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October 2016

OUTSIDE CHANCE

Make the most of the great outdoors with our guide to updating your garden

WOODEN WONDERS

Ways to add warmth and texture to your home with this season’s top trend

Head inside to view our line up of brilliant beachside homes


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WELcoME To THE ocToBER iSSuE October is the month when carved pumpkins line the patio, temperatures drop, brands release their autumn/winter collections and cafés launch new seasonal menus. What are we most excited about, though? The all-new Better Homes Magazine. Much like our homes, we’ve given this issue a stylish upgrade to now include fleshy expert tips, trends for every nook and corner, and plenty more design ideas to inspire you.

Managing Director Victoria Thatcher Editorial Director John Thatcher

What’s new in stores? Find it all on pages 18 and 20, and learn how to style your sofa with a selection of cushions and insider tips on page 27. Trends can be overwhelming, so we’ve cherry-picked our favourite to ease you into the new season and showcased a few of the ways you can transform your home with wood (page 29). Now that you can finally eat alfresco, it’s time to give your garden a makeover (page 36) or, perhaps, enhance it with a swimming pool (page 34)?

Editor Nicola Monteath Sub-Editor Emma Laurence Art Director Andy Knappett

Living by the beach is surely every expat’s dream, if not the sole reason to relocate to the UAE. Explore a loft in Jumeirah Beach Residence for inspiration on making the most of those sea vistas (page 40), after you’ve picked out your ideal home to rent or invest in (from page 60). Decorating a new abode is no easy feat; if you’re looking for a reward for all that effort, a statement chair will make a stylish permanent reminder – turn to page 76 for our top picks to suit all price ranges.

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SHOP Talk

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Wallpaper that’s guaranteed to make an impact

What’s new in stores this month

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dEC0 RaTing SCHOOl : ST yling yOu R SOfa

Aycil Aktug of Sandalyeci Furniture Trading shares her home-styling rules

Tips, tricks and top cushions to upgrade your sofa setup

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aSk a dESignER

Interiors experts answer your queries and talk Dubai’s best-kept shopping secrets

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wOOdEn PERfORManCE

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THE PROJECT: adding a POOl

Add warmth to your home with this season’s key trend

MakE yOuR Ou TdOORS gREaT

All you need to consider when installing a swimming pool

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Wonderful ways to give your garden a makeover

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fROM MOSCOw wiTH lOVE

We hit the heights inside a Jumeirah Beach Residence loft apartment

Take a tour of one very stylish Russian home

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MOVE TO… JBR

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Discover why expats love this bustling beach community

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What sets Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba apart?

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PROPERTiES fOR SalE

The low-down on Jebel Ali Village Nursery

Invest in a Jumeirah Beach Residence abode, Marina apartment or villa by the sea

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PROPERTiES fOR REnT

Rent a home by the beach and wake up to a stunning seascape each morning

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THE PRiCE iS RigHT

MOV ing in

Figure out your next home move with our colour-coded map of Dubai’s hottest property districts

Ready to move in? Splash out on a statement piece to get off to a stylish start

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SHOP

Fabulous finds, brilliant bargains and the coolest new collections to hit stores this month


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Shop TALK The latest in homeware, interiors and design trends

SPLU R G E OR SAV E

G i ve y ou r pa t io a sub tl e g l ow w i t h o n e o f the s e g or g e ou s l a n t e r n s

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Wood flooring can make the room feel instantly homely, but most homes in Dubai are equipped with marble floor tiles as standard. Luckily, swapping those tiles for boarded floors isn’t as much of a hassle as it used to be. If you want to transform your floors, consider Kährs’ latest collection, Götaland, inspired by the so-called Swedish region. It features a choice of five three-strip vintage oak floors, so you can choose from light and airy to dark and earthy for that rusticmeets-Scandinavian vibe. Available at Nordic Homeworx

Bargain Hunt Shopping for furniture and homeware is a habit we can never lay to rest – there’s just always something new and pretty to brighten up the home. If you’re anything like us, too-frequent trips to your favourite stores in the mall can take their toll on the bank balance, which is why we’ve fallen for Aati at Dubai’s newly opened The Outlet Village. Specialising in premium, contemporary designer furniture and accessories at outlet prices, you’re sure to snap up a steal.

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BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL Indigo Living collections are highly anticipated every season for their diversity, use of colour and homely vibe, making you feel as though you’re living in a perfectly curated showhome-style setting. The autumn/winter 2016 collection fuses finesse with warmth, featuring a palette of black, gold, rust and red as well as more neutral shades. The Bold Rust look creates an Italian vibe with rich hues and accents, while Cream Obsessed focuses on sophistication, with natural quartz, subdued tones, bold brass and geometric patterns. The Modern Metro collection radiates an uptown-chic feel, combining leather, wood and a sleek marble coffee table that’s particularly caught our eye. Silver Streak, on the other hand, boasts a mix of inky hues, polished stainless steel and tactile elements like natural horn and quilted leather. If all that isn’t enough, keep your eyes peeled for renowned interior designer Kelly Hoppen’s Retrospective Collection, soon to be launched at Indigo Living. The brand will be the only distributor of her furniture range here in the UAE.

T R E nding Tap s

Gadget alert

It might come as a surprise, but tap water in the UAE is both clean and safe to drink. While we’re making the switch, we’d like a glamorous and eco-friendly option to upgrade our kitchen at the same time. Step forward these two stylish mixers… Need hot water in a jiffy? The Zip HydroTap offers boiling, chilled, filtered and sparkling water on demand. The appliance is fitted under the sink, so you don’t even need to sacrifice countertop space to fit it in. Not only will it save you money in the long run, it’s also environmentally friendly. Get ready to pour yourself a glass of crystalclear water with retained fluoride. From Dhs15,170, zipwater.com Quooker, a seriously eco-friendly tap that dispenses still and sparkling, chilled, filtered and boiling water that’s free from from toxins and chemicals is another option worth considering. Its patented high-vacuum insulation ensures the tap’s standby usage is low and, because it dispenses the exact

amount of water required, it also helps to reduce wastage. Choose from seven different finishes: polished or brushed chrome, stainless steel in black or silver, brass, patina brass and – if you so desire – 24-carat gold. From Dhs4,390, call 800-Quooker (02 666 7889)

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Deep-cleaning your home is a task that should really be conducted every week or so to rid it of harmful bacteria, dust and nasty particles you don’t want lying around. With the newly launched Dyson V8 Absolute vacuum, you can do it all yourself. Forget bringing in the cleaners, as the cord-free vacuum includes attachments for cleaning A/C vents, curtains, sofas, cabinet crevices and even beds. The gadget runs on a light yet swift digital motor that spins five times quicker than a Formula 1 race engine and emits hygienic air that’s cleaner than what we breathe. Dhs2,699 at Galeries Lafayette and Jumbo Electronics


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stat e m e nt wal l pap er The new-to-market coverings guaranteed to transform your walls from drab to glam gO east

tOtally trOpICal

Home interiors are drifting towards cultural and international influences to lend personality to a space. For an artsy, Japanese-inspired touch, complement graphic wallpapers with minimalist, traditional wooden furniture to complete the look. This striking geisha-splashed Wallpepper covering is available at Loft Gallery.

