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Welcome to the February issue

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y home is currently enjoying a minimalist aesthetic, with plenty of clean surfaces, due to a certain blind kitten (named Stevie) knocking everything, from diffusers to potted plants, off them. However, this being the month to crank up the romance in your interiors, a ‘less is more’ approach – along with good storage space – is recommended by Yeliz Olcay, architect at Hansgrohe, to ensure a calm, soothing environment (page 22). When it comes to amorous colour inspiration, we have all tastes covered, from soft, muted pastels (page 18) to rich, jewel-like tones (page 25). We also take a tour of a Villa Lantana home (page 36), which has been styled for every family member, though the room designed for the husband to retreat to has become the favourite for the whole family. Last, but by no means least, if you’re looking for a new home in the heart of the Middle East’s most visited city, check out our apartments to rent and buy in Downtown Dubai (page 49) – fabulous views guaranteed.

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CONTENTS

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fEBRUaRY 2018

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pagE 17

aREa 49

MOVE TO…

ShOp

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Vibrant Downtown Dubai

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Cecilia Setterdahl, artist and co-founder of Carpets CC

STYlE filES

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pROpERTiES fOR SalE

Inspiration, innovation and need-to-know updates

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Find your new home with our pick of properties to buy

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Add warmth with jewel tones

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ShOp Talk

ShOp fOR…

New romance for a soft, elegant atmosphere

idEaS 22

dECORaTiNg SChOOl

Create a spa-like bathroom

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aSk a dESigNER

Leila M.Asl answers your queries and shares her gems 10 | bhomes.com

ROCk YOUR wORld

pROpERTiES fOR RENT

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OUT Of ThE BOx

Rent an apartment with amazing views

French artist and designer Emilie Mazeau-Langlais

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ON ThE Map

dO YOUR hOMEwORk

Figure out your next move with our colour-coded map

Ideas for clutter-free spaces

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whiCh SChOOl?

CREaTiNg BalaNCE

Choose North London Collegiate School

A Villa Lantana home styled for each family member

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TREaSURE hUNT

A gem-filled London home

MOViNg iN

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Unify your space with a colourful rug


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If you’re looking for a beautiful, affordable flooring that withstands the region’s extreme weather conditions, then check out Evolution, an exceptionally durable floor covering that showcases the best of German brand’s Gerbür’s hi-tech manufacturing techniques. We love the fresh oak design of Café Miel (pictured). Evolution vinyl flooring, Dhs130 per square metre, Floorworld, floorworld.com bhomes.com | 13


make ThiS

Looking for an opportunity to get together with like-minded people to learn a new talent, share ideas and brainstorm design projects? Al Quoz-based ethical home décor studio Tribe Dubai’s (tribedubai.com) creative classes are doing just that. Choose from flat weave (9am-1pm, 17 February and 14 March) and embroidery (9am-1pm, 17 March) workshops. All materials are included and classes cost Dhs350 per person. Email valentina@tribedubai.com

Shop Talk

The latest in homeware, interiors and design trends la dolce viTa Add a dash of Italian sunshine to your kitchen with Smeg’s latest collaboration with Dolce & Gabbana. Inspired by citrus fruits, prickly pears and the bright red cherries of southern Italy, the Sicily is my Love collection combines a gorgeous fashion aesthetic with hi-tech design, and features beautifully decorated appliances, such as toasters, juicers, coffee machines, kettles, blenders and refrigerators. Available from Better Life (betterlifeuae.com). 14 | bhomes.com

Sleep well

Dubai-based mattress specialist King Koil (kingkoil.com), known for being the top choice of many five-star hotels, recently celebrated the opening of its flagship store in Ibn Battuta Mall. We’re lusting after the Silk collection, with its soft, durable and thermo regulatory properties, making it perfect in any climate.


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Snug aS a bug in a rug

As fans of Dubai-based interior designer, Nisrine El Lababidi Moghraby (we featured TV presenter Naoufer Ramoul’s Jumeirah Lake Towers apartment, which was styled by Nisrine, in a previous issue of Better Homes magazine), we’re excited to discover her collaboration with Carpet Centre. A modern interpretation of the traditional Middle Eastern vibe, The Harf Noon collection (named after the design studio she founded) is made from extra fine New Zealand wool and eco-friendly art silk. The range comes in a variety of soothing patterns, neutral shades and sizes. Available from Carpet Centre’s Umm Suqeim store and online (carpetcentre.com).

TAKE TWO Decorative vases

SpLurGE Glacier crystal vase in smoke, Dhs8,849.40, Artel at White Almonds

SAvE Grey vase, Dhs149, ZArA home

happy mondayS

Calling all budding interior designers: design consultants Full Circle Design (fullcircle-design.com) has launched a monthlong beginner’s course, Residential Interior Design Level 1, on Monday 19 February. Intended for anyone looking for inspiration for decorating their own home or considering interior design and decoration as a possible future career, the hands-on course is structured around real rooms, and will help develop personal style and foster confidence to tackle future projects. Contact info@fullcircle-design.com

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Teishoku Night

A traditional meal where all courses are served together as a set. At AED 175 per person, enjoy the Teishoku set PHQXZLWKIUHHĂąRZLQJKRXVH beverages. You could also sip on premium Belaire Rare bubbly with the set menu for AED 298 per person. Wednesdays, 6pm to midnight

Tanjoubi Special

Gather for celebrations in true Japanese style in a private Tatami room with a special sushi menu and a selection of beverages. Advance booking required. AED 1800 for six people

Tokyo Night

In honour of "Omakase", a Japanese tradition of letting a Chef choose your order, immerse yourself in a vibrant Japanese setting and allow the culinary team to dexterously craft your dining experience.

