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AUGUST 2010 | BHOMES.COM

THE PROPERTY MONTHLY

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Style Solutions

50 low-cost ways to beautify your new abode

Escape to Victory Hit the Heights by buying this superb 5 bed family villa

Ramadan Recipes All you need to know to cook up the perfect Iftar at home

AREA GUIDE

The Rodenburg family on life in Umm Suqeim


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HOME SOLUTIONS

Contents

Features 10 Home Help All you need to know about buying a home in the UAE.

11 Loan Ranger The very latest mortgage rates offered by the leading banks.

12 Price is Right Consult up-to-date property prices in each of the city’s main developments.

16 Cover Feature

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Find out why the Rodenburgs love their life in Umm Suqeim and get to grips with the area with our complete guide to what it offers would-be residents.

47 Better Interiors News and views to help inspire your décor.

Listings

51 50 Ways to a Happy Home

24 Property Management

36 Downtown

The hassle-free way for landlords to maximise ownership of their properties.

Bag a water-side studio for just Dhs55k per month.

26 Abu Dhabi

38 Dubailand

Check out a fantastic four bed beachfront townhouse at Al Raha Beach.

Fancy a huge five bed villa for just Dhs4.5 million? Turn to pg38 for full details.

28 Marina

41 Short-term rentals

Flick to pg28 to find a four bed apartment in Dubai Marina for less than Dhs3 million.

Quick-fix home solutions in the city’s most desirable districts.

Update your home with one of the latest electrical items on the market.

30 Emirates Living

42 Sharjah

56 Practical Solutions

How about renting a three bed, lake-facing villa in The Springs for just Dhs160k?

Take your pick from some of the UAE’s best-value properties.

How to make the most of your misused maid’s room.

34 Palm Jumeirah

44 Commercial

59 Better Food

Move into a four bed, on-the-beach villa for less than Dhs10 million.

On the hunt for good-value office space or an investment? See our unrivalled selection.

Tasty tips to cook up a storm at home this August.

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Achieve a state of domestic bliss with interior ideas that won’t break the bank.

52 Better Bathrooms We show you how to achieve a beautiful bathroom, whatever your style.

54 Plugged In

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10 Home Help

Home Help The property market by numbers

9 things you need to do when buying

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Find out how much money you can borrow This is dependent on your income and the type of mortgage you want. Find out the maximum “loan to value” amount you are eligible for (that’s how much of the property value your mortgage lender is prepared to lend you), before diving into property you may be interested in. Arrange your mortgage with a leading provider or bank. Better Homes can refer you to established firms who can offer premier mortgage services.

a) whether you plan to live in your property long term, b) where you really want to live, c) if you plan to lease your unit and purchase as an investment or d) what you can afford.

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Carry out a price check It’s so easy to find yourself falling in love with the first place you visit. Do some research on prices of comparable properties in the area that you want to buy to ensure that you don’t pay over the odds for your dream property.

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Paperwork You’ll need a valid passport to kick start the buying process as well as a local bank account for during and after the purchase.

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Pay for the property and applicable taxes At this stage you’ll pay the remainder of the purchase price as well as any charges, taxes and fees. These can include those pertaining to transfer fees with the Lands Department, developer fees for no objection letters, DEWA connection fees and community service. Better Homes has teamed up with leading firms that can help you to budget for all these costs when you arrange your mortgage. They can provide a hassle-free money transfer service which will enable you to make any payments with ease.

6 Set your budget Be realistic and calculate all of the costs involved. Ask your sales consultant about any fees or charges that you will have to pay on top of the property price — for example, transfer and registration fees which you will not see in listing prices.

Pay a deposit If buying off plan, a deposit of 10 to 15% of the purchase price is required at the contract signing stage, followed by several more installments. These will differ depending on the type of newbuild, but will be made to an agreed timetable over a period of months. Money paid by buyers towards properties will be deposited in an account held by either an approved bank or an ‘escrow agent’, opened under the name of the development.

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Find the right property The sheer choice of property can be quite daunting, so work with your consultant to narrow down the number of properties that meet your needs. This will depend on August 2010

Arrange a date for completion On the completion date, the notary will read the property deed and ensure that you understand the commitments you are taking on before you sign on the dotted line.

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Title deed to be registered at the Land Registry The very final step of the buying process is for your consultant or developer to advise you when you can expect to receive the full title deed; which usually takes a few months to process. When these documents have been completed and returned by the local registry office, you will officially become a property owner in Dubai.


Home Help

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Finance

Loan Ranger Found your dream property and need to sort out a mortgage? Look no further... BANK

ADCB

INTEREST RATE

MIN DEPOSIT

MAX LOAN TERM

PROCESSING FEES

EARLY REPAYMENT

CONTACT

FROM 8.5%-9% 7.75% FOR HIGH PROFILE CLIENTS WITH S/T

15%

25 YEARS

1% (NO CAP)

FROM 2%

02 621 0090

FROM 5.75-8.5%

15%-25%

30 YEARS

0.75% IF PAID UPFRONT

2% OWN FUNDS 4% BUY OUT

02 401 8555

FROM 6.75%

20%-30%

25 YRS FOR SALARIED 20 YEARS FOR SELF EMPLOYED

1.25%, CAPPED AT AED 25,000

2% CLOSING 4% BUY OUT

02 953 000

8.5%

50% VILLAS ONLY

20 YEARS

1% OF LOAN AMOUNT

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04 398 1886

FROM 6.74%-7.75%

20%-25%

25 YEARS

1%, CAPPED AT AED25,000

1% BEFORE 2 YEARS 3% BUY OUT

04 424 4444

6.68%

20%-25%

25 YEARS UAE NATIONAL 20 YEARS EXPAT

1%, MINIMUM AED5,000

2% BEFORE 2 YEARS

600 540000

ABU DHABI FINANCE

DUBAI ISLAMIC BANK

LLOYDS MASHREQ

EMIRATES NBD

UP TO 7.25%

15%-25%

25 YEARS

1%, CAPPED AT AED30,000

2% OWN FUNDS 3% BUY OUT

800 6667

FROM 7.99%

20%-30%

25 YEARS

1.%, CAPPED AT AED30,000

1% LIFE OF LOAN

04 213 0000

FROM 5.99%

30%

25 YEARS

1% OF L/A

2%

04 313 8888

NOOR ISLAMIC BANK

RAKBANK

STANDARD CHARTERED

1% AFTER 2 YEARS

For further information on the best mortgage deals call Better Homes on +971 4 407 4600

Terms and Conditions apply to all rates


12 Home Help

The price is right Compare and contrast the latest dirham cost of villas and apartments in the UAE with our at-a-glance guide 1GB = 5.83 AED 1 USD = 3.67 AED 1 EURO = 4.83 AED PRICES PER SQ/FT Sales Index Report - July 2010 Conversion rates correct at time of press

EXCHANGE RATE SERVICE OFFERING Save your money when changing your money. Get currency exchanged through Better Homes – call 04 407 4600

Statistics based on Better Homes’ sales and rental figures for the previous six months.

Villas SALES

DUBAILAND DISTRICT

EMIRATES LIVING DISTRICT

COMMUNITY

MIN PRICE

MAX PRICE

AVG PRICE

MIN PRICE/ SQ.FT

MAX PRICE/ SQ.FT

AVG PRICE/ SQ.FT

Arabian Ranches

1,771,600.00

4,635,000.00

2,630,585.77

697.48

992.85

870.84

Dubai Investment Park

1,900,000.00

5,356,000.00

3,034,687.50

452.38

757.03

573.49

Dubailand

3,600,000.00

4,017,000.00

4,050,000.00

537.21

926.86

773.74

Emirates Living

1,258,660.00

4,532,000.00

2,455,531.29

657.13

1,109.42

938.24

Jumeirah Island

5,150,000.00

6,283,000.00

5,690,750.00

964.78

1,198.59

1,083.57

COMMUNITY

MIN PRICE

MAX PRICE

AVG PRICE

MIN PRICE/ SQ.FT

MAX PRICE/ SQ.FT

AVG PRICE/ SQ.FT 55

RENTALS

DUBAILAND DISTRICT

EMIRATES LIVING DISTRICT

Arabian Ranches

120,000

475,000

255,556

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Dubai Investment Park

175,000

220,000

192,778

36

45

41

Barsha

220,000

330,000

275,000

31

87

59

Emirates Living

80,000

400,000

182,250

29

96

58

JUMEIRAH DISTRICT

Jumeirah

200,000

300,000

266,667

25

63

38

PALM JUMEIRAH DISTRICT

The Palm Jumeirah

380,000

650,000

421,667

57

93

76

COMMUNITY

MIN PRICE

MAX PRICE

AVG PRICE

MIN PRICE/ SQ.FT

MAX PRICE/ SQ.FT

AVG PRICE/ SQ.FT

AL AWIR DISTRICT

International City

298,700.00

350,200.00

324,575.00

371.55

474.72

409.06

DOWNTOWN DISTRICT

Business Bay

875,500.00

1,501,966.60

1,246,626.15

927.28

1,154.95

1,000.46

Apartments SALES

Downtown Dubai

978,500.00

4,450,524.00

2,082,482.50

1,045.41

3,296.00

17,730.05

EMIRATES LIVING DISTRICT

Discovery Gardens

298,700.00

601,520.00

450,110.00

565.72

600.32

583.02

MARINA DISTRICT

Dubai Marina

695,250.00

4,635,000.00

1,944,979.28

772.37

1,882.67

1,192.07

PALM JUMEIRAH DISTRICT

The Palm Jumeirah

1,207,500.00

4,532,000.00

2,886,713.64

713.53

1,934.81

1,264.04

COMMUNITY

MIN PRICE

MAX PRICE

AVG PRICE

MIN PRICE/ SQ.FT

MAX PRICE/ SQ.FT

AVG PRICE/ SQ.FT

AL AWIR DISTRICT

Dubai Silicon Oasis

38,000

50,000

44,000

38

62

50

DOWNTOWN DISTRICT

Business Bay

60,000

95,000

81,333

62

69

65

DIFC

45,776

140,000

95,948

60

108

83

DUBAILAND DISTRICT

Dubailand

45,000

70,000

59,000

62

107

81

EMIRATES LIVING DISTRICT

Barsha

60,000

105,000

76,846

56

78

66

MARINA DISTRICT

Dubai Marina

36,000

660,000

119,420

41

129

83

PALM JUMEIRAH DISTRICT

The Palm Jumeirah

90,000

270,000

155,278

59

120

84

RENTALS

August 2010


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Cover Feature

We love this place…

Umm Suqeim We spend the day at home with Emma Rodenburg and her twins Baros and Quba to hear all about their life by the beach. Emma, can you tell us about your time in Dubai to date? I’ve been here for around 10 years now. I took a job with Emirates airline and flew with them for five years. I then spent a year in Thailand before returning here with my husband and renting in Umm Suqeim. I have since set up Baby Souk with my business partner Franciska, who I met at a local mothers’ group. We wanted to do something that wouldn’t jeopardise the time we spent with our kids and decided that an online shop with everything for little ones would be perfect. I created a study in the villa, which means I can run the business from here. What drew you to setting up home in Umm Suqeim? We lived in Umm Suqeim 3 for two years before moving to this villa – which is in Umm Suqeim 1 on Al Sheif Street – where we’ve spent the past year. What attracted me to the area was the fact that we would have everything around us, making it really convenient for everyday life. There is a supermarket nearby and the beach is a five minute walk away. There’s also a nursery for the boys — it’s all so easy. Can you describe your villa to us? These properties have been around for over 30 years, so it’s a very mature villa in Dubai terms. Ours is a single-storey with three bedrooms and, as a home, it just seems to work — probably because it has August 2010