Palm-print papers are everywhere, and we’re jumping on the bandwagon as they instantly inject any room with a fresh, green touch. Revamp your walls with this bold Mr Perswall 216 paper (Dhs216 per roll at D.tales), or, if you’re looking for something a bit more subtle, Seabrook’s blue Design Collection paper (Dhs350 per roll at Nouqoush) captures island life in a super-tranquil setting.

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Worried your little ones will draw all over white walls? Give their bedroom a playful element with this fun, vibrant White Rabbit Hole paper (Dhs367 per sq. m.) from Loft Gallery, that they can gaze at for hours, while getting curious about shapes. It adds in just the right amount of colour, too.

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s a rule of thumb, use graphic papers on feature walls only. For surrounding surfaces, plain or textured coverings should be used to maximise the impact of the feature wall. Opt for lighter-coloured wallpapers in areas that have little daylight, as this will instantly make the room appear brighter. Also, if you’re planning to use wallpaper in areas that have a high moisture content – bathrooms and some kitchens – check before buying if your favoured wallpaper is suitable to hang here.

IllusIOn Of grandeur

Trick the eyes with a foyer wallpaper that beckons a second glance. This stunning marble-staircase covering by Wallpepper (Dhs367 per sq. m. at Loft Gallery) makes the smallest of spaces appear larger than they are, and provides a focal point without the need for multiple accessories.

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ideas

Exper t advice, interiors inspiration and the trends you need to know to keep up with the Joneses


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style files TAk E YOUR CUE FROM THOSE IN THE kNOW

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Thre e aquati c - style ac c e sso ri e s to m ak e beach li v i ng all the sunni er

STEA L MY ST YLE

Ay c i l A ktu g , r e g io n a l d i r e c t o r a t s a n d a lye c i F urni ture Tra d i n g, s h a r e s h e r h o m e -st yl in g r u l e s

DESIGN ST YLE

it’s a mix and match of contemporary and classical. i love the warm materials of old (solid wood, raw metals) and the simple lines of modern design.

GO -TO FURNITURE STORES sandalyeci (of course) and Roche Bobois are my favourites, followed by Crate and Barrel for sure.

PRIZED POSSESION

My Chesterfield sofa from none other than sandalyeci, as it’s made from genuine leather.

WALLPAPER OR PAINT ?

To be honest, i like both. However, i think i’m gravitating towards wallpaper for creating texture in a room while adding value to the space.

Str i p i r on stool , Dhs504 , Or i ent 499 at C i ti es

RUG SHOPPING

i love sharjah’s Old souq, as its carpets and rugs reflect the culture and traditions of their countries of origin. You’re not just buying an accessory for your furniture when you buy one of these; it’s more like a piece of art.

SPLURGE ON

Paintings and carpets – because i feel the value of craftsmanship in these items is incomparable. i have two paintings from an art village in Bali and another from an artist friend of mine, Taline Balian. i love handmade carpets and some of my favourites are from Turkey (Hereke and Bunyan), as well as a silk piece from Kerala.

St Tr opez di f f user, Dhs17 9, B SaB at Li f estyl e

COLOUR COMBINATION TO TRY Blue, copper and beige.

Follow Now… @hunted_interior searching for home inspiration can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you’re on a budget. Kristin Jackson’s instagram feed is brimming with décor tips and ideas, and stunning DiY projects that won’t break the bank. Whether it’s putting together a gallery wall, creating a fun tepee for a child’s bedroom or upgrading a flea-market find, the Hunted interior author offers realistic experiences and makeover imagery to get you excited.

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Wi l l ow tr ee, Dhs1,995, T HE One


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Decorating School

Styling your Sofa How many cushion s is too many ? And should you mix or match? Creating a sofa setup that ’s as visually enticing as it is comfor table is easy with the help of our insider guide

A Winning Combination Working from the outside in, the ideal cushion arrangement starts with two 22- to 24-inch square pillows, followed by two 16-to 20-inch cushions (preferably in tonal hues), two matching patterned cushions, and one differently shaped cushion placed in the centre. a combination of textures, layered colours and mixed solids work best. and remember that odd numbers are visually appealing, so either opt for three, seven or nine cushions (or more…).

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Ta ke yo ur p i c k fro m o ur f a v o uri te i n- sto re o p ti o ns

TEXTuRE RiCH

PRinT AnD PAT TERn Blackjack Den cushion, Dhs40, the formworks art gallery

aileen Pink cushion cover, Dhs179, the one

Knife-edge wool cushion, Dhs150, Marina home adore leaf embroidered cushion, Dhs44, lifestyle

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raymond cushion, Dhs2,134, Jonathan Saunders at the rug company Perroquet cushion cover, Dhs399, indigo living

Multicolour filled cushion, Dhs19, ikea

Mouth cushion, Dhs2,899, Vivienne Westwood at the rug company

oversized cushion, Dhs990, lindell & co at comptoir 102

W hen a g r a n de r o v e r h a u l i s i n orde r… ca l l 8 0 0 - le a t h e rSo l u t io ns (0 4 2 8 5 1 2 1 1 ) o r v i s i t up h o l s te r y . a e to g i v e yo u r s o fa a co m p l e t e m a k e o v e r. yo u ca n ch a ng e e v e r y th i ng f r o m th e f a b r i c t o t h e co l o u rs , p rint s a nd t e xt u re s . Be bo l d . 27 OCTOBER 2016 | www.bhomes.com


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Ask A Designer Tw o in t e r io r s e xp e rts share the i r k n o w -h o w a n d hi dde n g e m s i n the c i ty

Sneha Divias,

design d i r e c tor a t S2 I nte r i or s , a n s w e r s y o ur q u e s ti on s

I ’ve n oticed th at the b ack of my sof a h as b e e n blea ch ed/ f a d e d b e ca u se of exp osu r e t o har sh su nrays. C a n yo u g ive me a f ew ti ps o n how to reva mp i t ?

i’ve come across this problem quite a lot here in the city, especially with those living in villas or apartments where the living room has full exposure to the sun. reupholstering the sofa with a fabric that’s suitable for outdoor environments is one of the best ways to go about it. You could look into options such as Dedar’s Micro Tricot, a soft woven fabric that’s 65% polyester, or Perennials’ ritzy, a 100% solution-dyed acrylic product with a nano-seal finish that makes it durable and easy to maintain. Home specialists in Alserkal Avenue offers an upholstery service and an extensive selection of outdoor fabrics that can be used indoors, too.