for two hours including soft beverages

AED 300 per person for the Omakase-Regular Menu

AED 2200 for six people

AED 450 per person for the Omakase-Premium Menu

for two hours including house beverages

Every Monday from 6pm to midnight

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PurPle reign

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1. Nature print plate, Dhs285, Zara Home 2. Santiago huckleberry limited-edition candle, Dhs181, voluspa japonica at amara 3. Diamond sideboard in amethyst, Dhs88,725 (EUR20,080), Boca Do loBo 4. Lomond Mantua purple mug, Dhs90, Dunnon at Tavola 5. Soft grid cushion in light purple, Dhs449, muuTo at D.Tales 6. Caprice lamp in plum, Dhs2,270, eTHan allen bhomes.com | 17


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New RomaNce Create a soft, elegant atmosphere

White Almonds

Crystal chandelier, Dhs9,240, FLamanT

Pink espresso cup and saucer, Dhs78.75, noRiTake CaRnivaLe at TavoLa

Glamour Girl rug, Dhs41,518, LuLu Guinness for The RuG Company

Ishram silver-plated tumbler, Dhs558.96, ZaneTTo at WhiTe aLmonds Bella white rose, Dhs1,000, FoReveR Rose

ask the eXPeRt “The new romantic style is a look that charms all the senses,” says Sara Farah, founder of personalised luxury wedding gift registry White Almonds (whitealmonds.com). “Colours set a mood, so start with those. I find pastel hues are very romantic and can be used in a modern way. Muted pastels on walls, for example,

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opens up a space, and can be combined with vintage décor and simple design elements for an eclectic look. “As well as tactile fabrics, such as silk and satin, I recommend porcelain, crystal and a touch of silver for a refined look. “Choose candles, room scents and flowers for finishing touches. I love woody scented candles,

though, for those who find these too heavy, there are plenty of light, floral and fresh scented varieties to choose from. I love The Luxuriate candles, room scents from Dr. Vranjes and Herve Gambs’ home fragrances (available from luxury-gifts.white-almonds. com). For beautiful flowers, I adore peonies and white roses for their divine scent.”


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ideas Made from jute, this handwoven wall covering has a wonderful colour fastness. It’s available in 13 colours, from taupe to cherry red. We love this serene yet bright turquoise-green (reference number 46556). Uno pattern from the Insero collection, Dhs263 per metre, Arte International. Available from Squisito, squisito.co

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Decorating School

acceSSoriSe it

DeSigning a Spa-like bathroom Be taken to another world of relaxation with our expert advice

Sodersvik LED ceiling lamp, Dhs295, IKea

White and blue candle, Dhs129, Zara Home

Peaceful Green Tea reed diffuser, Dhs49, Be In a Good mood collectIon at lIfestyle

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“Think about your perfect spa experience and focus on what you want to taste, see, touch, smell, and hear,” says Yeliz Olcay, architect and business development manager at Hansgrohe. “The visual appeal of your bathroom is the key starting point, however. Most spas are designed with a ‘less is more principle’ because a minimal environment creates more space and leads to a more peaceful and soothing ambiance. “My first suggestion is to increase the storage space and remove all the mess away from view. Design an enclosed cabinet and store everything inside, so you have clean counters to decorate minimally with candles, oil diffusers

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and natural elements, such as flowers or potted plants. Also, ensure all the towels are the same colour to avoid visual chaos. “You may like to listen to some relaxing tracks, so you could set up a music system, or else you can simply go for waterproof Bluetooth speakers. If you have a larger bathroom, consider a bathtub or a Jacuzzi where you can spend more time. You can place bath pillows to make it more comfortable. “If you have a small space, you can swap the bathtub with a shower tray and upgrade your overhead shower with a powder rain and massage functions. You can also place water jets to make it more luxurious. The showering experience is the most important function of a bathroom, so allocate your budget accordingly.”

Large green vase, Dhs74, UrBan nest


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Ask A designer Our interiors expert answers your queries and shares her hidden gems in the city

Leila M.Asl, creative director and founder of BMA Studio

inset image: Covet House

I’d like to transform my garden into an outdoor entertaining area. What do you recommend? To create a warm, cosy setting where family and friends can sit and relax, I recommend a sunken garden seating area with a central fire pit. A sound system can be embedded into the walls of the seating area to create a fully immersive experience of the music. To see and enjoy the aroma of the food being prepared, place the seating area so it overlooks the barbecue area. A barbecue grill set on a large marble counter offers a slick modern design, while a bar/breakfast counter that seats four to six people, situated parallel to it, can be used for the preparation of food and also provides a perfect gathering spot. I would like my new villa to include Arabic influences while avoiding dark, heavy wood. What do you suggest? Give traditional Arabic designs a modern interpretation by using abstract forms or nontraditional, unusual materials, such as recycled wood and rock crystal. You can also integrate traditional Arabic influences into a contemporary setting. For example, a classic courtyard plan can be integrated into a villa to create privacy, while bringing natural light and ventilation to the centre of the home. It is also an environmentally sustainable approach to design. I also recommend that you challenge the visually heavy styles of detailed Moroccan arches that are dark in colour by using light shades for walls and using materials other than stonea. A splash of abstract Islamic geometry can be included in façades, partitions and walls.

What should I consider when choosing rugs for my home? When choosing rugs, consider the aesthetics of your overall home style. Your home’s chosen colours and materials should complement each other. A rug’s role, especially if you have a plain floor, such as a white, marble floor, is to unify the space. With this in mind, if your style is classic, consider Indian or Persian rugs, with rich details. If your interiors are modern, look to minimalist, abstract or solid colours. You can also find a style that offers a middle ground between contemporary and traditional. If you’re on a budget, check out Sharjah’s Souk al-Markazi (Central Market), popularly known as the Blue Souq, or Dubai’s Al Satwa area. If you’re looking for luxurious designs, explore The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Souk al Bahar or The Rug Company in Al Quoz.

Any more COpy

My little black book For tiles: Depending on material (stone, marble or granite) and budget, I recommend Mirage, Al Nabooda Interiors, Purity and Arte Casa.

