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Welcome October is an exciting month â€“ not only can we bask outside in more ambient weather but the social scene is kicking off again. For interiors this means Downtown Design. Now in its second year, the luxury trade show is championing original design from all around the world, with a special focus on Latvia. Could this Baltic state be the new Nordic? Find out on page 40. Keeping our focus on original design, we discover paper furniture is made of strong stuff, we snoop around the eclectic apartment of our favourite design expert George Foster, and reveal how emerging Middle East talent took over London. Itâ€™s a bumper issue full of originality. Enjoy!
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18. The Design Digest
36. Ask the Experts
See what’s new in the world of home interiors this month
Get your garden looking great with these top tips
20. My Style
38. More Than Green Fingers
This home is filled with Alessi, Starck and Kartell
Love these new garden ranges blooming with colour
22. October Wishlist
40. Is Latvian the New Nordic?
Have a ghoulishly good time at home for Halloween
Why Latvia is dominating this year’s Downtown Design
26. Designer Spotlight
44. Rock, Paper, Scissors
How Middle East talent took over London Design Festival
Find out why paper furniture is made of strong stuff
28. Through the Keyhole
46. What a Fresh Idea
George Foster’s home reflects his colourful personality
Cook these healthy meals that are far from boring
House 51. Property of the Month
60. Move to the Marina
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The best views and lifestyle are on offer in Dubai Marina
52. On the Map
62. Go Downtown
Find your way around Dubai with our colour-coded map
Live next to the icons of Dubai in these apartments
54. Market Watch
65. Ask the Agent
A mortgage is the popular path to take, says our expert
Anna Tybura discusses investing on The Palm
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74. Life’s a Beach
There’s a lot going on in Jumeirah Village Circle
These homes in JBR are near the beach, malls and cafés
57. Property Picks
84. Better Homes’ Lust-Have
Take a look at these two spacious townhouses
Illuminate the darker nights with this statement light
Hello, winter Rumour has it October 15 is the day winter arrives and we can really enjoy the outdoors again. The cooler season is kicking off with bright colours and tactile patterns – think neon, tartan and chevrons for a burst of boldness. Aqua is also taking centre stage, from sea blues to marine-life motifs. Head outside to the garden and it’s blooming with social enterprises – outdoor kitchens fully equipped with barbecues, pizza ovens and breakfast bars cater to every al fresco meal, and living spaces are being made over with colourful chairs and accessories – go tribal or add bold accents of orange, indigo, fuchsia and yellow.
The Design Digest What’s new in the world of interiors )DVKLRQDEOHÁRRUV A prestigious collaboration between Scottish fashion designer Jonathan Saunders and The Rug Company has produced a snazzy line of chevron and geometric rugs in clashing neon colours. This look is fashionable for winter and adds a bright accent to liven up bedrooms, living rooms and hallways. therugcompany.com
Explore new Cities A brand new boutique has opened its doors in Galleria Mall, inviting customers to explore the world in one place. Cities (which has been popular in Saudi Arabia since 2006) sells artisanal furniture, home accessories, gadgets and clothing from many renowned international designers, including Alain Solomon from France, Nada Debs and Bokja from Lebanon, Italy’s Villa Home and Portuguese brand Menina Design. www.citiesdubai.com
> Vampy triangle cut-outs are striking a pose on the catwalk and in the home this winter. Golran’s Triangles collection features the polygon repeated in a kaleidoscope of diamonds and hexagons. The company draws on its 116-year heritage, combining ancient weaving techniques with fashionable geometry. At Downtown Design, Oct 28-31; golran.com
CCA returns > THE One has launched its new autumn/winter collection – we love the signature Glamorama range, which oozes luxury and comfort. theone.com
Chelsea College of Arts returns to Dubai this month with a specialist portfolio of art and interior design short courses. Colour for Interiors is new this year, on October 15. Courses range from one day to five, from October 9 to 20. arts.ac.uk
Head online to interiorhunt.com, heralded as the UAE’s largest online portal of home interiors brands, inspiration, expert advice and trends, with more than 1,000 companies already signed up.
Five of the best Fabulous flower power
Find out how stylish the experts are in their own homes
Rose Love Couture candle, AED230, Hervé Gambs
Philippe Starck Charles Ghost stool, Kartell
Wakami Saab The deputy managing director for Tavola loves minimalism
Where do you live? In a townhouse with my husband and several rescued animals, in Wasl Square by Safa Park. It’s a great community with the park next to it. Sum up your style: Modern and simple. What inspires you? I’m inspired by Japanese minimalism because I’m from Japan.
How does your personality come through? With paintings that we have collected while travelling and also a lot of family pictures around the house.
What’s your favourite space? Our TV room and dining area. This is where we gather together when our children come home.
Describe your favourite item of furniture: The Womb Chair by Knoll, designed by Eero Saarinen in 1948. It’s one of the
Flowered Ball chandelier, AED2,950, Ethan Allen
most comfortable chairs on Earth.
Which designer do you admire? Philippe Starck because he is very original. There is an iconic piece on top of the Asahi Beer Hall building in Tokyo that I used to see when I visited the area, and when I started working with Alessi I found out it was designed by Starck, and I felt closer to the designer. He once said, “I don’t work but I dream”, because he turns everyday objects into art. I own a few Alessi accessories and a Charles Ghost stool from Kartell, all designed by Starck.
Bokja Flower Power chair, AED11,600, Bloomingdale’s Home
How does Tavola influence your style? Tavola helped me to demand both quality and warm design at the same time – things that you want to touch and work with.
What do you own from Tavola? We have many items from Alessi, WMF and Staub. The Alessi small coffee tables I have are lightweight, great on the eye and easy to move. The WMF coffee cups deliver the cream of the coffee so gently and they gel with their saucer. And the Staub cocotte makes me the chef admired by all the family.
Briar cushion, AED146, Crate and Barrel
Little Flowers door knob, set of 2, AED40, Zara Home Kids
October wishlist Have a ghoulishly good time at home over Halloween
1. Bronze Age skull table, POA, Southern Guild 2. Skull candle, AED99, Zara Home 3. Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby snake rug, AED4,535/mÂ˛, The Rug Company 4. Bat fruit punch bowl, AED183, Crate and Barrel 5. Maze bathroom cabinet, AED89, Home Centre
One to watch
Bed, bath, and beyondâ€Ś After a hot bath has washed away the stress of the day, thereâ€™s nothing nicer than wrapping up in a snug bathrobe and falling into the open arms of a gorgeous new duvet set. Such simple things can seem so indulgent, but now they can be enjoyed every day thanks to Karaca Home. The new bedding
and bath store in Deira has a soft and sumptuous collection inspired by a rich history of Turkish textiles. While Karaca has been a respected cookware and porcelain company in Istanbul since 1973, it launched its Home collection just two years ago, with an elegant yet colourful selection of duvet
covers, bed spreads, blankets, towels and bathrobes. The new store has a fresh winter range, with elegant whitegold and crimson, feminine pink and floral motifs, contemporary ochre with warm woollen throws, and crisp whites with geometric patterns. Al Ghurair Centre, Deira; karaca-home.com/en.
