Renting flats or villas in Dubai is expensive and can consume quite a bit of your income. It used to be that you needed a ýears rent upfront but some Landlords are now switching to a more global monthly rent. There are definitely areas that are cheaper than others and since the traffic can be heavy ( as in any city) it is best to focus on the areas where you will be working. Apartments in Dubai are often inclusive of AC so more affordable. Maybe let me know where you will be working and I can help narrow some good Dubai rental areas that might work in your budget?