For scents: I suggest various scents according to the use of the space. For example, the living area can have a fresh floral scent; the bedroom or spa-like area could have a soft, relaxing lavender; while the home office or library could have something more musky and atmospheric, such as oud.

DreaM buy: The Eden Patina centre table from Boca Do Lobo (pictured left). It’s made from melted metal with gold plating and is beautifully hand crafted. BMA Studio

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style files

Take your cue from those in the know

Straight from the heart

Steal my Style Cecilia Setterdahl, artist and co-founder of Carpets CC

Design DNA

Funky and elegant, with an unexpected element. I’m a big fan of bold colours and large patterns, with prominent lines that make a statement.

Wallpaper or paint?

I love art on walls, so painted walls work better for me.

Colour combo to try

I recommend neutrals mixed with a splash of colour. I use a lot of grey combined with strong colours in my home and in my designs, and I particularly adore yellow combined with pink fuchsia.

Splurge on

Spending on art, paintings and sculptures is like investing in a friend. Furniture is transient, but art that you love stays with you always.

What’s your top tip for choosing the right rug?

Be brave and don’t be afraid of colour – a bold carpet can lift any room.

Household essentials

My collection of paintings and sculptures, and my bonsai, which I have nurtured for 30 years. Your chosen artworks tell a story about you, your feelings and thoughts, which are vital for transforming a house into your personal home.

Beautiful gifts for your Valentine

Most prized possession

A blue copy of a Picasso artwork created by a Greek artist, who arrived in Sweden as a refugee about 40 years ago. It isn’t worth any money, but I love it. And a half-finished wooden heart made by my son.

Carry Me bouquet, from Dhs500, Forever rose

Top lighting tip

Decorative table lamps add character to a room by combining art with light. I also like spotlights, but it’s very important to have dimmer switches for them so you can change the mood in the room.

Where do you travel for inspiration?

Natural agate brass bookends, Dhs1,397, White Almonds

I probably travel inside my head! I need calm and silence – inspiration often comes at nighttime when it’s quiet and still. However, I do try to go to Art Basel, which offers a feeling that art can be very different.

Top tip for adding romance to your home

As I come from a cold country where we light candles a lot, I like to do the same at home in Dubai. I’m also a fan of fresh flowers.

Cashmere throw, Dhs1,325, John leWis at robinsons

fOllOW NOW…

Richard Powers

@kellybehunstudio

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Perhaps indicating that you really should know who she is, Kelly Behun describes herself as ‘designer etcetc’ in her Instagram bio. A protégé of Philip Starck from the time he was collaborating with hotelier Ian Schrager, she says she’s ‘inspired by how clever you are’ and, indeed, her posts are wideranging, from a stunning image of Tilda Swinton taken from the movie Only Lovers Left Alive to a trippy image of a zebra by Aditya Aryana. Shown here is a library belonging to one of Kelly’s residential clients, located in Park Avenue, New York.


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Rock youR woRld Rich jewel tones add warmth and refinement to any space

Head soutH

Be transported to the Mediterranean, with its golden sunshine, scented pine trees, whitewashed villas and sparkling sea. Lelièvre’s signature 2018 collection, Riviera, features playful tapestries, linens, cottons and velvets, all inspired by nature. Shown here is a chair upholstered in Vallauris, a bright, chiseled jacquard-patterned cotton velvet; and a Mimosa curtain, with its stylised branches embroidered on a thick linen canvas. Riviera collection, price on request, Lelièvre Middle East, lelievre.eu bhomes.com | 25


tHe green ligHt

Inspired by classic Venetian and Roman styles, Italian brand Marco Polo is known for its luxurious look that evokes another era. Shown here is a mix of gorgeously rich emerald fabrics with delicate chiffon. Esmeralda fabric curtains, Dhs132 per metre; chiffon, Dhs34.65 per metre, both Marco Polo fabrics. Available from Sedar Global, sedarglobal.com

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see red

“I try to create a relaxing and comfortable space that has an element of elegance,� says interior architect Wajih Nakkash, whose gallery beautifully showcases his ability to effortlessly blend classic and modern styles. We love this rich red velvet-upholstered armchair complemented by a marble desk. Diva swivelling armchair, Dhs8,000, B195 desk, Dhs9,850, Nakkash Gallery, nakkashgallery.com

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Find your muse

Channel the decadence of the Art Deco period with the latest range from Zoffany. The Muse features five collections of cut velvets, jacquards and wallcoverings, with each design telling a story of a muse and the art she inspires.. Shown here is the Conway wallpaper, a glorious rotaryprinted geometric design named after fashion artist Gordan Conway. It is complemented by chairs upholstered in Quartz velvet. The Muse wallpaper collection, from Dhs432 per roll, Quartz Velvet collection, Dhs618 per metre, Zoffany. Available from Style Library, stylelibrary.com

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Out Of the bOx French artist and designer Emilie Mazeau-Langlais on historic splendour, modern waste and looking to the future Interview: Lucy Land

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milie Mazeau-Langlais blends her passion for the grand, decorative style of Louis XIV, with a childhood hobby of building playhouses out of cardboard to create her trademark designs. The self-taught artist spent time at craftsmen’s workshops before creating her first piece of art in 2006: a Regency-inspired chest of drawers made from small pieces of cardboard taped together. She perfected her technique, which led to her winning first prize at the Départemental des Métiers d’Art Fair in 2009 for her Louis XIV commode. What do you love about Louis XIV style? I love this period of history: its splendour, carelessness, sophistication and luxury. I also particularly love the intricate commodes designed by AndréCharles Boulle. During the reign of Louis XIV, the commode was moved from the bedroom to be shown off in the living room, becoming a decorative piece of furniture.

Why have you chosen to work with cardboard? It may be a cheap material that is usually confined to utilitarian uses, but it can be found in large quantities as a waste product so it is easily accessible. My role as an artist is to turn it into a luxury material. Do you have a daily ritual? I am naturally anxious, so everything can quickly turn into a source of impediment to my work. I have a morning ritual, which includes yoga, to break away from everyday life and worries, and help me to focus. Once I am at work, I’m really happy and I find it difficult to stop working. While I work, I listen to French radio stations to stay connected with world events.

