Your House

Want to take the plunge and buy your own home in the UAE? Souqalmal explores how the home loan market in the country is shaping up right now. Read More
2020 isn't a long way away now. How about making some energy-saving New Year resolutions? We explain how you can cut back on your electricity and water usage, and save on your DEWA bills. Read More
Whether you're busy or simply lazy, there's no denying the convenience offered by on-demand grocery delivery apps. Here's a look at some of the most popular grocery shopping apps in Dubai. Read More
While the most stringent of Dubai's lockdown restrictions have been lifted, the Emirate's fight against the Coronavirus epidemic is far from over. Our team answers some of the biggest questions UAE residents have at the moment. Read More
Is grocery shopping stressing you out? While you don't want to put your health at risk going out to the supermarket, online grocery shopping may sometimes go bust too! So, where do we stand ?! Read More
How do you make sure your house isn't harboring an invited guest - The Coronavirus? Follow this step-by-step guide to disinfect your home. Read More
As Dubai enters a 24-hour lockdown for two weeks, confusion and rumors are making it difficult for residents to figure out what's permitted and what's not. So, we've prepared a simple and comprehensive guide to get you all the facts... Read More
Are you a homeowner looking for financial relief during these uncertain times? Mortgage refinance may be the solution you're looking for. Read More
Among a host of financial relief measures announced by banks in the UAE, there's some good news for first-time home buyers - You only need to put 20% down payment on your first property purchase. Read More
You're at home with the kids 24x7. How do you help them keep up with their learning, while retaining your own sanity? Our CEO (and mum to two kids) shares her tips... Read More
The UAE Central Bank has just announced a financial stimulus program to support the country's economy and banking system. Here's what this means for you. Read More
With Dubai being an expat hotspot, newcomers are always looking to rent or buy a house, while existing residents look to upgrade. Here's how you can find a trustworthy real estate agent who isn't out to dupe you. Read More
Looking for a way to boost your earnings and securing a financially stable future? Here are some legitimate ways you can start earning a 'passive income'. Read More
Lack of a permanent future in the UAE has been the reason for many a sleepless nights for expats nearing retirement. It may be time to put that worry behind you. Read on to find out how. Read More
Want to decorate your rented home, while staying on budget and in your landlord's good books? We've shortlisted five great ways to help you get started! Read More
Looking for a new home in sunny Dubai? These new and popular residential areas offer everything from affordable rents to fitness facilities, shopping centres and more. Read More
Ever since Airbnb officially launched in Dubai in 2016, property owners have the option of using the popular platform for renting their apartments and villas for short tenures. Want to rent out your property on Airbnb minus all the hassle? Keep reading... Read More
Have you discovered the joys of 'Upcycling' yet? Find out how re-using and re-purposing old items can give them (and your budget) a new lease of life. Read More
The UAE Central Bank has announced new rules for home loans in the country. Find out what these changes mean for you. Read More
Just last month, the UAE Central Bank followed in the US Fed's footsteps to cut its key lending rate. How has this impacted borrowers and savers in the country? Here's a simple explanation of what this big move means for YOU. Read More
Why pay someone else when you can 'do it yourself'? We list some of the coolest DIY alternatives to paid services that are sure to save you big bucks. Read More
Are you tired of waiting for a response on your online advertisement for that car, handbag or furniture? Here are five ways you can attract buyers, make a successful sale and get the most out of your used items. Read More
If there is one thing worth putting all your electronics shopping on hold for, it is the GITEX Shopper. Yes, the 2019 edition is here and this time, it is bigger than ever. Here's how you can make the most of this electronics extravaganza. Read More
If you're looking to hire a maid or nanny in the UAE, the options and ways to go about it are countless. Tadbeer offers one such hassle-free way to hire reliable domestic help. Here's how it works... Read More
While there are hundreds of mobile apps that promise to make your life in Dubai easier, there are a select handful that are an absolute must-have. Here are our top picks. Read More
Paying off your mortgage fully can seem like a mammoth task. But with the right attitude and strategy you can chip away at it a lot faster. We explore some practical ways that can help you wave goodbye to your mortgage sooner than expected. Read More
Are you stuck with a home loan amount that's higher than the current value of your home? We explain the concept of 'underwater mortgage' and the options you have available to remedy the situation. Read More
As a first time home buyer, you obviously want everything to go smoothly. We've listed some key mistakes to avoid, so you end up with the home that's just right for you and your family. Read More
When it comes to deciding on a place to rent in Dubai, it is best to start crunching some numbers before browsing rental listings. outlines all the factors you must consider when trying to nail down a housing budget. Read More
Do you keep hearing the term 'Escrow Account' but have no idea how it affects you as a prospective property buyer in Dubai? Keep reading to understand how the Escrow system works and how it impacts the Dubai off-plan property market. Read More
