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HEAD TO THE HILLS Emirates Hills fronts our look at the city’s best golf community villas

Stylish home finds Š Gourmet indulgences Š Market-leading properties


E L A B O R AT E

DESIGN IDEAS S AT I S F Y

AESTHETIC DEMANDS

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WELCOME TO THE ISSUE We’re almost a month away from Christmas and the end of 2015 - can you believe it? Winter décor and festive ornaments are displayed in stores, in full swing, and the festive cheer is in the air. Our to-do list is slowly Àlling up, with alfresco do’s, campÀres, and movie nights in on lazy weekends (see page 55 for recipe inspiration) being our top priorities.

Managing Director Victoria Thatcher Editorial Director John Thatcher

In this issue, you can steal the look from a renowned New York hotel room (page 20), shop for pastel coloured accessories (page 18), and give DIY’s a go (page 37). November is all about golf course view villas, so if you’re looking to invest or rent one, look no further than the property listings from page 60. We visited one, just to give you a gist of what living in Emirates Hills encompasses (page 31).

Editor Nicola Monteath Senior Designer Andy Knappett Designer Emi Dixon

As always we’ve got all your queries answered by our Expert Panel, along with handy entertaining tips, shopping Ànds, culinary offerings and activities in Emirates Hills, and much more! The latest BBQ grills on the market were put to the test too (page 72), so you can light the Àre and chuck those meats on the grill – without spending hours researching.

Production Manager Sikandar Chaudhary Senior Advertising Manager Shweta Praful

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Better Homes Magazine | CONTENTS

HOME

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ON THE STOREFRONT

SHOP FOR ...

ST YLE FILES

Trending news, and items to splurge and save on

Stylish contemporary finds for the living room

Where does a designer shop for his own home?

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MOOD OF THE MONTH

STEAL THEIR ST YLE

ON TREND

It’s all about pastel accessories this winter

Get inspiration from this hotel suite in New York

Six seasonal looks to refresh your home décor

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A SIGHT TO DELIGHT

THE HOW-TO GUIDE

RUSTIC TOUCH

Step inside the Arora household in Emirates Hills

Hone your art and crafts skills, with these DIYs

Draw inspiration from this desginer’s latest project

BETTER LIVING

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MOVE TO...EMIRATES LIVING

THE BEST OF EMIRATES LIVING

WHICH SCHOOL?

Find out about property prices and more in the vicinity

Discover the offerings and happenings in the area

Everything you need to know about Dubai International Academy

HOUSE

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ASK THE EXPERTS

HOME ENTERTAINING

Our expert panel answer all your queries

Smart tips, and a secret spice rub to try

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ON THE MAP Discover Dubai with our colour-coded map

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TREASURE FROM THE SEA Relish this seafood delight

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PROPERTIES FOR SALE

PROPERTIES FOR RENT

Your guide to the best houses with a golf course view

Great homes to lease within gated communities

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TRIED AND TESTED Two handy house gadgets new to the market.

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The Perfect Holiday, Just Like That

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In just the twinkle of a tree light and the shimmer of an ornament, the world is a more magical place. Sink into festive celebrations and family memories, with our luxurious Verano Sofa. The perfect holiday awaits you.

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There’s no way a piece from Iittala’s enchanting new collection, Taika (which means magic in Finnish), will get overlooked at your next dinner party. It’s the sort of table-and serve-ware that makes you reminisce fairytales and your childhood. The collection’s artwork, created by Klaus Haapaniemi, has been inspired by Finnish folklore, with a touch of Slavic and Japanese influences. Forest-like creatures adorn blue, red, and white ceramics and textiles, adding colour and elegance to a table setting. These make great gifts for the festive season too. Available at Jashanmal Department stores.

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Better Homes Magazine | SHOPPING

On the STOREFRONT SPLU RG E OR SAV E ?

Br ad bu r n l a m p , Dhs3,390 at Bl o o mi n g da l e ’s H o me - D u b a i

D al i n d a Ta b l e Lamp, Dhs930 at Eth an Al l e n

The newly opened Platinum House showroom on Umm Suqeim Road (Al Barsha 2) which offers full-service solutions for home, ofÀce, and yacht upgrades or refurbishments. Find everything from Italian kitchens to lavish

bedroom and living room sets. You can also get inspiration for your home cinema. Those looking to update their backyard this season can speak to one of the experts to Ànd water features, swimming pool layouts, lagoons, pergolas, and much more! Call 04-8143800.

3 DIWALI CONFECTIONARY BOXES 10 00 0 % veget ar i an Indi an s weet w e s box, Dhs 80 at P ur anm al

Bo x of of 1 6 artisan ar ti s an Box 16 c h o c o l a t e s , D h s 11 0 at Cocosia.

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1. Galway Lampton Ceramic, Dhs55 at Homes R Us 2.F&B Chambray ray base cushion, Dhs69 at Homes R Us 3. Stockholm high-back gner ’s Ho me 5 ffee table aangle, Dhs11,923 at Andrew armchair, Dhs1,495 at IKEA 4. Cup with saucer, Dhs360 at Designer Home 5. Daphne co coffee Mar tin Furniture 6. Bernhardt Kent wood chest of drawers, Dhs7,500 at Bloomingdale’s Home-Dubai. 7. Elephant décor, Dhs245 at Al Huzaifa 8. Disc wall ar t, Dhs799 at Crate and Barrel.

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StyleFILES BACKYARD BE AU T Y T i m e l e ss p i e c e s f or a v illa Ti wi th a vi e w with

GET MY LOOK John McLennan, CEO of Indigo Living, tells us his go-to spots for luxury items, and customised pieces Pl an ter j ug green gr een , Dhs69 anter at 2XL

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HEIRLOOM WORTHY

Internationally stylish, relaxed neutral pallet, but with a punch of colour and an unexpected twist.

A one of a kind hand painted leather chair, with the Chinese year of the Dragon print done by one of Asia’s leading painters of dragons. It sits in my ofÀce and I use it on a daily basis. Since my son was born in the year of the dragon, it will be his one day.

GO -TO STORES Indigo Living of course, but there are a few others that stand out. I love Andrew Martin for their eclectic use of colour, and surprising twists on the ordinary, and Villeroy & Boch for their exquisite selection of glassware.