M y b e dr oom is ove r l o oke d – I have b la ckout c u r ta i ns b u t n eed a day time o pt i o n t o p r o tect my p rivac y. A r e s he e r s my only ch o i c e o r a r e t he r e a ny oth er opti o ns t hat wo u l d work in a b ed r o om ?

it’s important to have a window covering that allows just enough sunlight to flood the room, while blurring the view for anyone looking in. i’d highly recommend adding in sunscreen roller blinds, which protect your privacy, allow daylight to come through and also look incredibly stylish in any home setting. These are made from a mesh-type PVC cloth that reduces heat, glare and UV rays, making it ideal for summer. Hunter Douglas has a great selection and you can pick from a wide range of colours and patterns to suit your bedroom and the required daylight and visibility.

my little black book Ceebo Shah, founder of Creative Clinic (the interior designers behind The Act, Catch NYC and Maison Bagatelle, to name a few), shares his must-shop addresses For wallpapers : Squisito carries an amazing curated selection that you can’t find anywhere else in Dubai.

I ne e d a s to ra ge s o l u t i o n for m y ha l l way. Th e f a m i l y have s o ma n y ba gs – e s pe c i a l l y t h e c h i l d re n w i t h t he i r s c hoo l ba gs a n d k i t s for a ft e r - s c h o o l a c t i vi t i e s . W he r e c a n I f i n d s o m e t h i n g s t y l i s h ye t p ra c t i c a l ?

Children’s bags, shoes and kits can occupy quite a large sum of space in the entryway, an area of the home that’s meant to be clutter-free and inviting. Design House stockholm’s Björk storage baskets are the perfect solution. You can find them at D.tales and literally chuck anything in there on a daily basis. i’d suggest allocating a storage basket to each child, and labelling it with their name. Another option is to combine a selection of West elm’s storage baskets – they come in various sizes, shapes and colours, and work very well under consoles in the entrance area or on top of a chest of drawers. For bits and bobs like keys and badges, leave a stylish tray out on the surface. Marble slabs and gold or silver trays are quite trendy at the moment. Don’t forget to remind family members to cooperate and drop off their items in the designated spot.

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Wooden Performance Pl ay around with texture s and tones, keeP ing wood as the core theme

Rustic Dining Warm and cosy is the look du jour, and a retro-style setting makes gathering around the table a comfortable affair. We love the use of metal, wood and brickwork in this crate and Barrel setup. clean and textured is clearly the way to go. Big Sur Charcoal dining table, Dhs7,939; Tig side chairs, Dhs879 each; Bendt square basket, Dhs139; Baird covered server, Dhs279; Baird Antique Leaf platter, Dhs229; Baird Antique Leaf salad plates, Dhs59 each; Helena Dark natural linen napkin, Dhs35

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Natural Ingredients The class scheme will fit into a traditional home beautifully. With everything from the cabinets to the kitchen island crafted from warm-hued wood, it’s the perfect backdrop for all your kitchen accessories. copper and brass work best with these tones, exuding a vintage charm. From Dhs45,000, Platinum House

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Matching Elements coordinated serveware makes alfresco parties a breeze. for an informal seating arrangement, add in twigs and branches to keep the setting as natural as possible. Crawford serving bowl, Dhs229; Palisades cheeseboard, Dhs329; Marin White three-part server, Dhs119; Marina White 20� oval platter, Dhs179; Burke salad servers, Dhs109; Marin White casserole dish, Dhs69; Crawford individual bowl, Dhs69; Fete Corsair cotton napkin, Dhs19, all Crate and Barrel

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In The Mood With the temperature plunging, it’s time to start entertaining friends and family outdoors again. This Woodie lounge-chair set is ideal for hosting a large group in a laid-back environment. Plus, it’s fuss-free. add in a coffee table, fairy lights and an assortment of lanterns to create that soothing, mystical ambience, and you’re all set. Lounge chairs, Dhs3,009 each; light chain, Dhs199, all House Doctor

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the project

ADDING A pooL to YoUr GArDeN Being able to use a pool all year round in Dubai i s w h at m a k e s h av i n g o n e s u c h a n at t ra c t i v e i d e a . I f y o u ’r e k e e n t o ta k e t h e p l u n g e a n d i n s ta l l o n e , t h i s i s w h at y o u ’ l l n e e d t o k n o w

Which type is right?

Whether you want it for fun or fitness, there’s a style of pool to suit your needs. Gaurav Chhugani, sales manager at Desert Leisure, talks us through the options I n f I n I t y: Most common for beachfacing properties or gardens with a view, this gives the swimmer the infinite effect. the water overflows into one channel, constructed on the pool wall facing the views. f I t n es s : this pool offers the perfect solution for those who want to combine leisure and exercise. Space is plentiful in these pools, designed specifically with the intention of swimming laps.

Ov e r f l OW: Similar to the infinity pool, this one is for those who want water to flow right to the top so that it overflows into the surrounding drain below. s k I m m e r : this traditional pool boasts a water level that is 100mm-150mm lower than the pool deck. A b Ov e g r O u n d : Instead of digging up the ground to build a pool, install one easily at ground level. Above-ground

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pools are available in various shapes and styles, and are perfect for angled gardens. P lu n g e : Small in size but deep, this is one to jump into to invigorate the body. Great for Dubai’s hot summer months, and compact spaces. f I b r eg l A s s : these are quick to install but factory-made, so there is less opportunity to create a pool of a particular size or shape you require.


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A few additional extras can transform how your pool looks and how you use it. Here’s how to perfect your poolscape  Submerged lighting is a great way of giving your pool a glow. consider adding in LeD lamps (more eco-friendly and economical than halogen lamps), which can be controlled by remote to mix up the mood. hydrotech (hydrotechuae.com) offers a good range.

