By Shuchita Kapur

New Dubai scores high when it comes to the most sought-after residential communities in the city this year, according to real estate agencies.

Downtown Dubai
Downtown Dubai

According to Better Homes, Dubai Marina beats all other communities when it comes to rent.

“The most popular residential areas in leasing for the first half of this year was Dubai Marina,” Annetta Shaw, Head of Residential Sales and Leasing, Head Office, Better Homes told Emirates 24|7.

Rushiraj Mehta of Legacy Real Estate believes that within the villa category Springs and Meadows recorded a decent jump in rent transactions in the first quarter of this year, making these communities a popular choice.

“The Springs and Meadows recorded a 5 to 8 per cent jump in rental deals in Q1 of 2012. The increase was not that huge due to a high number of available villas but still decent considering the size of this community,” Mehta elaborated.

Within the apartment category, Mehta believes Executive Towers in Business Bay beats all other communities and buildings. More info