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Welcome As is customary, we’ve made a list of New Year’s resolutions we know we’re going to break. However, if there’s one resolution you should keep it’s moving house. This time last year the mortgage cap got tighter, but if you’ve reached your target and are ready to invest then take a look at the stunning properties Better Homes has for sale from page 49. How about moving to Arabian Ranches? Our specialist agent has answered this question on page 54, while long-term resident Judith Hobby talks about her years in the area during our tour of her family’s home on page 26. Also in this issue: we report on the top home trends for 2015, horse around the home and make a wishlist of cosy winter warmers. There’s also something new for 2015... We honour our vibrant expat population by exploring design from around the world. The first flight? Find out on page 36... I hope you enjoy travelling with us through this first issue of 2015, and the many more to come.
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16. The Design Digest
32. Buy the Look
See what’s new in the world of home interiors this month
Mix designer with high street like the Hobby household
18. My Style
34. Ask the Experts
The founder of Cities reveals his eclectic taste for furniture
Revamp your home for 2015 with advice from the pros
36. Bonjour, UAE
Snuggle up at home with these winter warmers
Three French brands reveal why they love the Emirates
22. Trend Report 2015
38. Ask the Meatelier
Horses, natural materials and fretwork are popular
Impress New Year guests with our prime beef recipe
26. Through the Keyhole
42. What’s New in the Kitchen
Art makes a home for this family in Arabian Ranches
Create a mouth-watering kitchen with these top trends
House 49. Property of the Month
58. Marina Diamonds
Dive into this spacious threebed villa with stunning pool
Find a gem of a property in ever-popular Dubai Marina
50. On the Map
62. Island Life
Find your way around Dubai with our colour-coded map
Residents on Palm Jumeirah enjoy luxury on the doorstep
52. Market Watch
64. Expat Haven
Can we afford to live in the city, probes our expert
JLT is great for expats wanting a good location
54. Move to... Arabian Ranches
71. Ask the Agent
This golf-centred community is still highly sought-after
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Presenting... the colour of the year Pantone has picked Marsala as its colour of the year: a rich, robust and full-bodied shade that has already been a hit on spring’s 2015 fashion runways. This rich burgundy colour is an elegant choice and will work well as an accent shade to amplify heavy textures, such as carpets, rugs, drapes, bed linens, woollens and winter throws. Pair with taupe and grays for a warm wintertime feeling, with amber and golden yellows for sophistication, and turquoise and blues for a more dramatic, masculine look. “This tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness,”comments Leatrice Eiseman, executive director at Pantone Color Institute. Pictured: Piero Lissoni side tables, from Cassina
The Design Digest What’s new in the world of interiors
NEW YORK! NEW YORK! Keep warm over winter by looking Stateside – THE One has launched a glamorous New York Style collection of living room furnishings with deep-pile black rugs, soft hound’s-tooth cushions, cosy cotton throws and inviting Chesterfield sofas. A monochrome palette adds theatrical drama, while curves soften the macho look. theone.com
Merging inside and outside, Fiore Rosso has a quirky new collection of Crazy Head wall hooks and a range of seats and armchairs that will add colour and creativity anywhere in your home. Red and white are the signature colours, plus mesh seats, curves and flexible arrangements. fiore-rosso.com
Feeling fashionable underfoot Female fashion duo Rodarte has launched a mesmerising collection with The Rug Company, featuring damask details, tie-die swirls and box-hedge borders. The founders of Rodarte, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, designed the rugs with a handcrafted aesthetic while exploring their interests in other art forms. therugcompany.com
Equip your home and wardrobe with affordable French fashions with the arrival of TATI, a value concept store new to the UAE. Founded in 1940s’ Paris, TATI was a pioneer in the low-cost textile market that has since grown into a one-stop-shop for fashion, beauty and the home. CEO Emmanuel Deroude says: “There is a huge middle class in this area of the world that wants modern goods, but at affordable prices. TATI meets their expectations.” Level 1, Mirdif City Centre; tati.fr
Apples and insects Western Furniture has launched a pretty new collection of accessories. %XWWHUÁLHVSHUFK delicately on the side of glass tumblers, colourful glass balloons form fun table lamps, and red apples hang down as tempting ceiling lights. westernfurniture.ae
One to watch See who’s catching our eye in Dubai
Ponti in a new direction One of the leading chair designs of the 20th century is getting a facelift in the 21st. The Ponti D. 153.1 Armchair continues to be a lasting legacy of Gio Ponti, originally created in 1953 and still part of the late designer’s household furniture in Milan. The Italian maestro was multitalented in the field of design and became one of the most important architects, industrial designers, furniture designers and publishers of his generation. As with many designs after their creator’s death (Ponti passed away in 2012) they experience a surge of interest and manufacturers reissue classics to keep their legacy alive.
Molteni&C has re-launched the Ponti D. 153.1 based on the original drawings from the designer’s archives. Reclining on a brass structure, the armchair is available upholstered in a bicolour leather of blue and white or in Punteggiato fabric, designed by Ponti for Rubelli in 1934. Molteni&C’s Punteggiato China-blue velvet plays upon traditional techniques of velvet weaving and modernises the look with close-knit geometric patterns, such as staggered discs in various colour gradients. Head to Molteni&C within the Finasi showroom on Al Ittihad Road to see it (and sit on it) for yourself. finasi.ae
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Hazem K. Aljesr The owner and MD of Cities Design & Lifestyle Store has eclectic tastes
Classic Collection tea boxes, Nada Debs at Cities
Grey SUNDERÖ lounger, AED495, IKEA
Emmemobili chairs, POA, Western Furniture
Why do you like living in Jumeirah? I love the view from my home. My house is up high in an apartment building and close to the beach so I have a lovely view of the water. I love to watch all of the activity unfolding down below; it’s very inspirational and relaxing. What’s your home décor like? My décor style is eclectic. It encompasses a sense of flow and comfort and there’s an emphasis on colour and mood. How does your personality come through? My home is an expression of who I am and what’s important to me. I don’t display many personal pictures but I do collect items from my travels and viewing them shows me places and times that I want to remember. I like to think that my home evokes a feeling of comfort and individuality, because those are the things that matter to me. Describe some favourite items... One piece that I really enjoy is the Slipy Kangaroo by Dominique Capocci. It’s a sculpture of a kangaroo in blue resin and the kangaroo is wearing white underpants and holding guns in its paws. I love the idea; it’s whimsical and unique and it’s refreshing to have a piece like that to break up the monotony of a space. I also really like my Fashionista sculptures, which were designed by
Nele Pieters as part of her CanArt collection for Gardeco. They are small sculptures with duck-shaped bodies and strangely wrinkled little human faces with closed eyes and pursed lips. Some of them are wearing skullcaps decorated with flowers. They are so odd, and sometimes I find them comical while other times I find them sad. I like that they have different effects on me.
Seven-piece brown bar set with cushions, AED2,499, ACE
How does your job influence you at home? I think that Cities has inspired me to push the boundaries of design in my own personal space. I’m not so afraid to take chances and I’m always considering how I can update my home whenever a new piece catches my eye. What items from Cities do you own? I have several pieces from Cities in my home and I love them all. I’ve personally chosen many of the pieces that we have at Cities, often because I feel a personal connection to an item. If I’m not sure about including a line of items in the store I will try them out in my own space first. In addition to a few pieces by Nada Debs, I have some small accessories by Riviere and Kanaya, candles by Baobab, and a limited edition pink panther sculpture by French artist Richard Orlinski. I love to see all these different cultures on one table.
