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Welcome to the February issue

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we take a look at ways

to make your home extra cosy (page 32). However, it’s not just

about making our interiors inviting, as we discovered during

our tour of outdoor furniture designer Emma Goodall’s home

in Desert Palm (page 38). She loves to spend as much time in

her garden as possible, whether working, socialising or dining

so she ensured a seamless transition from indoors to outside,

calling on the expertise of Feng Shui wellness designer Simone

Osswald to improve the sense of flow,

Heather Drake follows the same principle, ensuring her garden

is as comfortable as her interiors (page 46). She also provides

plenty of tips to create a lush, low-maintenance garden.

We also head to Downtown Dubai, the place to live if you want

to be next to some of the most impressive landmarks on earth

(page 70). Plus, we bring you our pick of coveted properties,

with spa-like bathrooms on the market (page 66).

Lucy Land, Editor

lucy@hotmediapublishing.com

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New finds, homeware news,

a must-shop store focus and

barbecues we rate

Thank you to 800

Flower, The Lime

Tree Café & Kitchen,

Namshi, and Dwell for

supplying the pretty

goodies for these pages

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Editor’s letter | CONTENTS

INSPIRE

22-63

A stunning swimming pool

installation, home and garden

tours with stylish residents, how to

incorporate the latest trends into

your home and

feature wall inspiration

Managing Director

Victoria Thatcher

Editorial Director

John Thatcher

Managing Editor

Faye Bartle

Editor

Lucy Land

Art Director

Kerri Bennett

Senior Designer

Hiral Kapadia

Production Manager

Muthu Kumar

Advertising Group Manager

Sukaina Hussein

+971 50 515 9691

MOVE

64-72

Things to know before you buy,

a guide to Downtown Dubai

with advice from the agent and the

local’s view of the area,

plus must-see properties with

spa-like bathrooms

To contact any of the

above people, email

firstname@hotmediapublishing.com

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without written permission from

HOT Media Publishing is strictly

prohibited. HOT Media Publishing

does not accept liability for omissions

or errors in Better Living magazine.

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UPDATES | February wish list

Lucy Land, Editor

Editor’s

picks

Five finds on my radar…

1. Every interior designer I’ve met this month has

mentioned the importance of layering lighting. For

flattering overhead lighting, this stunning design

classic is on my wish list. Burst chandelier in vintage

brass and grey colourway, Dhs159,788 (USD43,500),

Lindsey Adelman, lindseyadelman.com

2. Elevate teatime with pretty pastel-hued crockery

that comes in a choice of baby pink (pictured) or

mint. Six-piece Catherine cup and saucer set, Dhs525,

Chamore at Jashanmal, jashanmalhome.com

3. Create an inviting ambiance, with a Vermeil diffuser

from Voluspa, made with rattan reeds for a longlasting

scent. Aurantia & Blackberry Diffuser, Dhs249,

Vuluspa. Available from Dwell, dwell.com

4. Looking for a quirky gift idea? We found plenty

during the photoshoot for this month’s store focus

(page 16). Miles The Ant Sculpture, Dhs100, Georges of

Dubai, gerogesofdubai.com

5. Set the mood for afternoon tea with these cute

candles that look good enough to eat. Set of six

patisserie candles, Dhs63, Maisons du Monde,

maisonsdumonde.com

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This month’s

Pinboard

Our round-up of the latest in

homewares, news and interiors trends

THREE

OF

A KIND

Following the success of the

launch of its Umm Suqeim

and City Centre Mirdif

branches last year, Danish

homewares store JSYK

(pronounced ‘yusk’) recently

opened its third Dubai store

in BurJuman. Covering

20,000 sq. ft., the new outlet

includes a sleep centre,

where you can test and

purchase everything, from

pocket spring mattresses to

adjustable bed bases.

For the man

of the house

Can’t think what to buy your

man this Valentine’s Day?

If he’s an adventurer, we

recommend a Victorinox

swiss knife (Dhs315). For

another practical gift idea,

you can’t go wrong with a

smart Ferrari ball point pen

(Dhs920), while a Delonghi

EC685.M Espresso machine

(Dhs999) will ensure his day

gets off to a good start.

All available from Jashanmal.

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Trending | UPDATES

TIMOTHY OULTON

LAUNCHES IN

THE CAPITAL

Want to inject some British

vintage-inspired relaxed yet

sophisticated style into your

home? Then check out the

new Timothy Oulton Gallery

at Marina Home in The

Abu Dhabi Mall. The latest

collection includes the use

of rock crystal and is also

available from Marina Home,

Al Barsha, Dubai.

ITALIAN

STYLE

Bathroom solutions manufacturer

Ideal Standard recently

announced its collaboration

with top Italian architects and

design studio Palomba Serafini

Associati, with the first results

of the collaboration being

previewed during ISH 2019, the

trade fair on innovative water

and energy-saving design, which

takes place in Frankfurt, Germany

next month.

TAKE TWO

SOFT-HUED VASES

SAVE

Coral and white vase,

Dhs299, Zara Home

Save

SPLURGE

Puiforcat sterling

silver tumbler in

rose gold, Dhs9,500,

Moda Operandi

Splurge

On our radar Decorations of love

SAY IT WITH A MIRROR

DECORATION. We love this simple

design (Dhs133) by Kare.

A SPLASH OF LIFE-AFFIRMING CORAL on

blue ensures this hand-knotted rug is also a

piece of art. Kaboom rug from Design

Collection by Illulian.

THIS PINK CANDLE under a glass bell

cover adds a fun touch to a

contemporary console. Dhs85, Maisons

du Monde

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SHOP | Must-shop

WHAT’S IN

STORE

GEORGES

OF DUBAI

THE STORY SO FAR: While working

for real estate development company

Emaar, interior designer Georgie

Trigg realised there was a market

for beautiful home accessories and

pretty gifts beyond those offered by

the big brands based in the malls.

Easily accessible destination spot

The Courtyard in Al Quoz 1 provided

the perfect place for Georges of

Dubai to launch in 2016. Her store is

complemented by Boston Lane, a café

offering speciality coffee, located next

door and run by her sister Ali Hickey.

The pair is now busy hosting a sixmonth

pop-up (launched in November

2018) overlooking The Dubai Fountain,

transforming a shipping container

into a design-savvy shopping and

dining experience, while Georgie is

also offering more larger pieces of

furniture, available to see in her new

showroom in Umm Suqeim.

THE LOOK: Clean, contemporary

and affordable.

WHAT TO CHECK OUT NOW: As well

as a selection of commercial grade

ceramics by Australian brand Mud;

scrumptious candles and glassware

from Maison Balzac and hand-printed

artworks and cushions by Bonnie

& Neil, the pop-up has a super

comfortable sofa by cult Australian

brand MCM House.

GOOD TO KNOW: Want to know how

to incorporate the colourful pieces in

an interesting, fun way? Just ask for

some of Georgie’s interiors expertise.

DELIVERY DETAILS: A speedy

delivery service across Dubai is

available for a flat Dhs20 fee.

