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OCT-dEC 2012 | bhOMEs.COM Produced in International Media Production Zone

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hot property Affordable villas in tranquil Al Reef

I love this place...

The Muchery family’s etihad Towers abode

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Jam-packed pages of luxe capital digs


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Contents Abu Dhabi

Listings

Features

27. Abu Dhabi city

32. Al Reef

6. The best buy

Find a luxury apartment with excellent amenities in one of the capital’s most soughtafter areas

The four developments that comprise this growing area are brimming with character

A lush garden and modern style make this Al Reef villa one of the city’s hottest properties

28. Al Reem Island

34. Saadiyat Island

8. Loan ranger

On the edge of the financial district, these highrise abodes also feature stunning ocean views

The capital’s up-andcoming cultural hub has chic apartments and family villas aplenty

30. Al Raha Beach

35. Commercial

Our expert guide to the latest mortgage rates from the UAE’s leading banks – now all you need to do is choose a property to buy...

Abu Dhabi’s newest waterfront residential area has a thriving, friendly community

Find your business a new home – right here...

15. Cover interview We scale the beautiful heights of Ras Al Akhdar’s

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Etihad Towers to meet the Muchery family in their luxurious new-build apartment

20. Love thy neighbourhood Thinking of moving to Ras Al Akhdar yourself? Know before you go: from local schooling to where to buy a pint of milk, we’ve got it covered

rental property, how do you make it your own without jeopardising your deposit? We get the lowdown from local experts

24. My style We reveal where The Rug Company’s creative director finds her inspiration, and find essential décor pieces to suit every style and budget

22. Without a trace... If you’re moving into a

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The best buy

A tranquil, affordable villa in a growing community

Availa ble now

Al Reef is one of the city’s top developing areas – and this family-friendly abode puts you in the heart of the neighbourhood. Al Reef Villas is Abu Dhabi’s first fully-integrated residential area, and is one of the most affordable locations in the capital. If you’re looking for room for a growing family, look no further than this homely two-bedroom property: you’ll find a large entertaining space,

The Details Where is it? Desert Community, Al Reef

How many bedrooms? Two

How big is it? 1,832 square feet

How much does it cost? AED1,050,000

How do I find out more? Contact BH consultant Lina Bayazid Siada on 600 52 2212 and quote reference number VI292876

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a separate study (which can be converted easily into a play room), and a compact kitchen and store room. Upstairs, two en-suite bedrooms await, with access to balconies at the front and rear of the property – you’ll enjoy views over your private garden, and the landscaped communal areas. There’s covered space for one car, too – perfect for the 20-minute hop to the city centre.


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10 Districts and Developments

Districts and Developments

Where can you live in Abu Dhabi? We’ve got the scoop on the capital’s top districts. Now simply turn to our colour-coded map (pg12) to pinpoint their location.

one of the largest and most impressive tourist developments in the world consisting of residential and commercial projects. The island will house hotels, restaurants, gardens, art galleries, museums, an aquarium, amusement parks for children and a diverse wildlife reserve. Water activities will form a major part of the island lifestyle including waterskiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing and sailing. The island will be connected to Abu Dhabi City by two modern bridges with a third bridge eventually connecting directly to the main Dubai highway. Abu Dhabi International Airport is approximately 20 minutes away by road.

Saadiyat Island

Abu Dhabi City District Considered to be one of the richest cities in the world, Abu Dhabi is a cosmopolitan metropolis and a major cultural and commercial centre due to its position as the capital. The city offers a strikingly contrasting landscape, from sandy beaches and skyscrapers to rolling desert dunes. Joined to the mainland by the Maqta and Mussafah bridges, some of the key suburbs in the city include Khalifa, Electra, Hamdan, Mussafah (residential and industrial) and the beautiful waterfront Corniche. The emirate also consists of the eastern oasis of Al Ain, better known as the Green City. Abu Dhabi is also very well connected to the other huge island developments underway, such as, Al Raha Beach, Saadiyat Island and Al Reem Island.

