Buying real estate in Dubai is straightforward and foreigners can get access to freehold properties in dedicated areas. Looking at real estate agencies, you have many options available and with firms that have catered to foreigners for years.
With that said, it’s not easy to find summarized information about the top agencies, including their history, services, and more. Therefore, I’ve written this article where I list and share the basics about the top agents in Dubai.
Even if we only select reputable agencies, below is a sponsored listing
1. The Property
The Property is one of Dubai’s leading real estate consultancy. They are built by investors, for investors.
Their 360° suite of professional services ensures that their clients have support at every stage of the Dubai real estate journey, from acquisition and portfolio planning to property snagging, handover, and management. Their ethos is simple, and that’s to make the real estate market straightforward, transparent, and professional.
They have a diverse team with a wealth of experience in the market, their specialist and qualified agents each specialize in a specified area in the market.
With excellent industry knowledge, technical expertise, and a commitment to exceptional services, their dedicated team works as one to deliver integrated solutions and services.
The Property Services
- Property Sales & Leasing
- Off-Plan Property Sales
- Luxury Villas & Penthouses
- Commercial Sales & Leasing
- Mortgage Solutions
- Property Snagging & Handover
- Property Management
The Property covers all areas in Dubai. And has a large number of listings including townhouses, villas, apartments, and plots. And much more.
+971 55 398 0482
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2. Allsopp & Allsopp
Allsopp & Allsopp established in Dubai in 2008, within a decade, they’ve managed to become one of the best real estate agencies.
The company is considered a market leader and had the largest amount of sales in 2017, for example. It ranks as one of the top performers in terms of sales, according to the Dubai Land Department.
So how did it start?
Allsopp & Allsopp was founded by the British Allsopp family, with a goal to introduce a British-based agency model in the UAE. The company has several English and Arabic-speaking directors along with other multilingual staff.
Lewis Allsopp and Carl Allsopp are the two founders of Allsopp & Allsopp, where Lewis acts as CEO, while Carl acts as the group’s Managing Director.
In 2009, they were certified as a 9001: 2008 company, and in the same year, they became a member of the National Association of Realtors. In 2012, they established another office in Dubai along with a sister company, In-House Mortgage Services.
Allsopp & Allsopp has won more than 20 awards, including:
- The Highly Commended Lettings Agency award at International Property Awards, Arabia in 2011 and 2015, and Best Letting Agency in Arabia in 2013
- Awarded as the Best Real Estate Agency Dubai, at the International Property Awards in 2012
- In 2015, they acquired silver status from the Dubai Land Development
- In 2016, Forbes listed Allsopp & Allsopp in Forbes Top 100, Middle East and also as one of the Top 5 Real Estate Brokerages in the Middle East
Allsopp & Allsopp offers a wide range of services that include letting services, residential sales, and mortgage services.
Include residential properties and mostly high-end luxury apartments. You can find all types of residential properties listed on their website, like townhouses, villas, apartments, and plots.
The company serves all areas in Dubai. There are currently more than 1,700 properties listed on the website, for sale and rent.
26th Floor, Vision Tower, Business Bay,
Dubai, UAE PO Box 55720
3. Driven Properties
Driven Properties was founded in 2012 and has become one of the most recognized real estate agencies in Dubai. They started with one office but quickly expanded with three more offices.
The founder and the managing director is Abdullah Al Ajaji, a Saudi national who leads a team of multilingual staff, including both locals and expats. The team consists of English, Arabic, Spanish, Urdu, and Somali-speaking agents.
Abdullah Al Ajaji has a vast experience in corporate and investment functions in Saudi Arabia. He worked for Saudi Aramco, SAMBA Bank, and MerchantBridge before establishing his own company.
He also won the Award for the Best Brokerage owner in 2016 by Propertyfinder.ae and the agency has won several other awards, including Bayut Agency of the Month in 2017, and Best & Most Popular Brokerage Service in 2015.
Driven Properties offers many services in the real estate sector such as property management, property investment services, short-term rentals, and mortgage consultancy. They also offer free property valuations to their clients.
Include residential, commercial, retail, and off-plan properties. They can help you to buy, sell, and rent properties in Dubai.
With offices located at Business Bay, Green Community, and Jumeirah Beach Residences they serve all areas in Dubai. Most of the properties are in Downtown Dubai, Jumeirah Village Circle, and Mohammad Bin Rashid City.
Office 204, Building 13, Bay Square
Business Bay, Dubai
4. Haus & Haus
Haus & Haus is a leading real estate agency in Dubai and was founded in 2013 by three British nationals: Luke Remington, James Perry, and Simon Baker.