Dubai Mall Pop-Up, Sheikh

Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard,

050 558 6746, georgesofdubai.com

WHY WE RATE IT

You’re guaranteed to find a beautiful

artisan gift for that person who is tricky

to buy for, as well as statement-making

homewares for yourself.

FAVOURITE FINDS

Tarrazzo wall clock, Dhs180

Paper mâché

red lucky star

bowl, Dhs105

From left:

Small

oval vase,

Dhs355,

small

tear vase,

Dhs245,

small carafe,

Dhs320,

by MUD

Australia

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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


SHOP | Cushions Glasses

UPON

REFLECTION

Play with colours at your dining table and

add a splash of style to your home

Anticlockwise: Coral-coloured glass, Dhs15, Zara

Home; Two-piece set of Tiki glasses, Dhs39,

Tavola; Ruby-coloured Nemo tumbler in size small,

Dhs485.43, White Almonds; Purple-coloured

Nordal drinking glass, Dhs70, Bits & Pieces; Twopiece

set of Konungslig glasses, Dhs49, IKEA; Sixpiece

set of multicoloured Mixed Cuttings glasses,

Dhs549, Pols Potten at Amara; Blue-coloured

Nordal drinking glass, Dhs57.14, Bits & Pieces

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Better buys | SHOP

BARBECUES

Whether you’re heading to the desert,

entertaining in your garden or staying

inside, we’ve got the perfect grill for you

FOR A SMOKY

FLAVOUR

Give your meat and veggies an

authentic smoke taste with this

versatile smoker. With its four

adjustable stainless steel cooking

grids, adjustable aluminium damper

system for maintaining a constant

temperature, and two rugged steel

doors, it is durable and easy to

maintain. Vertical charcoal smoker

grill, Dhs3,499, Broil King. Available

from Al-Futtaim ACE, aceuae.com

FOR

GASTRONOMES

This statement piece, with its refined stainless steel finish, boasts four

individual burners for a consistent and nuanced control; an infrared sear

zone, which can generate 29 MJ/h when sealing in juices; alongside two

temperatures types, direct and radiant. Outdoor gas BBQ OG42, price on

request, Wolf. Available from Iconic Home, iconichomeuae.com

BEST FOR

INDOORS

It’s the only indoor-approved,

fold-away barbecue and it

only takes 10 seconds to set

up. The award-winning Space

Grill is perfect for apartment

living and those with

minimalist aesthetics.

Space Grill, Dhs3,799,

ae.space-grill.com

THE

ADVENTUROUS ONE

This take-me-anywhere grill boasts all-terrain

wheels, spacious side shelves for prep, plus

integrated towel and tool holders. Another

award-winner, it’s easy to store and use,

folding down and opening up with a quick lift

and pull. TravelQ 285 with scissor cart in red,

Dhs2,729, Napolean. Available from Better Life,

betterlifeuae.com

THE FAMILY

CHOICE

This fuss-free, lightweight

barbecue features a lid lock

and lid holder for convenient

transportation. Simple to

assemble, its handle is protected

by a clever addition of a heat

shield. Smokey Joe Premium BBQ,

Dhs399, Weber. Available from

Al-Futtaim ACE, aceuae.com

BEFORE YOU BUY...

The first step to choosing which barbecue is right for you is deciding whether you want to use charcoal or gas as a

fuel source. Gas barbecues are convenient: they’re easy to start and the temperature can be accurately controlled

for a long period of time, plus they’re easy to clean. Many barbecue purists argue that cooking with charcoal gives

food a unique, smoky flavour. Whichever you go for, consider how many people you will regularly be catering for, your

budget, lifestyle, what size and type of barbie suits your space and be realistic about how often the barbecue will

be used and what styles of food you will be cooking.

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IN THE KNOW

Three innovative interior designers and stylists

reveal what’s in, where to look, and how to craft

your most stylish home ever

Image: Lar Glutz

Kathryn Hawkes of

House of Hawkes

houseofhawkes.net

@houseofhawkes

WHAT ARE YOUR

FAVOURITE DÉCOR TRENDS

THIS YEAR?

I’m seeing a definite shift towards darker

autumn-inspired colour palettes, which is

pretty different for me – think mustard,

ochre and dusty pinks complemented

by natural hues. There’s also a move

towards a more aesthetically obvious use

of sustainable, handmade, artisanal pieces;

cane webbing is big; plus cosy, relaxed

bedrooms, with linen headboards, fewer

scatter cushions and dare I say, more

messy beds; and busy wallpapers that add

serious life and statement to a room.

YOUR TREASURED PLACES TO

LOOK FOR INTERIOR IDEAS?

Instagram and Pinterest are my first

port of call, but I also love to get lost in

interiors magazines.

ONE TIP FOR TRANSFORMING

SMALL ROOMS?

Use lots of practical (and vertical) storage,

preferably wall-hung to create an illusion

of floor space; multi-tasking furniture

pieces; and take a less is more philosophy.

WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR MAKING

QUICK AND EASY UPDATES TO

YOUR HOME?

Soft furnishings, such as cushions and

rugs; new pieces of wall art (Etsy has a

plethora of affordable digital downloads)

and accessories are a good call. For high

impact, change the wall colours, too.

WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND

BLOWING THE BUDGET ON?

This depends entirely on your personal

/family circumstances. For instance,

I would say invest in a good rug, but

probably not while you have small

kids. I do, however, always recommend

mixing affordable options with one or

two bucket-list pieces, like an item of

furniture from a designer you admire, an

investment rug or a vintage piece – the

choice differs from person to person.

YOUR TOP INTERIOR TIP?

Make sure your interiors work for your

family. It can’t be just about the aesthetic.

For you to love your space and for it

to reflect your character, it needs to be

practical and suit your lifestyle.

Image: Marli Smith

Image: Lar Glutz

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Interior designers | INSPIRATION

Image: Natelee Cocks

“Define your interior style by creating a Pinterest

board of spaces that appeal to you”

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Linda Dekkers of

Live Loud Girl

liveloudgirl.com

@liveloudgirl

WHAT ARE YOUR

FAVOURITE DÉCOR TRENDS AT

THE MOMENT?

It’s great to see the return of earthy tones

– I’ve seen them in Copenhagen, at Milan

Design Week and in the Middle East. I also

love to use tone on tone. It gives a space a

sense of calm without shying away from

colour. In terms of accessories, a crate is

very cute and versatile to use for storage.

YOUR TREASURED PLACES TO LOOK

FOR INTERIOR IDEAS?

At Live Loud Girl, we work with products

that we fall in love with, no matter

where they are from. A few favourite

online shops include Studio Mini Shop,

Smallable and Archive, while the likes of

Maison Sarah Lavoine in Paris, Loods 5 in

Holland, as well as restaurants and hotels,

such as The Hoxton in Amsterdam and

Merci in Paris inspire us.

ONE TIP FOR TRANSFORMING

SMALL ROOMS?

