5 Steps to Finding an Apartment or Flat in Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi is one of the fastest developing cities in the world. It’s a major commerce center and has a reputation for opulence.

Abu Dhabi is known for its pristine beaches, luxurious properties, and high-income potential. And if you’re considering living in Abu Dhabi and renting an apartment in the city read on for our guide on how to find the right property for you.

1. Documentation Needed for Living in Abu Dhabi

Before renting a property in Abu Dhabi you’ll need to acquire an Emirates ID and have a checking account with an area bank. You can find instructions on obtaining an ID here.

The ID is used as a part of the legally registered tenancy process and most landlords will require you to present a valid Emirates ID when signing a contract. You’ll also need the ID when setting up utilities with the city.

2. Looking for Properties

You can find an apartment for rent in the Abu Dhabi area using websites like First Choice Properties. You can typically filter for the number of bedrooms, the cost, or the neighborhood or development you want.

Some of the most commonly sought after neighborhoods include Reem Island, Saadiyat Island, Marina Square, etc.

3. Prices and Negotiation

The cost of rent will vary widely and depend on the number of rooms, the floor you’re on, and the neighborhood you’re in. A studio in Marina Square can start at around $1,150 USD per month while a 2 Bedroom in the same neighborhood can reach up to $3,000 USD a month.

Typically the closer to the water, the higher the floor, and the more bedrooms the higher the monthly rental cost will be.

Unlike rental costs in most parts of the world, the cost is negotiable. You should expect the landlord to be a skilled negotiator so come prepared.

4. Put Down a Security Deposit

Next, you should be prepared to put down a security deposit. Most properties will require a deposit of 5% of the rental cost when signing a lease contract. This is not included in the rent. This deposit is typically partially refunded after the lease ends barring damages caused to the property during tenancy.

5. Connect the Utilities

Utility accounts are managed by Abu Dhabi Distribution Company or ADDC. They require your Emirates ID, passport, a copy of your signed rental contract, and a deposit of Dh1,000 which is about $275 USD.

You can use an online account with Tawtheeq to manage your utilities. Tawtheeq is the city’s online registry for tenants and landlords and helps both access city resources for those involved in renting properties.

Now What?

Living in Abu Dhabi doesn’t have to be a dream. It can be a reality and now all you need to do is find the right property in the city.

When will you be making the big move? Check out our lifestyle feed today for more tips on living your best and most luxurious life.

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