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Editor’s picks Five finds on my radar…
1. Every interior designer I’ve met this month has mentioned the importance of layering lighting. For flattering overhead lighting, this stunning design classic is on my wish list. Burst chandelier in vintage brass and grey colourway, Dhs159,788 (USD43,500), Lindsey Adelman, lindseyadelman.com 2. Elevate teatime with pretty pastel-hued crockery that comes in a choice of baby pink (pictured) or mint. Six-piece Catherine cup and saucer set, Dhs525, Chamore at Jashanmal, jashanmalhome.com 3. Create an inviting ambiance, with a Vermeil diffuser from Voluspa, made with rattan reeds for a longlasting scent. Aurantia & Blackberry Diffuser, Dhs249, Vuluspa. Available from Dwell, dwell.com 4. Looking for a quirky gift idea? We found plenty during the photoshoot for this month’s store focus (page 16). Miles The Ant Sculpture, Dhs100, Georges of Dubai, gerogesofdubai.com 5. Set the mood for afternoon tea with these cute candles that look good enough to eat. Set of six patisserie candles, Dhs63, Maisons du Monde, maisonsdumonde.com
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Pinboard Our round-up of the latest in homewares, news and interiors trends
THREE OF A KIND
Following the success of the launch of its Umm Suqeim and City Centre Mirdif branches last year, Danish homewares store JSYK (pronounced ‘yusk’) recently opened its third Dubai store in BurJuman. Covering 20,000 sq. ft., the new outlet includes a sleep centre, where you can test and purchase everything, from pocket spring mattresses to adjustable bed bases.
For the man of the house
Can’t think what to buy your man this Valentine’s Day? If he’s an adventurer, we recommend a Victorinox swiss knife (Dhs315). For another practical gift idea, you can’t go wrong with a smart Ferrari ball point pen (Dhs920), while a Delonghi EC685.M Espresso machine (Dhs999) will ensure his day gets off to a good start. All available from Jashanmal.
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Trending | UPDATES
TIMOTHY OULTON LAUNCHES IN THE CAPITAL
Bathroom solutions manufacturer Ideal Standard recently announced its collaboration with top Italian architects and design studio Palomba Serafini Associati, with the first results of the collaboration being previewed during ISH 2019, the trade fair on innovative water and energy-saving design, which takes place in Frankfurt, Germany next month.
Want to inject some British vintage-inspired relaxed yet sophisticated style into your home? Then check out the new Timothy Oulton Gallery at Marina Home in The Abu Dhabi Mall. The latest collection includes the use of rock crystal and is also available from Marina Home, Al Barsha, Dubai.
TAKE TWO SOFT-HUED VASES
Coral and white vase, Dhs299, Zara Home
Puiforcat sterling silver tumbler in rose gold, Dhs9,500, Moda Operandi
On our radar
SAY IT WITH A MIRROR DECORATION. We love this simple design (Dhs133) by Kare.
Decorations of love
A SPLASH OF LIFE-AFFIRMING CORAL on blue ensures this hand-knotted rug is also a piece of art. Kaboom rug from Design Collection by Illulian.
THIS PINK CANDLE under a glass bell cover adds a fun touch to a contemporary console. Dhs85, Maisons du Monde
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SHOP | Must-shop
WHAT’S IN STORE
GEORGES OF DUBAI THE STORY SO FAR: While working for real estate development company Emaar, interior designer Georgie Trigg realised there was a market for beautiful home accessories and pretty gifts beyond those offered by the big brands based in the malls. Easily accessible destination spot The Courtyard in Al Quoz 1 provided the perfect place for Georges of Dubai to launch in 2016. Her store is complemented by Boston Lane, a café offering speciality coffee, located next door and run by her sister Ali Hickey. The pair is now busy hosting a sixmonth pop-up (launched in November 2018) overlooking The Dubai Fountain, transforming a shipping container into a design-savvy shopping and dining experience, while Georgie is also offering more larger pieces of furniture, available to see in her new showroom in Umm Suqeim. THE LOOK: Clean, contemporary and affordable. WHAT TO CHECK OUT NOW: As well as a selection of commercial grade ceramics by Australian brand Mud; scrumptious candles and glassware from Maison Balzac and hand-printed artworks and cushions by Bonnie & Neil, the pop-up has a super comfortable sofa by cult Australian brand MCM House. GOOD TO KNOW: Want to know how to incorporate the colourful pieces in an interesting, fun way? Just ask for some of Georgie’s interiors expertise. DELIVERY DETAILS: A speedy delivery service across Dubai is available for a flat Dhs20 fee. Dubai Mall Pop-Up, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, 050 558 6746, georgesofdubai.com
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WHY WE RATE IT
You’re guaranteed to find a beautiful artisan gift for that person who is tricky to buy for, as well as statement-making homewares for yourself.
