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Complimentary copy

Summer 2019

KITCHEN

SPECIAL

The season's

knockout

designs

10

HOME

HACKS

FOR

RENTERS

The magazine of Betterhomes

HOT PROPERTY

RESORT

STYLE

HOMES TO

COVET

PROJECT INSPO

Smart

bathrooms

to splash

out on

Life’s a

HOLIDAY

How this villa in The Lakes was

transformed into a bright and breezy pad

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Welcome to the issue

Staying in is the new going out – and that’s exactly what

we’ll be doing this summer, as we dream up new ways to

revamp our homes. We’ve plenty to fuel your adventures

in interior design inside this issue, including tips on

transforming a tired pad into a tropical paradise (p19). From

adding a bold wash of colour to the walls to ramping up the

foliage, this look is sure to bring the sunshine in. For our

kitchen special, we shine a light on the season’s knockout

designs (p24). But if you aren’t in a position to renovate your

entire kitchen, don’t fret, as we’ve compiled 10 top ways for

renters to put their stamp on a place, without spending a

fortune (p28). Plus, as always, we take you on tour of some

of the UAE’s most stylish homes.

Enjoy the summer!

The Better Living team, @bliving.me

Debenhams

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welcome letter | CONTENTS

Managing Director

Victoria Thatcher

Editorial Director

John Thatcher

Managing Editor

Faye Bartle

faye@hotmedia.me

Content Writer

Sophia Dyer

Art Director

Kerri Bennett

Senior Designer

Hiral Kapadia

CONTENTS

SHOP

08-17

Bronzed buys on our radar; news you can use;

what’s in store at Wood & Steel; our pick of allstar

washing machines

INSPIRE

19-52

How to transform your home into a tropical

paradise; knockout kitchen designs to covet;

John Lewis & Partners cushions, johnlewis.com

10 handy home hacks for renters; interior designer

Kym Jackson Shen shows us around her project

in The Lakes; a lush green garden in The Springs;

streamline your bathroom with smart technology;

a dramatic bedroom makeover in Downtown Dubai

MOVE

54-60

Resort style homes on the market; our guide to living

in Al Raha Beach

Production Manager

Muthu Kumar

Advertising Group Manager

Sukaina Hussein

+971 50 515 9691

To contact any of the

above people, email

firstname@hotmedia.me

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UPDATES | wish list

MOST COVETED

Top

picks

Five finds on our radar…

1 Burn baby burn... We’ve found the perfect

centrepiece for any alfresco seating area come

winter. Vitale Solid Copper Firepit, Dhs3,215,

Crate and Barrel, crateandbarrelme.com

2 Shine bright with this dazzling rose gold hued

cushion. Sequinned Cushion Cover, Dhs149,

Zara Home, zarahome.com/ae

3 Add an Art Deco influence to your home

with this reflection of beauty. Quartiers Mirror,

price upon request, The Invisible Collection by

Humbert & Poyet, theinvisiblecollection.com

4 This stand-out piece is an easy yet elegant

way to add a focal point to a room. Interiors

Uttermost Ellianna, Dhs1,000, uttermost.com

5 Create a warm aesthetic with this eyecatching

industrial style corner table. Changkir

Corner Table, Dhs1,678, Chattels & More,

chattelsandmore.com

Quartiers Mirror photo © Francis Amiand

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This issue’s

Pinboard

Our round-up of the latest in

homewares, news and interiors trends

PLAY

MATES

WHETHER YOU’RE A

PARENT OF BOY/GIRL

TWINS, OR SIMPLY WANT

A DEN DESIGN THAT’LL

STAND THE TEST

OF TIME, A GENDER

NEUTRAL SPACE IS JUST

THE TICKET. INTERIOR

STYLIST LEANNE MOSS

ADVISES OPTING FOR

CRISP WHITE WALLS,

LIGHT-WOOD FLOORS,

SOME ARTIFICIAL

GREENERY FOR A

SPLASH OF NATURE,

AND SIMPLE ACCENTS

MADE FROM NATURAL

RATTAN TO ADD

TEXTURE AND WARMTH.

White Moss Photo: Natelee Cocks Photography

Secret Garden

Mouse Tea

Cup, Dhs175

Secret Garden

Mouse Bowl,

Dhs105

Secret Garden Mouse

Jar, Dhs105

Secret Garden Bird

Tea Cup, Dhs125

TIME FOR TEA

Seeking the perfect

accompaniments for your

cucumber sandwiches and

scones? Quirky British brand

House of Disaster has joined

the Jashanmal Home collection,

serving up a whimsical range

of tableware that includes

teacups and dishes inspired by

woodland creatures. Venture

down the rabbit hole and pick

your favourite of these kitsch

designs that are sure to bring a

touch of Alice in Wonderland to

the table. jashanmalhome.com

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trending | UPDATES

The UAE’s real

estate sector has

been given a

boost thanks to

the introduction

of the Gold

Card visa, which

offers selected

individuals a

renewable, 10-

year residency

visa. It’s thought

the move will give

long-termers the

confidence needed

to put down roots.

Felice Cup and Saucer (set of 4), 2XL, Dhs47

Mad about monochrome

A quiet, monochromatic palette for the bedroom is just the ticket for lazy

Saturday mornings. The good news is, bringing it into your home just got a

little easier due to the new wave of buys from the likes of BoConcept and 2XL.

