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DECEMBER 2018

Complimentary copy

The magazine of Betterhomes

HOME RENO

Creating

an underthe-stairs

playroom

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DECOR

IDEAS

NEW

LOOK

NEW

FEATURES

ESCAPE

TO A

WILD

GARDEN

MOVE-IN READY

HOMES WITH

DREAMY POOLS

Daring

designs

At home with a self-confessed maximalist

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SHOP | Betterhomes Magazine

Welcome to the December issue

With a new name to go with its stunning new look, we’re really

excited to present the brand new issue of the magazine from

Betterhomes, the UAE’s most recognised property company.

We continue to feature all the things you love, from touring the

home of a very stylish local (page 38), inspiring trends (this

month we focus on blue, page 27) and glean advice from interior

designers. However, we’re now offering more practical, useful

information, and stepping into more UAE homes and stores to

bring you top tips, the latest finds and fantastic, easy ways to

renovate, revamp, decorate and update your own home, whether

you rent or own.

Finally, we’ve also refreshed our property section to give you a

selection of coveted properties on the market. Plus, this month we

explore Jumeirah Golf Estates, which has as much to offer nonplayers

as golf aficionados. Enjoy!

Lucy Land, Editor

lucy@hotmediapublishing.com

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Editor’s letter | CONTENTS

SHOP

16-26

New finds, homeware news,

a must-shop store focus and

vacuum cleaners we rate

INSPIRE

27-62

A clever renovation, home and

garden tours with stylish residents,

how to incorporate the latest

trends into your home and

bathroom tile inspiration

Managing Director

Victoria Thatcher

Editorial Director

John Thatcher

Managing Editor

Faye Bartle

Editor

Lucy Land

MOVE

64-72

Things to know before you buy,

a guide to Jumeirah Golf Estates

with advice from the agent and the

local’s view of the area, plus mustsee

properties with pools

on the market

Art Director

Kerri Bennett

Senior Designer

Hiral Kapadia

Production Manager

Muthu Kumar

Advertising Group Manager

Sukaina Hussein

+971 50 515 9691

To contact any of the

above people, email

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without written permission from

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prohibited. HOT Media Publishing

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or errors in Better Living magazine.

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UPDATES | December wish list

Lucy Land, Editor

Editor’s

picks

Five finds on my radar…

1 If, like me, you’re looking to bring local influences into

your home, then check out this chandelier featuring

agaals, the woven headbands used to secure the

traditional headdress worn by Emirati men. Price

on request, FORMA collection for Arte Veneziana,

arteveneziana.com

2 Inspired by a cross section of a piece of wood, this

Ambra bath mat is super soft under foot. Dhs885,

Abyss & Habidecor, available from Amara, amara.com

3 This set of handmade bowls will go with pretty much

anything else in the kitchen so is a foolproof gift idea

for homebodies. Set of four ceramic ’70s bowls, Dhs150,

HKliving at Urban Nest, urbannest.ae

4 With its black textured leather, this statement

chair will add glamour to any space. Dhs12,000,

ANCA, anca-1985.com

5 Classic Swiss brand Vitra now has a home at

department store Le BHV Marais Dubai and I’m

coveting George Nelson’s timeless clock designs.

Ball clock, Dhs1,599, Vitra, available from

Le BHV Marais Dubai, lebhvmarais.ae

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This month’s

Pinboard

Our round-up of the latest in homeware

news, design and interiors trends

Dinnertime

THIS WALL CLOCK,

MADE FROM

MOULDED METAL,

IS PERFECT FOR A

CONTEMPORARY

KITCHEN. WE LOVE

ITS AFFORDABLE

PRICE TAG, TOO.

Gino kitchen wall clock,

Dhs79, Home Centre.

Boxed in

Don’t have space for a festive tree

or just looking for a fun alternative?

A wall tree installation could be

your answer. Simply put a tiny tree

into a display box and let matching

frames create a graphic feel.

Barkhyttan display box, Dhs79, IKEA.

LIVING TRADITIONS

Tiger & Arcadia (tigerandarcadia.com) was among the independent

projects spotted at this year’s Downtown Design. Commited to conserving

craft techniques around the world, founder Andrea de Rossetto has a

unique story for every piece. In Mexico, for example, each Ocumicho mask

(pictured, left) is created as a trophy at the end of an obstacle race.

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Trending | UPDATES

SMART SPACE SAVER

Those of us living in apartments and small spaces can

now have a barbecue

at home thanks to the

award-winning Space

Grill (Dhs3,799, ae.spacegrill.com),

which has

recently arrived in the

Middle East. It’s the

only indoor-approved,

fold-away barbecue and

it only takes 10 seconds

to set up.

TAKE TWO

CRYSTAL

SCULPTURES

Save

SAVE

Agate sculpture, Dhs99,

Home Centre

SPLURGE

Agate sprout, Dhs945

(GBP200),

5MM Design

Splurge

Style star

If you’re looking for

some help to revamp

a room or your entire

home, we recommend

calling on the help of

interior designer Alexandra

Conti. She offers a simple approach and a flat

fee styling service through her newly launched

platform (ayi-designer.com), and if you want to

see more of her style, be sure to check out next

month’s issue of Better Living.

On our radar Intelligent designs for cleaner air and minimal fuss

SAY GOODBYE to an ugly extractor

hood: the cooktop extractor of the

BORA Classic (price on request) draws

vapour directly away from where it

is created.

NEUTRALISE negative energy with a

mini humidifier that has mood lighting

ability. Quartz Aroma Diffuser, Dhs189,

Made By Zen. Available

from Lifestyle.

SAVE COUNTLESS trips to the

hardware store with LG Signature Air

Purifier (Dhs5,249). Its filter system

can be removed, washed and used

again for up to 10 years.

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SHOP | Must-shop

WHAT’S IN

STORE

COMPTOIR

102

THE STORY SO FAR: Launched in

2012 by Parisian Emmanuelle Sawko,

Comptoir 102 shines a light on craft

and design. Its carefully curated

furniture collection includes finds from

around the globe, as well as limited

edition collaborations with artists and

designers – it’s a haven for one-of-akind

pieces.

THE LOOK: Unconventional, bohemian

and full of soul.

WHAT’S NEW? Comptoir 102’s own

home décor line, available exclusively

in store, has grown to include pretty

cushion covers, simple brass pieces

and a kooky tableware collection

featuring the label’s cute bubble motif.

GOOD TO KNOW: The store’s interiors

get a monthly refresh. If you need

some help recreating the look, resident

stylist and designer Mathilde is on

hand to help style your purchases in

your own home (upon request).

DELIVERY DETAILS: If you’re loading

up on buys, take advantage of the free

local delivery service.

WHILE YOU’RE THERE: Check out

the edgy fashion, artisan jewellery

and clean beauty collections before

sipping an organic superfood smoothie

(complete with homemade nut milk) in

the healthy café.