been lived in by families for so long. I love the flow of energy in the place; its layout allows the boys to run around our home in a loop — down a hallway with the living area running the length of one side, and the kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms on the other. How about outdoor space? The villa has two gardens, one at the front and another at the back, which means my kids have lots of room to play outside. They’re definitely more spacious than others I’ve seen in the city. We don’t have a swimming pool, which is a shame, but we feel lucky with the space we do have, and the fact that it’s so private. How do you find the area overall? I love it. We really do have it all here and never have to travel too far for anything. Baros and Quba’s nursery, Kids Palace, is only five or 10 minutes away and it’s just the most perfect place; such a happy zone to walk into. The nearby Sheikh Zayed Road also makes our location really accessible to the rest of Dubai. Where do you go to spend leisure time with the boys? There’s the beach, of course, but a ladies gym called In Shape also opened at the end of our road recently and it has a pool. Women can take their children along with them, so it’s ideal. The Mall of Emirates is just up the road too, which offers lots

‘The villa has two gardens, one at the front and another at the back, so my kids have lots of room to play outside’


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‘We really do have it all here in Umm Suqeim and never have to travel too far for anything’

of shopping and activities. I also found a great place in nearby Al Quoz called Jam Jar. It’s an art gallery which you go along to with a blank canvas and they give you paints to create your own artwork. The boys went crazy in there! The three of us created a great painting that now hangs in our hallway. Do you have any favourite local spots to eat in? Maria Bonitas is a firm favourite of ours, it’s a Mexican restaurant just a few doors down. Baros and Quba also love an American joint called Fat Burger as it has a huge indoor play area that’s great for summer. There are a couple of coffee August 2010

shops too, like Starbucks. Another is Central Perk, which is an imitation of the coffee shop seen in the US sitcom, Friends. Apparently the actor who played Gunther has been in there a couple of times and when you step inside it really does feel like being on the set!

so we have wooden pieces of furniture from there. We also seem to have a lot of elephants dotted around, which I brought back from Kenya and Colombo. Aside from these we’ve tried to keep the overall feel as minimal as possible, especially with Baros and Quba running around.

Where did you shop in Dubai to furnish the villa? There are three stores I love here: ID design, a Scandinavian brand, Pinky’s Furniture — which is great for wooden pieces — and The One. While travelling, I picked up small pieces from all over so I have also brought a real mix of things into our home. I spent a lot of time in Thailand,

Which room in the property do you most like to spend time in? I would have to say the lounge. We have a large table here which is wonderful for games and it’s somewhere that I spend a lot of time painting with the boys. All in all there’s quite a lot of noise in the villa, especially at this table, it’s an all-round happy place.


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Love Thy Neighbourhood

Umm Suqeim The lowdown on what you’ll find in this villa-strewn community.

Neighbourhood watch Our cover star Emma Rodenburg reveals her favourite spots in the Umm Suqeim area. Renting If you fancy setting up home in the Jumeirah district, Umm Suqeim’s central location between old and new Dubai, could prove the perfect place. Expats can’t buy property here, so a thriving rental market exists, and lessees currently stand to benefit from a noticeable dip in prices, reflecting the city as a whole. Those on the hunt for a home to call their own will discover a diverse range of villas with prices to match. Ask your realtor for listings and you’ll be met with everything from a small three-bedroom compound villa, to a luxurious sevenbedroom independent property, with a garden and pool to boot. Properties are typically between eight- and 15-yearsold and recent renovations have created some interesting features that you’ll be hard pushed to find in Dubai’s many modern, freehold developments.

Shopping Newcomers to this part of town won’t be short of options when it comes to picking up groceries. The area is home to a few good supermarkets where you’ll find

everything you need. Spinneys (www. spinneys-dubai.com) is a local favourite off Al Wasl Road. Alternatively, head to the Mercato Shopping Mall, easy to spot on the Jumeirah Beach Road, opposite the National Bank of Dubai, where you’ll find a bigger and better branch, complete with pet goods, baby care products and household items. There are groceries galore at Aswaaq (www.aswaaq.ae) in Umm Suqeim 3 too, located near the King’s School. Those with a sweet tooth should be sure to check out its French bakery. For other types of shopping, Souk Madinat Jumeirah on Umm Suqeim’s southern tip is crammed with boutiques (and some fantastic bars and restaurants to boot), while the mighty Mall of the Emirates is just a short drive away along the Sheikh Zayed Road.

In Shape… is a new ladiesonly fitness centre in Umm Suqeim 1 which has a gym and a swimming pool to boot. There’s a great kids’ swimming teacher called Liesel there too. Sasha Beauty Salon… is an old Dubai favourite. If you’re after a bit of pampering, you’ll find it situated in Jumeirah 1, opposite Spinneys. Mercato Shopping Mall… is worth a visit if you have young children as it has an Early Learning Centre and Mamas & Papas. There’s also a Starbucks for when you’re all shopped out.

Eating out If you want to grab a bite to eat, there’s a few notable local family-friendly haunts. Maria Bonita’s Taco Shop & Grill (04 395 4454) is ideal if you’re after a fun feast with a Mexican twist. Fat Burger

RENT AT A GLANCE Three bedrooms: AED 150,000 + Four bedrooms: AED 190,000 + Five bedrooms: AED 220,000 +

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Property picks Cast your property net a little wider and catch one of these stunning Better Homes villas. This five-bedroom villa is part of a brand new, private compound near the Jumeirah Beach Road. It is made-up of six large villas, which surround a beautiful pool area. Its sought-after location, size and style make this a perfect pick for families. Reference: V1258798 Facts and Figures: AED 300,000, 4,800 square foot.

First-floor offers a large, family-friendly living and sitting area

(04 339 8493) has opened its newest chain on Jumeirah Beach Road and is just the place if you’re in the mood for an all-out American burger joint. Plus, with an indoor play area upstairs, it’s perfect for keeping little ones occupied on hot summer days. If it’s a latte you crave, head to Central Perk (04 394 8081). Located next door to Maria Bonita’s, it’s a replica of the Central Perk coffee house in Friends, so be sure to bagsy the famous sofa.

Beach life Owing to Umm Suqeim’s location along the Jumeirah Beach coastline, deciding where to spend some leisure time is easy: hit the beach. Pay Dhs5 to enter the beautifully maintained, lifeguard-patrolled Jumeirah Beach Park, or simply head to the public beach where access is free.

Schooling If you’re moving here with kids you’ll find there’s an array of nurseries in the neighbourhood for children aged

‘If you’re moving here with kids you’ll find there’s an array of nurseries in the neighbourhood’ between 14-months and four-and-a-half years old. Kids Palace Nursery (www. kidspalacenursery.com) offers a playbased, structured curriculum that follows the British Foundation Stage standards. Little Land Nursery & Montessori Centre (www.littlelandnursery.com) divides itself between a nursery for teeny tots and a centre for kids of up to four years. For children of school age, Emirates International School (www. eischools.ae) is one of the closest to Umm Suqeim and offers schooling from grade 7 to 13. Star International School (www. starintlschools.com) and Kings’ Dubai (www.kingsdubai.com) are also close.

Ultra modern, high quality and minimalist sum up the style of this four-bedroom villa, tucked away on a quiet street in Jumeirah 3. Inside you’ll discover a stunning look, thanks to the use of the latest European designs and materials, coupled with elegant limestone flooring throughout. Outside find Zen-style gardens, a 12-metre long pool and a garage for two cars. Reference: VI282434 Facts and Figures: AED 450,000, 4,300 square foot.

Thee metre high, floor-to-ceiling glass panels provide a view of the gardens and pool area

For more information on the ‘Property Picks’ contact Better Homes’ agent Heike Pfordte on +971 600 52 2212 or visit www.bhomes.com August 2010


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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT From maintenance, lease, and tenant management right through to marketing, financial advice, legal guidance, and a whole host of extra value services; Better Homes’ Property Management looks after everything to ensure that your property has and retains a competitive edge.

FOR SALE AL MERAIKHI COMPLEX (RIQQA) DEIRA

AED 85,000 2 BR 1,660 sq. ft. Best value Better Homes PMGT (Ref # APM215541)

MAJARA 2 DUBAI MARINA Affordable luxury Better Homes PMGT (Ref # APM258790)

AL SEEF 3 JUMEIRAH LAKE TOWERS Amazing value Better Homes PMGT (Ref # APM253632)

1 BR 790 sq. ft.

BUR DUBAI The best of city living Better Homes PMGT (Ref # APM288466)

AED 90,000 2 BR 1,135 sq. ft.

AED 100,000 2 BR 1,689 sq. ft.

SAUDI 10 VILLAS

AED 210,000

UMM SUQEIM Idyllic surroundings Better Homes PMGT (Ref # VIM201725)

4 BR 4,200 sq. ft.

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AL SHOULA BUILDING

AED 65,000

BUILDING 73 DISCOVERY GARDENS Easy living Better Homes PMGT (Ref # APM286886)

AED 45,000 1 BR 883 sq. ft.


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Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI The first batch of the capital’s long list of world-class developments are being handed over to end-users as Abu Dhabi enters a new, exciting phase. Our dedicated Better Homes office in the capital houses a team of in-the-know staff who can talk you through our unrivalled selection of homes to choose from.

FOR SALE AL MAHA TOWER

AL MAHA TOWER

MARINA BLUE

AL REEM ISLAND

AL REEM ISLAND

AL REEM ISLAND

AED 999,996

AED 1,017,772

AED 1,094,070

1 BR 879 sq. ft. Exceptional deal! Ready August 2010 Lina Bayazid Siada (Ref # AP228805)

STUDIO 549 sq. ft. A desirable address Ready August 2010 Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # AP285809)

1 BR 904 sq. ft. Enjoy life with style Ready August 2010 Natalya Sapronova (Ref # AP282001)

SUN TOWER AL REEM ISLAND

AED 2,158,370 3 BR 1,774 sq. ft. Amazing capital growth Ready September 2010 Linda Savidge (Ref # AP233487)

AL NASEEM RESIDENCE - B

AED 1,844,660

AL RAHA BEACH Scenic water view Ready July 2010 Lina Bayazid Siada (Ref # AP226340)

2 BR 1,336 sq. ft.

ARABIC COMMUNITY AL REEF Ideal family living Ready Now Natalya Sapronova (Ref # VI283242)

AED 1,850,000 4 BR 2,858 sq. ft.

