Buying a villa in Dubai

May 5, 2016

Villas are becoming more popular in Dubai as people find apartment living restrictive – especially if they have children. Of course, both villas and apartments have their own pros and cons so it makes sense to do your research before deciding to buy a villa in Dubai. We’ll help you get started on your property journey with a list we’ve compiled ourselves.

Buying an apartment in Dubai

Pros

  • Security is better. Usually, visitors cannot enter without signing in at security or being accompanied by a resident. You’ll also find that there’s a benefit to having your neighbours so close – they are able to witness and report sinister activities.
  • Municipal services like electricity, water or gas are easier as these are supplied by the building. That means bill payments are less of a hassle and you can be sure that you won’t run out.
  • The real estate owner is responsible for the upkeep of the building. If there’s a park where families can play, it’s also the responsibility of the owner to take care of its maintenance.
  • Most buildings have a gym, swimming pool and/or sauna which are free for residents.
  • Most apartment buildings have convenience stores either in the building or within a short walking distance.

Cons

  • If you are the owner, maintenance costs can be very pricey.
  • Space is limited and investing in a larger apartment can be expensive.
  • Unless your apartment is soundproof, many of your conversations could be overheard by the neighbours. You’ll need to be wary of this and keep your sound levels low.
  • Upgrades or maintenance to your apartment would require approval from your building’s management first. These enhancements would also need to be carried out within specific hours on certain days.

 
Buying a villa in Dubai

Pros

  • You are less restricted and have more freedom to expand, upgrade and design your home.
  • You can have your own garden which makes the home feel more spacious and lets you enjoy time outside. If your garden is big enough, you could even include a pool if there isn’t one already.
  • A villa is for longer-term living so you’ll find that you’ll grow in the home, start a family and raise your children there.

Cons

  • With more freedom, comes more responsibility. You might find the need to install security devices for your peace of mind – which comes at a cost.
  • You’ll need to manage your own water, electricity and gas.
  • You’ll need to pay for extra facilities and services like gym memberships, trips to the spa, etc.
  • Chances are your villa will be located outside the city centre, meaning you’ll need to consider your commute to work.

Buying a Dubai hotel apartment

Pros

  • There are a variety of options to choose from in terms of space. You could have a normal hotel room, studio, one bedroom, two bedroom or even three bedroom apartment.
  • It comes with cleaning services a few times a week.
  • The hotel itself most likely comes with recreational facilities like a gym, swimming pool, sauna, spa, hair salon and Jacuzzi.
  • There is usually a laundry service included in the price so you can have your clothing washed, dried and ironed a few times a week.
  • There will be one or more restaurants to order your meals from. It’s perfect for someone with a busy lifestyle who doesn’t always have time to cook or run out to grab dinner.
  • You can rent out the hotel apartment when you are away, which is a lucrative opportunity for those who travel often.

Cons

  • Hotel apartments are fully furnished with strict rules regarding changing the design, layout or structure of any of the rooms.
  • The place will rarely feel like your own as you are restricted when it comes to adding your own personal touch to the place.
  • You might find there is a lot more noise than you are used to as you share the hotel with visitors and travellers who don’t have to stick to a workday schedule.