The Middle East Revealed
Braided, by Latifa Saeed
“The Middle East was very well represented at London Design Festival (LDF) last month,” reveals our reporter in the field Hollie Kiernan, from wysada.com. The UAE and its neighbours descended on London for the two-week design festival as part of Wallpaper*’s Middle East Revealed exhibition, in association with Dubai Design District (D3). “First, we ventured east [of the capital] to Tent London and Super Brands London, which took place in the historic landmark of the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane,” says the design aficionado. “The stark space was the perfect backdrop for the mecca of creative and contemporary design, with a plethora of new and established brands showcasing the latest in current design. A mere stone’s throw away was the Dray Walk Gallery, which housed the Middle East Revealed exhibition. With stunning pieces from industry greats such as Nada Debs, Fadi Sarieddine and Salem Al-Qassimi, the
exhibition was a fitting tribute to the wealth of design in the Middle East.” You may recognise Latifa Saeed’s eye-catching Braided chair, which made its debut at Design Days Dubai in March and featured in Better Homes Magazine’s roundup of the show, applauding local talent. The Emirati artist-turned-designer launched the unusual padded seats through Tashkeel – and we’re pleased to see that the international market has recognised her gift for creative thinking. “With a plethora of events taking place across the capital, between trade shows, parties and exhibitions, it was a mad dash for us to cram in as much design as possible,” Hollie recalls of the internationally acclaimed festival. “One highlight was Zaha Hadid’s presentation of Crest, a mesmerising focal point in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s John Madejski Garden.” This isn’t the first time the renowned Iraqi-British architect has been asked to showcase her work at LDF, but it
is the first time the annual event has had such a strong Middle East focus. Commenting on Crest, Hadid says: “We envisaged a piece that would emerge from the centre of a pool. The metallic surface will reflect the sky on one side and the rippling water on the underside.” Following its reign at the V&A, the ultra-modern metallic ‘wave’ will be installed in Dubai’s new ME by Melia Hotel, projected to launch in 2016, another feather in Hadid’s burgeoning cap. Located near Burj Khalifa, ME will be a landmark monolith that will be just as eye-catching as its towering neighbour. The Opus office block will appear as two towers conceived as a single cube, with a cavernous hole ‘melting’ through the middle. The developer Omniyat has modified the project with Hadid designing the hotel, which will add luxurious serviced apartments to the complex. This is her first hotel undertaking, and the first ME in the Middle East.
A decade of design Designer George Foster has created a home away from home Words by Eleanor Joslin; photography by Helen Riley
eady wafts of spiced pumpkin wrap around us when the lift doors open in Burj Residences 2, and lead us down the wide marble corridor into the one-bedroom home of George Foster. It smells like a happy winterâ€™s day. Itâ€™s October, heâ€™s Californian; ergo itâ€™s fall, he laughs, as he hands us a slice of freshly baked pumpkin cake drizzled with a rich pecan butter sauce. â€œI love to bake,â€? raves Ethan Allenâ€™s design team manager, as Helen and I both reach for a second slice. â€œIt reminds me of being in California with my family so itâ€™s comforting and kind of nostalgic for me.â€? His wife Rocio and their two children, six-year-old Ivan and four-year-old Lia, still reside in their three-bedroom family home in Palm Springs, California. â€œIâ€™ve moved from one desert to another desert,â€? he observes, with a wry smile. â€œIâ€™d been working for Ethan Allen there for ten years and Iâ€™d won a lot of awards, but I knew it was time for a change. They asked me to be the head designer in Dubai and I knew it was the challenge Iâ€™d been looking for.â€? That was 16 months ago and his family have been to visit quite a few times, including on his daughterâ€™s birthday when they all enjoyed WKHZDWHUSDUNDQGĂ€QHGLQLQJDW Atlantis. When he was looking for an apartment last year he knew theyâ€™d love Burj Residences, as they could watch the Dubai Fountains dance from the balcony and Burj Khalifa twinkle behind. â€œI really didnâ€™t know KRZJRRGWKHORFDWLRQZDVDWĂ€UVW as the restaurants had packed away their outdoor seating and not many people were walking around [in July]
because it was so hot,â€? he says. â€œThen it got to the end of the year and I was like, â€œwhere are you guys all coming from?â€? and the place really came to OLIH,GHĂ€QLWHO\PDGHWKHULJKWPRYHÂ˛ itâ€™s close to Dubai Mall where I work, thereâ€™s an amazing lobby and the kitchen is well designed, which is very important for me. Itâ€™s an exclusive area, and if you can live here you should.â€? His family may be 13,402 miles away but George has created a home away from home, albeit with a distinct bachelor-pad feel. Little mementos from Palm Springs have earned some air miles, such as Jack the horse, who poked his nose into every photo Helen took. â€œI love Jack,â€? laughs George. â€œI carried him on the plane with me and the air stewardess gave him his own seat with the cabin crew so he wouldnâ€™t get scratched in the overhead locker. On RXUĂ€UVWQLJKWKHUHLWZDVMXVWPHDQG KLPRQWKHĂ RRUZLWKDVOHHSLQJEDJ He reminds me of home so heâ€™s great to have around.â€? Georgeâ€™s desk in the bedroom is a
little shrine to his family, with photos, cards and drawings from Evan and Lia. One sketch captioned â€˜Youâ€™re the Bestâ€™, shows dad wearing a bowtie made from DSDFNHWRIFKRFRODWH0 0VÂ˛VWLOO unopened. George is renowned for his Ă DPER\DQWGUHVVVHQVHLQFOXGLQJWKH matching tweed jacket and bowtie
I definitely made the right move I remember him wearing when we Ă€UVWPHWLQ(WKDQ$OOHQÂˇVVKRZURRP Today heâ€™s understated but dashing in DFRORXUFRRUGLQDWHGHQVHPEOHÂ˛EOXH velvet jacket, ripped jeans and petrolblue leather shoes. This is how his personality comes WKURXJKLQKLVKRPHGpFRUÂ˛OLWWOH pops of colour and quirk with tactile materials and patterns. Orange velvet October 2014
cushions stand out against the grey VRIDWZRUXJVÂ˛RQHOHRSDUGSULQWWKH other patterned with brown-and-white FKHYURQVÂ˛OLHRQWRSRIHDFKRWKHUDWD jaunty angle; a rail of tailored jackets hang decoratively in the bedroom. Having spent a decade working for Ethan Allen heâ€™s certainly acquired an effortless eye for eclectic yet FRPIRUWDEOHGpFRUÂ˛DWZRUNKLVĂ€UVW collection for 2014 was aptly called The New Eclecticism. Heâ€™s also procured several pieces, old and new from the 82-year-old furniture store, which have made their way into his funky living room and restful bedroom. A soft, Peruvian-patterned throw is his oldest item. â€œThis throw was P\YHU\Ă€UVWSXUFKDVHVHYHQ\HDUV ago and itâ€™s now discontinued,â€? he says. â€œI always travel with it and it has sentimental value as it is very precious to me. The Ran armchair in WKHEHGURRPZDVXVHGLQP\Ă€UVWSKRWR shoot here [for Ethan Allen] and I fell in love with it because it is so iconic,â€? he recalls. â€œI had an Ethan Allen daybed in the living room but I wanted something smaller so I went with this Fairfax sofa Â˛LWÂˇVDWUDGLWLRQDOVRIDEXWZRUNVZHOO because grey is a modern shade and
As the evening draws in I feel relaxed here itâ€™s also neutral, so I could add orange cushions for a pop of colour. Then I QHHGHGWRDGGPRUHSLHFHVWRĂ€QLVKWKH dĂŠcor, so I got the two armless Delani chairs, which are functional yet funky DQGĂ€WDOOW\SHVRIERGLHV â€œAfter that I introduced fresh shades with a range I brought to Dubai called American Colours. I fell in love with the apple green and used it on the Keller chest as it has more pop and works really well with the orange and JUH\%XWREYLRXVO\WKHĂ€UVWLWHPWKDW I selected for this apartment was my EHGWKH)UHPRQW,VDZLWRQWKHĂ RRU of the store and thought it would work perfectly. I wanted a grey bedroom so it would be soothing when I come home from work. When you have a very colourful personality and youâ€™re creative your mind is always spinning with ideas, so I need something neutral to balance that and calm me down. As the evening draws in I feel very relaxed here.â€? George has layered different textures
and materials in grey and black to create a soft yet masculine bedroom. A padded headboard, linen bedding and thick wool cushions create depth and a cosy ambience. This colour works its way through the apartment, including the walls in the vibrant living room. â€œWhen I moved in 16 months ago WKHUHZDVQRWKLQJÂ˛QRWHYHQDEOLQGÂľ he says. â€œSo I started from scratch and painted the walls, going for grey. It is a great substitute for white and I coordinated with a colour specialist from Benjamin Moore who encouraged me to use this colour. The lighting in Dubai is quite different to California so I had to make sure that if I used a dark colour on the walls that the room could cope with the impact, but we tested it out and it worked really well. â€œPeople should travel with you when WKH\HQWHU\RXUKRPHÂ˛LWVKRXOGGHĂ€QH you,â€? he asserts. â€œMy apartment is accessorised with pieces that I use everyday, like my hats, which I throw down and I think look messy, but guests think itâ€™s done on purpose, like eclectic layering. If you have a strong personality you should always try to accessorise with it. Buy what you like, display it, love it, and thatâ€™s you.â€? While I wouldnâ€™t advise leaving your priceless jewel collection lying around or bringing your thirst for extreme sports into the home, Georgeâ€™s words are inspiring. After all, he makes a pile of well-thumbed interior magazines, a Ted Baker satchel and a plaid trilby look like a carefully curated montage on his hallway bench. Whether you have a one-bedroom high-rise apartment or DVSDFLRXVĂ€YHEHGURRPYLOODWDNHKLV DGYLFHÂ˛Ă€OOLWZLWKWKLQJVWKDWUHVRQDWH with you, so youâ€™re always at home even when youâ€™re out.