SKY TOWER AL REEM ISLAND

AED 2,208,915 2 BR 1,719 sq. ft. A host of facilities Ready September 2010 Natalya Sapronova (Ref # AP287847)

August 2010

AL NASEEM RESIDENCE - A

AED 2,373,500

AL RAHA BEACH Amazing value Ready July 2010 Linda Savidge (Ref # AP260181)

3 BR 2,317 sq. ft.

AL ZEINA - TOWNHOUSES AL RAHA BEACH Beachfront living at an attractive price Ready March 2011 Natalya Sapronova (Ref # VI258380)

AED 5,377,218 4 BR 5,950 sq. ft.


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Marina

MARINA At the heart of this district is Dubai Marina, the world’s largest man-made marina, which is home to hundreds of state-of-the-art towers. Among them is the ever-popular Jumeirah Beach Residence, where you’ll find a great mix of lifestyle amenities. The district also has The Dubai Pearl and the freezones of TECOM and Dubai Media City.

FOR SALE Exclusive to Better Homes

QUAY WEST DUBAI MARINA Exceptional deal! Victor Witold Motak (Ref # AP23962)

Exclusive to Better Homes

AED 937,300 1 BR 788 sq. ft.

Exclusive to Better Homes

MAJARA 2 DUBAI MARINA Unobstructed views of the marina Nicole Burt (Ref # AP179818)

DUBAI MARINA Property at budget prices Victor Witold Motak (Ref # AP288030)

August 2010

DUBAI MARINA Exclusive property Tulay Ozcan (Ref # AP275552)

AED 998,070 1 BR 833 sq. ft.

Exclusive to Better Homes

AED 1,275,000 1 BR 914 sq. ft.

Exclusive to Better Homes

SADAF 2

MARINA CROWN

Exclusive to Better Homes

MURJAN TOWER DUBAI MARINA Unrivalled master plan community Rami Abi Faraj (Ref # AP75279)

BAHAR 6 DUBAI MARINA Modern living at its best Rami Abi Faraj (Ref # AP172219)

AED 1,030,000 1 BR 779 sq. ft.

Exclusive to Better Homes

AED 1,493,500 1 BR 1,025 sq. ft.

Exclusive to Better Homes

BLAKELY DUBAI MARINA Panoramic views of the marina Tara Jordan (Ref # AP285836)

AED 1,751,000 2 BR 1,227 sq. ft.

Exclusive to Better Homes

AED 1,854,000

DUBAI MARINA

AED 2,284,565

3 BR 1,896 sq. ft.

MARINA CROWN Exclusive property Jan Tabrizi (Ref # AP75556)

4 BR 3,022 sq. ft.

ATTESSA DUBAI MARINA Premier location Tara Jordan (Ref # AP285432)

AED 2,317,500 2 BR 3,142 sq. ft.


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FAIRFIELD DUBAI MARINA

AED 80,000 1 BR 739 sq. ft. Privileged location Randall Reibling (Ref # AP279996)

FOR RENT

ZUMURUD DUBAI MARINA Best value Sylvia OConnor (Ref # AP280003)

AL FATTAN MARINE TOWER DUBAI MARINA Quintessential luxury living Fabio Lombardi (Ref # AP286353)

AED 90,000 1 BR 1,368 sq. ft.

D.E.C TOWER 2

AED 70,000

DUBAI MARINA Excellent ďŹ nish Rami Abi Faraj (Ref # AP274319)

1 BR 948 sq. ft.

MURJAN 5 DUBAI MARINA Be where it all happens Rasha Moslyh (Ref # AP172453)

AED 145,000 3 BR 1,800 sq. ft.

SAHAB 1 DUBAI MARINA A prestigious address Robert Kerr (Ref # VI161725)

AED 270,000 3 BR 1,950 sq. ft.

AED 270,000 3 BR 2,153 sq. ft.

Exclusive to Better Homes

MARINA CROWN DUBAI MARINA The best of city living Trisha Mae De la Cruz (Ref # AP288222)

AED 70,000 1 BR 750 sq. ft.

MARINA DIAMOND 6 DUBAI MARINA Direct marina views Angelo Kazan (Ref # AP249203)

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AED 60,000 1 BR 708 sq. ft.

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EMIRATES LIVING This district features the gated community of Emirates Hills, with its lush landscaping and world-class Montgomerie golf course. You’ll also find The Meadows, The Lakes, The Greens and The Springs. Other notable residential areas include Discovery Gardens and Jumeirah Islands, where all homes boast a private pool.

FOR SALE Exclusive to Better Homes

ARNO EMIRATES LIVING Guaranteed return on investment Bobby Uppal (Ref # AP41303)

AED 775,625 1 BR 815 sq. ft.

Exclusive to Better Homes

THE LINKS EMIRATES LIVING Attractive investment opportunity Nicole Burt (Ref # AP67404)

THE FAIRWAYS T1 EMIRATES LIVING The perfect setting Rami Abi Faraj (Ref # AP286050)

AED 943,500 1 BR 734 sq. ft.

SABA TOWER 2 JUMEIRAH LAKE TOWERS Affordable luxury Nilgun Akay (Ref # AP259127)

AED 980,560 1 BR 732 sq. ft.

Exclusive to Better Homes

AED 1,236,000 1 BR 914 sq. ft.

JV PHASE 1 JUMEIRAH VILLAGE Guaranteed returns Wael Gomaa (Ref # VI69962)

AED 1,550,000 2 BR 2691 sq.ft

AL GHAF 1 THE GREENS Stimulating environment Rami Abi Faraj (Ref # AP261047)

AED 1,796,114 3 BR 2,038 sq. ft.

Exclusive to Better Homes

SPRINGS 5 (SPRINGS PHASE 4B) EMIRATES LIVING A motivated seller! Bobby Uppal (Ref # VI287839)

August 2010

AED 1,802,500 3 BR 2,743 sq. ft.

SPRINGS 10 ( SPRINGS PHASE 2C) AED 2,420,500 EMIRATES LIVING Relax by the pool this summer Nicole Burt (Ref # VI286635)

3 BR 2,272 sq. ft.

PHASE 1 EMIRATES LIVING Unrivalled master plan community Fadi El Fares (Ref # VI77522)

AED 41,200,000 6 BR 15,000 sq. ft.


a boutique of choices in one great city

Located just minutes away from Mall of the Emirates and the business districts of New Dubai, Pearl Coast Premier Apartments offer unrivalled luxury at affordable prices. Unwind in your own fully serviced apartment with a whole host of dining and leisure activities on your doorstep. For business or pleasure and with the unmistakable hospitality of Dusit International, the choice is yours. Your own private space in the heart of Dubai.

One bedroom apartment AED250 Two bedroom apartment AED450

Valid until 30 September 2010. Rates are subject to 10% service charge and 10% municipality tax. Rates quoted are per apartment per night, subject to availability. Terms and Conditions apply.

Pearl Coast premier Hotel Apartments managed by Dubai international P.O. Box 124964, Al Barsha, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Tel: +971 4 4289999 Fax: +971 4 4289900 E-mail: pearlcoast@dusit.com, Website: pearlcoasthotelapartments.dusit.com


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JUMEIRAH LAKE TOWERS GOLDCREST VIEWS 2 Competitive price, call now Stephanie Paaske (Ref # AP288115)

FOR RENT

AED 30,000 STUDIO 336 sq. ft.

DISCOVERY GARDENS DG-BUILDING 88 Best value Rajkumar Vaswani (Ref # AP288370)

AED 32,000 STUDIO 485 sq. ft.

JUMEIRAH LAKE TOWERS LAKE CITY TOWERS

AED 35,000 STUDIO 404 sq. ft. Easy living Sana Hajjar (Ref # AP276774)

THE GREENS AL DHAFRA 1 Stimulating environment Dimple Shah (Ref # AP288405)

THE GREENS AL ALKA 3 Exceptional deal! Dimple Shah (Ref # AP255719)

TECOM TECOM SERVICED APARTMENTS One of the Best Deals in the Market Nisha Dania (Ref # AP287900)

August 2010

AED 70,000 1 BR 748 sq. ft.

AED 85,000 2 BR 1,250 sq. ft

JUMEIRAH LAKE TOWERS GREEN LAKES TOWER 3 Affordable luxury Rizwan Zabeehullah Shaikh (Ref # AP288314)

JUMEIRAH VILLAGE MIRABELLA A great family option Ready September 2010 Randall Reibling (Ref # VI287969)

AED 60,000 1 BR 740 sq. ft.

AED 75,000 1 BR 1,025 sq. ft.

AED 110,000 3 BR 3,057 sq. ft.

BARSHA BLUE WAVES 2 Excellent ямБnish Nitin Dania (Ref # AP179363)

JUMEIRAH LAKE TOWERS MAG 214 Flexible payment options Halyna Kuznetsova (Ref # AP236082)

EMIRATES LIVING SPRINGS 1 (SPRINGS PHASE 8) An exquisite landscaped setting Randall Reibling (Ref # VI159234)

AED 65,000 1 BR 950 sq. ft.

AED 80,000 2 BR 1,590 sq. ft.

AED 110,000 2 BR 2,118 sq. ft.


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JUMEIRAH LAKE TOWERS AL SEEF 3

AED 115,000 2 BR 1,689 sq. ft Spacious living Fabio Lombardi (Ref # AP246220)

EMIRATES LIVING

API 43 VILLAS A great family option Heike Pfordte (Ref # VI257177)

AED 135,000

GOLF TOWER 3 A prestigious address Grace Zhao Eckhardt (Ref # AP260952)

2 BR 1,620 sq. ft.

EMIRATES LIVING

AED 140,000

SPRINGS 10 ( SPRINGS PHASE 2C) A place to call home Yasmin Piroozan (Ref # VI258180)

3 BR 2,745 sq. ft.

AED 160,000

SPRINGS 12 (SPRINGS PHASE 2A) Scenic water view Dimple Shah (Ref # VI173895)

BARSHA

EMIRATES LIVING

3 BR 3,030 sq. ft.

AED 175,000 4 BR 3,500 sq. ft.

HATTAN 2

AED 450,000 6 BR 8,000 sq. ft.

