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The 10 most expensive places to rent villas

The Dubai real estate market, including the luxury segment, is showing a high demand in residential units for rent among people wishing to move to the emirate in search of job opportunities or in order to open a business and experience a harmonious lifestyle on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, with access to leisure and entertainment activities. At the same time the rental prices of residential properties in the emirate have gone up. The average cost of renting a villa in the emirate of Dubai increased by 25.7% in 2022 with an average price of AED 273,750 (USD 74,500) per year. Among the areas with the highest rental prices for villas are Al Barari, Palm Jumeirah and Emirates Hills. In this article we will tell you about the TOP 10 communities with the most expensive villas to rent in the emirate of Dubai.

Al Barari

Al Barari is a gated community with an area of 18M sq. ft offering premium villas. It’s one of the greenest areas of the emirate, as 60% of the community is dedicated to landscaped gardens, natural lakes and green spaces. The construction of Al Barari began in 2005, and apart from villas, the community offers apartments, The Farm restaurant, Body Language health club and many other amenities. Travel time to Downtown Dubai and Dubai International Airport from Al Barari takes about 25 minutes.

The average cost of renting a villa in Al Barari is AED 956,200 (USD 260,300) with AED 72 (USD 20) per sq. ft. The ROI for a 4-bedroom villa in the area is 4.5%, while a 7-bedroom unit comes with a 5.2% return rate.

Among the most popular sub-communities in Al Barari are Seventh Heaven, Ashjar, The Nest and Bromellia. While the first areas offer apartments, the other two feature a collection of villas. The Nest consists of 55 spacious 4-bedroom villas, with each of them coming with a private swimming pool and a garden. Staff rooms, a BBQ area and an outdoor shower, as well as large living and dining areas are also offered. It’s worth noting that villas in Al Barari are provided with covered parking spaces or a garage, while guests of the community can park their vehicles outside.

Families with children will appreciate a number of educational institutions, located within close proximity to Al Barari. These include Kids Zone Nursery, FalconCity Nursery, Dunecrest American School and GEMS Heritage Indian School. Dubai International Academic City is easily accessible from Al Barari. Among the closest clinics are Dr. Kamkar Medical & Physiotherapy Center and Dubai London Clinic – The Villa Branch.

In terms of entertainment and leisure activities, residents can choose from Cityland Mall, City Centre Me’aisem, My City Centre Al Barsha, Dubai Autodrome, Dubai Miracle Garden and Dubai Polo Equestrian Club.

Palm Jumeirah

The man-made island of Palm Jumeirah is one of the most iconic destinations in Dubai. Purchasing or renting a residential unit here is a dream for those wishing to experience an ultra-luxury lifestyle within close proximity to the waters of the Arabian Gulf. The largest artificial island in the world consists of the Trunk, the Crescent and 16 Fronds. Here you will find a wide variety of villas, townhouses, apartments, hotels and entertainment venues and activities.

The average cost of renting a villa on Palm Jumeirah is AED 954,500 (USD 260,000) per year with a price of AED 145 (USD 40) per sq. ft. The ROI for a 4-bedroom villa in the area is 3.7%, while 1-2 bedroom villas offer a 5.3% return.

Among the most popular villa communities in Palm Jumeirah are Garden Homes and Signature Villas. Garden Homes offers 4-5 bedroom duplex villas with living areas from 5,000 sq. ft to 6,700 sq. ft scattered over the fronds of the island. The total number of units is around 1,000. Signature Villas offer 5-6 bedroom properties providing amazing views of the Burj Al Arab, The Atlantis and its surroundings.

Travel time to Dubai Marina will take about 10 minutes, while Business Bay and Downtown Dubai are reachable within a 20-minute drive. However, residents of Palm Jumeirah will have no time for boredom due to a great number of amenities located on the territory of the island itself. Families with children will appreciate Aquaventure Waterpark with 105 rip-roaring slides and Lost Chambers Aquarium where you can interact with marine creatures and even feed them. Nakheel Mall which houses over 140 retail stores, 30 dining options, VOX Cinemas, Trampo Extreme, Fabyland and other entertainment options is also easily accessible from any corner of the area.

Emirates Hills

Emirates Hills is one of the first freehold areas in Dubai, which means that units here are available for purchase by foreigners with 100% ownership. This gated community borders The Meadows, The Lakes and The Springs. Here you will feel the vibe of the American Beverly Hills. This master-planned community by Emaar Properties offers endless green spaces and is set around the Montgomerie Golf Club.

