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AMIAMO L’ITALIA Why Dubai’s love affair with Italian design continues

How art makes a home in Jumeirah Heights

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Live with what you love Nature has its way of calming our souls, giving peace, harmony and that feeling of oneness with yourself. But capturing its essence is not easy. Our homes are a reà ection of nature with all its splendid simplicity and attention to detail. With this in mind, we have been designing furniture that reà ects nature in all its glory. Our designers scour the world, so you don’t have to, carefully selecting pieces that balance quality and luxury with affordability. Just like nature where many elements come together to make a beautiful masterpiece, La Maison Verte combines comfort with color to create your own personal harmony at home.

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Welcome Remember, remember... how nice it was last November? It’s the month we’ve all been waiting for, when we can bask in warm rays and cool breezes, relax in our gardens and dine al fresco. If you’re looking for a larger outdoor space like our cover stars, take a tour of their lofty home in Jumeirah Heights, look at our spacious Property of the Month, or stroll around Emirates Living District on page 54, where families are spoilt for choice. Whether you’re moving or not, to help revamp your home for the pleasant winter months ahead we’ve got every corner covered in this issue: from expert garden advice to high-tech bathroom ideas, original concept lighting in our dedicated Designer Spotlight feature, to luxury Italian furnishings in our Trend Report. If you’re still not sure, why not get your colours ‘read’ like I did on page 42 – I promise you that decorating will never be the same again.

Managing Director Victoria Thatcher Editorial Director John Thatcher Editor Eleanor Joslin Senior Designer Adam Sneade Designer Andy Knappett Production Manager Chalitha Fernando Advertising Manager Shweta Praful Photography Helen Riley, To contact any of the above people, email firstname@

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Cover: Shot by Helen Riley on location in Jumeirah Heights

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22. The Design Digest

36. Ask the Experts

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

Top tips to make your garden bloom with vibrant colour

24. November Wishlist

38. Amiamo L’Italia

Embrace the outdoors with these natural remedies

Why Dubai’s love affair with Italian design continues

26. One to Watch

42. Colour Psyche

This new bedroom store promises a good night’s sleep

Have your colours ‘read’ for a truly harmonious home

28. Designer Spotlight

44. Better... Bathrooms

How the first GCC concept lighting co. is now the largest

The tech-savvy trends advancing bathroom design

30. Through the Keyhole

46. How to... Curry Favour

This artistic couple fell in love with Jumeirah Heights

Delicate tastebuds should try these Indian-fusion dishes

House 51. Property of the Month

58. Arabian Delights

Why this villa in Jumeirah Park is great for a family

Find a lovely family villa in pretty Arabian Ranches

52. On the Map

61. Ask the Agent

Find your way around Dubai with our colour-coded map

Why the ‘correcting’ rumours are real in Dubai Marina

54. Move to... Emirates Living

70. Going Green

Head to the Hills for a luxurious golf-driven lifestyle

Central yet scenic, The Greens is a great choice

55. Property Picks

77. Short-Term Rentals

Enjoy a room with a view with these family villas

These apartments are a handy base for flying visits

56. Market Watch

84. Better Homes’ Lust-Have

There’s good news for renters in certain areas of the city

Get the garden party started with rustic wooden features


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Eastern Jewel

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Orange is the new black This striking colour combo was perfect for Halloween last month and it looks like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve caught a taste for the bold tang of this citrus fruit. Inspired by the catwalk trends last year, where orange was the new statement LBD for eveningwear, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now become the hot colour for winter both inside and outside the home. Bursts of tangerine will brighten up garden furniture this season, with orange seat pads and pillows featured in a number of new collections at our favourite garden shops, such as Fiore Rosso, Varaschin and Danube Home. Meanwhile, this colour can be seen clashing alongside others in chevron rugs and monochromatic occasional chairs and cushions, from the likes of Jonathan Saunders and Zimmer + Rohde, pictured.


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Design Digest What’s new in the world of interiors

> We can almost hear the tinkling of jinglebell music in the malls and smell the tantalising wafts of roasted turkey and sweet cranberry sauce. Get ready for the festive season with glittering trees, traditional decorations and disco-baubles from your favourite home shops. ACE, Bloomingdale’s Home, Homes R Us, Lakeland and United Furniture have funky new collections to make next month the merriest of the year.

PERSONAL STYLING We’re not all blessed with natural talent like Kelly Hoppen – if you need a helping hand at styling your home then head to West Elm, where a new in-store lab will inspire you with ideas and advice. With stylists making home visits for made-to-measure services and offering monogrammed accessories (in English and Arabic), this is a truly personal experience. Dubai Mall;

> Revamp your home for the cooler season with Home Centre’s new winter 2014 catalogue. Flick through the pages to find stunning bedroom sets, living room suites, lighting ideas and accessories for every corner of your home.

Wash and go Let’s face it, household chores are exactly that – a chore. Happily for us machines do all the hard work – and now they can think for us, too. Samsung’s new high-tech WW9000 washing machine calculates the best cycle, detergent, temperature and spin speed to optimize your washes. Operate it from your mobile so you can wash on the go.


Painting the town in texture Ever fancied concrete walls for an industrial look or wooden walls to go au naturel? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now easily achieved with Jotunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Lady Design range of innovative textured paints. Little girls can get the fairy-tale bedroom of their dreams with glittering paints from ivory white to cherry red, while modernists can recreate a New York loft with breezeblockeffect brush strokes.

> Many international names from the luxury market rubbed shoulders at last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Downtown Design exhibition, such as Hansgrohe, Gaggenau, Pinetti and ikonhouse. Kartell joined forces with S*uce, asking 10 talented Middle-Eastern designers to recreate the iconic Bourgie lamp for its tenth birthday. We loved Nada Debâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Catching Lightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; interpretation and Khalid Shafarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Marble Cakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which was more than a mouthful.

A window of opportunity If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking to improve your home, head to the largest construction show in the Middle East, The Big 5, for some great ideas on extensions and renovations. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got our eyes on the new custom-designed windows from Origin, which will be showcased at the four-day event from November 17. Dubai World Trade Centre;

Paper chasing The winners of the World Festival of Interiors awards have been announced, with a former bank vault turned restaurant in Hong Kong scooping the top spot. Meanwhile, David Kohn Architects won the residential category for a refurbished apartment in Barcelona, with eye-catching triangular floor tiles showing off 25 different designs.


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November wishlist Embrace the outdoors with these natural remedies




1. Miranda Kerr Royal Albert floral tea set, prices vary, Jashanmal 2. Wooden stool, AED419, Zara Home 3. Suja cushion cover, see price in store, THE One 4. Iron pendant with ceramic flowers, AED543, 2XL

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One to watch How to... get a better sleep Better Homes brings you welcome news of Better Sleep – a new concept store set to grace Umm Suqeim Road later this month. Better Sleep is the first multi-brand bedroom store of its kind in the UAE, bringing together four international mattress companies including Tempur, already a firm favourite in Dubai. Adding to its two exclusive showrooms (located in Dubai Mall and Sheikh Zayed Road) Tempur’s

Prestige collection, Tempur

third outlet caters to the growing realisation that sleep needs to be nurtured in order to ensure a constant sense of wellbeing. “Mattresses are so personal to people so they do a lot of research before they buy,” says Tempur spokesperson Suman Manning. “Even though it’s a niche market, more and more people are looking for better sleep solutions and looking to Tempur as an investment. Because we’re an

international brand we’re very well known and people here already know the company from Europe, America and Australia, where Tempur is well established.” At Better Sleep, Tempur is the only supplier of memory foam mattresses, while the other brands will also provide a range of bedroom furniture, headboards, pillows, sheets and duvet sets, creating a whole sleep solution for the family.

A Warm Vintage Setting Just in time for family gatherings, our best-selling Axis II Sofa is back in our most family-friendly and durable microďŹ ber. The clean lines of our best-selling Axis relax with casual sophistication in rich full-grain leather. Its natural markings and vintage nature add rich character.

New and in our stores now.

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Designer spotlight

Shining the light on… Nouran Concept Lighting

There’s a lot more to lighting design than bright bulbs and pretty shades. Increasingly, an extensive team of architects, engineers and designers are pooling their creative talents to produce stunning architectural lighting displays that bring to life key points in the home, from paintings to swimming pools and ornate structural fascia. One of the very first lighting companies to do this in the Middle East was Nouran Concept Lighting. This family-run business, based on Sheikh Zayed Road, is now one of the largest architectural lighting consultancy companies in the region, thanks to a unique selling point – that they’re local. Back in 1978 the company started life as a supplier of decorative lighting. Fast-forward 36 years and the founder’s sons, Omar and Said Sawaf, have enhanced their father’s business dramatically. “In terms of covering the region we are one of the largest studios, if not the largest, because we spotted an opportunity,” explains Said, Nouran’s chief operating officer. “Over the years we started to work on some very large-scale projects and now we are very niche, designing and consulting on extremely high-end

residences and palaces, as well as hotels, malls and developments. “The turning point came when we worked on a project for Fairmont Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road. It made us realize there was a need for a specialist lighting designer located in the region – until then you had to go to London or New York – so, in 2002, we launched our design consultancy.” From the first to the largest, Nouran has gone from strength to strength, increasing its design output 25% yearon-year. While the company has an impressive portfolio in the UAE and its headquarters in Dubai, the brothers have created a strong international presence, especially in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. Closer to home, one stand-out residential project is a private family villa in Emirates Hills. In 2009 the client, a family who has lived in the UAE for forty years, employed Nouran Concept Lighting to enhance the villa through carefully orchestrated ambient lighting. Faysal Al-Haffar, the project’s lighting designer, was not alone on this task. Firstly, Nouran employs a healthy mix of disciplines, including urban planners, interior designers, architects

and electrical engineers, to work on each concept. Secondly, Faysal worked as an extension of the client’s appointed interior designer and landscape architect to bring their ideas to life. “Ceiling coves throughout the house provided soft indirect light,” recalls the designer. “This was coupled with accent lighting on key elements like artwork, furniture and functional areas. We developed lighting details such as wall grooves and niches, which improved the final aesthetical experience. The overall effect is welcoming, functional and contemporary.” Across it all there’s a key point to remember, says Said: one size does not fit all. “We stay abreast of the constant evolutions in this fast-paced industry, but while they may be the latest and greatest they won’t all be applicable to small-scale residences – on the other hand, they could make a lot of sense. That’s our role – to harness the right kind of technology within the project and show the client what a difference it can make. It’s important that the design makes sense – you want to be able to use the concept today, but also for years to come, as they have in Emirates Hills.”