102 Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, Dubai

04 385 4555, comptoir102.com

FAVOURITE FINDS

Stool with

interchangeable

legs, Dhs950

WHY WE RATE IT

It’s great for one-off fabric designs,

traditional handcrafted pieces and

items by renowned names. Plus, the

designs by the in-house team are

available exclusively in the store.

Cactus

vase,

Dhs310

Orange throw, Dhs500,

zebra throw, Dhs600,

Collection 102

Look out for the Better

Living loves sign in

store, which points you

towards our top buys

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DuraSquare: Now with the new bathroom furniture series XSquare.

The exact and precise edges of the DuraSquare bathroom series blends perfectly with the latest furniture collection

XSquare designed by Kurt Merki Jr. Handle-free fronts, striking chrome profiles and 28 furniture finishes enable an

individual bathroom design. Co-ordinating mirrors feature a touch-free control panel for demisting and light or

dimming functions. Duravit Middle East SAL (Off-Shore), info@lb.duravit.com, Duravit Middle East SAL Off Shore -

UAE Rep Office info@ae.duravit.com, Duravit Saudi Arabia LLC, info@sa.duravit.com. www.duravit.com


Estella green 83-piece dinner set by Dankotuwa, Dhs3,995, Jashanmal Home

Deco assorted set of four gold dinner plates by LSA International, Dhs268. Available at Amara

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PLATES

Bring drama to the tabletop

with these stunning designs

Renaissance gold dinner plate, Dhs198, Wedgwood

Portmeirion set of four cake plates by Sara Miller, Dhs324.45. Available at Indigo Living

Brindille fat plate, Dhs176.19, Villeroy & Boch

Panache presentation plate by Marie Daage, Dhs846.35. Available at White Almonds

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Arris white accent octagonal plate,

Dhs255, Wedgwood


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VACUUM

CLEANERS

Whether you’ve got dust or doggy

hair to deal with, we’ve found the

perfect machine for you

THE WASH AND GO

Say goodbye to laborious scrubbing. This

clever machine has two rotating microfibre

rollers, which are continuously moistened

with a detergent solution, while the vacuumed

liquid is drawn into a separate tank that can

be emptied after cleaning. Hard Floor Cleaner

FC 5, Dhs1,100, Kärcher, karcher.com

THE CORDLESS WONDER

It boasts the most powerful suction power of any

cord-free vacuum. Plus, it’s instant-release trigger

means the battery power is only used while it’s cleaning.

Dyson Cyclone V10, Dhs2,939, Dyson, dyson.ae

THE

SENSITIVE ONE

This one’s good for those

with allergies due to its HEPA

hygienic filter. It’s also really

light, easy to operate and is

compact, too. Bagless vacuum

cleaner with sensor control,

Dhs576.45, Bosch, bosch.ae

THE TECHIE WHIZZ

With its onboard cameras to analyse your home,

map its path and efficiently clean your space,

you can leave it to get on with the job. Robotic

vacuum cleaner, Dhs2,414, LG, lg.com

BEFORE YOU BUY...

BEST BUDGET BUY

With its strong performance and extra long cable,

this sturdy number is the most cost-effective in

our selection. Synchropower bag & bagless

vacuum cleaner, Dhs471.45, Siemens. Available

from Better Life, betterlifeuae.com

BEST FOR TILE FLOORS?

Most of us have tile or vinyl flooring with rugs in the UAE so look for a vacuum cleaner that has a good filtration

system as tile flooring accumulates more electrostatic dust. Also, consider a machine that vacuums

and steams at the same time, since tile flooring is resistant to high temperatures and can be easily sanitised.

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Trends | INSPIRATION

Into

the

blue

From dark and

dreamy to pale

and interesting,

there’s a blue hue

for everyone

Riviera Collection, Lelievere Middle East

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Statement shades

Choose a rich, royal blue for a statement piece, such as a

sofa, and surround it with a toned-down palette. An intense,

vibrant blue adds a summery feeling to your interiors,

while a complementary mix of milky whites, dusky pinks

and greys or pastels are pretty and easy to live with.

Mas Paints

Clockwise from left: Almandine

armchair, Dhs23,200; Jean-Louis

Deniot at Iconic Home; Bullseye side

table, Dhs1,389.15, Indigo Living; Blue

and white throw, Dhs599, Zara Home

“Create a

TIP relaxed luxe

feel with

different

shades and texture,

such as deep blue

velvet seating, soft

throws and accents

of brass throughout

the room,” says

Nisrine El Lababidi

Moghraby, design

director at Harf

Noon Design Studio.

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Trends | INSPIRATION

Calm bedrooms

Set the tone for a place to unwind with some serene

shades. Blue hues transport us to gorgeous landscapes and

seascapes. Combine blue with white for a classic Santoriniinspired

coastal colour scheme for a relaxed holiday vibe.

JYSK

From Top: Classic navy lattice rug, from Dhs960,

From Jaipur With Love; Galley grade striped pillowcase,

Dhs78, Joules at Amara; Candle, Dhs129, Zara Home,

TIP

The secret to a

tranquil vibe in

the bedroom is

in layering and if you

prefer to move away from

a Mediterranean scheme,

combine blue with grey for

a cosy, moody style.

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INSPIRATION | Trends

Walls that wow

If you want to transform a blank wall,

there are an abundance of solutions

beyond just painting it. A wallpaper

with an unexpected motif will liven

up a space in an instant, while tiles

can be used for a fresh, bold look and

artworks add a touch of vibrancy.

Blue has the unique quality of being

simultaneously dynamic and calming.

The Alchemy of Colour collection, Zoffany

“A feature wall gives a room

TIP a more adventurous vibe,” says

Linda Dekkers, interior stylist

and founder of Live Loud Girl.

From Left: Close to Heaven wallpaper, Dhs208.95, Mr Perswall at D.Tales;

Enchanted Wood wallpaper, Dhs282.74 (GBP59.95), Hibou Home;

Albert design tile, Ferruccio Laviani for Bisazza, Jungle Blues printed

canvas with colour gel, Dhs499, Home Centre

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Festive

trimmings

Dress up your home for the

holidays with our sparkling ideas

IF YOU HAVE LITTLE ONES AT HOME,

CREATE A COSY SETTING WITH

WARM JEWEL TONES AND FESTIVE

CHARACTERS THAT ADD A PLAYFUL

VIBE, LIKE THESE DECORATIONS

FROM AL-FUTTAIM ACE. WHEN

STRIVING FOR A CHILD-FRIENDLY

SCHEME, NOT EVERYTHING NEEDS TO

MATCH, SO GET EVERYONE INVOLVED

IN HANGING THE BAUBLES.

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Style some candles to create an instantly inviting and cosy

atmosphere. “When it comes to the grouping, arrange them

at least two inches apart for proper air flow that allows

them to burn evenly,” advises Carol Sukkar of concept store

Home & Soul (homeandsouldubai.com). “It’s easy to achieve a

harmonious look with different shapes and sizes

by arranging them asymmetrically.”

