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Welcome It seems to be the holiday season. At HOT Media HQ my colleagues have been jetting off to France, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Italy, and the boys are still trying to conjure up magical tickets to the World Cup in Brazil. This month’s Better Homes Magazine is bringing the vacation vibe home with a special Global Gathering edition. From Peru to India, our international trend report looks at the current leaders of the design world, we investigate the Italian design houses descending on Dubai, shine the spotlight on a great Dane and tour an Iraqi-infused villa in The Meadows. Staying closer to home, we help you get ready for Ramadan by exploring Arabian tableware traditions, rustle up some popular Asian dishes on The Palm and pick our top properties for you to buy and rent in Dubai. Whether you’re home or away this month, there’s something for everyone. Eleanor Joslin

Managing Director Victoria Thatcher Editorial Director John Thatcher Features Editor Eleanor Joslin Senior Designer Adam Sneade Designer Andy Knappett Production Manager Chalitha Fernando Advertising Manager Sukaina Hussein Photography Helen Riley, helen-riley@ To contact any of the above people, email firstname@ Jan-Jun 2013 | 15,227 | BPA Consumer Audit

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Global Gathering Why the design world is discovering Dubai

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Get ready for RamadanŠMeet a great DaneŠAsk the kitchen experts

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Home 14. The Design Digest

26. June Wishlist

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

What every dad would love to have on Father’s Day

17. My Style

30. Global Gathering

IDdesign’s style expert talks about her Dubailand home

Be inspired by these popular design-savvy countries

18. One to Watch

34. A Taste of Italy

Why we’ve got our eye on this award-winning Dutch bed

Why Dubai is hungry for high-quality Italian design

20. Through The Keyhole

36. Get Ready for Ramadan

There’s a story to be told at Nada’s villa in The Meadows

Dress the table to impress for this month of fasts and feasts

25. Buy the Look

39. Children of Sticky Rice

Infuse your home with Iraqi paintings and patterns

Make these easy, authentic recipes from Southeast Asia


43. Property of the Month

54. Go Downtown

Enjoy full Marina views from this three-bed apartment

Live amongst the icons of Dubai in this central location

45. Property Picks

56. Holiday at Home

See our top choices for The Palm and Ibn Battuta Gate

Get the vacation vibe with these Palm Jumeirah villas

46. Market Watch

62. Ask the Agent

Our expert looks at falling sales and the Expo effect

Pravin Dmello says there’s a lot of demand for The Greens

48. On the Map

66. Live by the Beach

Find your way around Dubai with our colour-coded map

Jumeirah Beach Residence is a popular haven for expats

50. Arabian Ranches

76. Better Homes’ Lust-Have

Make the Arabian dream real with these luxury villas

This famous Prouvé desk would help you work at home

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The writing’s on the wall With Ramadan closing the month, we’re on the lookout for some Arabian delights. The number of emerging artists captivating Islamic culture has caught our attention, in particular the bright and beautiful calligraphic canvases at Naqsh Gallery, and Laurence Torno’s equestrian mosaics (pictured). In her latest collection, exclusive to the UAE, the French artist is inspired by her admiration for Arabic culture and women, and the desert landscapes that surround us. In these poetic universes Torno says she’s able to find kindness and hospitality in a worldcentral area. Whatever nationality you are, this is certainly a great message to spread this month.


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

Kitchens of the future For those of us who cook in a small kitchen, finding enough surface space to boil the kettle and chop an onion can be a nightmare. Gaggenau is pioneering the future of compact living by transforming the way we use our kitchens. The AL 400 table ventilation system disappears into the worktop when you’re not using it, tucking the appliance away and creating added worktop space. Cooking smells and steam are extracted as soon as they arise – perfect for open-plan rooms.

> Villeroy & Boch has launched a charming tableware collection for the summer. The handpainted ÁRZHUVRQ the Artesano Provençal Collection are inspired by rural holidays to the south of France for a distinctly countrycottage feel.

Award-winning showroom design Arteco Ceramic’s showroom designer is celebrating a win for Best Retail Design at the Middle East and North Africa Interior Design Awards 2014. It’s easy to see why. Bruno Guélaff’s gallery-esque showroom on SZR walks customers through inspiring vignettes of the company’s surface materials and products while popart murals arrest the eye.

> The ‘C’ in ‘C. Wonder’ could very well stand for ‘candy’, such is the delicious colour splashed across the launch collection at Bloomingdale’s Home, Dubai Mall. The new boutique offers jewellery, bags, tableware, accessories and customisable monogrammed gifts in bright summertime colours. We love the crockery sets in sunshine yellow and grass green.


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New gallery launches with fanfare We have a new favourite artist: Hazem Al Zubi. Last month the Jordanian artist and sculptor helped launch new gallery Fann-À-Porter in The Kempinksi Hotel’s lobby, MOE, with Picasso-style sculptures, bronze statues and ceramic collages. Visit Fann-À-Porter’s Facebook page for news on more events.

> Online retail is seeing something of a boom, with e-boutiques launching to cater to the design-hungry but time-poor people of the city (everyone, basically). is a bespoke online giftshop and gallery with affordable art, handmade wares, fashion and home accessories. The selection is commendable, too, with co-founder Mona Balsini boasting a fine arts background as a curator and art consultant. Her partner and director Fati Rannou says: “My vision for Virgule is for people all over the world to have access to a platform where they can fill their homes with stunning cultural additions, be it jewellery, fashion or interiors.� BH is happy to see Keyvan Fehri’s beautiful handmade Anar ‘pomegranate’ ceramics online, retailing for AED365.

> Grohe continues to take bathroom design into the realm of sculptural beauty sculp with the new Cubic collection. Cubi The range takes minimalist m geometry g to new extremes, with modular shapes and a sharp lines, seen li on faucets, VKRZHUVĂ XVK VKRZ plates plate and thermostats. therm grohe

Intercoil is celebrating 40 years of dreamy beds this year, marking the occasion with a sophisticated party at The Palm’s Waldorf Astoria last month. Support them for another 40 years by commissioning your own bespoke majlis, complete with computer-generated foam shapes for maximum precision and comfort – a great idea for Ramadan.

My style


Five of the best

Inspiring style ideas from those in the know

It’s a material world… and we’re crazy for copper


Embrace tables, AED6,447 and AED9,795, Ginger & Jagger

Saddle easy chair, AED7,900, Marina Home

Nataliya Yordanova IDdesign’s Bulgarian design manager says comfort is key in her Dubailand home

Who do you live with? I live in a one-bedroom apartment with my two adorable cats, Bella and Peppe.

What’s your favourite space? The gorgeous light-purple L-shaped sofa in my living room.

IDdesign gave me the ability to think outside the box. There are so many wonderful ways to define who you are by creating a magnificent living space.

Jumeirah painting, AED6,500, Iris Noir

What items from IDdesign do you have? My sofa is from IDdesign and all of the accessories around the apartment.

How do you imprint your personality? By personalizing my space. Your home (or room) should reflect who you are. If someone walks into your home they should know that it’s yours. Achieve this by including accessories that reveal your hobbies and interests.

Tara Cyprum kitchen mixer tap, POA, Dornbracht

What should no home be without? What’s your favourite item? I love the sofa because it is where I spend my quiet evenings thinking about the future, or funny evenings in the company of my friends.

How does IDdesign influence your style? When it comes to interior design style,

Comfort. When I think of ‘home sweet home’, the first word that comes to mind is cosy. Making your home comfy and cosy is a must. Nothing is worse than going to a friend’s house and awkwardly balancing on their postmodern chair. Your space should be inviting and comfortable.

Keyvan Fehri Anar, AED365,



One to watch See who’s catching our eye in Dubai This award-winning bed is in dreamy shape

Friendly and natural were the winning qualities of this unassuming Auping Essential bed, one of six winners from Index’s prestigious Product Design Awards last month. The judges looked for innovation and excellence, and found them within the bed’s smart engineering, generating a contemporary, organic – almost iconic – form. It’s slender lines and the slightly curved headboard and legs create a calming and cocooned shape, representing the very essence of sleeping. There were 20 shortlisted designs at Dubai’s annual Index & Workspace exhibition, from climate-controlling water walls to luxury parquet.

The Dutch company (retailed in the UAE via Prime Selected Prod.) had two beds in the running, with the judges choosing the humbler Essential as their favourite. The other winners include a delicate outdoor dining collection by landscape architect Robert Chipman, distinct chrome dining chairs by Modello, and – for the office sector – sleek wood veneer management desks from Guialmi Design Team, curved conference tables from Milwaukee Art Museum and the forward-thinking ‘cooling fountain’ Monotop Climate Wall. The Auping Essential bed starts from €2,000.