Photography by Helen Riley


Words by Eleanor Joslin

Where the ART is Why this creative couple fell in love with a loft apartment in Jumeirah Heights


ut two creative professionals (and their cute Pekinese pooches) under one very unique roof and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a dream formula for an eclectic, colourful and highly contemporary aesthetic. The subjects of this muse are Mona Balsini, former art curator and cofounder of e-boutique, and her husband Bamdad Faghihi, an interior designer and founder of Seeb Interior Design. The canvas? A distinct one-bedroom loft-style apartment in Jumeirah Heights â&#x20AC;&#x201C; quite an exceptional concept in a city crowded with high-rise apartment blocks and low-slung villas. Jumeirah Heights is a hidden gem, and one that took the Iranian couple some time to unearth. They bought WKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWPDULWDOKRPHLQ'LVFRYHU\ Gardens four years ago but wanted more space, a larger balcony and a bigger terrace for their two dogs, Morris and Maloos. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My husband and I are very picky with where we live, especially in terms of architecture and layout, so it took us

DJRRG\HDUWRĂ&#x20AC;QGWKLVĂ DWLQ-XPHLUDK Heights,â&#x20AC;? explains Mona, looking effortlessly chic in a denim shirt, highwaisted trousers and long loose hair. ´:HORYHGLWWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWPRPHQWZHVDZ the project and knew if we were going to move and rent again it was going to be here. A loft-style apartment is such a new and unique look in Dubai, with its minimal architecture, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we like it.â&#x20AC;? Tucked away on the northern edge of the luxurious community of Jumeirah Islands, this small patch of low-rise duplex apartments is just as beautiful as the neighbouring villas. The L-shaped terrace that won the couple over soaks up an enviable view: herons stand stoically over the glassy ODNHSRLVHGIRUDWDVW\Ă&#x20AC;VKWRJOLGH past; terracotta roofs of Mediterraneanstyle villas peek out over the sandy hilltops behind; and a deserted bank of scrubland lies serenely to one side. Of course thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a crane waving in the distance â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be Dubai without one toiling away somewhere in the scene, would it? To enjoy this stunning view the

couple sit at a large, rustic, wooden garden table and bench set handmade by Bamdad at the joinery of his interior design practice. How long did it take to make? Three hours, he laughs. The self-confessed recycler salvaged empty crates from a shipment of materials that were ordered in for a project his company was working on. While this is the only evidence of his handiwork in Jumeirah Heights, more can be found in their one-bedroom apartment in Discovery Gardens. ´7KDWZDVRXUĂ&#x20AC;UVWDSDUWPHQW together and it was a little more modern than here, with grey walls, ZRRGHQĂ RRULQJDQGORWVRIEXLOWLQ IXUQLWXUHWKDW,PDGHOLNHDĂ RRU to-ceiling library bookshelf with a ladder, and our bed and headboard,â&#x20AC;? he explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had a lot more input with that home, while this apartment is Monaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s project.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nakheel did a really good job with Jumeirah Heights,â&#x20AC;? says his wife, who has seen the city change dramatically during her 15-year residency here. ´7KHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHVDUHJUHDWWKHNLWFKHQLV well designed; everything was amazing November 2014



ZKHQZHÀUVWVDZLWWZR\HDUVDJRµ 7KHODFNRITXDOLW\ÀQLVKHVLQWKHFLW\ was the driving force behind Bamdad’s decision to go it alone and set up Seeb Interior Design eight years ago. It was a good move and the practice has since worked on many commercial spaces, RIÀFHVIRUPXOWLQDWLRQDOFRPSDQLHVDQG private residential projects. “Everything is built so fast here and the lack of quality really bothered me,” he admonishes. “Even now we take on brand new projects from people who don’t want to move in yet because the kitchen needs to be changed and the layout improved. However, when we moved in here all we had to do was furnish it. We didn’t bring much over from Discovery Gardens, just the chest and cabinet in the TV room and Mona’s art work.” $UWLVDELJLQÁXHQFHRQWKH apartment’s aesthetic. Hardly VXUSULVLQJDV0RQDKDVDGHJUHHLQÀQH art from Dubai University, a career in art consultancy, plus a successful start-up business spreading the word about emerging artists and designers. She co-founded with Fati Rannou, whom she got to know while Bamdad designed her boho home in Jumeirah Islands. The pair drew upon their mix of Iranian and Persian heritage and soon bonded over their love of Middle Eastern art. They’ve since transported this passion online, launching last year with the aim of connecting talented artists and designers from all over the world with customers here in the UAE. Looking around, it’s clear that Mona can’t resist taking her work home with her. In the living room cushions from Jordy Design and Gilda MirKhani recline on the two velvet sofas from

A loft-style apartment is so unique in Dubai

THE One. The marble coffee table from Mood displays a beaten-metal cake stand from Parisa Hamidi, handmade ZKLUOLQJGHUYLVKÀJXULQHVIURPWKH eponymous Virgule Collection, and several iconic pomegranate ornaments from Keyvan Fehri. On the walls Mona makes striking use of two Iranian artists she’s commissioned for; on the right, two selfportraits by Ahoo Hamedi stare into the room towards a moody landscape detail by Mostafa Dashti, which hangs on the left.


“Ahoo’s paintings are all of her face but when you look at them they are different, depending on her emotions at the moment of painting – that’s really attractive to me,” says Mona. “I have a nice collection of artwork from my previous job and I still buy now, when I see someone or something I really like. ,WKLQNP\KHULWDJHKHOSHGLQÁXHQFH my choice to specialise in Middle Eastern art during my career, and I do lean towards Iranian artists in my personal collection. My favourite is Ali Rouhani, who designs for Jordy Design, and we sell these at virgule. Ali is a contemporary artist and he’s one of our favourite creative people that we know.” Her friend’s art hangs in the TV room, one of the most comfortable and XQDVVXPLQJSODFHVLQWKHÁDWIRUWKH couple to relax. A simple moss-green sofa, rustic wooden cabinet and chest, Moroccan poufs and colourful Indian ÁRRUFXVKLRQV DEDUJDLQEX\IURP Global Village) give this room a warm and inviting ambience. The couple’s furniture has an artistic spin to it, too. Take the bright, bohemian dining chairs from Kaleidoscope by mimi, all the same shape yet upholstered in different colours and patterns. These take centre stage in the open-plan living/dining room. “I wanted something unique EXWLWZDVGLIÀFXOWWRÀQGQLFHGLQLQJ chairs,” she recalls. “I came across Mimi’s line and the moment I found them I called her and went to her house to buy them.” Which boutiques does her husband prefer? “If I was to choose my favourite

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I do lean towards Iranian artists in my collection furniture shop in Dubai I would choose Objekts of Design, where we bought the glass dining table and console,” he says. “I also like Objects & Elements, where the barrel side tables in the living room

are from, and Mood in JBR.” While the couple favours quirky pieces from these boutiques, they’re far from brand snobs. Go up the open walnut and steel stairs (typical of a modern New York warehouseFXPDSDUWPHQW DQG\RX·OOÀQGD streamlined black storage unit on the landing and a gorgeous purple cabinet and dresser in the master bedroom, all from IKEA. “People make such a fuss about not liking IKEA but they have good things and a dedicated team of designers

making them,” points out Mona. “They’re not copies and they’re not badly designed; they’re just affordable, which is great, especially when you’re moving house.” Teamed with a sumptuous bed and chairs from THE One and custom-made mashrabiyainspired curtains, these high-end items lift the more affordable IKEA pieces to FUHDWHDQHFOHFWLFDQGFRQÀGHQWSLFWXUH $QGLI0RQD·VFRQÀGHQFHHYHUGLG waver while she furnished “her project”, expert advice is never far away when you’re married to an interior designer.

Five of the best Head outside with these gorgeous garden items

My style


Find out how stylish the experts are in their own homes

Alita Pembe bedding, Karaca Home

Outdoor umbrella, AED1,799, Danube Home

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Zeinab Ebrahimi Karaca Home’s brand manager is influenced by her Iranian heritage

Where do you live? I live in a threebedroom villa in Al Wasl Road with my husband and two children. I’ve been in Dubai since 1997 and we’ve lived in this villa for nine years. Battery operated copper lantern, AED149, ACE

Lily dining set, AED10,500 (two chairs and a table), Fiore Rosso

What’s your home décor like? I designed our villa myself using inspiration from home interior magazines and Instagram. I like to live in a comfortable atmosphere, one that is chic but at the same time you don’t feel like it’s too classy, because I want my guests to feel comfortable in my home. I also like to have a mix of styles, blending Middle East heritage and elements of modern designs.