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1. Tropical Punch “We’re the only company in the country that truly offers fashion for the home, combined with affordable luxury, too. We don’t follow other trends – we are the ones setting them,” states Thomas Lundgren, CEO at THE One. So what looks are the eclectic home furniture ‘theatre’ setting for 2015? THE One has three new stylised collections for winter: Glamorama, New York Style and Tropical Punch. While Glamorama is rich with autumnal colours of plum and gold to warm our rooms on cooler nights, and New York Style recreates city drama, Tropical Punch promises to lift your mood with a sea-breezemeets-jungle theme. Coastal living is all about comfort and natural shades, which is given a colonial
twist here, mixed with natural tones and untreated wood. This cleverly incorporates a big trend for the year – natural materials. The bright accents draw upon the jungle themes prevalent in last year’s home accessories collections, where we saw parrots, exotic birds, fruits and palm trees creating colourful scenes on tabletops and kitchen linens. This is still kept to accent pieces for 2015, such as cushions and artwork. ´<RXZRQ·WÀQGWKHVHORRNVDQ\ZKHUHHOVH²ZHWDNH inspiration from everywhere, looking at magazines, at fashion and our current collections that are proving popular,” adds Lundgren. ‘Sometimes we just need to update a mirror by changing it from copper to bronze, and bronze has certainly been the metal to use lately.”
Clockwise, from left: Tropical Punch, THE One; LifeTime shield, Giorgio Collection; Less Bulles by Piergil Fourquie, Galerie Gosserez (photo by Maxime Chapion); Time Craft textured paint, Jotun
Only time will tell, but weâ€™re hoping a penchant for fretwork in furniture design and architecture will enhance arabesque patterns not only in the Middle East but around the world, too. Fretwork â€“ geometric patterns carved into low relief or into solid backgrounds â€“ is synonymous with traditional Middle East design and is usually worked into wooden or metal furnishings, as well as architectural decoration.
4. Marbleizing This is something everyone in the UAE can get behind. While thereâ€™s a strong predilection for marble surfaces throughout the Middle East, especially LQWKHKRVSLWDOLW\EDWKURRPDQGĂ RRULQJ sectors, marble can also accent spaces subtly throughout the home. Marble lamp bases are already proving popular, as well as photo frames, crockery and trinket boxes.
2. Natural Materials This year the original state is also the end result, for weâ€™ll be seeing more of salvaged wood, untreated wood and roughhewn stonework in furnishings and accessories. Cowhides â€“ not just scarred leathers â€“ will add a contemporary Ă€QLVKRQXSKROVWHUHGVWRROVDQGFKDLUV-RWXQKDVGHYHORSHGDQ innovative range of textured paints that are beautifully tactile and striking. The paint specialist can imitate a cement wall for a cool industrial look or paint wooden knots and grains for a URXJK\HWZDUPLQWHULRUĂ€QLVK bhomes.com
5. HORSING AROUND
The equestrian trend is here to stay... And these fashionable accessories are hot to trot
Mika horse ornament, see price in store, THE One
Stone horse ornament, AED3,615, Flamant
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Antique bronze Ming Dynasty horse, POA, Nakkash Gallery
Horse bust ornament AED199, Homes R Us
i. Front horse lamp, POA, Moooi ii. Riding crops bowl, AED115, Zara Home iii. Rewilding headless horses cabinet, POA, Khalid Shafar iv. Carved stone horse bookends, AED2,250, Flamant v. Kissing Horses melamine crockery, P prices vary, Anorak vi. Brass horseshoe crab letter opener, POA, Nakkash Gallery vii. Horseshoe sculpture, p AED640, Ethan Allen viii. Rocking horse decoration, AED79, Zara Home ix. White horse bookends, see price in store, THE One x. Horse trivet, AED59, Zara Home
Words by Eleanor Joslin; photography by Helen Riley
Famous names hang on every wall in the Hobby household “That’s so cool,” grins Judith Hobby, with a strong New Zealand drawl. What is? A lot of things, it transpires, for this phrase becomes quite a mantra as she gives me a tour of her four-bedroom villa in Arabian Ranches. And she’s got authority on the phrase: sporting a spiky white crop with a smudge of pink, bright red lipstick and a black Flip dress designed by her own hand for her eponymous clothing line, she effortlessly radiates rock-chick cool. Perhaps it’s the influence of two teenage sons, or her travels around the world, or her succesful fashion boutique in Studio City... Whatever it is, she’s got spark. So, what’s cool in her house? For starters, her enviable art collection comprising of Hirst, Van Gogh, Miró and even an original Judith Hobby from her school days; the bright pink wall surrounding the swimming pool; wire sheep grazing in the garden (on which a podgy pug slyly cocks his leg); and a menagerie of pets, including four rescued cats, four pugs and one budgie with a murderous glint in its beady eye. “I’m really into my modernist art,” she says. “I have Keith Haring, Steve Kaufman, Lichtenstein, bhomes.com
Miró, Alexander Calder, Picasso and Dali, mainly sourced from the US or the UK or from our travels. We go to New York or shop online – I don’t have time for auctions plus you need to know what you’re doing and it’s scary,” she laughs. “The very first piece of art I bought was a Picasso at auction and I nearly vomited afterwards about what I’d done, although I do love it and I’m glad I bought it. It kind of got us going with our art collection, so that’s really cool.” But the really cool ideas in the house stem from stepping outside the Dubai bubble. Instead of designer ‘show-off’ kitchens and cramped maid’s rooms, the Hobby’s have opted for more sensible solutions. Rather than conforming to the developer’s vision of an ideal maid’s room (small and cramped and oft times windowless), they’ve built a detached maid’s quarters to the side of the property and transformed the designated maid’s room into a cosy guest room. By taking out the wardrobes that lined the right wall the excavated depth allowed for a small WC to be created, providing a compact yet private guest room. When I peer in, one of their many cats has made herself quite at home on the comfy bed. “Our newest cat Dexter will be asleep on our bedroom upstairs,” she laughs. “We found him on our garden wall with a limp and took him to the vets, where the limp miraculously disappeared. Now he lives upstairs permanently – I think he’s only been down once.” Judith takes us further into the villa, to the revamped kitchen where her pugs snuffle greetings, a ginger cat jumps onto the countertop and the budgie cocks her head. While she makes us tea and coffee, Judith regales us with stories of Betsy the budgie, aka the Black Widow, whose steady supply of companions have mysteriously fallen off their perch in the middle of the night. Other residents of the house include her lawyer husband, Gerard, and their sons, Alex and George, who are at work and school. As we chat in the kitchen, I admire its farmhouse style, with plenty of light, a huge block of an island and bare walls, January 2015
Iâ€™d rather spend money on artwork than on my kitchen
save for statement artwork by Damien Hirst. “I did the kitchen and TV room for AED30,000 with IKEA,” she reveals. With an initial quote of AED130,000 to take out the old kitchen and install the new one, they shopped around to find a more affordable solution. “So the finishes aren’t perfect, but I have Damien Hirst on the wall; I’d rather spend money on artwork than on my kitchen. It was installed in half a day and I think it’s amazing, it’s exactly what I wanted. I didn’t want any upper cabinetry so the room would be wider, but because the lower units are double width we haven’t lost any space and we still have loads of storage.” Meanwhile, she advertised her old kitchen on Dubizzle and it’s since been bought and shipped to Africa. “I hate cooking anyway,” she deadpans. “But the kitchen is the centre of the house where we all have breakfast and we discuss the logistics of the day. We’re all so busy: Alex is 18 and George is 14; Gerard has his job and I have mine; so it’s good to chat about what we’re all doing that day.” She says the ground floor of the villa is perfectly designed for a household with two teenagers. One side splits off into the TV room, office, kitchen and guest room – where the adults congregate, while the other comprises the living and dining room and the outdoor space – where the boys lounge. “We can have our own spaces so downstairs the house is a really cool design,” she adds, using her favourite adjective. In the living space a pair of Eames loungers and a couple of Barcelona chairs recline around a leather-topped coffee table from THE One, while on the left stands a long, bespoke wooden dining table made in Bali, a favourite destination for the savvy shopper. “I was in Bali 14 years ago and saw the carpenters making tables from teak panels and thought it was really cool,” she recalls, as we take bhomes.com
a seat on the transparent IKEA chairs which flank each side. “It cost me AED500 – it wouldn’t cost that now. But then I had to ship it over for AED1,000,” she laughs. Bali, India and Vietnam were prime locations where her and close pal Evelyn would travel to, buying clothes and accessories to sell for a small profit to friends back in Dubai, covering the cost of the trip. These adventures marked the start of what would become Judith Hobby Clothing, her clothing line based nearby in Studio City. “I stopped working in PR and went into business with a girlfriend because we wanted something to do but we didn’t want anything high pressured. Of course, we factored in beach days and nice dinners, which were lovely, but we did become a business and people would ask when we were next travelling. Then it became more and more difficult for us to find new and nice things so I decided to design a few items myself and get them made here in Satwa. I just designed what I liked, simple dresses and tee-shirts, and they sold out quicker than the items we brought back from India. Then I started sewing and made a whole series of clothes.” Four years later she has a loyal customer base who are lured to her studio by tea and a gossip just as much as by her clothes and fashion accessories. “It’s easy, comfy and relaxed because that’s what the clothing is about,” she explains. “I think you can look really cool and still be really comfortable; I like clothes that can effortlessly transition from day to night as I don’t have time to change and get all gussied up for dinner. You can come and have coffee and have a chat and chocolate, raid the fridge and chill out, and buy clothes if you want to. Or we might have a big fashion day and try everything on; it’s like a girly dream really and quite low pressure.” Despite the ‘low pressure’, she creates six to seven collections a year and continuously designs “off the hoof at home”. Her modesty extends to her home décor, too. “There’s nothing special going on upstairs, only untidy boys’ bedrooms,” she warns, even though the staircase is a gallery of collectible artists, the noisy atrium has been remodelled, the landing storage has become a space-saving wardrobe, and the master bathroom has been refitted with contemporary his ‘n’ her sinks. “We bought the house when Arabian Ranches opened nine years ago and we loved the modernist architecture, which was unusual back then,” she comments. “I love that it’s open-plan downstairs with large windows and natural light; many houses here are built with small windows and it’s so depressing. Emaar built the Ranches very well.” Emaar may have created a sought-after residential community with shops, schools and security built-in, but it’s the Hobby’s attention to detail and Judith’s creative eye that have made their house a home. Nine years on they can’t imagine living anywhere else – and neither, so it appears, can the stray cats of the neighbourhood, who like to wander in and take up residence on a bed or two...