Paper mâché red lucky star bowl, Dhs105
From left: Small oval vase, Dhs355, small tear vase, Dhs245, small carafe, Dhs320, by MUD Australia Tarrazzo wall clock, Dhs180
DuraSquare: Now with the new bathroom furniture series XSquare. The exact and precise edges of the DuraSquare bathroom series blends perfectly with the latest furniture collection XSquare designed by Kurt Merki Jr. Handle-free fronts, striking chrome profiles and 28 furniture finishes enable an individual bathroom design. Co-ordinating mirrors feature a touch-free control panel for demisting and light or dimming functions. Duravit Middle East SAL (Off-Shore), firstname.lastname@example.org, Duravit Middle East SAL Off Shore UAE Rep Office email@example.com, Duravit Saudi Arabia LLC, firstname.lastname@example.org. www.duravit.com
SHOP | Glasses Cushions
REFLECTION Play with colours at your dining table and add a splash of style to your home
Anticlockwise: Coral-coloured glass, Dhs15, Zara Home; Two-piece set of Tiki glasses, Dhs39, Tavola; Ruby-coloured Nemo tumbler in size small, Dhs485.43, White Almonds; Purple-coloured Nordal drinking glass, Dhs70, Bits & Pieces; Twopiece set of Konungslig glasses, Dhs49, IKEA; Sixpiece set of multicoloured Mixed Cuttings glasses, Dhs549, Pols Potten at Amara; Blue-coloured Nordal drinking glass, Dhs57.14, Bits & Pieces
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Better buys | SHOP
BARBECUES Whether you’re heading to the desert, entertaining in your garden or staying inside, we’ve got the perfect grill for you FOR A SMOKY FLAVOUR
Give your meat and veggies an authentic smoke taste with this versatile smoker. With its four adjustable stainless steel cooking grids, adjustable aluminium damper system for maintaining a constant temperature, and two rugged steel doors, it is durable and easy to maintain. Vertical charcoal smoker grill, Dhs3,499, Broil King. Available from Al-Futtaim ACE, aceuae.com
This statement piece, with its refined stainless steel finish, boasts four individual burners for a consistent and nuanced control; an infrared sear zone, which can generate 29 MJ/h when sealing in juices; alongside two temperatures types, direct and radiant. Outdoor gas BBQ OG42, price on request, Wolf. Available from Iconic Home, iconichomeuae.com
BEST FOR INDOORS
It’s the only indoor-approved, fold-away barbecue and it only takes 10 seconds to set up. The award-winning Space Grill is perfect for apartment living and those with minimalist aesthetics. Space Grill, Dhs3,799, ae.space-grill.com
THE ADVENTUROUS ONE
This take-me-anywhere grill boasts all-terrain wheels, spacious side shelves for prep, plus integrated towel and tool holders. Another award-winner, it’s easy to store and use, folding down and opening up with a quick lift and pull. TravelQ 285 with scissor cart in red, Dhs2,729, Napolean. Available from Better Life, betterlifeuae.com
THE FAMILY CHOICE
This fuss-free, lightweight barbecue features a lid lock and lid holder for convenient transportation. Simple to assemble, its handle is protected by a clever addition of a heat shield. Smokey Joe Premium BBQ, Dhs399, Weber. Available from Al-Futtaim ACE, aceuae.com
BEFORE YOU BUY... The first step to choosing which barbecue is right for you is deciding whether you want to use charcoal or gas as a fuel source. Gas barbecues are convenient: they’re easy to start and the temperature can be accurately controlled for a long period of time, plus they’re easy to clean. Many barbecue purists argue that cooking with charcoal gives food a unique, smoky flavour. Whichever you go for, consider how many people you will regularly be catering for, your budget, lifestyle, what size and type of barbie suits your space and be realistic about how often the barbecue will be used and what styles of food you will be cooking.
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Three innovative interior designers and stylists reveal what’s in, where to look, and how to craft your most stylish home ever Kathryn Hawkes of House of Hawkes houseofhawkes.net @houseofhawkes WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DÉCOR TRENDS THIS YEAR? I’m seeing a definite shift towards darker autumn-inspired colour palettes, which is pretty different for me – think mustard, ochre and dusty pinks complemented by natural hues. There’s also a move towards a more aesthetically obvious use of sustainable, handmade, artisanal pieces; cane webbing is big; plus cosy, relaxed bedrooms, with linen headboards, fewer scatter cushions and dare I say, more messy beds; and busy wallpapers that add serious life and statement to a room. YOUR TREASURED PLACES TO LOOK FOR INTERIOR IDEAS? Instagram and Pinterest are my first port of call, but I also love to get lost in interiors magazines.
ONE TIP FOR TRANSFORMING SMALL ROOMS? Use lots of practical (and vertical) storage, preferably wall-hung to create an illusion of floor space; multi-tasking furniture pieces; and take a less is more philosophy. WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR MAKING QUICK AND EASY UPDATES TO YOUR HOME? Soft furnishings, such as cushions and rugs; new pieces of wall art (Etsy has a plethora of affordable digital downloads) and accessories are a good call. For high impact, change the wall colours, too. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND BLOWING THE BUDGET ON? This depends entirely on your personal /family circumstances. For instance, I would say invest in a good rug, but probably not while you have small kids. I do, however, always recommend mixing affordable options with one or two bucket-list pieces, like an item of furniture from a designer you admire, an
Image: Lar Glutz
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investment rug or a vintage piece – the choice differs from person to person. YOUR TOP INTERIOR TIP? Make sure your interiors work for your family. It can’t be just about the aesthetic. For you to love your space and for it to reflect your character, it needs to be practical and suit your lifestyle.
Image: Natelee Cocks
Interior designers | INSPIRATION
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Linda Dekkers of Live Loud Girl liveloudgirl.com @liveloudgirl WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DÉCOR TRENDS AT THE MOMENT? It’s great to see the return of earthy tones – I’ve seen them in Copenhagen, at Milan Design Week and in the Middle East. I also love to use tone on tone. It gives a space a sense of calm without shying away from colour. In terms of accessories, a crate is very cute and versatile to use for storage. YOUR TREASURED PLACES TO LOOK FOR INTERIOR IDEAS? At Live Loud Girl, we work with products that we fall in love with, no matter where they are from. A few favourite online shops include Studio Mini Shop, Smallable and Archive, while the likes of Maison Sarah Lavoine in Paris, Loods 5 in Holland, as well as restaurants and hotels, such as The Hoxton in Amsterdam and Merci in Paris inspire us.
Portrait image: Moez Achour; room images: Natelee Cocks
ONE TIP FOR TRANSFORMING SMALL ROOMS? The easiest way to change the vibe of a room is by giving it a feature wall. There are some beautiful warm colours that are very on-trend right now. If you have the courage, paint all the walls in one shade for a fantastic effect. Wallpaper can also do the trick, giving a room more structure. WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR QUICK AND EASY UPDATES? I usually change around some items and rarely buy new furniture. For example, a former cabinet for toys in the playroom is now used for clothes in the boys’ bedroom. Vintage items can also be given a new life by adding a fresh coat of colour and an old chair can be reupholstered. Play around with what you have and you will be surprised how easily you can change the look of a room. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND BLOWING THE BUDGET ON? A design piece that has stolen your heart. It might be painful when swiping your credit card but your chosen item will make you smile every time you see it. And it will stay with you for a lifetime – you will bring it to wherever you live.