EMIRATES LIVING Live your Arabian dream Oksana Vasylyeva (Ref # VI245325)

ASK THE AGENT KOSTA GIANNOPOULOS, RESIDENTIAL SALES AND LEASING MANAGER This area currently offers properties at prices that range from 29K for a studio in Discovery Gardens to over 200K for a four bedroom luxury apartment - and even more for an independent villa in Emirates Hills. Rental returns range from 5-7%, inclusive of service charges. Demand for properties in The Springs, Lakes and Meadows remains consistent because these communities are established and offer walking paths, water features and greenery; these places are still the best choice for families and pet lovers. Property prices change frequently. Please visit bhomes.com for the most up-to-date pricing.

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Palm Jumeirah

PALM JUMEIRAH The Palm Jumeirah, currently the world’s largest man-made island, is surrounded by a vast breakwater barrier, and kitted out with an artificial reef. It’s home to a mix of towers and beautiful villas which offer a small stretch of beach. The numerous hotels on the island also make for first class entertainment facilities.

FOR SALE Exclusive to Better Homes

AL ANBARA (B12) THE PALM JUMEIRAH Exclusive property Yasmeen Buzari (Ref # AP173090)

MARINA RESIDENCE 6 THE PALM JUMEIRAH Superior location Rita Mouawad (Ref # VI284103)

AED 1,648,000 2 BR 2,055 sq. ft.

AED 3,914,000

AL KHUSHKAR (B20) THE PALM JUMEIRAH Executive elegance Nina Pekina (Ref # AP286254)

MARINA RESIDENCE 1

AED 2,060,000 2 BR 2,055 sq. ft.

AED 4,120,000

2 BR 2,732 sq. ft.

THE PALM JUMEIRAH Unobstructed views of the marina Philip Whittam (Ref # AP247026)

3 BR 4,188 sq. ft.

AED 9,784,888

E FROND (BUMAAN VILLAS)

AED 10,815,000

AL DABAS (B2) THE PALM JUMEIRAH A desirable address Sandrine Loureiro (Ref # AP277497)

CANAL COVE THE PALM JUMEIRAH Competitive price, call now Florin Rusu (Ref # VI286276)

AED 2,758,888 3 BR 2,181 sq. ft.

AED 5,459,000 3 BR 3,800 sq. ft.

Exclusive to Better Homes

L FROND (FARA VILLAS) THE PALM JUMEIRAH Looking for lifestyle? Sandrine Loureiro (Ref # VI287122)

August 2010

4 BR 5,000 sq. ft.

THE PALM JUMEIRAH Complete with interior decor accessories Nina Pekina (Ref # VI287931)

5 BR 5,700 sq. ft.

P FROND (SULLAJ VILLAS) THE PALM JUMEIRAH A prestigious address Svetlana Gorbach (Ref # VI77792)

AED 15,450,000 6 BR 7,000 sq. ft.


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FAIRMONT PALM RESIDENCE THE PALM JUMEIRAH A prestigious address Better Homes PMGT (Ref # APM288197)

FOR RENT

AL DAS APARTMENTS (B10) THE PALM JUMEIRAH A prestigious address Sharon Sweet (Ref # AP257299)

F FROND (YABRI VILLAS) THE PALM JUMEIRAH World class development Sharon Sweet (Ref # VI175802)

A FROND (FARDH VILLAS) THE PALM JUMEIRAH Uncompromising luxury Sandra Shadman (Ref # VI282642)

AED 90,000 1 BR 1,186 sq. ft.

AED 162,500

MARINA RESIDENCE 1

AED 180,000

2 BR 1,646 sq. ft.

THE PALM JUMEIRAH Enchanting seascape views Sandra Shadman (Ref # AP285465)

3 BR 2,600 sq. ft.

TIARA - AMBER

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AED 160,000 2 BR 1,712 sq. ft.

THE PALM JUMEIRAH Brand new luxury apartments Sharon Sweet (Ref # AP264295)

AL HABOOL (B11)

AED 185,007

THE PALM JUMEIRAH Experience the height of luxury Rami Abi Faraj (Ref # AP278899)

3 BR 2,184 sq. ft.

AED 650,000 6 BR 7,000 sq. ft.

AED 850,000 6 BR 8,502 sq. ft.

GOLDEN MILE B2 THE PALM JUMEIRAH A desirable address Grace Zhao Eckhardt ( Ref # AP282159)

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AED 90,000 1 BR 1,313 sq. ft.

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Downtown

DOWNTOWN This district is dominated by the sprawling Downtown Burj Khalifa which stands in the shadow of the world’s tallest tower. World-class amenities come in the shape of The Dubai Mall and Souk al Bahar - home to some 180 cafes and restaurants between them while close by you’ll find Business Bay and DIFC.

FOR SALE Exclusive to Better Homes

BURJ VIEWS DOWNTOWN DUBAI Understated luxury Rami Abi Faraj (Ref # AP286052)

TAJER RESIDENCES DOWNTOWN DUBAI Ready to move in Deborah Staines (Ref # AP287944)

AED 969,000 1 BR 906 sq. ft.

AED 1,596,500 1 BR 1,004 sq. ft.

SOUTH RIDGE 3 DOWNTOWN DUBAI A prestigious address Aziz UrRehman (Ref # AP215766)

8 BOULEVARD WALK DOWNTOWN DUBAI A motivated seller! Ali Tabrizi (Ref # AP236074)

AED 1,359,645 1 BR 1,025 sq. ft.

AED 978,500 1 BR 936 sq. ft.

KAMOON 2 DOWNTOWN DUBAI A motivated seller! Jan Tabrizi (Ref # AP257769)

EXECUTIVE TOWER H BUSINESS BAY Exclusive property Jan Tabrizi (Ref # AP218926)

AED 1,554,270 1 BR 1,143 sq. ft.

AED 2,332,950 3 BR 2,573 sq. ft.

Exclusive to Better Homes

THE RESIDENCES W1 DOWNTOWN DUBAI Premium amenities Sachin Das (Ref # AP287728)

August 2010

AED 2,987,000 2 BR 1,478 sq. ft.

WORLD TRADE CENTRE RESIDENCE AED 3,069,400 TRADE CENTRE A prestigious address Liudmila Shapedko (Ref # AP248562)

2 BR 1,744 sq. ft.

BURJ VIEWS A DOWNTOWN DUBAI Premier location Tulay Ozcan (Ref # AP258599)

AED 4,639,410 4 BR 3,173 sq. ft.


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THE ADDRESS DUBAI MALL DOWNTOWN DUBAI At never-before prices Travis Eltringham (Ref # AP94102)

FOR RENT

AED 135,000 1 BR 914 sq. ft.

THE LOFTS - WEST

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AED 115,000

DOWNTOWN DUBAI One of the Best Deals in the Market Heike Pfordte (Ref # AP288403)

2 BR 1,224 sq. ft.

Exclusive to Better Homes

8 BOULEVARD WALK DOWNTOWN DUBAI Easy living Oxana Blinova (Ref # AP287908)

SOUTH RIDGE 4 DOWNTOWN DUBAI At never-before prices Robert Kerr (Ref # AP178316)

AED 55,000 STUDIO 543 sq. ft.

AED 85,000 1 BR 986 sq. ft.

BURJ KHALIFA DOWNTOWN DUBAI Experience heights of luxury Nicole Burt (Ref # AP287227)

AED 225,000 1 BR 986 sq. ft.

ASK THE AGENT ADAM FARANI, RESIDENTIAL SALES CONSULTANT Demand in the Downtown District is higher than other districts in Dubai, so much so that we currently have a shortage of supply to meet the rising demand. Apartment sale prices start from approximately Dhs 1 million for a 1 bedroom, 1.5 million for a 2 bedroom and over 2 million for 3 bedroom properties. Though prices are leveling off with the combination of summer and Ramadan, we’re waiting to see what happens with prices in Q4. Current maintenance charges range from Dhs 20-53 per square foot which we consider reasonable as this is a very well-maintained district. Property prices change frequently. Please visit bhomes.com for the most up-to-date pricing.

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Dubailand

DUBAILAND This district is huge. Its principal claim to fame is that it’s home to Dubailand, which when complete will house all manner of hotels, themeparks and lifestyle attractions. It’s also home to Dubai Motor City, where you’ll find a great mix of bungalows, townhouses and family villas, the likes of which you’ll also find in the tranquil Green Community.

FOR SALE Exclusive to Better Homes

Exclusive to Better Homes

GARDEN WEST APARTMENTS - BLOCK H AED 783,333 DUBAI INVESTMENT PARK Competitive price, call now Nicole Burt (Ref # AP3586)

1 BR 979 sq. ft.

SHERLOCK CIRCUS 2 DUBAILAND Best value Rami Abi Faraj (Ref # AP286056)

Exclusive to Better Homes

AED 1,020,000 2 BR 1,915 sq. ft.

Exclusive to Better Homes

PALMERA 4 ARABIAN RANCHES Meticulously planned development Rami Abi Faraj (Ref # VI286049)

August 2010

DUBAI INVESTMENT PARK Home sweet home Nicole Burt (Ref # AP3495)

2 BR 1,862 sq. ft.

Exclusive to Better Homes

AED 2,652,000 3 BR 2,936 sq. ft.

VICTORY HEIGHTS - ESMERALDA AED 3,605,000 DUBAILAND Affordable luxury Hannah Bakshani (Ref # VI287106)

GARDEN EAST APARTMENTS - BLOCK A AED 1,350,000

5 BR 4,334 sq. ft.

GC PHASE 2 WEST DUBAI INVESTMENT PARK A place to call home Susan Brand (Ref # VI279880)

THE VILLA DUBAILAND Ideal family living Nick Nuziale (Ref # VI288178)

AED 3,090,000 5 BR 5,900 sq. ft.

AED 4,533,000 5 BR 8,438 sq. ft.

SAHEEL VILLAS ARABIAN RANCHES Meticulously planned development Rita Mouawad (Ref # VI37672)

MIRADOR PHASE 1 ARABIAN RANCHES Everything you ever wanted Shashi Mashruwala (Ref # VI7381)

AED 3,296,000 3 BR 3,324 sq. ft.

AED 4,635,000 5 BR 4,947 sq. ft.


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AL MAHRA ARABIAN RANCHES Relax by the pool this summer Darius Ganda (Ref # VI288214)

FOR RENT

NORTH WEST APARTMENTS - BLOCK 5 DUBAI INVESTMENT PARK Idyllic surroundings Sylvia OConnor (Ref # AP286684)

VICTORY HEIGHTS - ESMERALDA DUBAILAND Home sweet home Mouna Chami (Ref # VI287053)

THE VILLA DUBAILAND Spacious living Mouna Chami (Ref # VI287470)

AED 70,000 1 BR 1,110 sq. ft.

GOLF VIEW RESIDENCE DUBAILAND Stunning views over the golf course Mouna Chami (Ref # AP285776)

AED 280,000 6 BR 5,127 sq. ft.

AED 48,000 1 BR 962 sq. ft.

LAKE APARTMENTS

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AED 55,000 1 BR 930 sq. ft.