BoConcept Osaka bed

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YOUR GUIDE TO DUBAI’S

MUST-HAVE VISITOR EXPERIENCES

www.dxbcityexpert.com

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trending | UPDATES

Photo: Kristin Nystrom

THE DREAM TEAM

If you love an IKEA hack, you’ll be all

over the new collaboration between

interior stylists Kathryn Hawkes of

House of Hawkes (left) and Linda Dekkers

of Live Loud Girl (right). The talented

duo has teamed up to launch Fronteriors,

offering bespoke fronts and accessories

especially for upgrading IKEA pieces,

with a focus on providing unique finishes

for clients in the Middle East.

How did the idea come about?

Kathryn: Linda and I met at an

industry event a few years ago and have

maintained a great working relationship

and valuable friendship ever since. We

often talked about upgrading and/

or hacking IKEA furniture for clients,

which required some level of custom

carpentry as, frustratingly, there were no

such ready-made products on the market.

We decided, pretty much on the spur of

the moment, to fill that gap ourselves.

And just like that, Fronteriors was born.

What can we expect to find?

Linda: We’ve designed a range of custom

doors and tops to fit a selection of IKEA

furniture frames. The cane door we

created for the Billy bookcase (pictured)

has had a fantastic response. The other

surfaces we’ve selected for our fronts,

sides and tops are also sure to wow, such

as the speckled stone top and simple gold

handle that provide a chic upgrade to the

popular Besta frame.

What has been the response?

Kathryn: We were inundated with

requests for pre-orders, which resulted

in a growing wait list. Needless to say,

the pressure is on, but we get a real buzz

when delivering our products to their

new homes.

To find out more, visit fronteriors.co and

follow them on Instagram @fronteriors

On our radar Cool new buys we can’t keep our hands off…

GATHER AROUND THE TABLE Brushed gold

paired with marble is always a good idea.

Razor Dining Table, Dhs5,250, Chattels & More,

chattelsandmore.com

SITTING PRETTY This luxurious velvet seat

by KARE will bring the luxe factor to any

sitting room. Armchair My Desire Velvet Grey,

Dhs8,827, KARE, kareuae.ae

FUN FOR BOOKWORMS This handmade

zoo-inspired bookend makes a study area

more fun. Züny Bookend Beaver, Dhs385,

The Lighthouse, thelighthouse.ae

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UPDATES | trending

IF YOU’VE A PASSION FOR

HANDMADE HOMEWARES AND

ALL THINGS MEDITERRANEAN,

MAIOLICA IS YOUR GO-TO. FOUNDED

BY ITALIAN ENTREPRENEURS

MARIANNA PICCOLO AND ARIANNA

POSENATO, THE NEWLY LAUNCHED

E-SHOP IS BRIMMING WITH

HANDPICKED CONTEMPORARY

DÉCOR FROM BOUTIQUE BRANDS

IN ITALY, PORTUGAL AND BEYOND.

PLUS, THEY’RE BASED IN DUBAI.

MAIOLICA.AE

Knot to miss

One of our fave designers,

Nisrine El Lababidi

Moghraby of Harf Noon

Design Studio, has teamed

up with knothome.com

to launch an exclusive

collection of accessories,

cushions and lighting. We’re

loving the modern designs

and tonal colours.

Ways with metallics

These top tips from Aura (@auraliving_ae)

make it easy to incorporate the metallic

trend into your home...

Be bold. Set your living room apart with a

gold metallic coffee table stand beneath

a glass table top. Arrange sofas adorned

with metallic studs to incorporate the

design throughout the room.

Mix and match. Update neutrals, such

as wood and marble, by pairing with

metallics to create a sophisticated point of

difference between materials.

Table sense. Team embellished dishes with

gold or bronze cutlery. Enhance the look

with candle holders and vases filled with

pale blooms to create a soft contrast.

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Better Living x GROHE

GROHE Blue

JUST ADD WATER

Say “hello” to a sleeker kitchen, and drinking

water on tap, with GROHE’s built-in filters

GROHE Pure

It’s time to ditch those unsightly water coolers, and the hassle

of lugging heavy bottles of drinking water around, thanks to

GROHE’s clever water filter technology that delivers chilled still

and sparkling drinking water straight from your kitchen tap. Not

only do the taps offer the luxury of convenience, but installing one in

your home means you can do your bit for the environment by cutting

down on plastic bottles. Choose from three specifically designed

faucets to suit your needs.

The GROHE Blue Home, is functionality at its best, filtered through

a stylish tap and equipped with a cooler, you can pour a glass of still,

medium-fizzy or sparkling water straight from the faucet. Perfect

for even the smallest of kitchens, the water system fits easily into

compact kitchen cabinets (it measures just 40cm wide). If simplicity is

key, swap your tap for a GROHE Blue Pure, an all-in-one system that

offers clean filtered still water through a stylish tap available in three

designs. And if you want to take the technology to work, be sure to

check out the GROHE Blue Professional, which is a great investment

for office kitchens, allowing team members to choose their desired

H20 style via a sleek touch panel.

To find out more visit, grohe-middleeast.com

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SHOP | must-shop

WHAT’S IN

STORE

WOOD &

STEEL

THE STORY SO FAR: In 2005, Jordanborn

Hadi Jehad set up a small

workshop in Dubai for himself and

two others to repurpose salvaged

wood into one-of-a-kind furniture

pieces. Fast forward to today, and the

workshop has evolved into a fullyfledged

factory, with 25 craftsman

keeping the artisanal approach alive,

and a showroom in Al Quoz displaying

their distinctive collection of furniture

and accessories.