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Interior designers | INSPIRATION
Kalthoum Dumonceau baytkalthoum.com @baytkalthoum
galleries, Instagram and even the store next door.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DÉCOR TRENDS THIS YEAR? Curved sofas; mix-and-match styles; floral fabrics and wallpaper plus boldpainted walls; passementarie; velvet and light wood floors.
ONE TIP FOR TRANSFORMING SMALL ROOMS? Lots of white, light and airiness but always with a pop of colour; acrylic furniture will make your space appear less busy; and a big floor mirror will fool your eye into thinking the space is bigger.
YOUR TREASURED PLACES TO LOOK FOR INTERIOR IDEAS? Inspiration comes from everywhere: trendy restaurants, boutique hotels, art
WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR QUICK AND EASY UPDATES ON YOUR HOME? Refresh your home with a lick of paint
– it can soften, bring drama and give style to a space; declutter to create a sense of calm; and choose home décor items carefully to make an impact – think coffee table books, mementoes picked up on travels, candles, vases and wall art. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND BLOWING THE BUDGET ON? A soft carpet and a comfy sofa. YOUR TOP INTERIOR TIP? Create a personalised look by mixing up your styles: old and new, precious and cheap pieces, patterns and textures.
“ I love using
paint as a visual separator”
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Inspiration. Expertly crafted. Comprising two iconic towers, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, the world’s tallest 5-star hotel, is centrally located beside the Dubai Water Canal and offers a spectrum of facilities and services for a seamless experience. The hotel features: 1,608 luxurious guest rooms and suites, over 15 award-winning restaurants and lounges, Saray Spa featuring traditional hammams, a Dead Sea Floatation Pool and 17 treatment rooms, state-of-the-art health club and fitness facilities, as well as 8,000 sqm of spectacular meeting spaces.
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Trends | INSPIRATION
Brighten up your home with our pick of mouth-watering ideas
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Mix and match Make like artist and rug designer Cecilia Setterdahl, who started with a white base for her Jumeirah Islands villa before adding her signature colourful rugs, along with a mix of vintage and new pieces, geometric patterns and shapes.
â&#x20AC;&#x153;Group colours together in your home. It could be a pop of pink in an artwork paired with a fuchsia element in the rug below,â&#x20AC;? Cecilia Setterdahl
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Trends | INSPIRATION
You can make a space super cheerful just by adding a single bold accent piece of furniture
From left: Cocktail chair, Dhs2,974, Kare; Lloydâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Building, brushed aluminium limited-edition print, Dhs4,562 (GBP950), Michael Wallner; Dark pink-coloured cushion, Dhs149, Zara Home; Ella bar stool, Dhs3,300, Chattels & More
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INSPIRATION | Trends
Children need a space they feel comfortable and inspired in. This can be achieved with candy colour palettes and décor accents and accessories, unusual beds and bunk beds, kids’ desks and chairs, plus colourful storage solutions, combined with soft textures.
“Start off with a neutral base and stick to two or three colours for a playful yet balanced look.” Olivia Corsi of Caramel & Sun
From top and left to right: Betty’s butterfly wall clock, Dhs26, Home Centre; Laurette night table, Dhs990, Caramel & Sun; Alpaca money box, Dhs826, Kare; Lemon-coloured cushion, Dhs149, Zara Home; Franzi stool, Dhs566, Kare
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CREATE A CONVERSATION CIRCLE BY CHOOSING A CIRCULAR DINING OR BREAKFAST TABLE AND ARRANGING SEATING SLIGHTLY FACING EACH OTHER IN LIVING SPACES.
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“Tactile textures, such as super soft cushions on your sofa and a soft blanket will create aw feel-good atmosphere,” says interior designer Alexandra Conti.
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Warm touches | INSPIRATION
MAXIMISE THE NATURAL LIGHT WITH SHEERS FOR WINDOW TREATMENTS.
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INCORPORATE A CALM, LIGHT COLOUR PALETTE TO CREATE A WARM, RELAXING VIBE.
BALANCE YOUR LAYERS OF LIGHT – AMBIENT, ACCENT AND TASK – TO CREATE INTERESTING, INDIVIDUAL ROOMS. ADD DIMMER SWITCHES TO LIGHTS, OR BETTER STILL, INVEST IN A CONTROL DEVICE FOR SWITCHING AND DIMMING. YOU CAN ASSIGN PRESET ‘SCENES’ THAT CAN BE ACTIVATED AT A PUSH OF A BUTTON.
Use lots of lamps, as they can be moved around for even greater flexibility in your lighting design.
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Wooden table lamp from Al Huzaifa
“RUGS CAN BE USED TO DEFINE A SPACE, AND TO ADD CHARACTER AND CHARM, THROUGH PATTERN, COLOUR AND TEXTURE,” says Elizabeth Morrison of From Jaipur With Love.
Warm touches | INSPIRATION
Scents can be used to create different ambiences in each room. Fresh, clean scents, such as lemon and eucalyptus, are perfect for your spa-like bathroom; while cinnamon and orange evoke warmth and calm, so are great for welcoming guests as they enter your home.
9 ADD GREENERY FOR A CALMER, CLEANER ATMOSPHERE. PLANTS AND FLOWERS LIVEN UP A SPACE. Plants from Sass & Belle at Namshi
Bathroom by David Scott Interiors Ltd
REMOVE CLUTTER. BE SURE TO KEEP BATHROOM ESSENTIALS ON HAND, BUT TUCK EVERYTHING ELSE NEATLY AWAY IN DESIGNATED STORAGE AREAS. CONSIDER CUSTOM SHELVING, FLOATING GLASS SHELVES, MIRRORS WITH STORAGE COMPARTMENTS AND CORNER STORAGE CABINETS.