SHOP FOR RUGS AT… Fort Street Studios located in Hong Kong (where I’m based), New York and Los Angeles. They hand-weave 100% thick silk-pile carpets which look like watercolour paintings – a piece of art.

TOP TIP Don’t be afraid of colour, but remember less can be more. Use it wisely and always have one statement piece that you bought yourself.

TRENDY COMBINATIONS

Paddington station clock P ddi i l k, Dhs99 at ACE AC E

Coral, blue and green pieces, and jewel tones with velvets.

ALWAYS SPLURGE ON… BEST HOME BUY Believe it or not, one of my favorite things I have bought so far is a group of simple clay lanterns in various sizes, with Arabic pattern cut outs - picked up on the side of the road on the way to Fujairah. They sit out on our large balcony, and cast the most amazing shadows at night.

The sofa, as it deÀnes a room and says a lot about you. The other piece is a mattress, as almost 1/3 of your life is spent on it.

ON MY WISHLIST I am eying an oversized black and white photograph for my living room, by one of my favorite photographers Terry O’Neill. Kn ox l an ter n s, Dhs179 ( sma l l ) a nd 349 ( large) l ) at Crate C and d B a rrell Barrel

@corneliasinterior ACCOUNT ORIGIN: Stockholm, Sweden FOLLOWERS: 17.3K The Scandinavian look can be quite attractive, if breezy whites and airy spaces are your cup of tea - in terms of home décor style. Cornelia’s images are crisp and sharp, portraying vases Àlled with Áowers, marble tops, cafés, and a vision for every nook and corner.

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Assor ted pillows, from Dhs72 at Sedar


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On TREND INSPIRATION FOR EVERY ROOM IN THE HOUSE

Rose gold has been the prime colour choice of late, seen in everything from smart phones to watches. And with Kohler’s newly introduced range, Kallista, you can opt for the colour, or a titanium Ànish, for your washroom faucets too. Now there’s no need to spare the washroom from the luxuries of your home. Besides, how gorgeous does it look paired with a sleek marble counter?

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Soft blue teamed with white tones seems to be a winter trend. This fresh look from Interiors is neat and clean, without being too done. To keep a constant colour theme running throughout the room, mix and match the accessories in various hues of the same colour. You can also play around with textures, for instance in the arm chair, drapes, and cushions.

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The Metallic Ocean Blue scheme from Hacker is one that will last for years to come. Soft aqua tones create a relaxing ambience, making your cooking experience a fun, fulĂ&#x20AC;lling one. High quality technology, and a large kitchen counter with built-in sink, allows you to keep all the mess in one place, while Nordic Oak cabinets and the seating area complement the colours around acting as practical elements.

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Better Homes Magazine | TRENDS

Got a compact balcony? There’s a ton you can still do with it. Plant a wide variety of fruit and vegetable plants, or just Áowerpots, to make the space fresh and green. Lounge-style beds double up as

seating, but you can also keep rocking chairs nearby for a fun element, and relaxed ambience. Ikea’s set-up is cosy, yet functional, and perfect for those with limited space.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, at Zara Home. Their latest collection showcasing the most gorgeous tones of green, paired with gold, is reÀned in every sense. It works just as well as a festive table setting, as it does

for the rest of the season. To tone down the look, swap the tablecloth for a solid colour or pastel shade, and to dress it up, simply bring out your Ànest china, tableware, and cutlery, to suit the dining set colours.

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Better Homes Magazine | TRENDS

Bring the great safari vibe into your private space with Hide and Chic, a look from THE Oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recently launched collection. Edgy is a bit of an understatement, as the set combines furs and animal prints with materials like leather, crystal, ceramics, and antique-style mirrors. Rich winter colours like dark purple and gold make the room seasonal yet alterable for months ahead.

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Better Homes Magazine | HOME TOUR

A SIGHT TO DELIGHT “ T h e e n tire h o u s e t ra n s la t es o u r p e r s o n a lit y in t o a t h ree dim e n s io n a l f o rm,” s a ys R ag h av A ro ra , a n a rch it ect liv in g in E mira t es Hills W o rds by N i c ol a M ontea th Ph o t o g raphs by Ju l i ette Du nne

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magine waking up to a view of the putting green, and sipping tea in the backyard, as you breathe in the fresh air. That’s what Nikita, one of the daughter-in laws of the Arora household, experiences on a daily basis. The six-bedroom villa she resides in with her husband Raghav (founder of Architectural Corner and Director of the DRA Group) and her in-laws, boasts unrivalled views of the Dubai skyline and golf course, and has been home to the family for the last eleven years. Nikita moved in just a year ago, after getting married, and tells us that the structure was designed by none other than her husband. “The inspiration was a blend of traditional and modern features,” says Raghav. “We have a central courtyard, which is a common feature in Indian and Arabian architecture, and this blends in with a contemporary feel around the courtyard. The concept also reflects our personality and character as a family. We are traditional at heart, but have a more contemporary outlook to life.” The Emirates Hills locality is one the family appreciates living in, as they often find themselves either hosting, and partaking in, lunches and dinners on a regular basis with the neighbours. Neutral undertones were chosen for the interiors, with glass domes on the

ceilings to predominantly let sunlight shine through. “Being a large house it requires a lot of light to keep the space balanced. The dome offers a sight of the sky, and this provides a dynamic view whenever you look up,” he says. The all-beige living and dining rooms were designed in a way to layer colours over it easily, creating an impact. It works well with earthy tones like red, gold, and orange, seen in sculptures and artifacts around the house. The Aroras possess a fervent love for art, with the space being filled with work from all over the world. Paintings and sculptures from Capri and San Francisco were recently picked up during family travels. These hang high on the walls that surround the courtyard, in the foyer, dining room, and stairway. Artifacts from Ladro and Baccarat are noticeable on the coffee table, and so are Swarovski collectors’ items displayed neatly in glass showcases. “In the mid 90’s we built the Swarovski head office in Dubai. That

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gave us the chance to meet the founders, who are good friends till today, and ever since then we have grown our interest in crystal items,” he says.

