Villas vs Apartments: What Should You Invest in Dubai?

Wed, 01 May, 2019

Villas are becoming more popular in Dubai as some 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:

  1. Security is better. Usually, visitors cannot enter without signing in at security or being accompanied by a resident. 
  2. Municipal services like electricity, water or gas are easier as these are supplied by the building. That means bill payments are less hassle and you can be sure that you won’t run out.
  3. 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.
  4. Most buildings have a gym, swimming pool and/or sauna which are free for residents.
  5. Most apartment buildings have convenience stores either in the building or within a short walking distance.

Cons:

  1. If you are the owner, maintenance costs can be pricey.
  2. Space is limited and investing in a larger apartment can be expensive.
  3. Sound travels easily between apartments and floors, unless your apartment is really soundproof. You could experience noise from inconsiderate neighbours or get complaints if you are deemed to make excessive noise by others.
  4. 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

  1. With a villa, you have more freedom to expand, upgrade and design your home.
  2. You can have your own garden, which adds outdoor space to your home and lets you enjoy time in the fresh air. A garden can be made private with fencing / walls; and if it’s big enough, you could even include a pool if there isn’t one already.
  3. A villa is for a longer-term living – you’re likely to find you have space to grow in your home, start a family and raise your children there.

Cons

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

Buying a hotel apartment in Dubai

Pros

  1. 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.
  2. Hotel apartments benefit from in-house cleaning services a few times a week.
  3. The hotel itself most likely comes with recreational facilities like a gym, swimming pool, sauna, spa, hair salon and Jacuzzi.
  4. 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.
  5. There will be one or more restaurants from which to order your meals. It’s perfect for someone with a busy lifestyle who doesn’t always have time to cook or run out to grab dinner.
  6. You can rent out the hotel apartment when you are away, which is a lucrative opportunity for those who regularly travel.

Cons

  1. Hotel apartments are fully furnished with strict rules regarding changing the design, layout or structure of any of the rooms.
  2. The place will rarely feel like your own as you are restricted when it comes to adding your own personal touch to the place.
  3. 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.