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Emilie Jacob at her home in Umm Suqeim
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Ask the designer | INSPIRATION
DESIGNER Interior stylist Emilie Jacob on creating an inspiring home office
Consider how much time you’ll be spending in your home office and how hard you need the space to work. This room was previously my daughter’s bedroom, but when my baby boy was born, I swapped the rooms around for two reasons: firstly, my business had grown so I’m now spending a lot more time in my home work space; and secondly, the natural light is better here. Meanwhile, a darker room helps the kids get to sleep. My home office also doubles up as a guest bedroom. I’ve had the sofa bed from IKEA reupholstered in monochrome geometric fabric, with yellow piping to complement the black and white striped wallpaper (from the limitededition Omedelbar IKEA collection in collaboration with costume designer Bea Akerlund) and the yellow-edged glass shelving on the other side of the room. The embroidered, velvet cushions on the sofa and IDdesign chair are by Dubai-based brand Wear The House (@wear_the_house). It can be really difficult to work in a room by yourself, so a bland room definitely isn’t going to create a stimulating environment. I worked with affordable online art store Drawdeck to create this gallery wall and
I’ve decorated this space like I would any other room in the house, taking into consideration practicalities but creating a space that reflects my personality, including adding mementoes, trinkets and framed photos to shelves. In any room, I always ensure two or three points of eye-level lighting. Two Seletti lamps – a monkey and a mouse – provide these in my home office, while a string of bulbs hanging from the corner of the window creates ambience. For the overhead lightbulb, it took several trials before I found the right intensity. I didn’t have much budget to work with, so I did two IKEA hacks – I wrapped the plain white table in marble print paper and I used the same paper for the bottom shelf on the shelving unit, plus I spray-painted the metal edges in bright yellow. Use the space before attaching storage units to walls. At the beginning, I had a basic set-up and the more I used it, the more I realised what was needed and what needed moving around. I knew I needed a big desk to work on, but otherwise I’ve had fun with the space so I’m happy to come to work. @stellaandthestars
Rather than considering cabinets and drawers for filing away things that you can’t access easily, think about using organising systems, such as labelling. Check out the blog on The Home Edit (thehomeedit.com) for ideas.
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At home with | INSPIRATION
With careful consideration to space, this Desert Palm villa boasts a calm and harmonious feel “You have to love where you live and I adore the open aspect of this home,” enthuses Emma Goodall, referring to her Desert Palm family villa, which she shares with her husband Tim; 18-year-old daughter Maddy; two dogs, Tilly and Charlie; and elderly rescue cat Molly. The family chose the location 14 years ago for the outdoor lifestyle, while the villa offered a slightly larger garden than others they’d viewed. With its neutral palette, soft lighting, artwork picked up on travels and focus on natural materials indoors and durable materials outside, Emma’s home has a serene, Zen-like feel. Having previously lived in Hong Kong, the entire space and surrounding garden, in particular, is influenced by her love of the Far East and inspired the launch of her stylish outdoor furniture company The Loungerie. “You look outside your window every day so why have plastic furniture outside?” Emma muses. “The garden is an extension of your home and I’ve created that here.” Indeed, there are outdoor sitting and dining areas, while the lush green and pops of bright pink bougainvillea complement the soft bhomes.com | 39
â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to love where you live and I adore the open aspect of this homeâ&#x20AC;?
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At home with | INSPIRATION
EMMAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S LOVE OF THE FAR EAST INSPIRED THE LAUNCH OF HER OWN OUTDOOR FURNITURE COMPANY
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INSPIRATION | At home with
THIS ARTWORK IS BY A THAI ARTIST, WHOM EMMA DISCOVERED DURING HER HOLIDAYS
“ Some pieces have been sanded
down for a lighter colour palette, while the remaining darker items add contrast ”
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THIS INDIAN DOWERY CHEST FROM LUCKY’S FURNITURE IS USED AS A DRESSER
“ The garden is an extension of your home and I‘ve created that here”
LAYERED TEXTURES GIVE THE SPACE COLOUR AND DEPTH
blues and neutrally furnished rooms. What’s more, layered lighting is used throughout the garden to create a cosy ambience. To enhance the flow of energy throughout her home and the connection between indoors and outside, Emma called on the expertise of Feng Shui wellness designer Simone Osswald, whose starting point was the home entrance. “The entryway represents the mouth of the home,” Simone explains. “When I arrived, there was lots of overgrown bougainvillea and a palm tree.” To free up the entrance, the greenery was cut back and some pots were removed. Simone transformed the interior by working with Emma to reposition furniture, change and add materials, colours and shapes. “Previously, the sense of flow went straight through the living space, directly outside,” she says. “The realigned furniture creates curves in the space – it still feels open but there are now soft breaks within it.” Meanwhile, elements representing fire and earth, such as pyramidshaped artworks and earthy shades, were brought in, adding calmness, contrast and dynamism to the space. Additionally, Feng Shui salt water cures, which help to purify the air, were strategically placed, along with a water fountain in the garden. bhomes.com | 43
THIS RUG, BY WEAVERGREEN, IS MADE FROM RECYCLED PLASTIC BOTTLES
“ Previously, the sense of flow
went straight through the living space, directly outside”
INCREASE THE WELLBEING FEEL IN YOUR HOME, WITH SIMONE’S TOP TIPS… 1 Maximise the natural light. Choose a light colour palette to reflect the light and sheer draperies that are easy to open fully so you can let in sunlight through your windows. 2 Ensure there is no clutter in your entrance. The door should open freely and the entryway should be very inviting. 3 Create a clutter- and dustfree home. Every item should add value to your life in some way. 4 Bring room fragrances into your space. Scents add depth and character, plus they allow you to give each area a different feel. 5 Use natural elements as much as possible. These help you to enjoy the relaxing and rejuvenating benefits of nature.