The dome offers a sight of the sky, and this provides a dynamic view There isn’t one recurring influence, as the family’s contemporary style blends Indian and Arabian themes seamlessly. Nikita’s tour begins with the basement, where they usually host loud and more elaborate parties for youngsters. It offers a relaxed vibe, with a billiards table, bar and lounge area. The living rooms beige


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Better Homes Magazine | HOME TOUR

The family often host visiting family and friends

furnishings and striking chandelier from Fendi Casa fill up the space, while the floor-to-ceiling windows expose views of the backyard and green surroundings. Amongst the artwork, crystals, and a unique chess set with exotic stones and metals, is an interesting sculpture called Colgo la luna grande by Giacinto Bosco, which now sits in the courtyard. “We came across this store in Capri and loved the feel of this sculpture. I don’t really know what it means, but I just feel it has a very positive vibe which is nice to be around,” says Raghav. When the family isn’t out and about for events, designing structures for Emirates Hills owners – amongst many others – or entertaining at home, they gather in the recently renovated lounge and kitchen, which now features couches from Natuzzi, and state-of-the-art Miele appliances. The family often host visiting family and friends, housing them in the traditional-style guest bedrooms on the ground floor, decorated with rich maroons and gold. The suites look out to the golf course, and were all designed with comfort being paramount. While the villa seems like it’s complete, Raghav tells us he’d like to add a lounge to the roof, along with a garden. “The roof has the best views of the city and we need to make more use of it,” he tells us. We think a natural green touch to emphasize a space, is always a good idea.

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THE HOWTO GUIDE Nifty dĂŠcor ideas to put your domestic skills to the test

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B UI L D A T EEPEE Step 1: Cut a large length of 3/8 inch sisal rope, and burn the end. Step 2: Drill a 5-inch hole in the Àrst poplar dowel (1¾*6 inches). Step 3: String rope through the poplar dowel hole, and tie a knot around it. Step 4: Make a faux teepee with your poles to see how they need to lay out, to be stable. Using four poles - have the front wider and the back of the teepee narrower. Step 5: Feed the rope through the second dowel, then wrap it around a couple of times, going over various directions to stabilise it. Step 6: Add the third dowel to Ànd out where to place it, drill the hole, insert the rope, and wrap around. Repeat with the fourth dowel, and tie around the teepee several times.

CREAT E A ROP E MIRROR Step 1: Cut a 1-3 metre thick rope – avoid having the ends fray out by taping it – then cut in the middle, so both ends stay tight.

Step 7: Open your drop cloth horizontally and Ànd the middle. Start draping it from the back of the teepee, and secure at the top where the poles meet with one screw. Drill a hole through the pole, add a washer to the screw, making sure to insert it through both fabric and the pole. Continue draping around the sides as it falls naturally, tucking excess at the Áoor under, trying to keep it tight and uniform where the poles meet. Adjust the poles slightly if needed, and then use a screw on each side - same method to secure the fabric. Roll or cut the excess fabric on the inside.

Step 2: Glue the rope onto the edge of the mirror, using a hot glue gun. Make sure to apply substantial amount of glue but careful not to saturate any area more than the others. Step 3: Measure out how long you want the mirror to hang, and cut the rope at the length desired. Step 4: Make a Àrm knot on either ends of the rope, and secure each side with glue. Step 5: Place heavy-duty mounting tape all along the back of the mirror for added support. Hang up and place a hoop hook just underneath the mirror for extra support. Instructions supplied by Nifty Little Things (0563406754).

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D I P - DY E CA NDL ES Step 1: Add wax beads to a double boiler, or slow cooker with a nonstick insert, Àlling quarter of the way. Melt wax, adding more chips gradually, to make the wax line on the candle higher. Step 2: Shave bits of a quarter of a crayon into the wax, and stir to blend. Let the bubbles settle, and dip a taper candle into the wax to test the colour (once the beeswax dries, it can be broken off, so you can use the taper for the next batch). Add more shavings to make the colour darker. Remove the wax from the heat and set aside. Step 3: Dip the base of one pillar candle to the desired height. Hold candle in melted wax for Àve to ten seconds; remove, and set candle – tinted end down – on a plate or baking sheet to dry.

PICK FA BR I CS FOR DRAPES Step 1: Look and touch! If the fabric has a heavy, thick appearance and texture, it’s suitable for a lavish home, as it’s more likely to hold and Áow nicely. The shinier the fabric, the more likely it will give off a luxury feel. Opt for a matt fabric if your room is more modern, than classical. Pick linen for a contemporary look, and silk-woven instead of pure silk. Step 2: If your room has a lot of sunlight, go for less bright colours, as they will fade overtime. This has nothing to do with the quality; it’s just

an inevitable process due to sun exposure. If you need to sleep in total darkness, go for a thicker fabric, and make sure you have blackout on the back to block any light.

Step 4: Choose patterns that suit your room. If you have low ceilings, opt for designs that are vertical, to give height to the space. The beauty about bespoke drapes is that you are able to mix and match to see what suits your room the most. Simple is always better. The wide variety of patterns is confusing, but it ultimately boils down to a few important questions - is the room formal or relaxed, classic and elegant, or casual and cosy, modern and minimalist, or retro-styled? If you have

Step 3: Fire retardant fabrics seem to be the latest trend, where people are choosing safety over beauty. It’s important to note the difference between Àreproof and Àre retardant. The former will catch Àre, but drop and crumble instantly. These aren’t very common in households, and are mostly available in plain colors.

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strong colours dominating your room, steer away from bold patterns, as this will be visually uneasy especially if you have patterned wallpaper, furniture or bedding. For a subtle touch of vibrancy in light, airy rooms, go for small, neutral prints, like dots or Áorals. Solid arabesque shapes suit a more traditional interior, while contemporary patterns like stripes, and geometric shapes, bring a modern feel to a space. Instructions supplied by Sedar.


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CONSTRUCT A T E R RA RIU M Step 1: Choose the type of terrarium you desire – closed or open – and pick your glass bowl accordingly. Step 2: For closed terrariums, add a thin layer of crushed charcoal on the bottom, to keep the soil fresh. Place rocks for an open one. Step 3: Add a layer of sand across the top of the rocks and charcoal. Step 4: Top with soil, making sure to create holes large enough for the roots

of each plant. Uneven layers of sand and soil can make the terrarium look great, however pay close attention to the levels around the edges as this is what you will see from outside the terrarium. Steps 1-3 should equal about one-third the height of your selected container with the soil layer being the thickest. Step 4: Remove your plants from its original container, and brush off the loose soil around the roots. Step 5: Insert the plants into the soil

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holes in the glass bowl, from largest to smallest, and pack lightly all around. Don’t overplant, and keep space for moss, small figurines, and stones. Step 6: Decorate carefully with toys, moss, and decorative elements. Step 7: To maintain your terrarium, water the plants, avoiding the moss, one to two times per week. The soil should remain barely moist for closed terrariums. Prune dead foliage as and when required, and keep in natural, indirect light.


