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WElcoME To THE JUNE iSSUE Ramadan Kareem! The Holy Month is a time to entertain family and friends, cook up a wide spread, share, and donate to those in need. The June issue is all about entertaining and dĂŠcor, with Arabesque elements to give your home that Arabian setting (page 18), a traditional dish from the newly opened Emirati restaurant Aseelah (page 54), and property listings of homes spacious enough to entertain a bevy of friends over Iftar or Suhoor.

Managing Director Victoria Thatcher Editorial Director John Thatcher Editor Nicola Monteath

This month, we visited the first occupants of Millennium Estates near Meydan. Take a look at their villa tucked away near the Race Course (page 27). PLAY is the hotspot of the month, and we delve deep into this restaurant’s design with a menu to complement (page 38). Enjoy our selection of homes, the offerings at Arabian Ranches (page 48) and as always, stunning shopping inspiration.

Art Director Andy Knappett Designer Emi Dixon Illustrator Andrew Thorpe

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Better Homes Magazine | WELCOME

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Make a note of stores to visit for Ramadan shopping

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mood of thE moNth

Arabesque items for your Iftar or Suhoor gatherings

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accordiNg to plaN

Tour this all new development near Meydan

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An inviting living room by the beach

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Where does an interior designer shop for her own home?

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Stem inspiration from this Maldivian hotel

Give your home a stylish makeover this summer

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Minor upgrades for a chic, elegant and homely bedroom

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Maintain your garden this season

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dE sigN iNspiratioN Explore PLAY’s stunning interiors

BETTEr liViNg

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my cit y

Discover what Nina Parvaresh loves about Dubai

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A great option for those with families and pets

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Our expert panel solve all your queries

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Take a look at The Arcadia Preparatory School

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Savour a traditional Emirati dish this Ramadan

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Invest in affordable villas and apartments in the city

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Your new home in one of these neighbourhoods

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Better Homes Magazine | HOUSE You don’t have to break the bank to buy contemporary art. Ikea has collaborated with eleven artists from around the globe to offer a limited collection of eleven posters. Art can bring walls to life, but the piece you hang also reflects you, so pick one that matches your personality. Better Homes loves this piece from Mandy Barker titled ‘And The Seas of Plastic’, which depicts debris under six oceans and continents in multiple layers on a black background. “It gives the impression of a universe, an almost hidden world under the sea, using the accumulation of plastic debris you find there,” says Barker of her work.

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On the STOREFRONT

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Home Centre to shop elegant tableware, and gifts for loved ones from their Ramadan selection. Choose from antiquestyle lanterns to candle holders and trays, some of which are handpicked by brand ambassador and singer Nancy

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Better Homes Magazine | trends

On TREND InspIratIon for every room In the house

Bathroom Axor Citterio from Hansgrohe combines living room dĂŠcor elements with bathrooms, transforming the place into a haven for relaxation. Timeless, classic pieces are prevalent with comfort being paramount.

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Dining Room The chic minimalist &tradition scheme from D.tales suits an intimate dining or teatime set up nook. With wooden chairs that combine functionality and art, the entire set is a stunner for eyes laid upon it, and exudes a fresh Scandinavian vibe.

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Bedroom The Jet Set from Interiors makes you feel as though you have checked into a lavish bedroom suite at a hotel. The monochrome arrangement that runs throughout is glamorous with a clean finish. Seamless lighting solutions definitely compliment the space.

Living Room Lockett from Marlin comprises gold, brown and beige tones that make for an elegant, hotel-style setting. Catch ups can be relaxed with the seating arrangement offering uninterrupted views of guests. Play around with textures and opt for cushions, drapes, and rugs in a similar colour scheme.

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Kitchen The modern Essence set-up by Toncelli is the latest offering from the brand, revealing history, craftsmanship and innovation. Fossil beechwood is used heavily, and integrated with titanium steel finish – for the cooking surface – boasting a high-tech yet classy appearance. Natural oils and crystallisation prevent damages and absorption of water, allowing it to be practical for daily use.

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Outdoor The Med Twist is a bioclimatic pergola with adjustable painted extruded aluminium blades, designed and created by Gibus. The 135-degree rotation of the blades allows Med Twist to let air flow naturally, while creating a microclimate for those who love to dine alfresco during summer. To enhance the pergola, accessories such as sliding windows, heaters, and LED lighting can be fitted in. Available at Platinum House.

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efore Zen Interiors approached us about their client’s home tucked away near Meydan, I’ll admit I hadn’t heard of it. Intrigued with the opportunity, we headed out to the area to interview Joy Pan and her two adorable children, Jason and Xinhui (pronounced Shinquai). “I bought this home at the end of 2013, and didn’t have much time to think about it as it was selling quick. My husband wasn’t in town, so it was all done over the phone as it was a swift, spontaneous purchase,” the mother tells us. Chinese-national Joy has called Dubai home for 16 years, and lives with her husband, two children, and nanny. When she isn’t shopping for the children, or taking them to piano and Chinese language classes, she’s either at her spa Kung Fu Relaxation Centre at Barsha Business Centre, or home cooking and getting entertained by the little ones. To paint a clear picture, the development is ten minutes away from Sheikh Zayed Road’s Nad Al Sheba exit