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THIS MARINE GRADE STAINLESS STEEL COFFEE TABLE WAS DESIGNED BY EMMA ESPECIALLY FOR THE SPACE
At home with | INSPIRATION Antique brass cowbell, Dhs85, White Moss
EMMA HAS PICKED UP MEMENTOES ON HER FAMILY TRAVELS
Premier Steller small vase, Dhs110, Namshi
Industrial metal and wooden bookshelf, Dhs1,850, Allure Collectives
Cushion and blankets, Dhs699, Zara Home
GET THE LOOK
MADE FROM PORCELAIN TILES, THIS DESIGN IS USED ELSEWHERE IN THE OUTDOOR ARTWORKS AND IN THE HOME, BRINGING COHESION TO THE DIFFERENT SPACES
Monte chair, from Dhs5,529, BoConcept
El Banco vase, Dhs200, Marina Home
Vintage entrance console, Dhs1,850, Allure Collectives
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INSPIRATION space INSPIRATION || Outdoors home renovation
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Want to make the most of your garden? Just apply the same rules that you use inside your home, advises Heather Drake Photographs by: Muthu Kumar and Hiral Kapadia
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e chose this house because of its view, overlooking the lake,” reveals Heather Drake, who moved into her Meadows 7 villa with her husband and two children 12 years ago (two rescue cats have since joined the family home). On arrival, bright orange and yellow interlock bricks and dead grass covered the ground. “It looked awful,” says Heather. The garden’s only redeeming features were the bougainvillea and a large Washingtonia palm tree. Heather’s starting point was planning different zones. “We wanted a convenient sitting area, a dining spot that is close to the kitchen and a lawn located where we could put a pool in at a later date.” The existing palm tree remained where it was and became part of a desert planting area, while the borders were planted with tropical and Mediterranean plants and trees. A holiday feel was enhanced with raised platforms for certain areas, while sandstone tiles, divided with pebbles set in concrete create interest. Elsewhere, sandstone gravel, river stones and desert rocks are used, while bark, added in the planted beds, keeps moisture in the ground and the weeds at bay. Comfort is a major focus in the garden furnishings. Indoor IKEA sofas, for example, have been reupholstered in materials more suited to the outdoor climate, while accessories are updated as seasonal trends change. “A couple of years ago, I had turquoise Marimeko cushions, but now I’m following the popular palm print style.” Heather’s interiors-oriented approach to her garden ensures she and her family make the most of it. “I like to sit, relax and enjoy the space with friends and family,” she enthuses. “Our latest addition is our Sonos speakers that was our little Christmas present to ourselves.” Bin Ghanim (050 351 4044) built Heather Drake’s garden
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WANT A LUSH GARDEN LIKE HEATHER’S? FOLLOW HER TOP TIPS FOR GARDENING IN THE UAE…
Work out where the sun and shade falls in your garden and plant accordingly. Grow what works well in the area. Look to the municipality and what your neighbours are growing for inspiration. Treat outdoor lighting like indoor lighting. Layer lighting and use spotlights to light up trees, mood lighting for sitting areas and put a dimmer switch on the pendant over the dining table. Solar-powered fairy lights look pretty and come on automatically.
FRANGIPANI, OLEANDER, A CARDBOARD PALM, A LIVISTONA PALM, A LEMON TREE, AN OLIVE TREE, A COCONUT PALM, AND SANSEVIERIA HAVE BEEN PLANTED IN THE BORDERS, CREATING A BALANCE BETWEEN PRIVACY AND ACCESS TO THE VIEW BEYOND THE GARDEN
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Give your home the wow factor with these creative ideas for transforming a blank wall Walls are often the starting point for styling a room because they’re a sure-fire way of transforming the entire look. Whether you want to add warmth and colour with a textural paint or make a statement with a patterned wall, there’s plenty of choice out there, such as this Floral Waterfall wallpaper from Paper Pop, which is perfect for a child’s bedroom and can be printed as a full wallpaper or cut out as a decal...
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Feature walls D.Tales
One of the easiest ways to give a room some design clout, a feature wall gives a room tonnes of personality. If you want to create a rustic feel, choose a brick, wood or slate effect wallpaper to achieve the look without the mess, cost and hassle of the real thing.
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TEXTURAL TRANSFORMATION Because you are decorating one wall only, you can add a lot of style to a room without making it feel too busy. There are a broad range of materials available, including leather, cotton fabrics or marble, while a vertical garden (also known as a living wall) can really bring a space to life.
GREEN OVER YOUR WALL WITH A VERTICAL GARDEN. MAINTENANCE IS EASY - THE MOST CRITICAL THING IS WATER SUPPLY.
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Light it up For something totally different, check out the work by some of our favourite locally-based designers, such as this stunning backlit Arabesque-style seating area (pictured above), with its accent colour, by XBD Collective. The wall niche offers a bespoke seating area without taking up any of the existing floor space. CREATING AN AMBIANCE In this young boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedroom (pictured right), the backlit head board uses dark navy paint to mirror the night sky, while the twinkling LED lights add the finishing touch.
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Divide and rule
Walls are often used as design elements to separate areas, while simultaneously creating a flow between them. The addition of flowing water in the pretty wall by InDesign (pictured right) adds an additional soothing aspect.
“THIS DECORATIVE FEATURE CREATES A DIVISION BETWEEN THE ENTRANCE AND THE LIVING SPACE BEYOND, WITHOUT INTERRUPTING THE VIEWS TO THE BACK OF THE HOUSE,” SAYS NEMR SIDANI OF INDESIGNS Real home design Brief: To capture the warm Miami climate and maximise flow between the interiors and the surrounding landscape, with its Miami Beach views Location: Collins Waterfront District, Miami, US Company: SOATA Due to the large size of this sixbedroom family home, the interior design needed to make the house less overwhelming, without stealing focus from the spectacular views. This mirrored wall (pictured left) creates private areas within the large, openplan and luxuriously furnished space, while also creating a streamlined look and maximising the light for a refined and comfortable look.
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This contemporary swimming pool in Jumeirah Golf Estates is to dive for
his was a great project to work on,” enthuses David Russell, general manager at Pools by Design “The client wanted a contemporary swimming pool that is big enough to swim laps in, with a garden that included plenty of entertaining and relaxing areas.” The original outdoor space was narrow, with a number of different levels, so the pool deck level provided the starting point. It was raised to create a seamless transition from the terrace, which leads from the villa to the pool, with the golf course views beyond. David and his client worked together on a pool design featuring clean lines, white tiles and infinity edges for a fresh, on-trend look. “People are moving away from traditional blue tile finishes and being more adventurous in their choice,” David says. “White is very popular and can give a stunning effect, but we also have some amazing pearlescent tiles that provide a very cool and funky finish.”