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Ask the outdoor experts
“I need to repaint my villa and garden ready for the cooler months. What do you recommend?” Amber Jones Sanjay Nair, regional category manager for exterior decorative paints at Jotun MEIA, suggests waterborne topcoats In the UAE, as long as you avoid painting in the period from June to August you should get good results. Weather plays an important role in the performance of the paint. Countries that experience heavy rain are prone to algal and fungal formation on the paint surface while the harsh sun in this region can cause cracking, flaking and discolouration. New generation paints are formulated to withstand the sun and rain. Furthermore, there are superior exterior paints that are heat reflective, which reduces the temperature inside your house while also protecting against sand, dirt, rain,
moisture, fungal and algal. It is important to use paints specifically made for the house exterior. If you use any other paint its film will not be able to withstand the harsh weather conditions. It is also very important to use materials that are designed to handle a lot of sunlight and UV otherwise the paint will fail and colours will fade. Since most walls are concrete, I recommend using waterborne topcoats or textured paint depending on the finish you want. For metals, you can use alkyds and for wood there are specific exterior wood stains. With high-quality paint you’ll gain concrete protection, better colour retention (quality exterior paints keep their ‘new’ look for twice as long as lower
grade paints), more dirt resistance (superior paints won’t pick up airborne impurities), maintenance reduction, plus less blistering, chalking and flaking. Some paints won’t even last a year because they use low-quality raw materials. Today, paints can last eight, twelve and even twenty years. When choosing colour, for a traditional house I recommend a combination of brown and beige to create a feeling of legacy and luxury (pictured). For a house with modern architecture, vibrant colours like teal and navy or lime and turquoise would create a striking look. For larger homes, I recommend royal colours for an air of imperial indulgence – vibrant blue, with red or green for the trims and pastel shades for the body.
â€œWeâ€™ve just moved into a new villa in Jumeirah and need inspiration for the living room and garden.â€? Andrew Naven Modular seating is flexible, says Daniele Lo Scalzo Moscheri, art director at Varaschin The terrace presents a great opportunity for a new concept and lifestyle in an outdoor mood. As for the inside of the house, a terrace can work with the interiors seamlessly, by means of sliding patio doors, which will give the living room moments of total relaxation and cordiality. You can also play with a broad selection of products that work well in large spaces and with shade and light. For the living room and terrace, I would suggest modular seating to allow for flexibility. Modular collections can be arranged in a number of ways, from L-shapes, to sociable circular settings or simply as sofas and chairs. Accompany with elements that can be put side by side and are easily upgradeable (such as side tables and floor lamps). These more functional elements must then be surrounded by iconic statement pieces, like lounge chairs, armchairs or chaise longues, and then with accessories such as plants and decorative vases.
These arrangements allow you to maintain a natural equilibrium between the living space and garden. Decorative candles and candleholders inside, and torches outside, will support the furniture and ambience with warm light. With colours, you need to find the correct balance between Dubaiâ€™s romantic past and its technological present. This mixture can be interpreted by woven products in pale/light tones (such as taupe, faun, beige and light grey) that adapt well to the surrounding architectural concepts Dubai is so famous for. I would select a slatted wooden floor with a naval and marine theme and combine this with minimalist white products â€“ this has been a popular concept in interiors this year and works well with the beach lifestyle here. Colour-wise, go for turquoise, teal and tones in the aquamarine spectrum. The use of light is fundamental. It must be scenographic with different
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More than green fingers… You’ll find plenty of colour in this year’s new garden ranges This year the garden will become the real fun zone of the home. Forget white wicker and traditional rattan seats – we’re embracing colour and customisation this winter. Fiore Rosso has just launched the interactive MyYour range, which has proved popular in Europe for the last six years. Now the collection has travelled to the GCC as residents here increasingly become more adventurous with their home design and braver with their colour choices. After six years you might not think there’s anything ‘new’ about this range, but it goes to show just how much we’re playing catch-up out here in the desert. “The MyYour range is a completely new Italian concept for the market here,” assures Mahan Pourghorban, general manager at Fiore Rosso. “Its true innovation lies in the base, which is made from polyeasy – a recent breakthrough material for the industry as it can be produced in any colour and can be cleaned, unlike polyethylene, which is a frequently used material here.” The collection includes tulip-shaped lights and lily-style chairs, stools with skulls, LED tables and interchangeable seats. While skulls won’t take off in the local market here the colourful seats and sun loungers have already been picked up by a number of hotels and residents. The Modi chairs in particular have been designed with versatility, customisation and play in mind. Customers can choose the colour of the plastic base and the supple leather seat segments – from red to monochrome or multi-coloured. This accentuates the concept of sociable outdoor living spaces and of personalised furniture arrangements. “Modi is like a Lego jigsaw,” explains Mr Pourghorban. “You can play with the chair and its colourways by moving the pieces that make up the
seat, the back and the arms. A lot of GCC locals like seats that are larger than European sizes and with Modi you can keep adding pieces to make the seats longer or to change its shape.” Varaschin is bringing a burst of bright orange into its trademark monochrome and beige ranges. The new Chapeau collection, designed by Monica Graffeo, features quilted seats with stitching inspired by fishermen’s hats, evoking a relaxing day spent by the riverside. Orange is a popular colour for the season and will complement natural colours in the garden, especially green lawns and foliage. Danube Home isn’t shy of colour, either. Choose from burnt orange, tomato-red and bright fuchsia seat pads and cushions for a striking look this winter. It’s not just garden seating that’s getting a makeover. While last year championed outdoor living rooms, this year kitchens are the new sociable hub in the garden. Gone are the days when you wheel out the coal-fired barbecue from the cobwebbed shed and go back and forth indoors, ferrying plates, salads and par-baked drumsticks. Nowadays garden landscapers are increasingly being called upon to incorporate a fully-fledged kitchen area, reports Miguel Avila, project director at Toscana Landscaping & Pools. Built-in barbecues and pizza ovens are the most popular requests, he says, from keen home cooks wanting to take advantage of the amiable weather. That’s not all – granite worktops, chrome faucets, backlit shelves and limestone flooring transport all the trappings of an interior kitchen outside, creating a contemporary cook station to rival its indoor counterpart. With a kitchen that good, you’ll be dining al fresco for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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IS LATVIAN THE NEW NORDIC?