The easiest way to change the vibe of

a room is by giving it a feature wall.

There are some beautiful warm colours

that are very on-trend right now. If

you have the courage, paint all the

walls in one shade for a fantastic effect.

Wallpaper can also do the trick, giving

a room more structure.

Portrait image: Moez Achour; room images: Natelee Cocks

WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR

QUICK AND EASY UPDATES?

I usually change around some items

and rarely buy new furniture. For

example, a former cabinet for toys in the

playroom is now used for clothes in the

boys’ bedroom. Vintage items can also

be given a new life by adding a fresh

coat of colour and an old chair can be

reupholstered. Play around with what

you have and you will be surprised how

easily you can change the look of a room.

WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND

BLOWING THE BUDGET ON?

A design piece that has stolen your heart.

It might be painful when swiping your

credit card but your chosen item will make

you smile every time you see it. And it will

stay with you for a lifetime – you will bring

it to wherever you live.

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Interior designers | INSPIRATION

Kalthoum Dumonceau

baytkalthoum.com

@baytkalthoum

WHAT ARE YOUR

FAVOURITE DÉCOR

TRENDS THIS YEAR?

Curved sofas; mix-and-match styles;

floral fabrics and wallpaper plus boldpainted

walls; passementarie; velvet and

light wood floors.

YOUR TREASURED PLACES TO

LOOK FOR INTERIOR IDEAS?

Inspiration comes from everywhere:

trendy restaurants, boutique hotels, art

galleries, Instagram and even the store

next door.

ONE TIP FOR TRANSFORMING

SMALL ROOMS?

Lots of white, light and airiness but

always with a pop of colour; acrylic

furniture will make your space appear

less busy; and a big floor mirror will

fool your eye into thinking the space

is bigger.

WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR

QUICK AND EASY UPDATES ON

YOUR HOME?

Refresh your home with a lick of paint

– it can soften, bring drama and give

style to a space; declutter to create a

sense of calm; and choose home décor

items carefully to make an impact –

think coffee table books, mementoes

picked up on travels, candles, vases

and wall art.

WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND

BLOWING THE BUDGET ON?

A soft carpet and a comfy sofa.

YOUR TOP INTERIOR TIP?

Create a personalised look by mixing up

your styles: old and new, precious and

cheap pieces, patterns and textures.

“I love using

paint as a visual

separator”

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Inspiration. Expertly crafted.

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is centrally located beside the Dubai Water Canal and offers a spectrum of facilities and services for

a seamless experience. The hotel features: 1,608 luxurious guest rooms and suites,

over 15 award-winning restaurants and lounges, Saray Spa featuring traditional hammams,

a Dead Sea Floatation Pool and 17 treatment rooms, state-of-the-art health club and fitness facilities,

as well as 8,000 sqm of spectacular meeting spaces.

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Trends | INSPIRATION

Eye

candy

Brighten up your

home with our pick of

mouth-watering ideas

D.Tales

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Mix and

match

Make like artist and rug

designer Cecilia Setterdahl,

who started with a white base

for her Jumeirah Islands villa

before adding her signature

colourful rugs, along with a

mix of vintage and new pieces,

geometric patterns and shapes.

“Group colours

together in your

home. It could be

a pop of pink in

an artwork paired

with a fuchsia

element in the rug

below,” Cecilia

Setterdahl

TIP

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Trends | INSPIRATION

Jonathan Adler

TIP

You can make a

space super cheerful

just by adding a

single bold accent

piece of furniture

From left: Cocktail chair, Dhs2,974,

Kare; Lloyd’s Building, brushed

aluminium limited-edition print,

Dhs4,562 (GBP950), Michael Wallner;

Dark pink-coloured cushion, Dhs149,

Zara Home; Ella bar stool, Dhs3,300,

Chattels & More

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INSPIRATION | Trends

Sweet treats

Children need a space they feel comfortable and inspired in. This

can be achieved with candy colour palettes and décor accents and

accessories, unusual beds and bunk beds, kids’ desks and chairs,

plus colourful storage solutions, combined with soft textures.

IDdesign

TIP “Start off with a

neutral base and

stick to two or three

colours for a playful yet

balanced look.” Olivia

Corsi of Caramel & Sun

From top and left to right: Betty’s butterfly wall clock,

Dhs26, Home Centre; Laurette night table, Dhs990,

Caramel & Sun; Alpaca money box, Dhs826, Kare;

Lemon-coloured cushion, Dhs149, Zara Home;

Franzi stool, Dhs566, Kare

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TOPS ON TOP

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A product designed by Cosentino ®

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Feel the new

velvety texture

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10 ways to

create a cosy

home

CREATE A CONVERSATION

CIRCLE BY CHOOSING

A CIRCULAR DINING OR

BREAKFAST TABLE AND

ARRANGING SEATING

SLIGHTLY FACING EACH

OTHER IN LIVING SPACES.

2“Tactile textures, such as

super soft cushions on your

sofa and a soft blanket

will create aw feel-good

atmosphere,” says interior

designer Alexandra Conti.

5mm Design

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Warm touches | INSPIRATION

MAXIMISE THE

NATURAL LIGHT WITH

SHEERS FOR WINDOW

TREATMENTS.3

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David Scott Interiors Ltd

4

INCORPORATE A CALM,

LIGHT COLOUR PALETTE

TO CREATE A WARM,

RELAXING VIBE.

6

BALANCE YOUR LAYERS OF

LIGHT – AMBIENT, ACCENT AND

TASK – TO CREATE INTERESTING,

INDIVIDUAL ROOMS. ADD

DIMMER SWITCHES TO LIGHTS,

OR BETTER STILL, INVEST

IN A CONTROL DEVICE FOR

SWITCHING AND DIMMING. YOU

CAN ASSIGN PRESET ‘SCENES’

THAT CAN BE ACTIVATED AT A

PUSH OF A BUTTON.

Use lots of lamps, as

they can be moved

around for even

greater flexibility in

your lighting design.

5 7

Wooden table lamp

from Al Huzaifa

“RUGS CAN BE

USED TO DEFINE A

SPACE, AND TO ADD

CHARACTER AND

CHARM, THROUGH

PATTERN, COLOUR

AND TEXTURE,” says

Elizabeth Morrison of

From Jaipur With Love.

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Warm touches | INSPIRATION

8 10

Scents can be used to create different

ambiences in each room. Fresh, clean

scents, such as lemon and eucalyptus, are

perfect for your spa-like bathroom; while

cinnamon and orange evoke warmth and

calm, so are great for welcoming guests as

they enter your home.

REMOVE CLUTTER. BE

SURE TO KEEP BATHROOM

ESSENTIALS ON HAND, BUT

TUCK EVERYTHING ELSE

NEATLY AWAY IN DESIGNATED

STORAGE AREAS. CONSIDER

CUSTOM SHELVING, FLOATING

GLASS SHELVES, MIRRORS WITH

STORAGE COMPARTMENTS AND

CORNER STORAGE CABINETS.