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THE STATEMENT GLASS WALL WAS SPECIALLY DESIGNED AND MANUFACTURED IN SOUTH KOREA
TIME TAKEN: 3 to 4 weeks
Turn the page to read our tops tips on planning a similar renovation in your home
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The logistics You will first require your Development Approval for any project in Dubai. You must also obtain the relevant Dubai authority approval. Most authorities now require mandatory safety fencing to be installed, an added cost that must be factored into your budget. On most projects, without security deposits, you are looking at an approximate outlay of Dhs10,000 to Dhs15,000. THE APPROVAL PROCESS: Normal approval for swimming pool installation can take four to six weeks, but if you have all the required documents, this may be quicker. It generally takes two months from the time the approval is submitted until
its signed off, although it can take as little as two weeks. so reckon on four weeks as a guide figure. THE TIME FRAME: Once all the approvals are granted, the installation time frame depends on size and type of swimming pool being installed. As Pool by Design swimming pools are bespoke, it takes four weeks to manufacture the pools, then a standard skimmer pool can be installed within approximately 20 working days. THE MAINTENANCE COSTS: Weekly cleaning and regular monitoring of your water balance is a must, and reputable companies will charge anything from Dhs350 to Dhs800 per month, depending on the pool size.
THE WHITE TILES GIVE A BEAUTIFULLY BRIGHT EFFECT
“ The best swimming pool projects are the ones that the client has been involved in and wants to design an incredible pool with me,”says David A handy how-to Want your own sleek swimming pool? Pools by Design’s David Russell has these top tips...
INFINITY EDGES CREATE A SEAMLESS LOOK
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1 Be prepared: Put together a picture board of pools you like, taking into consideration usability, versatility and your home interior style. 2 Ask to see your contractor’s trade licence: All contractors must have public liability, and to get the correct development and authority permission, their trade licence must include swimming pools. 3 Check your contractor’s credentials: Always ask to see previous jobs. And speak to previous clients to ensure that the company you are liaising with will be building the swimming pool and not contracting it out to another company. 4 Be wary of any warranty offer of more than 10 years: Any reputable company will not be offering more than this. 5 Choose the right season for installation: Summer working hours can be very restrictive due to the uncomfortable working conditions, although this is the time that you will be less likely to use the pool due to the summer heat and holiday season. If you choose winter for the project, a quick installation is key.
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Family life | INSPIRATION
Ruling the roost Transform your home into the perfect pet sanctuary
hether you have a pet that moved with you to the UAE, have since adopted one or are thinking of fostering or adopting a four-legged friend (we’re advocates of adopting an animal in need rather than shopping for one), we’ll help you choose the right location and transform your home into a purr-fect sanctuary for your little friend… If you don’t happen to live in a spacious villa, high-rise living needn’t get in the way of adding a pet to your family. “As well as taking size into consideration when living with pets in an apartment, consider an animal’s energy level, noisiness and even friendliness,” advises bhomes.com | 59
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Dr Sara Elliott, founder and director of veterinary services at British Veterinary Hospital. “Large dogs with mellow personalities may do better living in an apartment compared to small, highenergy dogs, such as toy poodles and terriers that bark a lot. Just ensure lively breeds, such as Labradors and Alsations get plenty of daily exercise, including outside playtime, and hire a professional dog walker if you don’t have time to exercise your pet every day.” Cats, on the other hand, are curious by nature and love to explore. They enjoy climbing high and looking down on their surroundings, “One tried and tested tactic is to ensure cats have access to multi-level cat towers and kitty condos with scratching posts,” Dr Sara recommends. ROLL OUT THE ENTERTAINMENT Our pets can get depressed and lonely if they don’t get enough playtime and exercise. If your pets seem restless or bored, it may mean they need more entertainment or one-on-one time with you. “Give pets plenty of fun, interactive toys to play with, especially if you are out all day,”
says Sara. “Place toys in different rooms and locations throughout the apartment. This gives pets a good reason to explore and exercise as they search for their favourite toys in another room. Switch their toys every few months so pets don’t get bored playing with the same toys.” KEEP YOUR PETS OFFICIAL According to Dubai Municipality, every pet must be vaccinated and microchipped before registering with the municipality and getting their unique identification. Even if you have an indoor pet, such as a cat, it still needs a form of identification. Should your pet become lost and taken to a shelter or veterinarian, routine scanning will reveal the microchip and a phone call to the microchip company will reveal the information in the database for that chip, to help locate its rightful owners. PET-FRIENDLY INTERIORS When it comes to creating a harmonious living space for you and your pet, choose durable materials that will withstand the test of claws. Beware of exposed wood
Places to let your pets run wild Here’s Dr Sara’s pick of pet-friendly communities in Dubai… Burj Park, located next to the Burj Khalifa, is dog-friendly and open 24/7. Near Zero Gravity, in Dubai Marina, there is a substantial strip of grass where dogs are allowed to run around off their leashes, and you’ll find a lot of them running amok there in the evenings. The Greens has walkways, paths and lakes around which you can walk your pet, along with a dog park for residents, where you can let your dog run around off its lead and make some new furry friends. Green Community is perfect for dog owners who want to spoil their best friends with all the open space.
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“ Ensure cats have access to multi-level cat towers and kitty condos with scratching posts” on your furniture, which could become your puppy’s favourite teething toy, while wicker, rattan and sisal could also become your cat’s new scratching post. Choose metal and chrome for good pet-resistant materials. When it comes to fabrics for reupholstering, avoid those that are a magnet for fur, including velvet, mohair or chenille and highly- textured walls that will attract pet fur. Steer clear of delicate materials, such as silk, too to avoid damage by your boisterous friend. Instead, opt for smooth tapestries, leather and synthetic fibres for upholstery and satin or semi-gloss paint for walls. Floor finishes within the UAE are ceramic or marble at the time of construction, and for good reason. Durable and low maintenance, these finishes have the additional benefit of keeping your pets cooler when the A/C is switched off. Pets love to peer out of the window to watch the world go by and see when their owners are coming home so it’s also worth carefully substituting heavy curtains with lightweight, sheers to allow them to enjoy their view. With a little consideration for incidents that can happen around bushy tails and clumsy claws, you can avoid mishaps and enjoy a happy, harmonious home.
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Pet beds An essential part of a pet-friendly home
Madam Fringe beanbag, from Dhs910, Fringe Society, fringesocietydesign.com
Cheese house, Dhs89, Pet Brands at Al-Futtaim Ace, aceuae.com
Cobana, from Dhs555.45, DOGit at D.Tales, design-tales.com
Happy, healthy homes Avoid any major hiccups by ensuring your home is well maintained
e’re all used to being responsible and paying for utilities, rent or mortgage, insurance and living expenses, but what about the general maintenance, repairs and replacement costs that come with living in an apartment or villa in Dubai? How do you know what things need to be done, what you are responsible for, how regularly, as well as how much you should pay and who to call to get the job done? We get the lowdown from those in the know...