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1. Lily dress, AED425, Judith Hobby Clothing 2. Hazem Al Zubi ceramic stoneware, POA, Fann-a-Porter 3. Paisley leather rug, AED1,875, Zara Home 4. Lampada Jeeg lamp, The Dandy Collection, see price in store, Western Furniture 5. Naghmeh Kiumarsi Marilyn Monroe cushion, AED190, virguleshop.com 6. Alessi Lupito dog bowl, AED330, tavola.shop.com 7. Relax cushion cover, AED19, Homes R Us 8. Louise and Bolero walnut dining table and chair, POA, Natuzzi 9. Sanaz Salami Untitled, AED2,000, virgule-shop.com 10. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich Barcelona chair, POA, Knoll 11. Cardiff daybed, AED13,400, Fiore Rosso
Ask the experts Revitalise your home with advice from the pros
“I want to revamp my living room for the year ahead. What advice can you give me?” – Fraser Trais Metallics and natural elements are popular, says Majd Maurad, senior retail operation manager at La Maison Verte. Furniture retailers and interior designers have been experimenting with cooler tones like greys and light blues for a few years now, but in 2015 the cool tones are stronger than ever and here to stay. Most of us are used to seeing blue used in more classic furniture settings, but this year shades of blue will take on a fresh, new and darker vibe. My favourite is a blue that is almost black, but warmer and bolder without lacking depth. Metallic is back for 2015. The use of metallic elements in modern interior
design is not new but we are starting to see it being used more frequently and with a heavier hand. I personally love seeing shiny metallic metals in juxtaposition with furniture made from raw, natural materials. The best way to integrate metallic pieces into your home is with a beautiful pendant light shade or floor lamp. If you can handle more bling, try a metallic shaggy rug or copper throw pillows. We use a term called ‘tone on tone’ (a.k.a. monochromatic), which is all about layering, using the same colour throughout a space but in different saturations and textures. The easiest way to recreate the ‘tone on tone’ look is to mix and match patterns, keeping
it all within one colour family. Even though you will have multiple textures and prints the end result will be soft, calm and sophisticated. On the other hand, some people prefer a more natural look in their home décor, in which case wooden furniture with all its different tones and textures would be the answer to get that look. Moreover, wood that is lighter in colour creates an open and airy feel around your home. But the golden rule is mix don’t match. Mixing woods can be a balancing act. Balance both sides of your room with wood in similar shades. This grounds the space, allowing other tones to have a brighter or deeper contrast.
â€œIâ€™ve just bought a villa in Victory Heights and want to renovate all the bathrooms. What trends are popular this year?â€? â€“ Anushka Jai Create a spa at home, encourages Toni El Kadi, area manager at Duravit for the UAE, Qatar and Oman. The importance of the bathroom as a feelgood experience has steadily increased in the last few years. Many people dream of creating a private spa within their own four walls, a place where they can relax and regenerate. In line with this demand, bathrooms are becoming sociable spaces. Thereby, function and design are merging while quality has taken on increasing significance. Freestanding baths provide a stunning focal point, so are often high on the wishlist for an open, sociable bathroom. Various whirl systems ensure a large variety of massage effects, ranging from targeted muscular relaxation to an invigorating bath. Accessories such as carpets or framed pictures in different colours provide added personality for the bathroom. This is a bathroom that makes us feel at home but also makes us want to share the experience with others, too.
In general, current and future trends in woods are for darker, richer shades such as brushed walnut and dark brushed oak. In addition to darker shades, light wood finishes are becoming more and more popular. Unlike their darker counterparts â€˜blondeâ€™ woods provide a visual lightness. For example, oak reflects light creating a more expansive impression, particularly in smaller bathrooms. Pastel colours will also be in high demand â€“ these warm shades instantly evoke a calming atmosphere. Textured surface finishes will add warmth and tactility to a space and have a lasting appeal.
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With Paris playing host to this year’s very first international design exhibition, the renowned MAISON&OBJET between January 23 and 27, BH talks to the owners of three French brands that favour the UAE Binôme
Binôme: We were at Design Days Dubai 2014 because it was a very interesting event. For us it was a new approach of selective customers, and we touched a lot of new countries that we wouldn’t otherwise reach, like Australia and those in Asia. Caravane: We met Alexandra and Emma, owners of [our UAE distributor] Comptoir 102, a few years ago. They were long-time customers so they knew us very well and they represented us perfectly. It seemed natural to support them in their adventure and try to establish a collaboration in Dubai and the Middle East.
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customers. We saw that some people liked this approach – a new way to explain the design. Now we want to develop this in the UAE further and it is why we return [to Design Days] in 2015. Caravane: We quickly understood that Caravane’s casual yet trendy style, tinted with ethnic references, could completely fill a need [in the UAE] in the dynamic market of interior design. Gautier: Dubai is a great market for French design and Gautier is known here as a premium French furniture dealer with a huge sideline of contemporary furniture for every room of your house.
What’s new for 2015?
Gautier: We have been in Dubai for 2.5 years and we have been exhibiting at Index, known as the leading international design exhibition in the MENA area. We have more than 100 stores worldwide but being in Dubai is so important since it is considered a business hub.
Why do you like the market here? Binôme: For us, the market in the UAE offers new possibilities. In March we came [to Design Days] with our know-how and proposed this to the bhomes.com
Binôme: After the success of Mandarine, we have decided to deepen the work around lighting. In September we presented a new lamp called Fluide, which many people have loved since. For 2015 we are working on a variation of this lamp, and on another creation… We are working on an enterprise that works with faience. Caravane: Caravane is a casual (non-formal) yet elegant and timeless brand that emphasises the comfort and authenticity of materials. The current trend of French design is very minimalist, using noble and organic materials. Caravane continues to differentiate itself from this trend by keeping its colourful spirit of comfort. Our customers love to mix those two trends and create their own atmosphere at home. Gautier: Gautier’s new collection for 2015 is a range of bold and contemporary shelving and storage units, plus a premium master bedroom range with 500 different combinations of designs, fabrics and colours. We also have a new kids bedroom collection called Urban that provides an endless choice of layouts. Every piece of furniture is modular in order to optimise working and storage space.