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D E SI G N IN SP IRAT ION

RUSTIC TOUCH TAKE A LOOK AT KATHERINE STEALEY TRANTER’S L ATEST PROJECT, HER HOME IN DUBAIL AND

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aterine’s job as interior designer, and creative partner of KST Interiors, is to transform a space from its bare bones, to a home for clients. So it was refreshing for her to be on the other side for once. “This time we could do what we wanted,” she says with delight. “I wanted to move away from the dark, heavy timber that is very prominent in Dubai, as we had these colours in our previous villa.” The three-bedroom villa in Al Waha, Dubailand, is where her husband, threemonth old baby boy, and two K9 rescue dogs reside. “Our typical style is clean and modern, with lots of textures and interesting fabrics,” says Katherine. Bits of England and Dubai were integrated into the design, and lightwood was combined with rustic textures. These

are also noticeable in the retro-looking leather couch in the lounge area, near the iconic red London telephone booth. A masculine vibe is prevalent in the master bedroom with a luggage-image wallpaper, leather headboard bed from Pottery Barn, and wooden trunks. A mix of textures – from the rug to the drapes – can be seen here, and while the furniture is dark, sunlight Áoods the room through elegant Venetian blinds from Sedar. “The intention was to create something more daring than a neutralcoloured villa, and since we like to think outside the box, we played around with leathers, felts and linens,” she says. The fun element was a vital factor for this home, where boundaries were pushed to the limit. “This is going to be our villa for a while so it’s been worth the investment. Wallcoverings were

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Colour has been brought in through the use of accessories all over the house chosen over paint, with statement walls being covered in papers from Andrew Martin. “We have the timber effect in the living room, library in the pub, luggage in the master bedroom, and the map on the staircase,” she says. Colour has primarily been brought in through the use of accessories all over the house. For fabrics, Katherine’s go-to shop is West Elm for curtains and dining table pendant lamps, and Sedar for poles and


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Ànials. Katherine’s specialty is combining high-end designer pieces with street buys, and bargain items. “By mixing the brands together it stops the interiors from feeling too sterile and staged,” she says. The couch from Andrew Martin is paired with a footstool from Pan Emirates Home, which comes together perfectly in the setting. The One Fusion, Marina Home, and Pinkies, are amongst the many furniture stores they prefer shopping at too. The nursery’s cowboy theme is far from a traditional baby’s room, yet sophisticated and playful for a little boy. Personalised wallpaper and a wagon wheel ceiling light from a barn were ordered in from the United States, to team with the cow print rug and lamp from Ikea. “I love the fact that this is a

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Better Homes Magazine | DESIGN INSPIRATION room he can grow into, and it’s far away from baby blue as it can get.” With every villa comes a backyard that can either be Àlled with a green patch, gazebo, or swimming pool. Katherine and her husband gave their space a staycation vibe, gaining inspiration from a stay at Desert Palm Hotel. Pools by Design created the Àbre glass pool with swim up bar, which stemmed from her

Mixing brands stop interiors from feeling too sterile love for the black tile swimming pool at The Chedi in Oman. Since black can look too aggressive at home, she utilised dark grey, blue, and bronze tiles instead. The garden retreat outdoors boasts a sunken dining and sitting area, built-in Àre pit, hammock, putting holes, and bamboo, and coconut palms. If you’re imagining a tropical paradise – which is what it looks like during the day – you can only imagine the mystical backyard it transforms into at night.

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Better Homes Magazine | BETTER LIVING

A HELPING HAND Looking for a school for your child, or planning on shifting to a new area? You can Ă&#x20AC;nd all the answers in this section, along with expert advice for those new to the city, and inspiration for your next party and movie night.

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Better BetterHomes HomesMagazine Magazine| BETTER | BETTERLIVING LIVING

M OV E TO

EMIRATES LIVING

“ Th e e n t i r e d e v e l o p m e n t i s s e t amidst lush green surroundings that offer a sense of calm, p e a c e a n d s e r e n i t y, ” s a y s M o u h a n a d A Fa d e l , R e s i d e n t i a l Sa l e s a n d L e a s i n g M a n a g e r a t Better Homes

Emirates Living is one of the most popular gated residential areas in Dubai. Residential options are aplenty, and available in clusters, so you can choose between townhouses, and standalone villas. The entire development is set amidst lush green surroundings that offer a sense of calm, peace and serenity. All properties are freehold accommodations so you can invest in the one you desire. What’s great about the vicinity is that it’s just a few minutes drive from business districts like Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City, and Tecom. Furthermore, its location across Dubai Marina, and direct access to Al Khail Road makes it an enticing one too. Apart from the villas, the community

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has tons of facilities for its residents. The entire area has been designed keeping children and families in mind, so parks, lakes and walkways, are an integral part of the plan. There are pleasant streetscapes and landscaped gardens that are perfect for evening walks. You can also Ànd swimming pools, nurseries, shopping centers, cafés, restaurants, and mosques, within the boundaries of the Emirates Living community. The world-class Montgomerie 18-hole Championship Golf Course, created by master architect Desmond Muirhead and seven-time European Order of Merit winner, Colin Montgomerie, makes living in Emirates Hills a golfer’s paradise too.


Better Homes Magazine | BETTER LIVING The community is also home to Emirates Hills villas, some of which face the golf course, and are designed according to the owners liking. There are Àve main residential projects in this community. First is the Signature Hills where each house has been constructed as per explicit speciÀcations of the buyer. The Meadows, adjacent to the Emirates Golf Club, offers spacious villas with an Arabian-style setting. Its signature is the lush greenery that pervades throughout the area. Those looking for a big family villa can opt for The Lakes, or Hattan - a residential project that is an extension of The Lakes, with each villa completely detached from the others,

providing complete privacy. Each unit also sports a spectacular view of the Emirates Golf Club, and most homes offer spacious Áoor plans, and spectacular views of lakes. It is situated between the Montgomery at Emirates Hills and the Emirates Golf Club. The Springs offers well-maintained villas and townhouses with top facilities and amenities. The average size for 3 bedroom villas in The Springs is around 2,450-3,500 square feet, and villa types range from 4-1 (with 1 being the largest type villa available). The average selling price for these villas starts from Dhs1.7 to Dhs3.5 million. In Meadows, the size ranges from 3,500-5,000 square feet, and retails from Dhs3.9 to 7 million.

