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SPRING WATCH Refreshing trends for SS15

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You know an event has staying power when it continues to reign in the dynamic landscape of Dubai as the MENA region’s largest and preferred B2B design event for more than two decades. This year’s edition of INDEX International Design Exhibition pays tribute to 25 years of INDEX as the premier sourcing platform and networking event for the architecture, interior design, retail and interior fit-out industries. Held from 18-21 May 2015, at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) and organised by dmg events Middle East, INDEX runs for four days and occupies Halls 1-8 and Za’abeel Halls 1-3 of the venue. INDEX is dedicated to supplying the best design products and services to the region’s architecture and design community, meeting the growing regional demand for international, regional and local B2B interiors, which continues to be a huge success. INDEX targets a visitor audience of architects, interior designers, distributors, contractors, specifiers, CEO’s, engineers, managers, partners, project leaders, hospitality professionals and various design industry professionals from both the UAE and surrounding Gulf countries, with over 750 exhibitors spanning the interiors and construction industry including furnishings, furniture, kitchen & bathroom, lighting, accessories, retail, outdoor living, textiles. Exhibiting companies you can expect to meet at the event includes: BOLD Bespoke Design, Aggio Light, Prime Selected Products (PSP), Riflessi, Green Curve Interiors, Fly Vision, designlab, Maher Mouhajer, CASAPRESTIGE, beyondlines Interiors, DV Home Collection, Fiore Rossetto, ALGEDRA Interior Design Consultancy, among many.

exhibitions. ‘Fresh’ is the latest student and recent graduate gateway to potential employers and INDEX exhibition customers, where visitors and customers can view prototypes of their works. Across INDEX and workspace at INDEX, innovative and trend savvy design experts are our new ‘Style Guides’ who are each given a Pinterest board to curate leading up to the exhibitions with ‘not to be missed’ exhibitor products. These can then be found by taking a selfguided Trend Tour around the exhibition floors.

The show is designed to showcase not only the latest and most innovative interior solutions and exhibiting brands, it also intends to stimulate thought and debate and to recognise and reward creativity with onsite features and events including the esteemed Design Talks seminars which draws an international speaker line up, and the popular Contemporary Majlis Design Competition where four of the best designers create their version of a traditional Arabic seating area, or ‘Majlis’ which plays a significant role in Arabic culture and heritage.

For the art and design lovers, the Artists’ Avenue and Live Art features are back! Artists’ Avenue showcases exceptional art from regional and international artists and galleries, and Live Art takes on a different approach, where you can watch crowd pulling performance Art in which huge 9m x 3m murals emerge to create truly unique and striking art installations at INDEX. The Silk Road in Za’abeel Hall 1 is the newest art feature to shake things up. All artworks in the Silk Road have been awarded the honor of ‘intangible cultural heritage’ and this will be their first time to land in the Middle East, with INDEX being the stage for cultural and economic exchange, as well as cooperation between China and UAE.

The Student Design Challenge at INDEX, in association with Tasmena and ISG is well underway with each creation displayed and judged onsite, offering upcoming talent support, and allowing young designers their chance to steal the spotlight. As INDEX gears up for its 25th year anniversary, set to be a bumper edition, new and exciting features have been introduced onsite at both

One of the most rewarding experiences for architectural and interior design practices is taking part in the fourth annual Middle East Interior Design and Architecture Awards (MEIDAA), hosted offsite during an evening ceremony at a unique venue. MEIDAA recognises and rewards excellence across design projects in the MENA region and gathers the industry elite for a high profile networking event. The awards are open to all Interior Designers, Interior Architects, and Architects for design projects located in the Middle East and North Africa, celebrating the best design projects being delivered today. The awards are divided into 19 categories covering the entire spectrum of architecture and design projects across the residential, commercial, retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors. MEIDAA is an ideal way to raise your profile among industry peers and major decision makers in the Middle East interiors, design and architecture industry. Bruno Guélaff of Studio Bruno Guélaff, one of the 2014 Awards entrants, believes that the Awards hold great value within the industry. “It was an honour to have been acknowledged by members of our profession for the design work achieved with the recently completed Arteco Ceramics Showroom. I am overjoyed to have won the best retail category and look forward to sharing future projects” said Guélaff.

Best of Competition - Qbara Copia Communications/Studio Glitt, MEIDAA 2014

Retail Winner - Arteco Ceramics Studio Bruno Guélaff, MEIDAA 2014

On top of having world-class brands and exhibiting companies, with exciting features, events and competitions taking place at various locations both on and offsite, dmg events has even more to offer this year. Impressively, the global event organiser not only occupies the whole DWTC venue for four days, running alongside other exhibitions – FM Expo, Middle East Waste and Recycling, Commercial Cleaning and Hygiene and Middle East Stone, it has a brand new event launching this year - Middle East Covering. Middle East Covering was created as a result of the overwhelming success of the Surfaces and Finishes sector at INDEX and is now located in Sheikh Saeed Hall to accommodate the huge growth in exhibitors. Middle East Covering is the only dedicated event to coverings, floorings and surfaces in the Middle East & North Africa and has its very own onsite features and events programme. INDEX will be open to both trade visitors and the general public. Entry is free with a valid industry business card and general public can pay on entry. Online pre-registration is now open, where you can also find out if you are eligible for the Design Buyers’ Club, a programme available at both exhibitions designed to support the region’s most serious buyers, at www.indexexhibition.com and www.workspace-index.com. Registration gains entrance to all aforementioned exhibitions.


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Welcome While I deliver my last editor’s letter for Better Homes Magazine with a little tear in my eye, this month’s issue is certainly one of the best since my first, back in 2013. Not only have we brought you a roundup of d3’s first-ever public event, an insightful introduction of what’s to come at Dubai Design District, but we reveal the fresh trends for S/S15 and the latest bathroom innovations, find out how Islamic geometric design has embraced the 21st century, and enter a home on The Palm full of high-tech audio. If you fancy moving to Palm Jumeirah, check out our comprehensive listings of the best homes for sale and rent on the beautiful isle, from page 62. Investors reading this should take a look at our Property Management feature, too, where all your questions as a landlord are answered by our expert. As I follow my new venture, I encourage you to start the summer with your own exciting exploits – be it a new addition to your property portfolio, moving house, or a stylish revamp of your interior décor, fresh for the new season ahead.

Managing Director Victoria Thatcher Editorial Director John Thatcher Editor Eleanor Joslin Senior Designer Andy Knappett Designer Emi Dixon Production Manager Chalitha Fernando Senior Advertising Manager Shweta Praful To contact any of the above people, email firstname@ hotmediapublishing.com Photography Simran Puri, info@freelancephotography dubai.com

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Home 14. The Design Digest

30. Meet d3

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

Highlights of Dubai Design District’s first public event

16. One to Watch

32. High-Tech Home

Fab Finnish prints from Marimekko have arrived

How technology enhances this apartment on The Palm

20. My Style

38. Bathroom Trend Report

The MD of Royal Class Events entertains at home

The innovations turning bathrooms into sanctuaries

24. Spring Watch

42. Ask the Expert

It’s time to freshen up for SS15 with these hot trends

How to use florals, the best spring looks and hiding TVs

28. Designer Spotlight

44. A Tantalising Trio

How IT has brought Islamic geometric design to the 21stC

These three recipes are easy to make and delicious

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49. Property of the Month

58. Move to the Marina

This four-bed villa in Barsha is perfect for families

Soak up stunning views from these Dubai Marina homes

50. Property Management

60. Go Downtown

Better Homes’ property expert answers landlords’ FAQs

Live amongst the icons of Dubai in these apartments

53. Homes to View

65. Ask the Agent

Head to The Villa Project and Jumeirah Heights

Find out why rentals have kept at the same level in JLT

54. On the Map

70. Spoiled for Choice

Find your way around Dubai with our colour-coded map

There’s a wide range of homes on offer in Dubailand

56. Property Listings

80. Editor’s Pick

Your comprehensive guide to the best homes across the city

Why we’re sitting pretty in this plush velvet chair

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It’s a jungle out there Safari style and hot tropics are invigorating our homes for spring/ summer 2015. Release your inner Tarzan with the sophisticated safari collections from your favourite stores, such as Zara Home (pictured), Indigo Living, Flamant and Aati. Brown and white chevrons, zebra prints, lush green palm leaves and rustic woods merge together to create a sense of adventure. Combine with crisp whites, fretwork and metallic elements to keep it sophisticated.