THE LOOK: Traditionally well-made

pieces with an industrial aesthetic

teamed with timeless accessories that

have a modern twist.

SIGNATURE BUYS: The industrial style

shelving units are particularly sought

after, adding a focal point to any living

space. In addition, the beautiful pine

wood dining room tables are a solid

choice. Whatever you choose, you’ll

be taking home a sustainable product

with a story behind it.

WHAT’S NEW? New pieces hit the

showroom floor each week. Follow the

company on social media for updates

on new collections and one-off pieces.

GOOD TO KNOW: No two pieces are

the same, so your buys will be unique

to you. Plus, if you have something

particular in mind, or are seeking a

solution for a room with awkward

proportions, the team can happily

customise sizes and colours for a piece

that perfectly complements your space.

DELIVERY DETAILS: Free delivery

within Dubai for those spending a

minimum for Dhs1,500.

Wood & Steel is located in the DIB

Warehouses in Al Quoz. Call 04 343

8849, follow @wood.and.steel

WHY WE RATE IT

Handcrafted in the UAE,

these timeless, high-quality

pieces will be a talking

point among guests.

FAVOURITE FINDS

Terano Rex, Dhs40

Roman

column

limestone,

Dhs350

Divan brass

mirror, Dhs570

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etter buys | SHOP

WASHING

MACHINES

There’s nothing wishy washy about

these all-star machines

CLOTHES

HAPPY

Give your garments

some TLC with the

TEKA Ultimate SPA

Laundry range.

Designed to keep

your clothes in tip

top condition, the

machine has a range

of settings that are

perfect for delicates,

including wool. A

stackable dryer is also

available in this range.

Price upon request,

from your local dealer,

at teka.com/en-ae

ECO WARRIOR

Boasting a five star energy

efficiency rating, this machine

teams eco-friendly credentials

with impressive performance.

ActiveWater technology

automatically adjusts the amount

of water needed depending on the

load. For quicker loads, choose the

varioPerfect setting to optimise

both time and energy. Bosch Serie

6 Front Loader, Dhs4,514.

Find your local dealer at

bosch-home.com/ae

SPACE SAVER

If space is key, this Miele WT1

Washer-Dryer combo is perfect

for the daily load. The honeycomb

drum design means it’s gentle on

clothes, while the QuickPower

function gets them clean and dry

in no time. The TwinDos system

means you can preload specialist

detergent into the machine for

it to distribute evenly, saving

you money and time. Dhs10,900,

available from miele.ae

THE QUIET ONE

Shh! Let this Whirlpool Supreme Care

washing machine give you the silent

treatment with its ZEN Technology

that minimises noise and vibrations

to a mere 48 dBA. Dhs3,199, find your

local dealer at whirlpool.ae

BEFORE YOU BUY...

The average life expectancy of a washing machine is about 11 years, so you’ll want to consider your options

carefully before committing. Assess the different functions of each machine and decide which would be the

best fit for your lifestyle. For big families, you’ll want a large loader with fast cycles that will guarantee a quick

turnaround on those dirt-stained PE kits. Fashionistas may want to pay attention to how delicates are handled,

and opt for a machine with programmes that have been especially designed to protect your garments. Be sure to

pick a model that’ll stand the test of time – a stainless steel drum is more durable than a plastic one, for instance.

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trend | INSPIRATION

Tropical takeover

Transform your home from a tired pad to a tropical paradise,

with a little help from our interiors experts

Eager to create a sense of the tropics, but don’t want

your home to look too themed? “You can successfully

pull off a tropical oasis vibe without going OTT,”

says interior stylist Lilly Engelbrecht (@escape_

home). “First and foremost when creating this look,

introducing colour to the space is key. Whether you

have a neutral palette and simply add pops of colour

with artwork, scatter cushions, decorative pieces or

foliage, adding some vibrancy in the form of bright

shades, will no doubt give off happy, tropical vibes.”

Read on for more expert tips on making it work…

Sainsbury’s Home, sainsburys.co.uk

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INSPIRATION | trend

Primark, primark.com

TIP

“Light is key to creating a bright

and airy feel,” says Lilly. “Opt for

white sheer curtains, bamboo blinds, or

wooden Venetian blinds to allow the light

to flow in and bathe the room in sunshine.”

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TEXTILE RULES

“When you’re introducing the tropical print

in a textile, try to keep any surrounding

textiles solid in colour,” advises interior

designer Tanya Karam (@interiortakeover).

“So whether you’re styling a sofa, chair,

pouf, or curtains, simply avoid adding more

prints to this already bold statement. My

favourite colour palette for this look would

be a white backdrop, to let the palm print be

the statement. I would suggest a gorgeous

tropical cushion on a white armchair or sofa

with a big potted palm in the corner and

touches of brushed gold accessories.”

Keeping it subtle means you’ll be on trend

without overdoing it. “Unless of course

you’re going for a Versace-inspired look,

when only more is more, you should always

be mindful of reining it in.”

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INSPIRATION | trend

TO THE WALL

“Paint is an effective, inexpensive

way to transform a space,” says

Lilly. “Whether you opt for a bold

bright green, blue or fuschia, or

prefer more muted tones, putting

colour on the walls, or just an

accent wall, will immediately

form the backdrop for your

perfect paradise.” There are some

beautiful tropical wallpapers

available too – try The Urban Nest

(theurbannest.ae) for starters.

