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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jun 23, 2023

Summary: An expat should search for a home to buy in UAE by researching the different areas and neighborhoods in the country. They should also consider their budget and lifestyle when looking for a home. Homes in UAE typically include amenities such as air conditioning, swimming pools, and private gardens. Some homes may also include additional features such as a gym, sauna, or Jacuzzi. Foreigners are allowed to own property in UAE, but there are restrictions on the type of property they can purchase. For example, foreigners are not allowed to own land in the country, but they can purchase apartments, villas, and other types of residential property.

How do I find a place to live in the UAE?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"The best way to find a place to live in the UAE is to research online. There are many websites that list available properties for rent or sale in the UAE. Additionally, you can contact a real estate agent who can help you find a suitable property. You can also look for classified ads in newspapers and magazines, or ask friends and family for recommendations. Once you have identified a few potential properties, it is important to visit them in person to get a better feel for the area and the property itself," said one expat in UAE.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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