For a modern take on poinsettia,

opt for some luxurious, longlasting

red roses instead. This

Forever Rose London Vintage

Hat Box can be filled with your

choice of fresh florals. From

Dhs750, myforeverrose.com

Festive touches | INSPIRATION

Mini novelty santa

cushion, Dhs75,

Marks & Spencer

Cushion covers

(far left and left),

Dhs59 each,

4H&M Home

AN EASY WAY TO GIVE YOUR LIVING ROOM A MERRY MAKEOVER

IS TO SWAP YOUR USUAL SOFT FURNISHINGS FOR THOSE WITH A

FESTIVE TOUCH. SEASONAL CUSHIONS AND THROWS ARE A SMALL

WAY TO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.

There’s nothing like a festive

wreath on your front door to mark the

holiday season. It’s the first thing your

guests will see,and you can’t go wrong

with a simple,lush evergreen wreath

decorated with pine cones and mistletoe.

Wreath, Dhs185, John Lewis Home Festive collection

available exclusively at Robinsons, Dubai Festival City Mall

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“I LOVE AN ICY-WHITE

COLOUR SCHEME – IT

REFINES A SPACE”

BETTER LIVING

EDITOR LUCY LAND

“It’s easy to create

a festive mood with

lights. Fairy lights are

beautiful on the tree,

wrapped over the

stair banisters or

draped across the

balcony,” says Medy

Navani, CEO of

Design Haus Medy.

Marks & Spencer

IF ONLY A REAL TREE WILL DO, AL-FUTTAIM ACE, DUBAI PLANT

SOUQ (WARSAN PLANT NURSERIES), SPINNEYS AND DUBAI GARDEN

CENTRE ARE AMONG THE PLACES TO GET YOUR HANDS ON THE REAL

8DEAL. WATER IT EVERY DAY TO KEEP IT LOOKING PLUMP AND FULL.

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If you have more baubles than you need for the tree,

get creative by filling glass vases or decorative bowls to

create eye-catching decorative features to place around

the home. Or, group them together with ribbon and hang

around the house, such as from the banister.

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9

Dove

Festive collection,

Dhs165, John Lewis

at Robinsons

Festive touches | INSPIRATION

ornament,

Dhs123,

Wedgwood

Winter Bakery Delight

Heart bowl, Dhs355,

Villeroy & Boch

Get into the snuggly spirit of the holidays

with a faux fireplace. Pan Emirates has a

good selection, while The Imperfect Parlour can

make you one featuring pretty wooden appliqué,

painted with chalk paint (from Dhs1,150).

“Bring nature into the home with an

imaginative tablescape featuring silver

and white accent pieces layered with

white fine bone china, accentuated with

fresh midwinter foliage,” says Richard

Delaney, design director for Wedgwood.

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Festive Treats,

The Lime Tree

Café & Kitchen,

Dhs12, available

from Spinneys

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Wedgwood Winter White collection

FILL YOUR HOME WITH YOUR FAVOURITE

HOLIDAY SCENTS. WHETHER YOU LIGHT A

SPICE-SCENTED CANDLE, BAKE SOME FRESH

GINGERBREAD OR STRING A GARLAND OF

DRIED ORANGE SLICES, YOU CAN’T BEAT

SOME COSY, WINTERY AROMAS.

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INSPIRATION | home renovation

Emma Hutton at home in Jumeirah 3

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Ask the designer | INSPIRATION

Ask the

DESIGNER

Interior designer Emma Hutton

reveals how to create a welcoming entrance

As your entryway is the first thing

that guests see of your home, it

should give some idea of the style

that the rest of your home has to

offer. I like to start a scheme with

something that I love, such as a piece of

art that I have found on my travels or

something I have been given and is close

to my heart. I think it is important

to have a little bit of your own

personality in each room,

and there should be a natural

progression of style, starting

from the entrance area, to tell the

story of your life that reveals your

personality. In our warm climate, we

are mostly very lucky to have rooms

filled with natural light. Add a little

punch of colour outside, like a citrus

yellow or bright pink flowers. Inside,

keep it fresh with greenery – orchids

and lilies are my favourite, while a

beautiful scented burning candle can

give a lovely feel to any space, day or

night. It can be difficult to keep an

entrance clutter-free, particularly

if you have lots of visitors and for

anyone who has children and dogs,

like me. I have areas and baskets

for everything, from dog leads to

school bags. It’s a great way to store

things and they look stylish even if they

do have everything shoved into them.

Greet guests with a statement

piece as a point of interest. Go

with either a bold rug or a piece

of art. For even more of a wow factor,

choose both if they work well together,

while a mirror placed above a console

table is always a winner. Symmetry

works really well, too – two lamps

placed either side of the mirror on the

console looks smart. Depending on

how much space you have, a chair or a

bench is a great addition for creating

a sense of warmth. Add texture with

either a cushion placed on a bench or

an upholstered chair – it is also an easy

way to add colour, especially if you don’t

have any window treatments.

For reflecting the light

beautifully, I love an old-style

chandelier, although this option

depends on your style. There are

some beautiful modern chandeliers

available for more contemporary homes.

Use flattering, warm white bulbs and a

dimmer. Some ceilings are just not tall

enough for a hanging light. In this case,

go to town on some magnificent lamps.

Create flow by using the same colour scheme

TIP

inside your entrance as is used directly

outside your home. Motifs of nature work

well on wallpaper and soft furnishings, too.

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INSPIRATION | At home with

Interior stylist Ash Young’s

Damac Hills family villa

shows her effortless

approach to maximalism

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“I love a space that grabs your attention and draws your eye around the room.

Interiors are such a passion of mine so I have a lot of fun with them,” enthuses

interior stylist Ash Young, whose family villa in Damac Hills epitomises her

style. “I enjoy mixing materials and styles, and I like glamour, detail, metallic and

greenery.” A self-confessed maximalist, Ash’s secret to creating a tough-luxe,

edgy-elegant look is keeping to a restrained colour palette. “I generally use three

main colours, with two accents.”

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At home with | INSPIRATION

“Consider any existing

pieces you already

have, choose a colour

scheme and stick to a

theme while browsing for

additional pieces”

Most of the artworks in her home comprise inexpensive prints, from the likes of

Society6, Rockett St George, Etsy and Drawdeck. “I check out Pinterest, Instagram

and magazines for inspiration.”

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INSPIRATION | At home with

As a global nomad (Ash was born in the UAE to

English and Irish parents, moved to the UK aged

nine and moved to Dubai with her family four years

ago), Ash places a lot of importance on her home,

which provides a source of stability. It also means

that she gets her husband, Chris, and children,

10-year-old Lucas, eight-year-old Allegra and sixyear-old

Scarlett involved with the home decorating

decisions. The kids’ bedrooms, in particular, reflect

their personalities. Scarlett chose her lively Extinct

wallpaper by Emma J Shipley for Clarke & Clarke

and her Boss print artwork; Allegra asked for

the rebellious, graffitied portrait artwork (from

Rockett St George; rockettstgeorge.co.uk) that was

originally in her parents’ bedroom; and once both

daughters saw Lucas’ Rock On print by Nickie

Kelly, they wanted their own hand gestures (Peace

Out and Hope). Ash’s rock ‘n’ roll sense of style is

clearly contagious.