How does your heritage come through? If you come into my house you will understand that I am Iranian because I have lots of handicrafts from Iran here and there, such as silver bowls and ornaments with beaten metal and engravings. These are very characteristic of Iran.

What’s your favourite room? My living Copia throw, AED595, Zara Home

room because of all the memories

we have there with family and guests. It gives us lots of positive energy because this is a room where we all gather and spend time together.

A special item is... My Persian rug under my feet, which is like a piece of art. I have some very nice paintings and there’s one in particular by the Iranian artist Bahrami that is very beautiful.

How has Karaca Home influenced your décor? My kids support me by using Karaca Home’s bedding selections and they have given me ideas for the teenage collections. With the recent launch of the new accessories range I have brought some things home, like picture frames, some lovely artificial flowers and a lantern that I’ve put in our entrance. My daughter loves the ballerina range, which has a pretty ballerina statue on the lamp base, frames and mirrors – she has the whole set in her room. November 2014



Ask the garden experts

“I’m looking for durable furniture for the garden. What can you recommend?” Olivia Castelli Synthetic rattan and teak are popular choices, says Shafiq Al Taher, business development director at Rattan House There are many different materials for outdoor furniture to choose from, such as rattan, teak (a traditional garden material), metals like stainless steel and iron, resin (which is strong but can look cheap), composite wood, cement and upholstered fabric furniture. Specifically, I would recommend synthetic rattan. For many years it has proved to be the most durable, flexible and feasible material, plus it’s easy to maintain and handle. It’s become a very popular choice for coffee shops, restaurants and homes. Teak has been around for a long time and it’s coming back into fashion judging by Spoga+Gafa in Cologne earlier this year, one of the biggest outdoor furniture shows in the world. However, you have to expect some level of maintenance with teak as it needs to be oiled every now and then. Rattan is much easier; you just hose it down once in a while to get rid of dust. It’s also weatherproof,

UV protected, the colour doesn’t fade and you can easily add a protective cover. It’s lightweight, too, so it’s practical to move around the garden, while teak is heavier. The beauty of rattan is that you can combine it with many other materials, especially metal, and aluminium, stainless steel and iron will work well with synthetic rattan. The actual fibre of it can be dyed many different colours. This year we have noticed an interest in whitewash and grey, which are quite contemporary compared to the classic colours favoured by the Middle East market, like brown and chestnut. Grey is very nice especially when combined with the latest trends for bright upholstery, such as purple, light blue, green and orange cushions. These were last year’s trends in fashion and they’re now coming into outdoor furniture ranges. It’s important to choose a really high-quality fabric for such upholstery because they don’t last too long outdoors here. Go for one made with a special material like an acrylic base – it has to withstand the harsh weather conditions yet be water repellent, too.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;What should I furnish my garden with now the weather is better?â&#x20AC;? Jenny Fenderson Add vibrant colour, says interior designer Ellie Wauters Outdoor living is now an extension of your home interior. Vibrant hues and beautiful patterns are making a comeback this season â&#x20AC;&#x201C; perhaps because they brighten up the outside area and make it an inviting place to spend time, whether thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s having lunch with your family or entertaining friends in the evening. Dedon has some beautiful products, especially from its Dala range. Designed by the American Stephen Burks, this outdoor furniture collection shows how one can translate traditional handmade craft techniques and materials into contemporary means of production. The leafy green and auburn reds of the Dala chairs,

loungers and poufs nod to the natural colours of autumn found in colder countries, when trees shed their leaves and crunch underfoot. Trends for an outdoor winter here include bright and cheerful colours; cushions used to accessorise throughout the home; colourful lanterns and fairy lights; and tribal prints that add a worldly vibe. Why not bring the kitchen outside and invest in a large barbecue or even an outdoor pizza oven. This will create the perfect place to entertain outside.

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Amiamo l’Italia Why Dubai’s love affair with luxurious Italian design continues

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From Armani to Zagato, Dubaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vibrant consumer market has formed a strong ardour for luxury Italian design. For those with a passion for high-quality furniture, fashion, food and sports cars, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no other country in the world that promises products steeped in a rich heritage of manufacturing and materials and â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as is the Italian way â&#x20AC;&#x201C; family values. In line with its reputation for romance, Italy continues to woo us here in the UAE. It dominated the line-up at last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Downtown Design exhibition, where the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most high-end companies descended on Dubai. This month, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Bootâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; steals the show once again with the Italian Luxury Interiors fair. So, why are consumers here â&#x20AC;&#x201C; expats from all over the world â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so taken with Italian design? For the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Made in Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; marque, asserts fair organiser Ferdinando Fiore, trade commissioner at the Italian Trade Commission. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Made in Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a brand, not just a phrase, which is very well recognised and appreciated all over the world,â&#x20AC;? he explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you say Made In Italy you are saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;qualityâ&#x20AC;?, and you want to buy quality, that is so important. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Made in Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; combines this with a rich history stemming back to the Roman Empire and even before, plus the latest technology for fabrics and materials.


´<RXFDQĂ&#x20AC;QG,WDOLDQĂ DYRXUHYHU\ZKHUH in Dubai. If you go into Dubai Mall you will see so many brands from Italy, whether thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food, jewellery shops, furniture, fashion and DFFHVVRULHV7KH,WDOLDQĂ DYRXULVDSDUWLFXODUZD\ of living; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a particular Italian lifestyle because it contains a dream for the customer. So when you buy something Italian you buy a dream, a dream made of tradition, technology and strong research. Dubai has customers of a certain level and they can be very picky about the brand, so they want something that is synonymous with quality, and this can only be found with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Made In Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; products.â&#x20AC;? Now in its fourth year, Italian Luxury Interiors is the ideal platform for home companies keen to focus on lucrative export revenues. Many brands surviving the economic recession in Italy do so from exporting a whopping 80% of their overall production and the UAE has proved to be a strong, receptive market, reveals Fiore. The Italian furniture sector has a turnover of â&#x201A;Ź27.4billion, of which around 46% is earned through foreign exports. Last year, the export of furniture and home accessories to the UAE was reported WREHPRUHWKDQ½²DĂ&#x20AC;JXUHZKLFKLV guaranteed to rise again in 2014, in line with the increasing expatriate population and the renewed

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vigour in the construction sector after the UAE’s Expo 2020 win. Our love affair with Italy is nothing new, however. Mirage Spa has experienced increasing GHPDQGIRU¶0DGHLQ,WDO\·ÁRRULQJLQWKH8$( throughout the past decade. This is in part thanks to an extensive promotional programme covering the Middle East, as well as continued improvements in manufacturing and technology. “The UAE market progressively recognises the quality of Italian products due to the hard work in research that is constantly undertaken within aesthetic and material innovations,” says Tanya Pearson, key account manager at Mirage Spa. ´6XFKFKDUDFWHULVWLFVPDNH¶0DGHLQ,WDO\·ÁRRULQJ an inimitable product.” The Italian tile experts champions the marque further as a member of Ceramics of Italy, avid promoters of the ‘Made in Italy’ institution and representative of the country’s industrial ceramic factories throughout the world. Such membership enhances Mirage Spa’s presence in the international market, as Ceramics of Italy aims to support the export of quality, innovation, texture and creativity of ceramic products worldwide. “The care taken regarding the best material

Clockwise from left: Maison Claire, Armani Casa, Cassina, Mirage Spa


choice, the research and the application of innovative manufacturing processes, the focus and the responsibility towards the country and the environment â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all these things are distinctive of Italian tiling,â&#x20AC;? concludes Pearson. Back at Italian Luxury Interiors, exhibitor Maison Claire is another company enjoying a Ă RXULVKLQJH[SRUWWUDGHZLWKFXVWRPHUVLQWKH UAE, despite having no point of sale here. What is the secret to its international success? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our collections have always been very popular in the 8$(IRUWKHUHĂ&#x20AC;QHPHQWDQGH[FOXVLYLW\RIWKH models that we propose,â&#x20AC;? explains Clara Bertoli, co-founder of Maison Claire. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The linens are made with 24-carat-gold thread, which expresses XOWLPDWHUHĂ&#x20AC;QHPHQWDQGVRSKLVWLFDWLRQDQG has been met with great enthusiasm because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the perfect blend of quality, tradition and innovation. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Made in Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; marque has always EHHQV\QRQ\PRXVZLWKTXDOLW\UHĂ&#x20AC;QHPHQWDQG attention and it is recognised worldwide.â&#x20AC;? Furthermore, Maison Claire has been awarded WKH&HUWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWHRI([FHOOHQFHLQ&UDIWVPDQVKLSE\ the Piedmont Region, further proof of the high quality, sophistication and the luxuriousness of KHUFRPSDQ\¡VĂ&#x20AC;QHKRPHWH[WLOHV