Al Reef District Al Reef Villas is Abu Dhabi’s first

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integrated residential community. Developed by Manazel Real Estate, one of the UAE’s leading developers, Al Reef consists of contemporary apartments, four themed community villas and townhouses and mixed-use projects, bringing together social, retail and commercial facilities for the entire community. The gated communities, with security-controlled access, are linked by wonderfully landscaped green spaces, providing areas for recreation and relaxation and walkways to community facilities. The development will also feature a luxury hotel, state of the art gymnasiums, private pools, barbecue areas and expansive private gardens.

Al Raha Beach Built alongside 5.2 million square metres of natural beach front, Al Raha Beach will provide a unique lifestyle through its worldclass residential, commercial

and entertainment facilities. When complete it will be home to 120,000 residents. The development offers dynamic waterfront living amidst retail outlets, galleries, restaurants and cafés and private beaches. A central business district also forms part of the development, where iconic office towers are set around an impressive circular marina - home to the new World Trade Center. Located on the beach side of the main highway leading into Abu Dhabi from Dubai, the development consists of eight precincts, each with their own distinct personalities and appeal. Al Raha Beach is also one of the first designated areas where non-UAE nationals can invest in leasehold property in Abu Dhabi.

Al Reem Island Located approximately 600 meters away from Abu Dhabi’s coast, Al Reem Island will be

Just 500 metres off the coast of Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island will be a destination experience of rich depth and diversity. Just seven minutes from Abu Dhabi City, 15 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport and one hour from Dubai, the development is connected to the mainland via two major highway bridges.. Offering a relaxed waterfront home for residents and a vibrant hub for businesses, Saadiyat Island holds a reputation for being the only place in the world to house architecture designed by five individual Pritzker prize winners.

Mohammed Bin Zayed City District This is a planned urban community that will, upon completion, support a population of 50,000. The master plan provides for 350 mid-rise towers and numerous educational, cultural, commercial and institutional facilities.


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Capital City District Situated between the Abu Dhabi International Airport and Mohammed bin Zayed City, this district will house mixeduse projects and government institutions and offer a culturally rich urban environment, grand boulevards, shaded streets and a world-class public transit system.

Sowwah Island District Located between the Tourist Club area and Reem Island,

this district will see the island become Abu Dhabi’s central business and financial district and will feature living and working spaces, hotels, community facilities, parks and an extensive transport network.

Yas Island District When fully complete, Yas Island is expected to be one of the world’s foremost tourist attractions, featuring hotels, residences, shopping malls, golf

courses, equestrian facilities and a world class motor racing track, it’s also home to Ferrari World where you’ll find the planet’s fastest rollercoaster.

Lulu Island District This district will be a self sustaining community of character precincts and connected neighbourhoods set within a low density, yet highly functioning island setting and will cater to different lifestyles, with a choice of apartments, townhouses and villas.

Mussafah Industrial District One of primary industrial areas of Abu Dhabi, this district is home to several manufacturing plants including steel mills and other heavy industries. Plans to construct a channel that will improve access to this industrial zone are underway.

schools in the area make this a popular community for families. Adjacent to Al Raha Beach, the development will include residential and commercial units and many international hotels and has been compared to Dubai’s illustrious Sheikh Zayed Road.

Madinat Khalifa B District This district’s proximity to the airport and the Dubai highway makes it an attractive location for commuting workers. Residential apartments specially designed for middle income residents are underway. Prices vary between the more expensive rents in Khalifa City A and the cheaper rates in Mohammed Bin Zayed City. The new Khalifa City is situated between Khalifa A and Khalifa B.

Madinat Khalifa A District Away from the hustle and bustle, Khalifa City has its own sense of camaraderie. An abundance of

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I love this place...