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Tell us about some of the challenges you’ve faced in your career… Using cardboard, not usually associated with high-end art, has presented a huge challenge. You can’t wet cardboard: its use as a raw material is limited. I’ve also needed to assert myself as an independent professional and combat the stereotype of my work being considered an occupational hobby. Moreover, I’ve persevered for more than 10 years, working with utter precision without yet knowing where this adventure will lead me. What piece are you most proud of? The next one! I am proud of all my works, of course, but I am always looking forward to the next creation. What is your advice for incorporating one of your works into a home setting? My pieces can work within any space, including opulent, refined, eclectic and neutral interiors. What are your thoughts on working with another material? I live in Limoges-France, the capital of porcelain, and I would be interested in meeting with a porcelain manufacturer who is willing to combine materials. What is your top home décor tip? I don’t have any tips, as such, as I appreciate personal interiors. You’re participating in INDEX – what are you most looking forward to? I’m looking forward to reaching a new international audience and I hope my work is recognised for its artistic and technical qualities. Annual design event INDEX returns 26–29 March, indexexhibition.com; emilie-mazeau-langlais.com


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Doyour homework Choose smooth, clean lines for calm, clutter-free spaces

Goal digger

We love the brass geometry, high-gloss lacquered top and spacious drawers of this rock ‘n’ roll desk, shown here in peacock. It’s complemented by the glamourous Rider dining chair and bench, and the pop art-style, sculptural Neo Geo drinks table and bookends. Caine desk, Dhs8,263 (USD2,250); Neo Geo drinks table, Dhs4,021 (USD1,095); Neo Geo bookends, Dhs1,462 (USD398); Rider dining chair, Dhs3,287 (USD895) and bench, Dhs2,920 (USD795); Jonathan Adler, jonathanadler.com

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Tidy mind

Crafted from oak solids and veneers, with brushed brass-plated touches, this smooth desk works in both classic and contemporary spaces. It boasts a spacious surface and soft-close drawers so there’s no excuse not to keep paperwork tidy. Callum desk, Dhs6,520; desk chair, Dhs4,340; and Callum single file bookcase, Dhs9,230; Ethan Allen, ethanallen.ae

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Smooth and solid The minimalist design aesthetic of this storage and shelving system allows it to sit easily within a modern Dubai home. It also works well with the solid American oak table, which is supported by a finished steel under-structure. Kase storage with lockable doors or pull-out drawers, Dhs30,170; Geneva table, Dhs13,140; Schiavello, schiavello.ae

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The essentials

Tiziana lamp in taupe, Dhs545, Comptoir 102

Roxy sideboard, Dhs6,196, Marina Home

Trea chair, Dhs3,670, Humanscale

Bekant desk, Dhs595, IKEA

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Creating balance Interior designer Leema Ajith has ensured this new Villa Lantana home offers personalised spaces for each family member Words: Lucy Land

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“M

odern in their outlook yet traditional at heart,” is how interior designer Leema Ajith describes her clients, a husband and wife from south India who moved to Dubai in 2002. Their first home in the emirate was an apartment in Jumeirah Lake Towers, which was styled by Leema, but the couple soon needed more space for their growing family. With its community facilities, proximity to Dubai’s arterial roads and spacious homes, new development, Villa Lantana, located in south Barsha, became the couple’s top choice in which to buy. They asked Leema to work with them again to transform their property into their dream home, which they moved into five months ago. The family’s new villa includes a foyer, living and dining area, kitchen and a bedroom on the ground floor, while the first floor comprises of master bedroom, a bedroom for each child and a family room, which has been transformed into a room for the husband to retreat to. “The wife wanted a grand entrance, a warm and earthy aesthetic and to use the property’s nooks for her Indian curios. She craved an easy to maintain,

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contemporary design combined with tradition, and for her home to be Vastu Shastra compliant,” Leema says. Meaning ‘science of architecture’ in Hindu, Vastu Shastra incorporates Hindu and often Buddhist beliefs. Its designs attempt to integrate architecture with nature, using geometric patterns, symmetry and directional alignments. The husband, meanwhile, wanted a cosy space in which to unwind after a stressful day at work. “My mantra for the ground floor was to strike a balance between modern and ethnic styles,” Leema reveals. “The main door opens onto the foyer, with a collection of brass lamps that the couple has collected over the years. I combined a clean, off-white wall with floor-toceiling rich walnut cabinets and a warm stone-clad wall to create a space that is both regal and welcoming.” A gypsum wall, with a door, was built along the stairway to create a sense of enclosure to the living area. Combining a mix of tactile materials and a palette of green, brown and taupe, the linear living space is divided into two smaller seating areas, with the large window emphasising a connection with the


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outside. The side of the gypsum wall facing the living area was clad in a full-sized mirror. The natural light from the windows is reflected in the mirrored wall, creating a beautifully bright space that seems bigger than it really is. Furnished with striking Indian and customised pieces, the living space includes a long, polished maple and rich walnut wall, which supports the TV; solid seating lacquered with wax; brass lamps; antiques; and a curio corner shelf, showcasing mementos that the family have picked up on their travels. There is also a handcrafted statue of a meditating Buddha seated on a wooden stool located close to the mirrored wall to welcome guests into the living space. On one side of the living space is a dining area, in which the elegant dining table, from Al Huzaifa Furniture, seats eight people. Leaning against the muted wall is a stunning eight-foot solid wooden door boasting intricate carvings and brass inlays, while plants add freshness to the décor. Upstairs, an off-white wall provides the backdrop for a vibrant six-foot by four-foot mural, which was custommade in Kerala for the couple. As the landing area offers the connecting space to the three distinct bedrooms, the den and the art-furnished wall, it was crucial to make the opposing wall and the space interesting. This was achieved