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THE BEST OF

EMIRATES LIVING

FRENCH CREATIONS Looking out to the verdant golf course is authentic French restaurant Le Classique. Relish every morsel as you dive into a plate of moreish escargot with garlic butter, plump scallops with celeriac purée, and lamb sweetbread with roasted vegetables. End on a sweet note with warm, decadent chocolate fondant. Call 04-3802222.

FUN AND FITNESS Work out with a low-impact body weight class ï PiYo from Beachbody ï at Fit Lab, Emirates Golf Club. The musclesculpting workout combines Pilates and yoga to give you strength, Áexibility, and a stronger core. Dhs60 per session, call 04-4179850.

GLOSSY LOCKS Ladies can head to The Blow Dry bar –

Marquee, to get their tresses set for a big night out. The swift blowout-only salon offers ten signature looks done in just 35 minutes! While you’re sipping coffee and munching on macarons, sit back and enjoy a movie on screen. Dhs130, call 04-3995336.

up from head to toe. Choose the Pre Party Beauty Blitz for a classic manicure and pedicure (with optional nail crystals), aromatherapy hand indulgence, zone therapy for the feet, threading, and the B&N Reviver (a pressure point back and neck massage). All this for just Dhs732, visit thenailspa.com.

TEE TIME Enjoy a round of golf (nine holes) on the Áoodlit Faldo course at Emirates Golf Club, every evening after 8pm, before heading for a juicy burger and a hop at Spike Bar. The package includes a cart and range of balls before the game. Dhs275 per person, call 04-4179800.

PART Y PREP Got a big event to head to? The Nail Spa, tucked away at The Lakes Club and Meadows Town Centre, offers a number of packages to ensure you’re all glammed

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A MOVIE UNDER THE STARS It’s all about Brit classics at Reform Social and Grill (The Lakes Club). Book a space, grab a throw, and enjoy the outdoor cinema experience as you savour Angus burgers, jumbo hot dogs, crêpes or wafÁes. A wine list and beverages are on offer too. Guests even stand a chance to win a movie package (worth Dhs1,400) upon booking a space in the orchard – which includes a complementary welcome drink on arrival. Every Tuesday at 8pm, call 04-4542638.


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WHICH SCHOOL?

Better Homes magazine talks to Principal Pratibha R ao of Dubai International Academy, to find out the offerings at this school in Emirates Hills SHORTEN THE SCHOOL RUN Three great homes within 15 minutes drive of DIA

The Lakes Emirates Living Mohammea Khalid Khan (Ref No. VI154524)

What sets your educational institution apar t from others in the city? Since its inception in 2005 Dubai International Academy has grown from 500 students to over 2,000. Today it is the school of choice for parents looking for a holistic, rigorous, international education for their children. The mix of nationalities among the students, and teachers, ensures that children have a truly multicultural experience. As an IB continuum school, we exclusively offer only IB programmes from KG through to Year 13. There is a good balance of academics and extra-curricular activities as well.

Why should a parent enroll their child at your school? The personalised approach to teaching, learning, and a wide range of subject choices in MYP (Middle Years Programme) and the DP (Diploma Programme) has made DIA an attractive choice for students and parents. Children love coming to school and feel part of a secure, well-knit community. They also enjoy an excellent rapport with teachers who are approachable and caring at all times.

Apar t from academics, what else does the school focus heavily on? We believe in holistic education. There is a strong sports programme with opportunities for participation in inter-

AED 6,800,000

4BR 4,019 sq. ft.

school competitions. Platforms are also available for student leadership through Model United Nations, Student Council, Prefects, the House system, and a variety of student-led projects.

Does the school offer anything else in particular? We are a BYOD institution. Students bring their own devices, and technology is integrated into lessons. There is a well-established Gifted and Talented programme in secondary school, which is now being extended into the primary section. Additionally, we have a robust mother tongue programme with nine languages being taught.

SELECTED FACILITIES ŏ Networked library ŏ Specialist rooms for music, design and technology, art, dance, drama and language ŏ Music and movement sprung-floored room for kindergarten ŏ Fully equipped science, computer-and design technology-labs ŏ Outdoor learning areas ŏ 4 climate-controlled multi-purpose halls for a wide range of sports and activities ŏ 2 swimming pools ŏ Fully grassed outdoor playing field and shaded play areas ŏ Shaded outdoor basketball and tennis ball courts ŏ Sky garden ŏ Cafeteria serving hot food

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Cluster 21-30 Jumeirah Islands Julieta Kitova (Ref No. VI320616)

Legacy Jumeirah Park Conny Mathei (Ref No. VI336646)

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Better Homes Magazine | BETTER LIVING

Ask the EXPERTS Ne w to t h e city? Ou r sk illed pa nel is h e r e to solve some of your queries

. Moving to a new city can be scary, especially for a first time parent. The good news is that we’re all in a very similar situation here in the UAE. A great place to start is Facebook – there are tons of active expat parenting groups where you can connect with others, ask for recommendations, and arrange coffee mornings and play-dates. A few of my favourites include British Mums Dubai, Mums & Bumps Dubai, and Love Parenting UAE Support Group. These groups are also fantastic places to hear about parenting and baby classes you might like to attend. It

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Better Homes Magazine | BETTER LIVING serves as a great source for your nanny search, and many fellow parents post recommendations of nannies they know who are looking for a job (i.e. families that are leaving, and so they are helping their nanny find a new family). A positive nanny recommendation from a fellow parent is worth its weight in gold! Abbey Michelle

. First of all, it’s important to consider the location – it should not be far away from your work. In order to avoid traffic issues, the distance between your home and work is very crucial. Moreover, take your child’s school into consideration as well. Despite most schools having lift service, it would be strongly recommended to choose an adequate location close by for convenience. You also need to consider the facilities and activities within the vicinity. At the moment, Business Bay is a very strategic location, offering a family friendly environment with many bus stations, outdoor and indoor kids play areas, skating zones, a jogging track, small park, and an avenue with more than 50 shops on your door steps.