Designer Spotlight

Meet a great Dane

What makes a design iconic? It’s not always innovative functionality – Philippe Starck’s sculptural lemon squeezer for Alessi also needs a generic tumbler to catch the juice, then a sieve to pluck out the pips. An AED10 plastic juicer with a built-in tray is actually far more functional. It’s revered more for its strong aesthetic, clean lines and ornamental prowess (and the Starck name, of course) than its ability to help bake a lemon tart. Where better to discover modern (and functional) icons than Scandinavia, home to the most enduring design movement in modern times, both mass-produced and original design, and more talented artisans and designers than we can keep up with. Verner Panton may be on the tip of every WRQJXHZKHQGLVFXVVLQJLQĂ XHQWLDO'DQLVK lamp designers of the 20th century, but Henrik Pederson (born 1967) is a leading designer in the 21st. Pederson’s talents are multifaceted, and the one-time fashion graduate can turn his hand to graphics, packaging and product. “I think that once you have been educated in design of any form, it’s quite easy to make the change,â€? says the founder of 365°, a design company based in Ă…rhus. “The creative mindset is the same, you just have to change your mental toolbox.â€? ,QWHUQDWLRQDODĂ€FLRQDGRVPLJKWUHFRJQL]HKLV work at BoConcept, where he’s been a resident designer since 2007. The Imola chair and ottoman ZDVRQHRIKLVĂ€UVWGHVLJQVIRUWKH'DQLVKFRQFHSW store and has all the ingredients of a design icon. It’s visually strong, enticing yet comfortable. One glance and you’ll see that the contours are rooted in the 1950s, when Charles and Ray Eames launched what is arguably the most iconic chair in the world, the Eames Lounger and Ottoman, in 1956. “If there is one rule for my design, it is that is has to speak to you,â€? he says. “Form and function are my main tools to move and touch people no matter what I design. “With the Imola chair, for example, the organic expression almost talks to the unconscious urge to sit down and rest. The distinctiveness lies within the visual tension that’s created between the spoon-shaped seat and the sharp cut on the edges.â€? For Imola, inspiration came from the lines of a WHQQLVEDOO$QXQOLNHO\REMHFWWRLQĂ XHQFHDFKDLU SHUKDSVEXWFUHDWLYHPLQGVFDQĂ€QGLQVSLUDWLRQ from anywhere and everywhere; a unique idea is the inherent birthplace of an icon. “I get inspired by seeing things up close,â€? he explains. “Maybe the handle on an old kitchen appliance or interesting colour combinations, like a mix of food on a plate.â€?

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Words by Eleanor Joslin; photos by Helen Riley

A STORY WORTH TELLING Nada Al Ghazali surrounds herself with items that tell a tale

What’s a home without memories? Merely a house. From family portraits to precious heirlooms and Iraqi paintings, the walls of Nada Al Ghazali’s family villa in The Meadows tell a sentimental story. Iraq-born Nada and her IraqiCanadian husband Imad have lived in Dubai for over 30 years – a landmark by anyone’s standards – and moved to their four-bedroom villa 12 years ago. Their three children have all flown the nest – her 23-year-old daughter studies in London and her sons, both in their thirties, live in Toronto and California. So, it’s just the two of them. But you couldn’t guess from looking around their cosy photograph-filled home. As I compliment her soft colour palette and Middle-Eastern accessories, she’s quick to correct me. “The furniture may be Western but all the

paintings and ornaments are from Iraq, from galleries or passed down from my late mother,” says the entrepreneur, founder of Zahr Art. “I feel a strong connection to Iraq, probably because I left the country so young and never went back. When I see something from an Iraqi artist I feel it is different, because it’s close to my heart and it’s a strong part of my heritage.” Against the neutral colour palette of the large open-plan lounge, her paintings stand out as focal points in the room. She has colourful, abstract work by Yasin Al Mohamadawi and Amir Al Obaidi. But the signature of her favourite, an ethereal wash of turquoise, is unknown – the memory of it lost some years ago when she bought it from a gallery of Iraqi artists. “I love this painting in the living room because it is full of hope, with

the sun shining and the people below reaching up to it,” she says. “It’s lovely at night when the light plays on it.” Antiques are another passion for the mum-of-three. The traditional tea urn in the dining room, which is popular in Iraq and Russia, is very old and originates from her homeland. Old, reclaimed wooden doors act as objet d’art in the hallway. Engraved silver heirlooms passed on from her late mother decorate cabinets and shelves. “I like to collect things which are artistic and antique,” she says. “My mother’s silverware is more than 60 years old and I love them. Her silver bowl is very old and my favourite item in the house. The engravings are artistic, made by hand, and tell a story.” This element of storytelling is important to Nada, both at home and at work. The founder of e-boutique only stocks jewellery, bags,


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People are starting to realize that it’s good to support emerging designers

fashion and homeware from designers who have a purpose to their work that goes beyond a pretty aesthetic. Her business is dedicated to her late mother, Zahra, she reveals. The affection and respect she still feels for her is palpable from the stories she tells, the black-and-white photographs and the very concept of her boutique – giving back to the community. “I wanted to do something special and dedicate something to her because she was a very special person,” explains her daughter. “She was always involved in the community and did so many good things, and taught us how to care about people. “‘Zahra’ also means ‘flower’,” she adds. “It symbolises purity and beauty, which is what Zahra Art stands for.” Having celebrated her company’s

first birthday in March, she’s managed to avoid the fate of many online startups and is forging an international reputation. As well as building a steady stream of online traffic from the UAE, customers click on her site from as far away as Australia, England and France. “Online shopping is going from strength to strength,” she comments. “E-boutiques are a niche market in Dubai, but not for long. Last year I could see a gap in the market, but the gap will close as Dubai catches up with the rest of the world.” What’s her secret to success? Nada has a very specific stock selection process, and it’s not all about pretty jewels and designer names. “A lot of research goes into the designers I pick,” she says. “I have to like the products myself and the idea behind their work. All the brands support a charitable cause, share the profit with a non-government organisation or support their culture and heritage. This is very important because everything has become so globalised and mass-produced and doesn’t have any history or meaning to it anymore. “We have so many shops here that show off expensive tastes but people are starting to realise that it is good to support emerging designers and bespoke pieces.” The We.raq cushions that litter her sofas and chairs in the living room sold out immediately, after going on sale online. The company donates 15% to orphans in Iraq and wants to support a community that works together – hence ‘We’ instead of ‘I’. Nada supports local outlets in her


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home, too, buying art from galleries in Wafi and furniture from Marina Home. Her dining furniture and the living room sofas, television console and nest of tables are all from Marina Home. However, she says the best decision the couple made was buying this villa in The Meadows. They bought in 2002, as soon as purchasing residential property became legal. And while The Meadows was in the sandy sticks back then, it’s since flourished into a popular community near to ‘New Dubai’. “We’re very happy in The Meadows,” she says, looking around her traditional kitchen, with wooden units and black marble counters. “We looked at the

Now The Meadows is so central and close to everything

showhome and loved it immediately. After more than ten years the area has changed a lot but we still love it. “In the beginning we were in the middle of nowhere,” she laughs. “Now The Meadows is so central and close to everything. I still tease my daughter and say, “remember when we moved here and you made such a fuss?” – it was so far from her school in Garhoud and she refused to move, so we had to drive her across the city every day. But she loves it now, too. There’s a community mall, supermarkets, nail and hair salons – everything you need. “My husband and I walk around the lakes every day and this is something we really enjoy doing.”


BUY THE LOOK Be inspired by the soft colour palette and bold paintings from Nada’s villa in The Meadows


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7. Anton Heunis necklace, AED1,698,

Alphabet 26-drawer sideboard, AED4,500,

9. 1. Hand-woven Agra rug, POA, Fatema Bint Mohammed Institute (FBMI) 2. Ming sideboard display, AED9,360, Ethan Allen 3. Ceramic mosaic by Hazem Al Zubi, POA, Fann-Ă€-Porter 4. We.raq vintage Umm Kolthoum stamp cushion, AED250, 5. Saadi painting by Mehdi Fallah, AED5,000, 6. Zedar decorative ball, AED1,125, Flamant 7. Mirror tray, AED145, Zara Home 8. Nile sofa, POA, Andrew Martin 9. We.raq Rumman (pomegranate) seller cushion, AED250,

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June wishlist Make your dad’s day on the 15th with these cool gift ideas

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5. 3. 1. Bang & Olufsen BeoLab19 wireless speaker, AED13,551, ikonhouse 2. Motif sheesha, AED2,500, Bloomingdale’s Home 3. Walnut cracker set by DDQ Design, AED3,704, 4. Velvet cushion cover, AED138, 2XL 5. ‘His’ key holder, AED77,



Ask the kitchen experts

MWL 22 EGL microwave, HL 870 oven, DVL 90 extractor hood, and induction hob, POA, Teka

Arturo Manso, managing director at Teka UAE and Teka Middle East, looks at hightech ovens, hobs and fridges: Energy expenditure in any appliance is something that’s unavoidable, so the key is not in reducing energy but within efficiency – where you can do what you need to do while expending the minimum amount of energy in the process. There is one label, attached to the majority of kitchen and home electrical appliances, called Energy Label. The higher the rating (A+++ is the maximum) the more efficient and responsible the appliance – and your choice – is. This is a very good starting point when you’re looking at energyefficient kitchen appliances. If you are looking to buy an oven, you should ask a few questions: how many cooking functions does it have, does it need preheating, how much energy will you spend in cleaning this

“I’d like to refit my kitchen with energyefficient appliances. What technology should I look at?” Hisham Mene oven manually, is there a built-in eco-cleaning system, are there direct access menus, thermal probe cooking functions, or electronic temperature control functions? All these points not only make your life easier, but will also allow the oven to work for the exact amount of time required, and heat only to the necessary and desired point. For hobs, there are some important facts about time, safety and energy consumption that you may not know. For example, you spend 12 minutes standing in front of a gas hob waiting for a litre of water to boil, nine minutes by a ceramic hob, but less than eight minutes for an induction hob. Induction technology not only saves you time, but it is cleaner, safer and you are not

wasting energy – it is the most efficient and energy-saving technology there is. Last but not least, let’s look at refrigerators. These cool-line appliances are connected and working 24/7 throughout its lifespan. You don’t disconnect your fridge during the night, or when you go on holiday, so it is always switched on and working. Unfortunately, this means the energy consumption is permanent. If you have an energy-efficient model, the energy saved during the year will be very substantial. High-tech appliances make a huge difference. The higher the quality of technology – the more advanced it is, with the latest features – then the more precise and efficient your appliances will be in their daily use.


