Dubai Land Department (DLD), in cooperation with Property Finder, launched the 1st edition of Dubai’s first ever official Residential Rental Performance Index (RRPI).


In January 2022 the overall monthly Index recorded 0.938 and an index price of AED 51,101. apartments monthly Index recorded 0.943 and an index price of AED 46,994, while Villas/Townhouses monthly Index recorded 0.868 and an index price of AED 131,882.


The base year for RPPI is 2013 and the base month for the monthly index is January 2013, with the base quarter for the quarterly index being Q1 2013. According to the index, 51,452 leases were recorded in January 2022, 52% of which were new contracts, and 48% were renewed contracts, while 81% of them were annual contracts, and 19% were for non-annual.

51,452 leases recorded in Jan 2022

  • 52% new contracts
  • 48% renewed contracts
  • 81% annual contracts
  • 19% non-annual contracts


For the first time ever, the Dubai RPPI has been released in partnership between DLD and Property Finder. Within this insightful data, there is a plethora of information that is quite notable. In 2021, 564,036 leases throughout the year which broke a 12-year record in terms of volume for real estate rental contracts.

Annual leases increased by 50.3% and non-annual leases increased by 75.5% in 2021 compared to 2020.


When comparing the data over the last few years, it is interesting to note that, on average, the annual number of leases have increased by approximately 7% over the past 5 years but in 2021 it increased by 56% compared to 2020. However, in 2020, annual leases grew by 2% compared to 2019 and non-annual leases increased by 115.2%.


In January 2022, we saw over 51,452 rental contracts in the Dubai market with an even split between new and renewal contracts. As per Property Finder data the most popular apartments rental contracts were for 2-bedroom apartments with 1 bedroom trailing right behind and the most popular villa/townhouse rental contracts were for 3 bedrooms with 4 bedrooms coming in second place.


Most Popular Communities in 2022


Top areas that saw the most rental contracts registration in January 2022 according to Ejari Registrations were Jabal Ali First with 1,811 registrations followed by Naif with 1,760. Al Karama (1,754), Al Warsan First (1,601) and Al Suq Al Kabeer (1,457) were also part of the top 5 areas in 2021. These were followed by Business Bay (1,317), Al Nahda Second (1,276), Barsha South (1,192), Marsa Dubai (1,174) and Nadd Hessa (1,098). In total the top 10 areas accounted for 28% of all rental transactions in January 2022.

According to Property Finder residential search data, Dubai Marina was the highest searched area, accounting for more than 11% of all searches. This was followed by Downtown Dubai, Business Bay, Jumeirah Village Circle and Jumeirah Lakes Towers.


For Villas/Townhouse the searches in 2021 for rental properties were dominated in Jumeirah, Dubai Hills Estate and The Springs, accounting for approximately 18 percent of all searches. This was followed by Arabian Ranches and Umm Suqeim showing the extent of demand for properties on Umm Suqeim Road.

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