Etihad Towers, Ras Al Akhdar

The Muchery family enjoy the life and light in this growing development Words by Hazel Plush; images by Nasir Rauf

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Stepping into the Muchery’s Etihad Towers abode, it’s hard not to be stunned by the abundance of natural light. With two glass walls overlooking Ras Al Akhdar and the waterfront, the family enjoy day-long sunshine and a view that is one of the city’s most impressive sights. “You have such energy in this location,” says Eric, gesturing to the windows. “It’s all from the sea, the sun, and the greenery around Emirates Palace.” The family moved into the apartment in March of this year, after moving to the city for Eric’s work. “I arrived first,” says Eric, “so I started looking immediately for a property that the family would like. A friend brought me to see the show property; the building wasn’t finished yet, but when I saw the layout, location and design I knew it was perfect for us.” The construction work meant that the family had to wait for the completion in temporary digs – although Eric says that the transition into the new build was a positive experience. “Achora, my wife, was very keen to move into a new apartment,” he continues. “She wants a home that’s clean and fresh. We fell in love with the modern design, too, and there is lots of room to move around in.” The couple and their children Iskandre and Léandre were living in their rural house in Montpellier before the move, so natural sunlight was an essential feature of any

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property that they chose to make their home. The bright interiors lend themselves perfectly to the Muchery’s minimalist style, too: “It’s not quite Feng Shui,” says Eric, “but we do take elements from that. We are very aware of the energy of the property, and the open-plan layout is perfect.” The family arrived from France without furniture, preferring to make a fresh start in the UAE. “We brought nothing with us from home except for the children’s toys,” says Eric. “My company helped us to furnish the property, so we just picked everything out of a catalogue – it was very simple! We have a modern, minimalist style, and we like pieces with clean, unfussy lines.”

‘A friend brought me to see the show property; the building wasn’t finished yet, but when I saw the layout, location and design I knew it was perfect for us...” The perks of living in Etihad Towers are plentiful – as the Muchery family have found out. “Having Jumeirah at Etihad Towers on our doorstep is great – we sometimes go to the hotel’s lovely restaurants for dinner, and all of the staff there know us by name. We often use the swimming pool and café facilities too, although the pool connected to our tower is also great for hanging out with the kids.”

“The location here is perfect for us as a family, too,” says Eric. “During the week, it’s useful because we are close to school and work, and the boys’ activities in the evenings. And at the weekends, we often go to the Corniche for cycling and visiting the beach, and we take the kids to the skate park there too. Everything is very close by, and Abu Dhabi has lots to offer for families – more than Dubai, I think.”

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‘At night, the view is incredible as Emirates Palace is lit up. It reminds us of Versailles, full of water and light... Our dinner guests are always impressed’ With Marina Mall on the doorstep, grocery shopping and amenities are plentiful – and a branch of Waitrose is set to open in Etihad Towers soon. “Since we started living here, we haven’t actually had the need to go anywhere else in Abu Dhabi,” says Eric. “The area was a building site when we first viewed the property, so it has been wonderful to watch it grow – there is a real buzz about the place now. People tend to be very impressed when I tell them that we have made our home here. You only have to look out of the window to see the perks of living in this area, and it’s fascinating to watch the new Presidential Palace being built.” The towers are gradually filling up with tenants, but Eric has already picked up on a community atmosphere: “Our neighbours are a good mix of nationalities, and our sons have friends in the building too. Earlier this year, Etihad Towers organised a big party for the residents to introduce people to each other. It created a good community feeling, and we hope that will continue.” As the surrounding properties fill up, the Muchery family enjoy entertaining in their spectacular beach-side residence: “At night, the view is even more incredible, as Emirates Palace is lit up. It reminds us of Versailles, full of water and light, and whenever we have friends round for dinner they’re always very impressed. We’re proud of where we live – it’s like waking up in a five-star hotel every day.”

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Ras Al Akhdar: the essentials Your need-to-know guide to what’s in and around the area

Renting & buying

Shopping & eating

There are many apartments available along Abu Dhabi’s Corniche, but the newest residential area in Ras Al Akhdar is Etihad Towers. The development features three residential towers, as well as one office tower and a separate block for five-star hotel Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. Apartments at Etihad Towers are now available for rent – register your interest at etihadtowers.com. Options range from one- to fivebedroom properties, and each tower boasts its own swimming pool, gym and sauna. The development is a new-build, so chances are you’ll be the first ever tenant in your luxury abode.

