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Welcome The start of the year is an exciting time. It marks new beginnings and the perfect opportunity to revitalise your home. In this issue we reveal the hot new trends for your home and garden, and the best places to buy them since Yas Mall has attracted many new furniture brands to the capital and to the country. While Yas Island is the perfect place for shopping and entertainment, our property expert Nada Jaouhar pinpoints the city’s best residential areas on page 36. I’d love to live by scenic Al Raha Beach – our luxurious Property of the Month shows you why. Whether you’re looking to rent or buy, or simply revamp your current home, now is certainly the time to do it.

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Contents 15. The Design Digest

22. Yas Mall

31. Buy the Look

35. Property of the Month

See what’s new in the world of home interiors this month

Why this new shopping mall is a haven for your home

Be inspired by Villa Jenelle’s traditional yet eclectic style

Life’s a beach when you live in this stunning apartment

16. One to Watch

25. Designer Spotlight

32. What’s New in the Garden

37. Take a Tour...

Look to New York for a cosy monochrome look with pizazz

Duresta and Eldiar have reasons to celebrate together

Freshen up for spring by embracing natural elements

Far-reaching views make these properties a must-see

18. Trend Report 2015

26. Through the Keyhole

34. Culinary Concepts

38. Property Listings

Find out what key looks and styles will be hot this year

See how this award-winning villa became a family affair

Make your garden a paradise for picnics with the family

Find your perfect place with these homes for sale and rent

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New year, new start As we stride into a brand new year, now is the time to clear out all the clutter you don’t need to take with you. While our homes are full of memories from yesteryear and last year some things have lost meaning or were simply tat in the first place. Will you ever use that re-gifted shoe horn in this century? Or those odd pillowcases whose twins were eaten up by the house long ago? Not likely. If it’s time for a clear out and some reorganisation, do it in style. This year, chestnut leather will be a popular material and not just on chairs and sofas. For storage purposes, look out for ottomans upholstered in scarred cowhide, and chests of drawers and storage boxes completely covered in a luxurious rustred leather, for an ‘historic world traveller’ vibe. Pictured: Manhattan leather trunk, set of three, AED6,840, Flamant


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The Design Digest What’s new in the world of interiors

Feeling farm fresh... Cooking and eating farm-fresh food has never been more popular, and now the movement has come to the table with Crate and Barrel’s farmhouse-inspired tableware and accessories. The winter collection emphasises natural materials such as cotton, wool, hessian and acacia wood, and warm finishes in a palette of soft neutrals for a look that’s simple and comfortable. Accents of indigo, orange or citron add a pop of colour ur that will effortlessly transition between etween the seasons.

Paper chasing The hunt for decent stationery and giftwrapping is over, with the recent launch of IKEA’s dedicated paper department at the store on Yas Island. Over 100 products will engage and incentivise creativity, with colourful wrapping and ribbons, fun party decorations and inspiring crafts, all displayed within a candy shop environment.

Loans at the Louvre Art lovers will welcome the news that Louvre Abu Dhabi will receive 300 loans from a number of major French art institutions for its opening year. The loans include Leonardo da Vinci’s Portrait of an Unknown Woman (circa 1495), pictured, Edouard Manet’s The Fife Player (1866), Claude Monet’s The Saint-Lazare Station (1877), a rare salt cellar in ivory from the Benin Kingdom, and Henri Matisse’s Still Life with Magnolia (1941). This will be the first time such works will have travelled to Abu Dhabi, and even the Middle East. ORXYUHDEXGKDELDH

> Th The recently tl opened dY Yas M Mall, ll tthe largest in Abu Dhabi, has enticed a number of new retailers to the city and country. For the ÀUVWWLPH3%WHHQDQG,QGLJR/LYLQJ ÀUVWWLPH3%WHHQDQG,QGLJR/LYLQJ .LGVKDYHFRPHWRWKH8$(ZKLOH +DPOH\¡V0XMLDQG:HVW(OPDUHQHZ +DPOH\¡V0XMLDQG:HVW(OPDUHQHZ to the capital. Turn to page 22 to find out more.

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One to watch See who’s catching our eye in Abu Dhabi

New York! New York! You don’t have to look Stateside for Broadway style. Home-grown furniture store THE One is reimagining the glitz, glamour and drama of The Big Apple with its New York Style collection, fresh for 2015. New York has it all: romance, drama, fame and fortune, Broadway, bright lights, an iconic urban skyline and a Central Park escape. Recreating an all-American feel has always been popular but it can verge on tacky... This year watch out for a more sophisticated look – think 1940s’ starlets and suave gentlemen’s clubs.

A monochrome palette and pinstripe wallpaper exudes ‘city gent’ while the Chesterfield sofas add a dash of English elegance to a living room. Mixing shiny elements like glass and steel with matt leather and velvet create a tactile and sumptuous vignette. Meanwhile, the deep-pile black rug, hound’s-tooth scatter cushions and cosy cotton throw softens any macho vibes exuded by the monochrome colourway, for a look that mixes the drama of Broadway with the comfort of home.