The entryway is gorgeous, with lush trees and Burj in the backdrop

and leads straight into the Meydan area, albeit with a few turns to access the community through a little sandy path. “We were a little afraid of what we invested in back in the day, but now we’re happy as it isn’t too far away, just 20 minutes from the children’s school, and this area will be entirely developed very soon, with Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum City located nearby.” The entryway towards the community is gorgeous, with lush trees, Burj in the backdrop, and decorative streetlights. A left turn and an off-road exit, indicated by easy-to-miss signage, takes you into the neighbourhood. As we enter Joy’s home, we are led into the entryway that opens directly to the the living room in front, dining to the left, and family room to the right. The floor plan is one of the main reasons Joy chose this home. Natural light only slightly seeps indoors, however a large door from the living room opens out to the backyard which will soon boast a zen Balinese scheme with water streams and a fruit and vegetable patch for children to learn about produce. The home is modern,

and refined, yet not too in-your-face with contemporary furnishing. Zen Interiors is behind the main pieces and accessories, with everything from the dining table to the couch, coffee table, and floor mats supplied by the brand. Rugs were customised to suit the rooms. For instance the family room which will be more of a play and study area for the children has a 16 coloured rug that flows from a deep purple to blue, segregating the area for the girl on one side, and boy on the other. A large bookcase and shelves are commissioned for the space, to cover the entire wall. It will even include stationery and easels as both children love drawing and painting. Arabian heritage is seen with the Mashrabiya – placed into the wall hollows – designed to match the main door’s intricate design. Zen Interiors created a matching shoe rack and ceiling panels to unite all elements of the space. The bedrooms are located upstairs, with the girl’s room boasting an elegant purple shade that Xinhui tells us she wasn’t sure of when they were picking fabrics. After Maud – designer at Zen Interiors – assured her belief, the little

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Better Homes Magazine | HOME TOUR girl went ahead and now absolutely loves it. A castle like vibe is prevalent, although in a grown-up manner, so that the bedroom doesn’t have to go through a major makeover during her teenage years. Jason’s room is a typical blue/grey scheme, while the master bedroom comprises forest colours as Joy and her husband preferred a relaxed ambience. The children’s beds are from Zen Interiors, while the adults bed frame was purchased years ago from ID Design. “We bought the mattress from China because it’s a bit hard to find soft toppers that are of good quality here in Dubai,” she says. The family gathers at the white glossy dining table that’s quite a surprising choice for someone with little children. “I was a bit worried about having white for a dining table, but this finish is glossy and easy to clean. Plus, children need to learn how to behave around a table, and take care of colours like adults would.” Joy loves cooking, and ensures her children eat a healthy home cooked

Joy loves cooking, and ensures her children eat a healthy homecooked meal

meal. Jason, on the other hand, aims to become a chef, and hones his culinary skills by baking brownies and chocolate chip cookies. Since the area is fairly new, with the family moving in just under a month ago, Wi-Fi connectivity is still an issue. However, Joy feels the lack of it is bringing the family together as the children aren’t sitting in their own rooms on iPads anymore. “We’ve been watching their baby videos, singing karaoke, and playing dance games. There is a nice breeze outside in the evenings, so they go out on their scooters to play.” Her husband is in charge of the gadgets, and recently picked up a Sony TV that can be controlled through the mobile – a feature the family are very fond of. The entire home is solar powered too, using up less energy for the air-con and lighting. While the area may be a bit out of the way for those who aren’t familiar with it, it’s about to develop rapidly in the next few years. By the looks of it, it is clearly a serene one to live at.

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BEDROOM TRICKS Tra n s f o r m y o u r r e s t f u l s l u m b e r z o n e w i t h t h e s e ex p e r t t i p s

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1. BL ACK OUT THE LIGHT

With the sunrise coming earlier now that we are in summer, it might be time for you to update your window coverings. Ensure you get a good sleep by filtering light out of your bedroom until it’s time to wake up. “Keep the curtains you have (if you love them) and add black-out panels to the back by using hemming tape and an iron,” says Michelle Dinsmore, Head of Visual Merchandising at Home Centre.

2.PRINTS AND PAT TERNS

Don’t shy away from mixing designs on your bed. Combine large prints with small ones, florals with geometrics on throw pillows; it will make your bed look more comfortable.

3.PERSONALISE IT

The bedroom reflects your individuality; so don’t be afraid to add knick-knacks that you love, artwork, or even a vintage piece of furniture. You can also turn

photos into art and create a feature wall solely for family pictures.

4.SCALE WELL

The bedside lamp and table shouldn’t be lost in comparison to the size of your bed. A four-poster bed calls for a large table and lighting element, while smaller fixtures can accompany low beds.

5.MOUNT IT UP

Not a fan of a conventional side table and lamp? Add a wall light in to eliminate the need to move around items on your nightstand. A ledge is an interesting alternative for a stand, too.

6. DON’ T G O OVERBOARD

Matching elements from your bedspread to the drapes may make the space seem united, but it will also resemble a hotel room, preventing it from looking homely. Choose similar hues if you have to, just make sure every fabric isn’t adorned with similar prints or patterns.

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7. SIT IN ST YLE

Seating is vital in a bedroom, lending a cosy and inviting ambience. Add a little bench by the window, or perhaps a couch at the foot of the bed so that you can relax back with a cuppa.

8.HIGH MAT TERS

In most cases, the ceilings are either untouched or get a makeover with the addition of a chandelier. Go a little off track by inserting ceiling beams or panels to give it a French-country style effect.

9.THE MAT TRESS DILEMMA

No two people are the same, even couples, and that extends to their sleep preferences. “Opt for the dual core which allows couples to individually select their comfort levels. Also, the thermo-regulating outlast fabric maintains each person’s individual temperature all night,” says Asif Dhanani, Director at Magniflex.


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D. ta l e s

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10.SCENTS AND SENSIBILIT Y

12. FRAME THE BED

11.CLUT TER FREE

13. MAT TRESS MAINTAINENCE

Fresh flowers, fragrant candles, and linen sprays can uplift the mood of a room. Opt for lavender, jasmine, rosemary, and valerian to calm nerves, fend off fatigue, and put you at ease before bedtime.

Nightstands aren’t a space to empty out your handbag or stash unwanted items in the drawers. Keep it minimal and functional with just a lamp, your favourite books or e-reader, a glass of water, a clock and tray – for those who need a storage solution for jewellery and small items.