The average price of renting a villa in Emirates Hills is AED 908,000 (USD 247,200) with AED 94 (USD 26) per sq. ft. Investors might be interested in the rental yield that the area can generate. Thus, the ROI for a 5-bedroom villa in the community is 3.8%.

Future residents can choose a unit from 3–8 bedroom luxury villas, offering private swimming pools, terraces, spacious kitchens and living areas, staff rooms, study rooms, storage spaces and much more, depending on the residences’ layout. Villas are provided with at least two parking spaces. Moreover, Emirates Hills is a pet-friendly community with special pet parks.

Families with children will appreciate children’s playgrounds and a range of educational institutions within the surroundings, such as Raffles Nursery in The Lakes, Dubai British School, Michigan State University, Middlesex University Dubai and more. Professional medical help can be obtained in Mediclinic Meadows, Al Das Medical Clinic – Meadows and Aster Clinic – JLT.

Among the closest shopping centers are The Springs Souk and The Meadows Souk. Dubai Marina Mall which has 140 retail stores and 21 dining options is also easily accessible due to the connection to the Sheikh Zayed Road.

Jumeirah Islands

Jumeirah Islands is a luxury project by Nakheel Properties which consists of 50 man-made islets, neighbouring Jumeirah Lake Towers. The area is the perfect option for those wishing to experience a harmonious lifestyle with lakeside views and access to swimming pools, sports facilities and jogging tracks.

The average price of renting a villa in Jumeirah Islands is AED 601,500 (USD 164,000). The cost per sq. ft is AED 72 (USD 20). In terms of investment, the ROI for a 4-bedroom villa is 4.7%.

The total number of units in Jumeirah Islands is 736. Future residents can choose a unit from 4-5 bedroom townhouses and villas with living areas from 5,101 sq. ft to 7,200 sq. ft. The fated community is divided into clusters such as European, Islamic, Mediterranean, Oasis, Tropical and Contemporary.

Travel time from Jumeirah Islands to Dubai Marina takes about 15 minutes, while Downtown Dubai is reachable in less than 30 minutes by car.

Jumeirah

Jumeirah is one of the most desirable areas in Dubai, stretching along the coast of the Arabian Gulf. This waterfront area is home to the famous Burj Al Arab hotel. Among the units for rent are villas and townhouses, as well as apartments in low-rise buildings.

The average cost of renting a villa in the area is AED 525,200 (USD 143,000) with AED 66 (USD 18) per sq. ft. The ROI for a 3-bedroom villa in Jumeirah is 3.9%.

The area consists of several sub-communities including Jumeirah 1, Jumeirah 2, Jumeirah 3, City Walk and Jumeirah Bay Islands. In terms of villas, future tenants and residents can choose from 3–7 bedroom units.

The Wasl 51 in Jumeirah 1 offers luxury villas, with each of them featuring a plunge pool, a poolside dining area and other premium amenities. Some of the residences also boast elevators. A jacuzzi and a BBQ area are also available. The Arenco Villas 32 in Jumeirah 3 will be appreciated by sports lovers due to the presence of a squash court, a swimming pool and a gymnasium with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, as well as pet owners, as it’s a pet-friendly community.

From Jumeirah, residents will be able to get to Downtown Dubai and Business Bay within 15 minutes. You will get the opportunity to relax on Jumeirah Beach, shop in City Walk, Town Centre Jumeirah and Galleria Mall.

Green Community (DIP)

Green Community is one of the most eco-friendly areas in the emirate of Dubai and has been developed by Properties Investment LLC. It’s located in Dubai Investment Park (DIP) and apart from villas, offers townhouses and apartments. Among its sub-communities are Green Community East and Green Community West.

Those who are interested in villas can choose a unit from 3–5 bedroom residences with floor plan areas from 4,200 sq. ft to 9,500 sq. ft. Residences come with private gardens, verandas and even swimming pools. The price per sq. ft in the Green Community is AED 51 (USD 14), and an average price for renting a villa here amounts to AED 375,000 (USD 102,000) annually.

Greens Community is the perfect place for families with children. Among the closest educational institutions are Chubby Cheeks Nursery, Kinderville Nursery, The International School of Choueifat, Dove Green Primary School and University of Balamand. A great number of clinics and hospitals are also easily reachable from Green Community and include Al Shifa Al Khaleeji Medical Center LLC, GMCClinics – Green Community and Right Health Karama Medical Center.