Marina Mall is the shopping hub for this area – you’ll find all of the major high-street brands under one roof, plus a number of luxury names too. Casual dining options in the mall are plentiful, and there’s a large Carrefour for stocking up on groceries. Anything you can’t find there, you can pick up at Spinneys down the road. Etihad Towers will soon see a vast Waitrose branch opening too, as well as a PAUL bakery and restaurant. High-end dining options in the area include pan-Asian fusion at Quest, the seafood restaurant Scott’s, and Lebanese eatery Li Beirut – you’ll find all three in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers.

Leisure time

Schooling

When it comes to down-time, you’ll be spoiled for choice on the 8km-long Corniche, a mere five minutes away. The area is fringed by a beautiful public beach, whose Blue Flag status sets it apart as an environmentally-friendly, clean area. You’ll find bike hire stations all along the strip – perfect for exploring the surrounds. If you fancy a fabulous day out, Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi has the crowning spot in the area – here you can tuck into fine dining, splash out on a five-star spa treatment, or try your hand at myriad sports. Adventurous types will love the watersports, golf, football and cricket facilities.

There aren’t many schooling options near the city centre or Corniche, but Abu Dhabi’s large family community means that there’s plenty of choice elsewhere. Luckily, the area enjoys excellent road links, so the school run will be a breeze. Good nurseries include British Orchard Nursery (britishorchardnursery.com) and Montessori Nursery Abu Dhabi (imn.ae), and you’ll find many more throughout the suburbs. The popular primary and secondary school choices include Abu Dhabi International School (aisuae.com), and American International School Abu Dhabi (aisa.sch.ae).

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22 Better Interiors

Without a trace...

It can be hard to personalise a rental property without incurring the wrath of your landlord, but these ingenious tweaks will have you feeling right at home... Ask your landlord

Make a statement

“Landlords will generally accommodate changes as long as their tenants can restore the property back to its original condition,” says Better Homes community specialist Martina Plumley. “Our contracts state that any alterations or improvements require prior consent from the landlords, but when it comes to changes like putting up shelves and cabinets which will add to the value of the property, landlords are usually happy to keep those improvements.” Contact your landlord to find out what’s allowed, and if there’s room for negotiation be sure to set some parameters. Get the agreement written down to avoid any confusion – and to stop any arguments when the lease is up…

Most landlords are happy for tenants to paint the walls, provided they’re returned to their original state at the end of the contract. If you don’t fancy the cost (or hassle) of a full redecoration, however, confine your efforts to a single wall – if you work with the room’s colour scheme and style, you’ll get the maximum impact for minimal effort. Pick colours carefully, though – stick to lighter shades in smaller rooms to avoid a boxy effect, but be bolder in large rooms: a deep purple or fiery scarlet will inject character in to a barren room immediately. Be sure to stock up on the equal amount of neutral paint too, though – you’ll need it for touching up when you move out.

Create a perfect panel If your landlord won’t allow you to paint, try your hand at panelling instead. Attach parallel pieces of long, thin wood to the walls, one above the other, and use glue or a staple gun to attach material between the two. Not only is it a cheap and impermanent way to brighten the room, but you can change the design as often as you like. Alternatively, cover a large plywood shape with paint or wallpaper (try Andrew Martin, andrewmartin.co.uk, for stand-out styles) and hang it as you would a picture, or rest a selection of different colours against the wall for an edgy, contemporary feel.

Get clever with curtains Many rentals have old curtains, but you’ll want drapes that aren’t just a mis-matched afterthought. Before you move in, find out if the curtain mountings are rails or poles, and buy sets accordingly. Don’t get caught out by the window size, either – bring a measuring tape along and make a note of the space you’ll need to cover up. If you’re a light sleeper, it’s worth negotiating fittings for a blind, too – not only will it block out external light, but vibrant patterns or colours can liven up a neutral colour scheme.

Brighten up the bedroom The bedroom is one of the most personal spaces in the house, so it’s important to create a look that you love. Above the bed, create a feature wall using decals – large plaster-friendly stickers that you can peel off October 2012


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‘Arrange potted plants, or use hanging baskets if floor space is limited’ easily when you fancy a change. You’ll find plenty of options at Ikea (ikea.com), Sticker Souq (stickersouq.com), and ACE (aceuae. com). If your headboard lacks lustre, hang material on the wall above the bed and drape it softly around the sides for a simple colour injection.