9ADD GREENERY

FOR A CALMER,

CLEANER

ATMOSPHERE.

PLANTS AND

FLOWERS LIVEN UP

A SPACE.

Plants from Sass & Belle

at Namshi

Bathroom by David Scott Interiors Ltd

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INSPIRATION | home renovation

Emilie Jacob at her home in Umm Suqeim

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Ask the designer | INSPIRATION

Ask the

DESIGNER

Interior stylist Emilie Jacob

on creating an inspiring home office

Consider how much time you’ll be

spending in your home office and

how hard you need the space to work.

This room was previously my daughter’s

bedroom, but when my baby boy was

born, I swapped the rooms around for two

reasons: firstly, my business had grown

so I’m now spending a lot more time in

my home work space; and secondly, the

natural light is better here. Meanwhile, a

darker room helps the kids get to sleep.

My home office also doubles up as

a guest bedroom. I’ve had the sofa bed

from IKEA reupholstered in monochrome

geometric fabric, with yellow piping

to complement the black and white

striped wallpaper (from the limitededition

Omedelbar IKEA collection in

collaboration with costume designer

Bea Akerlund) and the yellow-edged

glass shelving on the other side of the

room. The embroidered, velvet cushions

on the sofa and IDdesign chair are by

Dubai-based brand Wear The House

(@wear_the_house).

It can be really difficult to work

in a room by yourself, so a bland

room definitely isn’t going to

create a stimulating environment.

I worked with affordable online art store

Drawdeck to create this gallery wall and

I’ve decorated this space like I would

any other room in the house, taking into

consideration practicalities but creating

a space that reflects my personality,

including adding mementoes, trinkets

and framed photos to shelves.

In any room, I always ensure

two or three points of eye-level lighting.

Two Seletti lamps – a monkey and a

mouse – provide these in my home office,

while a string of bulbs hanging from the

corner of the window creates ambience.

For the overhead lightbulb, it took several

trials before I found the right intensity.

I didn’t have much budget to

work with, so I did two IKEA

hacks – I wrapped the plain white table

in marble print paper and I used the

same paper for the bottom shelf on the

shelving unit, plus I spray-painted the

metal edges in bright yellow.

Use the space before attaching

storage units to walls. At the

beginning, I had a basic set-up and the

more I used it, the more I realised what

was needed and what needed moving

around. I knew I needed a big desk to

work on, but otherwise I’ve had fun with

the space so I’m happy to come to work.

@stellaandthestars

Rather than considering cabinets and

TIP

drawers for filing away things that you can’t

access easily, think about using organising

systems, such as labelling. Check out the blog on

The Home Edit (thehomeedit.com) for ideas.

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POSITIVE

BALANCE

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At home with | INSPIRATION

With careful consideration

to space, this Desert Palm

villa boasts a calm and

harmonious feel

“You have to love where you live and

I adore the open aspect of this home,”

enthuses Emma Goodall, referring to

her Desert Palm family villa, which

she shares with her husband Tim;

18-year-old daughter Maddy; two

dogs, Tilly and Charlie; and elderly

rescue cat Molly. The family chose

the location 14 years ago for the

outdoor lifestyle, while the villa

offered a slightly larger garden than

others they’d viewed.

With its neutral palette, soft

lighting, artwork picked up on

travels and focus on natural

materials indoors and durable

materials outside, Emma’s home

has a serene, Zen-like feel. Having

previously lived in Hong Kong,

the entire space and surrounding

garden, in particular, is influenced

by her love of the Far East and

inspired the launch of her stylish

outdoor furniture company The

Loungerie. “You look outside your

window every day so why have

plastic furniture outside?” Emma

muses. “The garden is an extension

of your home and I’ve created that

here.” Indeed, there are outdoor

sitting and dining areas, while the

lush green and pops of bright pink

bougainvillea complement the soft

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“You have to love where you live and

I adore the open aspect of this home”

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At home with | INSPIRATION

EMMA’S LOVE OF THE

FAR EAST INSPIRED

THE LAUNCH OF

HER OWN OUTDOOR

FURNITURE COMPANY

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INSPIRATION | At home with

THIS ARTWORK IS

BY A THAI ARTIST,

WHOM EMMA

DISCOVERED DURING

HER HOLIDAYS

“Some pieces have been sanded

down for a lighter colour

palette, while the remaining

darker items add contrast ”

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THIS INDIAN

DOWERY

CHEST FROM

LUCKY’S

FURNITURE

IS USED AS A

DRESSER

“The garden is an extension of your home and I‘ve created that here”

LAYERED TEXTURES

GIVE THE SPACE

COLOUR AND DEPTH

blues and neutrally furnished rooms.

What’s more, layered lighting is used

throughout the garden to create a

cosy ambience.

To enhance the flow of energy

throughout her home and the

connection between indoors and

outside, Emma called on the expertise

of Feng Shui wellness designer

Simone Osswald, whose starting point

was the home entrance.

“The entryway represents the

mouth of the home,” Simone explains.

“When I arrived, there was lots of

overgrown bougainvillea and a palm

tree.” To free up the entrance, the

greenery was cut back and some pots

were removed.

Simone transformed the interior

by working with Emma to reposition

furniture, change and add materials,

colours and shapes.

“Previously, the sense of flow went

straight through the living space,

directly outside,” she says. “The

realigned furniture creates curves

in the space – it still feels open but

there are now soft breaks within it.”

Meanwhile, elements representing

fire and earth, such as pyramidshaped

artworks and earthy shades,

were brought in, adding calmness,

contrast and dynamism to the space.

Additionally, Feng Shui salt water

cures, which help to purify the air,

were strategically placed, along with

a water fountain in the garden.

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THIS RUG, BY

WEAVERGREEN,

IS MADE FROM

RECYCLED

PLASTIC BOTTLES

“Previously, the sense of flow

went straight through the living space, directly outside”

INCREASE THE WELLBEING

FEEL IN YOUR HOME, WITH

SIMONE’S TOP TIPS…

1 Maximise the natural

light. Choose a light colour

palette to reflect the light

and sheer draperies that are

easy to open fully so you

can let in sunlight through

your windows.

2 Ensure there is no clutter

in your entrance. The

door should open freely

and the entryway should be

very inviting.

3 Create a clutter- and dustfree

home. Every item should

add value to your life in

some way.

4 Bring room fragrances into

your space. Scents add depth

and character, plus they allow

you to give each area

a different feel.

5 Use natural elements as

much as possible. These

help you to enjoy the

relaxing and rejuvenating

benefits of nature.