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

Eth Allen’s Ethan first boutique fir Th Californian homeThe fashion export has fa launched its very first la boutique in The Dubai b Mall, M transforming the former showroom into fo a destination for home solutions, accessories sol and decorative elements. ethanallen.com ethana

Calling all UAE designers After its success at Design Days Dubai last month, Tashkeel is calling for UAE-based designers, rs, makers and artisans to join the third edition of its Design Programme, starting May 2015. The lucky candidates can expect to follow in the footsteps of last year’s designers, who showcased their unique work k at this year’s Design Days Dubai, including a camel-leather hand-stitched hammock, levitating insects made from palm fronds, and dhow-boat-inspired furniture. Finalproject products are then sold via Tashkeel’s new label Tanween. For more information, email khalid_mezaina@ tashkeel.org with ‘Design Programme’ as the subject.

G a couple Got l d days holiday h lid to take? k ?H Head to Milan. The renowned Salone Internazionale del Mobile is back, between April 14 and 19, with all the top names in design showcasing new collections that will set the trends for the coming year.

A Typo that we like Not a mistake in our copy – heaven forbid! – Typo has joined the eclectic offerings at Box Park, Al Wasl Road. This is the second store in Dubai for the Aussie gift and stationary store, which has recently launched a homeware collection, too. This includes printed cushions, colourful throws, hand-woven wall hangings, droplights, and ceramic crockery – not to mention fashion-forward stationary. facebook.com/ typoshop

CRAFT COOL Nada Debs was in town last month championing ‘craft cool’, a term she’s coined to promote the craftsmanship that goes into to the making of her products. She’s e’s also launched her new Geometrik rik and Vintage accessory collections, with geometryinspired trays finished with Formica rmica (how retro?), hexagonal book stoppers and wooden ooden cheese boards with a pop of colour. nadadebs.com


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Sumatra brown laundry basket, AED649, Indigo Living

Kanaya magazine rack, AED3,152, Cities

Inject your home with fashionable updates from Indigo Living’s new spring/summer range, abloom with a selection of styles to suit every taste. Signature looks for S/S15 include the ‘Left Bank’ Parisian cool of mixed metals, a fusion of old and new in its Modern Chinoiserie setting, plus European Living, with pared-back furniture in muted tones and minimal textures. The season’s brightest look is Tropics, with pops of lime green and turquoise, botanical prints, bamboo and rattan furniture, and jungle-themed prints that

add humour to your walls. Alternatively, opt for the relaxed elegance of a Hamptonsstyle living room. Recreate East Coast comfort with oversized sofas, coffee tables crafted from untreated wood, and casual occasional chairs made from wicker or upholstered in linen. Add colour with blue and green coastal-themed accessories. If you need help choosing the right style for your home, or mixing themes to create your own unique look, book a free one-hour consultation with one of Indigo Living’s interior design consultants.

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Rupa Brunton The managing director at Royal Class Events reveals how she entertains at home and how spirituality influences her dĂŠcor.

Where do you live? I have lived in Dubai for eight years and last year moved to a twobedroom apartment in Tecom, to be close to my friends. It’s a quiet and friendly neighbourhood and I have a great view of The Palm and Atlantis from the balcony and living room.

How would you sum up your home style? My home represents my spiritual side. I like a calm atmosphere with candles and Buddhas. My home is where I can switch off and be in my own element.

How do you inject your personality into your dĂŠcor? Through my art and family photos and things that mean something to me. Everything I have on display has a meaning behind it; either someone has given it to me as a special gift or it represents a certain time in my life.

Where do you shop? Most of my things are from my travels or they are gifts – I rarely buy things

locally. I have bought paintings, ornaments and decorations from India, Egypt, Canada, America, plus countries in Europe and the Middle East.

Which items are special to you? There’s a handmade painting in my bedroom that folds out into four pieces. It’s a painting of Ganesha and represents my religion, the God of Wisdom, knowledge, new beginnings and the Lord of Good Fortune.

Which item is your favourite? I have a lot of Buddhas but the Buddha head on the windowsill in my living room is special to me, and the Buddha statue in the entrance hall. The Buddha head was a gift from my brother and his girlfriend from Thailand because the Buddha represents new teachings, and they gave it to me when I launched my events company, Royal Class Events. The statue by the entrance means so much because it is covered in gold leaf and in India it symbolises respect when you welcome someone into your home. I would say I am quite a spiritual person so I like having this spiritual leader in my home.

Does your job help you to hold memorable events at home? Yes, through Royal Class Events I have organised a number of special occasions at people’s homes, like Diwali and the

festive period, which are important occasions for me to celebrate at home. I have a skill for styling; I can make VRPHWKLQJVLPSOHOLNHDQDUWLĂ€FLDO festive tree look luxurious and elegant with the right decorations because I have an eye for the details. I also like to throw dinner parties for close friends and clients, and I am able to decorate the table with nice linens and crockery, and the dining room with the right Ă RUDOGLVSOD\VDQGFDQGOHVWRFUHDWH a comfortable ambience for dinner. royalclassevents.com


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Spring Watch It’s time to freshen up for spring/summer with these hot looks for the home

Hampton chic: As the mercury rises we’d all love to escape to a lush green hideaway at The Hamptons. Bring that sense of peace and seclusion into your home with neutral colours, sumptuous soft furnishings, wooden floors and leafy houseplants. Woven rugs underfoot, charming wicker baskets, simple Shakerstyle cabinets and a leather Chesterfield armchair will have you feeling cosy and content.


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Rose-blush copper: little accessories and details in rosy copper will add warmth to your home while looking sophisticated and feminine. Pair with blonde or untreated woods for a tactile contrast of shiny and matte materials.

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Zara Home summer 2015

Ahoy there! Crisp whites and a splash of sea blue is a perfect palette for life by the coast. For kids’ rooms, make the coastal trend cute and fun with an array of illustrated motifs, including whales, seashells, anchors and boats.

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Forest green: connect with nature with the rich tones of leafy forest green. This bold colour makes an elegant statement on a feature wall, and creates alluring accents when dappled across glassware, tabletop accessories, cushions and rugs.

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Designer spotlight How did you bring this breakthrough to the consumer?

How an IT breakthrough changed the surface of Islamic geometric design

Molina: We knew no one would appreciate drawings on a computer so we formed a design consultancy to help architects and designers implement these patterns in their own projects. They have been very impressed; one renowned architect told us: “Now I realise that I have only been scratching the surface of Islamic geometric design.”

Eric, you have studied the art form for years. How has this technology impacted Islamic geometric design? Broug: Nomad Inception has created something unique; not just in the result but also in the process. In the history of Islamic art and architecture, there are many examples of floors with geometrical patterns, but these are mostly made in stone. The challenge with wooden floors is that you can typically see where segments of the floor are joined. Nomad Inception’s technical innovation – to find out how to create shapes that can be assembled with invisible joins – is exceptionally clever and accomplished.

You are now working with Nomad Inception as an associate designer. What new possibilities are you excited about working with them on?