Maffam Freeform; left, both Ars Tela
How many Scandinavian designers can you name, off the top of your head? There’s the famed Arne Jacobson and Eero Saarinen, Vernor Panton, Hans Wegner, Poul Kjærholm... The list goes on. How many Latvian designers can you name? Errrmmm... Not one? Why then, you might well ask, is Latvia taking over this year’s Downtown Design, a show that champions luxury international brands? Fair director Cristina Romelli Gervasoni has the answer: “So much is happening in our 2014 edition. We wanted to bring to this region those brands that are shaping the future of design.” Scan the exhibitor list and you’ve every reason to think Italy, Latvia and Denmark (in that order) have worldwide influence, with ten, six and four companies, respectively, representing those countries at the show. The chosen theme for this year’s fair, ‘Original Design’, goes some way in explaining the strong presence of this small Baltic state. “We chose ‘Original’ because it reflects a global view: the sustainable growth of the design sector worldwide,” explains Gervasoni. “This is a concept with which brands wrestle with the world over. An original piece carries with it the brand’s heritage and ethos. It is the thought that goes into designing that perfect glass; it is the robust fortitude of a couch that envelops you in comfort; it is how a light suggests a mood. It is all that cannot be replicated.” Maffam Freeform, based in the Latvian capital Riga, is making its debut at this second edition of the show, with a product that is truly original. Harnessing one of the world’s bhomes.com
most natural yet rarest of materials, the company creates furniture from volcanic basalt fibres – and is the only one in the world to do so. Designer Raimonds Cirulis is the brains behind the first basalt fibre workshop, where the material is tamed and transformed into thick lace-style furniture. The signature piece is the Magnu Nest hanging chair, an extremely durable yet ergonomic garden seat made from volcanic fibres woven carefully into lace-like patterns. And with no machines yet invented to handle this type of material, each item has to be made by hand and is wholly inimitable. “It is not possible to create two identical objects; therefore they are original and unique, and that’s what we love about Cirulis’ pieces,” adds Gervasoni. “If you’re looking for truly
unique pieces then look no further.” While there’s no danger that Scandinavian design will slide into the shadows any time soon, it is interesting to witness the emergence of this small eastern-European country in the design market, especially in the UAE where other design-savvy countries reign – namely Lebanon, Italy, Germany, France and Scandinavia. However, with Riga heralded as the European Capital of Culture for 2014, we may be seeing more of this country from now on. Latvia can thank its rich history for shaping the harmonious and natural aesthetic typical of its contemporary designs. The 13th-century Baltic Germans, 18th-century Imperial Russia and the serf generation of the 19th century upheld an ancient matriarchal and spiritual culture that continues October 2014
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to influence; add to this centuries of craftsmanship and a proclivity for homegrown fabrics and dyes, plus a fledgling state of independence, and the mix is like no other. Over the past 23 years, since independence was restored, the design sector has been rejuvenated along with manufacturing and entrepreneurial skills. And while it’s hard not to draw comparisons with the clean lines championed by Scandinavian designers, who typically design by the motto ‘form follows function’, the history behind each design movement varies greatly. A further five Latvian companies have been invited to Downtown Design – an&angel, Anna Kilpe, Ars Tela, HUGU and Studio Natural – to showcase their work within a special Latvian Pavilion, set up to promote
design from this emerging region. While these may not be names you recognise now it would be wise to take note of these artisanal companies for future reference. “Latvian design will be widely represented at Downtown Design and this can be explained by the gradual expansion of Latvian design in Europe,” says Artis Nimanis, creative director at an&angel, winner of last year’s prestigious Red Dot Design Award. “Many Latvian designers have proved themselves as prominent and very interesting entrepreneurs who can surprise the world with unpretentious and pure design which includes many innovations. “Until now Latvian designers have not been widely represented in the European (and world) design market,
but things have changed in recent years and we are very proud of it. Before, the world’s famous design trendsetters were Scandinavians and Italians who are very popular worldwide for design, but now such a small country like Latvia is slowly but thoroughly becoming a serious player in the design market. And because the UAE is a country that values qualitative design and innovations this is a good place for Latvian design to be represented. “Scandinavian design nowadays speaks for itself and is known across the world for its quality and pure design, but this also puts it in a frame that to some extent limits the creativity. Small countries that are not widely represented in the design market have new opportunities, and it is like that for an&angel; we can keep bhomes.com
Scandinavian features such as quality and pure lines while adding innovations to make products that are unique in the world. I don’t think that this will change the international position of Scandinavian design but it expands the choice for the customer.” an&angel is no stranger to the UAE, having worked in partnership with Bits and Pieces in Abu Dhabi for the past two years. Bits and Pieces spotted the company’s highly decorative crystal and glass bowls and vases at another design show, Maison & Objet, and sought to introduce the whole collection to the UAE. “We aim to bring world-renowned designers to the Abu Dhabi market, a market that caters to the discerning shopper,” says Polina Sochou, business development manager at Bits and
Pieces. “an&angel is a brand that not only offers a beautifully and meticulously made product, but a product that is highly functional. Our loyal customers are fascinated by the endless use of their an&angel product and are constantly reinventing its use from a sculptural piece to a vase, or a salad bowl to a floating candle vessel.” Nordic design may hold the crown for design classics, minimalism and functionality, but when it comes to being original there certainly seems to be a new contender on the international design scene. After all, there’s nothing like a new kid on the block to peak our curiosity. Visit the Latvian Pavilion at Downtown Design, from October 28 to 31, at The Venue, Downtown Dubai; downtowndesign.com October 2014
ROCK PAPER SCISSORS Find out why paper is always a winner in the design world
eponymous practice Giles Miller Studio is based in London, you’ll recognise his surface designs in Dubai Mall’s Level Shoe District, where gold and white ceramic diamonds swirl around the pillars. From giant bunnies and galloping horses at a Stella McCartney pop-up shop to the outline of ladies dancing on a cardboard wall of a restaurant, Miller proves that cardboard is a highly versatile and visually tactile material. By ‘fluting’ the cardboard at 45-degree angles and layering in different directions to alternate the path of the corrugation, he was able to produce vivid outlines of images and patterns as they appear pixelated in a lighter shade compared to the surrounding cardboard corrugations. But surely such surfaces have a limited lifespan? Surprisingly, they can last a whole decade, assures Miller. “In my opinion, a product that lasts for a limited time has a justified place in our current consumer world,” he concludes, describing the cardboard surfaces as a fresh alternative to permanent structures made from ceramic, metal, timber and marble. Liqui Design has put paper bags to good use with a quirky range of pendant light shades. The imaginative Bagalight collection features the outline of candelabras, oil lamps, Anglepoise lamps, traditional table lamps and even an energy-saving bulb cut out of the brown paper, with the light inside illuminating these tongue-in-cheek images. The idea was born through a desire to highlight our preconceptions of value in design, as such an everyday item would