Spring watch Keep an eye out for these emerging trends for 2015

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Natural materials



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1. Multi-coloured cushion cover, AED29, Homes R Us 2. Bessie rug made from cotton and wool, AED1,282, Crate and Barrel 3. Indigo dining table, chairs and cabinet, prices vary, SELVA 4. Horse bookend, AED155 each, Zara Home 5. Abson leather chest of drawers, AED14,190, Flamant

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Colour of the Year Pantone’s colour of 2015 is Marsala, which guarantees that we’ll see autumnal undertones of this rich rustred throughout the seasons. In the summer brighter colours – pink, yellow, orange and gold – will pair well with metallic Marsala, while in the winter it will enrich heavy textures, such as woollen throws, drapes and carpets. This shade is refreshingly asexual and therefore highly versatile. It will dramatize monochromatic schemes

very effectively, stand out as a statement painted wall or alcove, or add warm nuances when used as an accent colour in accessories, such as cushions, candles, bowls, rugs and artwork. ´1XUWXULQJDQGIXOÀOOLQJ0DUVDOD LVDQDWXUDOÀWIRUWKHNLWFKHQDQG dining room – making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances and linens throughout the home,� comments Leatrice Eiseman, executive director

at Pantone Color Institute. She adds WKDWDPDWWHÀQLVKKLJKOLJKWV0DUVDOD¡V organic nature, while a glazed sheen conveys a completely different message of glamour and luxury. ,WLVTXLWHOLWHUDOO\DQDWXUDOÀWIRU the kitchen, as it resembles the shades of red grapes, plums and spices. It is important to use natural colours in the kitchen so that the food does the talking – which is why citrus and olive green shades always work well.


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Spotted: The Big Five While MAISON&OBJET is the king of the jungle when it comes to design shows, there are leading international fairs closer to home. At the end of 2014 BH popped to Saudi Arabia for the 6th edition of Decofair, a show that’s established itself as a leading voice on interior design and trends in the Middle East. Thousands of international brands and industry professionals descended on Jeddah with new concepts and ideas that applied creative solutions to address the needs and wants of the Middle East market, while also responding to JOREDOVRFLDOLQÁXHQFHV%+VSRWWHGÀYH predominant concepts at the show that will impact interior design in 2015...

Top: Harem Beige Jacquard bedding, Karaca Home; below right: Villa Home trays, Cities; below and left: Arabesque Modern seating collection, Nada Debs



1. Digitisation 2. Sustainability 3. Outdoor entertainment 4. Regenerative bathrooms 5. Arabesque

Focussing on the latter, the UAE has a strong visual heritage and traditional customs, something that architects and designers in the Middle East embrace, especially in the hospitality industry. Commenting on the Arabic calligraphy present in his restaurant design for Switch in Dubai Mall, USA-based industrial designer Karim Rashid says: “I’m a big believer in designing things that are very much about the place; it can be super contemporary and new but there should be some relationship to the customs there, otherwise there’d be no need to travel if everywhere was the same.” Aware that visitors to the region want to sample the local culture, and that locals are innately proud of their heritage, designers fuse traditional Arabic architecture with FRQWHPSRUDU\LQÁXHQFHV,Q fretwork will give arabesque a global audience past the GCC. The geometric patterns of fretwork carved into relief are synonymous with arabesque designs; we’ll see them get oversized and angular as the year unfolds.


Textured surfaces This year texture will be a hot topic. Rough, tactile surfaces will prevail over smooth ones, inviting us to interact with our homes, from the walls to the kitchen countertops. Jotun is leading this with an innovative new paint solution for walls. The 2015 Lady Design Collection is a unique concept that can transform your home into a sparkling castle, an industrial loft apartment, a beachfront retreat or a rustic bolthole. “The new Lady Design collections were introduced to give our customers more options to create a luxurious space that echoes their individual taste using paint,� explains Claudio Iurilli, regional marketing director at Jotun Middle East, India and Africa. “We wanted to offer a better mix of classical and modern textures, keeping in mind the colours and patterns that radiate sophistication and charm.� Working with renowned Egyptian interior designer Mona Hussein, the new paint range offers distinct designs for your home that play on your senses, through touch and sight. ‘Historic’ resembles the elegance and craft of Travertino stone; ‘Diamonds’ sparkles like a night sky and is available in many colours, from wedding-day white to cherry red; meanwhile, ‘Ocean Rush’ is perfect for coastal homes, with each brush stroke mixing turquoise and white for a realistic ocean wash; and ‘Romano’ harks back to traditional

Italian stonemasonry, resembling the roughness of natural stone building blocks. With Romano you can recreate romantic Venetian patterns or the industrial breezeblock walls of a cool New York loft apartment. 7KHÂśXQĂ€QLVKHG¡QDWXUDODQGURXJK look of concrete is also being pushed in contemporary kitchen design. “The textures on kitchen cabinetry are amazing these days and will be very popular this year,â€? comments Steven Pardoe, managing partner at Hacker. “Texture in the kitchen is about that rough feel, natural elements and lifelike textures. People like that tactile look.â€? He highlighted new designs for door fronts, such as fake concrete and laminates that look like real planks of pinewood, with a deep grain and knots. A brand new material, real lava stone, is something the company is proud to unveil for 2015. “These doors are made from a 3mm layer of real lava stone and we’re the only company in the world to have this,â€? Pardoe enthuses. In conjunction with this, Hacker’s key colours for the year are lava grey, white and champagne.

Desert Sky Lady Design paint, Jotun

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Home Centre

Centrepoint is home to four distinct brands: Babyshop, Shoe Mart, Splash, and Lifestyle. The latter has recently become the exclusive regional distributor for the new Trump home range, a collection of lights, bath and home accessories with surprisingly low prices that are hard to, er, trump‌

Debenhams In what is the largest Debenham’s outside of the United Kingdom, \RX¡UHERXQGWRÀQGVRPHWKLQJ you like in this expansive department store.

Since 1995 Home Centre has helped residents in the UAE transform their houses into homes. Starting life in Sharjah, the company now has 75 stores across the MENA region and Indian subcontinent offering stylish furniture, lighting and accessories.

