This time of year is a transient period for many Dubaians: some return home with their families, while others choose to escape the heat by taking a holiday in cooler climes. For the rest of us, however, now’s a good time to find a new home for a price that’s right. With this in mind, Time Out’s intrepid editors have been house-hunting on your behalf, scouring the city for a range of great deals in both established locations and the hottest up-and-coming areas. For each, we’ve pinpointed some choice properties, listing the size, price, agent descriptions and details at time of going to press. The aim is to give you a good idea of what’s out there, as well as opening your eyes to different areas of the city you might not have otherwise considered – while saving some cash along the way.

Arabian Ranches
This slightly more expensive villa community near Dubai Sports City is popular with families, who move here to be further away from the traffic of Sheikh Zayed Road. The villas and their respective gardens tend to be larger than those in the Springs and Meadows, and it could be argued that the community is more attractively landscaped than Emirates Living, which has suffered at the hands of recent road works.

Three-bed villa
Size: 2,465 sq ft.
This townhouse villa features an upgraded ground floor, where you’ll find a lobby, closed kitchen, spacious living and dining area and a study. Upstairs there’s a master bed with en-suite, and a further two bedrooms and bathroom. The villa has a private garden, and is located near the community swimming pool, tennis court and kids’ play area.

Agent: Rene D’Souza at Better Homes (050 246 6138).

Rent: Dhs135,000 (one cheque).

Five-bed villa, Polo Homes
Size: 7,000 sq ft.
This huge villa features five bedrooms, five bathrooms and a study, as well as gym and pool access. It’s five minutes from Jumeirah English Speaking School, and a 20-minute drive from Mall of the Emirates.

Agent: Apex Properties (04 450 8666).

Rent: Dhs400,000 (one cheque).

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