Nigel Rush, brand manager at Lakeland, says a good juicer, blender and plenty of research will help: The obvious answer to a healthier diet is to buy a good juicer. Juicers are becoming more popular in the Middle East as time passes and a sweettoothed diabetic crisis looms large. They are an excellent and quick way to make a positive and immediate impact on your diet. If you are juicing I would start with sweet fruit that you like and then experiment later by adding more ingredients (such as wheat germ, oats, cucumber et cetera) as you become more adventurous. If you don’t have a lot of time, check how easy the appliance is to clean before you purchase it. You don’t want to buy something that is quick to use but then spend a long time cleaning it afterwards. Food processors and blenders are also a great way to improve your diet and cut the time you spend in the kitchen. They blitz the time-consuming tasks that lead to arm ache, and you’ll know exactly what ingredients are going into

“I’d like my diet to be healthier, but I never seem to have the time. What gadgets will help?” Jude Turnham the food that you are eating. The thing to remember with blenders and food processors is to buy something with a good motor. Motors can start at around 300Watts and go up to 1200Watts – the more powerful the motor, the quicker your tasks will be. Here’s a word of warning, though: you do get what you pay for and if you buy cheap you may buy more than once. Less stress is also a superb way of having a healthier life, so take the time to research appliances and brand names on the internet so you know exactly what you want to buy. When you’re in the store, ask the staff plenty of questions and play with what you are going to buy before you open your wallet. Is it what you expect? Is it easy to use? Does it fit together well? The best advice for a stress-free experience is to ask about the store’s after-sales services. If you are spending good money on something, you don’t

want to find yourself arguing with a store’s ‘no’ robot for hours, if something goes wrong after the usual 28-day exchange period.

Cuisinart soup maker, AED1,075, Lakeland

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Global Gathering Words: Eleanor Joslin

Last month’s exciting Index exhibition brought designers, galleries, artists, innovators and keynote speakers from all over the world together, from Algeria to Vietnam. Taking inspiration from this global gathering of talent, let’s look at the countries LQà XHQFLQJKRPHWUHQGVWKLV\HDU:KLOH7XUNLVKGHVLJQ PDLQWDLQVD0LGGOH(DVWHUQIRUFH)UHQFKHOHJDQFHLQÀOWUDWHV the UAE and Italy moves east. What’s the common driving factor? Heritage.

ANCIENT PERU PROVES POPULAR From ceviche to Andean weaves, the ancient customs of Peru have travelled overseas and found a receptive market worldwide. Bright Quechan textiles are centuries old, but have only just garnered the global recognition they deserve. The vibrant colours, mountain teeth and abstract animals – some real and some imaginary – are youthful and energetic, despite the rich Quechan traditions rooted in the colourful patterns. These patterns honour Pachamama, Mother Earth, who the Andean people live in harmony with. Common edging motifs include à RZHUVVWDUVDQGH\HVSOXVLQWLWKHVXQDQG mayu, the river, which can run in straight and curving paths. In the Western world, we saw the drawstring school satchel get a Peruvian makeover two years ago with boxy llamas, dogs, birds, snakes and monkeys woven onto stripes of Incan colour – hand-dyed bright red, orange, green, purple and blue. Then skirts, shoe linings and even ponchos followed. Cushions and throws caught up last year, with diamonds and geometric patterns. This year the look remains popular, especially with the mix-and-match trend for ethnic prints and geometric clashes.


RECREATE THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE As part of the Middle East, Turkey has a natural DIÀQLW\WRWKH8$(DQG7XUNLVKGHVLJQKDVD KHDY\LQà XHQFHRQKRPHGpFRUKHUH%XWLVWKHUH more to it than traditional Turkish rugs and evil eyes? Birsen Tomar, founder and chief design RIÀFHUDW%\RQG'HVLJQLQ-/7VKHGOLJKWRQWKH culture and colour theory behind Turkey’s rich design heritage at Index last month. Here, she shares her wisdom with BH: Turkish design has become very popular in WKH0LGGOH(DVWDQGLQ'XEDLPXFKPRUHWKDQ a few years ago. Turkish TV certainly has an LQà XHQFHDQGLVPRUHFRPPRQO\VKRZQLQWKH Arab world now, compared to four years ago.

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French design is elegant, classic and timeless. Even the faux-antique phenomenon of shabby chic doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appear so twee or tarnished when dressed as its French-chic counterpart. French chic, popular in Europe, has WUDYHOOHGWR'XEDLZLWKH[SDWULDWHV keen to evoke a sense of history, heritage and tradition in a new home. The classic Bergère armchair, Ă&#x20AC;UVWDSSHDULQJLQ)UDQFHGXULQJ WKH5pJHQFHLQWKHWKFHQWXU\ remains synonymous with elegant French design. Meanwhile, Gustavian furniture complements the look with an air of antiquated Royal heritage (albeit from Sweden), as do Victoriana embellishments (rich with British history). French chic is feminine, fresh and light. Think lace and linens, wood painted white, cream, light grey and pale mint-green, furniture with feet, gilt-framed mirrors and chandeliers

with crystal droplets. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Ă&#x20AC;QGDFFHQWSLHFHV in Flamant, Marina Home, Perfect Proportions and Cottage Chic. :KRLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW generation of modern French design, epitomises the elegance of French chic? Pascal Cuisinier, founder of Galerie Pascal Cuisinier in Paris, champions a number RI)UHQFKGHVLJQHUVERUQEHWZHHQ DQGQDPHO\-$EUDKDPDQG '5RO5-&DLOOHWWH*'DQJOHVDQG &'HIUDQFH3*XDULFKH$0RQSRL[ 00RUWLHU-$0RWWH33DXOLQ$ 3KLOLSSRQ-/HFRTDQG$5LFKDUG â&#x20AC;&#x153;They had similar ideas about what constituted elegance, not just visually speaking, but also from a philosophical point of view,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These young designers had developed the idea of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;moral eleganceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, the aim of which was to design aesthetically-pleasing furniture that would be accessible to the masses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moreover, their designs epitomised French â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;chicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. The idea of a consciously French kind of elegance, of French

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;chicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, so characteristic of the proud tradition of French decorative arts over the centuries, which continued into the VDQGVÂľ And what about the here and now? Regular readers will know Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a huge fan of Philippe Starck. Even design dummies know the name, as, along with a number of designers in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s media-covered world, he is quite the charismatic celebrity. Every corner of his hometown, Paris, VHHPVWREHÂś6WDUFNLĂ&#x20AC;HG¡,¡YHHDWHQLQ his restaurants, stayed in his hotels, toured his school, sat on his street furniture and used his kitchen utensils â&#x20AC;&#x201C; even (unwittingly) his public toilets. +LVEDWKURRPGHVLJQVIRU'XUDYLW evoke the French concepts of elegance and timelessness. Commenting on WKH6WDUFNUDQJHRIFHUDPLFVKH VD\V´7KH6WDUFNSURJUDPPH takes its lead from the intelligence of ergonomics. This means that we can talk about a collection that is shaped by intelligence and elegance â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the elegance of movement, the elegance of truth: parameters that also stand for timelessness and durability.â&#x20AC;? Oh, to be Parisian, I think wistfully â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to be elegant even on the loo.


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Twinkle Khanna, founder and CEO of The White Window in Mumbai, has transformed a number of private residences in Dubai with a touch of Eastern glamour. The former actress and wife of Bollywood star Akshay Kumar talks to Better Homes Magazine about the rich materials in Indian design.

Why is Indian dĂŠcor loved worldwide?

How can we get the look in Dubai?

,QGLD¡VXQLTXHDUWVDQGFUDIWV²VRPHRIWKHĂ&#x20AC;QHVWDQGROGHVW in the world â&#x20AC;&#x201C; have long been a source of inspiration for interior designers worldwide. The countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich aesthetics are deeply embedded in the religion and history, enchanting many travellers over the centuries who have exposed the world to the beauty and lavishness of Eastern aesthetics. Today, interior designers infuse a wide variety of global LQĂ XHQFHVDQGWLPHSHULRGVLQWRWKHLUZRUN7KHULFKFRORXU of Indian interiors, the delicate and exquisite textiles, and the intricate and lavish ornaments are a constant source of inspiration for designers. They can bring warmth and character into any room and blend beautifully with Western and Middle-Eastern styles.

The key to recreating Indian interiors is to get the right balance of textures and colour. A good way to get the look is to mix chunky, rustic Indian wooden furniture with FDUYHGPDUEOHSLHFHVDQGĂ&#x20AC;QHGHFRUDWLYHREMHFWV(QJUDYHG brassware, metal trunks and platters, and silver, gold and enamel ornaments, such as trinket boxes, work well to create a lavish and exotic atmosphere. Indian textiles are essential for a warm and luxurious feel. Mix contemporary fabrics and textures with antique saris and traditional embroideries. Cover your sofas and beds with colourful embroidered pillows and opt for luxurious silk and tie-dyed cotton fabrics for a whimsical and inviting home that ZLOOWUXO\VWDQGRXWLQ'XEDL

What materials are particularly popular?

Does Indian-Arabic design work together?

From intricate needlework and embroidery to delicate silks, Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich textile tradition, a kaleidoscope of textures and FRORXUVKDVWDNHQWKHGpFRUZRUOGE\VWRUP The warmth of rich woods like sandal, sheesham, rosewood and kadamb can accentuate the beauty of a home. They are used for the creation of unique furniture pieces or traditional handcrafted items, which are carved with traditional cultural symbols. Hammered metal is a popular choice for lamps, tables, platters and vases, while gold and silver decorative items have a strong presence in Indian-inspired homes.

$UDELFLQWHULRUVPDUU\SHUIHFWO\ZLWK,QGLDQGpFRU%RWK DHVWKHWLFVHQFRPSDVVWKHULFKQHVVDQGPDJQLĂ&#x20AC;FHQFHRIFRORXU and patterns. By mixing the vibrant colours of Indian fabrics with the geometric patterns typically found in Arabian interiors, and combining ornate carved Arabic metalwork with engraved handcrafted marble and wood pieces from India, we can create a beautiful mosaic thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich with culture. The global fusion of these aesthetics will translate into a luxurious, exotic and inviting home.