THIS MARINE GRADE

STAINLESS STEEL COFFEE

TABLE WAS DESIGNED BY

EMMA ESPECIALLY FOR

THE SPACE

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At home with | INSPIRATION

Antique brass cowbell,

Dhs85, White Moss

EMMA HAS

PICKED UP

MEMENTOES

ON HER

FAMILY

TRAVELS

Industrial metal

and wooden

bookshelf,

Dhs1,850, Allure

Collectives

Premier

Steller

small vase,

Dhs110,

Namshi

GET

THE

LOOK

Cushion

and

blankets,

Dhs699,

Zara

Home

MADE FROM

PORCELAIN TILES,

THIS DESIGN IS

USED ELSEWHERE

IN THE OUTDOOR

ARTWORKS

AND IN THE

HOME, BRINGING

COHESION TO THE

DIFFERENT SPACES

Monte chair,

from Dhs5,529,

BoConcept

El Banco vase, Dhs200,

Marina Home

Vintage

entrance

console,

Dhs1,850,

Allure

Collectives

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INSPIRATION | | Outdoors home renovation space

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INSIDE

OUT

Want to make the most of your

garden? Just apply the same rules

that you use inside your home,

advises Heather Drake

Photographs by: Muthu Kumar and Hiral Kapadia

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“We chose this house

because of its view,

overlooking the lake,”

reveals Heather Drake,

who moved into her Meadows 7 villa

with her husband and two children

12 years ago (two rescue cats have

since joined the family home). On

arrival, bright orange and yellow

interlock bricks and dead grass covered

the ground. “It looked awful,” says

Heather. The garden’s only redeeming

features were the bougainvillea and

a large Washingtonia palm tree.

Heather’s starting point was

planning different zones. “We wanted

a convenient sitting area, a dining spot

that is close to the kitchen and a lawn

located where we could put a pool in

at a later date.” The existing palm tree

remained where it was and became

part of a desert planting area, while

the borders were planted with tropical

and Mediterranean plants and trees.

A holiday feel was enhanced with

raised platforms for certain areas, while

sandstone tiles, divided with pebbles set

in concrete create interest. Elsewhere,

sandstone gravel, river stones and

desert rocks are used, while bark, added

in the planted beds, keeps moisture in

the ground and the weeds at bay.

Comfort is a major focus in the

garden furnishings. Indoor IKEA

sofas, for example, have been

reupholstered in materials more

suited to the outdoor climate, while

accessories are updated as seasonal

trends change. “A couple of years ago,

I had turquoise Marimeko cushions,

but now I’m following the popular

palm print style.”

Heather’s interiors-oriented

approach to her garden ensures she

and her family make the most of it.

“I like to sit, relax and enjoy the space

with friends and family,” she enthuses.

“Our latest addition is our Sonos

speakers that was our little Christmas

present to ourselves.”

MADE FROM

NO-MAINTENANCE

COMPOSITE WOOD,

THE DURABLE

PLATFORMS ARE FROM

FLOORWORLD

Bin Ghanim (050 351 4044) built

Heather Drake’s garden

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Outdoors space | INSPIRATION

WANT A LUSH GARDEN LIKE

HEATHER’S? FOLLOW HER TOP TIPS

FOR GARDENING IN THE UAE…

1

Work out where the sun and shade falls

in your garden and plant accordingly.

Grow what works well in the area.

Look to the municipality and what your

neighbours are growing for inspiration.

Treat outdoor lighting like indoor

lighting. Layer lighting and use

spotlights to light up trees, mood

lighting for sitting areas and put a

dimmer switch on the pendant over the

dining table. Solar-powered fairy lights

look pretty and come on automatically.

2

FRANGIPANI, OLEANDER,

A CARDBOARD PALM, A

LIVISTONA PALM, A

LEMON TREE, AN OLIVE

TREE, A COCONUT

PALM, AND SANSEVIERIA

HAVE BEEN PLANTED

IN THE BORDERS,

CREATING A BALANCE

BETWEEN PRIVACY AND

ACCESS TO THE VIEW

BEYOND THE GARDEN

3

4

1 Crested euphorbia

2 Sansevieria bacularis mikado

3 Agave

4 Prickly pear cacti

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Wonderwalls

Give your home the wow factor with these creative

ideas for transforming a blank wall

Walls are often the starting point for styling a room because

they’re a sure-fire way of transforming the entire look. Whether

you want to add warmth and colour with a textural paint or

make a statement with a patterned wall, there’s plenty of choice

out there, such as this Floral Waterfall wallpaper from Paper Pop,

which is perfect for a child’s bedroom and can be printed as a full

wallpaper or cut out as a decal...

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Walls | INSPIRATION

Feature walls

One of the easiest ways to give a room

some design clout, a feature wall gives

a room tonnes of personality. If you

want to create a rustic feel, choose a

brick, wood or slate effect wallpaper to

achieve the look without the mess, cost

and hassle of the real thing.

D.Tales

TEXTURAL TRANSFORMATION

Because you are decorating one wall

only, you can add a lot of style to a

room without making it feel too busy.

There are a broad range of materials

available, including leather, cotton

fabrics or marble, while a vertical

garden (also known as a living wall)

can really bring a space to life.

Margeza Design Studio

Tip

GREEN OVER YOUR

WALL WITH A

VERTICAL GARDEN.

MAINTENANCE IS

EASY - THE MOST

CRITICAL THING IS

WATER SUPPLY.

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Light it up

For something totally different, check out the work

by some of our favourite locally-based designers, such

as this stunning backlit Arabesque-style seating

area (pictured above), with its accent colour, by XBD

Collective. The wall niche offers a bespoke seating area

without taking up any of the existing floor space.

XBD Collective

CREATING AN AMBIANCE

In this young boy’s bedroom (pictured right), the backlit

head board uses dark navy paint to mirror the night sky,

while the twinkling LED lights add the finishing touch.

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INSPIRATION | home renovation

Divide

and rule

Walls are often used as design elements

to separate areas, while simultaneously

creating a flow between them. The

addition of flowing water in the pretty

wall by InDesign (pictured right) adds an

additional soothing aspect.

Zen Interiors

InDesign

Tip

“THIS DECORATIVE

FEATURE CREATES

A DIVISION BETWEEN

THE ENTRANCE AND

THE LIVING SPACE

BEYOND, WITHOUT

INTERRUPTING THE

VIEWS TO THE BACK

OF THE HOUSE,” SAYS

NEMR SIDANI

OF INDESIGNS

SAOTA

Real home design

Brief: To capture the warm Miami

climate and maximise flow between

the interiors and the surrounding

landscape, with its Miami Beach views

Location: Collins Waterfront District,

Miami, US

Company: SOATA

Due to the large size of this sixbedroom

family home, the interior

design needed to make the house

less overwhelming, without stealing

focus from the spectacular views. This

mirrored wall (pictured left) creates

private areas within the large, openplan

and luxuriously furnished space,

while also creating a streamlined look

and maximising the light for a refined

and comfortable look.

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GLASS

ACT

This contemporary swimming

pool in Jumeirah Golf Estates

is to dive for

was a great project to work on,”

enthuses David Russell, general

manager at Pools by Design “The

“This

client wanted a contemporary

swimming pool that is big enough to swim

laps in, with a garden that included plenty of

entertaining and relaxing areas.”

The original outdoor space was narrow, with

a number of different levels, so the pool deck

level provided the starting point. It was raised

to create a seamless transition from the terrace,

which leads from the villa to the pool, with the

golf course views beyond.