“Weaving in natural textures

and materials is also vital to the

look,” she adds. “Think luscious

linens, bamboo, rattan and wicker

for an instant island feel.” Both

Haute Bohéme (hauteboheme.ae)

and Tribe (tribedubai.com) stock a

wide range of beautiful furniture

and décor pieces that are sure to

inspire you.

MINDTHEGAP, mindtheg.com

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Better Living x MAS PAINTS

SHADES OF SUMMER

MAS Paints has teamed up with leading creatives in the UAE to shine

a light on the hues that are inspiring them this season

Ask MAS Paints to

mix up NCS shade

S 1070-R10B

Kerri Bennett, art director,

Better Living

From being an expression of your

personality to influencing your

emotions, the colours you choose

for your home speak volumes about

your individual sense of style and set the

tone for how you feel in the space. Getting

it right, however, is both a science and an

art – something interior designers and

creatives work hard to master. Take a

short cut to finding your perfect match

thanks to MAS Paints’ Colour for the

People campaign, which calls upon leading

creatives in the emirates to share the

colours they’re coveting. Included in the

line-up is interior designer Paul Bishop,

artist Khalid Shafar, and art consultant

Donna Tzelepis, as well as Kerri Bennett,

art director of Better Living, who is

encouraging us all to embrace fuchsia.

“This vivid pink-purple shade is ideal

for adding a splash of colour to your home

this summer – it’s the Better Living team’s

pick of the season,” she says. “Personally,

I love it because it’s a daring shade that

screams femininity and is great for adding

instant glamour to a space. Plus, we see

the colour in nature here, with beautiful

bougainvillea and desert rose bringing

gardens to life.”

If, like us, you’re a fan of fuchsia, the

good news is that it’s easy to introduce

into your home. “This eye-catching colour

makes a bold statement,” says Kerri.

“While it can be considered girly, it can

also work really well in a family home too.

Team it with white, grey, navy and gold

for a whimsical look.”

You can introduce it gently or, if you’re

feeling brave, you can opt for a more

dramatic refresh.

“For a subtle makeover, a fuchsia sofa

can make a monochromatic colour palette

pop,” says Kerri. “For maximum impact,

concentrate the colour in an entryway

to bring the outdoors in and think about

adding a wash of fuchsia to the ceiling to

elevate the look of a white kitchen.”

To find out more, visit mas-paints.com

and be sure to follow the company on

Instagram @maspaints to discover the

colours that are inspiring more leading

creatives in the UAE this summer.

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Knockout

kitchens

Dreaming of a kitchen makeover? We’ve

done the legwork for you by selecting three

of the hottest looks this season...

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kitchen special | INSPIRATION

STATE-OF-THE-ART

Nail the contemporary look by

designing a sleek space with builtin

appliances. Practical and elegant,

this look is ideal for those who

favour a seamless aesthetic. TEKA is

your go-to for ideas and inspiration,

from hi-tech induction hobs to ovens

pre-set with recipes and island

hoods that make a statement –

you can build your dream kitchen

around your top picks.

TEKA, teka.com

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Scavolini, scavolini.design.com

TOP CHEF

For serious home cooks, this

professional styled domestic

kitchen by Scavolini boasts a steel

monobloc island with in-built

cooking and washing areas. The

Mia kitchen by Carloe Cracco’s

suspended storage offers easy

access to all your proudlydisplayed

kitchenware.

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kitchen special | INSPIRATION

RUSTIC CHARM

Exuding warmth, a

country style kitchen

offers an escape from

city life. We rate the

Durham Collection by

LochAnna Kitchens,

which draws inspiration

from the British

countryside. Make your

design pop with a wash

of bold colour – the

sapphire blue seen here

has bags of personality.

LochAnna Kitchens, lochannakitchens.co.uk

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10 home

hacks for

renters

Want to upgrade your home

without spending a fortune?

These easy fixes for renters are

small on price but big on style

Bay Blue rug, by Farrow & Ball for The Rug Company

If you want to hide ugly tiles but haven’t the budget for an

entirely new floor, the easiest, quickest way to do so is with a

beautiful rug. The Rug Company carries a variety of designs

and sizes – check out the showroom at Unit 65, Alserkal

Avenue – and you can even commission your own piece. Simply

enlarge a rug featuring your favourite pattern to cover your

space, or start from scratch by picking colours, shapes and

sizes for a bespoke design. therugcompany.com

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home hacks for renters | INSPIRATION

GIVE BUILT-IN CABINETS

AND DRAWERS A MINI

MAKEOVER BY SWITCHING

UP THE HARDWARE.

OPT FOR EYE-CATCHING

COLOURS AND DESIGNS

FOR PLENTY OF

PERSONALITY.

If you don’t want to go through

the hassle of painting walls and

then having to return them to

their original state when you leave,

removable wallpaper may be the

answer. Chasing Paper (chasingpaper.

com) offers a variety of great designs

that’ll stick to almost any surface.

Chasing Paper, chasingpaper.com

Round enamel

drawer knob

Dhs45, Namshi

2

3

Knotted cord

door knob, Dhs45

(pack of 2),

Zara Home

Bombay

Duck mixed

media door

knob, Dhs35,

Namshi

Before

Totally Wrapped, totallywrapped.ae

Dark and dingy wood cabinets spoiling your kitchen?