Ingrid Michel, designer and cofounder, Binôme Binôme design studio, founded in Burgundy, is the brainchild of Ingrid Michel and Frédéric Pain. They studied the sculpting of wood at Ecole Boulle in Paris and nature remains central to their inspiration. Furniture takes on smooth, organic shapes yet the design duo mixes handcrafted processes with cutting-edge technology, such as combining smooth, light resin with untreated solid oak. Véronique Piedleu, owner, Caravane Since 1995 Caravane has been developing an eclectic, informal approach to interior furnishings. First came sofas and furniture, then came sleep and rest; more recently the company has turned its attention to reinterpreting tables. Head to Comptoir 102 boutique and café on Jumeirah Beach Road to find Caravane in the UAE. Sandrine Casinelli, coowner of Gautier Dubai Gautier is a world-famous, premium French furniture dealer with contemporary collections for living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms. The showroom on the Safa 2 and Sheikh Zayed Road junction was launched 2.5 years ago by husband and wife team Sandrine and Pierre Casinelli, and the couple have paid special attention to children’s furniture in their UAE collections.
Ask the meatelier What pairs well with a full-bodied ratatouille and a Provençal polenta gratin? Perhaps succulent Charolais beef from Saône-et-Loire in eastern France... Many of us know Wagyu is a prime breed of Asian cattle but how does it compare to its contemporaries in France? Or what should you go for should you dislike Wagyu’s renowned predisposition for intense marbling? I had an informative lesson in beef when I dined at Red Grill, at Sofitel Downtown. Just like a sommelier, the meatelier – a veritable artists of meat – knew all there is to know about pairing my palette with the right breed and cut. “Charolais, from Charolles in France, is well known for having more meat and less fat,” said Navneet Sharma, pointing to a succulent red square he’d brought to the table. “Because it has less fat content you should cook this rare to medium. If you cook it well it
can become dry as what fat there is will cook off the meat. “Normandy beef from northern France is very well known for its unsurpassed marbling qualities. It’s got very fine fat streaks running through the meat, which makes it one of the best types of beef in France. It’s hard to buy here as it’s difficult to import, but it is one of the best. Cook this mediumrare to medium-well. “Angus from Australia is a superiorquality meat, full of flavours and very tender. This is best cooked mediumrare to well-done. “My personal favourite is Wagyu from Australia,” he revealed. “It’s a beautiful meat, and you can see the pearly marble of the fat, which makes it one of the best cuts of beef in town. If you’re looking for something really delicious to serve then this is the one to go for, cooked medium-rare
Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Ratatouille and Polenta Gratin Serves four to well done. Since it has enough fat in the meat you can cook this at any temperature you like. “Wagyu and Angus are superior meats because the cattle have been given very specific treatments to make sure the meat is top quality. Wagyu cattle are fed on grass and grains, given massages, and they listen to music to keep them stress-free. They are very lucky and live a very lavish life,” he laughed. Regardless of breed and the country of origin, when you buy steak from your local supermarket or deli, cook it according to the amount of marbling of fat that you can see. Take Navneet’s advice: if there is very little fat, cook it rare or medium-rare to avoid the meat drying out. If there is a lot of marbling, cook it medium to well-done. The fat will soak into the meat as it cooks to make it juicy and succulent.
4x220g cut of Charolais tenderloin 3 tomatoes 4 garlic cloves, with skin 100g white onion 150g eggplant 150g zucchini 150g red bell pepper 200g polenta (corn flour) 60cl chicken stock 10cl cream 2 sprigs of rosemary 1 tsp fresh thyme 50g grated parmesan cheese 20cl olive oil Preheat the oven and the grill to a medium heat. Heat the olive oil in a large casserole pan, then add half the rosemary and garlic (with the skin on) and let it infuse with the oil. Cut the eggplant, zucchini, red bell pepper, tomatoes and onion into small cubes. Start to cook the zucchini in the olive oil and remove once it starts to brown. Repeat the process for the eggplant and the red bell pepper and when they are all half cooked mix all of them in the pan and add the onion and the tomato. Cook slowly for 20 minutes. Boil the chicken stock in another pan and add the polenta when it’s hot; remove from the burner and stir it until the polenta is a smooth consistency. Add the grated parmesan, cream, the remaining rosemary (chopped) and the fresh thyme. Cook until a creamy texture is achieved. Take four individual clay ramekin dishes and fill with the ratatouille, then add the creamy polenta on top. Place them in the oven to gratin. Grill each piece of meat with a little oil and the remaining garlic cloves. Cook for 2.5 minutes on each side to serve the steaks medium-rare. Serve with a garnish of garlic and rosemary from the pan, and the polenta and ratatouille gratin as a side dish.
Finger Dulcey and Lemon Praline Serves 8 HAZELNUT DACQUOISE
40g granulated sugar 80g egg whites 70g roasted hazelnut powder 50g icing sugar 25g flour DUJA CRISPY
225g roasted hazelnut 40g sugar 150g Dulcey chocolate 0.5g lemon salt 75g cornflakes PRALINE CREAM
150g pastry cream 100g soft butter 75g praline MILK GLAZING
125g milk chocolate 15g grape seed oil 20g diced roasted almonds
110g Dulcey chocolate 35g gelatin SPONGE CAKE
25g hazelnut paste 25g sugar 3g flour 40g egg whites 25g egg yolks GARNISH
50g lemon marmalade 50g crumble mixture Hazelnut dacquoise: whip the eggs and sugar then mix with the hazelnut powder. Spread on a cake frame and bake for 10 minutes at 190°C. Duja crispy: blend the roasted hazelnut with icing sugar, then mix with salt, crunched cornflakes and the Dulcey chocolate. Spread on the hazelnut dacquoise.
75g milk 75g cream 30g egg yolks 15g sugar
Praline cream: mix the butter and praline, add the cold pastry cream and whip it at high speed. Spread on top of the duja crispy and chill the cake in the fridge.
Milk glazing: melt the chocolate with the grape seed oil and the roasted almonds. Cut the cake into fingers (12cm by 4cm) and use the chocolate mixture to glaze the chilled cake. Dulcey cream: in a pan, cook the milk cream at 80°C with the sugar and egg yolks, then pour on the chocolate and gelatin and mix together. Chill in the fridge before using. Sponge cake: you’ll need to make this a day in advance. Blend all the ingredients together then siphon into a plastic cup and bake in the microwave on high heat for 30 seconds. Remove from the cup and cut into small pieces. Take your glazed hazelnut praline fingers and Dulcey cream from the fridge. Using a piping bag, pipe the Dulcey cream into a compact wave pattern on each finger. To serve, place each finger at the centre of a plate, dab small circles of lemon marmalade on the plate and sprinkle some small, ripped pieces of sponge cake and crumble mixture.
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in the kitchen What are we doing in our kitchens this year? Cooking? Perhaps. Socialising? Certainly. Showing off? Like you wouldn’t believe.