YAS MALL This new shopping destination is a haven for your home


Indigo Living ,QGLJR/LYLQJKDVRSHQHGLWVĂ€UVW dedicated children’s furniture shop in the Middle East. “Being a kids destination, Yas Mall is a fantastic opportunity for us to roll out the complete Indigo Living Kids brand with DVTXDUHIRRWĂ DJVKLSVWRUHDQG new collections,â€? says Tracy Fitzpatrick, Indigo Living’s director of operations.

For those who like a ‘less is more’ approach, our favourite Japanese import is comfortable, fuss-free and affordable.

FBMI Buy an exquisite hand-woven rug or carpet from FBMI and help support the poverty-stricken women in Afghanistan who make them.

Pottery Barn/Teens/Kids

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Find the whole Pottery Barn family at Yas Mall. Twelve years after launching LQ$PHULFD3%WHHQKDVĂ€QDOO\DUULYHG in the Emirates with stylish furniture for teenage bedrooms and dorms. Caroline Liddon, PBteen’s business director, says: “Whether your teen’s style is preppy, eclectic or anywhere in between, our collections make it easy to design fun, functional spaces that the entire family will love.â€?

1RWMXVWDVKRSIRUPXVLFÀOPDQG KRPHHOHFWURQLFV\RXFDQDOVRÀQG quirky kitchen appliances, cool kids’ poufs and great gifts for the home – lots of funky things you never knew you needed.

THE One One of the UAE’s leading retail success stories, THE One, has established itself as a leading destination for affordable luxury with new and updated collections launched biannually to keep your home looking fashionable, funky and fresh.

West Elm


This sister company to Pottery Barn steps away from the all-American look with a diverse collection of bedding, bath, kitchen and living room ideas to suit many tastes and ages.

Anyone wanting a non-stick pan knows Tefal is the best option, and you can ÀQG-DPLH2OLYHU¡VH[FOXVLYH7HIDO range and kitchen gadgets at the Yas Mall store.

Zara Home A favourite in many other malls, Zara Home frequently updates its ranges so you’ll be enticed by new, on-trend designs every time you visit. Shop for bedrooms, bathrooms and kids’ rooms.

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Designer spotlight

Worth the wait Belated birthday celebrations go to Duresta, a British company that’s been celebrating its 75th anniversary across the world for the past year – ending with a closing party in Abu Dhabi. The luxury furniture company held a final hurrah at the long-awaited reopening of its Middle-East retail partner Eldiar, whose showroom was undergoing renovation during its 75th year in 2013. Eldiar is synonymous with timelessness – so, what’s a few months wait? Now open for the winter season, a VIP event marked the occasion late last year and celebrated the milestone birthday of its loyal and iconic partner, Duresta. Duresta sales manager Alan Reid, based at the company’s headquarters in England, says: “We had celebrations across the world, from our workshops in the UK to events in Taiwan and China. Eldiar were renovating and rebranding their showroom during this time, therefore we decided to postpone the celebrations.

“Everyone at Duresta is incredibly honoured to have reached such a momentous milestone. Since being founded in 1938 Duresta has always had the same core values: quality, creativity and craftsmanship. Throughout our history we have maintained the traditional techniques and strived to develop new and exciting products that reflect the ever-evolving lifestyles and tastes of our customers. Walking around the Duresta workshop, it is clear that everyone has a strong pride in working for a company steeped in heritage and tradition.” Duresta exemplifies the ‘English Country House’ style where the formal and grand sit beautifully alongside more plain and casual furnishings, for a look that oozes comfort and quality. Formal and grand, comfort and quality – these words are synonymous with Eldiar, a distinctive retailer of classical yet contemporary furniture. Even before its renovation, Eldiar’s capacious showroom was a go-to destination for the

discerning decorator. Now, the 24-yearold company has alluring vignettes of classical sleigh beds, arabesque dining collections and modish living room furniture that set each scene with lavish aplomb, showing off the premium furniture from the high-end companies it works with. Althorp Living History, JC Passion, Phillips Collection, Saccaro, Stilema and Theodore Alexander, to name a few. For Duresta, retailing via Eldiar to reach the UAE market offers a wealth of opportunity, says Reid. “Like the rest of the world, there are customers in the UAE and the Middle East who seek quality, hand-crafted furniture,” he says. “Duresta customers appreciate the attention to detail that we take in producing each piece of furniture. Our products appeal not only because of the beautiful fabrics used but also for the fact that they are hand-cut fabrics, and flawlessly pattern-matched. It is this eye for detail that makes Duresta’s products popular here.” Jan-Mar 2015




family AFFAIR How the Al-Ramahis designed an award-winning home Words by Eleanor Joslin; photography by Helen Riley


Just as food lovers are eager to dine at the table of their favourite chef, design aficionados are curious for a peep inside the home of renowned architects. Your hunger will be well satiated with our tour of the Al-Ramahi family’s award-winning home, Villa Jenelle, in Khalifa City A. You might think architects could design their own home in no time, but for this family of designers it took ten years to realise their dreams. It was worth the wait, for not only do they have a home where all their passions and interests are catered to but it also won Best Architecture Single Residence Abu Dhabi in the Arabian and African Property Awards 2013/14. Villa Jenelle is a sprawling twobedroom home on a prime corner plot, resplendent with turquoise roof tiles, domed atriums, open-plan common rooms, an inner courtyard and two selfcontained annexes. Their home life, as well as their work life, is a real family affair. Twenty-six years after founding International House of Architecture,

architect Mahmoud Al-Ramahi and his wife Jenelle are handing over the reigns to sons Omar, 26, and Ismail, 30, who have made the annexe apartments their homes. When it came to designing Villa Jenelle, all four members knitted their brows over the drawing board and drew inspiration from their

shared and individual interests as well as architecture with religious and historical importance. However, the villa’s namesake took a leading role in the design and the rest of the family are keen to thank her for her meticulous research and attention to detail in both the architecture and interior design of their new home. Jan-Mar 2015



