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Where Are the Best Areas to Buy Properties in Dubai? (updated 2023)

Best areas to buy properties in Dubai

Where are investors buying properties in Dubai? Are properties expensive in Dubai compared to your home country? We have done some research for you. Here is what you need to know when it comes to understanding Dubai property prices, getting a ballpark of how much it will cost you, and finding the best areas to buy properties in Dubai.

Are Properties Expensive in Dubai?

Compared to other cities like London, Shanghai, and Paris, Dubai’s property prices are one of the lowest. This low entry point makes Dubai very accessible to investors of all calibers as the initial capital to get started is much smaller, yet it can also achieve an average higher rental yield than other more mature markets.

Here is a comparison of the major metropolitan cities’ rental and purchase prices for an apartment:

Rent Per Month (AED)DubaiLondonSingaporeMumbaiParisShanghai
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre7,473.819,376.3512,069.492,103.515,018.103,245.45
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre14,794.0818,168.9123,229.096,166.7811,019.8710,218.07
Source: September 2023 (
Apartment Price (AED)DubaiLondonSingaporeMumbaiParisShanghai
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre15.503.2660,268.1875,575.3523,360.1447,494.7264,146.85
Contributors in the past 12 months930977773682532283
Source: September 2023 (

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Property prices in Dubai are more attractive than in many other global cities. $1 million can get you 1,485 sq ft in Dubai, 495 sq ft in Paris, 301 sq ft in London and 269 sq ft in New York.

– Knight Frank

Best Areas to Buy Properties in Dubai 2023

Properties Transactions (Top 10 Performing Areas in 2023)

AreaSold propertiesAverage price (AED)
Jumeirah Village Circle9,233AED 750K
Dubai Marina7,246AED 2.9M
Business Bay6,977AED 1.4M
Dubai Creek Harbour4,085AED 2.2M
Jumeirah Lakes Towers3,840AED 1.1M
Arjan3,353AED 684K
Dubai Hills3,272AED 2M
Sobha Heartland2,867AED 1.7M
Town Square2,259AED 955.9K
Palm Jumeirah1,944AED 3.9M
Source: fä As of September 2023

How much is an Off-Plan Apartment, Villa & Townhouse in Dubai?

According to DXB Interact, Dubai Property Medium Prices (As of September 2023) are as follow:

Off-plan ApartmentsAED 1.4 million
Off-plan Villas AED 2.4 million
PlotsAED 4.8 million
Ready ApartmentsAED 1.1 million
Ready VillasAED 3 million
Source: DXB Interact Market Report September 2023

Now that we know roughly how much a property costs, let’s take a look at how to calculate how much home you can afford.

Other Sites We Like…

– For Dubai’s latest YTD property market performance, fäm Properties has an insightful page with real-time interactive charts.

– To get a feel of different Dubai’s communities and its lifestyle, take a look at Property Finder Communities Guide. It also has the latest average sale price listing, gross rental yield, and ratings of the most popular buildings in each community!

– For a property’s actual sale records and rent history, you can put in the property name and unit number on DXB Interact and it will calculate a gross return on investment (ROI) based on the last purchase price and most recent tenancy contract.

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