GIVING IT A NEW LEASE OF LIFE,

THIS IKEA SOFA HAS BEEN

REUPHOLSTERED IN PINK VELVET

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At home with | INSPIRATION

THE PLAYHOUSE

Handmade by an

Englishman for his

daughters, this playhouse

was located in a huge

villa in Sharjah. “When

the family was planning

to return to the UK, the

father posted an advert

in a mums’ group online.

Two handymen, my

brother-in-law and I drove

to Sharjah to disassemble

it – we had to mark each

piece so we’d know how to

put it back together. It’s

a little bit worse for wear

after its third move from

our previous home in The

Springs but we still love it.”

THE RUG IS BY

LOCAL BRAND FROM

JAIPUR WITH LOVE,

WHICH SUPPORTS

TRADITIONAL

CRAFTSMANSHIP

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THE KITCHEN:

Ash worked closely with

designer Tarek Dawood at

Kaiser to create her dream

kitchen. The doors have a

gorgeous textured finish in

Putty Concrete for an urban

feel, contrasting perfectly

with the grey oak grain

worktop in a cut timber

effect. The unusual Franke

Belfast sink and Miele

appliances complete the

look. “Tarek had the idea

for the L-shaped breakfast

bar, which is genius – it has

seating for five of us and it

has totally changed the way

we use this space.”

THE JUNGLE LIFE

WALL CHART

FROM URBAN NEST

CLEVERLY COVERS

LIGHT SWITCHES

AND THE A/C

CONTROL PANEL

“The finishing

touches give a space

personality

and depth”

Palm Jungle by Cole & Son; Pineapple Royale

by Sanderson; 101 Spots by Paper Pop; Dark

Floral by Mr Perswall; Extinct wallpaper by

Emma J Shipley for Clarke & Clarke

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At home with | INSPIRATION

Premier Hanoi lantern,

Dhs200, Namshi

“I wanted the guest bedroom

to have a calm, welcoming

and friendly vibe”

Monstera plant and vase,

Dhs450, Urban Nest

Misty bowl in pink,

Dhs33, THE One

GET

THE

LOOK

HAVING A PENDANT

HANGING FROM

A HIGH CEILING

BREAKS UP THE

SPACE AND DRAWS

THE EYE UP SLIGHTLY

Pouffe, Dhs699, Zara Home

Love chair in

natural, Dhs895,

White Moss

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INSPIRATION | home renovation

Nuture a little bit of

NATURE

How a garden in Umm Suqeim 2

blossomed into a sanctuary for wildlife

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Outdoor space | INSPIRATION

as soon as we saw the bougainvillea that covers

the bay windows and the greenery climbing

the garden wall, we decided we wanted this

villa,” reveals Shana Sebban Mannarini. She

moved in with her family a month later but

by that time the garden was dry and void of

greenery. Eight years on and it is filled with

mature flowering trees and plants, including

an arbor of bougainvillea that connects the

area originally constructed as a carport to

the bougainvillea that first caught Shana’s

eye, as well as frangipani, laurier rose (“this

can be toxic to children and animals so be

vigilant,” Shana warns), an Eastern redbud

tree that Shana and her husband Gil planted

in celebration of their five-year-old son Ari’s

birth and another tree planted a year ago

when their daughter Ari was born.

“We’re animal lovers so we wanted to create

a safe haven for wildlife in the garden, which

is why we grew lots of trees and shrubs, and

hung bird feeding stations.” The couple run

children’s edutainment concept Pearls of the

Emirates (pearlsoftheemirates.com), with the

aim of educating children about environment

protection and animal welfare and their

passion is evident throughout their outside

space. There’s a cattery for their rescued

street cats, while the air is filled with birdsong.

“Indian parakeets love the Indian nuts we put

out for them, while ground-feeding hoopoes

feed off the fallen scraps,” Shana enthuses.

Other visiting birds include hummingbirds,

common mynas, Indian rollers and doves, while

the couple also often spot lizards, butterflies

and dragonflies. “The wildlife-filled garden

takes us away from the bustle of Dubai.”

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INSPIRATION | Outdoor space

The desert landscapes

of the UAE inspire

the mixed media

artworks by Gil

and add character

to their garden

“Ensure you place feeders

out of the reach of cats,”

says Shana. “I buy seeds

from the pet shop, Indian

nuts from Carrefour and

hang up cuttlefish found on

the shoreline for a calciumrich

dietary supplement”

“It’s important to have

an inspiring view

when I paint.” Shana

likes to paint in the

early mornings

with the birds’

dawn chorus.

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“As we’re both

French, it was

important for us to

create a European

atmosphere with lots

of trees. Plant new

trees at the end of

summer so they’ve

got time to get

established”

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Out on

the tiles

Ramp up your bathroom space with

some vibrant floors and walls

Bisazza

Tiles are one of the first things we notice in a bathroom so when it comes to

a renovation, consider your options carefully. There are myriad colours, sizes

and materials to choose from, while the versatility of the material makes it

easily customisable. Use colour and pattern to create a statement but choose

no more than three different tiles to ensure a cohesive look.

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Bathrooms | INSPIRATION

Pretty

patterns

Fantini mosaici

Upgrade your space to spalevel

luxury with beautiful

mosaic, which is the perfect

choice for a feature wall. Go

for clear glass shower doors so

you don’t obscure them and

keep the grout lines slim to

reduce the painstaking task of

scrubbing them clean.

Bisazza

Bisazza

Villeroy & Boch

SERENE

TOUCHES

Clockwise from left:

Small skittle hanging pot,

Dhs40, Present Time at Namshi;

Memphis print vase, Dhs35,

Sass & Belle at Namshi; Black oudh

fragrance sticks, Dhs255, Rituals,

The Ritual of Ayurveda scented

candle, Dhs125, Rituals

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INSPIRATION | Bathrooms

Bold

floors

Statement bathroom floors are not for the

faint-hearted, but they are definitely worth

the risk. Combine with a timeless herringbone

patterned wall for a smart look. For suppliers,

we rate Mosaico (pictured, mosaico.ae), which

handmakes cement tiles in Ras Al-Khaimah;

Graniti (granitibuildingmaterials.com),

known for kitting out plenty of local high-end

villas in porcelain tiles; and RAK Ceramics

(rakceramics.com), one of the biggest ceramics’

brands in the world.

Mosaico

Tip

LARGE-SCALE

TILES CAN HELP

SMALLER ROOMS

APPEAR MORE

SPACIOUS

Monsaraz tile, Mosaico

Supernova tile, Mosaico

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Modern

monochrome

Don’t be afraid to go dark. Team black and white for

a moody, masculine look that gives a lasting impact.

“A monochrome palette ensures a classic look, so you

can go all out in your choice of patterns,” says interior

designer Alexandra Conti.

IT WON’T GO OUT OF STYLE

Black and white is a timeless combination that

won’t date, which means you won’t need to

update it in a few seasons when colour trends

change or when you want to resell your property.