DUBAI INVESTMENT PARK Ready to move in Huma Ali (Ref # AP286384)

THE DIAMOND

AED 70,000

DUBAILAND Fully furnished with style and class Better Homes Green Community OfямБce (Ref # AP287439)

2 BR 1,104 sq. ft.

AED 135,000 3 BR 2,558 sq. ft.

AED 210,000 6 BR 7,911 sq. ft.

LEAF 29 DUBAILAND A prestigious address Nicholas Winter (Ref # VI285081)

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AED 950,000 7 BR 14,900 sq. ft.

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Green Community West Live your dream in a place you can call home Visit our Open House every Saturday at the Green Community West

Do you wish to rent or lease, buy or sell? Picturesque 3 BR townhouses, 4 BR Bungalows (4,200 sq. ft.) and 5 BR Family Villas (5,900 sq. ft.) available amidst cobbled roads and beautifully landscaped gardens. t

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For Sale: Townhouses for as little as AED 2,266,000, Bungalows from AED 2,370,000, Family villas from AED 3,090,000 and 1BR Apartments from AED 618,000 (net prices) For Rent: Townhouses from AED 175,000, Bungalows from AED 175,000, Family villas from AED 210,000, and 1BR Apartments from AED 55,000 (All rental prices per annum)

Make the Call! Susan Brand (RERA No. 1423) +971 50 457 7309 +971 600 52 2212

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Short-term rentals

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SHORT-TERM RENTALS If you’re looking for a short-term living solution while on holiday or business, Better Homes offers tailor-made accommodation in the most attractive residential districts of Dubai. Our ready-to-live-in, fully-furnished and self-catering apartments come fitted with all modern conveniences and are maintained to the highest standard.

FOR SALE

DOWNTOWN DUBAI SOUTH RIDGE 2 Affordable luxury Khushbu Bhatia (Ref # APM220615)

DOWNTOWN DUBAI TAJER RESIDENCES Just move in Marwan Tariq (Ref # APM217000)

THE PALM JUMEIRAH OCEANA - PACIFIC Brand new luxury apartments Maria Rhodora Layug (Ref # APM288175)

AED 10,020 1 BR 857 sq. ft.

DUBAI MARINA MARINA DIAMOND 2 Fully furnished with style and class Maria Rhodora Layug (Ref # APM269016)

AED 12,000 2 BR 963 sq. ft.

DUBAI MARINA

AED 14,010

MESK TOWER One of the Best Deals in the Market Maria Rhodora Layug (Ref # APM287185)

2 BR 1,122 sq. ft.

AED 17,010 2 BR 1,350 sq. ft.

AED 18,000 1 BR 1,237 sq. ft.

THE PALM JUMEIRAH AL BASRI (B1) Affordable luxury Kristina Titova (Ref # APM213071)

Property prices change frequently. Please visit bhomes.com for the most up-to-date pricing.

AED 16,020 2 BR 708 sq. ft.

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42 Sharjah

SHARJAH Steeped in history and culture, this emirate offers property seekers economical rates for more square footage. Many of the apartments boast panoramic views of the beautiful Sharjah lagoon and corniche, one of which is the Al Ghazal Tower. The emirate is wellknown for its traditional souks, museums, galleries and charming waterways.

FOR SALE

AL KHAN AL GHAZAL TOWER Brand new luxury apartments Ready Now Better Homes (Ref # APM268536)

AL KHAN AL GHAZAL TOWER Brand new luxury apartments Ready Now Better Homes (Ref # APM268519)

AL KHAN AL GHAZAL TOWER Brand new luxury apartments Ready Now Better Homes (Ref # APM268578)

August 2010

AED 78,500 3 BR 2,700sq. ft.

AL KHAN AL GHAZAL TOWER Brand new luxury apartments Ready Now Better Homes (Ref # APM268535)

AED 78,500 3 BR 2,700sq. ft.

AL KHAN AL GHAZAL TOWER Brand new luxury apartments Ready Now Better Homes (Ref # APM268526)

AED 78,500 3 BR 2,700sq. ft.

AED 79,500 3 BR 2,700sq. ft.

AED 96,750 3 BR 2,700sq. ft.

AL KHAN AL GHAZAL TOWER Brand new luxury apartments Ready Now Better Homes (Ref # APM268563)

AED 78,500 3 BR 2,700sq. ft.


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Commercial Breakdown 1GB = 5.83 AED 1 USD = 3.67 AED 1 EURO = 4.83 AED PRICES PER SQ/FT Sales Index Report - July 2010 Conversion rates correct at time of press

EXCHANGE RATE SERVICE OFFERING Save your money when changing your money. Get currency exchanged through Better Homes – call 04 407 4600

Statistics based on Better Homes’ sales and rental figures for the previous six months.

Rentals OFFICE COMMUNITY

DEIRA DISTRICT

DOWNTOWN DISTRICT

EMIRATES LIVING DISTRICT

MIN PRICE

MAX PRICE

AVG PRICE

MIN PRICE/ SQ.FT

MAX PRICE/ SQ.FT

AVG PRICE/ SQ.FT 85

Deira

57,330

803,000

430,165

70

100

Garhoud

68,180

151,900

110,040

70

100

85

DIFC

336,300

392,350

364,325

300

350

325

Downtown Burj Dubai

579,300

1,379,160

979,230

150

180

165

Trade Centre

37,800

1,680,000

858,900

120

200

160

Barsha

56,350

2,023,020

1,039,685

70

90

80

Jumeirah Lake Towers

30,800

1,404,300

717,550

55

100

78

Tecom

45,240

5,075,000

2,560,120

60

175

118

COMMUNITY

MIN PRICE

MAX PRICE

AVG PRICE

MIN PRICE/ SQ.FT

MAX PRICE/ SQ.FT

AVG PRICE/ SQ.FT

RETAIL

AL AWIR DISTRICT

International City

16,870

60,840

38,855

35

45

40

BUR DUBAI DISTRICT

DHCC

163,500

255,130

209,315

125

155

140

DEIRA DISTRICT

Deira

608,490

1,193,125

900,808

90

125

108

Garhoud

379,560

1,027,500

703,530

120

150

135

Barsha

55,100

331,920

193,510

100

120

110

Jumeirah Lake Towers

38,700

465,000

251,850

90

120

105

COMMUNITY

MIN PRICE

MAX PRICE

AVG PRICE

MIN PRICE/ SQ.FT

MAX PRICE/ SQ.FT

AVG PRICE/ SQ.FT

EMIRATES LIVING DISTRICT

WAREHOUSE

DUBAILAND DISTRICT

Dubai Investment Park

55,120

1,180,396

617,758

20

28

24

MEYDAN DISTRICT

Al Quoz

82,200

696,570

389,385

25

30

28

COMMUNITY

MIN PRICE

MAX PRICE

AVG PRICE

MIN PRICE/ SQ.FT

MAX PRICE/ SQ.FT

AVG PRICE/ SQ.FT

Sales OFFICE

DOWNTOWN DISTRICT

INTERNATIONAL CITY DISTRICT EMIRATES LIVING DISTRICT

DIFC

2,093,400

36,849,600

19,471,500

1,800

3,000

2,400

Downtown Burj Dubai

3,370,800

20,572,000

11,971,400

1,200

2,500

1,850

Dubai Silicon Oasis

538,000

1,534,000

1,036,000

500

800

650

Jumeirah Lake Towers

280,000

10,019,800

5,149,900

500

900

700

Dubai Marina

6,031,200

42,676,800

24,354,000

1,400

1,800

1,600

COMMUNITY

MIN PRICE

MAX PRICE

AVG PRICE

MIN PRICE/ SQ.FT

MAX PRICE/ SQ.FT

AVG PRICE/ SQ.FT

RETAIL

EMIRATES LIVING DISTRICT

International City

246,800

657,300

452,050

400

700

550

Jumeirah Lake Towers

887,600

9,304,300

5,095,950

1,400

1,900

1,650

COMMUNITY

MIN PRICE

MAX PRICE

AVG PRICE

MIN PRICE/ SQ.FT

MAX PRICE/ SQ.FT

AVG PRICE/ SQ.FT

Jebel Ali

3,400,000

169,220

1,784,610

170

250

210

WAREHOUSE

JEBEL ALI DISTRICT

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WALL STORY

If plain décor is driving you up the wall, we’ve found a beautiful alternative to beige in the new line of wallpapers from Eco Borastapetor. The label’s latest Boheme range just radiates vintage style thanks to cute polka dots, delicate patterns and pretty florals in chic hues such as greys, duck egg blue and dusky pinks. From AED206 per roll. www.borastapeter.se

READ ALL ABOUT IT The Luxury Bathroom: extraordinary spaces from the simple to the extravagant By Samantha Nestor This issue we’ve turned our

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attention to creating better bathrooms (see page 52) and this book is worth its weight in dirhams if you’re seeking further inspiration. Flick through to find a tour of 35 state-of-the-art spaces, from the luxurious to the outright quirky. Bath time will never be the same again. Order a copy online at www.amazon.com

Better Interiors News, views and ideas to help style your home

With temperatures soaring outside, you’ll be spending your free time inside. So what better time to treat your home to a fab new signature piece? We’ve fallen head over heels for this Sunny Arm Chair from Q Home Décor. Its combination of ornate, silver edging with a bold, floral print makes it a must for those with a penchant for shabby chic. Priced AED2, 450.

Ever wondered what to do with your unused maid’s room? Turn to page 56 for a raft of ideas on how to transform the space...

August is all about… keeping cool

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Tower fan THE One AED649

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Q fan THE One AED649

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Portable AC with remote. Wolf at Better Life, AED1, 149

Steal their style…June Hawkins We pose a few quick-fire questions to the South African interior designer at her cool, shoreline apartment on Palm Jumeirah. How would you describe your style? I’d say it’s eclectic as I don’t like one set look, such as contemporary or vintage, I like to mix it all up. Sum up your home in three words. Relaxed, shabby chic. Your three top shops for interior buys? O de Rose, a boutique in Umm Suqeim, for home

accessories; Andrew Martin for great furniture pieces; THE One for a key piece like a table or sofa at middle-of-theroad prices. Name your favourite find to date. A breakfast table which I found recently at Luz de Luna for a Palm villa I’m working on. It’s beautiful, just perfect for the property’s breakfast room as it’s

narrow and runs the length of the space. It has a cottage chic feel but we’ve adapted it so it has a natural surface and bright, upholstered chairs – so much fun. Trendy or timeless? Timeless. Going for classic pieces means you can update your home with ease and not get stuck with one look. The timeless pieces I have chosen for my apartment

mean that I can change the overall look without having to spend lots of money, for example, by jazzing it up with some funky cushions. Colour or neutral? On big pieces of furniture always go neutral and accessorise with colour. To book a consultation with June email june. hawkins88@gmail.com

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LIVING AREA

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Create an inviting space as soon as you move in by placing over-sized cushions on your sofas. Add mismatching patterns (try stripes, dots or floral prints) for a shabby chic edge that will make it look, and feel, less ‘show home’ and more lived in.

