Villas vs Apartments: What Should You Invest in Dubai?
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
- 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.
- 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
- 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 a longer-term living so you’ll find that you’ll grow in the home, start a family and raise your children there.
- 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 hotel apartment in Dubai
- 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.
- 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.