Bertoli founded Maison Claire together with her mother Mrs Scalvini Giulia. Family ties are another common thread among Italian companies and one that instils generations of artisanal skills and manufacturing know-how within the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s employees as well as inherent trust among customers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Italian companies tend to be small- or mediumsized family-run enterprises,â&#x20AC;? says the Italian trade commissioner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even the famous names in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s furniture and fashion industries all started out as a small tailor or carpentry shop. Both Armani and Versace were just tailors and have become gurus in the world of fashion. This is the strength of the Italian family-run company, from the knowledge transmitted through generations and generations, from father to son, which is then enriched by the new technology the younger generation learns.â&#x20AC;? In a country populated with expats living farĂ XQJIURPWKHLUIDPLOLHVEDFNKRPHLWORRNVOLNHZH have a lot to learn from this lineage-rich country. Who knows, in generations to come the UAE may have its own dynasties in the furniture industry to rival this paese di qualitĂ it so admires. And perhaps then the love affair will be wholly mutual. November 2014





(YHUKDG\RXUFRORXUVÂśUHDG¡"<RXVKRXOGWU\LW² theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the answer to a truly harmonious home Words by Eleanor Joslin

After just two minutes on a transatlantic phone call to New Jersey, Linda Lauren stops suddenly, in midconversation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have your colours now,â&#x20AC;? she says, in a soft American lilt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your colour is very green, which means youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re healthy but you worry a lot.â&#x20AC;? Yes! Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spot on, so I ask her to go on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I get a strong feeling that your circumstances are about to change in a very positive way because green is a dominant colour for you right now and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s propelling you forward.â&#x20AC;? I reveal that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m about to move to a larger apartment and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to decorating it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; could she mean that? For all you non-believers about to turn the page, unroll those sceptical eyes and see what Linda Lauren has to say â&#x20AC;&#x201C; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll soon change your mind. Linda is no charlatan. Harnessing a gift that has been passed down through four ancestral generations, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become a world-famous psychic medium and colour and energy consultant who has penned several books and regular articles for newspapers and magazines (including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and +XIĂ&#x20AC;QJWRQ3RVW DQGPDGHH[SHUW guest appearances on radio and TV (such as CNN, ABC-TV Nightline, and 1%&1HZ<RUN ,QWKH0LGGOH(DVW sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worked on a number of private residences, including several in Dubai. Her gift made itself apparent at a very young age. As a child she saw FRORXUIXOEXEEOHVĂ RDWLQJRXWRISHRSOH¡V mouths â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the colours of their aura. Growing up, she learnt more about the meaning of these colours and she was able to apply this to the people she

met and to their situations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a child I would refuse to go into some rooms because they were red and it made me feel uncomfortable, but in blue rooms I would feel really calm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how it all started. But it also depends on the person â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we all react differently. 5HGLVFRPPRQO\XVHGLQ0H[LFDQDQG Italian restaurants to make the food more appealing, but on hospital walls itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immediately negative as it would symbolise blood â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t good,â&#x20AC;? she laughs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I have a lot of black in my house but to some people that would signify death and foreboding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Colour is so important and will UHDOO\LQĂ XHQFHKRZ\RXIHHODWKRPHÂľ VKHH[SODLQV´6RWKLVLVZKDW,GR,¡OO

look at the dominant colours in your aura and then go into your home and determine what colours would work best for you. For instance, speaking to you I know you should use green as a foundation as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the perfect colour for you and you have a strong connection to it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you just need some assurance.â&#x20AC;? Although she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know it (how FRXOGVKH" ,GRKDYHJUHHQDFFHVVRULHV in an otherwise minimalist white bedroom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I advise using three colours in a room, so blue would also work well for your new apartment because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a lot to do with communication, and communication is something I can tell \RXZDQWWRH[SUHVVLQ\RXUVSDFHWKHQ


This page: Gautier defines borders in the bedroom with black window frames. Left: Home Centre creates a healthy space with lime green. Inset: Linda Lauren

use black or white to create a border for security, like on door frames and skirting boards. When weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re colouring a space you need to create boundaries so you know where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going in that room.â&#x20AC;? Linda uses the chakra system (Indian Sanskrit for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;wheelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;) to determine the basic colour of peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s auras â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which, ethereally, also follow the colours of the rainbow. Our auras change colour WRUHĂ HFWRXUHPRWLRQVEXWLWLVWKLV basic colour that keeps us balanced and appear to Linda as a dominant shade. This then forms the foundation of the colour scheme in a clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home or business. For example, if she picks up purple

as a clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s key colour she will suggest using shades of mauve and lavender. 3XUSOHVLJQLĂ&#x20AC;HVLQWXLWLRQLQVLJKWDQG awareness, she says, so it is often used LQRIĂ&#x20AC;FHV7KLVFRORXULVDOVRHIIHFWLYH in creating a calm ambience, along with members of the brown and aqua families. So lavender would work well as a base if you want to unwind, with touches of pink, beige and blue or green. To invigorate a room with energy, red is a colour that will move you forward. Are there colours we should avoid at home? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use a lot of black or a lot of white, and never pink in a kitchen even though a lot of people do,â&#x20AC;? she warns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need a lot

of colour in the kitchen because food has itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own colour and it should speak for itself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People have a lot of green and yellow in their auras but I would try to calm down the yellow because it has a lot to do with the real, true, emotional self. When we say we have a gut response it literally means just that â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and that area of the body is yellow. So you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want yellow to be a dominant colour, unless you have health issues and you want to be positive, or if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your name.â&#x20AC;? After speaking to Linda I know how Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m spending my weekends ahead of my move at the end of the month â&#x20AC;&#x201C; looking at green furniture and paint swatches. November 2014



Better... BATHROOMS )RUJHWKRPHFLQHPDVDQGÀWQHVV suites, bathrooms have become the most tech-savvy space of the house. From energy-saving showers and Bluetooth toilets to ergonomic baths and pearl-embellished feature walls, the latest advances and styles are making bathrooms truly beautiful places to relax. Here, BH talks to three leading bathroom specialists WRÀQGRXWWKHODWHVWDQGJUHDWHVW innovations and trends.

SPA-TACULAR “One of the key trends we envisage for the coming months is the use of more marble and natural stone throughout the bathroom,” says Kerrie Black from BAGNODESIGN. “Marble is chiselled, honed and polished by hand to create contrast and accentuate its natural characteristics. The ÀQLVKHGSURGXFWLVJXDUDQWHHGWRWDNHFHQWUHVWDJHLQ any bathroom or spa. Basins and bathtubs made using a specialised blend of natural stone materials look clean and fresh and will enhance any bathroom setting. “Natural wood products have always been popular but more and more of our clients are looking to accentuate their bathrooms with natural wood furniture. Wood is solid and durable and creates a warm, inviting feeling in any room. We encourage people to embrace the current trend for natural, raw materials and bring craftsmanship into their bathroom design. “The idea of a more spa-like feel in the bathroom is also becoming popular, creating a sanctuary to relax and unwind in while in the comfort of your own home. Shower-to-steam conversions, where steam is used to relieve tired muscles and hydrate skin, is just one of the ways to achieve this sense of relaxation. There are also options that allow you WRDGGWKHVHQVRU\H[SHULHQFHDQGWKHUDSHXWLFEHQHÀWVRI chromatherapy, aromatherapy and music for the ultimate spa-at-home experience. “Another important trend is that of technology. Technology can be incorporated into the bathroom in many ways, such as a state-of-the-art spa TV embedded in the wall or choosing music and lighting via a mobile app before entering your steam room. A more subtle example is shower heads with a selection of sensory function options, such as rain, cascade, waterfall, mist and hydrotherapy, plus RGB LED lighting.”

MUSIC TO OUR EARS “Technology is increasingly being used intelligently in the bathroom to enhance comfort and wellbeing,” comments Toni El Kadi, Duravit area manager for the UAE, Qatar and Oman. “Bathroom furniture with integrated AV solutions

Philippe Starck, for Duravit

LVQRZRQDSDUZLWKRWKHUĂ&#x20AC;UVWFODVVDXGLRV\VWHPVXVHGLQ the home. For example, our sound system is an innovative acoustic device cleverly integrated inside a range of mirror cabinets with LED technology. The speakers are embedded in the base of the cabinets and provide outstanding audio TXDOLW\WKDWĂ&#x20AC;OOVWKHZKROHURRPUHPRYLQJWKHQHHGIRUD separate music system in the bathroom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toilet is more than just a standard toilet: the SensoWash shower-toilet seat designed by Philippe Starck features pioneering technology: a stainless steel spray arm with three shower types, handled by a wireless remote control, performs the function of a bidet. Water temperature, water volume and nozzle position can all be individually adjusted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are also innovations to improve hygiene, increase comfort and individual interior design possibilities. Shower toilets with remote control and rimless WCs that have new Ă XVKLQJWHFKQRORJLHVDUHFXUUHQWO\LQKLJKGHPDQG/(' lighting is popular to create ambience in the bathroom, ranging from LED illuminated mirrors and mirrored cabinets to bathtubs, or furniture backlit with emotional ambient light. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In line with this progress, eco-friendly ideas are becoming popular. For Duravit, a contemporary bathroom has to meet sustainable design, green production and ecological usability. :HKDYHWRLOHWVWKDWĂ XVKK\JLHQLFDOO\XVLQJMXVWOLWUHV or less, of water. Innovations like our rimless toilet with HIIHFWLYHĂ XVKLQJWHFKQRORJ\GHOLYHUVRSWLPXPĂ XVKLQJ results with small water volumes. Another example is the Architec Dry urinal that operates without any water at all.â&#x20AC;? Water-saving faucets, from Delta Faucet Company