The hub of the home is changing – advanced technology, new colours and rough textures are creating contemporary kitchens that are more sociable than ever before. Steven Pardoe, managing partner at Hacker, says he’s worked with homeowners in Dubai that have five or six kitchens in one villa. While the working kitchen stays behind the scenes, those situated ‘front of house’ are for showing off and entertaining, with large state-of-the-art appliances, hidden sinks and touch-control cupboard doors – to name just a few mod cons. “Kitchens are larger here and so people like bigger ovens and fridges as they look fancy,” says Pardoe. “In reality, one large oven isn’t as affective as two smaller ovens – but they don’t look as impressive.” Surprisingly, there isn’t too much advancement in technology to report – that works here, that is. While some countries in Europe, such as Germany where Hacker derives from, can programme and use appliances remotely via a mobile phone, this advanced smart-technology has not reached the Middle East – yet. Sure, you’ll see smart appliances being advertised, but in practice it’s hard – impossible, warns Pardoe – to connect to them on the go via your iPhone. However, the one thing that does work well over here is syncing the extractor hood to the oven hob, which automatically changes the extraction settings according to what you’re cooking. The main focus has been streamlining functions and making the process easy and convenient for the user. Modern appliances now have touchscreen controls, bigger cavities, are self-cleaning and back-lit with LED lights. Coffee machines can be programmed with profiles, so mum gets her latte and dad gets his Americano in the morning exactly how they like it. Touch control is even changing the way we open and close our cupboards. A modernised roller blind is replacing the traditional open-and-shut doors with an innovative product Hacker has dubbed ‘climbers cabinet’. A simple touch of a button will concertina-fold the blind up to reveal one shelf, while another nudge slides it up fully. A major change that could affect the way we cook in the future is the current steam oven versus microwave battle. The former is pushing the latter into extinction (or uselessness) as it outperforms other methods of cooking. You can cook different dishes
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in just one steam oven cavity and the appliance will automatically determine how long each dish will need without losing any nutritional value. “Eventually they will wipe out microwaves,” asserts Pardoe. “Steam ovens are coming down and down in price because the technology is getting better every year and demand is going up. Customers that use them think they’re unbelievable. People are buying them more for the functions and convenience rather than because it’s a healthy way of cooking. “Textures on cabinet doors look amazing nowadays and will be very popular this year,” he adds. “You can recreate realistic planks of pine wood, have concrete-effect doors, and even real lava stone, which covers cabinet doors with a 3mm layer for a heavily textured look. We’re the only company in the world to have this and it’s very tactile, which people like. This year texture is all about being rough, natural elements and realistic details.” bhomes.com
“Textured countertops are also becoming a hot item as people move away from traditional polished silestone,” expands Ali Maarrawi,
Textures on cabinet doors are amazing nowadays and will be very popular this year general manager at Cosentino Middle East. Leather is the surprising new contender in today’s contemporary countertop options, he reveals. This material is outdoing itself this year
– from cabinets covered entirely in chestnut leather to leathered silestone worktops. As a kitchen surface it has an incredible textured feel that’s rough yet soft. Hammered metal is another great alternative to laminate, quartz and granite. Taking inspiration from the hospitality sector, where working kitchens are floor-to-ceiling stainless steel, a metal worktop or island will add an industrial element. Texture and patterns can now be manipulated thanks to an innovative new material from Cosentino called Dekton. The family-run Spanish company spent five years and a whopping AED560million developing the advanced technology that allows for variations in natural stones to be copied and repeated, enabling surfaces to appear seamless. This applies to many surfaces, including swimming pools, interior and exterior walls, floors and kitchen countertops. “A major shortcoming of granite and marble is the tonality in the stone,” explains Maarrawi. “Each tile is different and has to be cherry-picked to get similar veins – which are actually salt veins and will crack open and deteriorate with age, especially from heat and sea air. These are natural stones and so, like people, they age and you see the wrinkles no matter how many facelifts they have.” Dekton is the “ultimate remedy” and recreates these natural stones with no imperfections. Patterns and designs can be mirrored across eight slabs measuring 320cm by 144cm each – compared to 120cm by 120cm, the largest possible slab of natural stone. Dekton is also thicker, stronger and virtually indestructible. You can’t scratch or burn it, which could be a lifesaver in a kitchen fire. “If it was Corian it would melt, Silestone quartz would resist but not as much as Dekton, so its is great. Aesthetically it is nicer and easy to use and it’s not that expensive – for big projects it could be cheaper than natural stone.” A Dekton worktop can be customised with any design and textured finish you want, such as leather, denim or wood finishes, arabesque patterns or embossed designs. Hammered metal and leather will be a popular look this year for showroom-worthy kitchens. Dekton is already proving popular and reaping some of that invested money back, with renowned architect Daniel Libeskind taking it up for his modernist sculptures and Zara creating its new fashion and home stores from this hardwearing, versatile material. January 2015
Cook with some colour...
Petrol blue While 80% of popular cabinetry colours are usually white, cream and magnolia, the furniture trends of last year are coming into kitchens and so petrol blue is being heavily pushed as a key colour for cabinet doors,” says Pardoe. “For a German company the amount of blue on the 2015 door swatches are high, but they’ll be used as accents in the kitchen.” Petrol blue cabinets, Hacker; below: Kawa dish by Souda, bespokeglobal.com; worktop samples, Cosentino
Marsala “Nurturing and fulfilling, Marsala is a natural fit for the kitchen and dining room, making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances and linens throughout the home,” comments Leatrice Eiseman, executive director at Pantone Color Institute. Pantone’s colour of the year, Marsala, works well in kitchens as it draws upon natural colours found in many foods, such as plums, red grapes, red cabbage, aubergine and spices.
Black and gold These striking tones are decadent, luxurious and timeless – and a refreshing change from monochrome, pine or white marble. While blackchromed steel proved to be a popular finish last year, Alessi has launched a contemporary matt black and gold collection of kitchen accessories, featuring matt black plates and bowls and burnished gold fruit bowls. Swap gold with bronze for a more rustic look, or to complement existing kitchen fittings. However, avoid matt black with bronze because this palette will lack lustre.
Natural tones “We may have 90 different colourways but only five or six are ever really popular,” reveals Maarrawi. “These are usually pure white, beige and colours similar to naturally veined marble.”
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This is a stunning family home that’s been very well designed with topquality finishes, spacious rooms, high ceilings and wooden floors. The large windows and French doors are a real asset to the property, allowing for plenty of natural light to flood in. This three-bedroom villa is situated in the quiet complex of Alvorada 1, which is located within close range of Arabian
Ranches’ polo club, equestrian club and golf club. This beautiful villa has a lovely garden landscaped with patios, terraces and a large private swimming pool. Inside, the floor plan is quite extensive and features an openplan living and dining room, a closed kitchen, a maid’s room and a family room – all on the lower level, while the three bedrooms are upstairs.
Need to know Where? Arabian Ranches What? Three-bedroom villa Size? 3,765 square feet Cost? AED5.1million Best for? Families Like what you see? Call Better Homes consultant Juliana Grebenchshikova on 04 306 8833 and quote the villa’s reference code VI324604
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Market Watch Affordability, supply, and price corrections A recent report issued by Colliers raised a key question about whether people can afford to live in Dubai. Rents grew by 22% this year but 50% of households earn below AED15,000 per month, so they can realistically afford an annual rent of AED43,000. Going up an income bracket, 35% of households earn between AED15,000 to AED25,000, so they can afford an annual rent of AED72,000. Both estimations fall short of many rent prices in Dubai. Of all the sales transactions recorded in 2014, 60% averaged AED2million while only 7% of transactions were between AED4million and AED5million. With mortgage rates hovering around 4% most homeowners were paying 35% less on their mortgage repayments than they would on rent – making buying a much more attractive and lucrative venture. But with the population growing at an annual rate of 5%, is there enough
supply to meet demand? Even though 22,000 new units were added to the housing stock this year, the supply is expected to average 12,000 per year over the next five years. This represents a growth of 2.54%. The good news is that the gap in demand and supply is expected to help property prices improve. Property prices in Dubai corrected by 5.2% in the third quarter of 2014 – according to the latest Knight Frank Global House Price Index. Two reasons attributed to this softening: the mortgage cap and the sudden fall
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Move to… Arabian Ranches This golf-centred community is highly sought-after, says Better Homes’ Adrian Popica
Arabian Ranches is one of Dubai’s most sought-after residential communities, with attractions such as the Arabian Ranches Desert Course Golf Club and Dubai Equestrian Centre and Polo Club. Residents of all ages can practice their swing and canters, and then seek respite and refreshments at a number of restaurants, picnic terraces, pools and spas within the clubs and at the village community centre. They provide lovely spots at the weekend, where families can relax and enjoy the scenic views on offer. This desert-themed development spans 1,650 acres (currently being expanded for phase II) with around 4,000 villas and plenty of retail, social, health, educational and recreational facilities and amenities. The village community centre boasts more than 20 retail outlets, cafés and restaurants, which are all family-orientated and offer both casual and fine dining options. With such an established infrastructure in place, there’s no need to leave the community. Emaar
Properties developed Arabian Ranches with 12 distinct neighbourhoods, all wonderfully landscaped with tree-lined streets and cul-de-sacs. Residents take pride in their manicured front gardens and you’ll never see a leaf out of place. Each neighbourhood has a community swimming pool, a dedicated barbecue area, scenic parks and footpaths and plenty of sports facilities, including tennis courts and basketball courts. Vast open spaces and bicycle trails are other key features of this scenic, family-focused development. The villas have been built with between two and five bedrooms. A two-bed home will lease from AED170,000 per annum and sell from AED2.65million, so successful professionals tend to live here. Arabian Ranches has proved to be popular with families as the area meets the demand for high-quality family homes and also offers that community feel, where you can get to know your neighbours and enjoy community activities together. Educational
institutions and healthcare centres add to the integrated lifestyle; Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) is a respected primary and secondary school and is located within Arabian Ranches, so it’s just a short drive away for all residents. Getting around is quite easy and the development is strategically located on Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road. It’s a 20-minute journey from Downtown and Dubai Mall, 10 minutes from the beach, five minutes from Global Village and about 1.5 hours to Abu Dhabi. Arabian Ranches is also well integrated within the public transport system, offering both bus and taxi services – but if you want to flag a passing taxi your best option is to head to the village community centre. I would highly recommend that families looking to rent or buy should view a villa in Arabian Ranches, where everything is close to hand, from schools to the golf course. Want to know more? Contact Adrian Popica on 04 306 8833 or visit Better Homes’ Green Community office.