David and his client worked together on a

pool design featuring clean lines, white tiles

and infinity edges for a fresh, on-trend look.

“People are moving away from traditional blue

tile finishes and being more adventurous in

their choice,” David says. “White is very popular

and can give a stunning effect, but we also have

some amazing pearlescent tiles that provide a

very cool and funky finish.”

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Home renovation | INSPIRATION

THE STATEMENT GLASS

WALL WAS SPECIALLY

DESIGNED AND

MANUFACTURED IN

SOUTH KOREA

TIME

TAKEN:

3 to 4 weeks

Turn the page to read our tops tips on

planning a similar renovation in your home ➤

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INSPIRATION | Home renovation

The logistics

You will first require your

Development Approval for any

project in Dubai. You must also

obtain the relevant Dubai authority

approval. Most authorities now

require mandatory safety fencing to

be installed, an added cost that must

be factored into your budget. On most

projects, without security deposits, you

are looking at an approximate outlay

of Dhs10,000 to Dhs15,000.

THE APPROVAL PROCESS: Normal

approval for swimming pool

installation can take four to six

weeks, but if you have all the required

documents, this may be quicker. It

generally takes two months from the

time the approval is submitted until

its signed off, although it can take

as little as two weeks. so reckon on

four weeks as a guide figure.

THE TIME FRAME: Once all the

approvals are granted, the installation

time frame depends on size and type

of swimming pool being installed.

As Pool by Design swimming pools

are bespoke, it takes four weeks

to manufacture the pools, then

a standard skimmer pool can be

installed within approximately 20

working days.

THE MAINTENANCE COSTS: Weekly

cleaning and regular monitoring of

your water balance is a must, and

reputable companies will charge

anything from Dhs350 to Dhs800 per

month, depending on the pool size.

THE WHITE

TILES GIVE A

BEAUTIFULLY

BRIGHT

EFFECT

“ The best swimming pool projects are the ones that

the client has been involved in and wants to design an

incredible pool with me,”says David

A handy how-to

Want your own sleek

swimming pool? Pools by

Design’s David Russell has

these top tips...

Before

INFINITY EDGES

CREATE A

SEAMLESS LOOK

1 Be prepared: Put together a picture

board of pools you like, taking into

consideration usability, versatility and your

home interior style.

2 Ask to see your contractor’s trade licence:

All contractors must have public liability,

and to get the correct development and

authority permission, their trade licence

must include swimming pools.

3 Check your contractor’s credentials:

Always ask to see previous jobs. And

speak to previous clients to ensure that

the company you are liaising with will

be building the swimming pool and not

contracting it out to another company.

4 Be wary of any warranty offer of more

than 10 years: Any reputable company will

not be offering more than this.

5 Choose the right season for installation:

Summer working hours can be very

restrictive due to the uncomfortable

working conditions, although this is the

time that you will be less likely to use the

pool due to the summer heat and holiday

season. If you choose winter for the

project, a quick installation is key.

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Family life | INSPIRATION

Ruling

the roost

Transform your home into the

perfect pet sanctuary

Whether you have a pet that

moved with you to the UAE,

have since adopted one or

are thinking of fostering or

adopting a four-legged friend (we’re

advocates of adopting an animal in

need rather than shopping for one), we’ll

help you choose the right location and

transform your home into a purr-fect

sanctuary for your little friend…

If you don’t happen to live in a spacious

villa, high-rise living needn’t get in the

way of adding a pet to your family. “As

well as taking size into consideration

when living with pets in an apartment,

consider an animal’s energy level,

noisiness and even friendliness,” advises

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Family life | INSPIRATION

Dr Sara Elliott, founder and director of

veterinary services at British Veterinary

Hospital. “Large dogs with mellow

personalities may do better living in an

apartment compared to small, highenergy

dogs, such as toy poodles and

terriers that bark a lot. Just ensure lively

breeds, such as Labradors and Alsations

get plenty of daily exercise, including

outside playtime, and hire a professional

dog walker if you don’t have time to

exercise your pet every day.” Cats, on the

other hand, are curious by nature and love

to explore. They enjoy climbing high and

looking down on their surroundings, “One

tried and tested tactic is to ensure cats

have access to multi-level cat towers and

kitty condos with scratching posts,” Dr

Sara recommends.

ROLL OUT THE ENTERTAINMENT

Our pets can get depressed and lonely

if they don’t get enough playtime and

exercise. If your pets seem restless

or bored, it may mean they need

more entertainment or one-on-one

time with you. “Give pets plenty of

fun, interactive toys to play with,

especially if you are out all day,”

says Sara. “Place toys in different

rooms and locations throughout the

apartment. This gives pets a good

reason to explore and exercise as

they search for their favourite toys in

another room. Switch their toys every

few months so pets don’t get bored

playing with the same toys.”

KEEP YOUR PETS OFFICIAL

According to Dubai Municipality, every

pet must be vaccinated and microchipped

before registering with the

municipality and getting their unique

identification. Even if you have an

indoor pet, such as a cat, it still needs

a form of identification. Should your

pet become lost and taken to a shelter

or veterinarian, routine scanning will

reveal the microchip and a phone call to

the microchip company will reveal the

information in the database for that chip,

to help locate its rightful owners.

PET-FRIENDLY INTERIORS

When it comes to creating a harmonious

living space for you and your pet, choose

durable materials that will withstand

the test of claws. Beware of exposed wood

Places to let

your pets

run wild

Here’s Dr Sara’s pick of pet-friendly

communities in Dubai…

Burj Park, located next to the Burj

Khalifa, is dog-friendly and open

24/7. Near Zero Gravity, in Dubai

Marina, there is a substantial strip

of grass where dogs are allowed to

run around off their leashes, and

you’ll find a lot of them running

amok there in the evenings. The

Greens has walkways, paths and

lakes around which you can walk

your pet, along with a dog park for

residents, where you can let your

dog run around off its lead and

make some new furry friends.

Green Community is perfect

for dog owners who want to

spoil their best friends with all

the open space.

“ Hire a professional dog walker if you don’t

have time to exercise your pet every day”

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INSPIRATION | Family life

“ Ensure cats have access to

multi-level cat towers and kitty

condos with scratching posts”

on your furniture, which could become your

puppy’s favourite teething toy, while wicker,

rattan and sisal could also become your cat’s

new scratching post. Choose metal and chrome

for good pet-resistant materials.

When it comes to fabrics for reupholstering,

avoid those that are a magnet for fur, including

velvet, mohair or chenille and highly- textured

walls that will attract pet fur. Steer clear of

delicate materials, such as silk, too to avoid

damage by your boisterous friend. Instead, opt for

smooth tapestries, leather and synthetic fibres for

upholstery and satin or semi-gloss paint for walls.

Floor finishes within the UAE are ceramic or

marble at the time of construction, and for good

reason. Durable and low maintenance, these

finishes have the additional benefit of keeping

your pets cooler when the A/C is switched off.