ASK THE EXPERT WHAT HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICES SHOULD BE CONSIDERED? Mohamed Ayed, managing director at Fixperts: A house that is maintained rigorously by a professional company generally attracts more value than other properties. Tasks, such as routine servicing of HVAC units, electrical and plumbing components of the house and regular touch-up painting to avoid a major paint overhaul will maintain a feel-good home. Raashi Pachisia, director of marketing at HomeGenie: There are three types of home maintenance services: preventative services that ensure there aren’t any unplanned
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breakdowns; reactive to ensure that if there is a breakdown, then the issue is fixed i.e. water leakage; and routine maintenance, which includes cleaning services, like general cleaning and water tank cleaning. It is important to have all these in place to keep your home in order. HOW DO I CHOOSE A MAINTENANCE COMPANY? Raashi: Due to the extreme weather in the Middle East, homes require regular professional maintenance. Simultaneously, the maintenance industry suffers from a highly transient population. Therefore, here are a few things to consider when choosing a company:
•Ensure that the company has a trade license and relevant services listed •Ensure staff has a valid residency visa, under the company sponsorship •Ensure the company has the correct insurances, including a third party liability insurance, in place to cover any accident or eventuality •Do a quick reference check on the company to ensure that they have been in business for a while, and are not a “man and a van” •A good quality website and an active social media page is also a good indication of the company’s credibility in the market •Don’t get lured by advertised attractive starting prices – they are often misleading, while
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recommendations on social media could be clever marketing. Mohamed: There is no standard pricing. However, the rates for each company are based on the skillset of its staff and the ability of the in-demand company to be able to give a reasonable response time. The more experienced and skilled the staff, the more they are paid; and the easier it is for them to diagnose and resolve the issue swiftly and without any inconvenience. This allows you to avoid inaccurate charges you will have to bear if you consider a company with lower rates for annual maintenance – paying a little more for quality means greater savings in the long run. Always ask about the skillset of in-house staff – no company can be an expert in all services so subcontracting is common. History and references are a plus point – ask if the company has worked on properties in the same community as yours. IS IT WORTH INVESTING IN AN ANNUAL MAINTENANCE CONTRACT (AMC)? Mohamed: An AMC is becoming accepted as a norm in Dubai. People are more aware of the advantages of having a professional service provider always available when needed, particularly with A/C and leakage issues common
Words: Claire Malcolm
GO GREEN If you haven’t had a recycling bin installed in your community just yet, expect one soon: Dubai municipality intends to add about 10 neighbourhoods to its list per year.
to this part of the world. Routine maintenance and a reliable response time for call-outs are being considered a real value, as people cannot wait extended amounts of time without a cool home. As the Dubai real estate market is moving more towards the tenants’ favour, the only way to acquire higher rents in a community of 1,000 similar villas is to have a well maintained home, with a history and job record of a professional company, along with providing a maintenance contract with the tenancy. Raashi: Signing an AMS does have some benefits. However, it is well recognised that AMCs increasingly fail to deliver, based on the following reasons: •Potential drop in eagerness to serve and service levels, as soon as the customer is tied in •Reduced flexibility for customers to get alternative estimates, due to AMC contract terms •Sometimes more expensive than paying per service, as prices charged are generally higher for parts and labour •Unused AMC spend during years in which there isn’t any major maintenance required.
GO FOR SOLAR POWER
Dubai has set an ambitious goal to increase solar capacity to 7% by 2020. If you want to do your part to get us all to this sunny standard, check out Shams Dubai (dewa.gov. ae), DEWA’s first smart initiative for connecting solar energy to buildings, which offers guidelines for installing solar panels at your home. Electricity generated is for your own use and any excess is fed back into the grid, for which you can be credited for on any future energy bills. You can estimate your potential electricity production and savings on electricity bills that can be achieved, using Shams Dubai Calculator.
WHAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN RENTAL CONTRACTS REGARDING YOUR HOME MAINTENANCE?
“Responsibility for maintenance should be included in the contract and should be as specific as possible. If there is a maintenance dispute that cannot be resolved between the landlord and the tenant, the tenant may open a case at the Rental Dispute Settlement Centre DLD (fees/costs apply),” Richard Waind, Director of Brokerage, Betterhomes
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HOMES WITH SPA-LIKE BATHROOMS
Six of the best Relax and unwind in a home with luxurious bathrooms
Beds: 2 Bath: 2.5 Parking: 1
ADDR ESS DOWNTOWN , DOWNTOWN DU BAI
Check out the stunning city skyline as you step into the bathtub at this gorgeous two-bedroom apartment. Experience the five-star life, with
access to the awarding-winning hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s services, including 24-hour security, gym and the state-of-the-art Fitness Centre. This corner apartment also comes with two balconies to maximise the amazing views.
For further details, call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: AP300380, RERA Permit No. 0449674150. Nearby school and nursery: Dubai International School; Blossom Downtown Nursery Dubai
Beds: 5 Bath: 7 Parking: 2
This new, custom-built villa boasts a spa by Grohe, porcelain fittings by Villeroy & Boch, and Grohe; a steam room and private sauna by
Tylo; plus a Jacuzzi and free flow indoor-outdoor swimming pool, offering a
sumptuous spa experience. Tucked into a private corner of Jumeirah Islands, this stunningly designed 10,500 sq. ft. villa is executed on three levels.
For further details, call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: VI351928, RERA Permit No. 0953060932. Nearby school and nursery: Dubai British Foundation; Amity Early Learning Centre
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L AG U N A T O W E R , J U M E I R A H L A K E T O W E R S
Enjoy the amazing city skyline while soaking in the bathtub at this two-bedroom apartment located in Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT).
