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Dressing Yourself – and Your Home – Starts Here

Affordable and sustainable style within reach.

In a city ranked among the world’s best for entrepreneurs, Dubai boasts an ever-growing gang of sensational female self-starters, each providing inspiration aplenty to those gearing up to launch a business of their own. With that in mind, we’re continuing our series on female entrepreneurs here atThe Gaggler, introducing you to the amazing women making Dubai the start-up capital of the world – complete with a few gold-plated nuggets of business wisdom to set you off in the right direction.

If you’re a Dubai-based woman obsessed with all things style and happen to be on Facebook, it’s likely that you’re a fan of Gabby Garvey. Spotting a gap in the market for an affordable, sustainable approach to dressing both women and their homes, the Irish personal stylist and interior designer realised that many expats didn’t have the financial means to hire swanky design firms to decorate their homes or consult an overpriced expert to dress better. Launching her business Style ME Dubai / Style ME Interiors Dubai as a Facebook platform in 2016, Gabby is on a mission to help Dubai look more stylish without blowing the budget, earning thousands of followers who follow her advice on everything from shoes to kitchen shelving in the process.


Gabby Garvey


Style ME Dubai / Style ME Interiors Dubai



What was your ‘lightbulb’ moment?

As an experienced fashion stylist, qualified lawyer, and qualified interior designer, I had several choices to kickstart my career in Dubai and get back into the workforce after taking several years off to raise my family. I saw a gap in the market for an affordable, sustainable approach to styling – both in fashion and interiors – here in Dubai, and it just seemed like the right time to show my kids what mummy could do.

What makes your business unique?

My vision. I go the extra mile outside my curriculum to deliver the best results, so that my clients feel they are getting top results for their buck. I’m there to give a confidence boost from an expert without having to spend a small fortune to make either you or your home look good. 

How and where do you seek inspiration?

Anything and everything can inspire me in my work. If it’s styling, I have a very individual personal approach – I listen to my client’s life story and what their day-to-day life entails in order to help them find their individual style. In interiors, it can be a piece of art that may be hanging on their wall, the lighting of a space, or the architecture of a building. 

What’s the best thing about running your own business?

Although working for yourself is one of the best things in business, we are our worst enemies when it comes to perfection, self-criticism, and constantly striving for better. 

What do you think is the key to success?

Believing in yourself, never giving up, and having resilience and tenacity – these are the keys to success that I will always hang onto. 

What has been your proudest moment as an entrepreneur?

Seeing both of my Facebook platforms help so many women feel good about themselves. On Style ME Dubai, it’s all about making friendships and connecting with others through a shared love of fashion. And on Style ME Interiors Dubai, it’s all about connecting the end users with the right vendors in anything home- and garden-related. 

Which other entrepreneurs do you admire – both locally and internationally – and why?

Locally, I admire all women in small businesses. I can’t single out just one as many amaze me with their innovative skills. Internationally, interior designers like Kelly Wearstler and Shea McGee are incredibly inspirational. 

What has been your biggest business challenge so far? 

Finding the right teams. You can only learn what is the best fit for Style ME Interiors Dubaithrough experience, but I’m happy I have great ones across Dubai. 

Are you a part of any mentor or support groups?

I’m not part of a mentor group, but I am part of Female Fusion Network, which supports women in business in the UAE. 

What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received?

“Always stay as tenacious.”

And what’s the best piece of business advice that you would give to a budding entrepreneur?

Take the first step, no matter what it is. The second one will always be easier. 

Is there any piece of advice that you wish you’d ignored?

You won’t make it with that much competition – you’ve been out of work for way too long. 

What makes a great entrepreneur right now?

Inclusivity. Extreme competitiveness will only single you out in the world, so have room to collaborate with colleagues and be open to sharing success.

NEXT UP: What makes food entrepreneur Marcela Sancho‘sbusiness brain tick?


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Your Guide on How to Rent in Dubai

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Dubai is a bustling city with a thriving real estate market, making it a popular destination for expats and locals alike. With a wide range of apartments and villas available for rent, finding the perfect place to call home can be overwhelming. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of renting in Dubai and provide tips to help you find your dream home.

Understanding the Dubai Rental Market

Before diving into the rental process, it’s important to understand the current state of the Dubai rental market. In recent years, there has been an increase in the supply of rental properties, leading to a decrease in rental prices. This means that now is a great time to rent in Dubai, as you may be able to find a better deal than in previous years. However, the opposite is true during certain months of the year. Rental prices in Dubai tend to increase during the peak season, which typically falls between September and April. This period coincides with the cooler months in Dubai. Residents and tourists coming in during these months increase the demand for rental properties rises, leading to an upward pressure on prices.

Types of Properties Available for Rent

Dubai offers a variety of rental properties, including apartments, villas, and townhouses. Apartments are the most common type of rental property, with a range of options from studio apartments to large penthouses. Villas and townhouses are typically larger and more expensive but offer more space and privacy.

Popular Areas for Renting

When it comes to choosing a location to rent in Dubai, it’s important to consider your budget, lifestyle, and proximity to work or school. Some popular areas for renting include Dubai Marina, Downtown Dubai, and Jumeirah Lakes Towers. These areas offer a mix of residential and commercial properties, with easy access to amenities and transportation.