TO P T i P Installing a chiller to cool your pool is an extra, ongoing expense. Adding a shade is an inexpensive alternative; although it won’t actually chill the pool, it will help keep it cool enough to use throughout the summer. try the coolaroo rectangle Shade Sail (from Dhs399 at Ace).

 Installing underwater music will lend a touch of cool to a pool. United technology (poolsuae.com) can run you through all the options.  tiling your pool and the area around it is a simple way to put your style stamp on it. there are plenty of varieties to choose from, including stonework mosaics and glass ceramics. pavers & Decks (paversanddecks.com) is a good place to start your search.

Ask the eXpert Duncan Denley, managing director at Desert INK, on the main things to consider before deciding on a pool

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irstly, think about how you’re going to use the pool. You will notice that many people don’t actually swim – they sit on the steps, take a quick dip to cool off or play with the kids in shallow water. A shallow pool will therefore be used more frequently and is also more affordable than a deep pool. Likewise, you may come to realise that a small pool can perfectly meet your needs, which can save a huge sum of money. All swimming pools in the UAe require the permission of the local municipality. You may also require a letter of no objection or an approval from your master developer in some free zones. In order to gain this approval, the pool will need to conform to certain requirements, such as ensuring that there are pool ladders. however, expert swimming-pool contractors know exactly which permissions you will need and take ownership of securing these approvals on your behalf.

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MAKE YOUR OUTDOORS GREAT ’ Ti s t h e s e a s o n t o s i t o u t s i d e . B u t i s y o u r ga r d e n d r e ss e d t o i m p r e ss , o r i n n e e d o f a n u rg e n t m a k e o v e r ? I f i t ’s t h e l at t e r, w e ’ v e g o t s o l u t i o n s f r o m t h e ex p e r t s , p l u s t h e n e e d - t o k n o w f u r n i t u r e t r e n d s t h at a r e g u a ra n t e e d to turn your neighbours green with envy

REAl oR light Sy n t h E t i c g R A SS ? i t U p Rajiv Kumar, outdoor supervisor at Dubai Garden Centre, and Jennifer Lalani, operations manager at Green People, argue both sides

Duncan Denley, managing director at Desert INK, explains why less is most definitely more when it comes to lighting a garden

There’s nothing like a bit of greenery to create a beautiful landscape. But whether you opt for real or fake grass, there are advantages and disadvantages to both. “Real grass cools the air and also purifies and improves the air quality. Fresh grass absorbs the heat, too, so compare this to artificial turf that can get extremely hot during the summer season. Certainly too hot to walk on without having something on your feet,” says Kumar. However, Lalani points out, “You don’t have to water synthetic grass, which means over time you save money while being more environmentally friendly. When it does collect dirt or dust, all you have to do is sprinkle it lightly with a hose, so it requires little to no maintenance. The grass is completely safe for both children and pets, and it will last for over 10 years.”

“A common mistake is to fill the garden with huge lights, ruining the atmosphere and sense of exploration,” says Denley. “With the exception of any potential hazard areas, such as steps and pool areas, you can afford to keep the ambient lighting low, to create an inviting, romantic setting. I highly recommend using LEDs, which are safer, use less power and last longer than traditional lights. Ensure that you use warm light, rather than white light, as this will give your garden a lovely candlelit glow. Light the flowerbeds, dining area and any surfaces you’d like to illuminate. Simple spike lights are cost-effective and widely available – and, when fixed onto trees or walls, provide the majority of the light your garden actually needs.”

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g E t i t l A n D S cA p E D Duncan Denley, managing director at Desert INK, on the landscaping trends to watch

“Minimalism is now key as designers are starting to realise that less is more. Gardens are typically intimate spaces and too much complexity often leads to a very expensive mess that’s difficult to maintain. Keep it simple and elegant, with a core theme for furniture materials and accessories. Landscape architects in challenging climates similar to Dubai, such as Australia and Arizona, are starting to create landscapes using local materials and plants. Several examples of this will come to fruition this season, such as the use of local gravel, plants that are either native or well-suited to this environment, and earthy materials like corten steel (a weathering steel traditionally used for shipping containers) and gabions (cages, cylinders or boxes) filled with local stone.�

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GET SET Four furniture sets that are bang on trend this season

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The Fermob Sixties collection (from Dhs979 at Desert River) encapsulates that old-school feel with reclined-back chairs and a colour scheme that says easy-going and informal. This versatile set can be used on a terrace or grass area.

Not enough space for a full seating arrangement? These Colony lounge chairs (Dhs1,809) and Gallery table (Dhs1,479) from House Doctor (en.housedoctor.dk) can be placed in just about any space – and make a great nook for coffee and a book, too.

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Part of the Grand Heritage collection at ACE, this Britishinspired Norfolk five-piece set (Dhs2,999) combines intricate patterns with soft mauve accents to take you from teatime to evening in style, and beyond.

The Clayton corner dining set (Dhs11,050, Rattan House) is apt for relaxed garden parties where drinks and canapĂŠs are the order of the day. Stick to similar colours or tones, and add in matching accessories to create a sense of harmony.

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Which type of furniture best withstands the sun?

We must be careful when decorating our outside spaces and choose only certified furniture specifically made to last outdoors. Especially given the strong heat in the UAE, it is important to put special emphasis on the material of the furniture. This doesn’t just allow for the furniture to last a long time, but also helps it maintain its appearance. When shopping, go for either teak or rattan pieces that are compatible with the local weather. Shades of brown and natural colours help conceal damage quite well, and are easy to maintain and take care of, so are a great choice for outdoor furniture overall.

How can you protect wooden furniture from climate damag e?

In general, outdoor wooden furniture needs more care than that indoors. It is important to clean it regularly to get rid of excess dust and moisture, helping the furniture stay strong and durable. Depending on the material, it might also be a good idea to use specific agents that aid in this process. For example, if you have furniture made of teak, use teak oil to maintain colour and keep the wood strong. Another option is to keep your outdoor furniture covered when not in use.