June 2014



A TASTE OF ITALY Dubai is devouring Italian design like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going out of fashionâ&#x20AC;Ś With the arrival of another prestigious Italian design house in Jumeirah, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to ignore the influence that Italy has on interior design here. The country is synonymous with high-end luxury, quality materials and fine-tuned manufacturing. It is the pumping trendsetting pulse at the heart of design â&#x20AC;&#x201C; both on the home and on the catwalk. Not only is Italy the birthplace of the most illustrious design industry, fashion, but some of the greatest furniture designers hail from the country, too. Gio Ponti and Ettore Sottsass established Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world-leading furniture-making reputation in the early 20th century â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ask your mother if she used an Olivetti Valentine Sottsass typewriter, back in the day. In the 21st century, Milanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renowned Salone Internazionale del Mobile exhibition has tattoed its name in every design aficionadoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diary, with the world watching the show for emerging talent, new designs and influential trends.

Luxurious lust-have: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The market for Italian design in the UAE is very good and it is still changing,â&#x20AC;? comments interior designer and architect Matteo Nunziati. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Six years ago people here wanted to invest in expensive, fashionable things and show off, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re starting to realise that they would like the quality of their Bentley in their chairs. Now the mentality is changing they are investing more in their house, to have the same high-quality designs as they have in their cars and clothes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With Italian design, the details are very important,â&#x20AC;? he explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For example, my designs for Molteni&C have joins at 45 degrees. My Allure armchair is very thin and very modern, but it is also very comfortable, because of the combination of beauty and incredible attention to detail. This chair looks simple but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as complicated as a tower and took a whole year to design.â&#x20AC;? How does Italian design cater to customers in Dubai? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a key point for interior design, WRSURGXFHGHVLJQIRUDVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FPDUNHWÂľKHVD\V â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I moved from Milan to Dubai I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bring the same interior design I use in Italy for Italian people, but I would incorporate a link with the local culture and traditions of the Emirati house.â&#x20AC;? How will Italian design evolve this year? â&#x20AC;&#x153;At WKLV\HDU¡V6DORQHGHO0RELOHZHVDZDQHZĂ&#x20AC;QLVK black chromed stainless steel, which is very rich and modern,â&#x20AC;? says the designer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This evolving nature is very good for design and innovation, in terms of style and technical details. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will also combine new materials â&#x20AC;&#x201C; new demands from countries like India, the Gulf and Russia â&#x20AC;&#x201C; such as marble and black chrome detailing. Nothing drastic, but enough to satisfy the demand of that country in a modern way.â&#x20AC;?

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Matteo Nunziati with his Allure armchair for Molteni&C

â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a strong market here for Italian design and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very good place to import to,â&#x20AC;? says Emanuel Colombini, CEO of Colombini Casa. Although the Colombini Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s HQ is based in the microstate of San Marino on the Italian peninsula, the company is the Italian leader in childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedroom design. How does furniture design work with Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous fashion industry? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Italian design is very close to the fashion industry,â&#x20AC;? he comments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In design we can recreate surfaces using the same fashionable materials. Real wood is a new way of thinking this year, and is already very popular in Italy. Universally, real wood can create a warm ambience â&#x20AC;&#x201C; compared to lacquer and high-gloss surfaces that have been favoured in Dubai, which can be cold. Adding wood is a good combination and creates a warm and inviting house, typical of Italy.â&#x20AC;? Promising to provide accessible Italian design to WKHUHJLRQ&RORPELQL&DVDRSHQHGLWVĂ&#x20AC;UVW0LGGOH East showroom with Finasi, on Al Ittihad Road, at the start of the year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the meaning of accessible Italian design?â&#x20AC;? asks Emanuel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One, the product has to be 100% Italian and, two, prices have to be very affordable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Design is not just about the shape of furniture but also the challenge to implement a solution IRUWKHFXVWRPHU:HPLJKWLPSOHPHQWDVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;F material for people because we want to create a certain experience. We study the colour and trends of materials, such as leather, which is important in creating a luxurious look and feel in sofas.â&#x20AC;?

New arrivals: Jumeirah is fast becoming the most fashionable place for independent concept stores and high-end showrooms. Newcomer Mouhajer International Design launched its showroom with an exclusive collection of Industria Divani e Poltrone furniture, Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest brand specialising in leather sofas and chairs. The company draws upon the UAEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proximity WRWKH)DU(DVWDQG(DVWHUQLQĂ XHQFHV combining Oriental style with high-quality Italian manufacturing processes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While we give immense importance to preserving the heritage, we are also keen on introducing modern touches and designs in a measured way to keep up with the times,â&#x20AC;? says founder and designer Maher Mouhajer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our projects and designs are based on Oriental heritage, as well as authentic themes of the past.â&#x20AC;? The commercial sector hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been forgotten, HLWKHU2SHUDWLQJIURP2IĂ&#x20AC;FH,QVSLUDWLRQVLQ$O Sufouh, Babini Spa is the latest Italian company to land in Dubai, bringing with it furniture FROOHFWLRQVIRUWKHWUHQGLHVWRIRIĂ&#x20AC;FHVSDFHV Like many Italian institutions, Babini is a family-run business and has been manufacturing RIĂ&#x20AC;FHIXUQLWXUHIRURYHU\HDUVIURPLWV+4LQ Ancona, on the eastern coast of central Italy.

June 2014



There’s one hot topic of conversation at the moment: Ramadan. Recognising the most important date in the Islamic calendar for moral discipline, family and tradition, the city is gradually winding down for the Holy Month, expected to commence from June 29 (depending on the lunar cycle). Whether you’re a new expatriate wondering how an evening Iftar unfolds, or a Muslim studiously preparing for a month of fasting, the dining table has never been so widely discussed. Ramadan is also a time for generosity. Homes become a glorious hosting environment for night-time feasts, where family and friends can share the special moments of the weeks ahead, gathered around the kitchen and dining table. “As Ramadan is considered the month of God, everything done in this month is seen as a ritual,” explains Yaser Omar Satout, brand supervisor at “The same applies for Suhoor and Iftar – it is important to spend that time with friends and family

GET READY FOR RAMADAN Make the dining table the centre of attention during this month of midnight feasts

Home and table décor is very culturally orientated during Ramadan because it is about sharing the moment with God’s blessing and with those you love.” Traditionally, Muslims end their fast for the day by eating three dates and drinking water at the start of the evening meal, Iftar. This is followed by soups and salads as they’re gentle on the stomach. Conventional Emirati cuisine includes lentil soup, slow-cooked meat – possibly threed (lamb and yogurt) or harees (wheat and meat, slow-cooked over a fire) – shawarma and hot and cold mezze. Dessert may be katayef (folded pancakes), awamat (doughnut balls), and Arabic sweets like baklava and mammoul. Finish the meal with hibiscus flower tea, fruit juices and sheesha. Suhoor proceeds the day of fasting with a hearty breakfast before dawn. “Iftar in the UAE has many influences due to the vast cultures of residents in the region,” comments Joseph Haidar, general manager at

Noon Art Boutique Hotel Apartments. “Some mosques and restaurants serve biryani, pasta, Lebanese salads and fresh fruit. The Iftar experience is about bringing everyone together, enjoying great company and great food. “A colour theme is usually chosen for the table and the best plates and dishes are used. Decorating the table and ‘dressing up’ is something many families do.” With the dining room the centre of attention, it’s important that it looks the part. Get your home ready for the festivities with glamorous yet traditional looks that will dress your dining table with elegant platters, plates, glasses and linen, accessorised with ambient lights and ornaments. For such feasts stocking up on

serving platters is a must, plus large soup ladles, cake stands, thermoses for cold juices, water jugs and tea urns. These are the essentials for a typical Iftar setup. “Home décor and table décor is very culturally orientated during Ramadan,” adds Yaser. “Here in the UAE, you can see many homes and tables decorated in traditional Arabic designs which often bring back pleasant childhood memories. “Metallic colours such as gold, copper and silver are always popular during Ramadan. These mineral colour tones go well with traditional Arabic designs.” Taking his advice, add glamour to your majlis with this season’s metallics – brass tea urns, engraved copper plates, mirrored trays, wrought-


iron cake stands, filigree lamps and decorative metal candelabras. Keep tradition alive with mosaicpatterned charger plates, crystal glass tumblers, brocade candleholders and classic Turkish rugs. Ramadan is a heightened time for spiritual reflection. Set a soft and welcoming ambience with majestic hurricane lamps, crackled-glass tea light holders atop long stems and decorative flower arrangements. Make your surroundings comfortable with upholstered high-back dining chairs in soft gold or sand tones and luxurious silk table runners. In the living room, matching wingback armchairs and chair cushions in rich hues of Arabian purples and reds will complete the look.