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with a rich, textured metallic green paint (called Alba from Mas Paints) and an oversized chandelier. The master bedroom features a fourposter bed, from Marina Home, with white georgette draping, complemented by an earthy bedspread and a coloured throw. A lounge chair and reading lamp from Pottery Barn completes the elegant and classic look. Pretty but fun, the daughter’s bedroom features a graffiti wallpaper from Mr Perswall and a grey tufted headboard. On the opposite wall, the study area flows gently into the dressing area. With the son currently in boarding school, and visiting Dubai every three months, his room also has a study and sleeping zone, but has a minimal yet warm look, while a beautiful city wallpaper complements the summer blue colour of the room. The husband’s industrial-style room features an exposed brick effect wallpaper by Mr Perswall; a chesterfield sofa; a custom-built bar, which continues as a TV unit and book shelving; dark flooring; and rich walnutfinished cabinets. The space is further personalised with Mapiful, a customised map poster of the couple’s favourite countries that they have visited. “The room may have been created for the husband, but it has become the entire family’s favourite room,” Leema reveals.


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Home comforts Lighting creates energy, drama and greatly affects your emotions. I usually break lighting up into accent, task and ambient. colour is also very important. I used Mas Paints throughout this home: Maya, a soothing shade of green, on the ground floor and an elegant metallic green called Alba in the master bedroom and for the upstairs foyer wall. do not clutter your space. Cluttering your physical space will clutter your mind, too. Home is‌ A place to reflect your taste and mood. bhomes.com | 41


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Interior designer Rococo Davis has filled her London terraced house with carefully sourced gems Words: Lucy Land

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t took four years for interior designer Rococo Davis to transform her Victorian terraced house in south-west London into her dream family home. To create a homely space filled with timeless pieces, her initial mood board was full of colour, patterns, textured fabrics, brass, lamps, wallpapers and illustrations. However, when she moved into the property with her husband, Gav, and cocker spaniel, Edie, she didn’t have a big budget to turn her mood board onto a reality. Consequently, she searched far and wide, trawling sample sales, online marketplace eBay, charity shops, auctions and markets during her travels for fabrics, rugs and light fixtures. It’s not surprising that her mantra is, ‘There’s no such thing as “can’t”’. Her process required a huge amount of patience, while juggling other projects and commitments. She also personally painted a lot of the house. “To save costs, much of the paintwork became a weekend hobby,” she says. “I found it very therapeutic.” When the time arrived to complete the project, she was heavily pregnant with her daughter Mimi. “Heading to antique fairs was exhausting,” she admits. “But the treasures I found made the experience even more satisfying.” The tight budget meant the lighting presented a challenge. “It’s quite tricky when you’re doing a gradual project, especially when it’s your own, as you have to really plan where you want electrics at the beginning and it’s much easier when you can do as much of it as possible at the same time, she reveals. “That said, the electricians I work with are fantastic – they always have great ideas about how we can do something, helping to minimise the amount of destruction.” Ironically, the sofa presented the greatest challenge. “It’s a huge, classic old English Duresta Hornblower sofa. All of the front windows had to be taken out to get it into the house. Some might think that is a lot of work, but it’s absolutely worth it. A comfortable sofa to sit on at the end of the day is a must.” The first thing the couple did when they moved in was open up the hallway and living space. “You can’t afford to make structural mistakes and my brothers’ building and decorating business, Lethbridge London, did an excellent job.” The bathroom, however, became the starting point. “We completely gutted the room, installing underfloor heating and a Victorian tile design.” During renovations, Rococo discovered a fireplace hidden behind

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There are many layers of fabrics and treasures that have accumulated over time the wall, which coincided with finding a fire surround for sale in a scrap metal shop. “I painted it that very day and by the end of the week we had a beautiful bathroom with a decorative fireplace.” The bathroom also included an original roll-top bath that she had bought for a steal from a reclamation yard in Norfolk. The living room, meanwhile, has been a work-in-progress from the start. Floors were leveled and stained, lighting was installed, the fireplace was transformed into a working one, radiators and glass cabinets were added, joinery was used to hide wiring and create storage space, and walls were painted with Farrow and Ball’s rich

Calke Green. Zones were created in the open space, with one space providing the lounge and another offering a more intimate bar area. “There are many layers of fabrics and treasures, which have accumulated in this space over time, giving it real character.” These include two Vaughan lights, snapped up from an online marketplace, which frame the fireplace. Rococo’s favourite room, it offers a place for entertaining, sitting by the fireplace for drinks with friends, reading the Sunday papers or watching a box set. With its large Victorian desk, gallery of racing prints, herringbone patterned Roman blinds, soothing green


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We love to entertain, so we wanted to provide a light, homely space

painted walls and colourful Indian silk light shade, the office provides a warm, traditional space. “Design is about bringing a room to life – creating welcoming environments”. In the kitchen, two seating areas were created with a bespoke island made of Italian Carrara marble for casual seating, as well as a large 10ft antique English oak farmhouse table, which has the option to extend for extra guests. “We love to entertain, so we wanted to provide a light, homely space where it is possible to seat eight guests comfortably for dinner,” Rococo explains. “We also wanted alternative seating to sit casually in the week and read the papers during the weekend.” A mix of timeless Wegnerstyle Wishbone chairs and a comfortable upholstered dining bench provided a sophisticated twist on seating, with Lewis and Wood’s Oxus fabric adding the final component to the banquette. The blue paintwork (Blue Blood by Paint & Paper Library) was used on one wall, the skirting boards and the interior of the kitchen cupboards, which look particularly good when lit. “I also continued the blue into the hallway as it needed something else. It’s the beauty of painting – you can add more as you go along, if you feel brave enough.” Surrounded by the things she has collected over the years, Rococo has created an inspiring, as well as homely, place to spend time with her family, entertain, rest, play and work. Indeed, she regularly hosts meetings and networking lunches for designers at her home. “It’s such a wonderful thing to do,” she enthuses. “I meet lots of incredibly creative people, which you may not do otherwise. Some have even become close friends. In the busy world we live in, it’s fantastic to take a few hours out and meet other fascinating people and even put a face to your favourite Instagram account.” rococolondoninteriors.com

