Al Karama is a district of Dubai that is part of the older areas of Dubai and its original settlements. More commonly known as Karama, it is a lively part of town with its many shops and residential buildings. It is famous for cheap eateries, equally cost effective housing and for being one of Dubai’s most densely populated areas. It is part of Bur Dubai which is the area south of Dubai Creek. As much as it is one of the oldest areas in Dubai, it’s also one of the most famous. There are no villas for rent in Karama - only apartments.
The flats for rent in Karama are much like other properties in Bur Dubai which have seen Dubai rise into a bustling hub of activity. It is mostly a rental only area since the vast majority residents are non UAE nationals. It is not uncommon for whole buildings to have 1 landlord only. The area is popular with families due to its immense value for money and proximity to public transport. Karama is serviced by the ADCB Metro Station (formerly Karama Metro). As many buildings do not have their own dedicated underground car park, many residents make do by walking, cycling and using public transport to get around Dubai.
It is rare to find a rental apartment in Karama that is fully furnished and residents prefer to bring their own furniture, appliances and homewares. Studios and 1 bedroom apartments are most common with 2 and 3 bedroom flats also available.
Sizes will vary across each apartment building as will the design however landlords often give their flats a fresh coat of paint upon the start of new tenancies.
Finding an an apartment to rent in Karama is often tricky as demand consistently outstrips supply and it’s rare to see flats remain vacant for more than a week or two. Which is why when you find the right apartment, it’s vital that you act fast. Residents enjoy easy access to the plethora of electronics, clothing and furniture shops in the nearby vicinity as well as the Karama Shopping Centre and Burjuman Mall. Karama was once famous for knock-off goods though in recent times, this has been dramatically reduced. One can still find a bargain in the Karama Souk where there’s plenty of handbags, shoes, clothes and electronics for sale at seemingly unbelievable prices. Schools aren’t far away and if you’re lucky to also work close by then renting in Karama is an excellent, convenient choice.
Whether you’re a first time renter in Dubai or a veteran, remember to have your paperwork in order when signing your tenancy contract. Be mindful of rental increases (check the RERA rental calculator) and understand how to file a rental dispute if the need arises.
Ultimately, remember that when you choose to rent a flat in Karama, you’ll be in for an exciting experience in a community where food and family come first!