Nomad Inception is revolutionising the iconic features of Islamic decorative art and architecture, changing the once limited selection of patterns available to this ancient art form into infinite possibilities, thanks to a modern-day solution: computer-aided design. BH talks to Sharjah-based co-founder Julian Eduardo Molina and the internationally renowned Islamic geometric designer and author Eric Broug about the breakthrough.

cutting thumbnail-sized zellige tiles with a little hammer and chisel as they did in the 8th century. Because of our IT background, we started thinking how this art form could evolve with modern technology. Eventually, we had a breakthrough – we created a computer system that was able to design patterns much larger and complex than had ever been possible before.

What did this mean? How did Nomad Inception materialise? Molina: My brother and I come from the IT world, developing complex systems for banks, but we were also interested in Islamic design. We travelled the world finding out more about its history and how it’s being implemented today – and we found out it’s an age-old tradition that hasn’t changed much. Moroccans are still

Molina: It marked a real turning point and we knew we had something important that would mark a transcendence in the history of this form of art, where the last original composition was created centuries ago. By hand, you can only design one ‘unit’ and then repeat this across a surface. However, computers can create much larger and complex patterns.

Broug: On one of my most recent trips to Dubai we talked about using high quality plaster (gypsum) to present Islamic geometric design in a contemporary way. Like wood, Islamic craftsmen have used plaster for centuries. Nowadays, production techniques and better quality plaster makes it possible to execute ideas and visual effects that might have been difficult to achieve in the past. The durability of the plaster that Nomad Inception uses means that it can also be used in exterior settings in the Gulf. This offers really exciting opportunities. Together, we will create an art installation using this plaster for one of the design festivals in the Gulf.

What’s the best factor of this technology? Broug: The great thing about working with Nomad Inception is that they have the technological skill and problemsolving abilities to execute my ideas, so I can focus on the creative aspects and I don’t have to worry about how to achieve them. nomadinception.com


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Fashion, design and hospitality collide in a sneak preview of d3 offerings

Just after we’ve caught our breath chasing all the exhibitions put on by Design Days and Art Week, up pops another event to get us going again. If you’re curious about what will be behind the huge billboard fronting the building site of Dubai Design District (d3), the Meet d3 event at the start of the month promised to whet our appetites. d3’s first public event gave a compelling insight into what we can expect the district to offer. Across three days, a mix of local, regional and international designers, artists, musicians, concept retailers and unique dining experiences put on performances, showcased creative designs, flaunted new fashions and wowed the crowd with workshops at the developing d3 venue. Here are our highlights of the Meet‌

Czech glass and lighting specialists Lasvit taught visitors a thing or two about glassblowing, turning raw glass into beautiful bespoke lighting elements. I had a special masterclass with Lasvit CEO Leon Jakimic who revealed what made Lasvit’s lighting VRVSHFLDO´:HKDYHÀYHSULQFLSOHV WKDWDUHNH\WRRXUZRUN²ÀUVWDQG foremost it’s our glass, sourced from our own region, Bohemia, plus technology, poetry, design and craftsmanship. Craftsmanship is very important because our designs are so challenging DQGGLIÀFXOWWRPDNHVRWKH\FDQQHYHU be replicated. They are more like art sculptures than lighting designs.�

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Local designer Khalid Shafar VKRZFDVHGKLVVLWHVSHFLĂ€FVHDWLQJ installation, City’s, specially commissioned for the event. He’s well known for his designs that are inspired by the region and its cultural traditions, such as his Illusion Pearl chair for Carwan Gallery, Headless Horse cabinet for Moissonnier, and The Palm tables topped with mats weaved from palm fronds. One of my favourites spaces was the experiential dining concept from awardwinning restaurateur Mourad ‘MOMO’ Mazouz. Collaborating with pop artist +DVVDQ+DMMDMWKHGXRFUHDWHGDQ avant garde restaurant decorated in +DMMDM¡VWUDGHPDUNRIUHF\FOHGREMHFWV from North Africa and pop-culture references. The pop-up restaurant became a safari for the senses, and a feast for the eyes.

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HIGH TECH LIVING How music and creativity are unleashed in the Nassar household Words by Eleanor Joslin; photography by Simran Puri


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Bathroom Trend Report The latest innovations that are making this once-purely functional space the most attractive room in your house


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Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face it, bathrooms arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the most hygienic of rooms. But that could all change with a pioneering antibacterial surface new to the Middle East market. BH has championed the qualities of Cosentinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s specialist Silestone line â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the only antibacterial quartz surface available here â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for its use in kitchens, but it can also be used for bathroom surfaces, such as sinks, showers, bath VXUURXQGVDQGĂ RRULQJWRSURYLGHWKH most hygienic wash possible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is very hard to mould sinks with Silestone quartz, but our factories in Spain are able to â&#x20AC;&#x201C; nowhere else in the world can do this,â&#x20AC;? explains Ali Maarrawi, general manager for Cosentino in the Middle East. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made from stone it is very hardwearing, it does not scratch or stain. Its antibacterial qualities are unrivalled; bacteria are inhibited by the compressed non-porous surface and the particles of silver that have been integrated within the material. Because of its pioneering antibacterial qualities, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being used in many bathrooms all around the world and now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve brought it here to the Middle East.â&#x20AC;?

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t love the feeling of steam?â&#x20AC;? asks Kerrie Black, from BAGNODESIGN, upon unveiling the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new shower-to-steam conversion packages, from AED20,000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The power of steam magically relieves your tired muscles and hydrates your skin, and you can now savour that experience in the comfort of your own bathroom.â&#x20AC;? For the last 50 years, industry experts Steamists has worked alongside BAGNODESIGN to offer the very latest in spa design technology, with recent innovations allowing you to add the sensory experiences and WKHUDSHXWLFEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WVRIFKURPDWKHUDS\ aromatherapy and music for the ultimate spa-at-home experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All our steam room features can be controlled either using the Steamist app or the control panel in the steam room itself,â&#x20AC;? adds Black. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From anywhere, a simple touch manages your unique steam experience, and the app will conveniently remember your favourite settings, too.â&#x20AC;?

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Comfort and hygiene are fundamental aspects of bathroom trends for 2015,â&#x20AC;? say the experts at Villeroy & Boch. In recent years weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen a growing demand for a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;spa at homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; feel, with bathrooms transforming into personal health centres. For spring, Villeroy & Boch has launched a new collection of sanityware that is designed to selfclean with high-tech antibacterial technology. Add to this its new custom vanity units tailored to your preference, and you have a bathroom that functions entirely to your needs. The Legato Furniture Collection offers colour variations, compartmental storage, and DVOHHNFRQWHPSRUDU\GHVLJQWRĂ&#x20AC;WLQ with modern living.

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Take the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;indoor-outdoorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concept one step further with an open-air bathroom, where nature helps cleanses the soul. Abu Dhabiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s award-winning property Villa Jenelle, designed by familyrun business International House of Architecture, features an openair shower next to the conventional indoor master bathroom, giving the owners of the practice the choice to brave the elements, or not. If your home doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the privacy needed for such bold architectural design, instead position the bath next to a Ă RRUWRFHLOLQJZLQGRZJLYLQJ\RXWKH vantage of a great view with a degree of privacy. This is perfect for penthouse apartments in Dubai Marina, JBR or The Palm that face the sea, where neighbours canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a cheeky peek of your daily wash routine.

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Ask the design expert

This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resident expert NATALIYA YORDANOVA Design manager at IDdesign

What colours will freshen up my living room for spring/ summer? Rima Toya, Jumeirah

I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want a TV in my living room, what could be an alternative focal point? Gregg Timson, DIFC

There is a whole palette of colours that will work for the coming season, from jewel tones to foodie hints, ranging from cooler, softer tones, to warm accents. The overriding theme is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;en plein airâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (outdoors), taking its cue from Mother Nature. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the budget to go all out, simple changes like pillow covers, or buying new accessories to lift your existing colour theme, will work. The colours I would recommend for the season, and depending on taste, would include: aquamarine, scuba blue, lucite green, classic blue, toasted almond, strawberry ice, tangerine, custard, Marsala, and glacier grey. I would also recommend the use of bold prints and patterns, particularly if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re used sparingly as a focal point.