Iftar, courtesy of Qbara

June 2014



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Lao invites you to join the family with authentic Southeast Asian dishes

There are a few notable Asian restaurants jostling for best newcomer, and Waldorf Astoria’s Lao is a serious contender. “Asian food is very popular around the world and, with the number of Dubai expatriates, fine Asian cuisine is always in demand here,” says Lao’s chef de cuisine Phuong Mai Nguyen. “We are seeing restaurants striving to provide more authentic and regional tastes, swaying away from the popular ‘Westernisation’ of Asian food, which has become a staple cuisine in Dubai’s culture, and a huge part of the Emirate’s restaurant life.” Southeast Asian cuisine is her restaurant’s specialty, concentrating on the rich culinary traditions of the Lao people, heavily influenced by northeastern Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. A staple food of the Lao people is steamed sticky rice, and they’re known to call themselves ‘Luk Khao Niaow’, which means ‘Children of Sticky Rice’. I eagerly adopted myself into the family fold after tasting the steamed lobster rice roll and steamed rice crepe roll appetisers during evening dinner at the restaurant on Palm Jumeirah. But there’s much more than sticky rice on offer. My waiter did not just recommend the baked shangainese pastry, but insisted upon it. These parcels of foie gras and spring onion turned out to be one of the best dishes of the evening. It’s not often you go to a restaurant and would be happy with just the appetiser menu, but I could have tried each and every dim sum dish – given a larger stomach. Chef Mai has spent years understanding the unique flavours and fusions of Southeast Asian cuisine and admits that Vietnamese cuisine is her favourite. “I prefer it because it contains a lot of spices and it is also light and healthy. Vietnamese food will never get you fat, it is always fresh and full of natural ingredients. Personally, Vietnamese fried spring rolls are my favourite dish, especially when it is filled with fresh vegetables and prawns.” Fresh vegetables are key when you’re cooking authentic Asian cuisine at home, she says, as well as lemon rind, garlic and ginger. I asked her what the secret was to my favourite Lao dish, the baked shangainese pastry. “It’s all about rich flavour,” she explains. “The key is the way the foie gras is cooked. It has to be grilled medium, added to the pastry and then left in the oven for five minutes. “To cook the best grilled lemongrass beef, the lemongrass plant needs to be picked carefully. It is the core of this dish and it will always add the best flavour and taste to a fine piece of beef.” June 2014



Grilled Lemongrass Beef Serves 10


2kg prime beef tenderloin 250g lemongrass 150ml soy sauce (Kikkoman) 30g black peppercorns 20g sugar 250g vermicelli noodles 150ml dark soy sauce 100g peanuts 200g gem lettuce 20g red capsicum Salt 250g charcoal Wooden skewers Grill box or barbecue

Soak the wooden skewers in water over night, or for at least one hour â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this prevents them burning on the grill. Cut the beef into cubes and marinate with lemongrass juice, soy, crushed peppercorns, salt and sugar. Skewer the beef cubes and place on the grill box or barbecue at a medium temperature. Put the vermicelli noodles in hot water for five minutes, then remove and season with salt. Top with crushed peanuts. To serve: place three gem lettuce leaves on the plate and fill with the vermicelli noodles, decorate with red capsicum, and serve with the grilled beef skewers.


Baked Shanghainese Pastry Serves 10

400g all-purpose flour 75ml water 400g unsalted butter 15g salt 30g foie gras 80g spring onion 1 egg yolk 20g banana leaves 20g black peppercorns 50ml cooking oil Method: Knead the flour, diced butter, most of the salt and water together into a dough and set aside in the freezer for 30 minutes. Grill the foie gras with the remaining salt and crushed peppercorns. Make sure the foie gras is the same consistency as the pastry dough. Slice the spring onion and sautÊ, while seasoning with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, take out the dough from the freezer, roll out until thin and cut a section measuring seven inches wide and two-feet long. Place the grilled foie gras and spring onions onto the pastry, fold the dough over, and cut into squares measuring two inches by two inches. Seal both sides of each square by folding the pasty down. Place in the oven at 220°C, 425°F, Gas Mark 7 for four or five minutes, until golden.

June 2014

Special Feature


New homeowners and real estate brokers can now register their homes with Tamleek Property Transfer using their fast and efficient online booking system. Better Homes spoke to Mr Buti Al Sabousi, Chairman of Tamleek Property Transfer, to find out more: :K\KDV'XEDL/DQG'HSDUWPHQWDOORZHGSULYDWHðUPV to undertake property registration services? As the Dubai real estate market has witnessed high levels of growth in the past few years, the number of sales transactions has grown significantly. This created a pent-up demand for the introduction of property registration trustees that can provide various registration services on behalf of Dubai Land Department, in order to satisfy market expectation and service levels. 2. Why did Tamleek Property Transfer enter as a registration trustee company? From our experience in the real estate market, we have gathered enough qualitative data from various real estate stakeholders to know there is a demand for professional services undertaken in a professional and luxury business environment to meet the high standards of their clients. Therefore, we chose to be in the heart of ‘New Dubai’ , with offices in Burj Khalifa Downtown, so we can offer clients a convenient and prestigious location in which to register their property.

3. How easy it is for real estate agents and clients to register a property with Tamleek? Every step of the process is easy. First, we coordinate early with agents, prior to the registrationprocessing day. We then have an online booking system to make appointments, which limits the waiting time, followed by the actual property registration, which is completed in a very competitive and efficient time. 4. Tamleek is in partnership with Cityscape 2014, what is this about? This partnership cemented the position of Tamleek Property Transfer as the only premier registration trustee – as Tamleek is the only property registration partner with Cityscape 2014. 5. What message does Tamleek have for all real estate brokers and agents? We invite them to experience our premier property registration services, and we tell them that our team is available to assist them at any time. The staff and services in our offices will meet their clients’ expectations and standards, as we truly believe that “you deserve the best”.

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parking spaces in the basement. Sahab 2, developed by Emaar, provides a wide range of leisure and entertainment facilities, including a lovely communal swimming pool, supervised children’s pool, two-storey gym, squash court, mini theatre and coffee shop, plus a business centre. This apartment, with its enviable views, many recreational services, and close proximity to the beach and Marina Mall, offers a full lifestyle package that’s ideal for a family.


June 2014




Area review Why Ibn Battuta Gate is a commercial success With the office sector set to stride ahead of the residential market this year, we ask the newcomers of Ibn Battuta Gate Office Building what it’s like to work there. Patchi has two big occasions to celebrate this year: the 30th anniversary of the brand in the UAE and a new head office in Dubai. Following a blazing fire last September, administration manager Sawsan Al Kalil helped relocate Patchi’s head office to Ibn Battuta Gate Office Building. While she says employees are fiercely loyal (she’s worked for Patchi for 15 years) and would follow the company to any location it chose, they’re extremely happy in the new premises. Here, she explains why: “After a huge fire destroyed Patchi’s custom-built head office, warehouse and factory in Al Quoz we had no choice but to find new premises. “Immediate action was taken by management and the owner in search of an appropriate location, one that would cover all of our needs. Ibn Battuta Gate Office Building was the most convenient location we found. Once this was approved, my role was designing the offices to match and meet our corporate identity. “There is a wide choice of commercial property on the market but it can be difficult to find something suitable. Management looked at a few properties but they didn’t quite match our

requirements – for a good location, price and parking facilities. “Ibn Battuta Gate met our needs because we’re now midway between our boutiques in the city and our warehouses and temporary factory in Dubai Industrial City (DIC), which is 15 minutes away. “We also have robotic parking – Ibn Battuta Gate Office Building is the only commercial area in Dubai that has this service. Employees simply drive into the parking lot at the back of the building, pick up a ticket and their car is parked automatically. We looked at offices in Business Bay but there isn’t

much parking there for employees, which is a very important factor. “The walking distance of the mall to our offices makes the lunch break and food delivery really easy. Furthermore, maintenance and facility fees are included in the rent, which is very convenient. “The building itself has 11 floors, and includes a gym and a dentist where we’re offered discounts. We have 35 to 40 employees working here, covering the needs of different departments such as retail, corporate, accounts, HR, IT, admin and business development. “We have two meeting rooms and a glass-partitioned cafeteria with access to the balcony; the rest of the office is an open-plan space that we’ve partitioned with cupboards. “Since the Al Quoz site was custombuilt, the space we had was bigger with separate offices and few open working stations, but when we came here everyone liked the atmosphere of the open set-up and the surrounding area. “We all feel the positive energy from the open-plan layout, the décor and the furniture – in Patchi colours – which are simple and refreshing. The sunshine coming through the windows creates a positive atmosphere, too, and helps us all to enjoy our new offices.” If you’re interested in leasing office space at Ibn Battuta Gate Office Building, contact Better Homes on 600 52 2212 or go online at

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Two of the best: amazing office space and a large family home For sale Spacious bathrooms and community facilities make this large three-bedroom apartment a must-see. Located on the popular Shoreline stretch, this Type C home benefits from the local amenities, namely the nearby Shoreline beach and swimming pool, plus a number of retail outlets, licensed restaurants, spas and children’s play areas, providing an easy lifestyle so sought-after on The Palm. The apartment in Al Anbara (B12) has a spacious balcony with some sea views, a large open-plan living and dining area, a separate kitchen and en suite maid’s quarters. Two parking spaces are included with the sale. Where is it? Palm Jumeirah How much? AED3,550,000 Bedrooms: Three How big? 2,218 square feet How do I find out more? Contact Better Homes consultant Soheila Aramnia on 600 52 2212 and quote reference number AP325950

For rent A landmark building in the heart of ‘New Dubai,’ Ibn Battuta Gate Office Building is located next to the world’s largest themed mall, the Ibn Battuta Mall, and metro station, halfway between Dubai Marina and Jebel Ali Free Zone. The office complex houses a variety of Dubai Economic Department (DED) licensed companies and has been designed to maximize space, light and comfort. Ibn Battuta Gate Office Building offers the best parking in town, with two floors in the basement and a full building at the back. Available office space ranges from a few hundred square feet up to full floors of 40,000 square feet and more. The lease is inclusive of DEWA and chiller fees. Where is it? Ibn Battuta Gate How much? Pictured, AED219,551 How big? Pictured, 2,196 square feet How do I find out more? Contact Better Homes on 600 52 2212 and quote reference number OFM310991 for this featured office or ask for details on other vacant IBGO units

June 2014

Market Watch



Sam Wani reveals the latest movement in the market Emaar has reported revenue from villa sales dropping by nearly 17% in the first quarter of 2014. The company generated revenue of AED256.91million from sales of villas in the first quarter compared to AED308.73million in the corresponding period in 2013. According to Cluttons the number of sales transactions fell by 9% in the first quarter of 2014, while the number of villa transactions dropped by 46%. Knight Frank Dubai announced a price rise of just 0.6% but predicts prices will continue to rise by15%. HSBC expects this to be 12%, although evidence is pointing to a more subdued 10% â&#x20AC;&#x201C; still significant by international standards. According to a survey initiated by the Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) and conducted by consultancy Deloitte, construction firms and

developers face a shortfall of 500,000 workers across all career levels and divisions as massive public and private projects fuel an unprecedented real estate boom. The study showed that building and construction project management skills are most lacking among senior levels, according to 43% of the companies surveyed. Likewise, 54% believe that designengineering skills are lacking among mid-level professionals, followed by civil engineering skills. Dubaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winning Expo 2020 bid boosted

the construction sector with average rents rising by 23% in Q1. HSBC bank predicts 45,000 new hotel rooms will be needed for the event. Total infrastructure works is estimated at AED12.54billion, producing a large demand for skilled workers in the UAE. Sam Wani is general manager at Independent Finance.

