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Five Affordable Places a Foreigner Can Live in Dubai


When it comes to choosing where to live in Dubai, expats have plenty of options. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean what is perfect for some families or individuals is the best place to live for you. After all, Dubai is a vast city with varying levels of communities – so it’s important that you take the time to explore and check-out the different places to live.

To help you out in your search, we’ve tried to list the main characteristics of five popular and affordable expat places a foreigner working in Dubai can live.

Bur Dubai

 Bur Dubai is one place where you can find accommodation starting from only Dh550 up to Dh3,000 monthly for a room. If you are hunting for a studio apartment, then you can get a furnished studio for Dh42,000 up to Dh97,000 annually while an unfurnished studio would cost approximately Dh3,000 to Dh5,000 cheaper. To sum up, a studio can be available for a monthly rent of Dh3,500 to Dh5,000.

The International City

Here, you can easily grab a studio apartment for a price lesser than that of a rented room. Being quite away from the Dubai Metro lines, rents in this area are very low compared to other parts of the city. A monthly rental for a studio would cost around Dh3,000 up to Dh4,500, based on the furnishings in apartment, or number of rooms. Nevertheless, the amount of rentals are meant to be between Dh28,000 and Dh35,000 annually.  While those looking for a room, can book their abode from Dh500 to Dh2,100.


In spite of the hustle and bustle of Deira with ample places to hang out at even at odd hours, you can find a place to put up at affordable prices. A room in Deira would be priced from Dh450 Up to Dh3,500 based on the furniture, washroom, and kitchen. However, a studio apartment could cost around Dh3500 monthly, and from Dh25,000 up to Dh75,000 based on the view and furniture.


Karama is in the vicinity of Deira, hence the rentals are also similar to that of Deira. Karama and Deira have endless options for restaurants, groceries, cafes, supermarkets, making them most sought after places to live. A room in Karama can be found in the price range of Dh600 up to Dh4,200, while rent for a studio could be between 45,000 and Dh57,000 annually. Monthly rent for studio apartments could be approximately around Dh3,700.

Al Barsha South

Find a studio apartment in Al Barsha South for around Dh5,900 to Dh7,600 and  from Dh35,000 to Dh72,000 annually. If you are looking for a room, then you could seal the deal for Dh800 up to Dh4,500 which would come with quality interiors.

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