Homes to view Two spacious family villas with delightful gardens For sale The first thing you will notice is the unbeatable location of this house, which is extremely private and quiet, situated by the main park in Green Community. This three-bedroom villa has been freshly painted and its air conditioning unit has been serviced regularly, giving you peace of mind as soon as you move in. This semi-detached villa has three spacious rooms on the first floor with en-suite bathrooms, built-in wardrobes and double-height ceilings, and large dome-shaped windows that let plenty of sunlight into the house. There is a also a large family room on the landing with a private terrace. The ground floor has a lovely dining room with bay windows overlooking the landscaped garden and lush parkland, a spacious living room, a study, and a large, closed kitchen with fitted appliances. Adjoining this is a maid’s room and laundry room with separate access via the enclosed garage. The villa features a lot of storage space, plus four car parking spaces on the driveway and two in the garage.
Need to know Where? Green Community What? Three-bedroom villa + maid’s room Size? 4,176 square feet Cost? AED3,999,000 Best for? Families Like what you see? Call Better Homes consultant Victoria Rushton on 04 306 8833 with reference code VI2994
For rent This is a modern Type 6 three-bedroom villa (plus maid’s room) with wonderful finishes, including built-in bedroom wardrobes, a fireplace and an open, sociable kitchen with wooden units and a breakfast bar. The fireplace in the open-plan living and dining room is an unusual feature for Dubai, but one that creates a cosy atmosphere in the winter months. It faces a beautiful landscaped garden that surrounds the house with a lush lawn and leafy borders. A long veranda and private balconies from each bedroom look over the garden. The villa also benefits from included kitchen and laundry facilities plus four car parking spaces.
Need to know Where? Arabian Ranches What? Three-bedroom villa + maid’s room Size? 3,687 square feet Cost? AED250,000 Best for? Families Like what you see? Call Better Homes consultant Ozlem Ucar on 04 306 8833 and quote the villa’s reference code VI330903
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 Excellent value Dimple R (Ref No. VI302054)
AED 2,999,999 3 BR 2,627 sq. ft.
Saheel Villas Arabian Ranches
AED 4,700,000 3 BR 3,199 sq. ft.
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AED 5,400,000 4 BR 3,471 sq. ft.
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AED 2,750,000 2 BR 1,889 sq. ft.
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Alvorada 1 Arabian Ranches A stunning family home Juliana Grebenchshikova (Ref No. VI324604)
AED 5,100,000 3 BR 3,765 sq. ft.
Palmera 2 Arabian Ranches Exceptional deal Abi Odimayo (Ref No. VI331688)
AED 2,950,000 2 BR 2,219 sq. ft.
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High-profile environment Sharfuddin Mohammed (Ref No. VI163162)
La Coleccion 1 Arabian Ranches A resort style community Uroosa Khan (Ref No. VI331883)
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AED 340,000 6 BR 4,559 sq. ft.
A prestigious address Juliana Grebenchshikova (Ref No. VI332048)
AED 260,000 3 BR 3,166 sq. ft.
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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€™s the first port-of-call for many expats who are keen to soak up the sociable lifestyle on offer here.
Al Mass Dubai Marina Luxurious penthouse Robert Allsopp (Ref No. AP331763)
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AED 1,820,000 1 BR 791 sq. ft.
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AED 1,600,000 1 BR 800 sq. ft.
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Anbar Dubai Marina Panoramic views Robert Allsopp (Ref No. VI6513)
AED 12,450,000 4 BR 4,961 sq. ft.
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Strategic location Fabio Lombardi (Ref No. AP254703)
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Shemara Dubai Marina A prestigious address Simona Mariana Barbulescu (Ref No. AP304089)
AED 235,000 3 BR 1,837 sq. ft.
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AED 240,000 3 BR 2,980 sq. ft.
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AED 125,000 1 BR 1,073 sq. ft.
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AED 135,000 2 BR 1,173 sq. ft.
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Marina View Tower B Dubai Marina
AED 105,000 1 BR 778 sq. ft.
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Downtown for sale Live next to the icons of Dubai when you move to Downtown, home to Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall and the dazzling Dubai Fountains. Residents enjoy exceptional facilities, five-star spas, gourmet dining and a vibrant social scene on their doorstep.
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AED 2,000,000 1 BR 836 sq. ft.
A host of facilities Asal Abedi (Ref No. AP328823)
Tajer Residences Downtown Dubai
AED 2,300,000 1 BR 1,069 sq. ft.
Exclusive residence Riazuddin Ahmed (Ref No. AP174328)
8 Boulevard Walk Downtown Dubai
AED 1,250,000 Studio 543 sq. ft.
Excellent value Khurram Jameel Lodhi (Ref No. AP329322)
Zanzebeel 2 Downtown Dubai A motivated seller Anuradha Sanjay Chaudhri (Ref No. AP331662)
AED 2,000,000 1 BR 954 sq. ft.
Burj Khalifa Downtown Dubai Panoramic views Nicole Burt (Ref No. AP293670)
AED 6,990,400 2 BR 2,056 sq. ft.
Downtown for rent
Burj Khalifa Downtown Dubai Experience heights of luxury Yichin Tsen (Ref No. AP331755)
South Ridge 5 Downtown Dubai
AED 280,000 2 BR 2,053 sq. ft.
The Residences W3 (Tower 1) Downtown Dubai
AED 190,000 2 BR 1,367 sq. ft.
Central and prestigious location Mohammad Mukram (Ref No. AP318870)
AED 210,000 2 BR 1,444 sq. ft.
Amazing value Mohammad Mukram (Ref No. AP299901)
Zaafaran 4 Downtown Dubai
AED 175,000 2 BR 1,269 sq. ft.
Excellent value Wael Faidi (Ref No. AP283969)
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.
Al Anbara (B12) Palm Jumeirah Affordable luxury Soheila Aramnia (Ref No. AP325950)
AED 3,400,000 3 BR 2,218 sq. ft.
Tiara - Tanzanite Palm Jumeirah
AED 2,690,000 1 BR 1,333 sq. ft.
A prestigious address Daniela Simona Cosnita (Ref No. AP317371)
Oceana - Caribbean Palm Jumeirah
AED 4,600,000 2 BR 1,709 sq. ft.
Uncompromising luxury Nina Pekina (Ref No. AP291129)
Marina Residence 4 Palm Jumeirah
AED 6,600,000 3 BR 4,053 sq. ft.
A prestigious address Fabio Lombardi (Ref No. AP285108)
D Frond (Barhi Villas) Palm Jumeirah The jewel in the crown Sharon Sweet (Ref No. VI326786)
AED 12,900,000 4 BR 5,300 sq. ft.
C Frond (Hilali Villas) Palm Jumeirah Experience the height of luxury Ivana Stanisic (Ref No. VI331867)
AED 45,000,000 7 BR 10,000 sq. ft.
Palm Jumeirah for rent
Al Khushkar (B20) Palm Jumeirah
AED 180,000 2 BR 1,582 sq. ft.