“I am a self-proclaimed designer,” she says modestly as we chat on the phone. Now semiretired, the couple are taking a welcome break in Florida. “I have been doing it for so long, even though I studied psychology and business. We are a very creative household and it’s a dream to have a family who share the same passions. We took time planning because we are architects and we had other clients’ villas to work on, and because we redesigned it many times to meet all our requirements.” In the large, Gustavian-style kitchen stands a book documenting the decade-long planning phase, from inspiring photos to detailed plans. In it, Mahmoud states: “People are always eager to see what an architect’s home looks like. I was under pressure both professionally and emotionally as it is my own space so I simplified the task by making my wife and two sons my clients […] To understand our villa you will know us as a family. It is the story of our life, our past and our future, holding memories so dear. It is a reflection of our combined personalities and interests. “As an artistic family with many hobbies, we maximised the utilisation of spaces to hide, protect or display our equipment and tools. Examples of such spaces are a large library as we are all avid readers; a working garage for our son Omar the car enthusiast; an art studio with excellent natural light because we are all artists; a craft/sewing area for my wife; and sports facilities to include each of our interests.” From the outside, what looks like a cluster of hexagonal prisms are actually side rooms (home to a pretty blue and white guest bedroom and a traditional Wadu – their ablution room). Connecting these are hallways that take you on a journey of the modernist sculptures Mahmoud has created over the years, the awards the villa has won, the handmade Persian carpets underfoot, and the huge art collection he and Jenelle have accumulated during 33 years of marriage. The arched front door opens onto a stunning atrium where pink flowers blossom overhead. Beyond is a majestic majlis, furnished with yellow Victorian sofas, ornate antique display cabinets, and glass baubles filled with flowers hanging delicately from the galleried library that frames the walls overhead. The baubles are left over from Omar’s wedding to Charlotte last June, filling this fledgling home with treasured memories and accessories that are too pretty to take down. “It is amazing what Jenelle has done here, the attention to detail and how she has put things together,” praises Charlotte, who gave us the guided tour while her in-laws are on holiday. The Brit met Omar whilst they were both studying in Australia five years ago and now the newlyweds are making the villa’s annexe their own family home – with the addition of a nursery since they found out Charlotte is expecting.

“We held our wedding in this house because it is a special location unlike any other. It holds many special memories, even though we’ve only been living here awhile. It is our home and so we will always remember that we were married here with our family and friends.” In both the majlis and master bedroom antiquated spiral staircases lead up to viewing platforms: in the majlis they take you to a galleried library full of books and religious tomes, while the distressed metal balustrade in the master bedroom gives the couple’s space that sought-after feeling of heritage and age. “We love philosophy, history and travelling so we wanted something that looked like it was passed down, but with modern amenities, like our sound system,” explains Jenelle. “Nothing is new or shiny or modern; everything is distressed and vintage so they have that feeling of something passed down through the generations. Most of the furnishings are collections from our travels all around the world, so it’s very eclectic and old-world. Skills and craftsmanship were so much better in the past and we really appreciate that.” Steel frames and regional stones from the Holy Land of Jerusalem, Mahmoud’s birthplace, surround the windows and doors for an antiquated look; the Alhambra Palace in Spain inspired the turquoise clay roof tiles; the Roman and Byzantine flooring pays homage to Jenelle’s love of those

It is amazing what Jenelle has done here, the attention to detail


Omar and Charlotte held their wedding at the family home

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periods; the cathedral rib ceiling arches come from those they’ve seen while travelling; the glass-stained star-shaped windows are symbolic of Mecca. Winning the Arabian and African Property Awards required the villa’s design to be artistic and creative using the best construction methods and materials. “We entered the competition because when you put so much of your time, effort and passion into something you want to know what people think about it,” says the proud homeowner. “The judges gave fantastic comments, saying it’s unusual and dynamic. As a family of architects and designers we like the open common spaces. The pool and courtyard is the heart of the house and they are very private and secluded, which is important for us.”

Like every home it continues to be a work in progress Indeed, nearly all the rooms look out onto the courtyard and pool – the couple’s master bedroom, large marble bathroom and snug TV room, the men’s majlis and mezzanine library, the conservatory-cum-craft room, and the open-plan sitting and dining room. Here, the furniture defines its respective spaces: a large floor-toceiling glass-fronted cabinet stands as a divider between the dining area and sitting room. Both are inviting yet neither is formal, with Jenelle expertly mixing chandeliers with comfy sofas, stained-glass windows with carved wooden beams, a neutral colour scheme with pops of art. Vintage market stall carts frame the French windows and make unusual and eye-catching display cabinets, which Charlotte commandeered as cake tables for her wedding day. “It is an extended family home,” adds Jenelle. “It is created in a way that we can live together but with complete privacy for our sons and their families. They had more influence over the design of their annexes and they’re not completely finished yet. I would like to enter the house for an interior design award when it’s finished,” she muses, “but like every home it continues to be a work in progress.”