Are you planning to buy or rent a new place in Dubai? With plenty of choices available for every type of budget, picking between a villa or apartment can be a tricky decision. We help you figure out which one fits your lifestyle better. Read More
Insurance, be it for your life, home or car, isn't a mere box that must be checked off your to-do list. Here are the five type of insurance covers you just can't do without, and why they're all critical decisions worth thinking through. Read More
Your home is more than just four walls and carefully picked out furniture – It is a sanctuary that provides safety and comfort. Find it how the right home insurance policy can safeguard your home against countless mishaps. Read More
Have you decided to turn 'Homeowner' in the UAE? It can be pretty daunting to figure out where and how to get started on your search for the perfect house. That's why we've created this first-time homebuyer's guide to help you get started. Read More
Disasters often strike without warning. If you're a tenant in the UAE, a home contents insurance plan should be on top of your list of must-haves. Here's why... Read More
Looking for ways to boost the value of your home? Here are some practical tips and tricks to make your property truly stand out and make prospective buyers go 'Wow'! Read More
Moving to a new apartment can be exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. Here's a handy guide to help you prepare for and manage the relocation and living expenses up ahead. Read More
Being a new parent can be overwhelming, both emotionally and financially. The welfare of your little one becomes a priority and everything from healthcare to education requires careful planning. Consider these money management tips to help you take on (and ace) the role of a financially responsible parent. Read More
Home maintenance can derail your finances, especially if you don't budget for unforeseen expenses. It's a good idea to set aside some money in case you have to deal with any repairs or damages in the future. Follow these 7 tips for on-budget home maintenance. Read More
Are you looking for the most cost-effective supermarket to buy your groceries? Souqalmal compared the bills of 6 supermarkets to get most economical option for shoppers in the UAE. Find out what the results revealed. Read More
We’ve prepared a checklist so you don’t miss out on any of these important Must-Dos and Dont's before moving out of UAE. Read More
The benefits of Air Miles just got better. You can now use your air miles to purchase property in the UAE. Read More
Wondering if you need Home Contents insurance? Think about how you would cope if you lost your valuables due to a robbery or a fire. Read More
We summarize the top five tips on how to systematically save for a down payment on your house and the ways to fund it. Read More
We’ve prepared a checklist so you don’t miss out on any of these important must-dos before leaving the UAE Read More
Want to cut the costs on your next home insurance policy? Here are five tips to help you save money on your home insurance premium. Read More
Renting in Dubai and haven't yet considered getting home insurance? We help break down the types of insurance covers offered by in the UAE. Read More
Here are the five types of insurance policies everyone should have to guarantee peace of mind in a world of uncertainty. Read More
ِِAnswers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the implementation of VAT, and which products and services are exempt from it. Read More
Market studies from the first quarter of 2017 suggest that rents are still seeing a downward pressure, continuing the trend of sluggish growth from last year. Read More
Scores of studies from across the world have pointed out that money is one of the major causes of stress and clashes between married couples. Read More
The government of Dubai has launched their own blockchain-based cryptocurrency earlier this week. Read More
Want to buy your dream home, but wondering how you'll save up enough for that hefty down payment? We've got a few tips that will help you gather the funds you need to call a home your own in the UAE... Read More
Dubai's confirmed the speed limit rumors are true. Here are the major roads to see a drop in their allowed speed. Read More
Earlier this week authorities have released further on the awaited VAT taxation including UAE VAT exempts on a list of products and services. Read More
A nutshell of the weekly news across Dubai and the Emirates, what affects the general public and the UAE society financially. Read More
Tired of losing rental income on your vacant property in the UAE? Here are five tips to help you attract tenants and rent it out faster... Read More
Have you been hearing about the decline in rents in Dubai, but wondering why your's hasn't dropped yet? Here are 5 ways to negotiate with your landlord for a lower rent... Read More
Are you aware of the safety hazards lurking in your home? Make sure you safeguard your home by taking the right precautions early on, and signing up for home insurance without fail. Read More
The cost of insuring your home is not as expensive as you might think. In fact, you could insure your home and its contents for a tiny fraction of their actual value. Here's how... Read More
Wondering whether to rent or buy an apartment in Dubai? Souqalmal simplifies the comparison and analyzes the cost of renting vs buying a one bedroom apartment in Dubai. Read More
With a wrap up of 2016, here's looking back at all the new fun destinations that you should be adding to your bucket list for 2017. Read More
The Souqalmal team gets some valuable expert insights from Sameh Hafez, VP, Oman Insurance Company on the topic of home insurance, the most common risks residents face as well as the top reasons why claims get denied. Read More
Relieved that your house is protected from unexpected calamities? Wait a minute, there's a chance your home insurance claim will be rejected if you make these expensive mistakes. Read More