IT’S VERSATILE

Because of its timeless quality, you can choose

different patterns and sizes, from geometric

shapes to stripes, chevrons and subway tiles.

It’s easy to mix with playful patterns and colours,

such as florals and spots, too.

IT’S AN AFFORDABLE OPTION

Plain white or black tiles tend to be cheaper than

coloured or patterned options, plus you’re likely

to be halfway there already as the starting point

is usually a white bathroom suite.

GROUT

COLOURS

A SANDY-

TONED

GROUT PAIRS

WELL WITH

DARK OR

NEUTRAL

TILES

Tip

CHOOSE

ELEGANT

SHAPES, SUCH

AS THESE, FOR

A GLAMOROUS

LOOK

The Hayon Collection, Bisazza Bagno. Photo by Anson Smart

A LIGHT

GREY

WORKS

WELL FOR

WHITE TILES

Grohe

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INSPIRATION | home renovation

More

room

to play

Carving out an under-the-stairs

nook at this family home in Mira

created an extra five square

metres of play space

When the Prexus family, from

Denmark, moved into their

brand-new home in Mira in

Dubailand two years ago,

finding clever ways to build in more

storage was at the top of the agenda.

“While we loved our new home, the layout

and design of the property meant there

wasn’t a huge amount of space to stash

our belongings. Plus, it lacked a dedicated

play room for our daughter Emily,” says

Emmett Prexus, a software engineer

who has lived in Dubai with his family

for five years. “It’s common for houses

to have under-the-stairs storage and,

although ours was blocked off, I wondered

if it would be possible to excavate it.”

Emmett called upon Bjorn Fagerlind,

co-owner of Handy Scandy (+971

52 167 5464, handyscandy.com)

who, after assessing the internal

structure of the property, confirmed

that he was onto something.

“At first I thought it was a crazy idea,”

jokes Bjorn. “But after looking at the

CAD drawings, I realised that we could

happily go ahead. The process was fairly

straightforward: we drew an opening in

the wall and used a hi-tech saw with a

built-in HEPA filter that sucks up dust

as it goes, to start digging it out. The only

unknown to the project was what we’d

find on the other side. We had predicted

that we’d get sufficient usable space,

but there was a danger that there’d be

something inside blocking the way. When

we broke through, however, we were

pleasantly surprised by what we found.”

Underneath the stairs was five

square metres of floor space, cluttered

only by some stacks of breeze blocks,

which were easily removed.

“Once the space was cleared, we set

about wiring in an electrical socket, tiling

the floor, plastering the walls and giving

them a lick of paint,” says Bjorn. “It was

then ready to be styled as Emmett and

his wife Esmée wished. We’ve since had

lots of enquiries from homeowners in

Mira. The project seems to have sparked

a trend for under-the-stairs storage.”

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Home renovation | INSPIRATION

TIME

TAKEN:

5 DAYS

FINISHING

TOUCHES

The walls were painted with

the washable Valspar Ultra

Interior Paint (to guard against

scuffs and marks) in Weathervane

for a touch of drama

THE VERDICT

“We’re so pleased with

the end result. It’s bigger

than we thought – we can

even stand up in it. Emily

is delighted with her play

nook and spends a few

hours a day in there. We’ve

even used the space as a

cosy guest bedroom”

– the Prexus family

Turn the page to read our tops tips on planning a similar renovation in your home ➤

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INSPIRATION | Home renovation

A handy how-to

Want your very own under-stairs

cubby? Handy Scandy’s

Bjorn Fagerlind has these top tips

“Make sure you plan your

electrical sockets in advance,

as it would be a pain (and an

additional expense) to add

them afterwards”

STYLING THE SPACE

Esmée Prexus, a photographer, took

charge of styling the space, drawing

on some easy and affordable fixes

to transform it into a cosy nook…

1 The shelving is from IKEA (ikea.

com). Flisat wall storage, Dhs69, and

Flisat doll’s house/wall shelf, Dhs125.

MAKE A PLAN: When planning

a renovation project, it helps

to compile a mini dossier that

details what you are hoping

to achieve, to hand to your

contractor. Pinterest pictures or

sketches are always helpful in

communicating your vision.

CHECK YOUR CONTRACTOR’S

CREDENTIALS: Before employing

a contractor, you should always

check out their previous work and

whether they’ve carried out any

similar projects. It’s important that

they have the correct licence to

carry out the work – if in doubt,

ask to see their trade licence.

Any reputable contractor will

be happy to show you. This will

also confirm that they have the

required insurance in the event

that anyone is injured on the job.

ENSURE YOU HAVE PERMISSION:

In the planning stages, you’ll need

to check with your developer if

a No Objection Certificate (NOC)

is required. Removing internal

walls is usually straightforward,

as long as the surrounding area

affected is structurally sound.

CHECK THE PROJECT PLAN: This

should detail the timeline and

payment terms so you know exactly

what to expect at every stage.

COMMUNICATE: Start a WhatsApp

group between you and your

contractor so you can easily stay

up to speed on what’s happening,

as well as flag and respond to

issues quickly and easily.

NAIL THE FLOORING: For many

residences in Dubai, you can request

the details for the exact floor tiles

that have been used throughout

simply by contacting your

developer. It should be mentioned

in the homeowner’s handbook. In

more established developments,

like Arabian Ranches, you may

find that the standard tiles used

have been discontinued. If this

is the case, ask your contractor

for advice on finding something

similar – RAK Ceramics

(rakceramics.com) is your best

bet – or simply opt for a different

shade for a point of difference.

INVEST IN GOOD MATERIALS:

Further to the above, it’s important

to buy the best materials your

budget will allow. We have refused

to work with materials that are

substandard before as it can

significantly affect the end result.

2 The stylish grey ball pit is from

Scandinavian brand Misioo, brought over

from Denmark. You can find a similar style

at Mumzworld (mumzworld.com): the

Meow Ball Pit in bright pink, Dhs341.25

3 The play kitchen was also bought

from IKEA and fitted with wireless

LED lights to help illuminate the space.

IKEA Duktig play kitchen, Dhs395.

.

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A cute kids’ party set-up by Party Camel

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Family life | INSPIRATION

Hip hip

hooray!

Make sure your kids’ birthday party

goes with a bang with our top tips on organising

a fun and stress-free at-home bash…

While we’re spoilt for

choice when it comes to

kids’ party venues in

Dubai, staging a party at

home adds a personal touch. Plus,

it’s easier than you may think.

Whether your child has a guest list

as long as your arm and you want to

keep your budget in check, you need

to cater to a variety of age groups, or

simply want to make happy memories

on home turf, staging the celebration at

home offers you the flexibility you need

to make it work. We spoke to some of

the UAE’s leading kids’ party experts

for some top tips on throwing the gettogether

of your little one’s dreams…

CHOOSE A THEME

So you have a date in the diary,

the invites are out and the RSVPs

are rolling in – the first thing

to decide upon is the theme.