Jenelle and Mahmoud receive their award


BUY THE LOOK Be inspired by Villa Jenelle’s traditional yet eclectic style


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1. Ethnic Artwares rug, AED275, Bloomingdale’s Home 2. Lilian nesting table with gold detail, AED2,246, 2XL 3. Horse bookend, AED155 each, Zara Home 4. Small antiqued cloche pendant, AED1,970, Ethan Allen 5. Celesté wall light, POA, Emerald Faerie 6. Candlestick holder, see price in store, Marina Home 7. Baron pillow, 20”x13”, AED66, Crate and Barrel 8. Giobagnara Victor trays, prices vary, White Almonds 9. Councill occasional chair, see price in store, En Vogue 10. Ares living room furniture collection, prices vary, Silik

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What’s new…

IN THE GARDEN We’re turning back time and going au natural This is the best time of the year, when the weather starts to warm up (after dipping momentarily to chilly levels in ‘winter’) and we can bask in our gardens, have barbecue parties day and night, or simply sit outside for a quiet moment with a book. Make the most of it by creating a garden that’s a real retreat in our bustling urban jungle. Updating the garden doesn’t have to be expensive – you can revamp the patio quite easily without having to landscape the tiles or decking. IKEA’s new outdoor range has a wide selection of chairs and loungers. This year’s look is all about the retro revival, so opt for the blue and white

striped MYSINGSÖ beach chairs to bring back some nostalgic memories of family days out at the seaside. If you want something more unique, Bespoke Global has a retro-modern deckchair in leather and brass, available online. The Ovis deckchair (opposite page) by Ladies and Gentleman Studio is perfect for bachelor-pad balconies or parked on the decking by a stretch of manicured lawn. When it comes to decking materials, porcelain tiles are a great option. They’re easy to maintain, there’s no risk of warping as with natural timbers, and you can work them into your interior flooring, too, for a seamless

transition between your house and garden. “The great thing about fullbodied porcelain tiles are the natural materials it’s made from, such as clays and quartz, depending on the colour that needs be created,” says Tanya Pearson, key account manager at Mirage Spa. “Nothing artificial like resin goes into it. Resin is just as durable but it’s not sustainable and can be poisonous. “You can have any colour you like but the popular choices are natural stones such as limestone and slate and natural woods. Essentially people are trying to mimic marble and limestone, which has become very expensive. Patterns


can be created easily because porcelain is not weak like natural stone, so you won’t get cracks. Curves are common, especially around the pool, and mosaics for the pool interior. Designs are very simple here compared to the trends in Italy and Europe. Here it’s all about simplicity and natural colours.” Natural colours and materials are fashionable for 2015, inside and outside the home. Dining sets in untreated wood, raw and rough textures such as wicker seats and hessian upholstery, wool and cotton cushions – in greys, creams, pale blues and greens, to blend in with their natural surroundings. For both untreated and treated finishes, teakwood seems to the choice material this year and is governing outdoor furniture collections for 2015. This hardwearing, natural material is well known to withstand harsh weather conditions such as heat and UV rays, which are constant sources of damage to garden furniture in the UAE. “However, you have to expect some level of maintenance with this wood,” warns Shafiq Al Taher, business development director at Rattan House. “Teak oil needs to be applied to the

furniture, which can be a hassle for some people. Rattan is much easier, as you just hose it down once in a while to get rid of dust. It’s also weatherproof, UV protected, the colour doesn’t fade and you can easily add a protective cover. It’s lightweight, too, so it’s practical to move around the garden, while teak is heavier.” Regardless of maintenance, teak is certainly coming back into fashion judging by its noticeable presence at Spoga+Gafa in Cologne last year, an internationally leading outdoor furniture show. The new outdoor collections presented by ACE also focus heavily on teak – with tables, chairs, sun loungers and benches made from this light-brown wood. Go for the New York seven-piece set, comprising of a round teak table and six wicker chairs with cushions. The seven-piece Los Angeles dining set is made from a lighter teakwood for a more natural look outside. When you’re browsing the shops, opt for teakwood sourced from Indonesia, which is known for having some of the finest sustainable plantations of teak in the world.

Clockwise, from left: Los Angeles collection, ACE; Ovis deckchair,; porcelain patio, Mirage Spa

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Culinary concepts



Turn your garden into a paradise for picnics 1. Make your own hamper kit, AED19, Lakeland 2. MĂ„LARĂ– garden table, AED395, IKEA 3. Sandwich bag, AED18, Crate and Barrel 4. Picnic hamper, AED535, Flamant 5. Royal Albert Miranda Kerr Friendship plates, set of four, AED745, Jashanmal

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Property of the month

This magnificent two-bedroom apartment in Al Naseem B is strategically located with unrivalled views overlooking a small harbour and across to Yas Island. The modern apartment boasts good-sized bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, two bathrooms and an open-plan living room and kitchen. This room enjoys extensive floor-to-ceiling windows that let in plenty of natural light, creating a

bright and sociable hub for the home. The kitchen is very well designed, with contemporary white lacquered units, a streamlined breakfast bar and built-in appliances. Al Naseem B is an iconic building, known for its unusual staggered structure and enviable waterfront views. Al Bandar is a fully integrated community, with residential towers, a scenic marina with 131 berths and an exclusive residents’ clubhouse.