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From paper mache in nursery school to the intricacies of origami, paper has always been a fundamental material in design. On a daily basis we scrunch up post-it notes, throw away receipts and rip up bills. We even blow our stuffy noses into paper tissues. This is a material that is so everyday. So disposable. In fact, look up synonyms for ‘disposable’ and paper will pop up. Yet it’s also an extremely strong, versatile and durable material. In refugee camps paper’s big brother, cardboard, is the hero of all materials, serving as temporary shelters and beds for those in need. Surely it cannot be strong enough to lie on – even live in? Indeed it is, assures designer Giles Miller. “Cardboard was one of the first materials I experimented with whilst studying for my undergraduate degree in furniture design,” he recalls. “I was working on a self-directed project which looked at issues surrounding homelessness and cardboard was the obvious material of choice. After some investigation I began to exploit the many qualities of this ingenious material, in terms of its structural integrity as well as its aesthetic beauty. “Cardboard is an incredibly strong material. The inner core has a swirly structure that was first developed to line top hats and ensure that they stayed perfectly straight. The surface is also very durable and users were able to sit and stand on many of my initial furniture designs without any worry at all.” Miller has since moved on from cardboard furniture and shifted focus to surfaces. And while his sought-after
not normally be of any significance or worth. The collection has proved to be extremely popular, so much so that Liqui Design has launched a table light version, Bagalight 2. On a grander level, Nautilus by Marc Fish is a unique statement coffee table – a veritable objet d’art – made from a combination of sycamore, glass, resin and Japanese lace paper. Due to its lightweight and semitransparent properties Japanese lace paper is widely used for wedding invitations, bookbinding and decoupage. The delicate lace effect is formed from water droplets sprayed onto freshly made manila hemp sheets, which separates the fibres into a distinctive lace pattern. This is known as ‘rakusui’, which means ‘falling water’. With Nautilus, the designer recalls the brief calling for a large statement piece with a hint of the sea, for a loft-style apartment on the coast. He had free reign on the design, which is every makers dream, he says, providing room to explore, experiment and innovate. One such innovation involved layering over 4,000 strips of walnut and sycamore veneer to create the logarithmic spiral that forms the nautilus shell. Meanwhile, Japanese lace paper creates a satin sheen inside the shell chamber, delicately layered over the wood veneer for a polished finish. From the thinnest of lace-like papers to resilient cardboard, the resourcefulness and strength of these materials are surprising. With paper proving to be so versatile in the world of design, you’ll never look at your notepad the same way again.
“With my busy lifestyle these recipes are perfect to make when I’m home in Bur Dubai because they’re quick and convenient but healthy and tasty,” says Emirates flight attendant Emma Wood. She recently impressed her friends at a dinner party by turning up with a colourful vegetable salad inventively layered within a glass kilner jar and sugar-free banana biscuits. “All of my friends and myself are on a health kick after over-indulging recently but we also have a sweet tooth,” she laughs. “When I went to a friend’s house one evening offering freshly baked cookies they were surprised they were healthy and they went down very well; everyone asked for the recipe. “I make the banana cookies because they are such a good alternative to sweet treats. They’re healthy as they have no added sugars – only natural sugar from the fruit. They’re also great for children to make because they’re easy and quick, fun to make and there’s not too much mess to clear up afterwards.”
WHAT A FRESH IDEA Home cook Emma Wood shares her creative ideas for healthy meals For her quinoa and vegetable salad the inventive home cook took inspiration from the social media site Pinterest, after seeing vegetables and salads attractively presented in small kilner jars. Emma bought a few large kilner jars from IKEA and filled them with her own roasted vegetable salad recipe, topped with walnuts and feta, and drizzled with a sweet balsamic glaze. Easy to transport and wonderfully presented, such salads look tantalising even to the fussiest of eaters. “Healthy meals don’t have to be boring,” assures Emma. “I love this type of food and cooking healthy dishes but I also like having fun and experimenting. By using the jar you can see all the different colours of the ingredients, which makes the salad look so appealing. And it’s not hard to make, you just need the preparation time.” Emma favours the vibrant orange of roasted butternut squash and sweet potato, the juicy purple of baked beetroot and plump red capsicums and tomatoes on a bed of green spinach and rocket. Follow Emma’s recipe, overleaf, but feel free to add ingredients according to your preference, she says, suggesting red kidney beans, aubergine, or par-boiled broccoli for extra crunch.
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up the bananas, add the oats and mix well, coating all the oats with the pulp. Now you can add two more ingredients. Try dried cranberries and macadamia nuts â€“ crush them in a blender and add to the cookie mix with a few drops of vanilla essence. You could also try
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Quinoa and roasted veg salad 1 sweet potato Half a butternut squash 1 large beetroot 100g wholegrain quinoa 100g chickpeas 1 red capsicum, diced 1 red onion 100g rocket 100g spinach 80g cherry tomato 100g feta cheese 50g walnuts 1 vegetable stock cube 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp balsamic glaze Garlic sea salt Salt and pepper, to taste Pinch of cayenne pepper Pinch of chilli flakes
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6. Coat the butternut squash with olive oil and roast in the oven. Slice the raw beetroot, coat with olive oil and wrap in foil before adding to the oven. Once cooked and cooled, you can peel off the skins easily and chop into chunks. Dice the red onion and red capsicum and place in a mixing bowl with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Mix well to cover then add to the oven. Roast all vegetables for 45 minutes. Dice the sweet potato and coat with olive oil and garlic sea salt, plus cayenne pepper if you wish. Roast in the oven on a baking tray for 25 to 35 minutes, stirring a few times, until the potatoes are soft and crispy.
Allow the roasted vegetables and quinoa to cool to room temperature before layering in the kilner jar. Layer with spinach leaves first, then chunks of butternut squash, quinoa, roasted onion and capsicum, roasted beetroot, followed by cubes of feta (which goes well with the beetroot), then sweet potato (to balance the tang of the feta), half a can of chickpeas, cherry tomatoes cut into quarters and a layer of rocket leaves. Repeat until you fill the kilner jar. In between the layers lightly drizzle a balsamic glaze (perhaps a chilli- or fig-flavoured glaze, bought from the supermarket). This will add sweetness and moisture but it wonâ€™t make the salad go soggy.
Add a vegetable stock cube and quinoa to a shallow pan of water and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until the liquid is soaked up and the quinoa is tender.
Crush the walnuts into small pieces, add some chilli flakes and grill on baking paper for a few minutes. Finish the salad by topping with crumbled feta and the grilled walnuts.
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Mortgagebased property transactions have grown by 82% in the last year. A total of 22,096 property sale transactions took place in Q1 2014 while 5,516 land transactions were recorded. Mortgages constituted 42% of all these transactions – compared to only 23% in 2013, which is a huge jump. Clearly the market is heading towards end-user domination, however, the mortgage cap imposed by the central bank will hold this back a little. Let’s look at the figures: completed property stock in Dubai stood at 365,000 units in January, with 13,000 new units supplied last year, an expected 22,000 this year and 17,000 in 2015. By 2016 the supply will have tapered down to 8,000 units – therefore property stock will keep rising by approximately 3.9%.