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Just because every wall in your property is currently painted a shade of cream, doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. Add a cheerful touch on the cheap by painting one signature wall in a real feelgood hue. Try a sunny shade of yellow, nurturing green or sky blue.

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Make a new property feel like home by putting all your favourite photos of family and friends on show. Plain black or white frames needn’t be expensive and will look chic when arranged on one wall.

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If you’re having trouble getting settled, buy a rocking chair. Rocking back and forth isn’t just soothing for little ones — adults can benefit too. Place one by a window, or your favourite area, and retreat to it for some quiet time.

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Use colour to create a look and feel you’ll love. Warm tones (such as orange and red) are said to be stimulating shades, whereas cool colours (such as white or blue) have a calming effect. Strike a balance and opt for green, which is said to evoke a sense of harmony.

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Use light to improve the look of the room in a flash. Natural lighting doesn’t cost a thing so enhance any large windows or glass doors with sheer voiles and let the light seep in. Candles are an economical way to achieve a romantic ambience come nightfall, while a lamp strategically placed by a chair can create a relaxing reading spot.

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don’t mean the Dubai climate. Lay a soft or fluffy rug on to a sparse tiled floor, or place a comforting throw on your sofas and the room will immediately look — and feel — homely.

KITCHEN

9

If you have an island in your kitchen, make the most of it by adding some simple stools and using it as a breakfast bar. Islands are perfect for socialising over, so create that family-feel and eat there together before heading out on the day ahead.

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Well-used mugs, cups and tea sets are a simple pleasure to drink from, so don’t worry about investing in brand new, perfectly coordinated sets as soon as you move in. Sup from an old favourite instead, you’ll enjoy it so much more. If you have a charming collection, display them on open shelves.

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A sense of warmth will make newcomers feel content — and we

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Even those with the most minimalist taste can benefit from a splash of colour. A bright and breezy hue, even sparingly placed, can inject life into a room. Stick to soft furnishings, flowers or cushions and add impact, without breaking the bank. More listings at bhomes.com


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Rather than buying in, go back to basics and bake at home. Rustle up your favourite dishes, or those that evoke special memories, as familiar tastes are good for the soul and the smells will fill your new abode. Sweet treats, such as cupcakes, will also make an adorable display when you’re expecting guests or neighbours round for tea.

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It’s easy to give a basic kitchen a little character. If you’re originally from leafier pastures, create a laid-back country look with a floral table cloth, natural flowers and cute checked tea towels. Finish the look by placing a bowl of apples on the table that could almost have been freshly picked…

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Get organised in your kitchen and not only will the space look great, you’ll spend less time rooting through drawers when you come to use it. Position items you use frequently in the most practical of places and the flow will be so much easier — which means less mess.

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Don’t let your kitchen experience be ruined by unpleasant smells. Keep unattractive bins out of sight if you can and, if not, part with some dirhams and invest in a quality stainless steel pedal-bin.

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Decorate your fridge with a set of funky magnets — try letter ones and spell out your kids’ names. Beneath them, place the contact details of local plumbers, electricians, water suppliers and your favourite takeaway restaurant, so you have a go-to place for those allimportant telephone numbers.

For a simple yet effective kitchen display, buy glass jars with fitted lids and fill them with spices or dried foods, such as pasta, cous cous and rice. You could even create home-made labels by cutting out letters from cute tea towels and sticking them on for a country vibe.

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If your kitchen is looking a little too plain, spruce it up by installing shelving and lining it with cook books for a source of inspiration. Put your children’s paintings and drawings up on a wall too, for a colourful display that will add a sense of family and fun.

DINING ROOM

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You might not be able to afford everything you want at once, so decide what’s most important to your daily life. If dinner parties or family meals together are your one true love, spend on a fabulous table and chairs that you will use time and time again.

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It’s easy to turn a plain room into a glamorous spot to dine by adorning one wall with a decadent wallpaper; be it patterned, floral damask or shimmering.

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If investing in brand new furniture is not an option, buy a second-hand set or hang on to your old one and update it. Try having an old chair re-upholstered with a fabric you love.

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Add atmosphere to evening meal times by scattering tea-lights on your table top — a sure fire way to add a romantic ambience to your dinner. Try buying scented candles, like vanilla, and create a beautiful aroma while you’re at it.

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Mixing and matching your old and new furniture can give a home a sense of character. So, don’t be tempted to ditch all of your old items, with a little imagination you can make it work in unity.

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Create a simple centrepiece for your table for an eye-catching focal point that will draw the eye away from ‘undone’ elements in the room. Buy a glass fish bowl, place pebbles inside and fill it halfway with water before placing lit floating candles or flower heads on top.

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A pendant light is an easy way to make your dining room look bang on trend. Position it so that the light hangs low, over your table, for an ultra-cool way to set the mood at meal times.

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A plain vase filled with newly-cut flowers is an easy way to bring a fresh feel into a room. Treat yourself to bunch when doing your weekly shop. More listings at bhomes.com


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Better… Bathrooms

This issue we go in search of bathroom bliss with four key looks to try. MODERN MINIMALISM If you like your bathroom to be a nononsense zone, this low key style by Kohler could be the one for you. Use one cool or neutral hue to evoke an oasis of calm: grey is bang on trend and a great alternative to classic beige tones. When it comes to texture, tiles are the only way to go — use the same type on both the walls and floor for a functional finish that looks clean and cool. Continue the no-fuss feel with a wallmounted shower and controls, which will keep the space looking clutter-free. For accessories, less is most definitely best. Stick to square shapes and stainless steel finishes for a masculine edge that’s right at home in an ultra-modern Dubai pad. Get the look: Find Al Hashimya Kohler in the Samaya Building, Sheikh Zayed Road. Call 04 321 1330 www.me.kohler.com

IDEA: Maximise space with wall-mounted accessories

For a masculine feel, opt for square shapes

IDEA

Try mirrored wall cabinets and steel towel rails to avoid clutter and keep the space looking super modern

Kohler

FRESH & FUNKY

Try a frosted glass partition for extra privacy

If you have limited room to work with, look to practical spacesaving solutions. A well-placed partition and freestanding pieces are all you need to achieve a modest yet useable space. The key to this look is to keep things simple. Opt for an open shower to enhance the space available. Similarly, swap bulky storage pieces for mobile extras – such as a trolley of drawers on wheels – which you can maneuver to the bath or shower as you wish. Get the look: Find Faraway Collection by Kos and Zucchetti at Bagno Bathrooms. Call 04 330 7775 www.bagnodesign.org

Go funky… with this cutting edge Flipside handshower from Kohler. The head flips on its axis and can project four different kinds of spray, making it fun and functional. AED 475.

August 2010 Kos and Zucchetti, Bagno Bathrooms


GLOSS & GLAMOUR Black is one colour that never goes out of fashion and, when applied to bathrooms, it’s a sure fire way to inject a taste of glamour. If black is for you, be sure to buy glossy ceramics. The result is a high quality look that’s sure to make a real style statement. One of black’s main benefits is its ability to work with contrasting colours and textures so try teaming it with pure white for a timeless, monochrome look, or go for rich reds and plums for a more decadent feel.

High-gloss, black ceramics simply ooze glamour

Get the look: Find Duravit’s showroom at Dubai Airport Free Zone. Contact 04 701 7117 www.duravit.com Go glam… These faux jewel-embellished accessories will have bathrooms looking fab for a fraction of the price. Exclusive to Matalan.

Vero Black, Duravit

BRIGHT WHITE IDEA

If you find white too stark, soften the look with a few choice accessories in an accent colour — we love light green and duck egg blue.

If space is important to you, the use of one pale colour will make lines between floors and walls less obvious and the room appear bigger. With that in mind, white is the way to go for maximum impact. Combine natural and artificial lighting and you’ll have a bright and airy space in which to spruce up your appearance, morninng or night. With such a simple colour scheme in place, pay attention to fixtures and accessories to avoid your bathroom looking, bland. A freestanding tub can make a great signature piece and, if you’re sharing your bathroom with someone else, why not fit a dual basin unit with double taps? Get the look: Find Rak Ceramics on Salahuddin Street. Call 04 262 3569 www.rakceramics.com

Place storage units in alcoves to maximise space and keep toiletries concealed

Go white… Soften the look with dim candlelight. We love these chic, scented candles by Alexa Rodulfo at THE One. AED 399

Metropolitan, Rak Ceramics

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Pl gged In Stay on the cutting edge with our monthly round-up of the latest household appliances ’50s RETRO SMEG AED7,100 This Union Jack fridge is the latest funky offering from Smeg’s FAB range and we think it’s sure to be a hit with British expats. Better Life is the spot to invest in one of these oh-so-cool appliances. Open it up on its right-hand hinge and discover space for 222 litres of fresh food and 26 litres of frozen goods. That should do it…

LG X140 AED1,799 LG’s new netbook is ideal if you want to email while sat on the sofa. At just 10 inches in size, it’s a great alternative to having a desktop computer at home if you’re short of space. What’s more, it offers a whole nine hours of battery power so you don’t have to worry about staying close to a plug socket.

KODAK PULSE AED699 Check out Kodak’s newly-launched Pulse digital photo frame – ideal if you’re far from home and pining for friends and family. It’s WiFi enabled so you can upload the images to your PC and email them in an instant.

TRIO AED4,499 If you thrive on compact, multifunctional home goods, there’s a new product in town that really fits the bill: TRIO from the Candy Group. The three-in-one cooker, oven and dishwasher is proof that good things really can come in small packages — even in Dubai. Snap one up at any Eros Digital Home showroom in the city. August 2010

SAMSUNG C20 CAMCORDER AED699 This handy number is a great buy for parents who can use it to capture precious moments at home as they happen, like a child’s first steps or family birthdays. Expect crisp, quality recordings.


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Practical solutions for your household dilemmas.

How do I… Make the most of my maid’s room? FIVE FIXES FOR SMALL SPACES

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STUDY If working from home is a regular occurrence, make your maid’s room a study. Avoid clutter — it will only make the space feel stressful — and buy key, practical pieces instead, such as a desk, cabinet or storage boxes and shelving for essential items like an in-tray and ring-binders.

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KIDS’ PLAYROOM If you have trouble containing your children’s toys, create a playroom where you can store all of their beloved goodies. Not only will you know exactly where the little ones are spending their time, but you’ll have a spot for their friends to play in without having to worry about mess. ` UTILITIES ROOM Maids’ rooms usual location next to the kitchen make them ideal to be used as a utility room. Place your washing machine and tumble dryer inside and you’ll be left with extra kitchen space to enjoy away from noisy machinery.

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WALK-IN WARDROBE Get a go-to spot to get ready in morning and night by installing doorless wardrobes and creating one big walk-in wardrobe — every girl’s dream. Keep the smallest wall free for a full-length mirror, or shoe rails for fancy footwear.