Lighten up living areas Overhead lighting can often feel impersonal, so create some ambience with a selection of lamps. Choose from floor and table-top designs, and dot them around the room for an intimate effect. Use extension leads to link them to one socket so you can turn them on and off with the flick of a switch, and splash out on a variety of colourful shades. If you’re stuck with a dingy sofa, use plenty of throws

and cushions to create a comforting space, and invest in a deep-pile rug to cover cold tiles – simply roll it up when it’s time to move.

Venture outside Gardens in rental properties can be depressingly drab, but with a little careful planting you can create a temporary utopia all of your own. Ingrid van der Merwe of landscaping company Ground Rules (groundrules.co.za) has tips galore: “Plant your shrubs in big black plastic pots, then bury them in the flowerbeds. Black pots will ‘disappear’ into the soil, and you can move the plants around if you fancy a change or the shrubs aren’t growing well in a particular spot. Better yet, you can take your garden with you when you move. If you’re in the

property long-term, cover up the edges of the pots and the remainder of the flowerbed with ground-covering plants – vinca, for example – for a simple, quick and costeffective solution.”

Beautify your balcony If you’re in an apartment, it’s still possible to put your stamp on the outside space, says Ingrid: “Arrange glazed and terracotta plants to accentuate an entrance or party area, or use hanging baskets if the floor space is limited. Wooden decking can really personalise larger spaces: buy interlocking blocks from a hardware store, and use them on top of existing brick paving. This will create a softer-looking space, great if you want to create a comfortable area for entertaining.”

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5 of the best... wall clocks Punctuality never looked so good...

My style Essential interiors inspiration – whatever your taste city of Valetta, the vitality of India, the warmth of Tuscany, the souks of the Middle East, the earthiness of Africa... I get ideas from art and architecture, films and books. I particularly love the work of the great Renaissance artists – Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci – as well as modern artists like Lucien Freud and Paul Noble.

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The Creative Director and CoFounder of The Rug Company, Suzanne draws her ideas from art, architecture and travel

We were recently asked to make a rug for Queen Elizabeth. We were so inspired by it that we ordered a bespoke rug for our bedroom as a present to ourselves. We have had the opportunity to make some fabulous creations – for example, we are working on a wall hanging which the British Prime Minister commissioned for President Obama. Like all good things, it will be well worth the wait.

‘We have been commissioned to make a wall hanging for President Obama...’

My home is modern and comfortable; how people feel in our house is important to us. We also like to be able to move things around when we have new ideas – it’s an ever-evolving expression of our interests and lives.

It’s the details in life that really matter: the quality of fabric, the colour of a vase, a beautifully-set table, lovely flowers, a scented candle… It’s all about creating an atmosphere. We have a lovely sunny kitchen: I’m at my happiest when we’re sitting talking and eating at the table with family and friends.

I’m inspired by many iconic designers: Christian Liaigre, David Hicks, Gio Ponti, Andrea Palladio, Ilse Crawford… and I could list about a thousand more people! We travel a lot, and inspiration comes from the different cultural aesthetics: the chaos of Palermo, the Baroque

I often bring my work home with me: the latest addition to our house is the Hummingbird Ivory rug designed by Alexander McQueen. It’s part of the only rug collection that McQueen designed before he died. The collaborative process with him was amazing.

Diane Von Furstenberg Climbing Leopard rug, AED10,912 per m 2

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Abu Dhabi City District 27

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Abu Dhabi City District Abu Dhabi City district lies at the heart of the capital’s earliest communities and offers a strikingly contrasting landscape, from sandy beaches and skyscrapers to rolling desert dunes. Joined to the mainland by the Maqta and Mussafah bridges, some of the key suburbs in the district include Khalifa, Electra, Hamdan, Mussafah (residential and industrial) and the beautiful waterfront Corniche.