They have a combined experience of 30 years of working in the real estate sector in the UK and UAE. The team mostly consists of foreign expats as the goal of the agency is to offer brokerage services to foreigners.
The company has won several awards in the last few years, including:
- Highly Commendable Real Estate Agency in Dubai in 2017 by Arabian Property Awards
- Highly Commendable Letting Agency in Dubai in 2017 by Arabian Property Awards/li>
- In 2018, it won Gold Trusted Service Award by Feefo/li>
Haus & Haus offers leasing, sales, property management, and valuation services. You can also list your properties on their website, for sales and rentals.
Include residential properties, like villas, townhouses, and apartments. They also help you buy land in Dubai. You can find more than 500 properties for sale on the website.
Being one of the most prominent agencies in the city, Haus & Haus can help you buy properties in all areas of Dubai.
1st Floor, Unit 3111, Building No. 3
Gold & Diamond Park – Sheikh Zayed Rd – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
5. fäm Properties
Founded in 2008 and with a revenue of AED 1.8 billion a year, fäm Properties is one of the biggest and most reputable property agencies in Dubai.
It’s is a subsidiary of fäm Group that owns five other sister companies, including fäm Properties (Abu Dhabi), fäm Properties Retail, fäm Interiors, fäm Media 24×7, and fämco Consultancy.
The founder and CEO of fäm Properties is Mr. Firas Al Msaddi, a well-known realtor and entrepreneur who won the award Real Estate Tycoon in 2017 from the Dubai Land Department.
What distinguishes fäm Properties from other real estate agencies is its tech-driven approach. They have developed a proprietary technology in partnership with Oracle that offers real-time information to investors.
They mainly focus on providing services to investors, landlords, and tenants. They’re also an authorized agent for some of the leading real estate developers in Dubai, like Emaar, DAMAC, and Dubai Properties.
fäm Properties has won several awards previously, including:
- In 2018, the Dubai Land Development App listed them as No. 1 Real Estate Agency
- They also won four consecutive Top Sales Awards from Dubai Properties for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016
fäm Properties offers services for sales and rentals. It also provides services like property valuation, real estate investment consultancy, and property maintenance.
Include residential and commercial properties. You can find hundreds of properties for sale and rent listed on their website including apartments, villas, townhouses, residential and commercial plots, penthouses, duplexes, offices, and retail properties.
Include all popular areas in Dubai like Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Emaar South, Dubai Hills Estate, Dubai Creek Harbour, Bluewaters Island, and Business Bay.
Building 13, Office 303 & 304,
Bay Square, Business Bay, Burj Khalifa District
6. Better Homes
Better Homes LLC is a leading real estate agency in UAE, and the GCC region. The company employs more than 500 people and has several offices in various GCC countries.
The founder and the chairman of the company is Linda Mahoney, a Canadian national and nurse who switched her surgical clinic with a real estate agency back in 1986.
Ryan Mahoney, the son of the founder, is the current CEO. The management and team have multilingual staff and long experience of helping foreigners. Not only do they have offices in Dubai, but also in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and Qatar.
Better Homes have worked with several major property developers and mega projects, acting as managers and consultants.
For example, they worked as property managers for The Lakes, one of the most well-known projects built by Emaar. They also worked as a consultant for Dubai Festival City.
Awards won by the company include:
- Dubai’s Most Popular Broker Award by Property Finder in 2014
- Most Popular Brokerage Award in 2015 by Property Finder
- Top Sales Lead Generator and Top Sales Lead Generator Awards by Dubizzle Awards in 2017
Include property listing services, sales and rentals, property management, and off-plan purchases. They also offer conveyancing, mortgage services, and free valuation services.
The company manages both commercial and residential properties.
Include almost all areas in Dubai, but they focus primarily on Downtown Dubai, Mirdif, Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah, Emrah Yar, Jumeirah, and Dubai Land, with dedicated staff for each area.
They have five offices in addition to their head office in Business Bay.
Vision Tower 42nd floor, Business Bay, Dubai
7. Hamptons International
Hamptons International is a global real estate chain based in the UK. It has more than 85 branches globally and is one of the oldest agencies in the world, founded in 1890.
Worth mentioning is also that Emaar Properties bought the company in 2006. It’s one of the biggest real estate developers in Dubai that is behind flagship projects and developments such as Burj Crown Apartments Dubai, Downtown Dubai, Palace Residences, Dubai Creek Harbour, Samara Villas, and Emaar Beachfront.