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HOME GYM You may not be able to replicate your local gymnasium in all its glory but there should be ample space for one or two key pieces of equipment. Roll up soft mats for stretching out on and install iPod speakers or a TV to keep you entertained as you exercise. August 2010

“Add value to your villa by converting the maid’s room into an extra bedroom, with a refurbished bathroom. You’ll most likely find that the cost of doing this will be recouped many times over when you come to sell, or rent, the property.” – Travis Eltringham, Better Homes Residential Leasing Consultant

Before you take the plunge…

Size matters

…consider these practical ideas, says Mark Wilkinson’s chief interior designer, Chris Hodge (www.mwf.ae)

Maids’ rooms are usually located next to the kitchen, so remove the connecting wall for a larger one. The extra space could allow for a breakfast table or dining area. Be sure to check with a builder before the off.

A steamier option

Hopeless hallways

As the room has a waste system and water supply, why not convert it into a steam room or sauna? The steam sealing required will make it pricey, but worth it.

If you don’t have much of a hallway, use the maid’s room as a cloakroom. Place a closet for coats where a bed would be and keep the toilet and basin in the shower room for an extra downstairs bathroom.

Structural thinking A wall between the shower and room is unlikely to be structural — but it could be. Consult the original builder to ensure it’s safe to remove before you finalise any grand plans.

Practical plumbing If your conversion has made the room’s en-suite redundant, cap the plumbing so it can be reinstated later if you, or the next owner, wish.


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Stores Guide ARABIAN CENTER, MIRDIF

Artikel

04 232 8339

Daiso

04 284 5754

Bayti

04 368 5145

MARKET MALL, GREEN COMMUNITY

Homes R Us

04 284 5736

Dwell

04 232 5435

ACE

The Warehouse

04 347 0220

Under One Roof

04 323 2722

04 885 3208

SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD

IKEA

04 203 7505

BUR DUBAI / KARAMA

Marina

04 232 8919

MERCATO MALL

Al Hufaiza Furniture

04 336 6646

Rugland

04 232 5790

Al Abbar Art Gallery

04 344 9595

Bagno

04 330 7775

Carpetland

04 337 7677

Stokes

04 232 9251

Bombay & Zone

04 344 5994

Casa Mia

04 339 0760

Decoworld

04 336 6811

Table Art

04 232 6670

Kas Australia

04 344 1179

Casa Tua

04 339 7800

Marlin Furniture

04 334 6664

The Red Carpet

04 232 5755

National Iranian Carpets 04 349 9644

Rattan House

04 338 2977

OFIS

04 335 2499

IBN BATTUTA MALL

MIRDIF CITY CENTER

SOUK MADINAT JUMEIRAH

Kani Home

04 368 5408

Better Life

04 284 5728

Carré Blanc

04 295 3992

Toshkhana

04 366 8888

BURJUMAN

ACE

04 338 1416

Bhs

04 352 5150

Lifestyle

04 368 5699

Crate & Barrel

04 284 3151

Descamps

04 355 5563

One World

04 366 5742

Home Centre

04 284 3332

Grand Stores

04 352 3641

Pan Emirates

04 368 5372

Lakeland

04 284 3460

SOUK AL BAHAR

Hermes

04 351 1190

Table Art

04 366 9710

Pottery Barn

04 606 2610

Al Sultani Furniture

Liwa Home

04 351 5353

Q Home Décor

04 284 3303

Tarrab

04 420 0244

Sharief

04 355 3377

AL ITTIHAD ROAD

Tehran Persian

04 420 0575

Tanagra

04 355 0183

Better Life

Zsolnay

04 420 3682

THE One

04 351 4424

Zara Home

04 359 9988

04 2680656

OASIS CENTER

04 420 3676

Art Tower Frames Est. 04 339 3024

JUMEIRAH BEACH RESIDENCE

MFI Kitchens

The Handicraft Gallery 04 339 3515

Carpetland

04 344 0646

DEIRA CITY CENTRE

Better Life

04 424 3479

Q Home Decor

Irony Home

04 342 2145

Al Jaber Gallery

04 295 4004

Cottage Chic

04 437 0268

Al Maya Household

04 334 9424

Zara Home

04 438 0650

Aminian Carpets

04 295 5379

Pride of Kashmir

04 295 0655

KARAMA

Regional Trading

04 295 1723

Siematic

Sia (Jawad Home)

04 295 6180

The White Co

04 295 6180

04 339 3503 04 339 3515

AL QUOZ

THE VILLAGE MALL

WAFI

Amber Garden Furniture 04 323 2405

Bombay

04 324 5255

Exotica

04 340 2966

Faucher

04 324 6769

Falaknaz Habitat

04 340 4989

Frette/White Corner

04 324 2474

Indigo Living

04 341 6388

La Boudoir

04 324 4555

LAMCY PLAZA

Kidz Inc

04 340 5059

La Murrina Murano

04 324 4555

Household Department 04 334 9424

Luz de Luna

04 341 66 85

Memoires

04 324 3001

THE DUBAI MALL

Lifestyle

04 366 9845

Presotto Middle East 04 340 6443

VG New Trend

04 324 5430

@home

Rugland

04 335 6610

Stone Gallery

04 434 0877

04 330 9295

Armani/Casa

04 437 3131

Baldi

04 339 9890

Collezione

04 434 0255

MALL OF THE EMIRATES

Crystal Gallery

04 339 8774

Better Life

04 341 0716

Crystalline

04 339 8897

Bo Concept

04 341 4144

Dubai Home Collection 04 339 8855

Bois & Chiffons

04 341 0519

Ethan Allen

04 339 8631

Crystal Casa

04 341 1402

Index Living Mall

04 339 8631

Flamant Home Interiors 04 341 3533

Iwannagohome!

04 339 8631

Four Seasons Ramesh 04 334 9090

Kreiss

04 339 8978

Home Centre

Lalique

04 339 8451

Home Design

04 323 3370

Merinos

050 887 4893

IDdesign

04 341 3434

04 341 4441

Mesgarzadeh

04 339 9930

Jashanmal

04 347 1715

Mitchi

04 339 9084

Maison Decor

04 409 9000

Mumbai Se

04 434 0626

Marina

04 800 4360

Yves Delorme

04 339 8787

Marina Gulf

04 341 0314

Zwilling

04 434 0725

Miri

04 341 1000

Red Carpet

04 340 9924

FESTIVAL CENTRE

Table Art

04 341 3663

ACE

The Living Zone

04 341 1220

800 ASK ACE

04 347 2525

Moving In A go-to guide for those essential household buys.

For bedding… Home Centre is a great, cost-effective one-stop shop for everything from basic duvets, pillows and comforters to covers and decorative throws. Visit their flagship store at Mall of the Emirates and you won’t come away empty handed. Vist www.homecentre.net for a list of other locations.

Ikea has a large-scale store at Festival City, where you can scour the shelves for great basic buys or choose from bed sets in an array of block colours and cool patterns — suitable for you and the kids. www.ikeadubai.com Zara Home is the place to shop if beautiful bedding tops your shopping list. Cast an eye over gorgeous quilts fashioned from quality threads. www.zarahome.com

More listings at bhomes.com


DHOW CRUISE DINNER

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DESERT SAFARI PROGRAMME INCLUDES:

Two hours cruising on Dubai Creek - Continental & Arabic Buffet dinner - Soft drinks, tea and coffee - English, Hindi and Arabic Music - Fully air-conditioned lower deck - Open air upper deck

Programme Includes:

Dhs. 150/- Per Person Cruise Timing: 8:30pm - 10:30pm Pick-up and drop - back facility included ( Deira & Bur Dubai Only)

Dune Bashing Sand Boarding & Camel Riding BBQ Dinner - Arabic Tea & Coffee Soft Drinks & Refreshments Photograph in Local Dresses Henna Painting & Tattoos Dhs. 200/- Per Person Enchanting Belly Dancing Show Timing: P i c k u p : 3 : 0 0 - 3 : 3 0 p m Sheesha (Hubbly-Bubbly) Drop off: 9:00 - 9:30pm & a lots more entertainment throughout the evening Pick-up & drop-back facility included

Most suitable for couples, families and friends. Also suitable for especially tailor-made events like birthday parties, corporate meetings and social get together.

HATTA MOUNTAIN SAFARI

An experience out of this world. en-route you will see and enjoy.

SPECIALIZED IN ORGANIZING SOCIAL & CORPORATE GET TOGETHERS, BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES.

24 Hrs. Reservation E-mail: optdubai@emirates.net.ae Web: www.opdubai.com

ISO 9001:2008 Certified

PROGRAME INCLUDES:

Red Dunes Safari & Sand Boarding - Sight Seeing to various scenic locations Visit to Carpet Market & Heritage village Hatta Mountain Safari - Chance to Dip or Dive in fresh water pools - Lunch at 5 Star Hatta Fort Hotel

Dhs. 300/- Per Person Timing: 8:00am to 2:30pm Transfers from all the hotels & residences in Dubai & Sharjah

A “Truly Fascinating” Experience

Proud to be Fishing & Cruising Pioneers

Musandam Sea Trip

Experience the ultimate Thrill & Fun of

DEEP SEA FISHING & CRUISING

DIBBA - KHASAB Wholesome fun filled family day out, ideal for Sea & Nature lovers

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Cruise around the Iconic Burj Al Arab, The Palm & The World Islands

Dramatic coastline, stunning mountain scenery, attractive beaches, exotic marine life, colorful corals, all this and more for you to experience and take back memories to last a lifetime. Welcome to ‘Amazing Musandam’.

AED 2800/-

Daily Fishing trip 4 hours Exclusive up to 8 Pax Daily Fishing trip 4 hours

AED 600/-

Package includes:

Per Person. Min. 2 Pax. Onboard Facilities: Fishing Boats and luxury Yachts are fully equipped and insured. Refreshments - Soft drinks - Chips - Nuts & Fishing equipment available on board. Pick-up & Drop-back facility included

Scenic Drive, Dhow Cruise, Diving, Snorkeling, Swimming, Fishing, Round triptransfers, Refreshments & Arabic Buffet Lunch

Call for tailor made packages to suit your requirements. Budget & individual packages are also available.

Oman Visa not required for Dibba Tour Oman Visa on arrival provided for Khasab Tour, Per Person (For Dibba)

24 Hrs. Reservation

Asia Pacific T R AV E L S & T O U R I S M

Tel: 04 2950516 Mob: 050 9266209 Email: alwasl@cruiseindubai.com

www.cruiseindubai.com

ISO Certified ISO 9001:2008 9001:2008 Certified

AED 380/-

Pick-up 0600 hours (approx.), Drop-off 1900 hours


Better Food

Better Food Eating in never tasted so good.

