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What Is the Average Rent in Dubai

The average rent in Dubai for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center is AED 5366, and a three-bedroom apartment in the heart of the city is AED 10,149. A cheap one-bedroom apartment is AED 3,140 on average, and a cheap three-bedroom apartment is AED 5936.

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Are you hoping to move to Dubai? Perhaps you’re a digital nomad planning your next adventure, or maybe you’re an expat who’s landed a job in Dubai. Either way, you can find out more about the average rent prices in Dubai.

This blog post will reveal the average prices of rent in Dubai as well as how that compares to some cities around the world. Figures in this article come from crowd-sourced data about living in various countries and cities around the world.

Pacific Prime has additional information about living in Dubai and what to expect as an expat.

If you would like to know more details about the cost of living in Dubai, consult this article.

The Average Rent in Dubai

The average rent in Dubai for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center is USD $1461, and a three-bedroom apartment is USD $2763. The average rent for a one-bedroom in a cheap neighborhood in Dubai is USD $855, and a cheap three-bedroom is USD $1616.

Dubai's Surreal Skyline From Downtown Dubai

The average monthly rent price in Dubai using different currencies:

 

Currency United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED) United States Dollar

(USD)

Canadian Dollar (CAD) Pound Sterling (GBP) Euros (EUR)
1 Bedroom Apartment in Dubai’s City Center AED 5366 USD $1461 CAD $2002 GBP £1202 EUR €1371
3 Bedroom Apartment in Dubai’s City Center AED 10149 USD $2763 CAD $3787 GBP £2273 EUR €2608
Cheap 1 Bedroom Apartment in Dubai AED 3140 USD $855 CAD $1172 GBP £703 EUR €807
Cheap 3 Bedroom Apartment in Dubai AED 5936 USD $1616 CAD $2215 GBP £1330 EUR €1,525


The Average Rent in Dubai vs. the UAE as a Whole

Rent in Dubai is significantly higher on average than the average rent prices in the United Arab Emirates. This means the average rent price is much lower outside of Dubai. The biggest price difference in the average rent in Dubai versus the whole UAE is for city-center apartments. 

  • A one-bedroom apartment in the city center of Dubai costs 29% more on average than the average rent price for a city-center, one-bedroom apartment in the United Arab Emirates. 
  • On average, a three-bedroom, city-center apartment in Dubai is 26% more expensive than the average rent price in Dubai.
  • A cheap one-bedroom apartment in Dubai is 11% more costly than the average price for all of the United Arab Emirates.
  • A cheap three-bedroom apartment in Dubai is 14% more expensive on average than the average for all of the United Arab Emirates.

The Average Rent in Dubai vs. American Cities

The average rent in Dubai is cheaper than rent in major US cities. Certain average prices for specific apartment types may be cheaper in select US cities than in Dubai, but most rent prices will be significantly cheaper in Dubai.

We compared the average monthly rent in Dubai to four cities spread throughout the continental United States: Chicago, Houston, New York, and Los Angeles.

The following table compares the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center of each location in the United States and Dubai. New York’s average price is more than double Dubai’s average price for a similar apartment.

 

Dubai vs. Cities in the USA: 

Average Rent for a 1-bedroom Apartment in the City Center

Dubai Chicago Houston New York Los Angeles
USD $1461 18% more than Dubai 10% less than Dubai 123% more than Dubai 53% more than Dubai


Here is a table that compares Dubai’s average rent price for a cheap one-bedroom apartment to cheap one-bedroom apartments in the same four major US cities. Los Angeles is double the average price in Dubai, and
New York is a whopping 1.5 times more expensive.

 

Dubai vs. Cities in the USA: 

Average Rent for a Cheap 1-bedroom Apartment 

Dubai Chicago Houston New York Los Angeles
USD $855 28% more than Dubai 23% more than Dubai 151% more than Dubai 101% more than Dubai


Below, we compared the average monthly cost for a three-bedroom apartment in the city center in Dubai to Chicago, Houston, New York, and Los Angeles.

 

Dubai vs. Cities in the USA: 

Average Rent for a 3-bedroom Apartment in the City Center

Dubai Chicago Houston New York Los Angeles
USD $2763 11% more than Dubai 3% less than Dubai 84% more than Dubai 39% more than Dubai


The table below shows the difference in average monthly rent costs between Dubai and four major US cities for a cheap, three-bedroom apartment.

 

Dubai vs. Cities in the USA: 

Average Rent for a Cheap 3-bedroom Apartment

Dubai Chicago Houston New York Los Angeles
USD $1616 33% more than Dubai 3% more than Dubai 97% more than Dubai 82% more than Dubai


Want more cost of living comparisons than just rent prices? Read
Is Living in Dubai Cheaper than the United States?

Pacific Prime has more great resources for Americans researching a move to Dubai. Check out our blog post about living in Dubai as an American.