A desirable address Sharon Sweet (Ref No. AP246867)
Al Habool (B11) Palm Jumeirah Fully furnished with style and class Nina Pekina (Ref No. AP261484)
Golden Mile B7 Palm Jumeirah
L Frond (Fara Villas) Palm Jumeirah
AED 1,100,000 6 BR 7,000 sq. ft.
A prestigious address Ali Tabrizi (Ref No. VI264795)
AED 155,000 2 BR 1,589 sq. ft.
Al Khudrawi (B6) Palm Jumeirah
AED 230,000 3 BR 2,181 sq. ft.
A prestigious address Izabela Matyjaszek (Ref No. AP331043)
AED 185,000 2 BR 1,787 sq. ft.
A desirable address Sharon Sweet (Ref No. AP301565)
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, cafĂŠs, restaurants, salons, health clubs and nurseries lining the waterfront promenades.
Green Lakes Tower 2 Jumeirah Lake Towers Excellent finish Micky Soni (Ref No. AP309491)
AED 2,500,000 2 BR 1,680 sq. ft.
Goldcrest Executive Jumeirah Lake Towers
AED 800,000 Studio 368 sq. ft.
Dynamic environment Tatyana Drigaylo (Ref No. AP331225)
Lake View Tower Jumeirah Lake Towers
AED 810,000 Studio 424 sq. ft.
High rental yields Fabio Lombardi (Ref No. AP235126)
Concorde Tower Jumeirah Lake Towers
AED 930,000 1 BR 675 sq. ft.
One of the Best Deals on the Market Muhammad Faheem Sadiq (Ref No. AP329775)
Concorde Tower Jumeirah Lake Towers Landmark property Julieta Kitova (Ref No. AP303442)
AED 1,225,000 1 BR 826 sq. ft.
Lake City Tower Jumeirah Lake Towers Live closer to work Jawad Motiwala (Ref No. AP240074)
AED 1,020,000 1 BR 700 sq. ft.
Jumeirah Lake Towers for rent
Saba Tower 2 Jumeirah Lake Towers
AED 140,000 2 BR 1,250 sq. ft.
Affordable luxury Veerta Laul (Ref No. AP321777)
Jumeirah Bay Tower (X1) Jumeirah Lake Towers Open to offers Julieta Kitova (Ref No. AP301243)
Palladium Jumeirah Lake Towers
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Jumeirah Lake Towers
AED 125,000 1 BR 1,083 sq. ft.
A prestigious address Behzad Torabi (Ref No. AP332112)
AED 140,000 2 BR 1,489 sq. ft.
Al Seef 3 Jumeirah Lake Towers
AED 175,000 2 BR 2,044 sq. ft.
Spacious living Muneeb Khan Mohammed (Ref No. AP331739)
AED 130,000 2 BR 1,187 sq. ft.
Premier location Asif Shah (Ref No. AP299777)
DIFC The financial centre of the city, DIFC attracts many businessmen and professionals from all corners of the world. Itâ€™s renowned for its great location and for having spacious apartments with superior finishes, facilities and skyline views. FOR SALE
Limestone House DIFC
AED 2,550,000 1 BR 1,300 sq. ft.
Exclusive residence Sana Hajjar (Ref No. AP327598)
The Index (One Central Park) DIFC Open to offers Julieta Kitova (Ref No. AP329056)
Burj Daman DIFC Affordable luxury Adil Raza Khan (Ref No. AP332097)
AED 2,856,000 1 BR 1,100 sq. ft.
AED 259,000 3 BR 2,125 sq. ft.
Park Tower A DIFC
AED 2,585,000 2 BR 1,423 sq. ft.
Amazing value Asal Abedi (Ref No. AP40881)
Burj Daman DIFC Excellent value Mehnaz Khasimi (Ref No. AP331666)
AED 260,000 3 BR 2,095 sq. ft.
Burj Daman DIFC
AED 185,000 2 BR 1,540 sq. ft.
A stunning family home Naveed Khan (Ref No. AP331188)
Ask the agent Mohammad Mukkarum, residential consultant, Business Bay office The Business Bay district is proving significant, not only in Dubai but it is emerging as a regional commercial hub, with the recent announcement of the Canal Project to be completed as promised. Work has begun to fast-track this. Connecting Sheikh Zayed Road to Dubai Creek is big news all around the region and every business enterprise is looking to own an office and residential apartment in Business Bay. The area has also seen increasing demand from large overseas companies wanting to set up a branch there soon. Business Bay
has a number of skyscrapers, including commercial and residential projects, with an infrastructure thatâ€™s been designed at world-class level. Prices are still affordable, between AED1,400 to AED1,800 per square foot. Business Bay is strategically and centrally located, with wide roads and bridges allowing easy traffic flow, the Metro is 10 minutes walking distance, and the upcoming canal water transport will be a major attraction. The canal itself has bridges built eight metres high to allow for yachts and marine craft to pass through.
JVC & JVT 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. FOR SALE
Rose 1 Jumeirah Village Circle
AED 805,000 1 BR 883 sq. ft.
Amazing capital growth Moin Jehanzeb (Ref No. APM292187)
Florence 2 Jumeirah Village Circle A motivated seller Gulshan Ara (Ref No. AP305131)
Mediterranean Townhouse Jumeirah Village Triangle
AED 2,500,000 2 BR 2,992 sq. ft.
A motivated seller Micky Soni (Ref No. TH332084)
Arabian Villas Jumeirah Village Triangle
A great family option Gulshan Ara (Ref No. VI332285)
AED 3,400,000 2 BR 2,669 sq. ft.
Seasons Community - Summer Jumeirah Village Circle
A stunning family home Muneeb Khan Mohammed (Ref No. VI332111)
AED 60,000 1 BR 653 sq. ft.
Brand new luxury apartments Rahab Nicar (Ref No. AP326489)
Mediterranean Villas Jumeirah Village Triangle
AED 2,800,000 2 BR 3,211 sq. ft.
Ambitious initiative Roy Yacoub (Ref No. TH330597)
Excellent value Khurram Jameel Lodhi (Ref No. VI329325)
AED 160,000 2 BR 2,690 sq. ft.
Arabian Townhouse Jumeirah Village Triangle
JVC - Villas Jumeirah Village Circle
AED 890,000 1 BR 956 sq. ft.
AED 165,000 2 BR 2,690 sq. ft.
Mediterranean Villas Jumeirah Village Triangle
AED 240,000 5 BR 6,778 sq. ft.
Amazing value Amit Laul (Ref No. VI331970)
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.
Garden East Apartments Green Community - DIP Assured rental income Nicole Burt (Ref No. AP3422)
AED 2,100,000 2 BR 1,862 sq. ft.
Townhouse Green Community - DIP
AED 3,800,000 3 BR 4,237 sq. ft.
Friendly neighborhood Abi Odimayo (Ref No. VI3138)
Golf View Residence Dubai Sports City
AED 3,900,000 4 BR 4,906 sq. ft.
Live with a view to inspire Juliana Grebenchshikova (Ref No. AP285803)
Townhouse Green Community - DIP
AED 3,999,000 3 BR 4,176 sq. ft.
Premier location Victoria Rushton (Ref No. VI2994)
Private Villa The Villa Elegant interiors Suraiya Nawab (Ref No. VI329891)
AED 5,600,000 4 BR 5,041 sq. ft.
PO Apartments Arjan Amazing value Darko Dumancic (Ref No. AP328015)
AED 550,000 Studio 460 sq. ft.
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AED 85,000 1 BR 939 sq. ft.
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Contemporary style/layout Abi Odimayo (Ref No. AP330732)
Sherlock House 2 Motor City Sunny, spacious apartment Abi Odimayo (Ref No. AP331549)
Andalusia Falcon City of Wonders
AED 80,000 1 BR 943 sq. ft.
Private Villa The Villa Premier location Suraiya Nawab (Ref No. VI332080)
AED 250,000 5 BR 4,000 sq. ft.
Terrace Apartments Green Community - DIP
AED 215,000 3 BR 3,283 sq. ft.
Sophisticated waterfront community Hannah Bakshani (Ref No. AP158029)
AED 230,000 4 BR 3,454 sq. ft.