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Middle East region is known to have one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest per capita consumption rates of water and electricity,â&#x20AC;? chides Ross Jackson, general manager at Delta Faucet Company Middle East. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has been reported that in WKH8$(SHUFDSLWDZDWHUXVDJHLVOLWUHVSHUSHUVRQSHU GD\DVFRPSDUHGWRDJOREDOQDWLRQDODYHUDJHRIOLWUHV per person each day â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for this reason we think it is important for homeowners and renters to place a high priority on environmental sustainability. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although sustainability has been a buzz word in the industry for many years now, the genuine drive towards sustainable living and designs is a recent phenomenon. It is encouraging to see more and more commercial and residential buildings incorporating environmentallyconscious designs both during the initial construction phase DQGWKHĂ&#x20AC;WRXWSKDVH:HKDYHZLWQHVVHGPRUHGHPDQGIURP FXVWRPHUVZKRDUHORRNLQJWRLQFUHDVHHIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQF\LQWKHLU homes whilst enjoying maximum performance when it comes to their products. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After extensive research, we discovered that while many consumers were willing to reduce their water consumption in other areas of the home, most were not willing to compromise their experience in the bathroom. So we offer a wide range of faucets that help consumers make smart water choices (using 32% less water) in order to maintain high environmental standards and save money without compromising on performance or style. ´)RURXUODWHVWEDWKURRPLQQRYDWLRQZLOOEH Temp2Oâ&#x201E;˘ Technology, a digital temperature display featuring LED colour indicators that signal different water temperature ranges for easy, visual indication. This provides consumers with convenience and peace of mind, as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll NQRZZKDWWKHWHPSHUDWXUHRIWKHZDWHULVWKDW¡VĂ RZLQJ from their shower or bathtub spout before getting in.â&#x20AC;? November 2014




I tend to have a problem with Indian food, even though it is delicious. No, not Delhi-belly, before you jump to unsavoury conclusions; I tend to get a nightlong thirst that would drain the Ganges. For those with delicate dispositions or sensitive palettes, Tresind has the answer. The new restaurant in Radisson Royal on Sheikh Zayed Road delivers a fusion of Western and Indian flavours, cooked with the perfect blend of crosscultural ingredients and spices. Ahead of the grand opening on November 12, Tresind’s award-winning head chef shared his secrets for cooking Indian dishes at home. “It’s not about marrying Western and Indian flavours but pairing them well to create a good balance,” said chef Sujan. “Take a lobster bisk: Indian spice can be too hot for some Western palettes so you can

How to...

Curry favour with Western taste buds Words by Eleanor Joslin

mellow this down by using more of the broth than spices.” When you’re adding spice to your cooking, he recommends dry roasting whole spices before grinding them into a powder, which can then be stored and used when needed. He said Indian sweetbreads can be given an Aussie twist by loading thin slices with panseared foie gras, strawberry jam and berries – reminiscent of Melba toast famous Down Under. Meanwhile, the popular sweet jalebi gets an Italian makeover when teamed with soft fingers of rubri panacotta. Instead of making traditional spaghetti-twists of this sticky sugar-syrup batter, try forming thin crisps and fan them out around the dessert, finished with a delicate sprinkling of rose petals and pistachio crumbles. Andaman Tuna is a creative dish that teams a number of cuisines, with potato crisps, sushi and masala coming together on one colourful plate. You can make this dish with marinated cubes of fresh tuna bhel, puffed potato, togarashi-chat masala and spices such as cumin, star anise and fennel seeds, which are commonly used in Indian and Middle-Eastern cooking. With minimal salt used in these dishes, the River Ganges will keep feeding the Bay of Bengal as usual. Just in case, I asked chef Sujan what would quench my thirst during an Indian feast: “Typical drinks include aam panna soda, which is a green mango puree muddled with sugar syrup, roasted cumin and fennel, and then topped with soda water. Or you could try lassi, a sweet yogurt-based drink popular in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, flavoured with rosehip syrup and cardamom.”


Andaman Tuna Fresh tuna bhel, imli fluid gel, and togarashi-chat masala


200g imli chutney 10g ultratex (starch) Whisk the ultratex (starch) with the imli chutney until it comes to a gel consistency. CUMIN DRESSING (makes 1 litre)

300ml lemon juice 600ml olive oil 10g star anise powder 8g roasted cumin powder 8g fennel seeds powder 15g salt Whisk the lemon juice, olive oil and spices until the lemon juice is emulsified in oil. Store in a container and use when needed. ANDAMAN TUNA

100g chilled Andaman tuna 50g avocado 10g imli fluid gel 3g puffed potato 2g togarashi-chat masala* 2ml cumin dressing Squeeze of lemon juice 2g baby radish 2g baby cress Cut the Andaman tuna into small cubes and chill in the refrigerator. Add the cumin dressing onto the chilled Andaman tuna and carefully mix it without spoiling the texture and arrange it on a chilled plate. Add a few drops of imli fluid gel onto the tuna. Cut the avocado into cubes. Squeeze the lemon juice onto the avocado and arrange on the plate along with the tuna. Add the puffed potato and sprinkle togarashi-chat masala on top. Garnish the dish with thinly sliced baby radish, puffed potato and baby cress on top. *This is a Japanese spice mixed with Indian chat masala, made from an 80:20 ratio i.e. 80% togarashi and 20% Indian chat masala.

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Inspiration-Jalebi Jalebi with rubri panacotta


1kg sugar 400ml water Sprigs of saffron 10ml rose water Mix all the ingredients and allow it to cook in a pan until the mixture reduces by half. JALEBI CRISPS AND STICKS

500g flour 1 litre water Half tbsp cooking soda 100g curd 10g sugar 1kg ghee 200ml saffron sugar syrup

Mix the flour, water, cooking soda, curd and sugar together and keep this batter in a warm place for two hours to allow it to ferment. To make the crisps, layer half the batter onto butter paper and microwave for 15 seconds. Remove and deep-fry in the ghee until crisp. For the sticks, put the remaining batter in a jalebi cloth and shape into sticks. Fry in hot ghee until they are golden and crispy. To finish, dip the crisps and sticks in warm saffron sugar syrup. RUBRI PANACOTTA

300g rubri (sweetened reduced milk)

200g milk 100g cream 3g agar Heat the rubri, milk and cream in a pan. Heat another pan and add the water and agar and allow it to melt. Then add the agar to the rubri mixture and stir well, put it in a mould and allow it to cool and set. TO SERVE Place the panacotta in the middle of a plate. Then layer the jalebi crisps and sticks on top of the panacotta. Drizzle a light glaze of sugar syrup and garnish with a flutter of pistachio nuts and dried rose petals.


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Property of the month This spacious villa in Jumeirah Park provides ample scope for a family to make their home here, with generous open-plan living rooms, a fully equipped kitchen and lovely views of the verdant community. The property has four bedrooms plus a maidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room, five bathrooms, a large living room downstairs, and a family room upstairs that could double as a majlis. The living areas and the master bedroom boast pleasant terraced balconies with scenic outlooks over the landscaped neighbourhood. Located in

the heart of Dubaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residential district, Jumeirah Park is certainly a desirable place to live. It is a secure, integrated and family-orientated community with large parks, well-crafted traditional villas, ecofriendly green spaces and many facilities, such as swimming pools, a recently opened community centre, and schools that are just a short drive away. This villa also has two garages, ample driveway parking and a gated front terrace for a convenient yet secure family home.

Need to know Where? Jumeirah Park What? Villa with four bedrooms + maidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room Size? 4,335 square feet Cost? AED6million Like what you see? Call 600 52 2212 with reference code VI330621 and speak to Better Homes consultant Sunita Sharma


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The Greens

The Palm Jumeirah


Downtown Dubai

Dubai Investment Park

Dubai Marina

Jumeirah Lake Towers

Jumeirah Village Circle


AED 90,000




AED 140,500




AED 151,000




AED 180,000




AED 220,000



The Greens

The Palm Jumeirah

November 2014



Move to… Emirates Living District Head to the Hills for luxury living, says Mouhanad Fadel For those wanting to live in the Emirates Living District there are five key communities: Emirates Hills is high-end with villas starting at AED35million upwards; The Springs and The Greens are at the lower end of the spectrum with townhouses and villas starting at AED1.27million; and villas in The Lakes and The Meadows are in the middle. The Meadows, The Lakes and Emirates Hills carry a lot of prestige. Successful professionals will buy in the former while only Dubai’s elite is able to look at Emirates Hills. This area is for high-net-worth families, affluent businessman and celebrities. The Springs and The Greens are more affordable and you’ll find families buying and couples renting. Emaar Properties developed these communities several years ago so they are very well established, scenic and secure, with a real sense of community. There are plenty of lush, green areas

with large lawns, parks, lakes and tree-lined streets creating beautiful outlooks from many homes. Residents have access to cafés, restaurants, luxury hotels and golf clubs (such as The Address Montgomerie and Montgomerie Golf Club), state-of-theart fitness facilities, swimming pools and schools. While Emirates Hills is home to Raffles nursery school and Dubai International Academy, Emirates International School can be found in The Meadows. Bar The Greens, security is 24/7 and quite stringent so the areas are very safe. Each community is renowned for a different reason: Emirates Hills for its luxurious golf course, The Lakes for the waterfront living and The Meadows, The Springs and The Greens for their lush landscaping and walkways. The mid-range properties in The Lakes and The Meadows target the affluent, but not the super rich. Because of this you’ll find a variety

of plot sizes and floor plans, from typical three-bedroom villas up to six bedrooms. For those looking for more luxury, Emirates Hills has earned itself the nickname ‘the Beverly Hills of Dubai’ because of its exclusive reputation and scope for unique, custom-built designs. Of the 632 villas in this community, 250 look out over the world-renowned Montgomerie golf course, which provides lovely views and the opportunity to practice your swing. Prices vary greatly depending on the area, floorplan, quality and the level of the upgrade. They’re also hard to average for Emirates Hills because they’re not affected by normal market conditions; many of the exclusive properties are custom-built, have been upgraded significantly, and are not resold, creating a microclimate for the sales market there. To find out more, contact Mouhanad Fadel on 600 52 2212 ot visit Better Homes’ Barsha office.