Need to know Where? Al Naseem B, Al Raha Beach What? Two-bedroom apartment Size? 1,011 square feet Cost? AED2.4million Best for? Investors and professionals Like what you see? Call Better Homes on 04 306 8833 and speak to Mirza Abdul Qayyum with the code AP332524


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The capital of the UAE has grown into a modern, cosmopolitan city with stunning beaches, five-star hotels and restaurants, resplendent public parks, an affluent marina culture and a budding art scene. We are lucky enough to be surrounded by beautiful beaches, with sandy stretches running along the city’s coastline and surrounding the islands that lily-pad out from the mainland. Notable beaches include Corniche beachfront, which has been awarded the coveted Blue Flag status, the majestic white sands at Yas Island, and Saadiyat Beach, which has a range of facilities and activities for beachgoers. Abu Dhabi is well known for its scenic parks, family-friendly entertainment, A-list music concerts and its many malls. At the end of 2014 Yas Mall on the beautiful Yas Island opened to a lot of fanfare. It now holds the crown as being the biggest mall in the city and it has already enticed a number of new brands to the UAE. The city is great for families with

children of all ages, as there are plenty of nurseries, schools and universities with curriculums from Britain, America, Canada and India, to name a few. Abu Dhabi has a diverse range of living options, with a mix of highend residential towers, townhouses and villas located across the city and its archipelago of islands. The main residential areas are: Al Bateen, Al Nahyan Camp, Al Raha Beach, Al Reef, Al Reem Island, Corniche, Khalifa Park, Khalifa City A and B, Mohammed Bin Zayed, Mushrif, Saadiyat. Landmark residences include Gate Towers and The Arc on Al Reem Island, and Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid at WTC, which is the longest residential tower in Abu Dhabi. Gate Towers marks the entrance to The Gate District on Al Reem Island and dominates the skyline with its eyecatching architecture – three towers topped by the world’s highest penthouse bridge. You’ll find apartments with

between one and three bedrooms and large penthouse suites. Villas are predominantly in Mushrif and Al Bateen, while a few are located around the Corniche area and Khalifa City A and B. All villas enjoy a private backyard and a minimum of three bedrooms – which is ideal for families. The majority of apartments are on the market leasehold while villas are mostly freehold; however, it depends on the area, as there are exceptions to the rule. Whether you’re looking to rent or buy, prices are very competitive. one bedroom apartments lease from AED80,000 and sell from AED1.2million; two-bedroom apartments are on the market from AED120,000 and AED1.45million, respectively; meanwhile, three-beds lease from AED130,000 and sell from AED2million. Find out more by calling Better Homes’ Abu Dhabi Manager Nada Jaouhar on 04 306 8833 or by visiting the office in Al Zeina.


Homes to view Far-reaching views make these apartments a must-see For sale Marina Heights II has been designed to cater to the high demand from both investors and first homeowners for studio and one-bedroom apartments in Abu Dhabi. As the central residence in the Marina Square development it features the largest swimming pool and leisure area and the building is expected to enjoy a vibrant community feel. This one-bedroom apartment has an extensive living and dining room, an open-plan kitchen, a large en-suite bedroom and a guest WC, all designed to high standards, with marble throughout and mahogany wardrobes and kitchen units. Large windows and a private balcony soak up far-reaching views over Al Reem Island. This property is ideal for investors and is currently rented at AED85,000 until August 2015.

Need to know Where? Al Reem Island What? One-bedroom apartment Size? 872 square feet Cost? AED1.25million Best for? Investors Like what you see? Call Better Homes consultant Maria Eduarda Silveira on 04 306 8833 with reference code AP332272

For rent This luxurious apartment spans a full floor of Al Manara Tower by the beautiful Al Bandar marina. A private lift takes you up to a spacious, whitemarble living room with floor-to-ceiling windows showing off stunning views of the marina. This room opens into a large, fully glazed dining/ kitchen/family room that boasts panoramic views of the turquoise sea and the islands beyond. All the bedrooms are en-suite with great views from different aspects. Feel really pampered in the master bedroom’s en-suite bathroom, where the bath is positioned by a full-height window overlooking the sea. The apartment also has a separate maid’s room and laundry rooms.

Need to know Where? Al Bandar, Al Raha Beach What? Four-bedroom apartment Size? 4,058 square feet Cost? AED450,000 Best for? Affluent families Like what you see? Call Better Homes consultant Maria Eduarda Silveira on 04 306 8833 with reference code AP326725

Jan-Mar 2015


Abu Dhabi District for sale You’ll find beautiful villas, spacious townhouses and landmark residential towers with stunning sea views in Abu Dhabi. It’s the perfect place for singles, professionals and families alike, with a choice of malls, fine dining, entertainment and schools.

Marina Royal Marina Village Exclusive residence Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # VI308436)

AED 650,000 4 BR 6,014 sq. ft.

RM Villa Al Nahyan

AED 250,000 3 BR 3,000 sq. ft.

Privileged location Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # VI330517)

Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid at WTC Corniche Area

AED 298,000 4 BR 2,851 sq. ft.

Privileged location Better Homes Abu Dhabi (Ref # AP331856)

Bateen Villa Al Bateen A stunning family home Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # VI329164)

AED 230,000 5 BR 4,000 sq. ft.

Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid at WTC Corniche Area Privileged location Better Homes Abu Dhabi (Ref # AP331855)

AED 234,725 3 BR 2,217 sq. ft.


Saadiyat Island Sale Live a luxurious island lifestyle on Saadiyat, a low-lying community sprawled across a scenic archipelago 500 metres from Abu Dhabi Island. Enjoy stunning sea views and premier facilities at the island’s five-star hotels, spas and restaurants.

Saadiyat Beach Saadiyat Island A prestigious address Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # VI330638)

St. Regis Building 6 Saadiyat Island

AED 13,800,000 5 BR 8,051 sq. ft.

Saadiyat Beach Saadiyat Island

AED 24,000,000 6 BR 12,217 sq. ft.