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While Jumeirah Village Circle is far from complete, it’s gaining in popularity as progress steps up. When the economy crashed, Nakheel sold many plots to private developers and so they set their own pace for projects. In total, there are 18 districts with villas and townhouses, plus commercial buildings built by the independent parties. Nakheel tends to build Arabicand Mediterranean-style villas and townhouses. There’s a broad range of homes, from studio townhouses with open balcony views to four-bedroom villas with stunning kitchens and multi-level terraces. Homeowners can also add more bedrooms or a landscaped swimming pool, for example, with permission from Nakheel. The private developments feature townhouses, commercial buildings and retail space, which are all low- or mid-rise, which creates an open atmosphere. JVC resident Marcus Pedersen has lived in a two-bedroom apartment for 2.5 years. “There is a lot of construction work going on but I am looking forward to the facilities and shops that will be available once its complete,” he says. “The main things is my dog – it’s one of the largest communities for dog walking and we love taking long walks bhomes.com
around the neighbourhood as there’s no heavy traffic.” While many residential properties are complete and others underway, landscaping remains sandy – a far cry from the promised verdant views. Nevertheless, parks are being built and projects are going full-steam ahead. “Nakheel has started to create parks where before there was just desert and residents will have a lot of green areas once the community is finished,” says Shahzad Anwar, residential leasing manager. “Even though it’s not complete it is definitely getting more popular. Rent has also moved up a notch – in the last year it’s gone from AED650 to AED950 per square foot.” “Restaurants and more commercial spaces will start to arrive, but there are plenty of amenities already there. Every building has grocery stores, shops and cafés, and there are kid’s play areas and basketball courts. It is doing well and that’s the good thing about this area. The main things you need to know is that JVC is near to the Expo 2020 site, it’s got great access to Sheikh Zayed Road and it offers value for money in terms of buying property. If you do a comparative analysis of the market and look at the prices in this area for sales and leasing, it’s cheaper
than other areas like JLT and Dubai Marina.” Prices depend on the developer and the type of development, because there is such a wide choice. A Nakheel property will probably fetch more because they are well designed, on a large plot and have a good BUA. A twobedroom Nakheel townhouse can fetch AED2.5million, while a two-bedroom villa built by a private developer can cost between AED1.95million and AED2million, says Shahzad. “Three- and four-bedroom properties are not readily available, although Nakheel recently launched a few four-bedroom villas that traded for around AED3.8million,” explains the residential leasing manager. “But a private developer might sell a four-bed for AED2.1million because of the size and quality, while others will ask for AED3.5million. Everyone has their own price so it depends on the spaciousness, plot size, BUA and finish.” What does the future hold? While there are plans for a town centre, schools, parks and supermarkets, the end goal is a long way off yet. In the meantime, JVC is a sound investment, especially with its proximity to Expo 2020 and continued progress on the infrastructure and landscape. October 2014
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For rent Families wanting more space should look at this immaculate four-bedroom townhouse in the Seasons Community, in Jumeirah Village Circle. While inside is well laid out with good size rooms, the views from the balcony soak up the Mediterranean-style homes in the area. As well as four en-suite bedrooms, there is a closed kitchen and open-plan living and dining room with a sun-dappled balcony. JVC is in a great location, with a number of schools and Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Mall just a short drive away. Where? Jumeirah Village Circle What? Four-bed townhouse Size? 3,474 square feet Cost? AED165,000 Best for? Families Like what you see? Call Better Homes consultant Conny Mathei on 600 52 2212 with reference code TH321185
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Downtown for sale
Executive Tower F Business Bay Amazing value Khalid Al Ali (Ref # AP329922)
AED 2,000,000 1 BR 1,310 sq. ft.
Ontario Tower Business Bay
AED 1,600,000 2 BR 982 sq. ft.
Excellent value Luka Stimac (Ref # AP329586)
South Ridge 2 Downtown Dubai
AED 2,350,000 1 BR 1,129 sq. ft.
Panoramic views Sana Hajjar (Ref # AP178455)
Boulevard Central 2 Downtown Dubai
AED 5,500,000 3 BR 1,850 sq. ft.
Looking for lifestyle Mohammad Mukram (Ref # AP328641)
Yansoon 8 Downtown Dubai An investorâ€™s dream Naveed Khan (Ref # AP326498)
AED 4,500,000 3 BR 1,755 sq. ft.
Miska 1 Downtown Dubai Exclusive residence Pravin Patrick DMello (Ref # AP328188)
AED 6,999,223 3 BR 1,764 sq. ft.
Downtown for rent
Kamoon 1 Downtown Dubai
AED 165,000 1 BR 1,008 sq. ft.
Excellent value Mustapha Boulakhir (Ref # AP329503)
Burj Khalifa Downtown Dubai
AED 300,000 2 BR 1,968 sq. ft.
World class development Anuradha Sanjay Chaudhri (Ref # AP328390)
The Old Town Island Downtown Dubai Stunning fully furnished apartment Gina Fayad (Ref # AP245080)
48 Burjgate Downtown Dubai
AED 215,000 3 BR 2,183 sq. ft.
Brand new luxury apartments Sana Hajjar (Ref # AP319462)
AED 159,999 1 BR 1,050 sq. ft.
Executive Tower J Business Bay Amazing value Ekin Koca (Ref # AP230843)
Park Place Trade Centre
AED 375,000 4 BR 4,994 sq. ft.
Affordable luxury Sherif Nabil (Ref # AP264391)
AED 125,000 1 BR 1,155 sq. ft.
Burj Khalifa - Armani Residences Downtown Dubai
AED 699,900 2 BR 2,019 sq. ft.
Experience heights of luxury Naveed Khan (Ref # AP326699)
Palm Jumeirah for sale
Marina Residence 2 Palm Jumeirah A prestigious address Yasmine Aziz (Ref # AP297056)
AED 3,450,000 2 BR 1,778 sq. ft.
Al Tamr (B15) Palm Jumeirah
AED 2,850,000 2 BR 1,474 sq. ft.
A prestigious address Tulay Ozcan (Ref # AP172589)
Al Hamri (B19) Palm Jumeirah
AED 7,500,000 4 BR 5,000 sq. ft.
Exclusive residence Rizwan Zabeehullah Shaikh (Ref # AP172536)
Kempinski Palm Jumeirah Residence Palm Jumeirah
AED 5,299,000 2 BR 1,812 sq. ft.
5 Star hotel living with everything you need Lola Ortikova (Ref # AP27324)
A Frond (Fardh Villas) Palm Jumeirah Excellent value Rita Mouawad (Ref # VI69897)
AED 12,300,000 4 BR 5,000 sq. ft.
Fairmont Palm Residence - South Palm Jumeirah Everything you ever wanted Darko Dumancic (Ref # VI324787)
AED 9,500,000 3 BR 5,275 sq. ft.
Palm Jumeirah for rent
Golden Mile B6 Palm Jumeirah
AED 185,000 2 BR 1,874 sq. ft.
Full ocean view Anna Tybura (Ref # AP328558)
Al Habool (B11) Palm Jumeirah Fully furnished with style and class Nina Pekina (Ref # AP261484)
Al Msalli (B9) Palm Jumeirah
AED 135,000 1 BR 1,145 sq. ft.
Full ocean view Sharon Sweet (Ref # AP318761)
AED 170,000 2 BR 1,589 sq. ft.
A Frond (Fardh Villas) Palm Jumeirah
Marina Residence 4 Palm Jumeirah
AED 325,000 3 BR 4,053 sq. ft.
Experience heights of luxury Fabio Lombardi (Ref # AP285108)
AED 500,000 4 BR 6,699 sq. ft.
A desirable address Martina Plumley (Ref # VI175319)
Marina Residence 5 Palm Jumeirah
AED 285,000 2 BR 3,995 sq. ft.