If you don’t like it, wrap it. The rise of affordable

vinyl wrapping from the likes of Totally Wrapped

allows you to temporarily cover cabinets, worktops,

backsplash and more with matte or glossy shades and

patterns. Plus, it can easily be removed if needed.

4

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INSPIRATION | home hacks for renters

Floorworld, floorworld.com

5

Get wood floors in a flash with luxury vinyl planks that

simply click into place over your existing tiles. Floorworld’s

Gerber luxury vinyl click collection comes in a variety of

finishes and slot together in an interlocking fashion without

the need for any adhesive. They’re quick and simple to

install. Plus, you can take them with you when you move.

If the curtains aren’t to your taste,

take them down and replace them

with something you love. It’s a

quick fix for shaking up the look

of a room, and you can spend as

much or as little as you like. Our

6go-tos include Laura Ashley for

florals and, of course, IKEA for

its trusty readymade range and

creative textile designs for madeto-measure

creations.

John Lewis & Partners Expression

Daniel Bamboo 3-Tier

Storage Tower, Dhs99,

Home Centre

7

FORGET THE HASSLE OF

DRILLING SHELVES INTO

THE WALLS AND OPT

FOR CLEVER MOBILE

STORAGE SOLUTIONS

INSTEAD. A ROLLAWAY

KITCHEN CART IS

IDEAL FOR STASHING

AWAY ESSENTIALS IF

YOU HAVEN’T ENOUGH

CUPBOARD SPACE, FOR

INSTANCE.

Auden 3-Tier Kitchen Cart with

1-Drawer, Dhs449, Home Centre

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Printed leaf wall décor,

Dhs10, Pan Emirates

Abstract

canvas

picture,

Dhs33, Pan

Emirates

COVER UNSIGHTLY

ELECTRICAL

BOXES WITH SOME

AFFORDABLE ART. PAN

EMIRATES HAS A GREAT

SELECTION OF FRAMES,

PRINTS, SIGNS, WALL

HANGINGS AND OTHER

DÉCOR THAT CAN BE

PERFECTLY POSITIONED

TO HIDE ANYTHING YOU

CAN’T LIVE WITH.

8

Beach wooden wall décor, Dhs15, Pan Emirates

9

IKEA

If your rental hasn’t got the

walk-in closet of your dreams,

why not create a trendy open

wardrobe instead? IK EA’s open

wardrobe solutions are a style

maven’s favourite.

10

IF YOUR BATHROOM

IS BUGGING YOU, BUT

A FULL RENOVATION

ISN’T AN OPTION,

SIMPLY UPGRADE YOUR

SHOWERHEAD FOR

SOMETHING MORE

LUXURIOUS. IT’LL

MAKE THE BIGGEST

DIFFERENCE TO YOUR

EVERYDAY SHOWERING

EXPERIENCE. CHECK

OUT GROHE (GROHE-

MIDDLEEAST.COM) AND

IDEAL STANDARD GULF

(IDEALSTANDARDGULF.

COM) FOR SOME GREAT,

SPA-INSPIRED OPTIONS.

GROHE Euphoria SmartControl shower system

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expert advice | INSPIRATION

Ask the

DESIGNER

Kushaan’s Kate Keenan shares her top tips for

introducing artisan designs into your home

To furnish your home in a

meaningful way, preserving and

supporting artisan skills is vital.

Supporting these communities helps

create job security and increased

standards of living in often isolated and

economically challenged areas. Whole

families and communities depend on

the incredible skills handed down the

generations for survival. Due to their

smaller scale, artisan products are

also more likely to be sustainable –

something that’s incredibly important

at a time when an increasing number

of people are rejecting the ‘throw away’

nature of mass consumerism and want

to ensure they’re helping to look after

the planet.

Don’t assume artisan homewares

are more expensive. They’re often

priced very reasonably – especially

when you consider the skill and

handwork that goes into every piece.

There are some fabulous places

to shop for artisan products in

Dubai. From Jaipur With Love (@

fromjaipurwithlove) supports the

weaving villages of Rajasthan at a

grassroots level, while producing

exquisite rugs. Tribe Dubai (@

tribedubai) has a strong history of fair

trade and sustainable artisan products

and Georges of Dubai (@ georges_

of_dubai) stocks the most gorgeous

handwoven planters and handmade

ceramics from MUD Australia. All

of Kushaan’s ikats are handwoven in

Uzbekistan by master weavers.

If a product is truly artisan,

there should be complete supply

chain transparency and the

store will be able to tell you its

provenance. A true artisan product

may contain flaws that add to their

beauty – it’s the imperfections that

make them perfect. The elusive quality

and skill of the handwork is impossible

to truly replicate.

Wondering where to start? So

many of us in Dubai can’t invest in

the bones of our house, but we can

still create a beautiful home we love

spending time in. Our ikats and suzani

panels make wonderful cushions that

lift any space. Simply add a couple of

cushions to brighten up your room.

They’re a great investment for expats,

as they are so easy to transport to your

next home or destination. For a bespoke

touch, consider using our textiles to

make stunning ottomans, headboards,

footstools and occasional chairs.