Strategic location Marie DeGuiche (Ref # VI326789)

AED 2,400,000 1 BR 1,302 sq. ft.

5 Star hotel living with everything you need Cheffie Melhem (Ref # AP308313)

Jan-Mar 2015


Al Raha Beach for sale Built alongside 5.2 million square metres of natural beachfront on the mainland, Al Raha Beach is a beautiful and highly sought-after location. Stunning coastal views can be enjoyed from luxurious residences in any one of the area’s 11 ‘precincts’.

Al Naseem A Al Raha Beach Amazing value Wissam Al Hamoud (Ref # AP332243)

AED 4,300,000 3 BR 2,518 sq. ft.

Al Muneera Al Raha Beach

AED 1,500,000 1 BR 859 sq. ft.

Assured rental income Marie DeGuiche (Ref # AP332221)

Al Zeina Al Raha Beach

AED 2,000,000 2 BR 1,407 sq. ft.

An investor’s dream Marie DeGuiche (Ref # AP332219)

Al Muneera Al Raha Beach

AED 2,750,000 3 BR 1,722 sq. ft.

A desirable address Jorim Omollo Amadi (Ref # AP332141)

Al Zeina Al Raha Beach A stunning family home Imran Ellam (Ref # AP328653)

AED 2,999,000 2 BR 1,577 sq. ft.

Al Naseem C Al Raha Beach A prestigious address Cheffie Melhem (Ref # AP331368)

AED 2,800,000 2 BR 1,330 sq. ft.


Al Raha Beach for sale


Al Naseem A Al Raha Beach

AED 2,300,000 2 BR 1,624 sq. ft.

Visit and type in the reference number to find out more

Ready to move in Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # AP331137)

Al Naseem C Al Raha Beach

AED 3,800,000 2 BR 2,594 sq. ft.

Luxurious penthouse Cheffie Melhem (Ref # AP331231)

Al Muneera Al Raha Beach Attractive investment opportunity Mirza Abdul Qayyum (Ref # AP306637)

Al Zeina Al Raha Beach

AED 4,050,000 4 BR 3,239 sq. ft.

An investor’s dream Cheffie Melhem (Ref # AP324827)

AED 1,400,000 1 BR 859 sq. ft.

Al Naseem B Al Raha Beach

AED 2,400,000 2 BR 1,011 sq. ft.

Prestigious urban development Mirza Abdul Qayyum (Ref # AP332524)

Jan-Mar 2015


Al Raha Beach for rent

Al Muneera Al Raha Beach

AED 125,000 1 BR 855 sq. ft.

Fully furnished with style and class Marie DeGuiche (Ref # AP323364)

Al Manara Al Raha Beach Understated luxury Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # AP326725)

Al Naseem B Al Raha Beach A prestigious address Marie DeGuiche (Ref # AP332170)

AED 450,000 4 BR 4,058 sq. ft.

Al Muneera Al Raha Beach

AED 180,000 2 BR 1,539 sq. ft.

Enchanting sea views Marie DeGuiche (Ref # AP323430)

AED 135,000 1 BR 892 sq. ft.


Al Reef Sale This is a lovely family-focussed community that’s centrally located, near to Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi International Airport and Yas Island. You’ll find affordable property in a range of distinct styles, with facilities and amenities close to hand.

Mediterranean Community Al Reef Relaxed ambience Marie DeGuiche (Ref # TH325548)

AED 3,000,000 5 BR 3,749 sq. ft.

Arabic Community Al Reef

AED 2,700,000 4 BR 2,858 sq. ft.

A stunning family home Imran Ellam (Ref # TH314859)

Desert Community Al Reef

AED 3,000,000 5 BR 3,749 sq. ft.

Excellent value Wissam Al Hamoud (Ref # TH297114)

Desert Community Al Reef

AED 1,550,000 2 BR 1,832 sq. ft.

Relaxed ambience Imran Ellam (Ref # TH295322)

Building 19 Al Reef Exceptional deal Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # AP329234)

AED 1,500,000 3 BR 1,658 sq. ft.

Desert Community Al Reef

AED 1,550,000 2 BR 1,832 sq. ft.

Relaxed ambience Imran Ellam (Ref # TH295314)

Jan-Mar 2015


Al Reem Island for sale Al Reem is a landmark development, being one of the first free zones in Abu Dhabi where foreign nationals can buy property as leasehold. It’s fast becoming a popular place to live, with iconic skyscrapers, a convenient location and far-reaching views.

Amaya Towers Al Reem Island A prestigious address Marie DeGuiche (Ref # AP332266)

AED 2,070,000 2 BR 1,507 sq. ft.

Beach Towers Al Reem Island

AED 4,123,500 4 BR 2,749 sq. ft.

Spacious with great finishes Cheffie Melhem (Ref # AP331955)

Hydra Avenue Tower E Al Reem Island

AED 1,047,000 Studio 798 sq. ft.

Excellent value Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # AP331246)

Tala Tower Al Reem Island

AED 3,084,000 3 BR 2,056 sq. ft.

Affordable luxury Marie DeGuiche (Ref # AP331113)

Marina Heights I Al Reem Island Competitive price Mirza Abdul Qayyum (Ref # AP331270)

AED 1,900,000 2 BR 1,335 sq. ft.

The Gate Tower Al Reem Island Privileged location Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # AP324966)

AED 2,485,000 3 BR 1,542 sq. ft.


Al Reem Island for sale


Beach Towers Al Reem Island

AED 1,450,000 1 BR 943 sq. ft.