With most modern architecture today, living and dining rooms are merged together to create a family space, which always makes allowances IRUWKH798QOHVV\RXDUHĂ&#x20AC;UPO\ against televisions, the likelihood is that there will be one in your home. However, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be the focal point for your social space, and introducing an armoire or a cabinet to hide it means that you can keep it out of sight when you want peace and quiet. Look for something portable WKDWFDQĂ&#x20AC;WWKH79ZKLFKFDQWKHQEH moved or closed, or opt for an existing IXUQLWXUHVROXWLRQZKLFKFDPRXĂ DJHV the television, leaving you with a beautiful piece of furniture instead of DEODQNĂ DWVFUHHQ


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Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve noticed thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big trend for florals. How can I feature this effectively at home? Sandy Becks, Motor City

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with block colour, and look amazing when set against monotones. Florals can become overpowering, so if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sharing the space with someone else you should be careful of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;too muchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. On the other hand, they can spruce up a room, and certainly inject a splash of colour and energy to a space.

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A TANTALISING TRIO TO TRY AT HOME Tickle your taste buds with these three recipes from Delphine Restaurant & Bar

Ahi Tuna 300g fresh tuna steak 30g olive oil 1/2 lime, juiced 1 tsp sesame oil 2.5 tsp soy sauce Pinch of kosher salt Pinch of freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp minced shallot 2 ripe avocados 1/2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds Coriander cress, to garnish Chilli, to garnish

Make the dressing by combining the olive oil, lime juice, soy sauce, sesame oil and seeds, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Cut the tuna into quarter-inch cubes and add to the dressing. Cut the avocado into quarter-inch cubes and mix with the shallots in a separate bowl. Rest both mixtures in the refrigerator for at least one hour. To serve, mould the avocado mix into a rectangle on the plate. Then mould the tuna brunoise into a smaller rectangle on top. Garnish with coriander cress and fresh chilli julienne.


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Roasted lamb rack with cherry tomatoes and smoked eggplant puree ROASTED LAMB

1 quality six-bone rack of lamb Drizzle of olive oil 2 handfuls cherry tomatoes 1 small handful garlic cloves Pinch of sea salt Pinch of freshly ground black pepper A few sprigs rosemary EGGPLANT PUREE

Two eggplants Dash of lemon juice 1 garlic clove 1/2 cup yoghurt

Preheat the oven to 190째C. Put a large frying pan on the hob on high heat, add a slug of olive oil and sear the lamb until golden.

eggplant in half lengthways, then grill for 25 minutes, turning occasionally until the flesh is soft. Lift the eggplant off the grill and leave to cool slightly.

Stir in the tomatoes with salt, pepper, rosemary sprigs and the garlic cloves. Then drizzle a little olive oil and place in a roasting tin. Depending on the size of the racks, the lamb will take somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes to cook, but will still be pink in the middle (add five to 10 minutes if you like your meat well done).

Scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Tip into a blender and blitz until you get a thick puree. Mix in the lemon juice and garlic. Add the yogurt and season. Serve while still warm.

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Almond cake with cherry sorbet ALMOND CAKE

170g almond paste 170g butter 150g sugar 1 vanilla pod 3 eggs 128g flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 155g sour cream CHERRY SORBET

4 cups pitted sour or sweet cherries 1 cup water 2-4 tbsp confectioners sugar or superfine sugar

For the almond cake, mix the almond paste with butter, sugar and vanilla until soft; slowly add the eggs one by one and fold into the mixture; then add all the dried ingredients. Then add the sour cream to the mixture. Bake at 160째C for 15 minutes. For the cherry sorbet, puree the cherries, water and sugar (to taste) in a blender until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Process in an ice-cream maker until firm and slushy. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze until ready to serve. Serve the almond cake with fresh berries, a good dollop of cream and the cherry sorbet.


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Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s encouragement to eat healthy after the Easter chocs have gone

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master bathroom has a Jacuzzi tub and shower, the spacious living room comes with a large television, and the downstairs kitchen comes equipped with a cooker while the en-suite maid’s room is adjacent. There is an additional, smaller kitchen upstairs. The villa boasts panoramic windows upstairs for natural sunlight to stream in. Outside, the garden is landscaped with a private swimming pool and a children’s pool, with garden and pool maintenance taken care of twice a week.

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Property Management

Are you a landlord with a question? Zubin Firozi, head of property management at Better Homes, has the solution to every problem Why do I need to pay for property management services? In the UAE and around the world, most property companies charge a fee to would-be renters looking for the right home, and they expect a professional service in return. Property Management is no different; the fee UHĂ HFWVWKHXQLW¡VPDQDJHPHQWDQG respective services provided by the team in charge. Units with professional management are intended to remain in their best condition for the long term, EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WWLQJERWKWKHODQGORUGDQGWKH tenant. How does Better Homes differ from other real estate companies? We have over 20 years of hands-on experience managing real estate in Dubai, and during this time our processes and procedures have been streamlined to ensure they put the ODQGORUGDQGXQLWĂ&#x20AC;UVWZKLOHDOVR ensuring the tenant experiences the best service possible. What options do I have if I want to lease my property with Better Homes rather than have it managed? Lease OnlyLVSXUHO\DÂśWHQDQWĂ&#x20AC;QG VHUYLFH¡LQWKDWLWSURYLGHVDVHUYLFH

that markets the unit, introduces a tenant and arranges a tenancy contract; the rest of the work is the responsibility of the landlord. The landlord manages his own unit whether they are based in or out of Dubai. Lease Management provides a smaller scope of services than a full property management service but includes handover, inspections, departure and recommendations for security deposit deductions; renewal and registration of tenancy also form a part of this and many other lease management services. What is a petty cash fund? $SHWW\FDVKĂ RDWLVFROOHFWHGDQG maintained on behalf of the landlord by a member of our team to cover an emergency maintenance issue or for ongoing preventative maintenance repairs. Maintenance issues include: ÂśPDMRUPDLQWHQDQFH¡ZKLFKLVWKH responsibility of the landlord unless it may be proven that the maintenance issue has been caused by misuse or damage by the tenant; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;minor PDLQWHQDQFH¡LVWKHUHVSRQVLELOLW\RI the tenant and includes repair work that results from daily wear and tear. In most cases, warranties and annual maintenance contracts do not

necessarily cover the costs of any spare parts that may be required. The availability of a nominal petty cash allows for spare parts to be provided or for contractors to be paid for work under AED1,000. We obtain authority for any spend above AED1,000. Why do I need an Annual Maintenance Contract when I am paying my developer yearly maintenance and service fees? Maintenance and service fees mainly apply to the building and its common areas. These fees do not cover maintenance inside your unit. Warranties also do not provide comprehensive cover for all the items that may need maintenance attention. In such cases, annual maintenance contracts ensure that WKHXQLWLVÂśVHUYLFHG¡²PRUHOLNHDFDU Preventative maintenance ensures that WKHOLIHVSDQRIĂ&#x20AC;[WXUHVDQGĂ&#x20AC;WWLQJVDUH much longer. Can the tenant pay for the service charges? Payment for service charges has to be made by the landlord to the developer directly. Though tenants do use 90%


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of the facilities in and around the property, payment of service charges is not the responsibility of the tenant. My unit is up for renewal but I want to replace the tenant – how do you handle this? Under the current law, a landlord may only issue a vacating notice if the unit is to be demolished, or will undergo major refurbishment (both of which will require Dubai Municipality approval), if it will be occupied for personal use or if the unit is to be sold. In all of these cases the notice period to the tenant is one year and Better Homes Property Management will always act in accordance with the related laws. What if the tenant doesn’t pay, pays late or the cheque bounces? Better Homes has a strong policy in place for dealing with renewals and payments. However, in extreme situations where the tenant consistently does not pay the rent, we will employ the appropriate route that may include: lodging cases against the tenant through the Dubai Police and subsequently taking it up with RERA and the Rental Committee. The fees for case lodgments are paid for by the landlord and it is important to note that these procedures are vast, lengthy and do not always guarantee the projected outcome. Who pays chiller charges? This depends on the district cooling meter set-up in the property; whether it is a bulk meter or an individual meter. This information should always be checked directly with the developer

DWWKHWLPHRIKDQGRYHUDQGÀQDO payment. But as a standard norm there DUHWZRW\SHVRIFKDUJHV²FDSDFLW\DQG consumption charges. The landlord is responsible for the capacity charges and the tenant the consumption charges. Can you make payments on my behalf ? Payments by the landlord to any third party (like developers for maintenance/ service fees) can also be made on their behalf from the rental forwards held by us, only upon receiving such instructions from the landlord. This might require a POA from the landlord.