To find out more, visit kushaan.co

and follow @kushaantextiles

Photograhy: Abbi Kemp, @visualsbyabbi

Ethnic and artisan pieces mix beautifully

with a modern theme. Alternatively, you

can completely go to town using furniture,

upholstery and accessories to develop a

layered ethnic or tribal look.

TIP

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Feel breeze

the

Kick off your heels and soak up the

holiday vibes of Kym Jackson Shen’s

boho luxe villa in The Lakes

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at home with… | INSPIRATION

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INSPIRATION | at home with…

“ I set off solo to

Indonesia in search of

artisans who could

supply the furniture

for the house”

“Being in The Lakes feels like you’re

on holiday,” says Kym Jackson Shen,

who bought a four-bedroom property

here with her husband Tom in 2017.

“I’d always wanted to buy a house in

the community and to upgrade it in my

signature bohemian style, so when this

one came onto the market we snapped

it up.”

Originally from Australia, the

couple started renovating homes as

a hobby, working around their day

jobs in the superyacht industry. When

their children Cleo and Bella were

born, however, Kym decided to turn

her talent into a business, launching

a boutique e-store, Haute Bohéme

(hauteboheme.ae), alongside. “I set off

solo to Indonesia in search of artisans

who could supply the furniture for the

house and my business,” says Kym. “I

asked around until I found a brilliant

studio capable of producing everything

from leather chairs to beaded

chandeliers and solid teak dining tables,

all of which I now ship back to Dubai.

“My main aim was to really open

up the space by knocking down any

interior partition walls that weren’t

essential to the structure of the house.

I even widened the patio door leading

from the lounge to the garden to give

the room an airy ambience. The place

took around five months to renovate,

with everything from the floor tiles

to the AC ducts being removed and

replaced with streamlined versions

that fit the aesthetic. All the walls were

painted in Jotun’s Jazz White – one of

my favourite shades – and I used lots of

natural, tactile materials, such as sea

grass rugs and hand-stitched cushion

covers to bring home the boho vibe.”

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At home with | INSPIRATION

THE WASHED TEAK

FOUR-POSTED BED

IN THE MASTER

BEDROOM IS THE

EPITOME OF BOHO

CHIC, WHILE THE HOT

PINK ORCHID ADDS A

POP OF COLOUR

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INSPIRATION | At home with

A FEAST FOR THE SENSES

The solid teak table is the focal point

of the dining room, enhanced by black

leather chairs and a dramatic wooden

ceiling light. A recess was built into the

ceiling to allow for a lighting solution that

would bathe the area in a warm glow.

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at home with… | INSPIRATION

THE GLASS STAIR

BANNISTER KEEPS THE

SPACE LOOKING PURE

AND SIMPLE

THE CHALKBOARD PAINT

ON THE KITCHEN WALL IS

A FUN ADDITION

A WHITE HOT KITCHEN

A brand new glossy white kitchen from

Hacker was installed, with a handleless

design creating a clean and timeless

look. The breakfast bar with tall stools

encourages it to be a social space. “The

chalkboard wall used to be a door that

opened from the hallway, but we decided

to block it up in order to better define

the space,” explains Kym. “Doing so also

meant we were able to add a console on

the other side for a welcoming entrance.”

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“THE WHITE

WOODEN PERGOLA

CREATES A SHADY

SPOT FOR FAMILY

BARBECUES IN

THE GARDEN”

NATURAL CHARM

Dining alfresco doesn’t get more appealing

than at this bespoke teak table, which

enjoys the perfect amount of shade and

sunshine from the large pergola that has

been custom-built to suit the space. “We

only planted the bougainvillea about a

year ago, but it is already winding up the

pergola and will soon stretch over the top,

which will give it a lovely lived-in look,”

says Kym. The wood-look tiles were a steal

from Dragonmart while the egg chair, like

the rest of the furniture, was custom made

in Indonesia.

TAKE THE PLUNGE

The plunge pool, by Pools By Design, is

small but perfectly formed, with clever

underwater lighting allowing for a

refreshing nighttime dip. “We added wide

steps in the shallow end to make the pool

especially family-friendly – it’s great for

kids who simply want to sit and splash

around,” says Kym. “We expect the ficus

trees will bush out in time to afford a bit

more privacy.”

“ We added wide steps in the shallow end to make

the pool especially family–friendly”

The Lake House in The Lakes, thelakehousevilla.com

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at home with… | INSPIRATION

CHOOSE AN

OVERSIZED

ROUND

MIRROR FOR A

CAPTIVATING

ENTRYWAY

Trunk Frame, from

Dhs119, Zara Home

La Bella

Mama

Pendant,

Dhs2,225,

Haute

Bohéme

Cuttlebone

Decorative

Necklace,

Dhs445,

Haute

Bohéme

GET

THE

LOOK

Basket, Dhs49,

Home Centre

Large orchid in ceramic

vase/purple, Dhs678,

Chattels & More

TEAMING NATURAL

MATERIALS IS

KEY TO THE BOHO

LUXE LOOK

Cabana Chair by Marina Home x Timothy

Oulton Dhs 8,250, Marina Home

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INSPIRATION | home outdoor renovation space

ROOM TO GROW

Interior designer Karen Pissarra on greening over her garden in The Springs

Photographs by: Muthu Kumar and Hiral Kapadia

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Snails slithering across the garden

path are a relatively rare sight

in Dubai, unless you have a

lush, European style garden like

Karen Pissarra, whose yard is a calm

and nurturing space for little creatures

and humans alike. From South Africa,

Karen, of Dubai-based interior design

studio Design K (@designk___), bought

her home in The Springs in April 2017

and renovated it from the inside out.