Property picks Choose these spacious villas for their scenic neighbourhoods For sale Take this opportunity to live in one of the most sought-after locations in Dubai. The Meadows is full of scenic landscapes and green parks, giving the community its verdant name. This extensive five-bedroom villa (plus maid’s room) is located within a quiet cul de sac in The Meadows 2 and enjoys high degrees of privacy. The generous plot of 6,000 square feet comes with a veranda and garden, with plenty of room for a swimming pool and children’s play areas. The villa itself boasts modern kitchen facilities, two spacious living rooms, a dining area and ample parking.

Need to know Where? The Meadows What? Villa with five bedrooms + maid’s room Size? 4,207 square feet Cost? AED6,450,000 Like what you see? Call 600 52 2212 with reference code VI316753 and speak to Better Homes consultant Rengin Gopinathan Pillai

For rent This is a wonderful three-bedroom family villa with an independent maid’s room and a good size garden. Its lawn and terrace are quite secluded, with privacy granted by a border of tall leafy trees. There is ample scope to create a truly relaxing place to escape – perfect for the cooler winter months ahead. Inside, the villa boasts built-in bedroom wardrobes and plenty of cupboard space in the kitchen. This opens onto a dining room and living room with sliding patio doors leading out to the garden. The villa is not far from the communal facilities in Al Reem 2, where there is a swimming pool and children’s playground area. Furthermore, it is very convenient for a family as it’s well located near supermarkets, pharmacies and restaurants. Where? Arabian Ranches What? Three-bed villa + maid’s room Size? 2,560 square feet Cost? AED210,000 Like what you see? Call 600 52 2212 with reference code VI164387 and speak to Better Homes consultant Raghad Tikrity

November 2014

Market Watch Rents have fallen, reveals our expert Sam Wani

According to CBRE’s Q3 report, rents have fallen by 1% across Dubai, (indicative of the ‘correctors market’) and transaction levels for the residential sector have dropped. A total of 2,525 units were sold in July and August, 22% less than last year. MPM Properties reports that rent prices in JBR, Downtown, The Springs, The Meadows and Palm Jumeirah have fallen by 3%. There are two factors that have contributed to this: inflated rents were charged in the wake of the Expo 2020 announcement and 19,000 new units have entered the market so far this year. This slight correction will help stem the rising rent inflation that was otherwise expected to continue growing. However, prices haven’t fallen in every community: in DIFC, Jumeirah Village and Al Furjan rents

have increased by up to 5%, reveals MPM Properties. If we look at the supply of stock, the recent Jones Lang Lasalle report for Q3 2014 shows completed property stock standing at 373,000 units; meanwhile, another 9,000 units are expected to be finished by the end of the year; added to that a further 33,000 will be in the supply pipeline by the end of 2016. Such supply will be vital to meet demand, given the increasing population – Dubai Statistics Centre shows the current population about

to touch the 2.3 million figure. Even though the population is growing continuously, the sudden surge of supply in Q2 and Q3 of 2014 explains the stabilisation of the rents. Going forward, however, the supply is expected to maintain an average of 15,000 units per year. This might even fall beyond 2016, as the launches made in 2012 and 2013 reach completion. Sam Wani is general manager at Independent Finance. Find out more about financing your move at

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Arabian Ranches for sale

Al Reem 1 Arabian Ranches Live your Arabian dream Abi Odimayo (Ref No. VI328902)

AED 3,049,500 3 BR 2,292 sq. ft.

Palmera 2 Arabian Ranches

AED 2,755,000 2 BR 1,889 sq. ft.

An investor’s dream Anjana Mahna (Ref No. VI330233)

Palmera 1 Arabian Ranches

AED 2,750,000 2 BR 1,889 sq. ft.

Contemporary interiors Samir Kazzaz (Ref No. VI329410)

Al Reem 2 Arabian Ranches An investor’s dream Binu Abraham (Ref No. VI172604)

AED 3,800,000 3 BR 2,724 sq. ft.

Saheel Villas Arabian Ranches Meticulously planned development Aleksandra Majcherek (Ref No. VI327260)

AED 4,790,000 3 BR 3,324 sq. ft.


Arabian Ranches for rent

Saheel Villas Arabian Ranches

AED 270,000 3 BR 3,687 sq. ft.

A great family option Ozlem Ucar (Ref No. VI168816)

Al Reem 1 Arabian Ranches Ready to move in Natasha de Ridder (Ref No. VI22032)

Al Reem 3 Arabian Ranches

Saheel Villas Arabian Ranches

AED 325,000 5 BR 4,849 sq. ft.

High-profile environment Sharfuddin Mohammed (Ref No. VI163162)

AED 190,000 3 BR 2,292 sq. ft.

Al Mahra Arabian Ranches Great family home Paulina Kranjcevic (Ref No. VI326842)

AED 280,000 5 BR 6,672 sq. ft.

Al Mahra Arabian Ranches

AED 365,000 5 BR 4,239 sq. ft.

Everything you ever wanted Paulina Kranjcevic (Ref No. VI329941)

AED 180,000 3 BR 2,436 sq. ft.

A place to call home Natasha de Ridder (Ref No. VI319873)

November 2014


Dubai Marina for sale

The Point Dubai Marina Unobstructed views of the marina David Lawes (Ref No. AP266776)

AED 2,600,000 3 BR 1,595 sq. ft.

23 Marina Dubai Marina

AED 9,300,000 4 BR 5,881 sq. ft.

Brand new luxury apartments Florin Rusu (Ref No. AP319135)

Marinascape Oceanic Dubai Marina

AED 4,300,000 3 BR 2,303 sq. ft.

Direct marina views Nina Pekina (Ref No. AP309786)

Bonaire Dubai Marina

AED 2,880,000 2 BR 1,347 sq. ft.

Spectacular Marina views Victor Danu (Ref No. AP93834)

Dreams 1 Dubai Marina Excellent value Daniela Simona Cosnita (Ref No. AP330180)

AED 1,175,000 1 BR 690 sq. ft.

Al Fattan Marine Plaza Dubai Marina Beautiful waterfront setting Babur Ortikov (Ref No. AP4436)

AED 4,800,000 3 BR 2,152 sq. ft.


Dubai Marina for rent

DEC Tower 1 Dubai Marina

AED 160,000 2 BR 1,739 sq. ft.

Spectacular views Ganna Tarasenko (Ref No. AP326944)

Princess Tower Dubai Marina A prestigious address Rihab Noureddine (Ref No. AP28933)

The Torch Dubai Marina

AED 150,000 2 BR 1,227 sq. ft.

Spectacular views Wafeeq Alalawi (Ref No. AP298792)

AED 160,000 2 BR 1,314 sq. ft.

Al Fattan Marine Plaza Dubai Marina

Dorra Bay Dubai Marina

AED 215,000 3 BR 2,163 sq. ft.

Panoramic views of the marina Anita Szilagyi (Ref No. AP288138)

AED 170,000 2 BR 1,649 sq. ft.

Excellent value Babur Ortikov (Ref No. AP4255)

Fairfield Dubai Marina

AED 125,000 1 BR 872 sq. ft.

Everything on your doorstep Kathryn Droen (Ref No. AP221570)

Ask the agent Simona Cosnita, residential consultant, JBR office This year started amid rumours in the real estate market about prices ‘correcting’ by the end of the year. Most of us thought this is just a rumour but the reality has proved otherwise. Dubai Marina has a diverse range of residential towers, from high priced apartments to the low priced apartments and with all types of accommodation, including studio, one- to four-bedrooms, penthouses, podium villas and loft apartments. Prices can vary and depends on size, floor, view and the quality of the finishing. Properties located on a higher floor with a full marina view and a larger floorplan

will be at the higher end of the price bracket, if you wish to sell or rent. Rents start from AED 50,000 per annum for a studio up to AED 700,000 a year for a penthouse with a private swimming pool and a high standard of finishing, as well as impressive views of the sea. For sales, prices start from AED 800,000 for a studio up to AED 17,000,000 for a penthouse or podium villa. Return of investment for Dubai Marina properties range from 5% to 8% on annual rent. Correction on the real estate prices will continue until the prices stabilise – most probably mid 2015. November 2014


Downtown for sale

Ubora Residential Tower Business Bay Amazing capital growth Kash Qureshi (Ref No. AP321273)

AED 1,500,000 1 BR 930 sq. ft.

8 Boulevard Walk Downtown Dubai

AED 2,200,000 1 BR 1,063 sq. ft.

A motivated seller Anjana Mahna (Ref No. AP268060)

South Ridge 6 Downtown Dubai

AED 5,499,000 3 BR 2,102 sq. ft.

A desirable address Elen Manukyan (Ref No. AP178200)

Executive Towers Villas Business Bay

AED 7,400,000 4 BR 5,727 sq. ft.

Affordable luxury Salman Arfeen (Ref No. VI303968)

The Residences E1 (Tower 4) Downtown Dubai Price reduced Naveed Khan (Ref No. VI302746)

AED 6,100,000 2 BR 2,481 sq. ft.