Pets love to peer out of the window to watch

the world go by and see when their owners

are coming home so it’s also worth carefully

substituting heavy curtains with lightweight,

sheers to allow them to enjoy their view.

With a little consideration for incidents that

can happen around bushy tails and clumsy

claws, you can avoid mishaps and enjoy a happy,

harmonious home.

Pet beds

An essential part of a

pet-friendly home

Madam Fringe beanbag,

from Dhs910, Fringe Society,

fringesocietydesign.com

Cobana, from

Dhs555.45,

DOGit at D.Tales,

design-tales.com

Cheese house, Dhs89, Pet

Brands at Al-Futtaim Ace,

aceuae.com

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Happy, healthy homes

Avoid any major hiccups by ensuring your home is well maintained

We’re all used to being responsible and paying for utilities, rent

or mortgage, insurance and living expenses, but what about

the general maintenance, repairs and replacement costs that

come with living in an apartment or villa in Dubai? How do

you know what things need to be done, what you are responsible for, how

regularly, as well as how much you should pay and who to call to get the

job done? We get the lowdown from those in the know...

ASK THE EXPERT

WHAT HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICES

SHOULD BE CONSIDERED?

Mohamed Ayed, managing director

at Fixperts: A house that is maintained

rigorously by a professional company

generally attracts more value than

other properties. Tasks, such as routine

servicing of HVAC units, electrical and

plumbing components of the house and

regular touch-up painting to avoid a

major paint overhaul will maintain a

feel-good home.

Raashi Pachisia, director of

marketing at HomeGenie: There

are three types of home maintenance

services: preventative services that

ensure there aren’t any unplanned

breakdowns; reactive to ensure that if

there is a breakdown, then the issue

is fixed i.e. water leakage; and routine

maintenance, which includes cleaning

services, like general cleaning and

water tank cleaning. It is important

to have all these in place to keep your

home in order.

HOW DO I CHOOSE A

MAINTENANCE COMPANY?

Raashi: Due to the extreme weather

in the Middle East, homes require

regular professional maintenance.

Simultaneously, the maintenance

industry suffers from a highly

transient population. Therefore, here

are a few things to consider when

choosing a company:

•Ensure that the company has a trade

license and relevant services listed

•Ensure staff has a valid residency visa,

under the company sponsorship

•Ensure the company has the correct

insurances, including a third party

liability insurance, in place to cover

any accident or eventuality

•Do a quick reference check on the

company to ensure that they have

been in business for a while, and are

not a “man and a van”

•A good quality website and an active

social media page is also a good

indication of the company’s credibility

in the market

•Don’t get lured by advertised

attractive starting prices –

they are often misleading, while

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Home security | PROPERTY

recommendations on social media could

be clever marketing.

Mohamed: There is no standard pricing.

However, the rates for each company

are based on the skillset of its staff and

the ability of the in-demand company

to be able to give a reasonable response

time. The more experienced and skilled

the staff, the more they are paid; and

the easier it is for them to diagnose and

resolve the issue swiftly and without any

inconvenience. This allows you to avoid

inaccurate charges you will have to bear

if you consider a company with lower

rates for annual maintenance – paying

a little more for quality means greater

savings in the long run. Always ask

about the skillset of in-house staff – no

company can be an expert in all services

so subcontracting is common. History

and references are a plus point – ask if

the company has worked on properties in

the same community as yours.

IS IT WORTH INVESTING IN AN ANNUAL

MAINTENANCE CONTRACT (AMC)?

Mohamed: An AMC is becoming

accepted as a norm in Dubai. People are

more aware of the advantages of having

a professional service provider always

available when needed, particularly

with A/C and leakage issues common

GO GREEN

If you haven’t had

a recycling bin

installed in your

community just yet,

expect one soon:

Dubai municipality

intends to

add about 10

neighbourhoods to

its list per year.

to this part of the world. Routine

maintenance and a reliable response

time for call-outs are being considered

a real value, as people cannot wait

extended amounts of time without a

cool home. As the Dubai real estate

market is moving more towards

the tenants’ favour, the only way to

acquire higher rents in a community

of 1,000 similar villas is to have a well

maintained home, with a history and

job record of a professional company,

along with providing a maintenance

contract with the tenancy.

Raashi: Signing an AMS does

have some benefits. However,

it is well recognised that AMCs

increasingly fail to deliver, based on

the following reasons:

•Potential drop in eagerness to serve

and service levels, as soon as the

customer is tied in

•Reduced flexibility for customers to

get alternative estimates, due to

AMC contract terms

•Sometimes more expensive than

paying per service, as prices charged

are generally higher for parts

and labour

•Unused AMC spend during years

in which there isn’t any major

maintenance required.

GO FOR SOLAR POWER

Dubai has set an ambitious goal to

increase solar capacity to 7% by

2020. If you want to do your part

to get us all to this sunny standard,

check out Shams Dubai (dewa.gov.

ae), DEWA’s first smart initiative

for connecting solar energy to

buildings, which offers guidelines

for installing solar panels at your

home. Electricity generated is for

your own use and any excess is fed

back into the grid, for which you

can be credited for on any future

energy bills. You can estimate your

potential electricity production

and savings on electricity bills

that can be achieved, using

Shams Dubai Calculator.

Words: Claire Malcolm

WHAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN RENTAL CONTRACTS REGARDING

YOUR HOME MAINTENANCE?

“Responsibility for maintenance should be included in the contract and should be as specific

as possible. If there is a maintenance dispute that cannot be resolved between the landlord

and the tenant, the tenant may open a case at the Rental Dispute Settlement Centre DLD

(fees/costs apply),” Richard Waind, Director of Brokerage, Betterhomes

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No. 0449674150. Nearby school and nursery: Dubai International School;

Blossom Downtown Nursery Dubai

Beds: 2

Bath: 2.5

Parking: 1

FOR SALE

AED14,999,000

2JUMEIRAH ISLANDS

This new, custom-built villa boasts a spa by Grohe, porcelain fittings

by Villeroy & Boch, and Grohe; a steam room and private sauna by

Tylo; plus a Jacuzzi and free flow indoor-outdoor swimming pool, offering a

sumptuous spa experience. Tucked into a private corner of Jumeirah Islands,

this stunningly designed 10,500 sq. ft. villa is executed on three levels.

For further details, call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: VI351928, RERA Permit No.

0953060932. Nearby school and nursery: Dubai British Foundation; Amity

Early Learning Centre

Beds: 5

Bath: 7

Parking: 2

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Beds: 5

Bath: 6

Parking: 2

FOR SALE

AED2,190,000

3LAGUNA TOWER, JUMEIRAH LAKE TOWERS

Enjoy the amazing city skyline while soaking in the bathtub at this

two-bedroom apartment located in Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT).

A popular location for families, couples and single people, the community

has plenty of walking and jogging tracks around the lakes, play areas for

children and other amenities built in and around the residential buildings.