August shopping list

Eat… dates Whether you buy them plain, stuffed with nuts, candied fruit, tahini or cream cheese, sharing a huge plate of dates is the perfect way to celebrate Ramadan with house guests. Drink… anything cold! With the August heat hitting scorching highs, hydration at home is key, so snap up these funky ice cube moulds from Ikea and keep drinks cool, in more ways than one.

Cook… with Gary Rhodes The Brit chef’s new restaurant Rhodes Twenty10 at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa opens this month and you can rustle up Rhodes dishes at home with the help of his most recent cook book, 365/One Year. Order at www.amazon.com

TRUE BLUE Quench your thirst this summer with blueberries. Rich in antioxidants, the cute fruit packs a real punch thanks to vitamin C, E, A and B complex as well as copper, zinc and iron. Soak up the health benefits by popping a few in to ice cube moulds, adding them to your morning smoothie mix or scattering a handful on top of ice cream. Delicious.

CATER IN: Saucepan AED ���

One for the kitchen! Rustle up this issue’s Iftar dishes with the new, ultracool pans from Lagostina’s Collezione Rossa. We love the hot red stainless steel finish – which doesn’t just look good but is said to be resistant to scratches and discolouration too. Buy yours at Better Life stores.

TASTE OF THE TOWN: PIZZA Each issue we round up our top three takeaway joints, so you know who to dial on your night off.

Build up a little black book of outside catering contacts so you can play host while the experts do the rest.

Jumeirah Hospitality 04 319 8866 jumeirahhospitality@jumeirah.com

They say: Catering is just one part of our total service. We can create a party theme to suit the client and will use our vast selection of luxurious decorative pieces, such as linen, crockery, cutlery and glassware, to provide all of those important details and final touches too. Best for: Parties at home. With brunches on hold this month, why not host an all-out dinner party instead? Guests: Thirty plus. Minimum spend: AED350 per person.

RED TOMATO PIZZA Taster: Expect extensive topping options and freshly made pizzas, baked Italian-style in a woodfire oven. Ask about offers and choose between a small, four-slice pizza (good for singles or dieters) or the full �� slice option. Location: Al Barsha. Contact: ��� ��� ���. www.redtomato.biz

PIZZA EXPRESS Taster: A favourite with British expats, we suggest you go against the grain with a new dish, like a stretched-thin Romana pizza. The pasta dishes, salads and oh-so-yummy dough balls are worth ordering as well. Dial for taste rather than huge portions. Location: Branches across the city, see website for details Contact: �� ��� ����. www.pizzaexpressdubai.com

OREGANO Taster: Hearty and wholesome food is what comes out of this Italian kitcen. Pizzas are hand stretched and there’s a mouthwatering array of options. Families who can’t agree can also browse starters, sides, salads, pasta and desserts. Location: Take your pick of three. Contact: Mirdif �� ��� ����, Dubai Media City �� ��� ����, Emaar Business Park �� ��� ����. www.oregano-dubai.com

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Iftar at home

Chef Ali of The Palace — The Old Town, on how to prepare the perfect family Iftar spread FATTOUSH SERVES �� ���g romaine lettuce, diced ���g red, green and yellow peppers, diced ���g tomatoes, diced ��g red radishes, sliced ���g cucumber, diced ��g fresh mint or rocket, chopped ��g bread ��g pomegranate syrup ��g / ��ml lemon salt or lemon juice Salt to taste

ƌɄ ƌɄ ƌɄ ƌɄ ƌɄ ƌɄ ƌɄ ƌɄ ƌɄ ƌɄ ���ml olive oil ƌɄ ��g sumac powder ƌɄ ��g of lemon, sliced ƌɄ ��g of tomatoes, sliced ƌɄ

� After cleaning and dicing all of the salad ingredients, mix them together in a bowl and season with the lemon salt or juice, salt, olive oil and sumac powder. � Cut the bread into cubes and deep fry it until crisp. � Top the salad with the pieces of fried bread and pomegranate syrup. � Garnish with lemon and tomato slices.

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WARAK ENAB SERVES �� Canned vine leaves ���g Egyptian rice ��g parsley, chopped ���g onion, chopped ���g tomatoes, chopped ���g lemons, sliced Salt and pepper to taste ���g romaine lettuce, shredded Sliced tomatoes and lemons to garnish

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� Cook and soak the rice before straining it in a colander. � Mix all of the chopped vegetables together with the rice and stuff the mixture inside the vine leaves. � Next, place the leaves in a pot and layer them on top of one another. Top with a layer of lemon slices for added flavour. � Add water in line with the level of the vine leaves, then cover and cook on a slow flame for one hour. Press down slightly on the pot to ensure that it does not open while cooking. � Once the vine leaves are cooked, leave them to cool and serve cold. � To garnish, place the shredded lettuce on a place, arranging the vine leaves around it. Arrange the lemon and tomato slices and splash with olive oil.

LABNEH SERVES �� ����g plain labneh ��g garlic � black kalamata olive ��g dry mint Olive oil

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� Chop the garlic and mix with the labneh and dry mint. � Place the labneh on a small plate and garnish by placing one olive in the centre. Finish with a little olive oil.

MOUTABEL SERVES �� ����g roasted eggplants, finely chopped ���g tahina oil �g garlic, finely chopped Olive oil to taste ��g salt / lemon salt

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pomegranate seeds ƌɄ ��g ��g sumac powder ƌɄ � After finely chopping the eggplants and garlic, mix them together with the tahina and olive oil and season them with salt and lemon salt, before placing in a small bowl. � Garnish the middle of the dish with four dots of sumac powder and scatter the pomegranate seeds on top. Finally, add a splash of olive oil to suit your taste.

HOMMOUS SERVES �� ����g chick peas ���ml tahina oil � ice cubes ��g lemon salt Salt to taste ���ml olive oil

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� Soak the chick peas overnight and cook until soft. � When cool, mix in a blender for two minutes. � Add the ice cubes before slowly adding the tahina oil, lemon salt, salt and olive oil and blend until the paste is thick in consistency. � Garnish with some extra cooked chick peas, olive oil and a sprinklle of paprika and serve with Arabic or Saj bread.

‘My top spot for buying ingredients is the Spice Souk, which you’ll find down in Deira’ TABBOULEH SERVES �� ���g romaine lettuce ����g parsley, chopped ��g burgol ���g white onion, chopped ���g tomatoes, chopped ��g / ��ml lemon salt or juice ���ml olive oil Salt to taste �g cinnamon powder Tomatoes and lemon to garnish, sliced

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� Mix together the parsley, onion, burgol, olive oil, salt, cinnamon powder and lemon salt and place in a small bowl. � Garnish with the romaine lettuce leaves and place the chopped tomatoes in the centre of the dish before arranging the tomato slices and lemon wedges around the side of the bowl.


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Community and service directory Key contacts for a better home and lifestyle CARPETS

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SHEBA IRANIAN CARPETS & ANTIQUES

Finest quality Persian and hand knotted carpets. Est 1980

Shops 61, 62 and 65-67 PO Box 26200, SHARJAH United Arab Emirates Tel: +971 6 572 4849 Mob: +971 50 678 6168 Fax: +971 6 572 7480 www.shebairaniancarpets.com Info@shebairaniancarpets.com

Please call us

if you would like to try out our carpets in your home!

HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL CLINICS

Farnek Avireal is a total facilities management provider with 30 years’ experience in the UAE Market. With over 1,300 staff members they maintain more than 1,000 properties.

Live Dolphin & Seal Shows (Mon-Sat) Swim with the Dolphins (Mon-Thu)

CALL 04 3369773 Email: info@dubaidolphinarium.ae Website: www.dubaidolphinarium.ae

www.farnek.com

04 382 4400

CREEK PARK, GATE 1, DUBAI

Ready Maids

LANDSCAPING AND GARDNES

Professional maids services that you can trust every time. We have provided part-time maid services on an hourly basis in Dubai since 1999. Our services are as follows: • General Housekeeping • Indoor Window Cleaning • Ironing • Office Cleaning • Babysitting • Party Helping • And any household chores We have trained, honest and trusted maids from Philippines, Sri Lanka, Nepal, India and Eritrea

A private medical clinic in Umm Suqeim offering a huge range of services from a group of dedicated doctors.

+971 2 3487140 www.healthbayclinic.com

TerraVerde is a professional landscape contracting company specialised in creating outdoor living spaces.

04 344 3228

Tel: 04-3966779, Mob: 050-5025699 / 050-6559371 Email: operations@readymaidsdubai.com Web: www.readymaidsdubai.com

www.terraverde.ae

CLEANING SERVICES

04 - 3263990 AQUA Cleaning Services

MAINTENANCE Al KHAYAT CLEANING CO. AL KHAYAT MAINTENANCE EST. Since 1984 Once & Yearly contract cleaning, Pest Control & Pvt. Security for Offices, Banks, Schools, Warehouses, Villas, Building & Hotels. Cleaning

One of the top centres in the Middle East region helping people improve their vision and decrease their dependency on glasses/contacts.

Maid Services

Painting Service Window Cleaning

04 4233 664 www.sharifeyecenter.com

August 2010

: Daily cleaning & general cleaning, Marble grinding & crystallize polishing, Floor cleaning & polishing, Carpet & Sofa shampooing, High window cleaning etc. ke Pest Control : Treatment against-Cockroach, also underta al We Gen er Bed bug, Fly, Termite, Rat etc. Buildinntg en an ce M ai Security Guards : Service of well trained security persons to safeguard properties. Maintenance work : Masonry, Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Painting etc.

Tel: 04-3933329 / 8, Mob: 050-6254738 Fax: 3933340, Move in Cleaning Office Cleaning Store Cleaning

P.O. Box 51605, Dubai - U.A.E Email: akce@emirates.net.ae Web: www.alkhayatgroup.com


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Dubai - U.A.E Tel: +971 4 333 4287, Mob: +971 50 259 5385 Fax: +971 5 333 1864 info@pnmove.com www.pnmove.com

Address: Warehouse2, Al Quoz, Dubai - U.A.E, Tel: 04 333 1860, Fax: 333 1864, Email: yannco@eim.ae, Web: www.yanncouae.com

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Al Barajeel Oasis Centre, Mirdif 04 2847733 Al Raha Gardens Village Abu Dhabi - Opening Soon

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Make every Iftaar an occasion to remember. OR90SDBSX1 90 x 60cm cooker 5 cooking zones ceramic hob Auto ignition Full safety Electric multi function oven with grill

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Better Life Showrooms: Dubai: Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, Tel: 04 3410716. Al Ittihad Road, Tel: 04 2680656. The Walk, JBR, Tel: 04 4243749. Mirdif City Centre, Tel: 04 2845728. Abu Dhabi: Al Wahda Mall, Tel: 02 4437567. Al Raha Mall, Tel: 02 5562894. Ras Al Khaimah: Al Hamra Mall, Tel: 07 2434316.


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