Also consider your hobbies and social activities. For people who cannot stay away from the sea and sandy beaches, JBR and Dubai Marina are great areas to live in. Families in need of privacy and space can pick villas within various communities in Dubai. Wael Faidi.

. Living in a villa requires a great amount of focus on a slightly different maintenance checklist, as compared to living in an apartment. A few basic points to keep in mind include simple things that need to be done regularly, to avoid any major, experience maintenance issues. It is also important to check the condition of the water tank as, unlike highrise apartment buildings where the tank is maintained by the building management, you will need to monitor the condition of the tank yourself. We recommend water tank cleaning twice annually. Air-conditioning, plumbing and electrical services need to be availed of regularly, alongside regular checking for any faults or abnormalities. Gaps in windows and doors need to be sealed, as insects and cats find their way inside villas quite easily. As a follow up to that, pest control should be conducted on a timely basis as well. Lastly, in order to prevent dust and dirt from entering your home, place good quality, heavy, and coarse doormats outside your main entrance. This keeps you from cleaning up constantly as well.

THE EXPERTS

ABBEY MICHELLE Founder of The Son And The Moon blog

WAEL FAIDI Residential Consultant at Better Homes

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If you are a salaried employee, you become eligible for an HSBC Home Loan after you have received a salary in the UAE for just three months. At the time of application, you will need to produce a number of documents including your passport, Emirates ID, and UAE Residence visa, along with your last three months UAE bank statement, and a salary certificate from your employer confirming your annual salary and allowances. It’s as easy as that! Additionally our team is on hand for any additional queries, so you can visit the office to speak to an expert. Mortgages team, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited

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HOME ENTERTAINING BE THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTEST

MEAL ON A STICK

SMART TIP

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1 . Mi n i mo z z ar e l l a c h e e s e b a l l s wi t h ch e rr y t om at oes , and b as i l l e av e s . 2 . S h r i mp , Caj u n s p i c e d b a b y p o t a t o e s , a nd a pi ec e of corn on the cob. 3 . F r o z e n p i n e ap p l e c h u n k s d i p p e d i n d a rk c hoc ol at e, sp r i n kl e d w i th t o a s t e d c o co n u t o r a l m o n d s havi ngs .

When hosting an outdoor party, keep flies at bay by placing half a l e mon w i t h c l ov e s in it, in bowls, on the table. Keep these 30 minutes b e f or e t h e f ood i s served.

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TREASURE FROM THE SEA PL AN A SEAFOOD -THEMED MOVIE NIGHT, AND SERVE THESE CRISP, FLUFFY CRUSTACEAN CAKES. INAKA WEERASINGHE, HEAD CHEF AT DUST Y ’S IN DIFC SHARES A RECIPE FROM THE MENU

Crab cakes 500g potatoes, peeled and larger ones halved Pinch of black pepper and sea salt 500g white crabmeat 1 lemon, zest A few sprigs of fresh flat -leaf parsley, finely chopped 1/2 fresh red chili, finely diced 3 spring onion s, trimmed and chopped Flour, to coat 1-2 eggs, whisked

Panko breadcrumbs FOR THE DIPPING SAUCE 2 cloves garlic, finely diced 120ml fish sauce 120ml lime juic e 120g brown sugar 2- 4 red Thai chillies, finely minced 1/4 cup cilantro, finely minced 60g spring onions, finely sliced

1. Boil the potatoes in salted water and cook for 20-25 mins, or until tender. Drain in a colander and steam dry for a few mins, then return to the pan. Add a pinch of salt and pepper before mashing. Follow with the crab meat, lemon zest, parsley, chilli and spring onions, mixing as you go. Divide into 30-40g balls and shape into small patties. Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours, or overnight, to Àrm up.

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2. Bread crumb the crab patties by first dredging in flour, then the egg and bread crumbs to coat. Deep-or shallow-fry the cakes for about 3-4 mins, or until golden brown. 3. Whisk all the sauce ingredients together until the sugar has dissolved, and serve with the crab cakes.


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GREEN PASTURES A home with a golf course view â&#x20AC;&#x201C; yes, please! The serenity and landscaping on offer at these gated-communities are apt for those who love a round of golf, and spacious surroundings. At Better Homes, you can take your pick from some of the best communities in the city, to suit your lifestyle, and familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. View our selection from page 60, or call us on 04 409 0998.

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Better Homes Magazine | HOUSE Dubai Waterfront

Arabian Gulf

The Palm Jebel Ali

The Palm Jumeirah

Jumeirah Beach Residence Dubai Marina

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

Ibn Battuta Mall

Jumeirah The Gardens Heights

Jebel Ali Freezone Jebel Ali Village

Downtown Jebel Ali

Abu Dhabi

Discovery Gardens

Jumeirah Park

Al Furjan

Technology Park Green Community Dubai Investment Park

Jumeirah Islands

Jumeirah Golf Estates

The Lakes

The Springs

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

Dubai World Central

Moto City

Maktoum Int. Airport

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Dubailand

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The price is right See how property prices fare across the city with our at-a-glance guide

Villas

Villas

SALE

RENTAL Monthly

Community

Bedrooms

Quarterly

Average pricing

Community change

change

Bedrooms

Monthly

Quarterly

change

change -1.85%

Average pricing

2

AED 2,350,000

-12.08%

-4.08%

2

AED 165,000

-0.60%

3

AED 3,150,000

-1.56%

-3.82%

3

AED 200,000

0%

-0.99%

4

AED 4,600,000

-1.08%

-3.16%

3

AED 216,000

-0.23%

-0.46%

5

AED 6,600,000

-2.51%

-7.04%

4

AED 219,500

-0.11%

-0.54%

3

AED 4,355,000

-0.46%

-3.22%

3

AED 229,000

-0.43%

-2.14%

4

AED 5,875,000

-0.42%

-4.86%

4

AED 293,000

-1.35%

-2.98%

5

AED 6,600,000

-2.51%

-7.04%

1

AED 115,000

0%

-1.71%

1

AED 1,600,000

0%

-2.74%

2

AED 161,000

0.63%

0.63%

2

AED 2,967,000

-0.77%

-4.29%

3

AED 135,000

0%

1.50%

Arabian Ranches Arabian Ranches Dubai Investment Park

Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park

Jumeirah Village Triangle

Jumeirah Village Triangle

Mirdif Palm Jumeirah

3

AED 8,600,000

0%

-1.71%

4

AED 160,000

0%

0.63%

4

AED 14,250,000

0%

-1.72%

3

AED 348,000

0.29%

-4.38%

4

AED 460,000

-0.00%

-4.17%

5

AED 16,100,000

00%

0%

Palm Jumeirah

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Dubai Maritime City Burj Al Arab