A place to call home Behzad Torabi (Ref # TH330081)
Ask the agent Anna Tybura, residential consultant, Dubai Marina office Palm Jumeirah is a luxury option thanks to its beachfront access for many properties. Prices are dependent on various factors, including apartment and villa specifications â€“ such as the quality of the sea view and beach access, as well as size and the level of any upgrades undertaken. Apartment sale prices have fallen between 1% and 2.8%, apartment rental prices between 0.5% and 2.1%, and villa rents between 2% and 2.5%. One-bedroom apartments in Palm Jumeirah are currently renting from AED 130,000 to AED 160,000 per year, bhomes.com
two-bedroom apartments are leasing from AED 180,000 to AED 230,000 per year, while those with three bedrooms range from AED 230,000 to AED 290,000 per year. In terms of villas, three-bedroom properties will rent from between AED 350,000 to AED 390,000 and fourbedroom properties from AED 450,000 to AED 500,000 per year. New beachfront projects to look out for on The Palm include the luxurious five-star Emerald Palace Kempinski Hotel, which will provide great investment prospects for the future. October 2014
Jumeirah Lake Towers for sale
V3 Jumeirah Lake Towers Competitive price Binu Abraham (Ref # AP328745)
AED 2,350,000 2 BR 1,625 sq. ft.
Goldcrest Views 2 Jumeirah Lake Towers
AED 1,625,000 2 BR 1,122 sq. ft.
Attractive investment opportunity Natalia Kostareva (Ref # AP290270)
Dubai Arch Tower Jumeirah Lake Towers
AED 2,000,000 2 BR 1,613 sq. ft.
Get maximum returns on investment Sunil Pravin Jhaveri (Ref # AP278995)
Lake City Tower Jumeirah Lake Towers
AED 1,120,000 1 BR 700 sq. ft.
Just move in Jawad Motiwala (Ref # AP240074)
Armada Tower 1 Jumeirah Lake Towers A motivated seller Urvashi Sidhapara (Ref # AP324572)
AED 1,425,000 2 BR 1,076 sq. ft.
Bonnington Tower Jumeirah Lake Towers 5 Star hotel living with everything you need Robert Kerr (Ref # AP6309)
AED 1,620,000 1 BR 802 sq. ft.
Jumeirah Lake Towers for rent
Lake View Tower Jumeirah Lake Towers
AED 70,000 Studio 420 sq. ft.
Space-effective designs May Helal (Ref # AP235114)
Lakepoint Jumeirah Lake Towers
AED 90,000 1 BR 901 sq. ft.
Spacious living Ivonne Ferreyra (Ref # AP315767)
Green Lakes Tower 2 Jumeirah Lake Towers Distinct styling Muhammad Faheem Sadiq (Ref # AP293023)
AED 110,000 1 BR 1,012 sq. ft.
Saba Tower 2 Jumeirah Lake Towers
AED 140,000 2 BR 1,250 sq. ft.
Affordable luxury Veerta Laul (Ref # AP321777)
DIFC FOR SALE
Limestone House DIFC
AED 2,550,000 1 BR 1,300 sq. ft.
A desirable address Kate Fourt (Ref # AP327598)
Park Tower A DIFC An investment for capital growth Sorin Rizan (Ref # AP326311)
Burj Daman DIFC Spacious with great finishes Ainara Azhieva (Ref # AP329887)
AED 1,975,050 1 BR 1,197 sq. ft.
AED 130,000 1 BR 980 sq. ft.
Central Park Tower DIFC Exceptional deal Salman Arfeen (Ref # AP327195)
Sky Gardens (DIFC) DIFC
AED 3,200,000 2 BR 1,610 sq. ft.
AED 300,000 3 BR 4,943 sq. ft.
A desirable address Murad Ali Dib (Ref # APM291118)
The Index (One Central Park) DIFC
AED 400,000 3 BR 3,222 sq. ft.
A stunning family home Anna Bulakhova (Ref # AP326845)
Ask the agent Abdul Murad, residential consultant, Jumeirah office Mirdif is one of the oldest communities in Dubai and with time it has transformed itself into a new and modern community, offering affordable luxury to expats and locals alike. It is an ideal community for families as it boasts tranquil landscapes and kidsâ€™ play areas, multiple nurseries and international schools, and is in close proximity to several shopping centres. Connected by two major highways, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road, Mirdif is a five-minute drive to Dubai International Airport
and just 10 minutes away from DIFC, the financial hub of the city. With great access to the area itâ€™s a good place for financiers and professionals to live. The sub-community of Uptown Mirdif has driven demand since it offers spacious apartments and townhouses. Due to the diversity of villas on offer, rental prices range from AED 140,000 to AED 200,000 for three- to five-bedroom villas. Larger independent villas range from AED 300,000 to AED 600,000 for five- to eightbedroom villas.
Jumeirah Village Circle FOR SALE
Sobha Daffodil Jumeirah Village Circle
AED 1,250,000 2 BR 1,324 sq. ft.
Exceptionally rewarding investment Sherif Nabil (Ref # AP326312)
JVC - Townhouse Jumeirah Village Circle Self-contained development Anas Rachid Elkanouni (Ref # VI329663)
JVC - Townhouse Jumeirah Village Circle
AED 2,550,000 2 BR 2,583 sq. ft.
A great family option Shahzad Anwar (Ref # TH328946)
Green Park Jumeirah Village Triangle Ready to move in Anvi Shah (Ref # AP329244)
A great family option Nick Nuziale (Ref # VI81359)
AED 199,000 4 BR 5,307 sq. ft.
Mediterranean Villas Jumeirah Village Triangle
AED 4,400,000 5 BR 2,691 sq. ft.
Amazing value Wael Gomaa (Ref # VI293211)
Westar Terrace Garden Jumeirah Village Circle
AED 2,550,000 2 BR 2,992 sq. ft.
AED 65,000 1 BR 871 sq. ft.
Shamal Terraces Jumeirah Village Circle
AED 170,000 3 BR 4,250 sq. ft.
A place to call home Caleb Hall (Ref # VI295883)
Indigo Ville 3 Jumeirah Village Circle
AED 185,000 4 BR 4,132 sq. ft.
A great family option Rinku Ramesh Sawlani (Ref # TH329521)
The Greens FOR SALE
Al Thayyal 4 The Greens
AED 1,500,000 1 BR 1,087 sq. ft.
Assured rental income Veerta Laul (Ref # AP329574)
Arno The Greens A motivated seller Dorota Chudzik (Ref # AP25553)
Golf Tower 1 The Greens A place to call home Tahir Mahmood (Ref # AP9728)
AED 1,630,000 1 BR 932 sq. ft.
AED 4,500,000 3 BR 1,974 sq. ft.
Al Arta 4 The Greens Stimulating environment Martina Plumley (Ref # AP1127)
The Links T2 The Greens Stimulating environment Mohamed Abouzeid (Ref # AP327654)
AED 1,490,000 1 BR 1,087 sq. ft.
AED 220,000 3 BR 1,734 sq. ft.
Mosela The Greens
AED 180,000 2 BR 1,437 sq. ft.
Central and prestigious location Tahir Mahmood (Ref # AP329715)
Al Jaz 1 The Greens Friendly neighborhood Asal Abedi (Ref # AP328240)
AED 165,000 3 BR 1,652 sq. ft.
The Springs FOR SALE
Springs 15 (Springs Phase 1A) Emirates Living
AED 2,550,000 2 BR 1,947 sq. ft.