The Address Dubai Mall Downtown Dubai Affordable luxury Julieta Kitova (Ref No. AP327487)

AED 3,800,000 1 BR 779 sq. ft.


Downtown for rent

29 Boulevard - Tower 2 Downtown Dubai

AED 220,000 2 BR 1,491 sq. ft.

Overlooking Dubai Fountain Mehnaz Khasimi (Ref No. AP328543)

Tajer Residences Downtown Dubai

AED 140,000 1 BR 906 sq. ft.

High quality interiors Riazuddin Ahmed (Ref No. AP305008)

Yansoon 7 Downtown Dubai Fully furnished apartment Mehroz Abdul Majeed (Ref No. AP6063)

The Lofts - West Downtown Dubai

AED 165,000 2 BR 1,224 sq. ft.

Dynamic tenant mix Partha Reddy (Ref No. AP298300)

AED 130,000 1 BR 815 sq. ft.

Zanzebeel 4 Downtown Dubai

AED 180,000 2 BR 1,404 sq. ft.

Live your Arabian dream Masuma Noorani (Ref No. APM70614)

November 2014


Palm Jumeirah for sale

Golden Mile B5 Palm Jumeirah Live by the beach Ivana Stanisic (Ref No. AP330181)

AED 3,650,000 3 BR 2,454 sq. ft.

Golden Mile B8 Palm Jumeirah

AED 2,550,000 2 BR 1,874 sq. ft.

One of the Best Deals on the Market Kristina Titova (Ref No. AP328587)

Marina Residence 3 Palm Jumeirah

AED 4,750,000 3 BR 2,500 sq. ft.

Breathtaking sea views Anna Tybura (Ref No. AP323031)

Al Hamri (B19) Palm Jumeirah

AED 3,100,000 3 BR 2,159 sq. ft.

Live by the beach Soheila Aramnia (Ref No. AP306498)

Kempinski Palm Jumeirah Residence Palm Jumeirah Self-contained development Lola Ortikova (Ref No. AP27422)

AED 12,800,000 4 BR 3,873 sq. ft.

A Frond (Fardh Villas) Palm Jumeirah Excellent value Rita Mouawad (Ref No. VI69897)

AED 12,300,000 4 BR 5,000 sq. ft.


Palm Jumeirah for rent

Marina Residence 3 Palm Jumeirah

AED 190,000 2 BR 1,935 sq. ft.

Ready to move in Alisa Damianou (Ref No. AP330250)

M Frond (Sefri Villas) Palm Jumeirah A prestigious address Sharon Sweet (Ref No. VI300049)

Fairmont Palm Residence - South Palm Jumeirah

Golden Mile B9 Palm Jumeirah A prestigious address Izabela Matyjaszek (Ref No. AP329873)

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

A Frond (Fardh Villas) Palm Jumeirah

AED 160,000 2 BR 2,096 sq. ft.

Tiara - Tanzanite Palm Jumeirah

AED 225,000 2 BR 1,677 sq. ft.

A desirable address Fabio Lombardi (Ref No. AP317611)

AED 440,000 4 BR 6,699 sq. ft.

A desirable address Ghada Ghannam (Ref No. VI175319)

AED 250,000 2 BR 1,874 sq. ft.

5 Star hotel living with everything you need Lazar Jakovljevic (Ref No. AP321538)

November 2014


Jumeirah Lake Towers for sale

Goldcrest Views 2 Jumeirah Lake Towers A desirable address Natalia Kostareva (Ref No. AP329735)

AED 840,000 Studio 371 sq. ft.

Lake Shore Tower Jumeirah Lake Towers

AED 1,250,000 1 BR 967 sq. ft.

The best of city living Muhammad Faheem Sadiq (Ref No. AP325324)

Armada Tower 1 Jumeirah Lake Towers

AED 1,425,000 2 BR 1,076 sq. ft.

A motivated seller Urvashi Sidhapara (Ref No. AP324572)

Jumeirah Bay Tower (X1) Jumeirah Lake Towers

AED 1,250,000 1 BR 991 sq. ft.

Assured rental income Sunil Pravin Jhaveri (Ref No. APM296081)

Al Waleed Paradise Jumeirah Lake Towers Competitive price, Nassima Gough Menari (Ref No. AP301573)

AED 2,295,000 3 BR 1,810 sq. ft.

Green Lakes Tower 3 Jumeirah Lake Towers Unparalleled comfort and convenience Robert Allsopp (Ref No. AP178076)

AED 2,445,000 2 BR 1,679 sq. ft.


Jumeirah Lake Towers for rent

Goldcrest Views 2 Jumeirah Lake Towers

AED 70,000 Studio 371 sq. ft.

A desirable address Natalia Kostareva (Ref No. AP329735)

V3 Jumeirah Lake Towers

AED 95,000 1 BR 869 sq. ft.

Contemporary style/layout Anas Rachid Elkanouni (Ref No. AP54535)

V3 Jumeirah Lake Towers Ideal family living Wafeeq Alalawi (Ref No. AP330949)

Saba Tower 3 Jumeirah Lake Towers

AED 105,000 1 BR 750 sq. ft.

Affordable luxury Jawad Motiwala (Ref No. AP264416)

AED 140,000 2 BR 1,625 sq. ft.

Palladium Jumeirah Lake Towers

AED 140,000 2 BR 1,187 sq. ft.

Premier location Asif Shah (Ref No. AP299777)

November 2014



Park Tower B DIFC

AED 1,600,000 1 BR 1,038 sq. ft.

Excellent value Khurram Jameel Lodhi (Ref No. AP329070)


Limestone House DIFC A desirable address Kate Fourt (Ref No. AP327598)


Limestone House DIFC

AED 3,250,000 2 BR 1,624 sq. ft.

A stunning family home Asif Shah (Ref No. AP323023)

Park Tower B DIFC

Brand new luxury apartments Abdul Sattar Murad (Ref No. AP295489)

AED 3,500,000 3 BR 2,003 sq. ft.


The Index (One Central Park) DIFC

Brand new luxury apartments Gergana Mineva (Ref No. AP329425)

AED 200,000 2 BR 1,496 sq. ft.

Brand new luxury apartments Ali Tabrizi (Ref No. AP295801)


Burj Daman DIFC

AED 7,500,000 3 BR 3,330 sq. ft.

A desirable address Thomas Bunker (Ref No. AP324997)

A stunning family home Sunil Pravin Jhaveri (Ref No. APM307173)

AED 130,000 1 BR 967 sq. ft.

Limestone House DIFC



The Index (One Central Park) DIFC

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


AED 125,000 1 BR 892 sq. ft.


The Index (One Central Park) DIFC A stunning family home Anna Bulakhova (Ref No. AP326845)

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


Jumeirah Village Circle FOR SALE

Mediterranean Townhouse Jumeirah Village Triangle

AED 3,000,000 2 BR 2,992 sq. ft.

Ambitious initiative Wael Gomaa (Ref No. VI317274)


Seasons Community - Autumn Jumeirah Village Circle A desirable address Conny Mathei (Ref No. TH321185)


Diamond Views 4 Jumeirah Village Circle

AED 790,000 1 BR 685 sq. ft.

Amazing value Nina Pekina (Ref No. AP315986)

Mediterranean Villas Jumeirah Village Triangle High-profile environment Sharfuddin Mohammed (Ref No. VI330636)

Ideal family living Precious Soriano (Ref No. AP326469)

AED 75,000 1 BR 889 sq. ft.

Diamond Views 2 Jumeirah Village Circle

AED 550,000 Studio 416 sq. ft.

Guaranteed return on investment Zaydoon Ali Al Shabibi (Ref No. AP330766)



Seasons Community - Autumn Jumeirah Village Circle

AED 2,450,000 4 BR 3,474 sq. ft.


AED 125,000 1 BR 1,630 sq. ft.


Seasons Community - Autumn Jumeirah Village Circle

AED 165,000 4 BR 3,474 sq. ft.

Excellent value Conny Mathei (Ref No. TH321185)


Seasons Community - Summer Jumeirah Village Circle

AED 90,000 2 BR 1,242 sq. ft.

Ready to move in Suraiya Nawab (Ref No. AP93251)

November 2014


The Greens FOR SALE

Arno The Greens

AED 2,400,000 2 BR 1,311 sq. ft.

Magnificent golf course views Arvinder Singh (Ref No. AP317502)


Al Arta 3 The Greens A motivated seller Adil Raza Khan (Ref No. AP9285)


Al Alka 1 The Greens Guaranteed return on investment Khurram Jameel Lodhi (Ref No. AP312708)

AED 1,670,000 2 BR 1,059 sq. ft.

AED 975,000 Studio 438 sq. ft.


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


The Links T2 The Greens

AED 220,000 3 BR 1,734 sq. ft.

Stimulating environment Mohamed Abouzeid (Ref No. AP327654)


Golf Tower 2 The Greens

Stimulating environment Neveen Abdulahad (Ref No. AP330187)

AED 125,000 1 BR 962 sq. ft.

Amazing capital growth Fabio Lombardi (Ref No. AP3979)


Al Jaz 3 The Greens

AED 1,490,000 1 BR 1,087 sq. ft.

AED 190,000 3 BR 1,792 sq. ft.


Al Arta 2 The Greens Fully furnished with style and class Shikha Rath (Ref No. APM329744)

AED 95,000 1 BR 739 sq. ft.


