Determine what you can afford and what you require.
In Dubai, you are expected to pay your rent in post-dated cheques throughout the contract length. Between 1-12 cheques are the industry practice, with usually better deals for tenants who are prepared to pay in fewer cheques. You will also require a passport copy, a resident visa copy, Emirates ID (front and back), and a cheque book to rent in Dubai.
Do not forget to budget these additional costs: - Ejari fees: (AED 220) (AED 220) - Security deposit: 5% to 10% of rent - Moving fees: depends on property and bedroom type, and vary per moving agency - Agency fee: generally from 5% to 8% of first annual rent - DEWA fees: AED 130 non-refundable connection (activation charge), together with a refundable deposit (AED 2,000 for apartment / AED 4,000 for villas). If your residency visa is not yet approved, you can approach the agent and give them a letter from your company verifying that your visa is under process. So the agent can transmit the same to the landlord.