AME Info published an article on things you must consider before renting a place in Dubai, based on a guide by

A general rule of thumb is to not spend more than 30 percent of your income on rent. Make sure you can afford the rent and the accompanying costs. While looking for options, you will also have to factor in the additional costs you will be paying, such as the deposit, agent’s commission, maintenance fees, etc. You may be forced to compromise on a smaller apartment in a convenient location or bigger apartment on the outskirts of the city. Most landlords would require a single-cheque rent payment, with other common options being two or four cheques. You can also try to negotiate the payment frequency with the landlord. If you’re finding it difficult to find an apartment of your choice within your budget, consider getting a roommate to share your expenses.

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