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Interest Rate

Independent Finance

Abu Dhabi Finance ADCB

Processing Fees

Early Repayment


20 years


0% after fixed period



25 years


0% on sale of property


4.74%, 3-year fixed


20 years


1% own funds, 1% buy out


4.99%, 3-year fixed


25 years


0% after five years



25 years


2% own funds, 4% buy out

800 ADF(233)


25 years

1% (no cap)


800 2030

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5%, 5-year fixed


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0% own funds, 3% buy out



3.99%, 1-year fixed


25 years


0% own funds, 3% buy out



4.45%, 2-year fixed


20 years

1% after fixed period



25 years


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0%, limited offer

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2% own funds, 3% buy out

800 6667

1% own funds, 5% buy out

04 312 0000

1% own funds, 5% buy out

02 616 5605

2% own funds for first 3 years

800 Tamweel


From 4.99%, 3-year fixed


From 4.99%/annum


30 years

Noor Bank

4.75%, 1-year fixed


25 years

Rak Bank



25 years

Standard Chartered

4.49%, 1-year fixed


25 years

DIB (Tamweel)

4.25%, Eibor-linked


25 years

1%, capped at AED20,000

1%, capped at AED100,000 1%, capped at AED15,000 1% 1%, capped at AED25,000

Dubai Waterfront

Arabia an n Gulf lf

The Palm Jebel Ali

The Palm Jumeirah

Jumeirah Beach Residence Dubai Marina

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

Abu Dhabi Ibn Battuta The Mall


Jebel Ali Freezone Jebel Ali Village

Downtown Jebel Ali

Jumeirah Heights Discovery Gardens

Jumeirah Park

Al Furjan

Technology Park Green Community Dubai Investment Park

Jumeirah Islands

Jumeirah Golf Estates

The Lakes

The Springs

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

Dubai World Central

Motor City

Maktoum Int. Airport

Dubai Metro Red line Green line Metro Stations

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Mirdif The Palm Jumeirah

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The World

The Palm Deira

Dubai Maritime City Burj Al Arab


Umm Suqeim Safa


Al Wasl

DIFC Mall of the Emirates

Trade Centre

Dubaii Mal

Al Quoz Business Bay


Downtown Burj Khalifa


Bur Juman Centre




Bur Dubai



Umm Hurair Karama Oud Metha


Sharjah Mamzar

Hor Al Anz

Deira City Centre

Al Nahda

Emirates Towers

Garhoud Al Khail Gate

Burj Khalifa

Airport Free Zone

Culture Village Umm Ramool

Bu Kadra Meydan City Dubiotech


Dubai Int. Airport

Dubai Festival City

The Lagoons

Nadd Shamma

Ras Al Khor Nadd Al Hamar

Arabian Ranches



Mirdif City Centre


Al Barari Living Legends


Ghoroob Warqaa

Al Waha Community


Nad Al Sheba

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Dubai Marina

Jumeirah Lake Towers

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The Greens

The Palm Jumeirah

Downtown Dubai

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Dubai Investment Park

Dubai Marina

Jumeirah Lake Towers

Jumeirah Village Circle

The Greens

The Palm Jumeirah

June 2014


Arabian Ranches for sale

Gazelle / Al Reem 3 Arabian Ranches Meticulously planned development Riazuddin Ahmed (Ref No. VI163941)

AED 3,060,000 3 BR 2,352 sq. ft.

Gazelle / Al Reem 2 Arabian Ranches

AED 3,275,000 3 BR 2,436 sq. ft.

Bright and inviting residence Pat Mc Cleland (Ref No. VI326814)

Mirador Phase 1 Arabian Ranches

AED 6,500,000 4 BR 4,311 sq. ft.

A place to call home Sorin Rizan (Ref No. VI308892)

Polo Homes Arabian Ranches

AED 16,500,000 5 BR 7,724 sq. ft.

Premier location Arvinder Singh (Ref No. VI323417)

Gazelle / Al Reem 3 Arabian Ranches Affordable luxury Dimple R (Ref No. TH326060)

AED 3,800,000 3 BR 2,900 sq. ft.

Mirador Phase 1 Arabian Ranches A stunning family home May Helal (Ref No. VI316747)

AED 7,500,000 6 BR 5,172 sq. ft.


Arabian Ranches for rent

Al Mahra Arabian Ranches

AED 350,000 5 BR 4,359 sq. ft.

Excellent finish Dimple R (Ref No. VI326863)

Gazelle / Al Reem 1 Arabian Ranches One of the Best Deals on the Market Dimple R (Ref No. VI160227)

Palmera 1 Arabian Ranches

La Coleccion 2 Arabian Ranches A desirable address Juliana Grebenchshikova (Ref No. VI318147)

AED 205,000 3 BR 2,564 sq. ft.

Gazelle / Al Reem 1 Arabian Ranches

AED 300,000 4 BR 3,678 sq. ft.

Savannah Arabian Ranches

AED 350,000 5 BR 6,185 sq. ft.

Spacious with great finishes Rene Neil Dsouza (Ref No. VI172078)

AED 210,000 3 BR 2,724 sq. ft.

Excellent value Ozlem Ucar (Ref No. TH326895)

AED 195,000 2 BR 2,219 sq. ft.

Home sweet home Adrian Popica (Ref No. VI7410)

June 2014


Dubai Marina for sale

Ocean Heights Dubai Marina Fully upgraded property Anna Tybura (Ref No. AP326708)

AED 4,900,000 3 BR 1,705 sq. ft.

The Point Dubai Marina

AED 1,650,000 1 BR 759 sq. ft.

Direct marina views David Lawes (Ref No. AP300271)

Ocean Heights Dubai Marina

AED 3,350,000 2 BR 1,370 sq. ft.

Full ocean view Robert Allsopp (Ref No. AP300914)

Westside Dubai Marina

AED 2,200,000 2 BR 1,727 sq. ft.

Amazing value Darko Dumancic (Ref No. AP163793)

Yass Dubai Marina A desirable address Fabio Lombardi (Ref No. AP254703)

AED 3,050,000 2 BR 1,187 sq. ft.

Princess Tower Dubai Marina Affordable luxury Hannah Bakshani (Ref No. AP316632)

AED 11,250,000 5 BR 6,121 sq. ft.


Dubai Marina for rent

Quay North Dubai Marina

AED 200,000 2 BR 1,950 sq. ft.

Amazing value John Pittaras (Ref No. AP326428)

Westside Dubai Marina

Aurora Dubai Marina Fully furnished with style and class Fabio Lombardi (Ref No. AP316107)

AED 225,000 2 BR 2,120 sq. ft.

Yass Dubai Marina

AED 550,000 5 BR 4,101 sq. ft.

Superior location Yasmin Piroozan (Ref No. AP168122)

AED 105,000 1 BR 936 sq. ft.

One of the Best Deals on the Market Julieta Kitova (Ref No. AP165913)

Horizon Tower Dubai Marina Excellent finish Darko Dumancic (Ref No. AP327323)

AED 240,000 4 BR 2,451 sq. ft.

Al Fattan Marine Plaza Dubai Marina

AED 250,000 3 BR 2,152 sq. ft.

A prestigious address Babur Ortikov (Ref No. AP4436)

June 2014


Downtown for sale

Yansoon 8 Downtown Dubai An investorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream Naveed Khan (Ref No. AP326498)

AED 4,800,000 3 BR 1,755 sq. ft.

Ubora Residential Tower Business Bay

AED 1,600,000 1 BR 930 sq. ft.

Amazing capital growth Kash Qureshi (Ref No. AP321273)

29 Boulevard - Tower 2 Downtown Dubai

AED 4,700,000 2 BR 1,492 sq. ft.

Excellent value Sana Hajjar (Ref No. AP319931)

Tajer Residences Downtown Dubai

AED 2,600,000 1 BR 1,069 sq. ft.

Exclusive residence Riazuddin Ahmed (Ref No. AP174328)

The Address Dubai Mall Downtown Dubai Be where it all happens Gina Fayad (Ref No. AP301108)

AED 2,200,000 Studio 599 sq. ft.

Executive Towers Villas Business Bay An entertainers delight Asal Abedi (Ref No. VI318533)

AED 7,898,691 4 BR 9,287 sq. ft.


Downtown for rent

Burj Khalifa - Armani Residences Downtown Dubai

AED 760,000 2 BR 2,019 sq. ft.

Experience heights of luxury Naveed Khan (Ref No. AP326699)

The Lofts - Podium Downtown Dubai Excellent finish Sherif Nabil (Ref No. AP280855)

29 Boulevard - Tower 2 Downtown Dubai

The Address Downtown Dubai Downtown Dubai

AED 225,000 1 BR 877 sq. ft.

The best of city living Asal Abedi (Ref No. AP323868)

AED 220,000 2 BR 1,353 sq. ft.

World Trade Centre Residence Trade Centre Experience heights of luxury Binu Abraham (Ref No. AP69053)

The Residences at Business Central Business Bay

AED 120,000 1 BR 925 sq. ft.