“We searched for two years before

finding the right property,” she says.

“We really wanted a north facing

garden so that we’d have dappled

sunlight in the garden and streaming

into the house for most of the day.”

A woman who prefers to stay in the

shade, one of Karen’s top priorities was

choosing a mixture of plants and trees

that would offer ample coverage.

“I designed the garden with a fresh

and minimalistic look in mind but

turned to Heather Drake of Gardening

Angels for advice on selecting the

plants in terms of sun direction,” she

says. Sticking with green was the MO,

with not a colourful flower in sight. “I

played with lots of different shades.”

Fully irrigated, the garden is

brimming with plants that offer plenty

of ground coverage, and surrounding

hedges that are yet to reach their

full height – all bought from Warsan

plant nursery. The matte light grey

tiles, from RAK Ceramics, are placed

in a staggered layout for a more

contemporary feel while the deck has

been raised to provide an elevated

lounge area complete with designer

outdoor furniture and accessories

from Purity Dubai (@puritydxb) “It’s

my go-to for outdoor furniture in the

emirate,” she says. The sunloungers are

by Ethimo while the rest is by Paola

Lenti. “We love spending time here

with friends,” says Karen. “It’s a place

in which we feel we can fully unwind.”

A MIXTURE OF

ALTERNANTHERA

GROUND COVER,

DORANTA, JED, OLIVE

TREES AND FICUS HEDGES

SHOWCASE DIFFERENT

TONES OF GREEN

KAREN’S TOP TIPS FOR CREATING A LUSH GARDEN IN THE UAE…

Consult an expert on the plants that will grow and thrive in your garden, so you know that what you’re spending won’t

go to waste. Bear in mind that what works well in one garden may not work in another, so take into account the amount

of light and shade you get and whether the garden will be irrigated before making your choice. The little touches can

make a big difference. The lighter garden sand that is commonly used in gardens in Dubai can appear dry, so I sourced

darker sand for the bedding as it looks moister and helps the garden to look healthier. It’s also important to consider

lighting, so you can get the maximum enjoyment out of your space once the sun goes down. The uplights below the tree

trunks are always a good look and there are many styles of string lights that you can use to add a touch of whimsy.

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INSPIRATION outdoor space | home | INSPIRATION renovation

THIS MODERN CONTEMPORARY

TABLE FROM WEST ELM BLENDS

IN PERFECTLY WITH THE

SURROUNDINGS

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BEAUTY

AND BRAINS

Futureproof your bathroom by investing in clever technology that’ll help

streamline your experience and keep your energy bills in check

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smart bathrooms | INSPIRATION

Form and function

From saving water to creating a more hygienic environment by

waving goodbye to touch points, installing a hi-tech bathroom will

future-proof your space, and ensure you’re doing your bit for the

planet. What’s more, the new wave of designs mean you don’t have

to compromise on style. Turn the page for our top suggestions for a

smart and sleek bathroom…

GROHE

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Super

savers

Striving to cut down on paper

waste in the home? The futuristic

GROHE Sensia Arena Shower

Toilet teams hygeine and comfort,

with two separate shower arms

for targeted cleaning action and a

powerful flush that requires very

little water.

For energy-efficient lighting

solutions, we rate the Veil Lighted

Collection by Kohler. Utilising

motion-activated technology, the

built-in lights are activated just

when you need them, intuitively

selecting a nature-inspired colour

temperature to take you on a

sensory journey and aid a restful

night’s sleep. They’ll turn off

automatically when you leave.

Tip

THE WARM GLOW

OF AMBIENT AND

WAYFINDING LIGHTING

FEATURED IN THE

KOHLER VEIL LIGHTED

INTELLIGENT TOILET

MEANS THOSE MIDDLE

OF THE NIGHT LOO TRIPS

WON’T MESS WITH YOUR

SLEEP PATTERNS

Kohler Veil Lighted Collection

GROHE Sensia Arena Shower Toilet

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smart bathrooms | INSPIRATION

TRACK YOUR USAGE

“OUR INTELLIGENT

WATER SECURITY SYSTEM,

THE GROHE SENSE AND

SENSE GUARD, ALLOWS

THE WATER CONSUMPTION

OF A HOUSE OR APARTMENT TO

BE EXACTLY TRACKABLE. YOU’LL

RECEIVE A PRECISE STATEMENT OF

YOUR BILL AND CAN AIM TO CUT

DOWN, IF NEEDED.” Thomas Fuhr,

executive director operations, GROHE

HI-TECH

ADDITIONS

BAGNODESIGN Axent.One C Premium Toilet

BAGNODESIGN Aquaeco Infrared Mixer

Ideal Standard IDEALRAIN

SMART IDEAS

Opt for efficiency. The Ideal Standard IDEALRAIN shower range features a builtin

flow restrictor that reduces water consumption, passing the cost savings on to

you. It also features ‘cool body’ technology, which prevents the handspray from

becoming too hot to handle.

Hot seat. The Bagnodesign Axent.One C Premium intelligent toilet features an

advanced functionality for washing. Plus, it dries, has a seat cover that opens and

closes automatically, a night light and patented flushing technology – all operated

via remote control or the Axent app.