Jumeirah

Umm Suqeim

Manara

Trade Centre

DIFC Mall of t

Dubai Mall

Al Quoz Business Bay

Barsha

Downtown Burj Khalifa

Hamriya

Bur Juman Centre

Badaa

Al Wasl

Safa

Sufouh

Bur Dubai

Satwa

Zabeel

Deira

Umm Hurair Karama Oud Metha

Wuheida

Mamzar

Hor Al Anz

Deira City Centre

Al Nahda

Emirates Towers

Sharjah

Garhoud Burj Khalifa

Al Khail Gate

Airport Free Zone

Culture Village Umm Ramool

Bu Kadra Meydan City

Qusais

Dubai Int. Airport

Dubai Festival City

The Lagoons

Dubiotech

Twar

Nadd Shamma

Ras Al Khor

Muhaisnah

r Nadd Al Hamar Arabian Ranches

Mirdif City Centre

Mirdif

Al Barari Living Legends

Ghoroob

Mizar

Warqaa

Al Waha Community

Shorooq

Nad Al Sheba

Dragon Mart

International City

Layan Dubai Silicon Oasis

Khwaneej

Awir Academic City

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Apartments

Apartments

SALE

RENTAL Monthly

Community

Bedrooms

Quarterly

Monthly

Quarterly

change

change

Average pricing Community change

change

1

AED 1,800,000

-1.37%

-3.79%

2

AED 3,300,000

-1.49%

-2.94%

3

AED 5,725,000

-0.43%

1

AED 708,025

2

Bedrooms

Average pricing

1

AED 115,000

-1.71%

-1.71%

2

AED 165,000

-0.60%

-2.94%

-2.97%

3

AED 260,000

-1.52%

2.77%

0%

-1.11%

1

AED 66,000

-1.49%

-2.94%

AED 1,197,500

0%

-0.21%

2

AED 101,500

-1.46%

-2.87%

Studio

AED 471,750

0%

-0.68%

3

AED 138,000

-0.79%

-0.72%

1

AED 1,560,000

-1.58%

-4.59%

1

AED 105,000

-0.94%

-5.41%

2

AED 155,000

0%

-0.64% -2.79%

Downtown Dubai

Dubai Investment Park

Downtown Dubai

Dubai Investment Park

Dubai Marina

Jumeirah Lake Towers

Dubai Marina 2

AED 2,500,000

0%

-1.96%

3

AED 3,500,000

0%

-0.71%

3

AED 209,000

-1.51%

1

AED 1,225,000

-2.00%

-2.00%

1

AED 90,000

0%

0%

2

AED 1,700,000

-1.45%

-2.86%

2

AED 134,000

0%

0.75%

3

AED 2,400,000

-1.23%

-4.00%

3

AED 160,000

-0.62%

0%

4

AED 4,000,000

0%

-1.23%

Studio

AED 70,000

0%

-0%

1

AED 803,000

-0.86%

-3.25%

1

AED 67,500

0%

-2.17%

Jumeirah Lake Towers

Jumeirah Village Circle

Jumeirah Village Circle 2

AED 1,250,000

-1.96%

-3.85%

2

AED 103,000

0%

3.00%

1

AED 1,160,000

-2.52%

-5.69%

1

AED 88,000

0%

-1.12%

2

AED 1,900,000

-1.30%

-5.00%

2

AED 140,000

0.36%

0%

1

AED 2,600,000

0%

0%

1

AED 150,000

0.67%

0%

2

AED 2,775,000

-0.89%

-3.48%

2

AED 171,750

-0.43%

-3.51%

3

AED 4,300,000

-2.27%

-1.71%

3

AED 220,000

0%

-2.22%

The Greens

Palm Jumeirah

The Greens

The Palm Jumeirah

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FOR SALE

I f y o u l i k e w h a t y o u s ee and w ant t o vi ew mor e, visit bhomes.com or call 04 409 0998

Savannah

AED 5,800,000

Arabian Ranches Ref No. VI329609 Juliana Grebenchshikova

Estella

AED 3,500,000

Dubai Sports City 5 BR 5,490 sq. ft.

AED 4,800,000

Dubai Sports City Ref No. VI330628 Gulshan Ara

Estella Ref No. VI314893 Dorota Chudzik

Lime Tree Valley

4 BR 2,687 sq. ft.

AED 8,600,000

Jumeirah Golf Estates 5 BR 7,212 sq. ft.

Ref No. VI322617 Sharon Sweet

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4 BR 4,790 sq. ft.


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FOR SALE

I f y o u l i k e w h a t you s ee and w ant t o vi ew mor e, visit bhomes.com or call 04 409 0998

AED 44,000,000

EMIRATES HILLS 6 Bedroom Villa

M O D E R N L I V I N G AT I T S B E S T

This villa, complete with parquet Ă ooring, an expansive backyard with swimming pool, views of the neighborhood lake, and a fully equipped kitchen, is perfect for a large family. The casual-style indoors are separated into a living and dining area, with most of the bedrooms upstairs. Emirates Hills, also known as The Beverly Hills of Dubai, is one of the most luxurious communities in the city, offering secluded villas within a gated community. Wide walkways, fountains, and the sheer serenity of the community make it one to live at. Close-by, you can Ă&#x20AC;nd the Montgomerie Golf Course, community centres, and shopping facilities.

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T H E D E TA I L S Approx size: 15,000 sq.ft. Reference No: VI334770

Listed by Mohammed Adib Amin


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AED 7,999,000

DUBAI SPORTS CITY 5 Bedroom Villa, Oliva – Victory Heights

PICTURESQUE SURROUNDINGS

Set in Victory Heights, Dubai Sports City, is this B1 type villa which boasts stunning golf views. The vicinity is home to over 900 villas, and this three-bedroom home features a swimming pool and well maintained landscaping. Marble Áooring, high ceilings, and an open kitchen are some of the main elements of this spacious villa Àlled with natural sunlight. The community is perfect for families looking for a safe, peaceful environment for their children. Sports enthusiasts will love the array of activities on offer, including the Els Golf Club, ICC Cricket Stadium and Athletic Track.