The Springs FOR SALE

Springs 6 (Phase 4A) Emirates Living

AED 3,400,000 3 BR 2,532 sq. ft.

Inspection will impress Florin Rusu (Ref No. VI309331)


Springs 14 (Phase 1B) Emirates Living

AED 3,599,000 3 BR 2,742 sq. ft.

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


Springs 6 (Phase 4A) Emirates Living Guaranteed rental income Ganna Grosova (Ref No. VI309121)


Springs 2 (Phase 7) Emirates Living A desirable address Anjana Mahna (Ref No. VI321135)

AED 2,156,000 2 BR 1,690 sq. ft.

AED 210,000 3 BR 2,700 sq. ft.


Springs 15 (Phase 1A) Emirates Living Affordable luxury Adil Raza Khan (Ref No. VI228918)


Springs 8 (Phase 3A) Emirates Living Home sweet home Anna Tybura (Ref No. VI302898)

AED 4,000,000 3 BR 2,800 sq. ft.

AED 185,000 3 BR 2,450 sq. ft.


Meadows 9 (Phase 2) Emirates Living

AED 250,000 4 BR 3,380 sq. ft.

Excellent value Anjana Mahna (Ref No. VI159644)

November 2014


Dubailand for sale

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

AED 3,950,000 5 BR 3,600 sq. ft.

Private Villa The Villa

AED 4,300,000 4 BR 4,500 sq. ft.

Setting new benchmarks for excellence Suraiya Nawab (Ref No. VI327519)

The Crescent - Tower A IMPZ

AED 520,000 Studio 504 sq. ft.

Exceptionally rewarding investment Wael Faidi (Ref No. AP327194)

PO Apartments Arjan

AED 550,000 Studio 460 sq. ft.

Amazing value Darko Dumancic (Ref No. AP328015)

Private Villa The Villa A stunning family home Sachin Das (Ref No. VI330559)

AED 6,500,000 4 BR 5,085 sq. ft.

Olympic Park 4 Dubai Sports City Excellent value Natasha de Ridder (Ref No. AP327644)

AED 749,000 1 BR 898 sq. ft.


Dubailand for rent

Terrace Apartments Green Community - DIP A desirable address Dimple Shah (Ref No. AP158035)

Ritaj - Block C Dubai Investment Park

AED 220,000 4 BR 4,896 sq. ft.

Private Villa The Villa Competitive price Suraiya Nawab (Ref No. VI329891)

AED 250,000 4 BR 5,041 sq. ft.

Family Villa Green Community - DIP

AED 260,000 5 BR 5,900 sq. ft.

Spacious living Nicole Burt (Ref No. VI330802)

AED 68,000 1 BR 1,050 sq. ft.

Amazing value Akmal Sharopov (Ref No. AP330592)

Widcombe House 1 Motor City

AED 140,000 2 BR 1,441 sq. ft.

Great family home Paulina Kranjcevic (Ref No. AP329211)

November 2014


Jumeirah Beach Residence for sale

Rimal 3 Dubai Marina

AED 2,090,000 1 BR 1,158 sq. ft.

A prestigious address Victor Danu (Ref No. AP330910)

Amwaj 4 Dubai Marina

AED 2,950,000 3 BR 1,838 sq. ft.

Central and prestigious location Dorota Chudzik (Ref No. AP330125)

Al Bateen Residences Dubai Marina

AED 4,200,000 3 BR 2,308 sq. ft.

Panoramic views Julieta Kitova (Ref No. AP325965)

Shams 4 Dubai Marina

AED 2,800,000 2 BR 1,263 sq. ft.

Excellent value Rita Mouawad (Ref No. AP320465)

Sadaf 6 Dubai Marina Designed and finished to the highest standards Sharon Sweet (Ref No. AP316277)

AED 3,650,000 2 BR 1,842 sq. ft.

Murjan 1 Dubai Marina Amazing value Syed Wajih Uddin Ahmed (Ref No. AP171060)

AED 2,750,000 3 BR 1,922 sq. ft.


Jumeirah Beach Residence for rent

Al Bateen Residences Dubai Marina

AED 220,000 2 BR 1,462 sq. ft.

Open to offers Julieta Kitova (Ref No. AP330528)

Amwaj 4 Dubai Marina Stunning view of the sea Yasser Zabalawi (Ref No. AP54927)

Sadaf 7 Dubai Marina

Murjan 1 Dubai Marina Beachfront living at an attractive price Anita Szilagyi (Ref No. AP300619)

AED 170,000 2 BR 1,382 sq. ft.

Rimal 2 Dubai Marina

AED 150,000 2 BR 1,290 sq. ft.

Murjan 5 Dubai Marina

AED 190,000 3 BR 1,882 sq. ft.

Designed and finished to the highest standards Kristina Titova (Ref No. AP292380)

AED 115,000 1 BR 1,146 sq. ft.

A desirable address Ivana Stanisic (Ref No. AP330285)

AED 170,000 2 BR 1,293 sq. ft.

Fully furnished with style and class Ekin Koca (Ref No. AP24321)

November 2014


Jumeirah Park FOR SALE

Jumeirah Park - Nova Villas Jumeirah Park

AED 4,400,000 4 BR 4,892 sq. ft.

A desirable address Anjana Mahna (Ref No. VI330247)


Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park Exceptional deal Vitalii Iagotynets (Ref No. VI330012)


Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park Exceptional deal Elen Manukyan (Ref No. VI321192)

AED 3,890,000 3 BR 3,063 sq. ft.

AED 4,050,000 3 BR 3,063 sq. ft.


Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park Brand new Anjana Mahna (Ref No. VI321220)


Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park

AED 3,700,000 3 BR 3,063 sq. ft.

AED 4,200,000 3 BR 3,063 sq. ft.

Excellent finish Anjana Mahna (Ref No. VI318946)


Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park

AED 210,000 3 BR 3,527 sq. ft.

A stunning family home Ajay Kumar Wagh (Ref No. VI324350)

Ask the agent Anjana Mahna, residential consultant, Jumeirah Park office Dubai’s real estate prices have significantly increased in the last couple of years, however, the market has been holding stable in 2014 with some good entry opportunities for serious buyers. One of the best places to buy property in Dubai is Jumeirah Park as this villa community is among the most promising in the city. This is due to a number of factors, namely: its close proximity to Dubai’s main highway Sheikh Zayed Road; the area is also a short drive from the bustling Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah and Ibn Batuta Mall; it’s built by one of Dubai’s top developers, Nakheel; it features superlative

construction quality; there are three- to five-bedroom villa options in different sizes, from AED 3.8 million upwards; the villas are large with luxurious built-uparea sizes upwards of 3,063 square feet; some villas come with swimming pools while all gardens are large enough to have one; the properties have low annual maintenance and a fairly good rental yield between 4% and 5% per annum; and residents can take full advantage of the community centre, jogging tracks, parks and the forthcoming health club. Furthermore, the area is still up-andcoming and has a high probability of capitol gains.


Short-term rentals

Shams 4 Dubai Marina

AED 22,200 2 BR 1,263 sq. ft.

Beachfront living at an attractive price Rhonda Wright (Ref No. APM326976)

Lakeside Residence Jumeirah Lake Towers

Distinct styling Cherryl Cartagena (Ref No. APM304418)

AED 16,500 1 BR 902 sq. ft.

Easy living Cherryl Cartagena (Ref No. APM326653)

AED 19,800 2 BR 1,150 sq. ft.

Setting new benchmarks for excellence Cherryl Cartagena (Ref No. APM323694)

Marina Residence â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tower A Dubai Marina

The Atlantic Dubai Marina

Armada Tower 3 Jumeirah Lake Towers

Marina Diamond 1 Dubai Marina Fully furnished apartment Selma Dsouza (Ref No. APM210070)

AED 23,010 2 BR 1,390 sq. ft.

Be where it all happens Norman Tarala (Ref No. APM326089)

AED 12,000 Studio 480 sq. ft.

Elegant interiors Cherryl Cartagena (Ref No. APM312721)

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

Burj Al Nujoom Downtown Dubai

Murjan 2 Dubai Marina

AED 15,000 1 BR 1,101 sq. ft.

Self-contained development Cherryl Cartagena (Ref No. APM309336)

AED 14,010 1 BR 836 sq. ft.

Marina Diamond 5 Dubai Marina

AED 14,010 1 BR 714 sq. ft.

Modern living at its best Selma Dsouza (Ref No. APM215255)

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Garden parties galore Already, humidity seems like a distant dream [or nightmare!]. We’re one month into the cooler climate and November is just the start of a seven-month love affair with our gardens. So it’s high time we gave our gardens the attention they deserve with a seasonal makeover. The sizzling colours for winter 2014 include vibrant indigo, aqua, orange and lime, while patterns play to our fun side in picnic-checks, tribal zigzags and funky geometrics. BH loves this year’s fashion for rustic woods, which create a natural autumnal look. Think bamboo screens, plank terrace

flooring, tables crafted from salvaged wood – left unvarnished – and rough rattan finishes. Those in high-rise apartments shouldn’t feel left out: colourful paper lanterns, soft floor cushions and bright Moroccan poufs create a cosy ambience and take up less space than traditional garden seating. This year, deckchairs are en vogue and add a nostalgic nod to the seaside. Pop an ice cream into this enticing vignette and you’ve created the perfect summertime scenario enjoyed in the northern hemisphere. So we haven’t missed out – our ‘summer’ is just beginning! Image: ACE

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