For further details, call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: AP362076, RERA Permit

No. 0141839740. Nearby school and nursery: Emirates International School;

Four2Four Nursery & Day Care JLT

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FOR SALE

AED4,550,000

4ZULAL 3, THE LAKES

Meticulously renovated and

upgraded by an interior designer,

this four-bedroom family home, with

separate maid’s and study rooms,

includes designer sinks and bathtubs,

marble-floored bathrooms and subtle

lighting imported from Italy. There is also a

state-of-the-art kitchen, which has been

lenghtend by two metres and comes with

Bosch appliances; a tiled outdoor sitting

area; while the living room window has

been enlarged, plus its ceiling heightened.

For further details, call 04 409 0998 and

quote REF: VI361556, RERA Permit No.

1310227525. Nearby school and nursery:

Regent International School; Learning

Ladder Nursery

Beds: 4

Bath: 4

Parking: 2

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FOR SALE

AED38 million

5GSBSA VILLA, EMIRATES HILLS

This lake-facing, two-storey luxury villa, located on a 14,545 sq. ft. plot, boasts

more bathrooms than bedrooms. The first floor of this beautifully furnished

home, accessible by stairs or elevator, consists of five bedrooms, which all come

with unique interiors, walk-in wardrobes, full-sized baths and showers.

For further details, call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: VI352961, RERA Permit No.

0803162296. Nearby school and nursery: Dubai International Academy;

Raffles Nursery Emirates Hills

Beds: 6

Bath: 8

Parking: 3

FOR SALE

AED6,500,000

6MIRADOR LA COLECCIÓN 1, ARABIAN RANCHES

Wow your guests with this fully upgraded family villa - the ground floor guest

bedroom features a dressing area, bathroom with Jacuzzi, marble walls

and flooring. Meanwhile, the master bedroom has a huge dressing area, a beautiful

bathroom with a contemporary stand-alone bathtub, standing shower, luxurious

finish, and hidden lights in the ceiling.

For further details, call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: VI356162, RERA Permit No.

0368625247. Nearby school and nursery: Jumeirah English Speaking School; Building

Blocks Nursery

Beds: 5

Bath: 4.5

Parking: 2

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THE PLACE TO MOVE TO

Downtown Dubai

This is the place to live if you want to

be next to some of the most impressive

landmarks of earth, including the

world’s tallest building (Burj Khalifa),

the world’s largest performing fountain

(The Dubai Fountain) and one of

the world’s biggest shopping malls

(The Dubai Mall).

WHY MOVE THERE?

All the properties are within walking

distance of its record-breaking

monuments, along with the muchloved

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid

Boulevard, famous for its palm trees,

which offer shade in the day and are

illuminated with thousands of lights at

night – it is also popular for its fantastic

restaurants and range of shops.

THE COMMUNITY

With a mix of modern high-rise towers

boasting traditional Arabic influences

and low-rise residential communities,

along with the convenient location

and the vibrant lifestyle it offers, the

neighbourhood attracts a mix of local

and international singletons, couples

and small families.

TRANSPORT

Well connected to both old and new

Dubai, Downtown Dubai links to most

of the high roads, such as Sheikh Zayed

Road and Al Khail Road. Burj Khalifa/

Dubai Mall Station offers a metro within

a five-minute radius, plus there are a

few bus stops in the area, while taxis are

available throughout the neighbourhood.

SCHOOLS

Nearby educational facilities include

GEMS Wellington Primary School in Al

Wasl, plus North London Collegiate and

Hartland International School, which

are both located in Mohammed Bin

Rashid Al Maktoum City. Local nurseries

include Blossom Downtown Nursery,

Jumeirah International Nursery and

Babilou Downtown Nursery.

SHOPPING

Find high street favourites and designer

labels among the 1,300-plus shops in The

Dubai Mall, while across the walkway,

the charming Souk Al Bahar offers an

Arabian shopping experience. For a

regular grocery shop, there are several

Choitrams in the vicinity.

Meet the neighbours

Hamid Al Hamid has lived with his wife Karima in their two-bedroom apartment,

which boasts a full Burj Khalifa view, for five years

I love the buzz of Downtown, while the views of Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain

are spectacular – it reminds me of Venice. I never get bored living in this neighbourhood,

as everything is on my doorstep.

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Ask the Agent

Betterhomes’ top

consultant 2018, Sherif

Nabil is the Downtown

Dubai expert. If you

would like to contact

him to arrange a showing

or to learn of any ‘open

house’ dates in the area,

call +971 44 090 911

OFF-PLAN PROPERTY

FOCUS

Palace Residences -

Dubai Creek Harbour

Initially known as Downtown Burj Dubai,

construction on this large-scale, mixed-use

development started in September 2004.

Downtown Dubai is easily one of Dubai’s most

iconic neighbourhoods. It’s known for offering

a luxurious lifestyle in the heart of the city and

consistently attracts residents and tourists alike

every day.

All the properties boast high-end finishes, with

plenty of facilities within the buildings, such as

swimming pools, spas, gyms, saunas and Jacuzzis.

The prices range from Dhs90,000 to rent a onebedroom

property and up to Dhs280,000 to rent

a three-bedroom property; and start from Dhs1.3

million to buy a one-bedroom apartment and

up to Dhs8 million for one of the priciest threebedroom

apartments.

For a full Burj Khalifa view, two-bedroom

apartments start from Dhs2 million and cost up to

Dhs5 million.

The one- and two-bedroom apartments are

the most popular to buy. Expats, single people

and couples generally prefer the one-bedroom

apartments, while small families go for the twobedroom

apartments.

PROPERTIES IN DOWNTOWN DUBAI

For Sale

AED1,270,000

Old Town, 1-bed, furnished

2

Square

kilometres

– the area

covered by

Downtown

Dubai

For Rent

AED135,000 annually

Business Bay, 2-bed, furnished

WHAT IS IT?

Consisting of 587 branded one-, two-,

three- and four-bedroom apartments,

this five-star waterside residence is

part of the portfolio of Address Hotels

& Resorts, an award-winning brand

known for its lavish hotels.

WHERE IS IT LOCATED?

In the prime spot of Dubai Creek

Harbour, adjacent to the new Palace

Hotel. Just steps away from Creek

Marina, the apartments offer direct

access to the adjacent hotel and

boast unobstructed views of Dubai

Creek Tower.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN FEATURES?

Comprising of two contemporary

44-storey towers, rising above the

Creek Canal and Creek Beach, the

Palace Residences include access to

a host of exclusive amenities, such

as on-demand five-star hotel service,

valet parking, 24/7 concierge service,

an infinity-edged swimming pool, gym,

spa and all-day dining.

WHAT IS THE STARTING PRICE?

Dhs1 million for a

one-bedroom apartment.

WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED

COMPLETION DATE?

Early 2019.

IS THERE A PAYMENT PLAN AVAILABLE?

There’s a three-year post completion

plan, which includes 60% payment

during construction and 40% payment

post completion.

RERA Permit No. 1211631600

For further information, call

Betterhomes 04 409 0998

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