A canopy or mosquito net not only adds drama to the setting, it also allows you to sleep with the windows opened during winter. Girls love the drama of a net around their bed, making it feel very ‘princess’ like.

Rotate and flip the mattress according to the manufacturers instructions. Most mattresses wear out and become thin or lumpy, so invest in one after eight to ten years. Before buying, test the mattress by laying on it for five minutes to ensure you are getting your money’s worth and are happy with the product.

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14. ALLERGIC REACTIONS

If you or anyone in your family suffers from indoor allergies, seal your pillow, mattress and box-spring linens with allergen-protective covers. Additonally, for more severe allergies or asthma you should wash bed linens weekly in 130° water.

15.ECLECTIC FL AIR

Break colour and design boundaries, and opt for a mishmash of pieces from around the world, gathered on your travels. Moroccan lanterns will look great in a corner, combined with an Indian embroidered throw or Persian rug below the bed.


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How-to: GARDEN DURING SUMMER

THE RIGHT T YPE

There are certain types of grass suitable for UAE’s climate as it thrives during the scorching summer heat. Bermuda grass, Paspalum vaginatum (Durban), Paspalum vaginatum (SeaIsle) are a few great options that last long.

WATER IS ESSENTIAL

On hot days, it is best to water at night or early morning. This helps your lawn survive the heat. Around 10-20 minutes every other day is sufficient, with approximately about a minimum of 12 litres water per square meter.

SOIL MAT TERS

For grass to grow, mix your sandy soil with organic matter such as peat if you are using potable water. This helps hold fertilisers like cow dung, while keeping the soil moist four to five inches deep.

EDGY SIDES

Cutting the blade of grass is as crucial as the other steps as it can shock the grass roots while exposing stems, which tends to burn when in direct exposure with sunlight. Cut only the top one-third of a blade of your grass – the thin leafy part – to keep it in great condition.

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BREATHABLE PATCH

Aerating your garden will help the soil absorb fertilisers and water deeper and quicker. It creates space for roots to grow while aiding in the oxygenation of the roots. Always leave space between the plants too, this allows it to grow out or branch properly. tips supplied by Green-Keeper Middle East, a company dedicated to making lawns instantly green with its 100% all-natural solution that’s eco-friendly, economical and safe for children and pets. Contact 055-5501713.


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A n e x pA n s i v e s pAc e w i t h A m b i en t l i g h t i n g , c e i l i n g f i xt u r e s A n d A c o m b i n At i o n o f lu x u ry A n d e f fo rt l e ss e l e g A n c e s e r v e s As i n s p i r At i o n fo r A d i n i n g r o o m At h o m e

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“E

ntering PLAY guests are immediately transported by a breeze of luxury into a lively world filled with clouds and dreams of lights and gold dust. Dark, sculptural and vibrant, the entrance defines what is to come,” says Gregory Gatserelia, founder of the eponymous design firm. The restaurant, at Dubai’s H Hotel, boasts two bars, one created as a lounge area with views of the city and out to the sea, while the other captivates with modern design complemented by Art Deco elements. Dinner tables span the two. It’s no surprise that an interpretation of Dubai’s skyline served as the inspiration for PLAY. The Middle East’s City of Lights, with its energy-filled days and vibrant nights, is reinterpreted in the shapes, forms, lines, lights, and subtle reflections, indulging diners in a vibrant atmosphere. The dim, cosy lighting sets the tone: “The interplay of lights and shapes has resulted in a space as vibrant as the city it is found in, and this is complemented by custom-made furniture designed by our firm,” says Gatserelia. Boundaries are broken between the formality of typical restaurant seating and comfort. Gregory Gatserelia projects always have a unique signature that adds a special touch to the space and makes it exceptional. PLAY is no different. “Our ceilings are often interpreted as a ‘cover’ which is identifiable by how it permeates across the rest of the interior,” enthuses

Gatserelia. The ceiling, made of Italmesh material backed with an acoustic layer, was conceived as a sound absorber to create a peaceful environment where guests can listen to music and converse simultaneously without any effort. “We found a balance whereby the interior and the food tell the same story, a fusion of exquisite flavours between the East and West where Mediterranean

Gregory Gatserelia projects have a unique signature

and Asian come togethe. The ceiling and floor materials were flown in from Italy because they are unavailable in Dubai, since their specificity makes it inconvenient to manufacture them in the UAE. Working with no financial restriction is obviously a blessing to any design firm, and one beyond the means of most homeowners, but what can inspire anyone thinking of giving their dining room a makeover is how Gregory Gatserelia didn’t hold back on details and put atmosphere at the forefront of his thoughts.

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ramadan is a great time to catch-up with friends and family. try a traditional emirati dish to impress guests with over iftar. if you’re looking for a new neighbourhood or a larger home for the family? Consider Arabian ranches, which boasts large backyards, parks, and a friendly community worth living in.

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Mycity nina par varesh, founder of concept -me and d iaa-gram4 reveals her go - to spots in dubai

a bit about yourself ?

i’m a French national, originally iranian, and an architect.

Where do you liVe ?

i have three homes, in Dubai, Jeddah and Paris. But i literally fly every two to three days around the Middle East, and frequently to Europe. i chose to live in the Marina as it has such a diverse mix of cultures, with beautiful views of the boats docked out. the options for dining and nightlife are also endless. i don’t believe i am living in the Middle East, it feels like i’m on vacation in Europe.

Why Was al quoz chosen as a location?

Mainly for concept-Me and our new space DiaA-gram4, as it is in the middle of the industrial zone. i wanted to be surrounded by the elements that are shaping our daily environments as a design + built studio: carpenters, steel workshops, builders are part of our chore collaborators. in addition, the idea with our curated space of everyday unique pieces was to create a magical spot on an unexpected path.

local coffee spot

tom & Serg on weekdays and tasha’s at Galleria mall on weekends. they both have great spirit, the food is amazing and the staff are super friendly.

clo ckwise fr om top left: n ina pa r vare sh ; banyan tree ; d.tales; d.ta l e s; co ncept -me; slid erstatio n

of my favoured spots in town. i love the boutique scale, and comfortable sunbeds around the pool.

