular locations in Abu Dhabi are Abu Dhabi City, Reem Island and Reef Downtown. The most expensive rents are for villas and apartments located next to the sea, with a wonderful view to the seaside, private beaches nearby and a lot of comfort. The most beautiful locations here are Al Raha Beach, Al Reem Island and Saadyiat. All of them have great views and stunning beaches, not to mention how beautiful the house there are. In places like these you should expect to pay the most for the rent.
In comparison, there are some locations which are the quite accessible. Mushriff area, Al Reef, Al Ghadeer and Hydra Village offer great conditions for less money that the luxurious ones. However, you shouldn’t expect to have a private beach next to your villa, but then again, there are decent conditions everywhere.
Last but not least, you should be very careful when you start looking on real estate portals to find something to rent. Some of them can make a lot of fake promises, and you might end up paying much more for something of a lesser value than you thought initially. Double-check every information, go for yourself to see the house or the apartment, ask around, get some information online or ask people who have worked with that agency before. In this way you can make sure that your choice will be the best one and you won’t regret it!