G E T GR iL L i n G Three BBQs to buy

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1. Three-burner gas BBQ, Dhs1,499, Danube 2. Park BBQ in Turquoise, Dhs295, Jamie Oliver at Dubai Garden Centre 3. Four-burner gas BBQ with side burner, Dhs1,199, Char-Broil at ACE

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LOFTY AMBITION Thea Myhr vold gives us a tour of her marital home, an open-plan, air y loft in Jumeirah beach r esidence

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he whole Dubai Marina area has long been a popular choice for expats coming into Dubai, but with The Beach flanking its buildings, and a cinema and a plethora of restaurants and cafés right on its doorstep, it’s easy to see why, for many, Jumeirah Beach Residence is the place to be. Thea Myhrvold, founder and CEO of teachmenow.com (a global digital platform connecting qualified teachers and students) is part-Norwegian, part-Arab, and has been visiting Dubai – from Saudi Arabia – since she was a

child. Goals of someday living in this community were made long ago and, when Thea found herself moving to the city to launch her first company, she gravitated towards the beachfront development. Little did she know, it would also be where she would find love. “My husband and I both lived in JBR’s Rimal towers and it was only after our first date that we realised we were a floor apart,” she recalls. After getting married to Christoffer Thorsheim a little over two years ago, the couple decided to remain in the area and invested in the largest loft JBR has

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Better Homes Magazine | Home to offer, in Sadaf. “We love the area as you can walk everywhere and have the beach and facilities all around. We were looking for an apartment to live in for a while, and realised there was plenty of potential with this one,” she says. Walls were broken down, floors were stripped and the apartment was completely revamped to become the sunlit, spacious home it now is. “It’s a bright and very unique loft,” says Thea. “The most stunning feature is the large floor-to-ceiling windows.” Those windows now afford unrivalled views of The Palm Jumeirah from within, after the couple got permission from authorities to tear down the large wall that backed the balcony and replace it with glass. In contrast to all that light, the couple’s love for dark wood and leather provides a singular colour scheme throughout. The open-plan living room features an IKEA chair upholstered with genuine brown leather, a chessboard

The most stunning feature is the large floor-to-ceiling windows

signed by Magnus Carlsen (the world’s best chess player) and an Arabic-style coffee table from THE One, showcasing Thea’s part-Arabian heritage. Influences from the Arab world are also visible in lanterns placed all over, which add a pop of colour. A boudoiresque wallpaper brings it all together, matching the hues of artwork such as the couple’s brass Oscar de la Renta wedding-invitation stamp and a piece depicting tango dancers, which was a gift from Thea’s cousin. Thea practised ballet for years – she still does occasionally – and upon walking up the stairs, a gorgeous photo of her in motion is on display. The couple are quite the art fanatics and boast a piece from a Norwegian artist – a wedding gift from Thea’s aunt – as well as a Steeltown Records frame that holds a record bearing Michael Jackson’s first signature (when he was around five) along with those of The Jackson 5. “Chris won this at a Bonhams auction and it’s got quite a backstory,” says Thea. Novels and entrepreneurial books take up the shelves of the large bookcase with ladder, customised by the same company

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The dining table can occupy both spaces, allowing those seated to enjoy the best of the sea breeze during winter

that designed Ralph Lauren’s store interiors. “We love their shop, so went in and asked for the interior designer’s name. They were the most professional company I have ever come across – they fitted everything within three hours, and matched the panels to the floor in the bedroom as well.” The refurbished wooden staircase leads to an open bedroom, where a Ralph Lauren custom leather bed sits in all its grandeur. Since the couple enjoy the openness factor, floating shelves were added in to make the room flow smoothly. In one corner clothes are stored on simple rails, and in the other lies a chest. Tech-savvy Chris installed drop-down blackout blinds and a large projector screen that descends near the bed, acting as a very comfortable home cinema. His next project involves upholstering the dining chairs, which were picked up at a vintage shop. It’s obvious Chris also has an eye for design, picking out pieces like a mini wooden door with intricate detailing from Afghanistan, and choosing flooring for the entire home. Parquet-style tiles cover the terrace and were added in as a hassle-free, low-maintenance option.

The tiling here has been levelled with the floor indoors so that the dining table can occupy both spaces, allowing those seated to enjoy the best of the sea breeze during winter. The couple spend most of their time in the living room or the kitchen, where they cook together. Thea blushes while revealing Chris makes the best lasagne, and she loves pancakes, too – although, most days, they eat healthy Mediterranean food after a session at the complimentary-access gym below the building. They brought down the kitchen walls to make one large living and dining space on the ground floor, and also opted for a grey and white colour scheme in the kitchen to retain that sense of openness. A guest bedroom with a minimalistic theme was also built downstairs, behind the living room. Since the community is teeming with culinary options, when they’re not cooking, the couple either order pizza or Arabic food, or head to Blue Jade at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai for sushi. With a classical, vintage-laced feel exuding comfort and warmth, we probably wouldn’t want to leave the comforts of this home often, either.

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From

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Love

We explore a downtown Moscow apartment, reinvented by Oleg Klodt Architecture & Design Studio, that blends neoclassical with colour to showcase travels and taste

Words : Nicola Monteath Photographs : Muthu Kumar

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he owners of this Golden Keys apartment in Moscow, constructed in the late 1990s, commissioned an interior overhaul by Oleg Klodt Architecture & Design Studio. The brief? A complete redesign in keeping with the brand’s signature neoclassical style, with room for an innovative, contemporary approach. The Eggersmann kitchen island made of blue stone is the perfect example of this – but it’s just one of the multiple highlights of this beautifully designed home where originality meets function. “We embraced this great challenge since clients that are ready to accept a wide range of ideas are a rarity,” says Anna Agapova, Oleg Klodt’s head of interior design. “We found opportunities for playful quirkiness at every step.” The 250 sq. m. downtown home belongs to a family with two children and is sited in a luxury residential complex that covers more than six hectares, with grounds laid out by Moscow’s best landscape designers. It’s like a city within a city, an oasis among the capital’s skyscrapers. Inside, it features bright colours, contemporary shapes in giant classical stucco, level concrete floors with marble-faced walls and traditional herringbone-patterned floors made from French honey-toned timber. The apartment itself stuns from the very front door, covered as it is with metal panels and studs. “Despite our elegant and incisive house style, this project has its own piquant vibrancy, due to the colour scheme we’ve used,” says Agapova. “The owner requested

our bureau’s intelligent European style with a little humour. It was something we aspired to for completely understandable reasons, with results that are dynamic, cheerful, and easy to live with.” The building’s stucco and marble are classical stylistic elements that, says Agapova, “form an ideal background, are comfortable to live with and allow us to create a design concept full of exciting accents – furniture pieces, décor, art objects – yet without cluttering the space”. They also offer the opportunity to play with the lighting and make a really liveable interior. Access to the living room is from the corridor, a part of the house that reveals the owners’ love for Spanish finds. “The floor is paved with the kind of tiles found in the old lanes of Barcelona, conjuring up a feeling of being in Catalonia. Bookshelves line the corridor on both sides and are brimming with Spanish-themed books. In the living room, continues Agapova, “Geometric lines are softened with a classic beige sofa from Sofa & Chair and an unusually shaped floor light from Nicholas Haslam. Cushions in bright tones bring the furnishings to life and pair perfectly with the earthy-hued Pepe Penalver drapes, while Julian Chichester side tables and a blue Morgan Furniture sofa are placed on soft handmade Riviere rugs to complete the setting. “The kitchen-dining space comprises field-panel doors, a custom-designed extractor hood made from distressedlooking metal by Oleg Klodt, faucets from Kludt, Restoration Hardware

