A variety of housing options have been developed in the UAE, from separate villas, villas in compounds with facilities such as swimming pool and gym and apartments. All types of housing have air conditioning installed either centrally or individually as temperatures in the summer can reach as high as 50 degrees..

Salary packages offer housing allowance and the amount depends on the position occupied within the organization. Rents also depend on size and location of housing and can vary from $30,000 to $70,000 for mid-level executives to $50,000 – 100,000 per year for a higher quality apartment or villa. Rents are normally paid annually, however more flexible terms are slowly being introduced.

In some emirates, non-UAE nationals may own real estate on a leasehold basis that is normally up to 50 years. Some emirates however, do not allow foreign ownership and others only depending on nationality.