“Hosting your child’s birthday party

at home is a great way for them to

have fun with their friends in their

element and choosing a theme for

the party automatically makes the

planning process so much easier,”

says Fatima Hamou, co-owner

and operations director of event

management company The Big Moo

Events (+971 4 341 9935, thebigmoouae.

com). “For younger kids, having a

unicorn theme is hugely popular at

the moment while, for tweens and

teens, glo (glow-in-the-dark) discos

with neon decorations and glow sticks

are becoming increasingly popular.”

If you’ve quizzed your child for

ideas and are still none the wiser,

think about the size of your group.

“If you’re only inviting a few

close friends, for instance, hone

in on something that’s suited to

smaller gatherings, such as a teddy

bear’s picnic,” says Fatima. “With

that in mind, we find that kids can

become overwhelmed when parties

are too over the top. So although

we have so many options at our

fingertips, which makes it tempting

to organise a big celebration, try

to avoid getting carried away.”

ROLL OUT THE ENTERTAINMENT

Next comes the activities and the

entertainment. “If your budget

is limited, entertainment and

activities are the biggest areas to

focus on, as kids will get the most

enjoyment from them,” says Fatima.

Of course, what you choose

will depend on the time of year,

the size of your group and the

space you have available.

“For smaller apartments and villas,

select activities that are more ‘on

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Family life | INSPIRATION

the spot’ and require less moving

around, such as dance competitions,

circle-based games and stationed

activities, such as a face painting or

having a glam station,” says Natalie

Goodson of Kiducation Parties (+971

56 138 5357, kiducationparties.com).

The most popular party entertainers

in Dubai can get booked up quickly,

so be sure to make contact with

those at the top of your list at

least four weeks in advance.

“Arrange an activity that engages

kids one by one as soon as they arrive,

then select something else that

encourages all the guests to come

together mid-party,’” says Natalie.

“For the former, a balloon artist, face

painter or arts and crafts station

will do the trick nicely, distracting

the kids for just enough time for

parents to catch up with each other.

For the mid-party show, aim for a

high-energy entertainer, with a lot

of interaction. For kids who are shy,

a comedy magic show is often a hit

as they can watch a series of tricks,

with lots of laughs along the way.”

If you have a garden, a bouncy

castle or slip and slide never fails

to impress. Among the places you

can hire them is Tumble Time

(+971 4 348 8542, tumbletimedubai.

com), which has everything from a

fire engine themed bouncy house

to a baby bug slide for little ones.

“The most important thing to

consider when booking a bouncy castle

or slide is to ask if it holds a safety

certificate,” says Nory Ann, senior

events coordinator, Tumble Time

(+971 4 348 8542, tumbletimedubai.

com). “European-made inflatables

should hold the PIPA Safety Certificate.

The material is strong, and it can

cope with the force of air from the

British-made Gibbons fans. This

means that it does not collapse with

the weight of a lot of children jumping

at the same time. All our inflatables

hold the PIPA certification.”

If you have different age groups

at your party, consider hiring

separate bouncers, or only allowing

similar age groups on at one time.

“Having 12-year-olds and threeyear-olds

bouncing at the same time is

not a good idea,” says Nory. “Plus, in the

Dubai climate, bouncy castles can get

hot so always book one with a sun cover.

“Turn the

largest area

in your

home into

the dining

area”

Safety is common sense but make sure

you follow any additional guidelines

given to you by the hire company.”

Got a swimming pool? Splash n

Bounce (+971 4 813 5785, splashnbounce.

com) is known for its cool pool parties

has a great selection of inflatables,

such as the Shark Attached Slide

(from Dhs750 for two hours, to the

Aqua Slide with Pool, Dhs1,650). If

you’re nervous about having too many

kids in the pool, you can even hire a

qualified lifeguard through them.

FEEDING THE MASSES

If you want to keep costs down, there’s

nothing like a spread of home-cooked

nibbles to please a crowd. There are

lots of blogs that offer suggestions, as

well as plenty of ideas on Pinterest

and you can cut down on prep time

by picking up some pre-made fresh

fruit and vegetable platters offered

by supermarkets such as Spinneys.

If you need some extra support, we

rate The Lime Tree Café & Kitchen

(+971 4 325 6325, thelimetreecafe.

com), which offers curated kids’ party

menus featuring tasty little nibbles

such as crumbed mac ‘n’ cheese bites,

New Zealand beef sausage rolls and

miniature pineapple and strawberry

fruit skewers. Plus, they don’t shy

away from last-minute orders. You

can order online up until 6pm the

night before simply click and collect.

SETTING THE SCENE

On the big day, making sure your

guests have enough space to enjoy

themselves may require a bit of creative

thinking. “Turn the largest area

in your home into the dining area,”

advises Natalie. “For most people,

the living room works best, so you

may need to consider shuffling some

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INSPIRATION | Family life

furniture around in order to make

space.” Easytruck’s mobile storage

pods (+971 4 321 8532, easytruck.ae)

are ideal if you need to make large

pieces of furniture disappear for

just a short time. Of course, if you

have valuable art, or sentimental

ornaments, then best move them

somewhere safe to avoid any damage.

“If you haven’t the space for a sitdown

meal, go buffet style and set up

one large table for food with stacked

plates and cutlery so people can simply

help themselves,” says Natalie.

Alternatively, there are many

companies that rent children’s furniture

and dress it up to suit your chosen

theme. Polka Dot Party Hire’s (+971

55 437 4000, polkadotpartyhire.com)

cute furniture, for instance, costs from

Dhs10 per table or stool. Parents of older

children will like their dreamy canopy

tent beds for sleepovers. From Dhs900

for four beds (requiring self set-up).

If you’re decorating yourself,

we rate Party Camel (+971 4 321

5156, partycamel.com), for its

extensive range of party goodies,

from balloons and bunting to

tablewear, party bags and favours.

When setting up activity stations, you

can draw upon some handy strategies

to help direct the flow of guests. Place

a colouring station just outside the

garden doors to encourage children

outside, for instance, and stack gifts at

the bottom of the stairs to discourage

little ones from scampering up. Close

doors to any rooms that aren’t part

of the party space. Lastly, set up a

seperate drinks station to avoid a

bottleneck around the food station.

THE BIG CLEAR UP

If the party has drained you of all

your energy, there are lots of cleaning

companies out there that can do a postparty

sweep and restore your home to its

former glory. Spectrum Services (+971 4

431 0113, spectrumservices.ae) offers a

before and after party cleaning services,

including making sure the kitchen is

spotless, all dishes and glasses are put

away, the rubbish is taken out and the

furniture is back in order. Freshly Maids

(+971 4 368 1199, freshlymaids.ae) has

a similar, dedicated service so you can

steal a few moments of calm to enjoy a

well-earned second helping of cake.