When nostalgic, i head to… La Petite Maison to sate my French side where i can order escargot and the best haricot vert in town. For comfort food and maybe to gain a kg on the spot, i head to iran Zamin for the best joojeh kabab (chicken dish) and masto khiar (Persian yoghurt and cucumber dip).

go -to store for furniture and shopping?

DiaA-gram4 by concept-Me in Al-Quoz as every object has a story. i also love D.tales in Jumeirah.

dubai’s hidden gems all-time faVourite takeout i discovered a place called Sonamu that chez-Sushi and Sliderstation - sorry i can’t pick one.

serves amazing Korean food in the middle of Deira.

preferred brunch spot

When family Visits...

Vida hotel brunch is the best. More than the delicious food the hotel itself is one

i take them to afternoon tea above the clouds at At.mosphere, sunset at jetty

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lounge, dinner at coya or Le Petite Maison and ideally a night at the Banyan tree Ras Al Khaimah for a relaxing desert retreat.

rel ax back at

One&Only the Palm, Dubai, from the pool to the spa, the place is apt for comfort and services.

i train at

tribe Gym in the Marina because of the cool energy and design. to relax i head to the body balance class, or if i need to unwind it’s at their crazy RPM class. i also love the fact that they have an integrated spa so i can head there for a massage after a good training session.

homegroWn shop Worth Visiting

Organic foods & café because they represent a real local success story, from their first store in Satwa in 2004, to now becoming a regional brand. i always shop there as i believe the products nourish my body and mind.


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M ov e to

ArAbiAn rAnCHeS

“ Th i s s e l f - s u f f i c i e n t neighbourhood offers much m o r e t h a n j u s t h o u s i n g , ” s ay s Ad r i a n Po p i c a , R e s i d e n t i a l Sa l e s a n d L e a s i n g M a n a g e r at Better Homes

One of the most sought after villa communities in Dubai preferred by families is this self-sufficient neighbourhood offering much more than just housing. A nursery, school, clinic, golf course, supermarket and other amenities such as licensed restaurants and coffee shops are located nearby. Arabian Ranches is situated on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed road, not far off from Motor City and Global Village. Apart from the amenities, parks, and offerings, the Ranches – as referred to by UAE residents – comprises two and three bedroom townhouses in Al Reem, Alma and Palmera. Some units go up to seven bedrooms, and you can also find independent villas here. Two

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bedroom townhouses are available from 1,690 square feet and range from Dhs135,000 to Dhs160,000 for rentals, while three bedrooms are available from 2,290 square feet and can be rented from Dhs170,000 to Dhs200,000. Two bedrooms retail from Dhs1.8 million, and three bedrooms from Dhs2.3 million. The independent three bedroom villas are about 3,250 square feet to 3,800 square feet and available to lease from Dhs230,000 or sale from Dhs3 million. Seven bedrooms can go up to 6,911 square feet. All villas boast a private garden, and within the community you can find communal pools, tennis courts, children’s play area, barbeque spots, a mosque and bicycle trails.


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Meet tHe neigHboUrS

M a r i a n e m ta n l i v e s at a t h r e e b e d r o o m v i l l a i n Pa l m e ra , w i t h her husband and two children ‘We love this community and have been living here since we first arrived in Dubai. We can’t imagine moving out of Arabian Ranches as our children’s school is close by. My husband is a golf player, so he is a member of the Golf Club. I have made good friends here through the Arabian Ranches ladies group too, and we meet weekly for a cup of coffee and a chat.”

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which school?

Better Homes speaks to Graham Beale, Founding Principal at The Arcadia Preparator y School, to discover its offerings and facilities SHorTen THe ScHool run

Thre e ho m e s w i thi n 15 m i nute s dri v e o f The A rc adia Pre p arato ry Sc ho o l

What sets your educational institution apar t from others?

The Arcadia Preparatory School is founded on a core belief that children learn best through a fully enriched curriculum that is exciting, meaningful, practical and adapted to suit the needs of each learner. Our aim, encapsulated within our school motto, is that our pupils will develop a lifelong love of learning. Our teaching staff were carefully hand picked from a global search for the very best, in partnership with Gabbitas Education, a 143-year-old British education firm.

What curriculum does the school offer ?

Within our new purpose-built, stateof-the-art primary school campus, we will deliver the British Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and the English National Primary Curriculum. For children in Foundation Stage we have created the Early Years Explorers (EYE) programme, which places a strong emphasis on engaging all their senses to interact with an educationally stimulating environment. For our primary aged children, we will implement a unique Enrichment Learning Programme (ELP).

Which grade does i t go up until?

In our first year of opening, we will provide Foundation Stage One (age 3) through to Year 4 (age 8). In subsequent years,we will add on Years 5 and 6, by which time we will have completed construction of our secondary school in JVT, to which our oldest pupils will graduate into.

Why should a parent enrol their child at your school?

Our extended school day allows us to provide pupils with enriched learning, extra curricular activities at no extra cost, and homework support within the school day, allowing parents to enjoy time with children after school. A generous scholarship of 30% subsidy is provided for children enrolling for the 2016-17 academic year. This will continue to be applied for every year a child is enrolled at school.

Fortunato Jumeirah Village Circle Urvashi Sidhapara Ref No. TH334200

AED 2,100,000 4 BR 3,180 sq. ft.

Does the school offer anything else in par ticular ?

We have a strong focus on developing creativity and confidence, and identify four elements that classify key attributes for our pupils: active learners, creative artists, confident performers, and global communicators. Each objective is underpinned by an extensive programme that runs throughout the year and is founded on making learning fun, accessible and targeted to the needs and interests of each child. This programme involves children in arts, drama, scientific exploration and performance with exciting opportunities.