For Rent ExCluSiVE to BEttER HoMES

Al Seef Compound

ExCluSiVE to BEttER HoMES

AED 145,000

Al Matar

3 BR 1,701 sq. ft.

Ideal family living Better Homes Abu Dhabi (Ref # AP289281)

Al Seef Compound

AED 85,000

Al Matar

1 BR 829 sq. ft.

Privileged location Better Homes Abu Dhabi (Ref # AP289222)

Sun tower

Al Maha tower

Al Reem Island

Al Reem Island

Super deluxe finishings Nada Jaouhar (Ref # AP309150)

Affordable luxury Alfiya Musina (Ref # AP308863)

AED 85,000

AED 95,000

1 BR 807 sq. ft.

2 BR 1,120 sq. ft.

Seashore Villas Abu Dhabi Gate City A desirable address Marie DeGuiche (Ref # VI309098)

Marina Blue Al Reem Island Easy payment plan Alfiya Musina (Ref # AP308845)

AED 185,000 3 BR 3,112 sq. ft.

AED 120,000 2 BR 1,163 sq. ft.

Ask the agent

Oladiji Dada, Residential Leasing Consultant

Ever wondered why would-be tenants have suddenly shifted their attention towards Mohammed Bin Zayed City? The reasons for this trend is mainly due to the following: its varied offering of spacious and beautiful villas; its excellent landscaped environment; and of course, its virtually unbeatable rental offers. There are also abundant facilities to be enjoyed here, including shopping malls, gyms and recreational spaces, while its location - exactly 7km from the entrance to Abu Dhabi Island - makes it a good option for commuters. In all, the continued absence of the noisy hustle and bustle makes for a peaceful, almost tranquil environment to live. Property prices change frequently. Please visit bhomes.com for the most up-to-date pricing

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28 Al Reem Island District

Al Reem Island District Located within close proximity to Main Island Abu Dhabi and the upcoming financial district, Al Reem Island offers mixed-use developments comprising of modern design residential apartments with ocean views, commercial offices, malls, restaurants, hotels, schools, universities and entertainment areas – including Marina Square and Sun and Sky Towers, located in the Shams area of the island.

For Sale Marina Heights I

Mangrove Place

Ocean Terrace Residence

Al Reem Island

Al Reem Island

Al Reem Island

The best of city living Nada Jaouhar (Ref # AP309151)

The jewel in the crown Lina Bayazid Siada (Ref # AP227842)

Ideal family living Lina Bayazid Siada (Ref # AP307462)

AED 2,000,000

AED 650,000

AED 1,450,000

3 BR 1,744 sq. ft.

1 BR 701 sq. ft.

2 BR 1,346 sq. ft.

Marina Heights I

AED 1,846,079

Al Reem Island

3 BR 1,744 sq. ft.

The best of city living Natalya Sapronova (Ref # AP303267)

Al Maha Tower Al Reem Island Excellent value Lina Bayazid Siada (Ref # AP286910)

AED 864,999 1 BR 924 sq. ft.

Tala Tower Al Reem Island Direct marina views Lina Bayazid Siada (Ref # AP296567)

October 2012

AED 2,499,000 3 BR 2,024 sq. ft.


30 Al Raha Beach District

Al Raha Beach District Located off the main island and within easy access to major attractions and road networks. Al Raha Beach is Abu Dhabi’s newest waterfront development, comprising of 11 precincts or sub-communities. The development also offers yacht marinas, infinity swimming pools, tennis courts, cafes and entertainment areas and is ideally suited to young families, couples and those simply seeking relaxed waterfront living.

For Sale

Al Muneera Al Raha Beach Full ocean view Nada Jaouhar (Ref # AP309008)

Al Muneera Al Raha Beach

AED 2,299,748 3 BR 1,939 sq. ft.

AED 855,000

Al Barza Al Raha Beach Exclusive residence Natalya Sapronova (Ref # AP308738)

Al Muneera

AED 2,100,000

Al Naseem A

AED 3,495,000

2 BR 1,991 sq. ft.

Al Raha Beach

3 BR 3,529 sq. ft.

AED 2,100,000

Al Naseem A

AED 3,195,000

3 BR 1,939 sq. ft.

Al Raha Beach

3 BR 2,486 sq. ft.

1 BR 897 sq. ft.

Al Raha Beach

Al Naseem B

AED 1,250,000

Al Naseem B

AED 2,995,000

Al Raha Beach

1 BR 990 sq. ft.

Al Raha Beach

2 BR 2,529 sq. ft.

Beachfront living at an attractive price Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # AP307753)