A popular location for families, couples and single people, the community has plenty of walking and jogging tracks around the lakes, play areas for
children and other amenities built in and around the residential buildings. For further details, call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: AP362076, RERA Permit
No. 0141839740. Nearby school and nursery: Emirates International School; Beds: 5 Bath: 6 Parking: 2
Four2Four Nursery & Day Care JLT
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Beds: 4 Bath: 4 Parking: 2
ZULAL 3, THE LAKES
Meticulously renovated and
upgraded by an interior designer,
this four-bedroom family home, with separate maidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and study rooms,
includes designer sinks and bathtubs,
marble-floored bathrooms and subtle
lighting imported from Italy. There is also a state-of-the-art kitchen, which has been
lenghtend by two metres and comes with Bosch appliances; a tiled outdoor sitting area; while the living room window has
been enlarged, plus its ceiling heightened. For further details, call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: VI361556, RERA Permit No.
1310227525. Nearby school and nursery:
Regent International School; Learning Ladder Nursery
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Beds: 6 Bath: 8 Parking: 3
GSBSA VILLA, EMIRATES HILLS
This lake-facing, two-storey luxury villa, located on a 14,545 sq. ft. plot, boasts more bathrooms than bedrooms. The first floor of this beautifully furnished
home, accessible by stairs or elevator, consists of five bedrooms, which all come
with unique interiors, walk-in wardrobes, full-sized baths and showers.
For further details, call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: VI352961, RERA Permit No.
0803162296. Nearby school and nursery: Dubai International Academy;
Raffles Nursery Emirates Hills
Beds: 5 Bath: 4.5 Parking: 2
MIRADOR LA COLECCIĂ&#x201C;N 1, ARABIAN RANCHES
Wow your guests with this fully upgraded family villa - the ground floor guest bedroom features a dressing area, bathroom with Jacuzzi, marble walls
and flooring. Meanwhile, the master bedroom has a huge dressing area, a beautiful bathroom with a contemporary stand-alone bathtub, standing shower, luxurious finish, and hidden lights in the ceiling.
For further details, call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: VI356162, RERA Permit No.
0368625247. Nearby school and nursery: Jumeirah English Speaking School; Building Blocks Nursery
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THE PLACE TO MOVE TO
This is the place to live if you want to be next to some of the most impressive landmarks of earth, including the world’s tallest building (Burj Khalifa), the world’s largest performing fountain (The Dubai Fountain) and one of the world’s biggest shopping malls (The Dubai Mall). WHY MOVE THERE?
All the properties are within walking distance of its record-breaking monuments, along with the muchloved Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, famous for its palm trees, which offer shade in the day and are illuminated with thousands of lights at night – it is also popular for its fantastic restaurants and range of shops.
With a mix of modern high-rise towers boasting traditional Arabic influences and low-rise residential communities, along with the convenient location and the vibrant lifestyle it offers, the neighbourhood attracts a mix of local and international singletons, couples and small families. TRANSPORT
Well connected to both old and new Dubai, Downtown Dubai links to most of the high roads, such as Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road. Burj Khalifa/ Dubai Mall Station offers a metro within a five-minute radius, plus there are a few bus stops in the area, while taxis are available throughout the neighbourhood.
Meet the neighbours
Nearby educational facilities include GEMS Wellington Primary School in Al Wasl, plus North London Collegiate and Hartland International School, which are both located in Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City. Local nurseries include Blossom Downtown Nursery, Jumeirah International Nursery and Babilou Downtown Nursery. SHOPPING
Find high street favourites and designer labels among the 1,300-plus shops in The Dubai Mall, while across the walkway, the charming Souk Al Bahar offers an Arabian shopping experience. For a regular grocery shop, there are several Choitrams in the vicinity.
Hamid Al Hamid has lived with his wife Karima in their two-bedroom apartment, which boasts a full Burj Khalifa view, for five years I love the buzz of Downtown, while the views of Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain are spectacular – it reminds me of Venice. I never get bored living in this neighbourhood, as everything is on my doorstep.
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Ask the Agent
OFF-PLAN PROPERTY FOCUS Palace Residences Dubai Creek Harbour
Betterhomes’ top consultant 2018, Sherif Nabil is the Downtown Dubai expert. If you would like to contact him to arrange a showing or to learn of any ‘open house’ dates in the area, call +971 44 090 911 Initially known as Downtown Burj Dubai, construction on this large-scale, mixed-use development started in September 2004. Downtown Dubai is easily one of Dubai’s most iconic neighbourhoods. It’s known for offering a luxurious lifestyle in the heart of the city and consistently attracts residents and tourists alike every day. All the properties boast high-end finishes, with plenty of facilities within the buildings, such as swimming pools, spas, gyms, saunas and Jacuzzis. The prices range from Dhs90,000 to rent a onebedroom property and up to Dhs280,000 to rent a three-bedroom property ; and start from Dhs1.3 million to buy a one-bedroom apartment and up to Dhs8 million for one of the priciest threebedroom apartments. For a full Burj Khalifa view, two-bedroom apartments start from Dhs2 million and cost up to Dhs5 million. The one- and two-bedroom apartments are the most popular to buy. Expats, single people and couples generally prefer the one-bedroom apartments, while small families go for the twobedroom apartments.
Square kilometres – the area covered by Downtown Dubai
WHAT IS IT?
Consisting of 587 branded one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments, this five-star waterside residence is part of the portfolio of Address Hotels & Resorts, an award-winning brand known for its lavish hotels. WHERE IS IT LOCATED?
In the prime spot of Dubai Creek Harbour, adjacent to the new Palace Hotel. Just steps away from Creek Marina, the apartments offer direct access to the adjacent hotel and boast unobstructed views of Dubai Creek Tower. WHAT ARE THE MAIN FEATURES?
PROPERTIES IN DOWNTOWN DUBAI
Comprising of two contemporary 44-storey towers, rising above the Creek Canal and Creek Beach, the Palace Residences include access to a host of exclusive amenities, such as on-demand five-star hotel service, valet parking, 24/7 concierge service, an infinity-edged swimming pool, gym, spa and all-day dining. WHAT IS THE STARTING PRICE?
Dhs1 million for a one-bedroom apartment. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE?
IS THERE A PAYMENT PLAN AVAILABLE?
For Sale AED1,270,000 Old Town, 1-bed, furnished
For Rent AED135,000 annually Business Bay, 2-bed, furnished
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