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A Guide to Buying a Villa in Dubai

MG is an air warrior and a global traveler who loves to visit and explore new places.

City of the future

City of the future

Introduction


At the end of the Arabian Peninsula bordering on the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf is a megacity often referred to as Dubai. This is also given the name "El Dorado of the East' or the city of gold. It does not literally mean that there is gold there but it means the lifestyle and the amenities being offered in this city are extremely luxurious and akin to the value of gold.

Just a few decades back, Dubai was little more than a fishing village but the discovery of oil and British rule has propelled this city to now rank as one of the playgrounds of the world. Dubai is part of the United Arab Emeritus which consists of nine sheikhdoms and the ruler is Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum who is also the prime minister of the UAE.

The Maktoum family has a visionary approach and this has resulted in making Dubai an economic power house whose per capita income is more than the United states. Since 2016 Dubai has no oil but yet the economic boom has not stopped. Dubai has now diversified into many other fields and one of them is construction. The government of Dubai has permitted the construction of luxurious villas for the affluent who may like to come and spend time in Dubai. Given the other facilities there including nightlife, bars, and entertainment centers, the people have flocked to buy these villas. There has been a liberalization and anybody with a passport and can establish his identity can buy property in Dubai.

The terms to buy the property are extremely user- friendly and one has to pay only 5% of the cost of the property and the balance can be paid in seven years.

Typical luxury villa

Typical luxury villa

Trump Villa at Damac

Trump Villa at Damac

Nuts and bolts of Villas

The rulers of Dubai are the Maktoum family have earned some notoriety.. One of the wives of the ruler ran away to London with her children and is asking for a divorce. Another Princess escaped in a motorboat with a German man but the Indian intelligence got wind of it and the boat was intercepted in the Indian Ocean by the Coast Guard and the Princess handed back to the royal family. Despite these incidents Dubai remains a premier place to live and invest because of the ruler of Dubai, Sheik Maktoum.

This is a good time to buy a villa or any other property in Dubai. The reason is the China virus and property prices have come down.

Dubai is an extremely extrovert and futuristic city. A villa here can be a wise decision. The Dubai government has constructed thousands of villas with many price bands from pricey ones on the beach at Jumeriah and slightly cheaper ones at the Arabian ranches.

The best architects from America and India have been hired and they have constructed state of the art villas replete with swimming pools and garages ;not forgetting the personal garden. The city of Dubai which was part of the Arabian desert has now been transformed. It is difficult to imagine that there was a time when there were nothing but sand dunes here.

Many known names in the field of show business and sportsmen have purchased villas in Dubai. In case you purchase a villa here you will be able to rub shoulders with these eminent personages.

The advantages of buying a villa in Dubai is a added source of income. Property agents will hire out the house for the months you are not there and you can have a sizable and more important tax free income.

The terms of payment are extremely favorable and you have the option of paying back the entire cost of the villa over a period of seven years. Interest rates are also low but you will have to pay at least 5% of the cost of the villa as a down payment. You can also opt for Islamic banking but there is no great advantage there.





Prices

The price of a villa is important. You might well ask; is it worth buying real estate in Dubai. The answer is yes. This is because it is tax-free income ( in case you rent out during the time you're out). Mortgage and registration fees are are low and teh city is one of the top cities to live in as of September 2021.

Anybody with a valid passport and can establish his identity can buy a villa. It is a simple process. One need pay only 5% upfront and the balance can be paid over a period of seven years. As per the statistics people from the United States followed by India are the top buyers of these properties.. Donald Trump the Ex-US president has built a string of villas in Dubai called Damac properties and these are available for sale.

There is a wide variation in the prices of villas and in the primary area like Palm Jumeriah it works out to about AED 3250 PSF that is about $ 900 per square foot. You can get cheaper ones at just about AED 1000 or roughly $300 PSF. There are many companies and brokers which can help you buy and select a property in Dubai among them being Dubai Silicon Oasis and Green Community. But bear in mind that the prices of villas in Dubai are much cheaper than in New York and Mumbai.





This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on September 21, 2021:

Thanks, Manatitaji, It is indeed a lovely place. I wish I had that much money to fly a close friend like you to Dubai.Credit must go to the ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who is pragmatic and secular. Unlike other Islamic nations. Dubai has the biggest gurudwara at Jebel Ali and its a wonder.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on September 21, 2021:

Swati, thanks for your comment.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on September 21, 2021:

Thanks, Chitra, sweet of you to comment.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on September 21, 2021:

John, thanks, It's quite a city, quite unlike any other. No wonder Donald Trump made an investment in Dubai. His bungalows are at Damac and available for sale. Want to buy one ?? ha ha.

Swati Sharma from India on September 21, 2021:

Thank you for sharing such an informational article.

manatita44 from london on September 21, 2021:

Emge, I'm on the next plane! So send me the money!!!

Looking at the stately creamy-coloured Villa, the verdant foliage and immaculate pathways; the magical deck-chairs ... the marine-blue pool smiling at the heavens; I'm hooked!!! Trump Villa is absolutely Fabulous.

Yes, They have come on in leaps and bounds! I love their airport, which is amazing! I used to get free food, (A banquet), as long as my stay was over 3 hours there. Now I think it's 4 hours. Oil has done wonders and perhaps the leaders are also visionary, for they have created other miracles as well. Much Love, Bro.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 21, 2021:

Very good information and guide, about buying villas in Dubai. They all sound luxurious to live, and a good source of investment too.

Thank you for sharing!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 21, 2021:

This is very interesting, MG. Dubai is quite a city,

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on September 21, 2021:

Thank you, Umesh.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 20, 2021:

Very informative article.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on September 20, 2021:

Thank you, Avatar Singh, yes I purchased an apartment facing the sea close to Jumeriah beach. I use it for a holiday otherwise, it is given on a lease for nine months in a year.

Avatar Singh on September 20, 2021:

This is a nice article on Vilas in Dubai and I would appreciate in case you could also pass up information about apartments in Dubai which I understand are very cheap now. Have you purchased a villa or apartment in Dubai?

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