Stunning fully furnished apartment Raymund Salameda (Ref No. AP326548)

AED 250,000 2 BR 2,099 sq. ft.

48 Burjgate Downtown Dubai

AED 192,100 2 BR 1,261 sq. ft.

Brand new luxury apartments Sana Hajjar (Ref No. AP321309)

AED 110,000 1 BR 784 sq. ft.

Ready to move in Sana Hajjar (Ref No. AP321129)

June 2014


Palm Jumeirah for sale

Golden Mile B9 Palm Jumeirah Strategic location Amir Safiari (Ref No. AP326784)

AED 2,860,000 2 BR 1,822 sq. ft.

Al Dabas (B2) Palm Jumeirah

AED 3,650,000 3 BR 2,182 sq. ft.

Beachfront living at an attractive price Elen Manukyan (Ref No. AP173721)

C Frond (Hilali Villas) Palm Jumeirah

AED 22,000,000 5 BR 5,000 sq. ft.

Breathtaking sea views Tulay Ozcan (Ref No. VI1352)

D Frond (Barhi Villas) Palm Jumeirah

AED 15,800,000 4 BR 5,300 sq. ft.

The jewel in the crown Sharon Sweet (Ref No. VI326786)

Fairmont Palm Residence - South Palm Jumeirah Everything you ever wanted Darko Dumancic (Ref No. VI324787)

AED 9,500,000 3 BR 5,275 sq. ft.

Marina Residence 3 Palm Jumeirah Luxurious penthouse Nina Pekina (Ref No. AP325300)

AED 15,500,000 4 BR 6,820 sq. ft.


Palm Jumeirah for rent

A Frond (Fardh Villas) Palm Jumeirah

AED 550,000 4 BR 5,000 sq. ft.

Live by the beach Darko Dumancic (Ref No. VI10968)

Al Hamri (B19) Palm Jumeirah

AED 300,000 4 BR 5,000 sq. ft.

Uncompromising luxury Rizwan Zabeehullah Shaikh (Ref No. AP172536)

Marina Residence 2 Palm Jumeirah The perfect setting Soheila Aramnia (Ref No. AP321747)

Marina Residence 4 Palm Jumeirah

AED 320,000 3 BR 4,053 sq. ft.

Experience heights of luxury Fabio Lombardi (Ref No. AP285108)

AED 210,000 2 BR 1,981 sq. ft.

Jash Falqa (B4) Palm Jumeirah Breathtaking sea views Soheila Aramnia (Ref No. AP325893)

Oceana - Atlantic Palm Jumeirah

AED 170,000 1 BR 1,881 sq. ft.

Looking for lifestyle Walid Bitar (Ref No. AP324762)

AED 160,000 1 BR 1,141 sq. ft.

D Frond (Barhi Villas) Palm Jumeirah

AED 1,000,000 6 BR 7,000 sq. ft.

Fabulous ocean views Sharon Sweet (Ref No. VI325795)

June 2014


Jumeirah Lake Towers for sale

Goldcrest Views 1 Jumeirah Lake Towers In a class by itself Sunil Pravin Jhaveri (Ref No. AP324730)

AED 1,500,000 1 BR 925 sq. ft.

Lake View Tower Jumeirah Lake Towers

AED 1,600,270 1 BR 1,393 sq. ft.

Guaranteed rental income Sana Hajjar (Ref No. AP323024)

Al Waleed Paradise Jumeirah Lake Towers

AED 2,325,000 3 BR 1,810 sq. ft.

Competitive price, call now Nassima Gough Menari (Ref No. AP301573)

Jumeirah Bay Tower (X1) Jumeirah Lake Towers

AED 1,220,000 1 BR 980 sq. ft.

Super deluxe finishings Jawad Motiwala (Ref No. APM296641)

Goldcrest Executive Jumeirah Lake Towers Attractive investment opportunity Kristina Titova (Ref No. APM309337)

AED 895,000 Studio 406 sq. ft.

Saba Tower 2 Jumeirah Lake Towers Amazing value Rasha Moslyh (Ref No. AP56803)

AED 1,580,000 2 BR 1,162 sq. ft.


Jumeirah Lake Towers for rent

The Icon Tower 1 Jumeirah Lake Towers

AED 105,000 2 BR 1,089 sq. ft.

Dynamic development Caleb Hall (Ref No. AP296557)

Lakepoint Jumeirah Lake Towers Excellent value Jawad Motiwala (Ref No. AP8103)

The Icon Tower 2 Jumeirah Lake Towers Glimmering lakeside view Gulshan Ara (Ref No. AP327363)

AED 175,000 3 BR 1,950 sq. ft.

Lake View Tower Jumeirah Lake Towers

AED 110,000 2 BR 1,190 sq. ft.

Al Waleed Paradise Jumeirah Lake Towers

AED 120,000 2 BR 1,103 sq. ft.

The best of city living Abi Odimayo (Ref No. AP263762)

AED 70,000 Studio 415 sq. ft.

Excellent value Fabio Lombardi (Ref No. AP326815)

June 2014



Central Park Tower DIFC

AED 3,200,000 2 BR 1,610 sq. ft.

Exceptional deal Salman Arfeen (Ref No. AP327195)


Limestone House DIFC A desirable address Thomas Bunker (Ref No. AP324997)


Park Tower A DIFC

AED 2,095,000 1 BR 1,197 sq. ft.

An investment for capital growth Sorin Rizan (Ref No. AP326311)

The Index (One Central Park) DIFC

A stunning family home Anna Bulakhova (Ref No. AP326845)

AED 2,600,000 1 BR 1,030 sq. ft.


Limestone House DIFC

Amazing value Gina Fayad (Ref No. AP309552)

AED 2,550,000 1 BR 1,300 sq. ft.

A desirable address Kate Fourt (Ref No. AP327598)


Limestone House DIFC

AED 2,400,000 1 BR 1,152 sq. ft.

Attractive investment opportunity Yasmine Aziz (Ref No. AP94573)

Panoramic views Naveed Khan (Ref No. AP324385)

AED 400,000 3 BR 3,222 sq. ft.

Limestone House DIFC



The Index (One Central Park) DIFC

AED 7,800,000 3 BR 3,330 sq. ft.


AED 350,000 3 BR 2,024 sq. ft.


Sky Gardens (DIFC) DIFC A prestigious address Murad Ali Dib (Ref No. APM277645)

AED 145,000 2 BR 1,718 sq. ft.


Jumeirah Village Circle FOR SALE

Diamond Views 1 Jumeirah Village Circle

AED 1,540,000 2 BR 1,378 sq. ft.

A motivated seller Nicholas Winter (Ref No. AP326919)


Seasons Community - Summer Jumeirah Village Circle Attractive investment opportunity Ajay Kumar Wagh (Ref No. AP325846)

Brand new luxury apartments Rahab Nicar (Ref No. AP326489)

AED 59,000 1 BR 653 sq. ft.

Mirabella 8 Jumeirah Village Circle

JVC - Villas Jumeirah Village Circle

AED 2,550,000 3 BR 3,300 sq. ft.

A stunning family home Pravin Patrick DMello (Ref No. TH326124)



Seasons Community - Summer Jumeirah Village Circle

AED 750,000 1 BR 742 sq. ft.


AED 175,000 2 BR 2,691 sq. ft.

Amazing value Mustapha Boulakhir (Ref No. VI326225)


Mirabella 5 Jumeirah Village Circle

AED 140,000 3 BR 3,300 sq. ft.

Great family home Rahab Nicar (Ref No. VI302962)

Ask the agent May Helal, residential consultant, JLT office Although the secondary market has slowed down lately there is continued demand for properties in Jumeirah Village Triangle without any drop in price. There is also no increase and sellers are now more open to offers. The sale price of a one-bedroom townhouse ranges from AED 1.65million to AED 1.8million, and can be rented at AED 110,000. A two-bedroom townhouse has a sale price from AED 2.65million to AED 2.75million and can be rented for AED

155,000. Meanwhile, two-bedroom villas range from AED 3.2million to AED 3.7million with rental prices averaging AED 165,000. Prices are predicted to increase as soon as we see the first building stages of the mall, which includes a one-million square-foot regional shopping mall in Jumeirah Village Triangle.

June 2014


The Greens FOR SALE

Arno The Greens

AED 1,365,000 1 BR 817 sq. ft.

Assured rental income Adam Paul Stockley (Ref No. AP81296)


Al Arta 4 The Greens Stimulating environment Martina Plumley (Ref No. AP1127)


The Links T2 The Greens Affordable luxury Robert Kerr (Ref # AP263361)

AED 1,600,000 1 BR 1,087 sq. ft.

AED 100,000 1 BR 645 sq. ft.


Al Ghaf 3 The Greens Excellent value Anjana Mahna (Ref No. AP324882)


Al Alka 3 The Greens

AED 2,750,000 3 BR 1,671 sq. ft.

AED 135,000 1 BR 815 sq. ft.

Modern living at its best Sharfuddin Mohammed (Ref # AP326404)


Al Samar 3 The Greens

AED 85,000 1 BR 758 sq. ft.

Stimulating environment Anjana Mahna (Ref # AP160929)

Ask the agent Pravin Dmello, residential consultant, Barsha office The Greens still holds a lot of demand and will remain in demand for a long time yet. The community is popular among families, for both leasing and sales. Low-rise buildings are family-oriented and there are always requests for two and three-bedroom apartments. Leasing prices start at AED 85,000 and reach AED 200,000, while sales prices range from AED 1,200 to AED 1,600 per square foot.

High-rise buildings are popular for the golf course and canal views that they enjoy, especially from the uppermost floors. Such apartments benefit from high-quality finishes as well. For leasing, prices start at AED 95,000 and go up to AED 240,000, while buying will cost from AED 1,500 to AED 2,400 per square feet.


The Springs FOR SALE

Springs 2 (Springs Phase 7) Emirates Living

AED 3,350,000 3 BR 3,255 sq. ft.