If my unit is already rented, is there any difference in your management costs and services? There is no difference in management services. However, the management fee will be charged on a pro-rata basis depending on the time remaining on the current tenancy. Does Better Homes have an in-house maintenance team? Better Homes does not have an in-house maintenance team but outsources third party contractors to attend to most types of maintenance issues. We work with reputable contractors that are only appointed after extensive research on their performance and experience in the market. What if I do not want exclusive leasing but want the management service? :H·YHQRZPDGHLWSRVVLEOHIRURXU property owners to list and market their units with external agents to maximise their leasing possibilities, while still having Better Homes manage their properties with our standard policies and procedures. Can the landlord increase the rent at the time of the renewal to match the rent up to the current market rent? In Dubai rent increase can only be applied in accordance with the rental decree, which is decree 43 of 2013. bhomes.com

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Homes to view The best properties on the market this month For sale This beautiful five-bedroom villa is located in Dubaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Villa Project. Upgraded and spacious, this villa provides ample room for family living and entertaining at home as it is well laid out with large rooms and living areas. The villa has a number of terraces ideal for watching the desert sunsets and firework festivities at Global Village. The downstairs family area features an upgraded media room and soundproofing. The kitchen area was completely renovated in 2014 and now features quartz countertops, built-in appliances and a drinks cooler. Outside, enjoy a large garden, swimming pool and barbecue. The community has walking paths, fitness facilities, a new Spinneys and a new GEMS First Point K-12 school.

Need to know Where? Marbella, The Villa Project What? Five-bedroom villa Size? 8,700 square feet Cost? AED7.9million Best for? Investors and families Like what you see? Call consultant Thomas Bunker on 04 409 0998 with reference code VI314866

For rent This modern, spacious duplex in Jumeirah Heights is an exclusive residence on offer with Better Homes. This three-bedroom apartment boasts contemporary architecture, stunning lakeside views from the balcony and a great layout. It has never been lived in so the finishes and quality are extremely high and remain in excellent condition. There is wood flooring, a high-end kitchen complete with built-in appliances, four bathrooms and two parking spaces included. Jumeirah Heights is a cluster of low-rise buildings comprising of two- and three-bedroom duplex apartments situated in the wider Jumeirah Islands development.

Need to know Where? Jumeirah Heights What? Three-bedroom apartment Size? 2,524 square feet Cost? AED200,000 Best for? Investors and families Like what you see? Call Better Homes on 04 409 0998 and speak to Raghu Vansh Sharma with the code AP330683 bhomes.com

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Dubai Waterfront

Arabian Gulf

The Palm Jebel Ali

The Palm Jumeirah

Jumeirah Beach Residence Dubai Marina

Dubai Pearl Media Internet City City Jumeirah Lake Towers Greens TECOM Emirates Hills Meadows

Ibn Battuta Mall

Jumeirah The Gardens Heights

Jebel Ali Freezone Jebel Ali Village

Downtown Jebel Ali

Abu Dhabi

Discovery Gardens

Jumeirah Park

Al Furjan

Technology Park Green Community Dubai Investment Park

Jumeirah Islands

Jumeirah Golf Estates

The Lakes

The Springs

Jumeirah Village Triangle Jumeirah Village International Circle Media Production Zone (IMPZ) Dubai Sports City

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Moto City

Maktoum Int. Airport

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AED 1,645,000

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The World

The Palm Deira

Dubai Maritime City Burj Al Arab

Jumeirah

Umm Suqeim

Manara

Trade Centre

DIFC Mall of t

Dubai Mall

Al Quoz Business Bay

Barsha

Zabeel

Downtown Burj Khalifa

Hamriya

Bur Juman Centre

Badaa

Al Wasl

Safa

Sufouh

Bur Dubai

Satwa

Deira

Umm Hurair Karama Oud Metha

Wuheida

Mamzar

Hor Al Anz

Deira City Centre

Al Nahda

Emirates Towers

Sharjah

Garhoud Burj Khalifa

Al Khail Gate

Airport Free Zone

Culture Village Umm Ramool

Bu Kadra Meydan City

Qusais

Dubai Int. Airport

Dubai Festival City

The Lagoons

Dubiotech

Twar

Nadd Shamma

Ras Al Khor

Muhaisnah

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Mirdif City Centre

Mirdif

Al Barari Living Legends

Ghoroob

Mizar

Warqaa

Al Waha Community

Shorooq

Nad Al Sheba

Dragon Mart

International City

Layan Dubai Silicon Oasis

Khwaneej

Awir Academic City

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Arabian Ranches for sale An exclusive lifestyle is on offer in this verdant community, where residents can enjoy an esteemed desert-style golf course, a first-class equestrian centre and polo club, respected schools and many retail options and restaurants in the shopping centre.

Al Reem 1 Arabian Ranches Attractive investment opportunity Dimple R (Ref No. VI333858)

AED 2,499,000 3 BR 2,456 sq. ft.

Palmera 1 Arabian Ranches

AED 2,299,999 2 BR 1,889 sq. ft.

A place to call home Uroosa Khan (Ref No. VI332613)

Al Reem 1 Arabian Ranches

AED 3,100,000 3 BR 2,747 sq. ft.

A great family option Ivana Stanisic (Ref No. VI332393)

CASA Arabian Ranches

AED 4,000,000 4 BR 3,578 sq. ft.

A prestigious address Soheila Aeinehchi (Ref No. VI332195)

Alma 1 Arabian Ranches Close to all amenities Adil Raza Khan (Ref No. VI333589)

AED 3,300,000 3 BR 2,788 sq. ft.

Mirador Arabian Ranches Experience heights of luxury Dimple R (Ref No. VI333786)

AED 7,500,000 6 BR 6,000 sq. ft.


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Savannah Arabian Ranches

AED 5,999,000 5 BR 5,490 sq. ft.

A desirable address Juliana Grebenchshikova (Ref No. VI329609)

Savannah Arabian Ranches A stunning family home Uroosa Khan (Ref No. VI324978)

Al Reem 1 Arabian Ranches

AED 2,900,000 3 BR 2,456 sq. ft.

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Attractive investment opportunity Sherif Nabil (Ref No. VI328460)

AED 4,399,999 3 BR 3,324 sq. ft.

Saheel Villas Arabian Ranches

AED 4,299,900 3 BR 3,216 sq. ft.

One of the Best Deals on the Market Dimple R (Ref No. VI170720)

Al Reem 1 Arabian Ranches

AED 2,100,000 2 BR 1,855 sq. ft.

