Investment Properties In Dubai

Return On Investment – How Does Dubai Compare Against Other Major Global Cities?

As an investor, you have a natural inclination to want to know what any potential opportunity could offer your portfolio. With property, one of the biggest focuses is on the rental yield, since the figure that can be achieved will have an impact on your return on investment, especially in the immediate vicinity. 

Over the long term, the appreciation in the property’s value is also going to be a core focus too. Hence, properties located in up and coming areas that are subject to significant financial investment are always attractive propositions. 

One such location that meets the above criteria that has certainly caught the eye of investors in recent times is Dubai. With some of the highest rental yields of any city in the world, Dubai has an abundance of potential for investors that is just waiting to be tapped into. 

The question is though, how does the Dubai property scene compare with other locations around the world? 

Using data from Numbeo, we’ve ranked some of the most famous cities in the world for their rental yield and overall potential compared with Dubai, to help shine a light on what Dubai offers for investors. 

Global Rental Yields 2021 At A Glance

  • Dubai – 9.19%
  • Miami – 8.33%
  • London – 7.89%
  • Los Angeles 5.52%
  • New York – 4.48%
  • Toronto – 3.93%
  • Milan – 3.46%
  • Berlin – 3.43%
  • Sydney – 2.88%
  • Singapore – 2.48%
  • Moscow – 2.47%
  • Paris – 2.27%
  • Seoul – 1.09%


Average rental yield: 9.19%

Average monthly wage (net): 12,328.21 AED (£2,529.33)

Average monthly rent (1 bedroom city centre apartment): 5,112.00 AED (£1,040)

Average property purchase cost per square meter (city centre): 12,679.05 AED (£1,048.40)

Unlike many of the other cities on our list, Dubai has very much taken the world by surprise, especially in the last couple of decades, with the construction of the Palm Islands, not to mention the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. If we cast our minds back to the 1960s, Dubai was merely a cluster of small settlements with less than 100,000 residents. However today, Dubai is a global hub for business and innovation, and it’s now home to over 10 million residents. 

As that famous proverb goes, ‘the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now’. Dubai is the perfect analogy for this since the quality of infrastructure in the city that investors are purchasing in today’s market is truly exquisite.

Paired with low entry points and the highest rental yield of any city in the world (2021), Dubai is the jewel in the Emirates crown for investors. 

What else do investors need to know?

  • Residents pay no income tax 
  • Living costs in Dubai are 24.26% less than in London
  • Dubai is a very safe city with extremely low crime rates
  • Property Finder Buyers Agency has a dedicated team in Dubai for UK investors

The Peninsula Development In Business Bay Dubai Starting At Just £128,000

As mentioned, Dubai offers incredible potential for investors as the city with the highest rental yield in the world for 2021. 

Thirlmere Deacon has a number of investment opportunities in Dubai, including The Peninsula development built by the highly renowned Select Group. 

With prices starting at just £128,000 with a projected 8% ROI, the standard of accommodation at The Peninsula is truly exquisite. Throughout, luxury fixings and fittings have been used, ensuring the highest level of satisfaction for your investment over the longer term. 

Peninsula One’s communal amenities will include a fully equipped gym, an outdoor pool and a gravel BBQ deck. Additional features such as a spacious communal lobby, electric car charging points and Empower A/C throughout also offer plenty of convenience for residents. 

The development’s location in Business Bay couldn’t be better positioned, as it’s located on 

Sheikh Zayed Road, which is a main arterial route through the city that also connects the seven Emirates. Once completed, The Peninsula development will stand alongside the Burj Khalifa, Vision Tower and Dubai Mall, and is only a 15-minute drive from Dubai International Airport. 

For those interested in a slice of one of the Middle East’s most hotly anticipated new residential developments, we encourage you to register your interest early in The Peninsula to avoid missing out.