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bar stools, and Miele, Küppersbusch and Liber appliances. Industry meets tradition in this setting, and the dining room boasts neutral shades, a bespoke-design table, Brabbu chairs and a Henge chandelier. The master bedroom is relaxed yet stunning, with Evittavoni curtains, oak flooring, a Toulemonde Bochart rug to unify the space and a Sofa & Chair headboard. Lighting solutions can make or break a room and the Porta Romana chandelier injects just the right amount of colour and character. The Julian Chichester bedside table and Chaddock Home sofa exude a homely, comfortable feeling, lending warmth to the room with their darker shades. The children’s bedrooms are vibrant but stylish, nevertheless, both boasting unusual angles that prompted the addition of timber moulding with

The resulting interior doesn’t have an age you could easily guess, nor a style or a brand a classic trim. The green bed from Robert Langford in the first bedroom complements the Nicholas Haslam table lamp here, though further harmonious features are noticeable all around – such as the Vitra desk chair, Pedret chandelier and unicorn (the client’s own piece). The second children’s bedroom is more masculine, with Ralph Lauren table lamps, Robert Langford beds and Juliet Travers wallpaper. None other than Jonathan Adler was chosen for the bathroom chandeliers, alongside Ivanka flooring and Restoration Hardware units. “It’s one of our guiding principles to exclude glaringly mass-produced branded items. The resulting interior doesn’t have an age you could easily guess, nor a style or a brand. Instead it’s achieved by a completely individual approach to the whole project and its contents and, in many ways, reflects the owner’s personal character,” says Agapova. Ultimately, the aim was for these interiors to tell a life story, and that’s been achieved with style.

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The Nursery established in Dubai in 1976 Follows the British EYFS curriculum Purpose built facilities Warm welcoming environment Qualified and experienced British/European Staff Ages accepted 12 months till 4 years Achievement centre in collaboration with Kids First Specialist coaches for sports, music and dance After school extra curricular classes, football and Ballet Optional language classes - Arabic, French and Spanish


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JUMeIraH BeaCH reSIDeNCe “ Th e Wa l k o f f e r s a w i d e ra n g e o f s e r v i c e s a n d venues, from worldr e n o w n e d b ra n d s s t r e w n a c r o ss t h e s t r e t c h t o f ra n c h i s e d a n d l o c a l r e s ta u ra n t s , s t o r e s , a n d c a f é s , ” s ay s S h e l l e y Kr u g e r, R e s i d e n t i a l C o n s u l ta n t at Better Homes’ Dubai Marina office

Jumeirah Beach Residence (also known as JBR) is a 1.7km waterfront community adjacent to the Persian Gulf. It comprises six residential blocks – Murjan, Sadaf, Bahar, Rimal, Amwaj and Shams – each boasting several towers with hotels positioned in-between. Studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments are on offer here, along with several duplex apartments and penthouses. Current average rentals in JBR range from Dhs90,000 to Dhs120,000 for a one-bedroom apartment, Dhs120,000 to Dhs150,000 for a two-bedroom apartment, and from Dhs170,000 for a three-bedroom apartment. Those looking to buy here are likely to pay around Dhs1.3-Dhs1.8 million for a one-bedroom apartment,

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from Dhs1.6 million for a two-bedroom and from Dhs2 million for a threebedroom. Bear in mind that those with sea views attract a 20% premium, too. This community isn’t just ideal for those working nearby; it’s perfect for anyone who wants to live the city life. The Walk, located below the JBR complex, offers a range of services and venues, from world-renowned brands strewn across the stretch to franchised and local venues, including restaurants, clothing stores, boutiques, department stores and cafés, among many others. The vibrant lifestyle at JBR is popular with both residents and travellers for its proximity to the beach, too. There is always something new and exciting happening here – namely, live entertainment, shisha bars, water sports,


BetterBetter Homes Homes Magazine Magazine | better | area living outdoor markets and theatres, and pop-up stores and restaurants, just to name a few. Residents in JBR are often treated to a spectacular fireworks display during the holidays, too. Access to the beach, Marina Mall, Yacht Club and surrounding facilities is easy from any given cluster in JBR. The tram runs through the heart of the the Marina and JBR, with connecting stations to the Dubai Metro. Plus, schools are within easy driving distance and many offer a shuttle service to and from the Marina and JBR. The area is perfect for small families and those with toddlers, boasting facilities such as a park in each cluster, dedicated children’s play areas and Jebel Ali Village Nursery (at Bahar 1) within walking distance.

Meet tHe N e IG H B o U r S

Th e E k k e r t f a m i l y l i v e i n a t h r e e - b e d r o o m a p a r t m e n t at J u m e i ra h B e a c h R e s i d e n c e “We are a family of three and love this location as it offers easy access from Sheikh Zayed Road, thus avoiding Marina traffic. Everything is at our front door – the beach, restaurants, shops, cinema, our child’s nursery and the Marina. We love heading to The Walk to indulge at our favourite restaurant, Bazerkan, popular for Lebanese food. It’s the best place to live when you have family and friends visiting you often, too, as the area itself is a fun place to hang out.”

t H r e e to t rY O u r p i c k o f t h e l at e s t things to do in JBR We e k e n d i n d u l g e n c e

Hotfoot it to Le Grand Friday Brunch at Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach and fill your plate with fresh oysters, sushi, an extensive selection of charcuterie, pan-seared foie gras and barbecue on the terrace. Sweeten your palate with a chocolate shawarma, crepes, or date and chocolate eclairs as you sit back, sway to beats from the DJ and gaze out over coastal vistas. From Dhs245 per person; call 04 448 4733

P l ay a r o u n d

Stroll along The Beach and try a game of Snookball, combining snooker and football – your foot becomes the cue. It’s a great way to combine fitness and fun. Available from noon to 11pm, Dhs50 per person or Dhs80 for a couple (four people required)

A ta s t e o f Eu r o p e

Celebrate Oktoberfest at JB’S Gastropub in the Amwaj Rotana, and tuck into traditional fare such as baked pretzels with garlic-herb butter, sausage rolls with mustard, cured meat platters, schnitzels and German beverages. 5-22 October; call 04 428 2000

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which school?