Bake off

Blow out the candles on

these beauties…

Off the shelf

Marks & Spencer’s Colin the

Caterpillar cake has arrived in

Dubai! The popular chocolate

sponge roll is a guaranteed

crowd pleaser (if it’s good

enough for David Beckham’s

41 st birthday…). Dhs79,

marksandspencerme.com

From the bakery

Magnolia Bakery has

a delicious range of

birthday cakes starting

from Dhs134. Available

at Bloomingdale’s,

The Dubai Mall; Dubai

Festival City Mall;

and The Galleria on

Al Maryah Island,

magnoliabakery.com

Bespoke bake

House of Cakes can

whip you up an on-trend

design, from a vibrant

unicorn sponge to an

Angry Birds or Paw Patrol

themed delight. Prices

start at Dhs200 for an

eight-portion cake, while

more elaborate designs

cost from Dhs25-35 per

person/portion. It’s best

to place your order at

least four to five days in

advance. +971 4 420 6973,

houseofcakesdubai.com

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Why not buy?

Here for the long haul? Then perhaps

it’s time to put down some Dubai roots

No-one likes to throw money away on rent,

but switching from tenant to homeowner is a

big step and a major financial consideration.

Betterhomes has been on the ground helping

Dubai residents for over 30 years, and we think it’s a

great place to invest. Let’s start with some facts...

A high achiever in every respect it’s not often that

Dubai wants to drop its global rankings, but in the

Mercer 2018 Cost of Living survey, which compares cities

around the world, the emirate was ranked 26 t h in the

region (down from 19 th place in 2017).

Dubai also bagged 18 th spot in a Deutsche Bank

quality of life index of 50 top global cities and was also

recently named the second safest city in the world.

Residents spend at least 40% of their income on

paying rent. If you’re a ‘Dubai lifer’, do the maths!

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Moving in | PROPERTY

ASK THE INSIDER

Richard Waind, Director of Brokerage, Betterhomes

IS IT A GOOD TIME TO INVEST?

We are seeing more and more

expats choosing to own rather

than rent. There are great

opportunities for residents to

buy a home in Dubai and prices

have come down considerably

since the 2014 peak. There is

now real value to be found in the

secondary market, in particular.

Lower prices and low interest

rates mean that for many people

monthly mortgage payments

would be lower than their rent

on a comparable property.

WHAT ARE THE OTHER BENEFITS?

The main benefit of owning is

that, upon selling, you will have

some equity in the property

through mortgage repayment,

and hopefully some capital

growth. While not all property

investments see capital returns,

buyers in today’s market might

be more positive about prices in

the next five years than the last

five years. Even if prices remain

flat or slightly soften further, a

buyer who bought today and paid

down their mortgage is likely

to have a nice amount of equity

in five years. Anybody renting

a property over the same time

will likely have paid out more

on a monthly/yearly basis and

will have nothing to show for it.

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE THE

25% DOWN PAYMENT?

For those who can afford the

25% deposit, buying makes a lot

of financial sense. For those who

don’t have the 25%, the off-plan

market has some fantastic offers

and deals from developers.

BEFORE YOU BUY

Grab a clean sheet of paper, sharpen a pencil and ask yourself the

following questions:

HOW LONG DO I PLAN ON STAYING HERE?

If it’s only a couple of years or there’s a strong possibility that your company

might relocate you, and the thought of renting your home out down the line

sounds like too much hassle, stick to renting.

CAN I REALLY AFFORD IT?

How stable is your job? If you have a regular income and your company is

doing well, it’s potentially less risky. Word of warning: your mortgage is

linked to your residency, so if you do end up having to leave Dubai, your

mortgage will either need to be paid off (cash or house sale) or you’ll need to

renegotiate the terms with the bank (if you want to rent it out, for example).

CAN I AFFORD THE DOWN PAYMENT?

The first hurdle is the average 25% up-front down payment (a significant

amount for any investor in any market) as well as the mortgage repayments.

It’s worth noting, however, that personal loans cannot be used to finance

down payments for property investments in the UAE.

COST IT OUT

A hefty down payment

isn’t the only financial

outlay, with a number

of up-front fees and

related home purchase

costs to build into your

budget. These add up

to around 7% of the

total purchase price

and include:

4% Dubai Land

Department (DLD)

transfer fee (based

on total property

purchase price)

0.25% DLD mortgage

registration fee

(% of total agreed

home loan) + Dhs290

admin fee

Dhs2,000-4,000

property registration

fee (dependent on

value of property)

Dhs2,500-3,000

property valuation fee

Bank mortgage set-up

fee (could be zero, or

anywhere up to 1% of

total loan amount)

2% real estate broker

fee, plus 5% VAT for

agency fees

4% Oqood fee for

off-plan sales only

Plus, once you’ve

bought, there are

annual community

service/maintenance

fees to consider, too

MAKE ME AN OFFER

Home loans are capped at 75%, which means that your monthly

mortgage payment covers 75% of the property value plus interest.

Valid for a period of up to 25 years, fixed rate mortgage products,

which usually run for a maximum of five years before switching to a

variable interest rate), currently range from 3-4%.

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Parking: 2

For further details call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: VI326206, RERA Permit No.

1429138081. Nearby school and nursery: GEMS Wellington; Asya’s Nursery.

FOR RENT

AED265k annually

2THE VILLA

This custom-built villa features five spacious bedrooms, and a

separate study that’s fitted with wooden bookshelves. One of the

en-suite bedrooms is on the ground floor, with the rest an elevator-ride away

on the villa’s first floor, which is also home to a dedicated family room and

small pantry. Back on the ground floor, the fully-fitted kitchen leads out to a

landscaped garden in which the large pool has been beautifully upgraded.

For further details call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: VI348173, RERA Permit

No. 0488215564. Nearby school and nursery: GEMS FirstPoint School; Kids

Zone Nursery.

Beds: 5

Bath: 6

Parking: 2

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Beds: 5

Bath: 5.5

Parking: 2

FOR RENT

AED300k annually

3THE VILLA

This unique property has been fully upgraded and features numerous

examples of bespoke wall finishes throughout, many of which are a

mix of stone and wood imported from the Far East. All five bedrooms are ensuite

and, in some cases, feature large balconies that have been enclosed

in glass to serve as an extension of the bedroom – good to use as walk-in

wardrobe, gym, or games room. The pool area is secluded and shaded

thanks to ample foliage, while some of the villa’s current furniture is included.

For further details call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: VI333300, RERA Permit

No. 1931352169. Nearby school and nursery: Repton School Dubai; Chubby

Cheeks Nursery.

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FOR SALE

AED49 million

4PALM JUMEIRAH

Situated right on the beach, this

luxurious villa offers stunning

views that include Atlantis The Palm,

Dubai. Located on a plot size of more

than 13,000 sq. ft., it features six en-suite

bedrooms on the upper floor, with the

master bedroom boasting a Jacuzzi. The

ground floor, meanwhile, is an entertainer’s

dream – the smart kitchen extends to the

breakfast area and private dining room,

while the living room opens out onto the

entertainment area with a swimming

pool and the landscaped gardens lending

a tropical feel in keeping with the

beautiful surroundings.

For further details call 04 409 0998

and quote REF: VI349311, RERA Permit

No. 1778036270. Nearby school and

nursery: Dubai College; Babilou

Palm Jumeirah.