Competitive price Paulina Kranjcevic (Ref No. VI164430)

Ask the agent Dimple Raygangare, residential consultant, Green Community office Arabian Ranches continues to be an extremely vibrant community. It is a melting pot of different cultures and has been able to attract a lot of investors, end users and tenants. Property prices in Arabian Ranches have gone through a fair amount of consolidation, which has attracted a lot of would-be buyers to the market. Purchases have been highly driven by end users versus investors. From an investorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s point of view a ROI of 6% can be achieved and smaller properties in the Al Reem, Palmera, Saheel and Savannah sub-communities are quite attractive. A three-bedroom bhomes.com

townhouse can be purchased for around AED2.5million and a good threebedroom independent villa in Saheel can be bought for AED4.2million. The rental market has been busy. There are some extremely well priced properties at the moment and we have witnessed adjustments in the rental prices to the tune of 5.5%. For a three-bedroom plus study in Al Reem, rental prices are between AED175,000 to AED210,000 per annum, while a three-bedroom independent villa in Saheel can be rented for approximately AED235,000 per annum. April 2015


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Dubai Marina for sale The Marina is home to luxurious apartments with stunning sea views and waterfront promenades jostling with jet skis, joggers and shoppers. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first port-of-call for many expats who are keen to soak up the sociable lifestyle on offer here.

Sadaf 5 Dubai Marina A desirable address Caleb Hall (Ref No. AP332844)

AED 2,650,000 3 BR 1,797 sq. ft.

The Belvedere Dubai Marina

AED 1,150,000 1 BR 1,023 sq. ft.

Home sweet home Anita Szilagyi (Ref No. AP332803)

West Avenue Tower Dubai Marina

AED 1,595,000 1 BR 743 sq. ft.

Privileged location Aleksandra Majcherek (Ref No. AP331190)

Murjan 5 Dubai Marina

AED 6,000,000 4 BR 2,898 sq. ft.

Live by the beach Sana Hajjar (Ref No. AP331019)

Fairfield Dubai Marina Captivating environment Mehroz Abdul Majeed (Ref No. AP334071)

AED 1,950,000 1 BR 796 sq. ft.

Elite Residence Dubai Marina Stunning view of the sea Hannah Bakshani (Ref No. AP316617)

AED 13,500,000 4 BR 6,189 sq. ft.


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Dubai Marina for sale

Princess Tower Dubai Marina

AED 2,250,000 2 BR 1,189 sq. ft.

Close to all amenities Ekin Koca (Ref No. AP309499)

Marinascape Avant Dubai Marina

Property at budget prices Nina Pekina (Ref No. AP232626)

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AED 1,525,000 1 BR 736 sq. ft.

Assured rental income Victor Danu (Ref No. AP308806)

AED 2,550,000 2 BR 1,756 sq. ft.

Be where it all happens Suki Pannum (Ref No. AP303061)

The Torch Dubai Marina

Iris Blue Dubai Marina

The Point Dubai Marina

AED 2,475,000 3 BR 1,595 sq. ft.

Unobstructed views of the marina David Lawes (Ref No. AP266776)

AED 1,400,000 1 BR 963 sq. ft.

Sahab 2 Dubai Marina

AED 2,200,000 2 BR 1,351 sq. ft.

Attractive investment opportunity Syed Wajih Uddin Ahmed (Ref No. AP177067)

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Downtown for sale Live next to the icons of Dubai when you move to Downtown, home to Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall and the dazzling Dubai Fountains. Residents enjoy exceptional facilities, five-star spas, gourmet dining and a vibrant social scene on their doorstep.

Claren Tower 2 Downtown Dubai Affordable luxury Veerta Laul (Ref No. AP333751)

AED 2,069,000 1 BR 881 sq. ft.

Burj Al Nujoom Downtown Dubai

AED 2,400,000 2 BR 1,508 sq. ft.

Excellent value Wassim Abdallah (Ref No. AP332816)

Miska 3 Old Town

AED 3,500,000 2 BR 2,860 sq. ft.

Affordable luxury Riazuddin Ahmed (Ref No. AP81015)

Burj Views B - Central Tower Downtown Dubai

AED 1,900,000 1 BR 1,010 sq. ft.

Sizeable value appreciation Nina Pekina (Ref No. AP234643)

Claren Tower 2 Downtown Dubai Excellent value Sana Hajjar (Ref No. AP240040)

AED 3,100,000 2 BR 1,184 sq. ft.

The Address Dubai Mall Downtown Dubai An investorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream Mohammad Mukram (Ref No. AP332501)

AED 2,000,000 Studio 600 sq. ft.


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Downtown for sale

Ubora Residential Tower Business Bay

AED 1,271,000 1 BR 989 sq. ft.

A motivated seller Wael Faidi (Ref No. AP323040)

Burj Khalifa Downtown Dubai Panoramic views Nicole Burt (Ref No. AP293670)

South Ridge 1 Downtown Dubai

The Address The BLVD Downtown Dubai

AED 5,257,087 2 BR 1,451 sq. ft.

5 Star hotel living with everything you need Elen Manukyan (Ref No. AP309462)

AED 6,022,000 2 BR 2,056 sq. ft.

Miska 4 Old Town

AED 2,700,000 1 BR 1,155 sq. ft.

The best of city living Asal Abedi (Ref No. APM215770)

AED 5,850,000 3 BR 2,102 sq. ft.

A stunning family home Anna Bulakhova (Ref No. AP331391)

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Palm Jumeirah for sale Live a life of luxury on Palm Jumeirah, a manmade archipelago famous for its unique design, unrivalled views and first-class facilities. Villas for sale on one of the fronds come with their very own private beach, for the ultimate beachfront lifestyle.

Jash Hamad Palm Jumeirah A desirable address Ali Tabrizi (Ref No. AP332694)

AED 2,500,000 2 BR 1,646 sq. ft.

Oceana Aegean Palm Jumeirah

AED 4,950,000 3 BR 2,440 sq. ft.

Dynamic development Florin Rusu (Ref No. AP332091)

Palm Views West Palm Jumeirah

AED 1,475,000 Studio 548 sq. ft.

Brand new Jawad Motiwala (Ref No. AP332071)

Marina Residences 2 Palm Jumeirah

AED 3,450,000 2 BR 1,778 sq. ft.

Beachfront living at an attractive price Yasmine Aziz (Ref No. AP297052)

Garden Homes Frond P Palm Jumeirah Affordable luxury Hannah Bakshani (Ref No. VI333684)

AED 17,000,000 4 BR 4,563 sq. ft.

Oceana Caribbean Palm Jumeirah Uncompromising luxury Nina Pekina (Ref No. AP291129)

AED 4,200,000 2 BR 1,709 sq. ft.


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Marina Residences 4 Palm Jumeirah A prestigious address Fabio Lombardi (Ref No. AP285108)

Kempinski Palm Residence Palm Jumeirah

AED 5,999,000 3 BR 4,053 sq. ft.

Al Haseer Palm Jumeirah Central and prestigious location Binu Abraham (Ref No. AP177983)

AED 11,680,000 4 BR 3,873 sq. ft.

Self-contained development Lola Ortikova (Ref No. AP27422)

Canal Cove Frond J Palm Jumeirah Experience heights of luxury Ekin Koca (Ref No. VI331765)

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AED 3,850,000 3 BR 2,182 sq. ft.

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Oceana Baltic Palm Jumeirah

AED 2,999,999 1 BR 1,338 sq. ft.

A resort style community Elen Manukyan (Ref No. AP333418)

AED 9,800,000 4 BR 4,100 sq. ft.

Signature Villas Frond K Palm Jumeirah

AED 23,500,000 5 BR 7,000 sq. ft.

A prestigious address Sharon Sweet (Ref No. VI296460)

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Jumeirah Lake Towers for sale Residents can enjoy views of the lakes or park from these high-rise apartments in JLT, as well as a range of amenities nearby, with grocery shops, cafés, restaurants, salons, health clubs and nurseries lining the waterfront promenades.

Goldcrest Executive Jumeirah Lake Towers An investor’s dream Natalia Vashchilina (Ref No. AP325737)

AED 875,000 Studio 406 sq. ft.

Indigo Tower Jumeirah Lake Towers

AED 1,820,000 2 BR 1,180 sq. ft.