Prestigious urban development Imran Ellam (Ref # AP306984)

October 2012

Beachfront living at an attractive price Natalya Sapronova (Ref # AP307371)

Prestigious urban development Imran Ellam (Ref # AP305685)

An iconic masterpiece Natalya Sapronova (Ref # AP308168)

A resort style community Natalya Sapronova (Ref # AP307139)

Al Muneera Al Raha Beach Scenic water view Lina Bayazid Siada (Ref # AP302949)

AED 2,850,000 4 BR 2,364 sq. ft.


Al Raha Beach District 31

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Al Muneera

AED 170,000

Al Muneera

AED 170,000

Al Raha Beach

4 BR 2,365 sq. ft.

Al Raha Beach

3 BR 1,939 sq. ft.

A great family option Imran Ellam (Ref # AP304408)

For Rent

A desirable address Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # AP302386)

Al Muneera

AED 135,000

Al Muneera

AED 180,000

Al Muneera

AED 320,000

Al Raha Beach

2 BR 1,557 sq. ft.

Al Raha Beach

3 BR 1,939 sq. ft.

Al Raha Beach

4 BR 5,504 sq. ft.

Brand new luxury apartments Imran Ellam (Ref # AP304396)

Al Muneera

AED 320,000

Al Raha Beach

4 BR 5,155 sq. ft.

Beautiful waterfront setting Imran Ellam (Ref # VI306009)

Al Muneera

AED 320,000

Al Raha Beach

4 BR 5,600 sq. ft.

A stunning family home Imran Ellam (Ref # VI267758)

Beachfront living at an attractive price Imran Ellam (Ref # AP303513)

Al Zeina - Residential Towers Al Raha Beach Ready to move in Alfiya Musina (Ref # AP294477)

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

A great family option Imran Ellam (Ref # VI309512)

AED 125,000 2 BR 1,386 sq. ft.

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32 Al Reef District

Al Reef District Divided into four distinctly styled villa communities, namely, Desert, Arabic, Contemporary and Mediterranean, each of these communities has an individual community centre and pool and is designed with a unique theme to provide a distinctive architectural character. At their heart is The Town Square, a vibrant mix of speciality retail outlets, hypermarket, and other fantastic facilities.

For Sale ExCluSivE to BEttER HoMES

Contemporary Community Al Reef A great family option Imran Ellam (Ref # VI305803)

Arabic Community Al Reef Exceptional deal! Natalya Sapronova (Ref # VI307677)

Arabic Community Al Reef A great family option Imran Ellam (Ref # VI284936)

October 2012

AED 2,000,000 5 BR 3,749 sq. ft.

AED 1,650,000 4 BR 2,858 sq. ft.

AED 1,350,000 3 BR 2,424 sq. ft.

Desert Community Al Reef Ideal family living Imran Ellam (Ref # VI292509)

Desert Community Al Reef Excellent value Imran Ellam (Ref # VI294443)

Arabic Community Al Reef A place to call home Lina Bayazid Siada (Ref # VI282760)

AED 1,299,000 3 BR 2,424 sq. ft.

AED 1,250,000 3 BR 2,424 sq. ft.

AED 966,000 2 BR 1,832 sq. ft.

Mediterranean Community Al Reef Exceptional deal! Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # VI308474)

Desert Community Al Reef Exceptional deal! Lina Bayazid Siada (Ref # VI292876)

Contemporary Community Al Reef The kind of home you’ve only ever dreamed about Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # VI218655)

AED 2,000,000 5 BR 3,749 sq. ft.

AED 1,050,000 2 BR 1,832 sq. ft.

AED 1,100,000 2 BR 1,832 sq. ft.


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Building 30 Al Reef Brand new luxury apartments Neda Ghenai (Ref # AP308826)

For Rent

AED 70,000 1 BR 872 sq. ft.

Contemporary Community Al Reef A place to call home Imran Ellam (Ref # VI308992)

AED 97,500 3 BR 1,832 sq. ft.

