However, depending on your situation you might consider the option of sharing accommodation - where you share a room in a flat which is rented (on contract) by another person. There is also the option of renting serviced apartments on weekly or monthly basis but this is generally expensive for long term.
Another point to note: rents in Sharjah ( which is adjacent to Dubai and actually just 20-30 minutes drive from Dubai but takes upto1.30 hrs to get into Dubai during peak hours) is much cheaper. buy youtube views
A 1 yr contract in Sharjah may be less than the 8 months rental for similar accommodation in Dubai.