Expat packages either include housing or an allowance to cover at least part of your accommodation costs, although the amounts are much smaller than in the boom days so it’s likely that you’ll need to top up from your own pocket to cover the rent or mortgage.

Sharing accommodation is a popular option for young professionals, but couples must be married if they want to live together. There is a broad spectrum of properties to buy or rent, from exclusive villas on Palm Jumeirah to affordable, high rise apartments in Sports City. Those opting for a villa lifestyle pay a premium for a garden and either private or shared pool, while those who prefer apartment living can pay extra for accommodation with gym, pool and parking space/s.

In this section, you’ll find step-by-step guides to buying a property as well as some tips on reaping the benefits and avoiding the pitfalls associated with purchasing freehold property in Dubai. The umbrella government entity responsible for all matters concerning purchased or leased property, land ownership and management is through the Dubai Land Department (

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