Do you depend on your maid or household help to get you through your daily chores? It's wise to check if your home insurance policy covers them. Read More
There is a long weekend coming up around the National Day! And if you don't have any plans to travel, here's a list of things you can do to make the short break more productive and fun. Read More
Are you thinking of renovating your home? Instead of hiring someone to do the job, why not do it yourself. You can get creative and save money in the process too. Here are a few simple ideas to help you get started. Read More
Home Insurance is a must to be able to claim for damages in case of an unfortunate event. But does it protect you against all possible risks? Read More
Worried about damaging your shiny new smartphone? The right insurance plan can cover you against various risks like theft, loss or damage. Here's how. Read More
Looking for the right home insurance policy? With so many home insurance myths circulating around, don't believe everything you hear. We list the most commonly discussed misconceptions, to help you steer clear of them. Read More
We all know that home insurance protects our home and gives us complete peace of mind. But do you know what a home insurance policy actually looks like? Read More
If you're renting in Dubai and haven't yet considered getting home contents insurance, it's time you did! While it is the landlords' responsibility to insure the building or premises, it is solely the tenants' responsibility to protect their belongings. Read More
Like any other investment, off-plan property purchase comes with its share of risks too. If you’re considering investing in an off-plan property in Dubai, here’s what you need to know before finalizing your purchase. Read More
Is the Dubai residential property going through more changes and is it time to invest ? We try to analyze whether it makes sense to invest in a rental property. Read More
Trying to find the best home loan deal? Here's why you should avoid being swept away by the lowest rates as advertised, and instead focus on how much you'd be paying in interest over the entire loan tenure. Read More
Find out more about goods in transit insurance and how it can protect you from financial loss if your property is lost, damaged, or destroyed while off premises and in transit. Read More
Moving the contents of your home to a new one? You might need to hire a removal company to help you out. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind before hiring one. Read More
Find out why interest rates in the UAE have increased since last year and how it will impact you. Read More
Looking for an easier way to pay your bills? Residents in the UAE have access to a wide variety of convenient options to pay their utility and telecom bills. Read More
UAE buyers have a strong relationship with the UK property market. Find out how changes in the Stamp Duty land Tax (SDLT) will affect expat buyers who are considering investing in UK property. Read More
Too many buyers fail to allow for all the extra costs, fees and charges involved in buying property in the UAE. We cost out the full bill. Read More
How does EIBOR have a direct effect on your mortgage rate? Find out why the EIBOR is important and how it will affect the personal finances of UAE residents. Read More
RERA’s newly updated rent index shows a decline in rents in most areas. Find out what will you be paying in 2016. Read More
We analyzed our home loan database to know more about mortgage products in the UAE, and statistics and trends that would affect you as a potential borrower. Read More
Equity release loans are becoming a convenient way for UAE homeowners to unlock cash from the value of their property. Read More
As developers are looking for new ways to reach end-users & drive up demand, we are witnessing a revival of rent-to-own programs in the UAE. Read More
Find out which items you may not have realized are also covered under your home insurance policy. Read More
In a falling market, sellers must be savvier about how they market their home to ensure they still secure a good return on their investment. Read More
We look at some of the most popular countries where UAE residents are investing in property, as well as the process associated with such purchases. Read More
Is it better to hire a mortgage broker or do your own research, when thinking about getting a mortgage? Read More
Dubai is a popular real estate investment hub for foreign investors. Cityscape aims to bring together key real estate companies and investors and generate foreign investor interest in the Dubai property market. Read More
Your card could provide you the equivalent of an interest-free loan, allowing you to spread the cost of a big-ticket item. Read More
Find ways to keep your swimming pool cool. Learn how you can reduce your electricity bills & whether home insurance covers your pool or not. Read More
Which questions you should ask as a tenant? We go over everything from location to lay-out to help you pick the best accommodation for your needs. Read More
Housing cost is a major expense affecting UAE residents. Find out current factors affecting rentals and what the future holds for property prices and rents. Read More
When and how you should take your case to the Rent Disputes Center. Read More
UAE offers some interesting and quirky home options for those more on the adventurous side. Find out what these options are. Read More
Have you ever considered property as an investment but aren't sure where to start? Checkout our guide below to help you get started. Read More
Are you a prospective home buyer? You may be overlooking important benefits offered by mortgages providers that could, in the long run, save you time and money. Read More
Mortgage provider Abu Dhabi Finance said it is in talks with several developers to provide financing of affordable homes in the capital, according to Emirates247 Read More