The Average Rent in Dubai vs. Canadian Cities

The average rent in Dubai, UAE is less expensive than in Toronto, ON, and Vancouver, BC in Canada for a one-bedroom apartment. However, rent in Montreal is less expensive than rent in Dubai. This means that moving to Dubai may or may not save Canadians money on rent.

Museum Of The Future On Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

Here are the comparisons between Dubai and these three Canadian cities for a one-bedroom, city-center apartment on average.

 

Dubai vs. Canada: Average Rent Price for a 1-Bedroom Apartment in the City Center
Dubai Montreal Toronto Vancouver
CAD $2002 33% less than Dubai 5% more than Dubai 15% more than Dubai


Here are the comparisons between Dubai and the same Canadian cities for a cheap one-bedroom apartment on average.

 

Dubai vs. Canada: Average Rent Price for a Cheap 1-Bedroom Apartment 
Dubai Montreal Toronto Vancouver
CAD $1172 16% less than Dubai 55% more than Dubai 61% more than Dubai


This table shows the comparisons of the average price for a three-bedroom apartment in the city center of Dubai versus the average price for a three-bedroom apartment in the city center of select Canadian cities.

 

Dubai vs. Canada: Average Rent Price for a 3-Bedroom Apartment in the City Center
Dubai Montreal Toronto Vancouver
CAD $3787 37% less than Dubai 4% less than Dubai 13% more than Dubai


Below, you will find the comparisons between the average price for a cheap three-bedroom apartment in Dubai compared to select Canadian cities.

 

Dubai vs. Canada: Average Rent Price for a Cheap 3-Bedroom Apartment
Dubai Montreal Toronto Vancouver
CAD 2215 22% less than Dubai 35% more than Dubai 41% more than Dubai

For additional information and tips about living in Dubai as a Canadian, see this article.

Average Rent Price in Dubai vs. British Cities

Rent in Dubai is much cheaper on average than rent in London. Other UK cities are much cheaper on average than Dubai for Rent. For example, Birmingham and Liverpool are 6% to 38% cheaper on average.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai, UAE

Here are the comparisons between Dubai and these three cities in Britain for a one-bedroom, city-center apartment on average.

 

Dubai vs. the UK: Average Rent Price for a 1-Bedroom Apartment in the City Center
Dubai London Birmingham Liverpool
£1202 50% more than Dubai 35% less than Dubai 38% less than Dubai


Here are the comparisons between Dubai and the same British cities for a cheap one-bedroom apartment on average.

 

Dubai vs. the UK: Average Rent Price for a Cheap 1-Bedroom Apartment
Dubai London Birmingham Liverpool
£703 90% more than Dubai 6% less than Dubai 25% less than Dubai


This table shows the comparisons of the average price for a three-bedroom apartment in the city center of Dubai versus the average price for a three-bedroom apartment in the city center of select cities in England.

 

Dubai vs. the UK: Average Rent Price for a 3-Bedroom Apartment in the City Center
Dubai London Birmingham Liverpool
£2273 46% more than Dubai 31% less than Dubai 34% less than Dubai


Below, you will find the comparisons between the average price for a cheap three-bedroom apartment in Dubai compared to select cities in Great Britain.

 

Dubai vs. the UK: Average Rent Price for a Cheap 3-Bedroom Apartment
Dubai London Birmingham Liverpool
£1330 63% more than Dubai 23% less than Dubai 29% less than Dubai

To discover more tips and advice about living in Dubai as a British Citizen, read this article about living in Dubai after the UK.

Methodology

Pacific Prime used crowd-sourced data to determine the average rent prices in Dubai and other locations listed in this article. Currency conversion from USD to other currencies was based on the exchange rate at the time of writing.

Dubai Creek Cityscape View

Rent prices shown throughout the article are based on an apartment area of 430 square feet, or 40 square meters, for a one-bedroom apartment. Prices for a three-bedroom apartment are based on an apartment size of 860 square feet or 80 square meters.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does rent cost each month in Dubai?

The average monthly cost of rent in Dubai for a city-center, one-bedroom apartment is AED 5366. That’s $1461 in US dollars, $2002 in Canadian dollars, €1371, and £1202. A three-bedroom apartment costs AED 10149 per month on average.

Conclusion

Dubai has high average rent prices. Rent prices in the entire UAE are less expensive than in Dubai on average. Dubai has lower average rent prices than expensive major cities like New York and London. 

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Serena Fung is a Senior Content Creator at Pacific Prime, a global insurance brokerage and employee specialist serving over 1.5 million clients in 15 offices across the world. With 2+ years of experience writing about the subject, she aims to demystify the world of insurance for readers with the latest updates, guides and articles on the blog.

Serena earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, Canada. As such, she is an avid advocate of mental health and is fascinated by all things psychology (especially if it’s cognitive psychology!).

Her previous work experience includes teaching toddlers to read, writing for a travel/wellness online magazine, and then a business news blog. These combined experiences give her the skills and insights she needs to explain complex ideas in a succinct way. Being the daughter of an immigrant and a traveler herself, she is passionate about educating expats and digital nomads on travel and international health insurance.
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