Green Park Jumeirah Village Triangle Gergana Mineva Ref No. AP336321

AED 895,000 1 BR 1,017 sq. ft.

SelecT eD FAciliTieS

 All year round (heated and cooled) swimming pool  State-of-the-art science laboratories  Music rooms and peripatetic studios  Indoor multi-purpose sports hall  Curriculum linked water play area  Language rooms with specialist teachers  A natural farming programme where children plant and care for vegetables  Apple technology

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Arabian Villas Jumeirah Village Triangle Pravin Patrick DMello Ref No. VI339941

AED 330,000 per year 3 BR 3,000 sq. ft.


Delivering the new National Curriculum for England

A D MISSIO N NOW OPEN FOR AGES 3 AN D UP

Introducing Arcadia’s unique extended curriculum at no extra cost:

Active Learners

Creative Artists

† Ecology and environmental studies Multi-Sensory Learning (EYE Can)

† Choir Stimulating Environment (EYE will)

† Outdoor survival skills

† Orchestra

† Mini chefs/Cultural food appreciation

† Engineering eggheads

† Creative music

† Coding and robotics

† Book Club

† Web, media & photography

† Ballet and Dance

† Street art

† Wide range of sports

† Computer animation

† Entrepreneur in Residence

Graham Beale Founding Principal

Introduces

Confident Performers † Concerts/productions rehearsals † Drama/Role play

† Wide range of languages † Journalism

† Brainiacs

† Junior authors

† Peripatetic Music

† Mindfulness

† Thinking skills † Speech making

Global Communicators

In School Homework Support

† Local art & culture

† Global school links † Expert support by our very own teachers High Expectations (EYE learn) Social Growth (EYE grow) † Quality family time † Stress free parents

† Debating

FOR ENQUIRIES T: +971 4 551 4264 M: +971 56 503 9796 E: info@arcadia.sch.ae


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Book your place in this prestigious address. Call +971 56 342 6713 or email customercare@bhomes.com

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THE BEST OF

ARABIAN RANCHES

SUMMER GOLFING

The Academy at Arabian Ranches is offering a Ramadan group programme to those interested in taking up the sport this month. The two-hour session incorporates nine holes on course coaching, and methods to improve your game while lowering your score. Dhs750 per person, call 04-3663000.

PL AY CATCH- UP

The fresh and airy French bakery, afternoon tea and breakfast spot, Maison Mathis at the Arabian Ranches Golf Club, is perfect for eggs benedict, freshly baked croissants, small plates of carpaccio and burrata, and classic European fare like

Belgian bangers and mash. Steak, pasta, and an array of salads are also part of the offerings. Call 04-4501313.

at while meeting other parents from the community. Call 04-4470444.

DRIVE DOWN

The Arabian Ranches souq Facebook page is one to keep a close eye on for pre-loved goods within the community and surrounding areas. It’s only opened to those living in these communities though.

The Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club is the place to relax back and watch a polo match or enjoy a meal. You can sign up for a lesson at The Dubai Polo Academy, or enjoy 45-minute riding lessons. Visit dubaipoloacademy.com.

COOL AND KITSCH

Shakespeare and Co. tucked inside the community centre is one to flock to for coffee with friends, or shisha. The quirky spot is a great one to relax back

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SHOPPING GALORE

PRIM AND PROPER

The Nail Spa at the Golf Club is the spot ladies from the community head to for a quick manicure session, or rejuvenating massage. Try one of their facials at the lavish treatment rooms for the ultimate in rest and relaxation. 600544001


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Ask the experts

Hous ehol d or c om mun i t y dil e mma? Our s ki l l ed pa ne l is h e r e to hel p Q. What are the top factors to consider when choosing a school for your child? A. Having been a head teacher at three locations I still find that parents want to ultimately know that their child is ‘happy’ in school. When exploring, parents should take note of a few aspects. For instance, teachers need to love their subject area but also teaching children. It doesn’t matter what part of the curriculum it is, they should be enthused about it. This will inspire children to learn. Every child is different and a great school will not only celebrate that individuality but create appropriate and specialised pathways via curriculum and learning. Personally, I would look for a school with a broad and balanced curriculum choice available to students. A good example would be that children could continue to study languages into

King’s School Al Barsha

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THE EXPERTS

Al An WilliA mSOn

Principal at Kings’ School Al Barsha

the senior stage of the sixth-form. Lastly, I would ask to see a schools’ extra-curricular programme. There is no point in having incredible facilities, without committed teachers offering students the opportunity to use them. Alan Williamson Q. I’ve been noticing a slight drop in rent. Is this just on paper or actually taking place? A. In most of Dubai’s residential communities, particularly freehold areas, it is cheaper to lease this year compared to the rates in 2015. Great new units mean landlords have to remain competitive especially in terms of cheques and pricing. The rental calculator by the Dubai Land Department’s Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) provides the leasing rates for various apartments and villas around Dubai. The calculator, which serves as an online tool for determining rental increases, suggests price ranges and advises tenants whether or not they are entitled to an increase this year or not. The drop in prices varies from one area to another. Wafaa Ghannam Q. What do I need to know about motor insurance in the UAE before opting for one? A. Consider the realistic value of your car while choosing third party limits and make sure the liability corresponds

to the exposure on the road. Do not make a choice purely on the premium. Always double check the policy schedule to ensure the following three conditions are in line with your request: Limit of Liability and car value (sum insured), repair condition, and deductibles. Tariq Zietoun