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HomE comfortS my aesthetic is‌ Classic English with a twist. Where possible, I like to inject plenty of colour and patterns into a scheme. I also surround myself with the things I love. Give your home the attention it needs‌ Keep your leftover paint. I am always retouching areas.

mix up furniture. When pieces are put in the right setting, they can be totally transformed. Beautiful surroundings tangibly affect our wellbeing. Wherever I am in the world, I look forward to coming home (with some treasures and oversized luggage). bhomes.com | 47


AreA Want to be central to the best of everything Dubai has to offer? Whether you prefer a sleek skyscraper or an Arabian style four-storey apartment with a garden, city centre living is all about apartments – swoon-worthy views guaranteed. Check out our edit of abodes to rent and buy in Downtown Dubai.


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Downtown Dubai Sherif Nabil, Senior Property Consultant at Better Homes, on living in one of the world’s most visited destinations

Home to the world’s tallest building, the world’s largest mall and the world’s tallest fountain, it’s no wonder that Downtown Dubai continues to retain its crown as the most visited location in the Middle East and is sixth in the world in the latest global ranking of tourist destinations, ahead of Paris, New York and Tokyo. As well as its iconic attractions, Downtown Dubai plays host to many of the city’s best hotels, top-notch restaurants, famous brand boutiques and one of the most expensive, high-end residential areas in the world. It’s also home to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, which runs in almost full circle around Souk Al Bahar, The Dubai Fountain and the Burj Khalifa. Dotted with restaurants and hotels, its palm trees provide shade during the day and are illuminated with thousands of lights at night. Get on the hop-on, hop-off, zero-emission Dubai Trolley to explore the sites of this street. Accessible from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard and within walking distance of The Dubai Mall, is less well-known Burj Park, an 11,300 sq. m. lawn located on Burj Lake. With ample underground parking space, it was designed for a range of events, such as weddings and concerts, but also makes the perfect spot for a picnic with a view. It can be accessed from a bridge near Burj Residences.

The vibrant area offers an integrated lifestyle community: a place to work, live and play. It’s easily accessible, with taxis available everywhere, and the wellconnected metro (an air-conditioned glass tunnel travellator provides a link between Burj Khalifa/The Dubai Mall station and The Dubai Mall. There are also feeder buses, which service the mall directly). Nearby educational institutions include GEMS Wellington Primary School in Al Wasl, and Hartland International School and North London Collegiate School, both in Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City. With a variety of apartments, ranging from 430 sq. ft. studios to 4,300 sq. ft., four-bedroom apartments, most of the properties in Downtown Dubai include numerous facilities, such as a gym, sauna, steam room and squash courts, while all come with access to a swimming pool. “I love the atmosphere of Downtown Dubai. The views of Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain are spectacular – it feels like Venice,” enthuses Batoul Adoum, who lives with her mum and younger sister in a two-bedroom apartment, overlooking Burj Khalifa. “I never get bored of living here, as everything I want is next door to me. I like to hang out at my favourite restaurant, Sammach, in Souk Al Bahar.”

To rent One-bedroom apartment Two-bedroom apartment Three-bedroom apartment

Approximate price Dhs80,000 to Dhs130,000 Dhs120,000 to Dhs220,0000 Dhs180,000 to Dhs300,000

To buy One-bedroom apartment Two-bedroom apartment Three-bedroom apartment

Approximate price Dhs1.3 million to Dhs2.1 million Dhs2 million to Dhs6 million Dhs3.6 million to Dhs8 million

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Burj Khalifa Tower Downtown Dubai

Ref No. AP64969 Wael Naeem RERA Permit No. 11597

Park Tower A DIFC

Ref No. AP319817 Syed Wajih Uddin Ahmed RERA Permit No. 11597

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AED 2, 700,000 1 BR 1,378 sq. ft.

AED 1,550,000 1 BR 993 sq. ft.

Jumeirah Living World Trade Center

Ref No. AP316325 Tauseef Khan RERA Permit No. 11597

The Address The BLVD Downtown Dubai

Ref No. AP332073 Jawad Motiwala RERA Permit No. 11597

AED 4,050,000 3 BR + Maid’s Room 2,939 sq. ft.

AED 1,640,000 Studio 552 sq. ft.


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Kamoon 4 Old Town

Ref No. AP354758 Rabih Hankir RERA Permit No. 11597

The Index (One Central Park) DIFC

Ref No. AP345864 Ahmed Taha RERA Permit No. 11597

AED 10,500,000 3 BR 4,020 sq. ft.

AED 3, 300,000 2 BR 1,741 sq. ft.

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The DIsTInCTIOn

3-Bedroom Apartment, Downtown Dubai

A DE Si RA BLE AD DRE SS This three-bedroom, three-bathroom plus maid’s room apartment is located in The Distinction, a five-star hotel apartment project by DAMAC, a leading private property developer in the UAE. Fully-furnished to a very high standard, the apartment boasts an enviable address. The 153-metre, 53-storey tower includes a stunning spa, which houses a relazing Jacuzzi and sauna to complement the hitech gym and plush swimming pool. It also boasts a beautiful, spacious lobby and coffee lounge, along with its mix of studio, one-, two-, three-and four-bedroom hotel apartments and penthouses. On the ground floor, Casper & Gambini’s restaurant offers an international dining experience, while a shisha lounge, located on the sixth floor, offers breathtaking views of Burj Khalifa and the Dubai skyline. Of course, the super luxurious property is in an incredible setting, Dubai’s ‘platinum square kilometre’, with some of the world’s biggest attractions, such as the tallest tower, highest fountain and biggest shopping mall.