T H E D E TA I L S Approx size: 5,130 sq.ft. Reference No: VI305270

Listed by Neveen Abdulahad

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AED 12,250,000

La Avenida 1 Arabian Ranches Ref No. VI337125 Alina Cercel

5 BR 6,547 sq. ft.

AED 11,000,000

Sienna Lakes Jumeirah Golf Estates

5 BR 8,000 sq. ft.

Ref No. VI324809 Elen Manukyan

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Whispering Pines

AED 5,800,000

Flame Tree Ridge

Jumeirah Golf Estates Ref No. VI334741 Victoria Bazoeanu

Orange Lake

4 BR 4,135 sq. ft.

AED 7,900,000

Ref No. VI332837 Tulay Ozcan

Sanctuary Falls

Jumeirah Golf Estates Ref No. VI332744 Rinku Sawlani

AED 8,000,000

Jumeirah Golf Estates 4 BR 5,576 sq. ft.

AED 9,000,000

Jumeirah Golf Estates 4 BR 5,252 sq. ft.

Ref No. VI325411 Sharon Sweet

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5 BR 5,154 sq. ft.


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AED 1,200,000

EMIRATES HILLS 4 Bedroom Villa + Maid’s Room

D E S I G N E D A N D F I N I S H E D T O T H E H I G H E S T S TA N D A R D S

The lake front villa with marble Áooring, Àve large bedrooms, and a guest bedroom (on the ground Áoor) was custom built with woodwork to suit the owner’s taste. A kitchen is available inside and outside the house, and the villa boasts a maid-and driver’s-room too. Greenery surrounds the villa, and so does a swimming pool, which looks out to a full lake view. Each room in the house is opulent, with rich golds, blues, and dark reds seen all over.

T H E D E TA I L S Approx size: 15,000 sq.ft. Reference No: VI77522

Listed by Fabio Lombardi

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Golf Tower 2

AED 180,000

The Views Ref No. AP300558 Ellen Wings

Flame Tree Ridge

2 BR 1,318 sq. ft.

Ref No. VI319516 Adam Paul Stockley

AED 410,000

Jumeirah Golf Estates Ref No. VI335886 Lize Diedericks

Estella

AED 265,000

Dubai Sports City

Lime Tree Valley

5 BR 3,207 sq. ft.

AED 310,000

Jumeirah Golf Estates 4 BR 6,651 sq. ft.

Ref No. VI327488 Milos Kostic

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4 BR 4,200 sq. ft.


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AED 290,000

Meadows 4 (Phase 3) Emirates Living Ref No. VI326862 Sharfuddin Mohammed

5 BR 3,805 sq.ft.

AED 450,000

Hattan Arabian Ranches

5 BR 5,443 sq. ft.

Ref No. VI171442 Ozlem Ucar

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Whispering Pines

AED 299,000

Jumeirah Golf Estates Ref No. VI316978 Shahzad Anwar

Al Badia

4 BR 3,842 sq. ft.

AED 210,000

Dubai Festival City Ref No. AP326974 Sana Hajjar

Alvorada 3

AED 325,000

Arabian Ranches Ref No. VI287704 Rima Manjunath Shenoy

Al Badia

5 BR 4,424 sq. ft.

AED 300,000

Dubai Festival City 3 BR 2,522 sq. ft.

Ref No. VI330410 Abdul Sattar Murad

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3 BR 4,436 sq. ft.


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AED 790,000

EMIRATES HILLS 6 Bedroom Signature Villa + Maid’s and Driver’s Room

A PRESTIGIOUS ADDRESS

This duplex villa with six bedrooms, a room for the maid and driver, study, and private pool, features views of the nearby lake. It also boasts an elevator and a beautifully designed staircase. Two living rooms, with a separate sitting and dining area, and a traditional kitchen, take up the downstairs area. Ample storage space is also available. The master’s bedroom nestled upstairs showcases lake views, and you can relax and unwind in the lounge area upstairs too. This property sits on a very large plot of 15,000 square feet, in the W sector.

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T H E D E TA I L S Approx size: 14,932 sq.ft. Reference No: VI336667

Listed by Gupesh Sharma


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Once & Yearly contract cleaning, Pest Control & Pvt.

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TRIED & TESTED

W e re v i e w t h e l a t es t hou s ehol d gadget s on t he mar k et

LOTUSGRILL SMOKELESS CHARCOAL BBQ WITH HOOD While disposable BBQ kits works just Àne for a picnic in the park, we can all agree its look isn’t the most glamorous for an alfresco affair. This handy gadget available in a wide array of colours is just the right size to lug around, or use in an apartment balcony as well.

What we like? Using the

the Àrst time around. After using it a couple of times, and getting a hang of it, we mastered the fan speed by adjusting it accordingly. The highly recommended hood allows meat and veggies to be cooked perfectly, keeping all the heat inside. Plus, the thermostat attached keeps you from opening it multiple times, and losing heat in the

battery-operated grill is fairly simple; all you have to do is chuck the charcoal on to it, insert the liquid or gel to heat it up, place the basket over the Áame, and turn on the speed fan to let air and heat circulate. While cooking chicken, we found that the exterior didn’t heat up, however the food did burn quickly

CHAR-BROIL BBQ GAS 5 -BURNER GRILL This is the ultimate man’s gadget, perfect for a weekend BBQ with a large group, and those who have ample backyard space. The robust gas grill with stainless steel burners and porcelain-coated cast iron grates – for hasslefree cleaning – may look like the most complicated BBQ set ever, however you can use it with just the push of button.

What we like? You don’t have to light up the coal, or wait long for it to heat up, all it takes is a few minutes and you’re good to go. We were keen to get our ribeye steak done to the perfect mediumrare temperature, and were thoroughly excited with the outcome - thanks to the lid-mounted gauge which let

us monitor the temperature inside. Our foiled sweet potatoes and garlic bread were kept on the warming rack/side burner, making it a great element for those who want to prepare a full meal at once.

What we didn’t like? The gadget isn’t portable, making it hard to get accustomed to any other grills after using this sturdy, family-sized one.

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process. The grill exterior is easy to wipe down, while the basket is dishwasher-safe.

What we didn’t like? The food has to be attended to at all times, in order for it to be cooked to perfection. To buy: Dhs299 for the grill, and Dhs169 for the hood at jumbo.ae.


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