WAfA A GHAnnAm

Residential Sales and Leasing Manager at Better Homes

Q. I’ll be going away this summer for a month. Are there any tips to maintaining my home? A. Protecting your home from electrical mishaps, plumbing disasters, and fires while you’re gone is important. Before you leave, unplug everything except the refrigerators and automatic irrigation system, this will minimise the risk of electrical issues and reduce energy consumption to the minimum. If you are going away for a long period, turn off the internal water valve – usually located near the DEWA box – in order to avoid any floods in case of a burst in pipes. Secure all the doors and windows, and disable your garage door opener, as it is technically very easy for unwanted people to open. Keep a spare key with a trusted friend or neighbour in case of an emergency while you are away. We always advise hiring a professional company once back from vacation, to ensure everything is functional and free from catastrophes. Mohamed Ayad

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TARiq ZiETOun

Chief Officer, Underwriting & Strategic Accounts Management at ADNIC

mOHAmE d AyAd

Managing Director at Fixperts


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ENTERTAINING & WELL-BEING

NUtritioN advicE, cUliNary tips, aN d thE trENdiE st shoppiN g picks iN thE markEt

s UmmEr h E alth

The heat can take its toll on your body, especially if you don’t keep hydrated and eat well. Here are a few tips to ensure you stay fit while the temperatures soar:  Amp up your antioxidant intake with seasonal fruit such as berries, as they assist with prevention of tissue damage, and are a great source of fibre.  Keep hydrated with water or green tea. Not a fan of the taste of water? Make your own infusion by adding cucumbers, lemon, and fruit to give it a hint of flavour.  Be ware of fruit smoothies. Make your own at home or request sugar and dairy to be omitted when buying one, as they can be extremely calorific. If you do make your own choose coconut water or fresh juice with ice, instead of milk, which can be quite heavy.

CELEBRI TY CHEF’S TI P

1.

“ F o r a qui c k a nd e a sy w a y t o p e e l g i ng e r , use a t e a sp o o n r a t he r t ha n a k ni f e o r p e e l e r . T ha t w a y y o u c a n sc r a p e a w a y o nl y t he sk i n a nd no t a ny o f t he g i ng e r . If t he sk i n i s c l e a n, y o u d o n’ t r e a l l y ne e d t o p e e l i t at all.” Jamie Oliver

2.

top picks 1) Doftrik pot holder, Dhs12 for two pieces at Ikea 2) Ceramic kettle, Dhs79 at Aardee 3) Everyday Baccarat set of 6 glasses, Dhs1,725

3.

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RAMADAN DINING

rE lish this traditioNal dish from thE l atEst Emirati r EstaUraNt iN towN - asEEl ah at radissoN blU hotEl , d Ubai dE ira crEEk

C hi c ken Margo o gat Serves 6

90ml corn oil 540g red onions, peeled 18g cinnamon sticks 36g fresh garlic, chopped 90g chicken stock powder 18g turmeric powder 30g coriander powder 6g cumin powder 18g bezar spices

6g chilli powder 6g madras curr y powder 300g carro ts 900g chicken legs, boneless 30g dr y lemon 900g fresh tomatoes 180g tomato paste 90g fresh coriander 300g baby marrow 300g potatoes, peeled 300g khubus (arabic flat bread ) 54

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1. Heat the corn oil in a thick bottom pan and sautĂŠ the onions. 2. Add cinnamon sticks, garlic, powders, tomato paste, potatoes, carrots, and chicken. Pour a little water into the mixture, and add the dry lemon. Cook for 20 minutes, and follow with the rest of the vegetables. Combine the mixture thoroughly and cook for 10 minutes. 3. Season well and serve with khubus.


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Once the children become a little older, it’s usually time to shift to a villa or larger apartment. Arabian Ranches (pictured), Jumeirah, and Umm Suqueim are some of the areas that offer a wide variety of options to lease or buy. Take your pick from the latest apartments and villas to find your next home.

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I f y o u l i k e w h a t y o u s e e a nd wa nt t o v ie w m o re , v i s i t b h o m e s . c o m o r ca l l 0 4 4 0 9 0 9 9 8

Zaafaran 4 Old Town

Ref No. AP247065 Wael Faidi

Sadaf 8

Jumeirah Beach Residence Ref No. AP338520 Thomas Bunker

AED 2,530,000

Alvorada 4 Arabian Ranches

2 BR 1,270 sq. ft.

Ref No. VI335411 May Helal

AED 3,500,000

Al Nakheel 3 Greens

4 BR 2,712 sq. ft.

Ref No. AP296717 Urvashi Sidhapara

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AED 5,250,000 4 BR 4,020 sq. ft.

AED 2,500,000 3 BR 2,079 sq. ft.


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I f y o u l i k e w h a t yo u s e e a nd wa nt t o v ie w m o re , v i s i t b h o m e s . co m o r ca l l 0 4 4 0 9 0 9 9 8

AED 4,650,000

Mazaya The Villa

5 BR 5,100 sq. ft.

Ref No. VI339632 Fabio Lombardi

AED 21,000,000

Custom Built Umm Suqeim

Ref No. VI332792 Mohamed Adib Amin

5 BR 9,800 sq. ft.

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I f y o u l i k e w h a t y o u s e e a nd wa nt t o v ie w m o re , v i s i t b h o m e s . c o m o r ca l l 0 4 4 0 9 0 9 9 8

AED 16,000,000

AttAreeN reSideNCe 4 Bedroom Villa + Maid’s Room, Old Town

ThE jEwEL in ThE cROwn

Attareen at The Old Town Island is the epitome of Downtown living. Stunning uninterrupted views of the Burj and lake greet you from the street packed with lush greenery, just outside the house. The private four bedroom villa with a maid’s room boasts excellent finishing, ample space for the family, and state-of-the-art kitchen equipment. The city’s hottest attractions including Dubai Mall and the plaza are just a hop, skip and jump away for a bit of shopping and dining.