Call Better Homes on 04 306 8833 and talk to an agent

Spacious with great finishes Cheffie Melhem (Ref # AP324122)

Oceanscape Al Reem Island

AED 1,350,000 1 BR 1,025 sq. ft.

5 Star hotel living with everything you need Thomas Peter Willams (Ref # AP319776)

Marina Heights I Al Reem Island A desirable address Wissam Al Hamoud (Ref # AP304498)

Al Maha Tower Al Reem Island

AED 1,475,000 1 BR 880 sq. ft.

An investor’s dream Cheffie Melhem (Ref # AP316607)

AED 2,000,000 2 BR 1,335 sq. ft.

Sky Tower Al Reem Island

AED 2,600,000 2 BR 1,338 sq. ft.

Amazing capital growth Cheffie Melhem (Ref # APM79151)

Jan-Mar 2015


Al Reem Island for rent

Tala Tower Al Reem Island

AED 175,000 1 BR 936 sq. ft.

Central and prestigious location Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # AP320111)

Sky Tower Al Reem Island Exceptional deal Jorim Omollo Amadi (Ref # AP331234)

Tala Tower Al Reem Island

AED 275,000 3 BR 2,056 sq. ft.

A prestigious address Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # AP329148)

AED 150,000 2 BR 1,338 sq. ft.

Beach Towers Al Reem Island

AED 160,000 2 BR 1,799 sq. ft.

Scenic water view Marie DeGuiche (Ref # AP322985)

Ocean Terrace Residence Al Reem Island

AED 190,000 3 BR 2,121 sq. ft.

Spacious with great finishes Cheffie Melhem (Ref # AP321078)

Ask the agent Mirza Abdul, residential consultant, Abu Dhabi office Al Reem Island is a residential, commercial and business project situated within a natural island 600 metres off the coast of Abu Dhabi. Work on the ambitious Al Reem Island project started in 2006 and it continues to bring to life its part of the vision of Abu Dhabi 2030. It will accommodate a total builtup area of 215 million square feet and will be home to approximately 200,000 residents once complete. The project has gained international interest as one of the first free zones in Abu Dhabi, where foreign nationals can buy property as

leasehold. Home to beautiful beaches, villas, apartments, a wide range of facilities and amenities plus the Paris Sorbonne University, it has something for everyone. You’ll find banks, coffee shops, restaurants and grocery stores and a mix of modern residential living areas and commercial developments. It’s ideally located, too, being a five-minute drive from Abu Dhabi Downtown and 10 minutes away from Sheikh Khalifa Highway. The location has proved to be an important link between the old and the new aspects of Abu Dhabi.


Other communities House hunters should look at our pick of properties across the city, where schools, shops, malls and sea views are never far away. For more information or to find more homes for sale and rent go to or talk to an agent on 600 52 2212. FOR SALE

Townhouse Hydra Village

AED 1,250,000 2 BR 1,885 sq. ft.

Amazing value Cheffie Melhem (Ref # TH324743)


Bawabat Al Sharq Bani Yas

AED 240,000 5 BR 4,571 sq. ft.

A place to call home Mirza Abdul Qayyum (Ref # VI331718)


The Fountain Villa Khalifa A

AED 350,000 4 BR 5,000 sq. ft.

Understated luxury Cheffie Melhem (Ref # VI318347)


KKS Villa Khalifa A

AED 230,000 5 BR 7,000 sq. ft.

A place to call home Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # VI307800)

Ask the agent Wissam Al Hamoud, residential and commercial leasing consultant, Abu Dhabi office The Corniche is a long road that extends almost nine kilometres running parallel to a lengthy stretch of beach. It is quite a popular attraction in Abu Dhabi and has become a tourist location for quality leisure and recreation, with several lush green gardens running along the road and fountains strategically placed at every intersection of the Corniche’s walkways and entrances. It’s also a signature destination for many high-profile entertainment and sporting events like the free Yasalam concerts, part of the Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

that runs from October to November every year, the World of Music, Art and Dance (WOMAD) and Volvo Ocean Race. With the modern buildings facing the sea in the background, it is one of the most beautiful places in Abu Dhabi. The other side of the Corniche road is famous for five-star hotels, restaurants and high-rise buildings and it is a premium housing location in the capital, offering luxurious apartments for residents. Nearby, shopaholics can roam around Marina Mall and premium supermarket brands such a Carrefour, Spinneys and Abela. Jan-Mar 2015



Editor’s pick

An elegant addition to the city While we’ve been caught up in the excitement surrounding the recent opening of Yas Mall, it’s not been the only location to welcome new residents. A long-term favourite amongst fashionable shoppers in Dubai and Sharjah, Al Huzaifa Furniture recently moved into a plush new showroom in the Abu Dhabi Plaza on Hamdan Street with a unique collection of furniture designed to incorporate modernity, elegance and class. The company draws

upon a century-old lineage in the craft of fine furniture, mixed with an astute sense of fashion for the luxury market in the UAE. Its aesthetic sensibilities range from classic to contemporary, comfortable to flamboyant. The luxurious Maraya sideboard, pictured, with its classic lines and shades of champagne, caught my eye as an elegant addition to a living room, hallway or capacious entrance. While it exudes elegance and vintage glamour,

it’s priced competitively at AED8,150. Opening the showroom, general manager Mr Walid Saad said: “We are extremely delighted in announcing the extension of our luxurious brand to the nation’s capital. Through the years, we’ve always tried to maintain a balance between quality and pricing. This has ensured that we enjoy lasting loyalty, not just in Dubai and Sharjah but also in our nation’s capital.”



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