Affordable luxury Paulina Kranjcevic (Ref No. TH330223)
The Greens The Greens is a haven for couples, families and dog walkers, with tree-lined paths winding through the complex of low-rise apartments, a vibrant community centre with shops and cafés, and lovely views across the neighbouring Emirates Golf Club. FOR SALE
Al Ghozlan 2 The Greens
AED 1,100,000 1 BR 811 sq. ft.
Unparalleled comfort and convenience Syed Wajih Uddin Ahmed (Ref No. AP23364)
Travo B The Greens Competitive price, call now Toni Loureiro (Ref No. AP22653)
Al Dhafra 4 The Greens
AED 1,199,000 1 BR 768 sq. ft.
Excellent value Roy Yacoub (Ref No. AP152309)
Al Arta 1 The Greens
Amazing value Shikha Rath (Ref No. APM23408)
AED 1,200,000 1 BR 740 sq. ft.
Al Jaz 2 The Greens
Lush landscaping Narges Motaleb (Ref No. AP308843)
AED 170,000 3 BR 1,640 sq. ft.
Close to all amenities Rahab Nicar (Ref No. AP332204)
Al Dhafra 4 The Greens
AED 2,900,000 3 BR 2,126 sq. ft.
Modern living at its best Bilal Khan (Ref No. AP331671)
An investor’s dream Anjana Mahna (Ref No. AP1131)
AED 145,000 2 BR 1,093 sq. ft.
Al Sidir 2 The Greens
Al Dhafra 4 The Greens
AED 1,395,000 1 BR 941 sq. ft.
AED 80,000 1 BR 758 sq. ft.
Golf Tower 2 The Greens Breathtaking vistas Nicole Burt (Ref No. AP300558)
AED 205,000 2 BR 1,318 sq. ft.
The Springs Part of the Emirates Living District, The Springs is an idyllic community of townhouses with amazing views of waterways and lush landscaping. Residents have everything close to hand, such as banks, supermarkets, cafĂŠs, restaurants and mosques. FOR SALE
Springs 7 (Phase 3B) Emirates Living
AED 2,350,000 2 BR 1,690 sq. ft.
Exceptionally rewarding investment Gulshan Ara (Ref No. VI329569)
Springs 4 (Phase 5) Emirates Living A place to call home Ganna Grosova (Ref No. VI206088)
Springs 3 (Phase 6) Emirates Living Exceptional deal Soheila Aeinehchi (Ref No. VI331321)
AED 3,805,110 3 BR 2,700 sq. ft.
AED 4,000,000 3 BR 2,900 sq. ft.
Springs 8 (Phase 3A) Emirates Living Nowâ€™s the time to make the move Nina Pekina (Ref No. VI321601)
Springs 15 (1A) Emirates Living
AED 3,290,000 3 BR 2,800 sq. ft.
AED 180,000 3 BR 2,745 sq. ft.
A place to call home Sorin Rizan (Ref No. VI315168)
Springs 2 (Phase 7) Emirates Living
AED 165,000 2 BR 1,890 sq. ft.
A desirable address Soheila Aramnia (Ref No. VI321694)
Ask the agent Mehroz Majeed, residential consultant, Dubai Marina office The Springs is a mature, popular and family-friendly area amongst expats. It is close to schools, hospitals and malls and has easy access to Sheikh Zayed Road, Emirates Road and Al Khail Road. Rents are still quite high and end-users are increasingly looking to get out of the rent trap and become homeowners instead. The fact that interest rates are still quite low makes owning a property much more profitable than renting and the trend of end-users getting on to the property ladder is increasing by the day. bhomes.com
The availability of ready residential stock is helping this trend. In The Springs you can rent a two-bedroom villa from AED125,000 per annum and a three-bedroom villa from AED170,000. However, prices can vary and depend entirely on the view, the condition of the villa, and if any upgrades have been made to the property. Rates are expected to go up some time in the future. The general consensus is that the rate cycle will start reversing itself in the second quarter of 2015. January 2015
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.
Sadaf 7 Dubai Marina One of the Best Deals on the Market Nina Pekina (Ref No. APM174027)
AED 2,399,000 2 BR 1,448 sq. ft.
Rimal 1 Dubai Marina
AED 2,450,000 2 BR 1,355 sq. ft.
One of the Best Deals on the Market Tulay Ozcan (Ref No. AP290770)
Sadaf 8 Dubai Marina
AED 10,500,000 4 BR 6,130 sq. ft.
Beachfront living at an attractive price Toni Loureiro (Ref No. AP325454)
Murjan 5 Dubai Marina
AED 10,800,000 4 BR 6,634 sq. ft.
Full ocean view Anda Marin (Ref No. AP227992)
Bahar 1 Dubai Marina A motivated seller Yasmin Piroozan (Ref No. AP291737)
AED 1,800,000 1 BR 1,198 sq. ft.
Rimal 3 Dubai Marina A prestigious address Victor Danu (Ref No. AP330910)
AED 2,000,000 1 BR 1,158 sq. ft.
Jumeirah Beach Residence for rent
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Sadaf 8 Dubai Marina
AED 225,000 4 BR 2,655 sq. ft.
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A host of facilities Martina Plumley (Ref No. AP171913)
Shams 4 Dubai Marina Live by the beach Karan Bhatia (Ref No. AP331419)
Bahar 6 Dubai Marina
AED 155,000 2 BR 1,188 sq. ft.
Murjan 1 Dubai Marina
AED 142,000 2 BR 1,290 sq. ft.
Beachfront living at an attractive price Anita Szilagyi (Ref No. AP300619)
AED 120,000 1 BR 800 sq. ft.
A great family option Veerta Laul (Ref No. AP172255)
Jumeirah Park 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. FOR SALE
Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park
AED 4,800,000 3 BR 3,527 sq. ft.
A place to call home Ali Tabrizi (Ref No. VI307543)
Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park A motivated seller Anjana Mahna (Ref No. VI321222)
Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park Brand new Anjana Mahna (Ref No. VI66844)
AED 3,800,000 3 BR 3,063 sq. ft.
AED 4,250,000 3 BR 3,547 sq. ft.
Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park A stunning family home Soheila Aeinehchi (Ref No. VI331184)
Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park A stunning family home Soheila Aeinehchi (Ref No. VI331182)
AED 4,100,000 4 BR 3,380 sq. ft.
AED 5,450,000 4 BR 4,335 sq. ft.
Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park
AED 280,000 3 BR 3,063 sq. ft.
A desirable address Gulshan Ara (Ref No. VI315331)
Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park Dynamic development Hannah Bakshani (Ref No. VI318055)
AED 275,000 4 BR 4,335 sq. ft.
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 Cosmopolitan Business Bay
AED 15,000 1 BR 952 sq. ft.
Premier location Merracquek Flores (Ref No. APM331392)
The Signature Downtown Dubai
Beachfront living at an attractive price Kazim Ali (Ref No. APM326976)
AED 16,500 1 BR 1,436 sq. ft.
One of the Best Deals on the Market Kazim Ali (Ref No. APM332054)
AED 25,000 2 BR 1,373 sq. ft.
Inspiring setting Kazim Ali (Ref No. APM332098)
Shams 4 Dubai Marina
Concorde Tower Jumeirah Lake Towers
Bahar 1 Dubai Marina
Burj Al Nujoom Downtown Dubai Be where it all happens Norman Tarala (Ref No. APM326089)
AED 28,000 2 BR 2,896 sq. ft.
Self-contained development Kazim Ali (Ref No. APM331670)
AED 22,020 2 BR 1,374 sq. ft.
Live by the beach Merracquek Flores (Ref No. APM298291)
AED 22,200 2 BR 1,263 sq. ft.
Bahar 1 Dubai Marina
Bahar 1 Dubai Marina
AED 17,000 1 BR 1,198 sq. ft.
Beachfront living at an attractive price in JBR Syed Murtaza Haider (Ref No. APM329633)
AED 23,010 2 BR 1,390 sq. ft.
Burj Al Nujoom Downtown Dubai
AED 12,000 Studio 452 sq. ft.
Central and prestigious location Merracquek Flores (Ref No. APM330188)
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