Of course foreigners can buy property in Dubai and its called Freehold. In fact Dubai only has started freehold first and later other Emirates followed suit. You can purchase an apartment (flat) or a Villa with few rooms and a swimming pool, gym etc in posh districts of Dubai Such as Arabian Ranches and Jumeria Village to name a few. You can pay EMIs to the builder whose project is under construction. As soon as you purchase property it would be registered in your name as Owner. There will be some hidden charges which will be declared after you purchase the property such as maintenance charges which you have to pay every month along with electricity and water bills etc.