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AED 4,500,000

T h E D E TA i L S Approx size: 2,169 sq. ft. Reference No: AP351201 RERA Permit No. 11597

Listed by Jean Ayoub


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sky Gardens DIFC

Ref No. AP335944 Syed Wajih Uddin Ahmed RERA Permit No. 11597

south Ridge 2 Downtown Dubai

Ref No. AP355542 Ziyad Qamar Rahim RERA Permit No. 11597

AED 2,100,000 2 BR 1,276 sq. ft.

Zanzebeel 3 Old Town

Ref No. AP346232 Syed Wajih Uddin Ahmed RERA Permit No. 11597

AED 1,490,000 1 BR 967 sq. ft.

AED 1, 795,000

south Ridge 1

AED 4, 200,000

1 BR 1,089 sq. ft.

Ref No. AP355703 Scott McGeachy RERA Permit No. 11597

3 BR 2,102 sq. ft.

Downtown Dubai

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AED 3, 700,000

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2-Bedroom Apartment, Downtown Dubai

CEnTRAL AnD pRESTigiOuS LOCATiOn One of the best two-bedroom apartments in Downtown Dubai, this apartment has amazing views of both the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain. The elegantly designed abode is bright and spacious. It also boasts a very good living size of 1,431 sq. ft., while the tower has a multitude of amenities. The Residences are much sought-after due to their central location. The lifestyle facilities include a swimming pool, squash courts, badminton court, fitness centres, mini-theatre, a library, a meeting room, a day care centre and a business centre. Residents are also provided with lockers and storage space. With four parking levels, concierge facility and 24-hour maintenances and security, The Residences offer stylish living in the heart of the city. Residents also have easy access to world-class hospitality and leisure facilities, including Armani Hotel Dubai, The Address Dubai Mall, The Palace Downtown Dubai, Manzil Downtown Duubai and Vida Downtown Dubai.

T h E D E TA i L S Approx size: 1,431 sq. ft. Reference No: AP321331 RERA Permit No. 11597

Listed by Mohammad Khalid Khan

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Yansoon 4 Old Town

Ref No. AP170971 Syed Wajih Uddin Ahmed RERA Permit No. 11597

Jumeirah Living World Trade Center

Ref No. AP240779 Syed Wajih Uddin Ahmed RERA Permit No. 11597

AED 155,000 2 BR 1,480 sq. ft.

AED 250,000 3 BR 2,465 sq. ft.

The signature Downtown Dubai

Ref No. AP232084 Shahzad Anwar RERA Permit No. 11597

The Address Dubai Mall Downtown Dubai

Ref No. AP248121 Melissa Lewis RERA Permit No. 11597

AED 130,000 2 BR 1,373 sq. ft.

AED 135,000 1 BR 727 sq. ft.

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Claren Tower 2 Claren Tower 2

Ref No. AP347118 Jean Ayoub RERA Permit No. 11597

The Address The BLVD Downtown Dubai

Ref No. HA354044 Wael Naeem RERA Permit No. 11597

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AED 135,000 2 BR 1,231 sq. ft.

AED 400,000 3 BR 2,184 sq. ft.


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JuMeIRAh LIVInG

4-Bedroom Apartment, World Trade Center

A F FO R DA B LE Luxu Ry The World Trade Center Residence (WTCR) is located next door to Dubai’s Trade Centre alongside Sheikh Zayed Road, and within close proximity to Business Bay, DIFC and other main areas of town. WTCR is a fully operational hotel facility, with all of the amenities of a five-star hotel, including recreational and restaurant facilities, 24-hour security, valet parking and a host of other attractive conveniences. Amenities include a rooftop swimming pool, a children’s wading pool and a landscaped rooftop sundeck. This four-bedroom apartment is spacious, is bright and is beautifully designed. Fully-furnished and well-maintained, it comes inclusive of water and electricity bills. The neighbouring Souk Al Bahar is filled with restaurants and traditional artisanal stores, providing a contrast to the ultra-modern style of the mall.

AED 230,000

T h E D E TA i L S Approx size: 3,229 sq. ft. Reference No: AP70344 RERA Permit No. 11597

Listed by Rasha Moslyh

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Burj Khalifa Tower Downtown Dubai

Ref No. AP279527 Melissa Lewis RERA Permit No. 11597

The Residences 6 Downtown Dubai

Ref No. AP331098 Yasmine Aziz RERA Permit No. 11597

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AED 149,999 1 BR 936 sq. ft.

The Residences 1 Downtown Dubai

Ref No. AP325013 Sharfuddin Mohammed RERA Permit No. 11597

Living AED 195,000 Jumeirah World Trade Center 2 BR 1,483 sq. ft.

Ref No. AP343826 Suraiya Nawab RERA Permit No. 11597

AED 200,000 3 BR 2,082 sq. ft.

AED 165,000 2 BR 1,464 sq. ft.


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2-Bedroom Apartment, Downtown Dubai

Th E L A p O F Luxu Ry This newly available two-bedroom luxury, furnished apartment is located on a high floor and offers a breathtaking view of the Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Fountain and The Old Town. The Distinction is a popular, five-star building located in Downtown Dubai. Its amenities include a front desk, which is manned around the clock; plus 24-hour security, CCTV cameras, a children’s playroom, a children’s pool, daily housekeeping, a gym/health club, a high-speed elevator, high-end lobby, a multi-purpose room, a Jacuzzi, a residents’ lounge, restaurants, a spa and a swimming pool. Located withing Downtown Dubai, next to the South Ridge Towers by Emaar, there is no future construction allowed to take place in front of the building, so front-facing apartments will continue to have clear views towards the Burj Khalifa. It is also located within walking distance of Bay Square, Business Bay.

