In Discovery Gardens, a studio apartment is available for Dh30,000. Picture for illustrative purposes only. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: International City and Discovery Gardens continue to be the most affordable areas for taking apartments on rent in Dubai. Asking rents in these areas hover between Dh21,000 and Dh25,000 per annum for studio units. However, according to realty agents, rents in these areas for studio apartments are settling around just over the Dh20,000-mark per annum.

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The Russia Cluster in International City. Apartments in International City continue to be among the most affordable in Dubai. Picture for illustrative purposes only. Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

Quick check

In Discovery Gardens, a studio apartment is available for Dh30,000. Some studio units with a balcony and extra storage spaces are going for Dh34,000.

Mario Volpi, sales and leasing manager of Engel & Volkers Dubai, said besides International City and Discovery Gardens, Deira, Dubai South, Damac Hills, Dubai Production City (IMPZ) and Sky Courts in Dubailand are also offering attractive rates for leasing.

A quick check of rents in these areas revealed some really affordable prices. For example, a studio apartment in Al Ras, Deira, is going for just Dh17,000 for a 13-month stay.

Muheeb Shaikh, real estate broker with Houseit also said that International City continues to remain affordable. “Another area that is fast catching the attention of those looking for cheap accommodation options in Dubai is Mirdiff. A two-bedroom apartment in Ghoroob, a non-freehold area, is leasing from Dh58,000 to a little over Dh63,000 per annum. The units are large for standard two-bedroom units in Dubai. Some two-bedroom units here come for a size of 1,723 square feet. The smaller two-bedroom units are asking for Dh48,000 per annum.

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The France Cluster in International City. Picture for illustrative purposes only. Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

Atif Hassan, 38, just moved in to a smaller-sized unit here in the community and he is paying a rent of Dh50,000. “I got the lease for 13 months with 12 cheques. It is an amazing deal for me personally.”

Shaikh said the Ghoroob community in Mirdiff has several buildings in the community with many units still available. He said another hot area in Dubai is Jaddaf where a number of new buildings have come up. “Two-bedroom apartments here are asking for a rent of around Dh60,000 per annum. In neighbouring areas such as Karama and Mankhool, rental prices are around Dh70,000 per annum and around Dh83,000 per annum respectively.”

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A residential building in Dubai Production City. Image Credit: Clint Egbert/Gulf News

Affordable leasing

According to Javed Akhtar, another realty professional in Dubai, rents for three-bedroom townhouses hover between Dh80,000 and Dh85,000 near Academic City. These villas are being taken up fast for their affordable leasing prices.

Damac Hills 2, Akoya, is another affordable housing property on Al Qudra Road. British expatriate Martin Thomas, who was staying in a three-bedroom unit and paying Dh70,000 per annum in Town Square, recently upgraded to a four-bedroom fully-furnished villa in the community for Dh75,000 per annum.

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Akhtar said other areas such as Arjan, Jumeirah Village Circle, Dubai Silicon Oasis and Jumeirah Village Triangle are also looking attractive.

Asking rent for one-bedroom apartment in Arjan is around Dh46,000. A one-bedroom unit in Jumeirah Village Circle is around Dh41,000 per annum. Dubai Silicon Oasis too is more reasonable option to lease in Dubai. Rent for a one-bedroom as an example hover between Dh38,000 and Dh45,000. But the top three areas to lease affordable place still remain Deira, International City and Discovery Gardens.