T h E D E TA i L S Approx size: 3,826 sq. ft. Reference No: VI297747

Listed by Nick Nuziale

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I f y o u l i k e w h a t yo u s e e a nd wa nt t o v ie w m o re , v i s i t b h o m e s . co m o r ca l l 0 4 4 0 9 0 9 9 8

the Links West tower The Views

Ref No. AP226451 Urvashi Sidhapara

Saheel 2

AED 2,195,000

Sadaf 8

Jumeirah Beach Residence

2 BR 1,315 sq. ft.

Ref No. AP344139 Loshini Lawrence

AED 5,950,000

Al Anbara

Arabian Ranches Ref No. VI320085 Alina Cercel

Palm Jumeirah

5 BR 5,308 sq. ft.

Ref No. AP304329 Rita Mouawad

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AED 4,000,000 4 BR 2,815 sq. ft.

AED 3,500,000 3 BR 2,182 sq. ft.


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I f y o u l i k e w h a t y o u s e e a nd wa nt t o v ie w m o re , v i s i t b h o m e s . c o m o r ca l l 0 4 4 0 9 0 9 9 8

AED 5,650,000

regioNAL

4 Bedroom Villa, Jumeirah Park

AFFORDAbLE LuxuRy Families will love this four-bedroom villa at Jumeirah Park, boasting a master bedroom with en-suite, walk in closet, and three additional bedrooms, all of which are en-suite too. A lounge or dining area on the first floor, storage area, and maid’s room leading to a double lock up garage are just some of the features of this spacious home. With tons of natural light, and an outdoor terrace with swimming pool, this villa is sure to be a top choice for those with children.

T h E D E TA i L S Approx size: 4,335 sq. ft. Reference No: VI344034

Listed by Cannifer Wortha ginde

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I f y o u l i k e w h a t yo u s e e a nd wa nt t o v ie w m o re , v i s i t b h o m e s . co m o r ca l l 0 4 4 0 9 0 9 9 8

Yansoon 6 Old Town

Ref No. AP293826 Loshini Lawrence

the residences 8 Downtown Dubai Ref No. AP334185 Gergana Mineva

AED 225,000

townhouse Motor City

3 BR 1,875 sq. ft.

Ref No. VI326930 Alina Cercel

AED 335,000

Meadows 4 Emirates Living

4 BR 3,507 sq. ft.

Ref No. VI339205 Sharfuddin Mohammed

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AED 250,000 3 BR 4,820 sq. ft.

AED 260,000 5 BR 3,805 sq. ft.


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I f y o u l i k e w h a t y o u s e e a nd wa nt t o v ie w m o re , v i s i t b h o m e s . c o m o r ca l l 0 4 4 0 9 0 9 9 8

the Signature Downtown Dubai

AED 140,000

Ref No. AP338373 Rita Mouawad

2 BR 1,417 sq. ft.

AED 350,000

executive tower K Business Bay

4 BR 6,645 sq. ft.

Ref No. AP309335 Binu Abraham

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I f y o u l i k e w h a t yo u s e e a nd wa nt t o v ie w m o re , v i s i t b h o m e s . co m o r ca l l 0 4 4 0 9 0 9 9 8

AED 165,000

SheMArA

2 Bedroom Apartment , Dubai Marina

E xc E L L E n T F i n i S h

This fully furnished two bedroom apartment at Marina Promenade (Shemara) - type 02 is ideal for those looking for a home to live in, without the stress of furniture shopping. The house offers marina views from the balcony and living room, making it perfect for those who love to indulge in breakfast on the terrace. A number of cafÊs and restaurants are located nearby, and if you’re craving a substantial meal you can head to The Beach, JBR, or Hilton - just five minutes away. An outdoor swimming pool, and gym is on hand for fitness enthusiasts.

T h E D E TA i L S Approx size: 1,410 sq. ft. Reference No: AP255090

Listed by Aleksandra Majcherek

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I f y o u l i k e w h a t y o u s e e a nd wa nt t o v ie w m o re , v i s i t b h o m e s . c o m o r ca l l 0 4 4 0 9 0 9 9 8

Meadows 7 Emirates Living

Ref No. VI161681 Pari Sharipova

rimal 6

Jumeirah Beach Residence Ref No. AP69849 Kristina Titova

AED 380,000

Umm Suqeim Villa Compound Umm Suqeim

5 BR 6,151 sq. ft.

Ref No. VI343865 Gupesh Sharma

AED 165,000

hilliana tower Sufouh

3 BR 1,813 sq. ft.

Ref No. AP343899 Behzad Torabi

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AED 290,000 5 BR 5,500 sq. ft.

AED 142,000 2 BR 1,689 sq. ft.


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I f y o u l i k e w h a t yo u s e e a nd wa nt t o v ie w m o re , v i s i t b h o m e s . co m o r ca l l 0 4 4 0 9 0 9 9 8

AED 280,000

MirAdor

4 Bedroom Villa + Maid’s Room, Arabian Ranches

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This beautifully landscaped four bedroom with maid’s room villa, complete with a swimming pool, is perfect for those looking to live in Arabian Ranches. The classic staircase, excellent finishing, and spacious living room are some of the features of this family-sized home. The neighbourhood boasts a dedicated barbecue area, tennis and basketball courts, as well as parks for leisurely walks.