AED 150,000

T h E D E TA i L S Approx size: 1,240 sq. ft. Reference No: HA355210 RERA Permit No. 11597

Listed by Melissa Lewis

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The price is righT

See how property prices fare across the city with our at-a-glance guide

Villas

Villas

Sale

Rental

Community

arabian Ranches

Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Village triangle

Bedrooms

average pricing

Monthly change

Quarterly change

2

AED 1,975,000

-2%

-9%

3

AED 3,106,000

-1%

-5%

4

AED 4,498,000

0%

-7%

5

AED 6,839,500

-1%

3

AED 3,726,500

-3%

4

AED 4,448,500

1%

1%

5

AED 5,667,000

0%

-8%

2

AED 2,603,000

-1%

Community

average pricing

Monthly change

Quarterly change -12%

2

AED 136,500

1%

3

AED 174,500

1%

-9%

4

AED 221,500

0%

-13%

4%

5

AED 278,000

-2%

-12%

-5%

3

AED 185,500

-2%

-13%

4

AED 196,500

-4%

-11%

5

AED 227,500

-3%

-6%

3

AED 195,000

-3%

-10%

9%

arabian Ranches

Green Community Jumeirah Park

5

AED 288,000

-1%

-1%

Jumeirah Village triangle

2

AED 140,500

1%

-9%

the Palm Jumeirah

4

AED 401,500

0%

0%

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Apartments

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Sale

Rental

Community

Downtown Dubai

Dubai Investment Park

Dubai Marina

Jumeirah lake towers

Jumeirah Village Circle

the Palm Jumeirah

Bedrooms

average pricing

Monthly change

Quarterly change

1

AED 1,830,500

-1%

-2%

2

AED 3,425,000

-3%

6%

3

AED 5,095,000

4%

-2%

Studio

AED 417,500

6%

1

AED 826,000

1%

2

AED 1,230,000

0%

-10%

Studio

AED 896,500

0%

0%

1

AED 1,409,500

0%

2%

average pricing

Monthly change

Quarterly change

Studio

AED 83,000

-2%

6%

1

AED 115,500

0%

1%

2

AED 165,500

2%

-3%

8%

3

AED 223,000

3%

-10%

7%

Studio

AED 41,500

-3%

-12%

1

AED 68,500

2%

-9%

2

AED 109,500

0%

1%

Studio

AED 68,500

0%

8%

1

AED 97,000

4%

-4%

2

AED 134,500

0%

-7%

3

AED 195,000

-2%

-2%

Studio

AED 58,500

2%

-3%

1

AED 80,500

-2%

-5%

2

AED 117,500

-3%

-4%

3

AED 145,500

0%

-9%

Studio

AED 43,000

-3%

-8%

2

AED 93,500

0%

-8%

1

AED 129,000

-1%

-3%

2

AED 166,500

0%

-5%

3

AED 207,000

-2%

-10%

2

AED 2,225,000

-4%

6%

Studio

AED 710,000

0%

9%

1

AED 1,067,000

-2%

0%

2

AED 1,729,000

-1%

5%

3

AED 2,398,000

4%

4%

Studio

AED 545,000

0%

13%

2

AED 1,312,000

-1%

7%

1

AED 2,286,500

0%

0%

3

AED 5,456,000

0%

7%

Community

Downtown Dubai

Dubai Investment Park

Dubai Marina

Jumeirah lake towers

Jumeirah Village Circle

the Palm Jumeirah

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Shorten the School run

Three homes within 15 minutes’ drive of Al Salam Private School

Which School?

Capital Bay Tower B Business Bay Fabio Lombardi Ref No. AP354597 RERA Permit No. 11597

AED 1,935,000

2 BR 1,377 sq. ft.

Daniel Lewis, principal of North London Collegiate School, on ensuring a community feel What sets your school apart?

We foster very close ties between North London Collegiate School (NLCS) UK and the overseas schools, and have a strong commitment to ensuring that both the ethos and standards of the education provided at the branch schools mirrors that of the UK school. Wherever possible, candidates are interviewed in London and always involve senior staff from the London school. We are academically selective in our approach to admissions, and an atmosphere of scholarship and excitement about learning pervades the school.

Tell us about your team…

New teachers attend induction and professional development at NLCS UK. This annual event provides staff from the Jeju and Dubai schools with the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of the NLCS ethos, and ensures that strong links develop between the academic departments across all three schools. This collaborative approach continues throughout the academic year, with our Communities of Practice programme, linking the work of teachers at NLCS schools across the globe.

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Is there anything else parents should know?

In the UK, NLCS regularly tops the national league tables of results, and it is consistently the highest performing school in the UK for the IB diploma. Students at NLCS Dubai enjoy the same quality of teaching and learning that enables them to strive for the highest levels of academic attainment. To ensure consistency across the NLCS family of schools, regular visits by the London team ensure that the true nature of a NLCS education is reflected in the delivery of the curriculum and pastoral care. The school offers teachers numerous opportunities for leading and attending professional development with a vibrant in-house Middle Leadership Development programme and access to external training.

The Vogue Business Bay Sherif Nabil Ref No. AP350575 RERA Permit No. 11597

AED 1,350,000

1 BR 915 sq. ft.

What do your key facilities include?

Our superb campus has been designed to provide the best possible learning experience, and a close community feel. Our large, bright classrooms are equipped with the latest technologies. When at capacity, the school will offer 13 science labs, and already boasts premium IT facilities, a state-of-theart performing arts centre, a large dining hall and sporting facilities, including tennis courts, a basketball court, a cricket/rugby field and an eight-lane indoor swimming pool.

Bay’s Edge Business Bay Katie Forbes Ref No. AP352919 RERA Permit No. 11597

AED 125,000

2 BR 1,254 sq. ft.


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only have to close my eyes and I can picture it – I’m ten, and dad is sitting in his chair. That’s how it was always known – ‘Dad’s Chair’. It seemed huge, but I guess I was small back then. He was the most generous man with everything but that big armchair. He’d call it his ‘throne’ and it was his and his alone. Now I’m the dad and I’ve got my own special chair. I never planned it – one day it just was. My boys tease me about it sometimes, but I don’t really mind. And dad’s chair? Well, of course, that’s Granddad’s chair now.”

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