Falling Rents: Expatriate Housing in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

    Oct 30, 2018 @ 12:18 PM / by Morgan Grenier

    Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. as seen during a recent AIRINC survey. Photo taken by AIRINC surveyor Zenab Tavakoli.

    Hundreds of housing units to choose from:

    The rental housing market in Abu Dhabi is coming steadily down due to the high number of quality new properties that have come on the market, as well as fewer expatriate arrivals. The rate of decline has slowed compared to a year ago, in part because landlords prefer to keep units empty rather than lower the rent. In many cases rents can be negotiated down, but that depends on a variety of factors such as the lease term, whether the landlord is an individual or a company, and whether the unit is a new rental or a renewal. An assignee coming to Abu Dhabi will most likely have hundreds of units to choose from.

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    Topics: Housing, Expatriate Housing, Data Points, Insights and Experience, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi

    Morgan Grenier

    Written by Morgan Grenier

    Morgan graduated with a BA in Communications and Journalism from Simmons College, where she received a Gold Medal from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. She joined AIRINC in 2016 as a Goods and Services Analyst. In this role, she aids in the quarterly analysis of survey data and evaluates hardship for AIRINC’s Hardship Database.