A desirable address Rinku Sawlani (Ref No. AP322055)

Al Seef 3 Jumeirah Lake Towers

AED 2,300,000 2 BR 2,044 sq. ft.

Exceptionally rewarding investment Rabih Hankir (Ref No. AP314992)

Green Lakes Tower 2 Jumeirah Lake Towers

AED 2,000,000 2 BR 1,680 sq. ft.

A desirable address Micky Soni (Ref No. AP309490)

Lake View Tower Jumeirah Lake Towers Assured rental income Raghu Vansh Sharma (Ref No. AP331097)

AED 1,200,000 1 BR 848 sq. ft.

Saba Tower 2 Jumeirah Lake Towers Close to all amenities Behzad Torabi (Ref No. AP240959)

AED 1,150,000 1 BR 706 sq. ft.


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Jumeirah Lake Towers for sale

Goldcrest Views 1 Jumeirah Lake Towers

AED 2,700,000 3 BR 2,040 sq. ft.

Exclusive property Neveen Abdulahad (Ref No. AP177742)

Dubai Star Jumeirah Lake Towers A motivated seller Elaheh Sadat Seyed Attaran (Ref No. AP326921)

Jumeirah Bay Tower (X1) Jumeirah Lake Towers

AED 1,625,000 2 BR 1,489 sq. ft.

Price negotiable Abdul Sattar Murad (Ref No. AP332497)

AED 715,000 Studio 500 sq. ft.

V3 Jumeirah Lake Towers

Saba Tower 2 Jumeirah Lake Towers

AED 1,395,000 1 BR 839 sq. ft.

Close to all amenities Fabio Lombardi (Ref No. AP102962)

AED 2,275,000 2 BR 1,625 sq. ft.

Ideal family living Muhammad Faheem Sadiq (Ref No. AP329748)

Armada Tower 3 Jumeirah Lake Towers

AED 1,850,000 3 BR 1,444 sq. ft.

An excellent apartment in a prime location Pari Sharipova (Ref No. AP42128)

Ask the agent Neveen Abdulahad, residential consultant, JLT office

For the last eight months the sales market has been slow based on the number of transactions, however, rentals have kept the same pace for the last eight months. Only 10% of sales stock came down but the rest are holding the same prices as the beginning of 2014. Prices for sales this year have been averaging AED1.07million for a one-bedroom apartment in V3 Tower and AED1.32million in Al Shera Tower, compared to AED1.15million bhomes.com

and AED1.45million (respectively) in 2014. For rentals, a two-bedroom in Lake Terrace averages AED120,000 per annum â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the same as last year. Meanwhile a one-bedroom apartment in Concorde Tower is priced at AED80,000 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which is AED5,000 less than last year. This is because there is more stock available on the market than last year.

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DIFC for sale As the financial centre of the city, DIFC attracts many businessmen and professionals from all corners of the world. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renowned for its great location and for having spacious apartments with superior finishes, facilities and skyline views.

Burj Daman DIFC Excellent finish Mohammad Mukram (Ref No. AP333258)

AED 3,699,999 2 BR 1,786 sq. ft.

Burj Daman DIFC

AED 3,300,000 2 BR 1,572 sq. ft.

A prestigious address Gergana Mineva (Ref No. AP332369)

Burj Daman DIFC

AED 5,550,000 3 BR 2,451 sq. ft.

Exceptional deal Sana Hajjar (Ref No. AP331366)

Park Tower 1 DIFC

AED 2,700,000 1 BR 1,720 sq. ft.

Excellent value Khurram Jameel Lodhi (Ref No. AP330479)

The Index (One Central Park) DIFC Spacious with great finishes Pravin Patrick DMello (Ref No. AP331189)

AED 4,440,000 2 BR 1,866 sq. ft.

Liberty House DIFC Amazing value Mohammed Fares (Ref No. AP295793)

AED 1,150,000 Studio 562 sq. ft.


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JVC & JVT for sale Families should consider Jumeirah Village Circle and Jumeirah Village Triangle as ideal communities to move to, with large villas and townhouses on offer at affordable prices, safe neighbourhoods, quiet parks and convenient access into the city.

Arabian Villas Jumeirah Village Triangle

AED 2,850,000 2 BR 2,690 sq. ft.

Exceptional deal May Helal (Ref No. VI333989)

The Imperial Residence - Tower B Jumeirah Village Triangle Amazing value Micky Soni (Ref No. AP333474)

Diamond Views 1 Jumeirah Village Circle Amazing value Sharfuddin Mohammed (Ref No. VI265987)

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Seasons Community - Autumn Jumeirah Village Circle

AED 1,025,000 1 BR 977 sq. ft.

Amazing capital growth Aleksandra Majcherek (Ref No. AP333050)

AED 800,000 1 BR 771 sq. ft.

Manhattan Jumeirah Village Circle

AED 1,199,000 2 BR 1,211 sq. ft.

Ideal family living Shahzad Anwar (Ref No. AP329933)

AED 3,250,000 5 BR 5,430 sq. ft.

Mediterranean Townhouse Jumeirah Village Triangle

AED 2,400,000 2 BR 2,992 sq. ft.

A motivated seller Micky Soni (Ref No. TH332084)

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Dubailand for sale Set to become a hub for tourism in the future, Dubailand is a multi-faceted district with a number of unique communities, from the luxurious eco-friendly homes in Al Barari to the family-friendly sports-focused areas of Motor City and Sports City.

Lincoln Park Residential Dubailand Affordable luxury Bilal Khan (Ref No. AP332289)

AED 537,000 Studio 565 sq. ft.

Dickens Circus 3 Motor City

AED 1,479,999 2 BR 1,480 sq. ft.

Close to all amenities Abi Odimayo (Ref No. AP259020)

Garden East Apartments Green Community - DIP

AED 2,000,000 2 BR 1,929 sq. ft.

Upgraded kitchen Nicole Burt (Ref No. AP3494)

Mudon Mudon

AED 3,200,000 4 BR 3,786 sq. ft.

Exceptional deal Dimple R (Ref No. VI334063)

Mazaya The Villa Premier location Wael Gomaa (Ref No. VI11212)

AED 3,550,000 5 BR 3,600 sq. ft.

Bungalow Green Community - DIP Competitive price Victoria Rushton (Ref No. VI332827)

AED 4,200,000 4 BR 4,200 sq. ft.


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Townhouse Motor City

AED 4,500,000 3 BR 4,446 sq. ft.

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Excellent value Hannah Bakshani (Ref No. VI292355)

Camellia Al Barari A prestigious address David Lawes (Ref No. VI327203)

Townhouse Green Community - DIP Everything on your doorstep Nicole Burt (Ref No. VI158382)

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AED 15,700,000 5 BR 10,320 sq. ft.

Townhouse Green Community - DIP

AED 3,650,000 4 BR 4,176 sq. ft.

Exceptional deal Victoria Rushton (Ref No. VI72735)

AED 3,299,999 3 BR 4,176 sq. ft.

Townhouse Green Community - DIP

AED 3,900,000 4 BR 4,176 sq. ft.

Premier location Victoria Rushton (Ref No. VI2994)

Private Villa The Villa

AED 4,400,000 5 BR 4,200 sq. ft.

An exquisite landscaped setting Suraiya Nawab (Ref No. VI332362)

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The Greens and The Views for sale The Greens is a haven for couples, families and dog walkers, with tree-lined paths winding through the complex of low-rise apartments. Next door, The Views is an exclusive, luxury apartment community with stunning views of Emirates Golf Club.

Al Nakheel 2 Greens Ideal family living Pravin Patrick DMello (Ref No. AP328039)

AED 1,869,000 2 BR 1,518 sq. ft.

Travo Tower B The Views

AED 2,150,000 2 BR 1,415 sq. ft.

A motivated seller Adil Raza Khan (Ref No. AP300768)

Al Ghozlan 1 Greens

AED 1,150,000 1 BR 1,003 sq. ft.