Attractive investment opportunity Mohammed Meharaj (Ref # VIM258490)
Springs 3 (Springs Phase 6) Emirates Living
AED 3,500,000 3 BR 2,456 sq. ft.
Excellent value Veerta Laul (Ref # VI297645)
Springs 3 (Springs Phase 6) Emirates Living A stunning family home Rasha Moslyh (Ref # VI328432)
Springs 1 (Springs Phase 8) Emirates Living Uncompromising luxury Sharfuddin Mohammed (Ref # VI327618)
AED 4,900,000 4 BR 3,200 sq. ft.
AED 200,000 2 BR 1,989 sq. ft.
Springs 4 (Springs Phase 5) Emirates Living Ideal family living Syed Wajih Uddin Ahmed (Ref # VI320463)
Springs 6 (Springs Phase 4A) Emirates Living Everything on your doorstep Khurram Jameel Lodhi (Ref # VI305856)
AED 4,000,000 3 BR 2,731 sq. ft.
AED 180,000 3 BR 3,737 sq. ft.
Springs 8 (Springs Phase 3A) Emirates Living
AED 200,000 3 BR 2,450 sq. ft.
Home sweet home Anna Tybura (Ref # VI302898)
Dubailand for sale
Luxury Villas Green Community - DIP One of a kind design Hannah Bakshani (Ref # VI2933)
AED 11,000,000 5 BR 6,943 sq. ft.
Family Villa Green Community - DIP
AED 5,700,000 5 BR 5,900 sq. ft.
Exclusive residence Juliana Grebenchshikova (Ref # VI326419)
Private Villa The Villa
AED 8,000,000 6 BR 7,925 sq. ft.
Excellent value Khurram Jameel Lodhi (Ref # VI328027)
Family Villa Green Community - DIP Exclusive residence Hannah Bakshani (Ref # VI71236)
AED 6,000,000 5 BR 5,382 sq. ft.
Estella Dubai Sports City Great family home Dorota Chudzik (Ref # VI314893)
AED 3,500,000 4 BR 2,687 sq. ft.
Dubailand for rent
European Dubai Sports City
AED 75,000 1 BR 884 sq. ft.
Exclusive amenities Suraiya Nawab (Ref # AP330128)
Townhouse Motor City
Terrace Apartments Green Community - DIP Sophisticated waterfront community Hannah Bakshani (Ref # AP158029)
AED 225,000 3 BR 3,283 sq. ft.
Elite Sports Residence 3 Dubai Sports City
AED 55,000 Studio 505 sq. ft.
Brand new luxury apartments Mouhanad Abou Fadel (Ref # AP326970)
AED 260,000 3 BR 4,273 sq. ft.
Prized location Abi Odimayo (Ref # VI326930)
Private Villa The Villa Competitive price Suraiya Nawab (Ref # VI329891)
AED 275,000 4 BR 5,041 sq. ft.
Novelia Dubai Sports City
AED 390,000 6 BR 16,082 sq. ft.
Magnificent golf course views Kapil Dhakan (Ref # VI323798)
Jumeirah Beach Residence for sale
Al Bateen Residences Dubai Marina Attractive investment opportunity Babur Ortikov (Ref # AP328873)
AED 3,641,000 2 BR 1,638 sq. ft.
Al Bateen Residences Dubai Marina
AED 4,200,000 3 BR 2,308 sq. ft.
Panoramic views Julieta Kitova (Ref # AP325965)
Sadaf 8 Dubai Marina
AED 10,900,000 4 BR 6,130 sq. ft.
Beachfront living at an attractive price Toni Loureiro (Ref # AP325454)
Sadaf 8 Dubai Marina
AED 3,838,000 4 BR 2,700 sq. ft.
A motivated seller Jawad Motiwala (Ref # AP324908)
Rimal 1 Dubai Marina Excellent value Nicholas Winter (Ref # AP296968)
AED 3,090,000 3 BR 1,919 sq. ft.
Murjan 5 Dubai Marina Full ocean view Anda Marin (Ref # AP227992)
AED 11,000,000 4 BR 6,634 sq. ft.
Jumeirah Beach Residence for rent
Murjan 6 Dubai Marina
AED 200,000 3 BR 1,882 sq. ft.
Beachfront living at an attractive price Anna Tybura (Ref # AP327361)
Rimal 3 Dubai Marina Ready to move in Julieta Kitova (Ref # AP8618)
Rimal 2 Dubai Marina
Sadaf 2 Dubai Marina Contemporary interiors Lola Ortikova (Ref # AP300264)
AED 130,000 1 BR 970 sq. ft.
Sadaf 8 Dubai Marina
AED 140,000 2 BR 1,418 sq. ft.
Murjan 5 Dubai Marina
AED 195,000 3 BR 1,882 sq. ft.
Designed and finished to the highest standards Kristina Titova (Ref # AP292380)
AED 240,000 4 BR 2,700 sq. ft.
Fully furnished apartment Jawad Motiwala (Ref # AP324908)
AED 120,000 1 BR 1,146 sq. ft.
A desirable address Ivana Stanisic (Ref # AP330285)
Jumeirah Park FOR SALE
Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park
AED 4,550,000 3 BR 3,527 sq. ft.
Exceptional deal Tahir Mahmood (Ref # VI324139)
Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park Exceptional deal Elen Manukyan (Ref # VI321192)
Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park Brand new Anjana Mahna (Ref # VI66844)
AED 4,050,000 3 BR 3,063 sq. ft.
AED 4,250,000 3 BR 3,547 sq. ft.
Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park Ready to move in Natalia Kostareva (Ref # VI80890)
Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park Exceptionally rewarding investment Ali Tabrizi (Ref # VI65730)
AED 4,500,000 3 BR 3,027 sq. ft.
AED 5,500,000 3 BR 3,527 sq. ft.
Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park
AED 5,600,000 4 BR 4,607 sq. ft.
A motivated seller Adil Raza Khan (Ref # VI56376)
Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park Dynamic development Anjana Mahna (Ref # VI308935)
AED 350,000 4 BR 4,335 sq. ft.
Burj Al Nujoom Downtown Dubai
AED 12,000 Studio 452 sq. ft.
Central and prestigious location Allen Abraham (Ref # APM330188)
Shams 4 Dubai Marina
Breathtaking sea views Cherryl Cartagena (Ref # APM309313)
AED 16,020 1 BR 1,198 sq. ft.
Beachfront living at an attractive price in JBR Syed Murtaza Haider (Ref # APM329633)
AED 22,200 2 BR 1,263 sq. ft.
Beachfront living at an attractive price Rhonda Wright (Ref # APM326976)
Rimal 5 Dubai Marina
Bahar 1 Dubai Marina
Lake Terrace Jumeirah Lake Towers
Goldcrest Views 1 Jumeirah Lake Towers Modern living at its best Selma Dsouza (Ref # APM306592)
AED 24,000 2 BR 1,638 sq. ft.
Beachfront living at an attractive price Janet Plasus (Ref # APM328603)
AED 12,000 Studio 567 sq. ft.
Glimmering lakeside view Syed Murtaza Haider (Ref # APM330519)
AED 34,200 3 BR 1,925 sq. ft.
Al Bateen Residences Dubai Marina
Marina Diamond 1 Dubai Marina
AED 14,010 1 BR 876 sq. ft.
Fully furnished apartment Selma Dsouza (Ref # APM210070)
AED 17,010 2 BR 1,110 sq. ft.
Marina Residence â€“ Tower A Dubai Marina
AED 18,000 2 BR 1,181 sq. ft.
Distinct styling Cherryl Cartagena (Ref # APM304418)
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