The Rental Process

Now that you have an understanding of the rental market in Dubai, let’s walk through the steps of renting a property.

Determine Your Budget

Before you start your search, it’s important to determine your budget. This will help narrow down your options and prevent you from overspending. In Dubai, it’s common for landlords to require a security deposit and multiple rent cheques upfront, so be sure to factor these costs into your budget.

Start Your Search

With your budget in mind, you can start your search for the perfect rental property. You can browse listings online, work with a real estate agent, or visit properties in person. It’s important to view multiple properties and compare prices and amenities to ensure you’re getting the best deal.

Submit Your Documents

Once you’ve found a property you’re interested in, you’ll need to submit your documents to the landlord or real estate agent. These documents typically include a copy of your passport, visa, and Emirates ID. You may also be required to provide proof of income or employment.

Sign the Tenancy Contract

If your application is approved, you’ll need to sign a tenancy contract. This contract outlines the terms of your rental agreement, including the duration of the lease, rent amount, and any additional fees or clauses. It’s important to read and understand the contract before signing.

Pay the Rent and Security Deposit

Before moving into your new rental property, you’ll need to pay the first rent cheque and security deposit. The security deposit is typically equivalent to one month’s rent and will be returned to you at the end of your lease, provided there is no damage to the property.

Register Your Tenancy Contract

In Dubai, it’s mandatory to register your tenancy contract with the Ejari system. This can be done online or through a typing centre. The cost of registration is typically split between the landlord and the tenant.

Tips for Renting in Dubai

Now that you know the rental process, here are some tips to help you find the perfect rental property in Dubai.

Work with a Real Estate Agent

While it’s possible to find a rental property on your own, working with a real estate agent can make the process much easier. They have access to a wide range of properties and can help negotiate the terms of your lease.

Consider Your Commute

Dubai is a large city, and traffic can be a major issue during rush hour. When choosing a location to rent, consider your commute to work or school. Living closer to your daily destinations can save you time and money on transportation.

Negotiate the Rent

Don’t be afraid to negotiate the rent with the landlord. In the current rental market, landlords may be willing to lower the rent or offer additional amenities to secure a tenant. It’s always worth asking for a better deal.

Read the Contract Carefully

Before signing the tenancy contract, be sure to read it carefully and ask for clarification on any terms you don’t understand. This will help prevent any surprises or issues during your tenancy.

Be Prepared for Additional Fees

In addition to the rent and security deposit, you may be required to pay additional fees such as a commission to the real estate agent, a maintenance fee, or a fee for using the building’s amenities. Be sure to factor these costs into your budget.

Renting in Dubai can be a daunting process, but with the right knowledge and preparation, you can find the perfect rental property for your needs. Remember to determine your budget, work with a real estate agent, and carefully read and negotiate the terms of your tenancy contract. With these tips in mind, you’ll be on your way to finding your dream home in Dubai.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the key factors to consider when choosing a neighbourhood for renting in Dubai?

Choosing the right neighbourhood involves considering factors such as proximity to work, amenities, lifestyle preferences, and budget. Our guide provides insights into popular neighbourhoods, helping you make an informed decision based on your unique needs and preferences.

How can I budget wisely when renting in Dubai, and what additional costs should I be aware of?

Budgeting wisely is crucial for a successful renting experience. Our guide outlines average rental prices in different neighbourhoods and explores additional costs such as security deposits and agency fees. Understanding these financial aspects ensures that you find a rental property that aligns with your budget and financial goals.

What legal aspects should I be aware of when renting in Dubai, and how do I navigate the tenancy laws?

Navigating tenancy laws is essential for a transparent and fair renting experience. Our guide provides an overview of Dubai’s tenancy laws, including standard lease durations, the renewal process, and the rights and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants. Understanding the legal aspects ensures that you enter into a rental agreement with confidence and clarity.

What is Ejari?

Ejari is an online registration system in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, that aims to regulate and document rental contracts. It is a government initiative designed to ensure transparency and fairness in the rental market. Ejari requires landlords and property management companies to register their tenancy contracts and obtain a unique Ejari number. This registration provides legal protection for both tenants and landlords and helps maintain a reliable database of rental agreements in Dubai.

Are there any fees associated with Ejari registration?

The cost of Ejari registration typically includes a government fee, a typing center fee for document preparation, and any additional service charges from the registration service provider. The specific fees may vary depending on the type of property and the registration period.

Who are the top rental agents in dubai for renting a property?

Here are some of the most reputable real estate agencies that are known for their expertise in property rentals:

  1. Betterhomes: A leading real estate agency in Dubai with a strong presence in the rental market.
  2. Asteco: A well-established real estate firm offering property leasing services in Dubai.
  3. Hamptons International: Known for their premium property offerings, Hamptons International specialises in high-end residential properties.
  4. Allsopp & Allsopp: A popular real estate agency with a dedicated rentals team that focuses on finding suitable rental options for clients.
  5. Chestertons: Another reputable agency of rental properties in Dubai with expertise across different areas and cater to both residential and commercial rental needs.


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