Beds: 6

Bath: 8

Parking: 4

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FOR SALE

AED4.499 million

5ARABIAN RANCHES

This spacious five-bedroom, independent villa in Saheel is located on a plot

size of approximately 10,000 sq. ft., providing ample room for its stylish pool and

gazebo. This desirable outdoor space, in which mature planting is a feature, is the

highlight of a well-maintained home that has one of its bedrooms downstairs, along

with the living/dining area, kitchen and a maid’s room. The other four bedrooms are

upstairs, where you’ll also find a TV room.

For further details call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: VI359106, RERA Permit No. 0109507575.

Nearby school and nursery: Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS); Building

Blocks Nursery.

Beds: 5

Bath: 4.5

Parking: 2

FOR RENT

AED290k annually

6JUMEIRAH GOLF ESTATES

This Tuscan type villa in Orange Lakes overlooks the golf course and boasts

five bedrooms, one of which is housed on the ground floor and is en-suite,

making it perfect for visiting family. The top floor, which can be accessed by an

internal elevator, houses the master and three other bedrooms. The kitchen and

laundry area come with in-built Miele appliances, while tenants also benefit from

having membership of JGE’s country club.

For further details call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: VI357387, RERA Permit No. 0607769500.

Nearby school and nursery: Victory Heights Primary School; The Wonder

Years Nursery.

Beds: 5

Bath: 5.5

Parking: 2

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THE PLACE TO MOVE TO

Jumeirah Golf Estates

This peaceful golf community may

have been developed around two 18-

hole golf courses, but it has much to

offer non-players, too

WHY MOVE THERE?

Jumeirah Golf Estates, or JGE in its

slimmer form, has its own distinctive

character, with abundant greenery,

swooping parakeets, and actual

gradients – the villas are plotted at

different levels, making for an attractive

landscape. If you like the idea of being

woken by birdsong instead of car horns,

this is the place for you.

THE COMMUNITY

A country club, which all property

owners have to be paid-up members

of, is home to a pool, gym, and daily

exercise classes, while communal

events are fairly common and well

attended. The lively Sports Bar here

trumps the main clubhouse restaurant,

Flame Tree Restaurant & Grill, and

there are multiple active Facebook

groups devoted to residents and

a recently introduced community

concierge service – a first for a

community in Dubai. Enhancements

to the development as a whole are

made on an on-going basis.

TRANSPORT

With quick and easy access to Sheikh

Mohammed bin Zayed Road or the

E44 (Al Khail Road), JGE is well

connected, if you drive. If not, you’ll

have to wait for the opening of the

planned metro station.

SCHOOLS

There is no school within the

development, but in the adjacent

Victory Heights you’ll find Victory

Heights Primary School, while a

10-minute drive away (if you time it

just right) is Nord Anglia International

School, which caters for foundation

through to secondary.

SHOPPING

Within the community itself is The

Fairways, home to a decent little

Choithrams supermarket and handy

services like a tailor, pharmacy,

dry cleaning and both men and

women’s hair and beauty salons.

A five-minute drive away is City

Centre Me’aisem, which is anchored

by a large Carrefour.

Meet the neighbours

Elisha Tyler and family rent a villa in Whispering Pines

We moved to Jumeirah Golf Estates four years ago, originally to a large villa in Sienna Lakes, but

after a couple of years there we decided to downsize a little to free up some more disposable income.

We initially considered Silicon Oasis which would have been closer to our kids’ schools, but opted to

stay in Jumeirah Golf Estates as we loved the community so much – it suits us perfectly. It’s safe for

our 12-year-old son to cycle to other communities within JGE to meet his friends, and my husband

and I enjoy a great social life with our neighbours and make full use of the country club facilities.

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Area guide | PROPERTY

Ask the Agent

Omar Mohammed is the resident

JGE expert at Betterhomes.

If you’d like to contact him to

arrange a showing or to learn

of any ‘open house’ dates in the

JGE development, call +971 58

206 4911

Launched in 2005, Jumeirah Golf Estates has 15

different communities in total, five of which are

under construction. Jumeirah Golf Estates is the

‘master’ developer and they have designed five of

the communities: Flame Tree Ridge, Redwood Park,

Redwood Avenue, Whispering Pines, Olive Point, and

Alandalus. The others each have a different developer.

Owners of Whispering Pines properties in particular

will tell you of their superior build quality.

Golf buggies are given to owners of properties within

three of the communities: Flame Tree Ridge, Redwood

Park, and Whispering Pines.

The size of the properties range from 1BR-4BR

apartments; 2BR-4BR townhouses; and 4BR-7BR villas.

The prices of properties are wide ranging, with

Alandalus apartments starting at Dhs749,000,

townhouses from Dhs3 million, and villas in the wider

community going all the way up to Dhs24 million.

There has been a lot of demand in the rental market,

where prices have remained steady over the past

12 months.

Sales transactions have been slower as the entry

price for villas is still higher than in neighbouring

communities, such as Victory Heights.

There has been a lot of interest recently from people

who currently live in Al Barari and Emirates Hills but are

are looking to move to Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Small families and couples who want to live in JGE

should take a look at the apartments and townhouses

in the soon-to-be-completed Alandalus development,

or the already complete townhouses at Redwood Park.

For Sale

AED9,400,000

Wildflower, 5-bed, furnished

PROPERTIES IN JGE

3The

number of

communities

within JGE

where

homeowners

are given

their own

golf buggies

For Rent

AED210,000 per year

Redwood Park, 4-bed

OFF-PLAN PROPERTY

FOCUS

EMAAR Expo Golf Villas

WHAT ARE THEY?

As the city gears up for Expo 2020

Dubai, more and more projects are

being announced, with this just the

latest. Expo Golf Villas – so named

because they will encircle a new 18-

hole golf course – are available with

three or four bedrooms.

WHERE ARE THEY LOCATED?

In Emaar South, a huge underconstruction

development that’s close

to the Expo 2020 site and Al Maktoum

international Airport. It will eventually

comprise over 20,000 houses and

a further 15,000 apartments, dotted

throughout a proposed 25 parks.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN FEATURES?

Greenery is a key driver of Emaar’s

Expo Golf Villas, with the promise of

two landscaped parks to go along

with that aforementioned golf course

and all its necessary foliage. Aimed

very much at families, an on-site

community centre will house an

outdoor pool and dedicated children’s

play area, plus a gym. Furthermore,

a clubhouse at the golf course and

separate hotel will boast additional

facilities, complementing the many

retail and F&B outlets planned for

Emaar South boulevard.

WHAT IS THE STARTING PRICE OF

THE VILLAS?

The three-bedroom villas begin

at AED999,888.

WHAT’S THE EXPECTED COMPLETION

DATE FOR EXPO GOLF VILLAS?

August 2021.

IS THERE A PAYMENT PLAN AVAILABLE?

There is. Spread over five years,

payments are scheduled as follows:

5% down payment; 5% within 30 days

of booking; 1.25% per month for 60

months; 15% final instalment.

RERA Permit No. 0607769500

For further information, call

Betterhomes 800 52 2233

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