Excellent value Amit Laul (Ref No. AP298018)

Al Arta 4 Greens

AED 1,900,000 2 BR 1,214 sq. ft.

Easy living Thomas Bunker (Ref No. AP172108)

Golf Tower 2 The Views Friendly neighborhood Rita Mouawad (Ref No. AP172539)

AED 1,550,000 1 BR 863 sq. ft.

Golf Tower 1 The Views A motivated seller Conny Mathei (Ref No. AP3656)

AED 2,150,000 2 BR 1,418 sq. ft.


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Springs and Meadows for sale Part of the Emirates Living District, The Springs and The Meadows are both idyllic communities of townhouses and villas with amazing views of waterways and lush landscaping. The Meadows is slightly more upmarket, with larger homes on offer.

Springs 1 (Springs Phase 8) Emirates Living

AED 2,375,000 2 BR 1,794 sq. ft.

Excellent value Wassim Abdallah (Ref No. VI158805)

Springs 14 (Springs Phase 1B) Emirates Living

AED 1,800,000 2 BR 1,836 sq. ft.

A motivated seller Dorota Chudzik (Ref No. VI322718)

Springs 15 (Springs Phase 1A) Emirates Living

AED 2,650,000 3 BR 2,745 sq. ft.

A great family option Sorin Rizan (Ref No. VI315168)

Springs 15 (Springs Phase 1A) Emirates Living A stunning family home Kristina Titova (Ref No. VI332386)

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AED 2,950,000 3 BR 2,645 sq. ft.

Springs 14 (Springs Phase 1B) Emirates Living

AED 3,000,000 3 BR 2,742 sq. ft.

Experience heights of luxury Soheila Aramnia (Ref No. VI330601)

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Jumeirah Beach Residence for sale JBR is a hive of activity and a highly sought-after place to live, where residents enjoy sandy beaches, the new Beach Mall with al fresco restaurants, The Walk beachfront promenade of shops and cafĂŠs, and stunning views of the Persian Gulf.

Bahar 1 Jumeirah Beach Residence Beachfront living at an attractive price Florin Rusu (Ref No. AP333810)

AED 2,300,000 2 BR 1,375 sq. ft.

Rimal 4 Jumeirah Beach Residence

AED 1,840,000 1 BR 1,058 sq. ft.

A motivated seller Daniela Simona Cosnita (Ref No. AP333068)

Rimal 6 Jumeirah Beach Residence

AED 2,699,000 3 BR 1,813 sq. ft.

A resort style community Anita Szilagyi (Ref No. AP323644)

Shams 4 Jumeirah Beach Residence

AED 2,700,000 2 BR 1,263 sq. ft.

Excellent value Rita Mouawad (Ref No. AP320465)

Sadaf 2 Jumeirah Beach Residence Beachfront living at an attractive price Lola Ortikova (Ref No. AP300264)

AED 1,870,000 2 BR 1,418 sq. ft.

Rimal 5 Jumeirah Beach Residence A desirable address Wassim Abdallah (Ref No. AP315208)

AED 3,750,000 4 BR 2,751 sq. ft.


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Shams 4 Jumeirah Beach Residence

AED 2,100,000 2 BR 1,563 sq. ft.

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Excellent value Nicholas Winter (Ref No. AP307690)

Sadaf 8 Jumeirah Beach Residence Excellent value Hannah Bakshani (Ref No. AP299714)

Marina Terrace Jumeirah Beach Residence Spectacular Marina views Victor Danu (Ref No. AP281044)

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AED 3,850,000 4 BR 2,827 sq. ft.

Sadaf 8 Jumeirah Beach Residence

AED 3,400,000 2 BR 2,004 sq. ft.

Quintessential luxury living Anna Tybura (Ref No. AP332623)

AED 3,100,000 2 BR 1,852 sq. ft.

Rimal 6 Jumeirah Beach Residence

AED 3,700,000 3 BR 1,813 sq. ft.

A desirable address Micky Soni (Ref No. AP170977)

Amwaj 4 Jumeirah Beach Residence

AED 2,099,000 2 BR 1,276 sq. ft.

A place to call home Ivana Stanisic (Ref No. AP255918)

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Jumeirah Park sales This is a truly up-and-coming area with independent villas finished to very high standards, large plot sizes and some private swimming pools. Scenic parks and a new shopping complex make the community an increasingly convenient place to move to.

Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park

AED 6,200,000 4 BR 4,335 sq. ft.

A place to call home Elen Manukyan (Ref No. VI331533)

Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park

AED 5,600,000 4 BR 4,335 sq. ft.

Amazing value Gulshan Ara (Ref No. VI330640)

Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park

AED 4,150,000 4 BR 3,380 sq. ft.

Easy payment plan Lazar Jakovljevic (Ref No. VI330520)

Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park Dynamic development Soheila Aeinehchi (Ref No. VI331664)

AED 4,800,000 3 BR 3,063 sq. ft.

Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park Dynamic development Anjana Mahna (Ref No. VI318827)

AED 4,400,000 3 BR 3,527 sq. ft.


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Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park

AED 4,300,000 3 BR 3,527 sq. ft.

Amazing value Ozlem Ucar (Ref No. VI334041)

Jumeirah Park - Nova Villas Jumeirah Park Exceptional deal Elen Manukyan (Ref No. VI328829)

Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park

Jumeirah Park - Nova Villas Jumeirah Park

AED 4,602,080 4 BR 4,892 sq. ft.

Favourable payment plans Thomas Bunker (Ref No. VI332279)

AED 4,828,590 4 BR 4,893 sq. ft.

Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park

AED 5,400,000 3 BR 3,500 sq. ft.

Amazing value Ghada Ghannam (Ref No. VI325553)

AED 5,000,000 3 BR 3,527 sq. ft.

Excellent value Mohammed Fares (Ref No. VI322642)

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Short-term rentals If you’re staying in Dubai for a short time, take advantage of Better Homes’ self-catering rental properties, in prime locations across the city. They are let fully furnished with an equipped kitchen and laundry facilities, so you can move in straightaway.

The Signature Downtown Dubai

AED 18,000 1 BR 878 sq. ft.

Experience heights of luxury Maria Rhodora Layug (Ref No. APM334123)

Amwaj 3 Dubai Marina

Distinct styling Kazim Ali (Ref No. APM304418)

AED 12,000 1 BR 684 sq. ft.

Picturesque surroundings Allen Abraham (Ref No. APM333127)

AED 21,000 2 BR 1,267 sq. ft.

Bright and inviting residence Kazim Ali (Ref No. APM332574)

Marina Residence – Tower A Dubai Marina

Al Ramth 26 Remraam

Murjan 1 Dubai Marina

Bahar 1 Dubai Marina Live by the beach Merracquel Flores (Ref No. APM298291)

AED 16,000 1 BR 1,045 sq. ft.

A host of facilities Rhonda Wright (Ref No. APM332781)

AED 24,000 2 BR 1,393 sq. ft.

Self-contained development Maria Rhodora Layug (Ref No. APM331741)

AED 20,010 2 BR 1,181 sq. ft.

Laguna Tower Jumeirah Lake Towers

Goldcrest Views 1 Jumeirah Lake Towers

AED 17,010 2 BR 1,110 sq. ft.

Modern living at its best Merracquel Flores (Ref No. APM306592)

AED 22,020 2 BR 1,374 sq. ft.

Marina Diamond 5 Dubai Marina Modern living at its best Selma Dsouza (Ref No. APM215255)

AED 14,010 1 BR 714 sq. ft.


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Editor’s pick

Sitting pretty I love this plush velvet armchair from PAN Emirates – not only does it hint towards Pantone’s colour of the year, bringing a fashionable accent colour into your home, but tactile materials like velvet are also a big talking point this year. Here, PAN Emirates has expertly mixed a vintage look – wingback-style back and upholstered buttons – with contemporary on-trend elements. How can you feature this

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