Hamptons International has won several awards that include Emaar Platinum Agent, The Exclusive Agency Award by Subizzle in 2015, and Dubai Properties Top 5 Agency Award in 2016.
Include sales, leasing, and property management services. They also provide property listing service (PLS), management of off-plan project launches, property valuation, and research.
Include both commercial and residential properties.
The company manages all areas in Dubai, which is the standard for companies this size.
Emaar Business Park, Building No. 3, Dubai (UAE), P.O. Box: 125400
8. Al Habtoor Properties LLC
Founded by Rashid Khalaf Al Habtoor in 2008, Al Habtoor Properties LLC primarily catered the Al Habtoor Group’s building management contracts and acted as an exclusive leasing agent of the towers. Since then, the company has expanded and currently helps foreigners to buy, lease, and sell both residential and commercial property.
The company offers listing services, sales, leasing services, and more. For additional information, you can also contact them directly.
Al Habtoor manages everything from residential, commercial, and retail properties.
The company mostly offers services in prime areas in Dubai, but you can get help to buy or sell properties anywhere in Dubai.
Al Habtoor Motors (showroom) Mezzanine Floor. Office No. 1101, Sheikh Zayed Road, P.O. Box 283137, Dubai – U.A.E.
9. PowerHouse Properties
PowerHouse Properties, also known as PH Real Estate, was founded in 2007 by a British national, Myles Bush. It’s based on business standards followed in the UK.
In 2012, Myles merged his company with another successful real estate agency owned by Nick Grassick. The company currently has more than 40 employees, mostly multilingual expats from the UK, North America, and other European countries.
The company offers a property listing service for both rentals and sales. You can find around 800 properties on their website for sales and rentals. They also help you in buying and renting residential property in Dubai.
They offer sales and leasing services for most residential properties.
Primarily high-end areas that are popular among expats, for example, Arabian Ranches, Downtown Dubai, Dubai Marina, Dubai Sports City, Victory Heights, The Springs, The Greens, Palm Jumeirah, Lakes & Meadows, Jumeirah Village, and Jumeirah Beach Residence.
2405 Marina Plaza, Dubai Marina, UAE PO Box 53461
10. Provident Estate
Provident Estate is a leading real estate agent in Dubai. It’s an ISO certified company and certified by RERA, and regulated by Ejari.
Loai Al Fakir founded the company in 2008, within two years, it climbed to become one of the top 5 property agencies in Dubai in all major property portals.
Being a graduate of Kingston University in the UK, he relocated from Greece to Dubai in 2005 and quickly established himself as one of the most well-recognized real estate consultants.
In 2012, they started offering their own property management services. Later in 2013, they started to offer facility management services as well.
In 2014, they opened their second office in Dubai and also won the award for being the Best Brokerage Firm, by the Dubai Land Development. They also won the Best Property Website in Dubai Award in 2013 by the International Property Award.
Provident Estate currently has a team of more than 40 people from diverse backgrounds. Their staff is well versed in Arabic, English, Russian, Spanish, German, Dutch, Farsi, and Urdu.
Other than listing service, they also offer sales, leasing, and brokerage services for both commercial and residential properties. In addition, they also offer several other real estate services that include:
- Property management services
- Sales and marketing service for developers
- Real estate investment consulting
- Portfolio management
- Mortgage and legal service advice
- Offshore company setup
- Home insurance consultancy
They offer their services for both commercial and residential properties. You can find different types of properties listed on their website that include single units, apartments, villas, commercial offices, townhouses, retail spaces, holiday homes, and towers.
You can find more than 1400 properties on their website available for sales from all over Dubai.
#602, Maleka Al Zarooni Building, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Binayah Real Estate was founded in 2007 and collaborated with some of the leading property developers in Dubai, like Dubai Properties, DAMAC, Nakheel, and Emaar.
They have a large team of multilingual staff comprising 15 property consultants and property managers.
The company is based in Dubai but also serves Muscat and London. You can find around 700 properties for sale and rent on their website.
Include a wide range of services such as asset management, property management, real estate brokerage service, property sales, leasing, development, and investment consultancy.
They also offer financial and mortgage consultancy.
Include commercial and residential properties.
The company is most active in Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC), Business Bay, Barsha Heights, Dubai Sports City, Mudon, Dubai Marina, Downtown Dubai, Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT), Dubai South, Arabian Ranches, Mudon, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Village Triangle (JVT), and IMPZ.
Binayah Real Estate – Dubai
Suite: 908 | Executive Heights
Barsha Heights(Tecom) PO Box 487303
12. Espace Real Estate
Espace started as a property service company in 2009 and has grown much since. Today, the company has dozens of agents catering to locals and foreigners alike.