A motivated seller Sunita Sharma (Ref No. VI325380)


Springs 4 (Springs Phase 5) Emirates Living Spacious living Rihab Noureddine (Ref No. VI172916)


Springs 10 (Springs Phase 2C) Emirates Living

AED 3,699,000 3 BR 2,272 sq. ft.

An entertainers delight Toni Loureiro (Ref No. VI277495)

Springs 6 (Springs Phase 4A) Emirates Living

Central and prestigious location Gulshan Ara (Ref No. VI326712)

AED 2,350,000 2 BR 1,647 sq. ft.


Springs 15 (Springs Phase 1A) Emirates Living

A great family option Yasmin Piroozan (Ref No. VI171048)

AED 210,000 3 BR 3,700 sq. ft.

Everything on your doorstep Rasha Moslyh (Ref No. VI321206)


Springs 15 (Springs Phase 1A) Emirates Living

AED 2,600,000 2 BR 2,837 sq. ft.

Assured rental income Binu Abraham (Ref No. VI319490)

Amazing value Asal Abedi (Ref No. VI209110)

AED 200,000 3 BR 2,750 sq. ft.

Springs 5 (Springs Phase 4B) Emirates Living



Springs 7 (Springs Phase 3B) Emirates Living

AED 3,450,000 3 BR 2,455 sq. ft.


AED 150,000 2 BR 2,500 sq. ft.


Springs 3 (Springs Phase 6) Emirates Living

AED 220,000 3 BR 2,750 sq. ft.

A place to call home Natalia Kostareva (Ref No. VI326856)

June 2014


Dubailand for sale

Mudon Dubailand A great family option Catherine Luethi (Ref No. VI325349)

AED 3,468,500 4 BR 3,808 sq. ft.

Garden East Apartments Green Community - DIP

AED 2,850,000 3 BR 2,553 sq. ft.

Spacious with great finishes Nicole Burt (Ref No. AP3347)

Townhouse Green Community - DIP

AED 3,950,000 3 BR 4,237 sq. ft.

Exceptional deal Dimple R (Ref No. VI2954)

Private Villa Dubailand

AED 4,100,000 5 BR 4,165 sq. ft.

A stunning family home Shazia Shafi Esmail (Ref No. VI325074)

Whispering Pines Jumeirah Golf Estates Spacious with great finishes Jurate Alsaid (Ref No. VI325182)

AED 6,000,000 4 BR 3,843 sq. ft.

Skycourts Tower F Dubailand Attractive investment opportunity Angela Kalaitsidou (Ref No. AP302105)

AED 680,000 1 BR 861 sq. ft.


Dubailand for rent

Private Villa Dubailand

AED 230,000 4 BR 5,813 sq. ft.

Great family home Angela Kalaitsidou (Ref No. VI325231)

Whispering Pines Jumeirah Golf Estates Magnificent golf course views Sharfuddin Mohammed (Ref No. VI322885)

Mazaya Dubailand

Victory Heights - Estella Dubailand

AED 300,000 5 BR 4,334 sq. ft.

Ready to move in Natalia Kostareva (Ref No. VI327561)

AED 350,000 3 BR 4,136 sq. ft.

Private Villa Dubailand Affordable luxury Shazia Shafi Esmail (Ref No. VI325074)

Townhouse Green Community - DIP

AED 235,000 3 BR 4,176 sq. ft.

A great family option Nicole Burt (Ref No. VI158444)

AED 225,000 5 BR 4,165 sq. ft.

Private Villa Dubailand

AED 350,000 5 BR 8,000 sq. ft.

A stunning family home Abdul Kareem Mohammed (Ref No. VI325549)

AED 215,000 5 BR 3,600 sq. ft.

Ideal family living Abdul Kareem Mohammed (Ref No. VI326843)

June 2014


Jumeirah Beach Residence for sale

Murjan 5 Dubai Marina Live by the beach Kelly Saraceni (Ref No. AP327274)

Bahar 1 Dubai Marina Affordable luxury Fabio Lombardi (Ref No. AP29611)

Sadaf 8 Dubai Marina A motivated seller Jawad Motiwala (Ref No. AP324908)

AED 6,000,000 4 BR 2,912 sq. ft.

Bahar 1 Dubai Marina

AED 2,050,000 2 BR 1,350 sq. ft.

A stunning family home Robert Allsopp (Ref No. AP324706)

Murjan 2 Dubai Marina

AED 2,193,000 1 BR 1,101 sq. ft.

Open to offers Julieta Kitova (Ref No. AP275124)

AED 4,250,000 2 BR 2,896 sq. ft.

Murjan 5 Dubai Marina

AED 5,400,000 4 BR 2,912 sq. ft.

A stunning family home Natasha de Ridder (Ref No. AP326364)

AED 3,787,000 4 BR 2,700 sq. ft.


Jumeirah Beach Residence for rent

Sadaf 4 Dubai Marina

AED 240,000 2 BR 2,237 sq. ft.

In a class by itself Anna Tybura (Ref No. AP230000)

Murjan 2 Dubai Marina

AED 120,000 1 BR 1,101 sq. ft.

Self-contained development Julieta Kitova (Ref No. AP275124)

Shams 4 Dubai Marina A great family option Stephan Hirzel (Ref No. VI321072)

Sadaf 8 Dubai Marina

AED 250,000 4 BR 2,707 sq. ft.

Superior location Fabio Lombardi (Ref No. AP327468)

AED 480,000 4 BR 2,900 sq. ft.

Al Bateen Residences Dubai Marina Brand new luxury apartments Jessica Winchester (Ref No. AP325956)

Sadaf 6 Dubai Marina

AED 120,000 1 BR 1,336 sq. ft.

Beachfront living at an attractive price Anahit Gevorgyan (Ref No. AP172525)

AED 150,000 1 BR 1,090 sq. ft.

Shams 4 Dubai Marina

AED 550,000 4 BR 5,365 sq. ft.

Beachfront living at an attractive price Sorin Rizan (Ref No. AP316093)

June 2014


Jumeirah Park FOR SALE

Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park

AED 7,550,000 5 BR 4,689 sq. ft.

Amazing capital growth Gupesh Sharma (Ref No. VI326438)


Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park Dynamic development Ben Bandari (Ref No. VI318827)


Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park

AED 6,550,000 4 BR 4,892 sq. ft.

Amazing capital growth Jawad Motiwala (Ref No. VI315028)

Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park

Amazing value Ghada Ghannam (Ref No. VI322998)

AED 7,500,000 5 BR 4,689 sq. ft.


Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park

Affordable luxury Mohammed Fares (Ref No. VI325459)

AED 295,000 4 BR 4,335 sq. ft.

Dynamic development Hannah Bakshani (Ref No. VI318055)


Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park

AED 4,900,000 3 BR 3,063 sq. ft.

Dynamic development Gulshan Ara (Ref No. VI315331)

A stunning family home Anjana Mahna (Ref No. VI309207)

AED 310,000 3 BR 8,322 sq. ft.

Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park



Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park

AED 4,800,000 3 BR 3,527 sq. ft.


AED 230,000 3 BR 3,527 sq. ft.


Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park A great family option Kapil Dhakan (Ref No. VI325432)

AED 240,000 3 BR 3,600 sq. ft.


Short-term rentals

Royal Oceanic Dubai Marina

AED 12,000 Studio 634 sq. ft.

Sunny, spacious apartment Selma Dsouza (Ref No. APM320381)

Murjan Dubai Marina

Superior location Cherryl Cartagena (Ref No. APM215728)

AED 26,400 2 BR 1,379 sq. ft.

The kind of home youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve only ever dreamed about Cherryl Cartagena (Ref No. APM318276)

AED 18,000 1 BR 1,300 sq. ft.

Super deluxe finishings Selma Dsouza (Ref No. APM324892)

Attessa Dubai Marina

The Lofts - Central Downtown Dubai

South Ridge 4 Downtown Dubai

Marina Sail Dubai Marina Direct marina views Selma Dsouza (Ref No. APM213142)

AED 10,002 Studio 406 sq. ft.

Exceptional deal Cherryl Cartagena (Ref No. APM309337)

AED 26,400 2 BR 1,465 sq. ft.

Spacious with great finishes Selma Dsouza (Ref No. APM223833)

AED 19,200 1 BR 1,026 sq. ft.

Goldcrest Executive Jumeirah Lake Towers

Al Msalli (B9) Palm Jumeirah

AED 26,400 2 BR 1,646 sq. ft.

Beachfront living at an attractive price Cherryl Cartagena (Ref No. APM223201)

AED 24,000 2 BR 1,750 sq. ft.

Marina Diamond 1 Dubai Marina

AED 14,550 1 BR 836 sq. ft.

Fully furnished apartment Selma Dsouza (Ref No. APM210070)

June 2014

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Community & Service Directory Key contacts for a better home and lifestyle

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: Daily cleaning & general cleaning, Marble grinding & crystallize polishing, Floor cleaning & polishing, Carpet & Sofa shampooing, High window cleaning etc. ta ke Pest Control : Treatment against-Cockroach, e also under eral W g Gen Bed bug, Fly, Termite, Rat etc. Buildaiinntenance M Security Guards : Service of well trained security persons to safeguard properties. Maintenance work : Masonry, Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Painting etc.

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Every year Basel becomes the premier destination for collectible design and museumquality exhibitions of 20th and 21st century furniture, lighting and objets d’art. In turn, Miami morphs into the famous Art Basel fair every December - twinning the towns with a love for collectibles. Walking round Design Miami/, you’re sure to mingle

with many famous names, including Jean Prouvé. From Paris, François Laffanour’s Galerie Downtown will be showing Prouvé’s Bureau Présidence (pictured), circa 1950, a gorgeous midcentury modern presidency desk in oak. If we had one of these in our home offices we’d all get a lot more work done...


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