Time Out lists ten awesome places to stay on Airbnb in Dubai, including the Palm, Dubai Marina and Downtown if you don't want to stay in a hotel
Now that the UAE government has relaxed the laws surrounding subletting and leasing properties, a huge array of possibilities has opened up for tourists and locals on the hunt for something other than glitzy hotel accommodation in Dubai.
With that in mind, home rental giant Airbnb has something for every kind of holidaymaker, especially for those on a budget who still want to experience the wonders of Dubai’s lifestyle. From bohemians to beach lovers, we have holiday homes for every type of traveller. Happy browsing!
Beach & Butler
Accommodates six for Dhs3,670 per night
What they say: Luxurious penthouse (41/42 floor) on JBR with private pool, large entertainment area, pool table, five flat screen TVs, Xbox, music systems, cleaning and butler service, driver (optional). Free airport pickup and drop off (between 8am and 10pm).
What we say: Even with the myriad perks on offer in this classy pad a stone’s throw from the beach, the butler service is what sells it for us. We might be getting a bit ahead of ourselves by thinking an overnight stay here will be like a Dubai rendition of Downton Abbey, but it’ll still feel like a jolly good aristocratic treat.
What they say: A double ensuite bedroom with separate/private access, just a three-minute walk to the beach. Access to main kitchen and washing machine. Cafés and shops close by, very easy for taxis. The other residents are three friendly humans and a few well-behaved cats.
What we say: Okay, so it doesn’t have the glitz and glamour synonymous with Dubai, but not everyone is after that. We’re featuring this property in Jumeirah 3 to prove that there are low-key alternatives for the backpacker type. Cool graffiti murals, a neat room, down-to-earth hosts and a short stroll to the beach? Seems like a great choice for sociable tourists on a budget.
What they say: This immaculate luxury apartment includes two large bedrooms with lots of natural light. A large master bedroom with grand windows incorporates an ensuite bathroom. Big living room with big windows and a balcony with super views. Spacious interiors, highly considered finishes and a freshness of design create high-rise living at its most chic.
What we say: Looks roomy and the interior décor is fine but unexceptional. The real wow factor is the views of the world’s tallest building and the impressive surroundings of Downtown Dubai. Can’t you just picture yourself sitting on that balcony and watching the city light up as the sun sets? We can.
What they say: Huge and very spacious fully-furnished five bedroom apartment in Dubai Marina. Bar counter and billiard table is available. The place is marvellous, it is very spacious with lots of rooms for rest, an entertainment hall with a bar stand and a billiard table. It also has a lot of windows and gorgeous views of Dubai, the sea and the Palm Jumeirah. The property also has a balcony and corner living area for some of the bedrooms.
What we say: It doesn’t seem like they’re overselling it. If you’re a big group looking to be where the action is in Dubai, this is your place. Stylishly decorated (even the ceilings are stunning) and a great hangout spot for a party of partygoers.
What they say: Private Room with private bathroom in Dubai Marina. Amazing view. Very large room, like a studio. Private fridge, couch, living area with large flat screen TV.
What we say: Vertigo sufferers, look away now. There are probably Dubai properties on Airbnb that are even higher up in the sky than this, but the views from here are simply awesome. This is a great way to put yourself in the shoes of the many Dubaians who have made skyscrapers their homes.
What they say: Spacious comfortable three-bedroom, maid, living area, kitchen, three bathrooms and balcony located on the fifth floor in prestigious Shoreline Residence, Palm Jumeirah, Building 6 (Al Khudrawi). Area is 2,213 sq ft. It has two covered parking spaces in the basement. Apartment is fully furnished with fully equipped kitchen. Very clean and tidy.
What we say: If the regal touch of France’s Versailles Palace is not your cup of tea, then move along, because this house even has a golden throne (okay, gold-rimmed toilet). With not a single piece of minimalistic IKEA furniture in sight, you’d be forgiven for walking around this spacious property while exuding your own air of grandeur.
What they say: You can choose the view from your windows by yourself. On our RV you could go to Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Oman. Travel all around the Emirates and feel like real explorer.
What we say: Six people seems like a bit of a squeeze in what is essentially a room on wheels. They did get one thing right though: you can choose where in Dubai you want to sleep for the night. It could end up being an underground carpark an hour from the centre in peak season but then again it could be on Al Sufouh beach (also known as Palace Beach or, fittingly, Drive-On Beach). Still, a great choice for the no-frills traveller.
What they say: This incredible villa features breathtaking views of the Dubai Marina skyline from the perfectly manicured gardens. Furnished to a high standard, this villa has a family home feel to it and comes fully equipped with all the entertainment facilities.
What we say: Judging by its positioning on one of the Palm’s fronds, the owner has forgotten to mention what is quite possibly the property’s most unique selling point: access to a private beach. Getting a taste of life in this gated residential community is already a big plus and if you add the exquisite furniture and decor to the mix, you have yourself a winner.
What they say: Interior designed modern five-bed, five-bath villa in a private gated location, 20 minutes’ drive to The Dubai Mall. Huge open plan kitchen/living area, mature garden, pool, entertaining space, all bathrooms ensuite. Comes with live-in maid, rooms serviced daily.
What we say: If you’re looking to bring the whole family to Dubai – kids, aunts and uncles included – opt for a villa such as this one in Al Jafiliya. Shaded pool, a big garden for the little ones to run around in and a lovely communal feel you’re not going to get at a hotel. With brand-new theme parks such as IMG and Dubai Parks and Resorts set to open in the coming months, you’ve now got the perfect place – and perfect base – for a family holiday.
What they say: Looking for a really nice and affordable place for your stay in Dubai? You have just found it. Fully furnished and all inclusive. Lux, chic and solace. You will love it. Ten minute walk to the Metro and easy to catch a taxi.
What we say: If you’re a solo traveller who wants to enjoy some of Dubai’s lavishness without breaking the bank, maybe an option like this one in Al Jafiliya will suit you. The room is cosy but step out of those four walls and you get to feel like a king/queen in their castle.