In 2015, it was voted as the best brokerage firm in Dubai and has gained much recognition since. Worth mentioning is that the firm has hundreds of reviews on Google and with an average rating of 4.7/5.0, as of the moment I’m writing this article.
The company has been nominated for and won many awards, including:
- Best Quality Brokerage – Winner 2020 – Property Finder
- Best Brokerage – 2nd Place, 2018 – Property Finder
- UAE Best Brokerage – 3rd Place 2017 – Property Finder
The company helps foreigners to buy, sell, and rent residential and commercial properties. They also work with property management, investment advisory, and more.
The company manages everything from residential and commercial properties, established to new. Examples include duplexes, villas, land, penthouses, warehouses, and offices.
All over Dubai, including Downtown Dubai, Business Bay, Dubai Marina, and Palm Jumeirah.
Dubai Marina, Marina Plaza Office numbers 2702 & 2703، Dubai-UAE
FAQ (written by The Property)
In this FAQ, The Property provides the answers to some common questions related to real estate investment in Dubai.
Note: The Property is a sponsored listing in this article
Why Invest in Real Estate in Dubai?
There are several reasons why investing in Dubai real estate can be a good option:
1. High Return on Investment (ROI): Dubai’s real estate market has shown consistent growth over the years, providing investors with a high ROI. According to reports, Dubai’s real estate market has provided an average return of 6-8% over the last few years.
2. Tax Benefits: Dubai has a tax-free environment, which means investors can enjoy tax-free rental income and capital gains.
3. Strategic Location: Dubai is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa, making it an attractive hub for international trade and commerce. This strategic location has contributed to the growth of the city’s real estate market.
4. Infrastructure and Amenities: Dubai has world-class infrastructure and amenities, including world-class shopping malls, luxury hotels, and entertainment venues. This makes Dubai an attractive destination for tourists and investors alike.
5. Safe and Stable Environment: Dubai is known for its safety and stability. The city has a low crime rate and a stable political environment, making it a safe place to invest in.
6. Ease of Doing Business: Dubai has a business-friendly environment, which makes it easy to invest and do business. The government has also introduced several initiatives to encourage foreign investment in the real estate sector.
Overall, Dubai’s real estate market provides investors with a promising opportunity for high returns on investment, tax benefits, and a safe and stable environment.
Are foreigners permitted to have 100% ownership of a property in Dubai?
Yes. In 2006, the government passed Regulation No. 3, determining designated areas where non-citizens can own property. In these areas, foreigners are permitted to buy property in Dubai on freehold ownership. Major freehold properties are available in most prime areas of Dubai such as the following:
- Dubai Marina
- Palm Jumeirah
- Jumeirah Lakes Towers
- Dubai Creek Harbour
- Dubai Hills
- Jumeirah Village Circle
What is the difference between Freehold and Leasehold?
Freehold properties are the ones that give you complete ownership of the property where the buyer will have his name on the title deed. Whereas, leasehold properties are the ones having the property on lease for a period of more than 10 years and up to 99 years. It cannot be bought completely.
What is Off-Plan Property?
An off-plan property refers to a property whose construction is yet to begin or is in its preliminary stages of construction.
What is DLD?
DLD is the abbreviation for Dubai Land Department. It is the regulatory body of the government that deals with all property and real estate-related legislation, organization, and services for any real estate transactions in Dubai.
Can you mortgage a property in Dubai?
Yes, both residents and non-UAE residents can mortgage a property in Dubai. For more information on interest rates and the process, we can connect you with our dedicated mortgage department.
What are the best areas to invest in Dubai?
Dubai is known for its luxurious real estate developments, and there are several areas that are popular for investment in this sector. Here are some of the best areas to buy real estate in Dubai (in no particular order):
1. Dubai Marina: This waterfront community is one of the most sought-after areas for real estate investment in Dubai. It offers luxurious apartments with stunning views of the marina and easy access to top-notch amenities.
2. Downtown Dubai: Home to the iconic Burj Khalifa, this area is a hub of luxurious living with high-end apartments, world-class restaurants, and luxury shopping options.
3. Palm Jumeirah: This man-made island is one of the most exclusive areas in Dubai and is home to some of the most luxurious villas and apartments in the city.
4. Emirates Hills: This gated community is known for its large villas and luxurious amenities, making it a popular area for high-end real estate investment.
5. Business Bay: This area is a hub of commercial activity, with several office buildings and luxury residential towers. It is a great area for investment in both residential and commercial real estate.