Travel time to Dubai Marina and Downtown Dubai takes about 25 minutes by car. Among the closest entertainment and leisure activities are Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai Marina Mall, Trump International Golf Course and Dubai Sports City with Dubai International Stadium and The Els Club at Dubai Sports City.

Jumeirah Golf Estates

Jumeirah Golf Estates is a prestigious community with apartments and villas. It’s the perfect option for those wishing to experience a family-friendly lifestyle whilst having direct access to parks, fitness centers, sports facilities and children’s playgrounds. The area, which is considered to be one of the greenest in Dubai, is the best choice for nature lovers due to its five lakes, 1,100 hectares of lush greenery and landscaped gardens where you can relax after a tiring day with your family members. The majority of properties in Jumeirah Golf Estates are built around the famous Fire and Earth golf courses.

The average price of renting a villa in Jumeirah Golf Estates is AED 363,000 (USD 99,000). The cost per sq. ft is AED 87 (USD 24). The ROI for a 3-bedroom villa in the area is 5.4%.

Jumeirah Golf Estates consists of 16 sub-communities. Whispering Pines features 160 villas in 3-4 bedroom configurations built in Tuscan style. Lime Tree Valleys is another popular choice among those wishing to move to Jumeirah Golf Estates, as it offers 4–6 bedroom villas with living areas from 2,000 sq. ft to 9,000 sq. ft. Those who want maximum luxury, might be interested in Jumeirah Luxury with 291 exclusive villas, or Orange Lake with 70 signature residences.

Travel time from Jumeirah Golf Estates to Business Bay and Downtown Dubai will take around 30 minutes, while Dubai Marina is reachable in 25 minutes by car. In the areas surrounding Jumeirah Golf Estates you will find Jumeirah International Nursery, Gummy Bear Nursery, Le Jardin Enchante and Kids Kingdom Nursery School IMPZ. Mediclinic Me’aisem is one of the closest options to get medical help.

The Meadows

The Meadows borders Jumeirah Islands and Jumeirah Lake Towers. Residents of the community can get to key areas of Dubai such as Dubai Marina, Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City and Dubai Knowledge Park within 10–15 minutes.

The total number of villas in The Meadows is 1,800 and they are built in various architectural styles, meaning that everyone will find the right unit corresponding to their needs from 3–7 bedroom residences. Renting a villa in The Meadows will cost you about AED 325,500 (USD 89,000) with AED 68 (USD 19) per sq. ft. The ROI for a 3-bedroom unit is 4.8%.

Among the closest entertainment and leisure activities are The Meadows Souk, Dubai Marina Mall, The Walk at JBR, The Beach at JBR and Montgomerie Golf Course.

The Villa

The Villa is one of the latest communities in Dubai which has already attracted the attention of those wishing to enjoy a convenient lifestyle in Dubailand. The project has been developed by Dubai Properties and Mazaya.

Among the sub-communities of The Villa are The Aldea, The Haciendas, The Ponderosa and The Centro which is built in four architectural styles such as Mazaya, Cordoba, Granada and Valencia. The average price of renting a unit in The Villa is AED 287,300 (USD 78,200). The cost of the price sq. ft is AED 46 (USD 13). The ROI for a 4-bedroom unit is 4.7%.

Future residents can choose a unit from 3–7 bedroom villas. The total number of ready-to-move residential units in The Villa is 1,262. Moreover, over 160 empty land plots are offered to those wishing to create the home of their dreams in this part of the developing area of Dubailand.

From The Villa you will easily reach Dubai Outlet Mall, which is home to over 1,200 brands and 240 stores, as well as various dining options. Travel time to Downtown Dubai will last 20 minutes.

Living Legends

Living Legends is another residential community spread over 14M sq. ft in Dubailand, located between Jebel Ali Free Zone and Al Maktoum International Airport. Here you will find 500 deluxe villas and 12 residential towers, as well as a 9-hole golf course.

Renting a villa in Living Legends will cost AED 287,000 (USD 78,100) annually, and the price per sq. ft is AED 36 (USD 10). Among the units on offer are 4–6 bedroom villas with living areas from 2,900 sq. ft to 8,000 sq. ft. Some of them are adjacent to the golf course, while others are overlooking the gardens.

Residents of Living Legends will be able to get to the heart of Dubai with its iconic landmarks in less than 25 minutes. Families with children will appreciate its close proximity to Dubai Miracle Garden, Dubai Butterfly Garden, Global Village and IMG Worlds of Adventure, which are all reachable within 15 minutes by car.