Kings ’ School Nad Al Sheba delivers on various academic grounds and may be the ideal school for your child. Principal Darren G ale gives us an over view ShorteN the School ruN Thre e ho m e s w i thi n 15 m i nute s’ dri v e o f K i ng s’ Sc ho o l Nad A l She ba

Custom Built The Villa Suraiya Nawab Ref No. VI339771

What sets your educational institution apar t from others?

Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba is a happy, caring, creative, enterprising and dynamic place to learn. Its facilities support the delivery of an ambitious future-orientated, concept-based curriculum. We are a school that places genuine importance on inclusion. A school that strives to provide the best for every child, to deliver results the right way. Our staff emphasise a genuine passion and commitment to students’ wellbeing and learning.

Why should a parent enrol their child at your school?

Parents will always have concerns over their child’s safety and happiness as well as their achievements. We believe our success lies in the highquality values-based education we provide. We respect and understand that every child is different and unique, and our resources and faculty are inspiring, encouraging and dynamic, which enables us to secure outstanding futures for our young people. Our students are treated as individuals and realise that their journey requires both academic challenge and dedicated pastoral care and support.

AED 4,695,000 5 BR 6,462 sq. ft.

What spor ts and activities do you offe r ?

As a group of schools, Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba is able to support students with a huge variety of learning experiences, both in the creative and performing arts and sport. Our team strive to ensure that the full range of facilities are utilised across all three campuses to give students the best possible experiences.

how does the school promote healthy eating habits?

We work closely with our canteen team to ensure we provide a healthy diet for students. Healthy eating, high-quality physical activity and positive mentalhealth education are focused on to ensure the wellbeing of our students.

Marbella The Villa Sana Hajjar Ref No. VI333300

AED 9,950,000 5 BR 8,400 sq. ft.

What else does the school focus on?

We offer an inclusive environment where variety and diversity are celebrated. Academic rigour is important, but we want our students to be well-rounded and emotionally intelligent human beings, too. Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba promotes and embeds learning behaviours that will stand children in good stead for the future, with a sense of pride, aspiration, respect and belonging to a team or community.

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Shehla Bridle, founder and CEO of Jebel Ali Village Nurser y, tells us why this established educational institution is a prime option for babies and toddlers ShOrtEN thE SChOOl ruN Thre e ho m e s w i thi n 15 m i nute s’ dri v e o f J e be l A li Vi llag e Nurse ry

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What sets your nurser y apar t from others in the city ?

Our convenient locations in the heart of expat communities mean we can reach innumerable families. We put children at the heart of everything we do, and each branch offers a unique and versatile approach, allowing children to develop and grow in an environment that is bright and stimulating. Our main priority has always been to meet and exceed parents’ high expectations of a caring and nurturing start to their child’s education. This year marks our 40th anniversary and, through our hard-working, dedicated team, we continue to offer local communities affordable, quality childcare.

From what age can parents admit their children?

We provide care for children between the ages of three months and four years.

Why should a parent enrol their child at your nurser y ?

We constantly find innovative ways to improve services and our core value will always be the ‘home away from home’ philosophy to nurture and support the needs of each child in a safe and secure environment. A high standard of Early Years British Education is on offer, too, alongside our strong family values.

AED 3,500,000 4 BR 2,712 sq. ft.

What is the nurser y ’s main focus?

Our services are tailored to meet individual families’ schedules. With flexible days and timings, early drop-off and late pick-up options, and afternoon care by the hour, complete with a supply of nutritional meals, busy parents have childcare whenever they need it. The possibilities are endless. Young children are encouraged to use their voice, helping them build confidence while raising their self-esteem and social skills. The children are able to transition to school with good manners, courtesy and grace, and they are also confident in their position as an equal within Dubai’s global community.

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AED 1,900,000 1 BR 829 sq. ft.

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Rimal 5

Jumeirah Beach Residence Ref No. AP285445 Mohammed Meharaj

Ocean Heights Dubai Marina

Ref No. AP297155 Fabio Lombardi

AED 3,200,000 3 BR 1,925 sq. ft.

AED 2,350,000 2 BR 1,594 sq. ft.

Murjan

Dubai Marina Ref No. AP226732 Sharfuddin Mohammed

Sadaf 2

Jumeirah Beach Residence Ref No. AP309473 Gulshan Ara

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AED 3,000,000 2 BR 1,570 sq. ft.

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Murjan 3

AE D 3,800,000

Ref No. AP281756 Victor Danu

4 BR 3,136 sq. ft.

Jumeirah Beach Residence

AE D 4,300,000

Marina Residences 6 Palm Jumeirah

Ref No. VI284103 Rita Mouawad

2 BR 4,089 sq. ft.

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AED 4,500,000

MuRjan 6

4-Bedroom Apartment, Jumeirah Beach Residence

hOME WiTh A ViEW Spacious bedrooms and spectacular marina views are some of the highlights of this four-bedroom apartment at Jumeirah Beach Residence. Tenants will enjoy manoeuvring around the large kitchen, while entertaining friends and family in the dining/lounge area. The apartment also boasts storage space, an additional guest room and en-suite bathroom. The area is sited near a wide selection of eateries, retail stores and hotels, and best of all, the beach is just a short stroll away.

T h E D E TA i L S Approx size: 2,912 sq. ft. Reference No: AP345780

Listed by nishrin Merchant

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Bahar 1

Jumeirah Beach Residence Ref No. AP317178 Moin Jehanzeb

al Bateen Residences

AED 1,420,000

23 Marina Dubai Marina

1 BR 1,198 sq. ft.

Ref No. AP325170 Rinku Sawlani

AE D 3,400,000

Shams 1

Jumeirah Beach Residence Ref No. AP329697 Jacob Danoh Christiansen

Jumeirah Beach Residence

2 BR 1,704 sq. ft.

Ref No. AP302711 Caniffer Wortha Ginde

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AED 11,000,000 4 BR 5,758 sq. ft.