ExCluSivE to BEttER HoMES

Building 38 Al Reef A desirable address Alfiya Musina (Ref # AP93808)

Desert Community Al Reef Amazing value Imran Ellam (Ref # VI295138)

AED 75,000 2 BR 1,227 sq. ft.

AED 85,000 2 BR 1,832 sq. ft.

Arabic Community Al Reef A great family option Imran Ellam (Ref # VI284936)

AED 100,000 3 BR 2,424 sq. ft.

Ask the agent

Imran Ellam, Senior Residential Consultant

Al Reef Villas is Abu Dhabi’s first integrated residential community. It was developed by Manazel Real Estate, one of the UAE’s leading developers (completed projects include Dunes Village in Dubai), and is one of the city’s most popular and affordable neighborhoods at the moment. The villas in the Arabic, Desert and Mediterranean phases are fully handed over and already have a vibrant community and family atmosphere. Once fully completed, Al Reef will offer nurseries, schools, community pools, recreation areas and landscaped gardens, while its downtown section will also include restaurants, cafes and retail shops. Property prices change frequently. Please visit bhomes.com for the most up-to-date pricing

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34 Saadiyat Island

Saadiyat Island Just 500 metres off the coast of Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island is fast becoming Abu Dhabi’s hub of cultural, social and lifestyle offerings. With the upcoming Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and Louvre Abu Dhabi museums, along with world-class leisure and hospitality destinations, Saadiyat Island represents Abu Dhabi’s definitive destination of lifestyle living.

For Sale

Saadiyat Beach

AED 19,400,000

Saadiyat Island A stunning family home Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # VI308553)

Saadiyat Beach Saadiyat Island A stunning family home Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # VI301827)

Saadiyat Beach Saadiyat Island Designed and finished to the highest standards Lina Bayazid Siada (Ref # VI297196)

October 2012

5 BR 12,013 sq. ft.

Saadiyat Beach Saadiyat Island A stunning family home Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # VI308552)

AED 4,994,550 4 BR 4,411 sq. ft.

Saadiyat Beach Saadiyat Island An investors dream! Better Homes Abu Dhabi (Ref # VI303502)

AED 6,339,942 3 BR 4,933 sq. ft.

AED 5,950,000 4 BR 4,411 sq. ft.

AED 4,800,000 3 BR 3,950 sq. ft.

St. Regis Building 6 Saadiyat Island Premier location Better Homes Abu Dhabi (Ref # AP304808)

AED 4,746,736 3 BR 2,841 sq. ft.


Commercial 35

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Commercial We have exclusive and non-exclusive commercial properties available in all areas of Abu Dhabi. These properties are offered as ‘shell and core’, or with the floor and ceiling complete. Most of the commercial properties currently available are located in sought after areas of the city and we have a specialised team available to guide you through the options. Call them on 600522212 to find out more.

For Rent FoR REnT

FoR REnT

ExCluSivE To BETTER HomES FoR REnT

Sky Tower

FoR REnT

Sky Tower

FoR REnT

Sky Tower

Al Reem Island

Al Reem Island

Al Reem Island

Open to offers Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # OF306463)

Price negotiable Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # OF299301)

Price negotiable Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # OF299270)

AED 204,100

AED 489,247

AED 635,376

2,933 sq. ft.

4,892 sq. ft.

6,354 sq. ft.

Sky Tower

FoR REnT

Sky Tower

FoR REnT

Sky Tower

Al Reem Island

Al Reem Island

Al Reem Island

Price reduced Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # OF299269)

Price reduced Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # OF299268)

Competitive price, call now Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # OF297742)

AED 541,400

AED 606,000

AED 265,772

5,822 sq. ft.

6,516 sq. ft.

2,658 sq. ft.

Sky Tower

FoR SAlE

Sky Tower

FoR SAlE

Sky Tower

Al Reem Island

Al Reem Island

Al Reem Island

In a class by itself Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # OF291337)

Attractive investment opportunity Maria Eduarda Silveira (Ref # OF306463)

Competitive price, call now Lina Bayazid Siada (Ref # OF297063)

AED 224,175

AED 4,294,512

AED 3,090,000

2,297 sq. ft.

2,933 sq. ft.

2,286 sq. ft.

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

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