T h E D E TA i L S Approx size: 3,458 sq. ft. Reference No: VI9798

Listed by ozlem Ucar

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Villas

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Sale

Rental

Community

arabian Ranches

Jumeirah Park

Jumeirah Village triangle

Palm Jumeirah

Bedrooms

average pricing

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Monthly

Quarterly

change

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2

AED 2,100,000

0.00%

1.28%

3

AED 3,100,000

0.00%

1.11%

4

AED 4,300,000

-1.29%

-2.27%

5

AED 6,050,000

-2.10%

-3.97%

3

AED 3,950,000

-1.25%

-3.66%

4

AED 5,300,000

-1.85%

-3.46%

5

AED 6,000,000

-1.64%

-3.61%

1

AED 1,450,000

0.00%

-2.36%

2

AED 2,850,000

0.00%

-1.04%

3

AED 7,900,000

-1.25%

-2.47%

4

AED 13,100,000

-1.50%

-2.24%

5

AED 15,000,000

0.00%

-3.85%

Community

arabian Ranches

Dubai Investment Park

Jumeirah Park

Jumeirah Village triangle Mirdif

Palm Jumeirah

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Bedrooms

average pricing

Monthly

Quarterly

change

change

2

AED 150,000

0.00%

0.87%

3

AED 195,000

0.00%

-1.02%

3

AED 213,970

0.00%

-0.01%

4

AED 220,000

0.00%

-0.45%

3

AED 218,000

0.00%

-0.91%

4

AED 276,000

0.36%

0.36%

5

AED 299,000

-0.33%

-1.64%

1

AED 116,000

0.87%

0.87%

2

AED 160,000

0.00%

0.00%

3

AED 137,000

0.74%

1.48%

4

AED 150,000

0.00%

-1.32%

3

AED 325,000

0.00%

-1.52%

4

AED 433,000

-1.59%

-0.46%

5

AED 469,000

-0.20%

-0.21%


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average pricing

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Quarterly

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Community

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Monthly

Quarterly

change

change

AED 114,000

-0.87%

-0.87%

2

AED 162,000

-1.82%

-1.82% -0.39%

Bedrooms

average pricing

1

1

AED 1,750,000

0.00%

-0.57%

2

AED 2,970,000

-1.66%

-2.62%

3

AED 5,350,000

-0.85%

-0.93%

3

AED 254,000

-0.39%

1

AED 680,000

-1.45%

-4.23%

1

2

AED 1,140,000

-0.87%

-3.39%

AED 65,000

0.00%

0.00%

2

AED 96,000

-1.03%

-2.04%

3

AED 133,000

-1.48%

-2.85%

1

AED 103,000

-1.90%

-3.29%

2

AED 150,000

0.00%

0.00%

3

AED 202,000

-1.46%

-1.46%

1

AED 87,000

-1.14%

-1.14%

2

AED 125,000

0.00%

-0.79%

3

AED 152,000

-1.94%

-4.40%

Studio

AED 65,750

-1.87%

-3.31%

1

AED 67,490

-0.01%

-1.47%

2

AED 102,000

0.00%

-1.92%

1

AED 85,000

-1.16%

-2.86%

2

AED 136,000

-1.45%

-2.86%

Studio

AED 455,000

0.00%

-2.78%

1

AED 1,390,000

-1.42%

-3.14%

2

AED 2,485,000

-0.60%

-0.60%

3

AED 3,500,000

-0.71%

-2.10%

1

AED 1,120,000

0.00%

-1.75%

2

AED 1,500,000

-0.66%

-2.60%

Downtown Dubai

Dubai Investment Park

Dubai Marina

3

AED 2,270,000

-1.30%

-1.73%

4

AED 4,000,000

0.00%

0.00%

1

AED 800,000

0.00%

0.00%

2

AED 1,215,000

0.00%

0.41%

1

AED 1,100,000

0.00%

-1.79%

2

AED 1,820,000

-0.55%

-2.15%

3

AED 2,500,000

-1.96%

-2.15%

1

AED 2,450,000

0.00%

-2.00%

1

AED 149,000

0.00%

-0.67%

2

AED 2,590,000

-0.38%

-0.38%

2

AED 165,000

-1.20%

-2.94%

3

AED 3,800,000

-1.30%

-3.80%

3

AED 216,000

-0.46%

-0.46%

4

AED 12,500,000

0.00%

-1.57%

4

AED 314,000

-0.32%

-1.26%

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TRIED & TESTED We review the latest gadgets o n t h e m a rk e t

ElEcTRonIc popcoRn makER Now that it’s a bit too hot to enjoy outdoor activities, it’s best to host movie nights, and Euro Cup gatherings at home. Instead of spending hours in the kitchen preparing snacks, or loading up on packed crisps, opt for a swift option like popcorn. Besides, who doesn’t love a buttery bowl of this snack?

What we like?

The compact and snazzy popcorn maker is cute and incredibly easy to use – even a child can give it a go with adult supervision. All you have to do is add a scoop of the kernels inside the popcorn maker and wait for a few seconds to watch it pop. The measuring

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scoop – above the popcorn chamber where the kernels are placed – melts butter as well. Additionally, you can mix in toppings including parmesan cheese, caramel, truffle oil, or a drizzle of sriracha sauce into your popcorn bowl.

Add a little sparkle to your weekend with this easy-touse beverage carbonator. Transform any liquid into a fizzy drink, you can opt to make refreshing soda water, mixed drinks or sparkling fruit juices. Just add your desired liquid to the bottle that’s marked with handy measurements on the side, pop a cartridge into the ‘wand’ and twist it onto the bottle. After about a minute of carbonisation – you’ll see and hear it fizzing – you can remove the wand and enjoy your bubbly beverage.

What we didn’t like?

It switched off for a few seconds, after the first batch, and we weren’t sure it was because the gadget heated up or it’s meant to rest. Either ways, the second batch of popcorn was prepared quickly and polished off within minutes.

What we like?

It doesn’t take up much space and is actually pretty sleek, so looks good on your kitchen

To buy: Dhs190 at

Lakeland.

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counter. It’s also super easy to use, and everything can be dismantled easily for quick cleaning. The bottle is small enough to fit into the shelves on a fridge door, which is ideal if you don’t want to drink it all at one time.

What we didn’t like?

Each cartridge can only be used once, which means you really need to stock up on these cartridges if you’re planning to use the machine frequently. We’re also not sure that the cost of replacing the cartridges makes it any cheaper than simply buying pre-carbonated drinks at the store.

To buy: Dhs200 at Tavola.


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