AE D 2,850,000 3 BR 1,885 sq. ft.


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AED 3,500,000

Sadaf 8

4-Bedroom Apartment, Jumeirah Beach Residence

by ThE SEASiDE This four-bedroom apartment designed by Dubai Properties is located in Sadaf 8, at the start of the JBR cluster. The home has been given a slight upgrade and includes en-suite bathrooms, parquet flooring and a dining area, among other features. Those who choose to leave the car at home over the weekend can hop on the tram or metro, located nearby. Although, there isn’t a need to get out of the area as JBR is home to fine-dining restaurants, shops and much more.

T h E D E TA i L S Approx size: 2,712 sq. ft. Reference No: AP338520

Listed by Thomas Bunker

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Panoramic Dubai Marina

Ref No. AP171124 Shelley Kruger

Elite Residence Dubai Marina

Ref No. AP316618 Hannah Bakshani

AE D 125,000

Sadaf 2

Jumeirah Beach Residence Ref No. AP309473 Gulshan Ara

2 BR 1,199 sq. ft.

AE D 500,000

aS16 villas Jumeirah

4 BR 6,202 sq. ft.

Ref No. VI156198 Sana Hajjar

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AED 170,000 3 BR 1,905 sq. ft.

AE D 240,000 4 BR 5,000 sq. ft.


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Sahab 1

AED 175,000

Dubai Marina

2 BR 1,392 sq. ft.

Ref No. AP172852 Fabio Lombardi

AED 270,000

Shams 4

Jumeirah Beach Residence Ref No. AP344997 Hannah Bakshani

4 BR 3,414 sq. ft.

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AE D 180,000

SHaMS 1

3-Bedroom Apartment, Jumeirah Beach Residence

S E L F- c O N TA i N E D D E V E L O p M E N T Fully furnished apartments are great for those who are rushed for time and need to move into a new home immediately. This three-bedroom apartment fits the bill, and comes with state-of-the-art kitchen equipment and appliances, beds complete with linen, and contemporary furniture pieces. It’s ready to move into so if you’re on the hunt for a new spot, amid the hustle and bustle of the city, it’s yours for the taking.

T h E D E TA i L S Approx size: 1,885 sq. ft. Reference No: AP302711

Listed by Caniffer Wortha Ginde

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Jumeirah Ref No. VI174076 Ghada Ghannam

Oceana Pacific Palm Jumeirah

Ref No. AP345028 Wassim Abdallah

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

Mudon Phase 2 Mudon

Ref No. VI345526 Gulshan Ara

AED 250,000 3 BR 2,280 sq. ft.

Marina Residences 4 Palm Jumeirah

Ref No. AP299405 Lize Diedericks

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AED 190,000 3 BR 3,574 sq. ft.

AED 165,000 2 BR 1,746 sq. ft.


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AE D 190,000

SHaMS 2

3-Bedroom Apartment, Jumeirah Beach Residence

A D E S i RA b L E A D D RE S S A duplex with direct sea views – what more can you ask for? This spacious three-bedroom apartment is expansive, with an airy vibe and open-plan kitchen. Interiors boast a smooth flow with similar floor and fit-out colours prevalent throughout. Entertainment, indulgent food, a cinema and beach are all within walking distance, and the community boasts a swimming pool and play area for children, too.

T h E D E TA i L S Approx size: 1,986 sq. ft. Reference No: AP319977

Listed by Lize diedericks

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AED 4,280,000

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-0.23%

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AED 5,900,000

-1.44%

-1.50%

3

AED 3,900,000

-0.71%

-1.27%

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-1.85%

-1.92%

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AED 1,460,000

0.34%

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AED 2,830,000

-0.70%

-0.70%

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AED 7,700,000

0.98%

0.65%

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AED 154,000

1.32%

3.36%

3

AED 193,000

-1.03%

-2.03%

3

AED 211,000

-0.47%

-0.94%

4

AED 217,000

-0.46%

-0.91%

3

AED 217,000

-1.36%

-1.36%

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AED 260,000

-3.70%

-4.41%

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AED 290,000

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AED 115,000

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AED 158,000

0.64%

-1.25%

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AED 132,000

0.76%

-2.22%

4

AED 151,000

0.67%

0.67%

3

AED 320,000

-1.54%

-3.03%

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AED 445,000

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2.30%

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AED 465,000

1.09%

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Quarterly

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AED 111,000

-1.77%

-2.63%

2

AED 155,000

-1.90%

-3.13%

Bedrooms

average pricing

1

1

AED 1,700,000

-1.16%

-2.86%

2

AED 3,000,000

0.00%

0.00%

3

AED 5,142,000

-1.92%

-1.96%

3

AED 255,000

-1.16%

-0.78%

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AED 645,000

-2.12%

-2.27%

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AED 1,100,000

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AED 66,000

-0.60%

-0.30%

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AED 435,000

-1.92%

-1.14%

AED 96,900

-0.10%

-0.10%

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AED 1,390,000

-0.71%

-0.71%

AED 129,900

-0.08%

-0.84%

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AED 2,450,000

-0.81%

-1.41%

AED 102,500

-1.44%

-2.38%

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AED 3,450,000

-1.43%

-1.43%

AED 145,000

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-0.68%

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AED 197,500

-1.25%

-3.19%

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AED 85,000

1.19%

0.00%

2

AED 121,000

-1.63%

-3.20%

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AED 1,110,000

-2.20%

-2.63%

2

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0.00%

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AED 2,250,000

-2.17%

-2.17%

4

AED 4,125,000

0.00%

-0.60%

1

AED 780,000

-1.27%

-2.50%

2

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0.84%

0.00%

1

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0.00%

2

AED 1,850,000

-1.33%

-2.63%

3

AED 2,425,000

0.00%

-1.02%

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AED 2,450,000

1.03%

2

AED 2,625,000

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3

AED 158,000

1.28%

2.60%

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AED 63,000

-1.56%

-3.08%

1

AED 67,000

-1.47%

-2.90%

2

AED 99,000

-1.00%

-2.94%

1

AED 85,000

0.00%

-1.16%

2

AED 136,000

0.74%

0.74%

0.00%

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AED 150,000

2.74%

3.45%

0.96%

0.00%

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AED 167,000

-1.18%

-1.76%

AED 3,580,000

-1.24%

-1.92%

3

AED 215,000

1.42%

0.00%

AED 12,600,000

0.80%

0.80%

4

AED 298,000

-0.67%

-2.30%

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