Go hands-free. Sanipex Group’s Aquaeco collection of infrared mixers helps you

avoid germs, and the taps come in a variety of styles, sizes, heights and shapes.

From top: 1 GROHE two-handle square

thermostat, POA, visit the showroom,

grohe-middleeast.com 2 Ideal Standard

IDEALRAIN Evo handspray, POA,

idealstandardgulf.com 3 Sanipex Group’s

Aquaeco infrared taps, from Dhs770,

sanipexgroup.com

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BOHEMIAN

DREAM

How a bland bedroom and balcony in

Downtown Dubai was transformed into

a boho chic haven in the sky

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home makeover | INSPIRATION

Before

When Sahar Fikree, founder and creative

director at OCD Spaces (ocdspaces.com)

was asked to transform this two bed,

two bath apartment in Claren Tower,

Downtown Dubai, by her high-flying Emirati

businesswoman client, marrying the principles

of Feng Shui with boho chic designs provided a

blueprint for the way forward.

“The client had spent over a year and a half

repeatedly redesigning the guest bedroom,

which very quickly became her alternative

master bedroom in lieu of the Feng Shui

preferred orientation,” says Sahar. “Exhausted

with all the unsuccessful redesigns, she reached

out to me as a last resort, hoping I’d be able

to achieve her vision for making the exterior

balcony an extension of the interior.”

The project had the added complexity of

needing to blur the interior/exterior boundaries

without amending any of the existing floor and

wall finishes. This was to avoid the added time

and expense of any work that would involve

applying for an NOC from the developer.

“Although it felt impractical at times, and in

contrast to the zen interior style that we wanted

to achieve, I was able to work around the design

restrictions, in particular adhering to very

structured Feng Shui colour palettes, materials

and shapes,” says Sahar. For instance, instead

of having a mirror in the bedroom (mirrors are

thought to bounce energy around, which may

result in restlessness and amplify worries), a

herringbone-patterned storage cabinet and

clothes stand provide a focal point. The entire

project took two weeks. As Sahar says: “When

my client returned from holiday in Thailand she

was surprised yet very pleased with the resortinspired

home I had created.”

Turn the page to read our tops tips on

planning a similar makeover in your home ➤

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INSPIRATION | home makeover

Make it happen

Want your own resort

style bedroom?

Sahar Fikree shares

her top tips

1 Want your bedroom to feel like a luxury

hotel room? There’s a reason why hotels only

use white linen – it keeps a room really fresh

and crisp. Plus, you’re spoilt for choice when it

comes to buying a new set.

2 Make sure that your duvet extends over your

mattress until it’s almost touching the floor on

both sides. You shouldn’t actually be able to

see the bed frame – it looks more plush and

luxurious this way. It’s also a great solution if

you have a spouse who hogs the duvet.

3 A high pile rug brings a sense of luxury to

the room and feels great under foot when you

wake. It should cover at least half the length of

the bed and protrude outwards from the base.

4 We tend to keep a lot of stuff on our side

table, so always try to select a table lamp that

has a base with a small diameter. This way,

you won’t clutter it up. The height should

be as close to the bed frame as possible so

things are within easy reach.

5 Some people like shelves above their

bed, but you should always avoid hanging

anything heavy over your head. If you want

to display objects, get a headboard with

built-in shelves.

PLACE A THROW AT THE

BASE OF THE BED SO

YOU CAN EASILY UNROLL

IT AND DRAW IT OVER

YOU DURING THE NIGHT

Photos by Antoine Fadel, antoinefadel.com

THE VERDICT

“I am in love with the

redesign, and my visitors

have also enjoyed the

space tremendously. I can’t

wait to renovate the other

rooms.” the client

Before

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Al Sufouh Suites

By Radisson Blu

Fully furnished serviced

apartments for rent

• Studio and 1-bedroom units

• All appliances included

• Male and female spa

• Fully equipped gym

• Swimming pool with jacuzzi

• Full Sea View

Studio from AED 55,000/year

1 bedroom from AED 72,000/year

Enquire today. Call 04 409 0998 or email

customercare@bhomes.com to book a viewing.

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RESORT

STYLE LIVING

Six

of the

best

These resort style

dwellings make everyday

living feel like a holiday

FOR SALE

AED5,995,000

1THE ALDEA, THE VILLA

This Spanish style villa keeps the Mediterranean resort ambiance

alive with a reimagined alfresco courtyard at the centre of the house.

Surrounding the courtyard are two large family living areas, a dining room

and newly refurbished kitchen complete with breakfast nook. The huge 8,559

sq. ft plot includes a large manicured garden, which comes kitted out with

wooden furniture, an outdoor kitchen and swimming pool. Upstairs, each of

the six bedrooms have fitted wardrobes and ensuite bathrooms.

For further details, call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: BHM-S-169806,

RERA Permit No. 1815530979. Nearby school and nursery: The Aquila School,

Kids Zone Nursery.

Bed: 6

Bath: 7

Parking: 6

FOR SALE

AED9,990,000

2MIRADOR LA COLECCIÓN 1, ARABIAN RANCHES

A one of a kind property, everything in this villa has been upgraded,

from the modern German kitchen with top-of-the-range finishing to

the large extension – no detail has been left untouched. This fully furnished

property has five bedrooms, the master boasting a his and hers walk-in

wardrobe and large master bathroom. The 6,547 sq. ft plot also features

outdoor dining facilities and a large swimming pool, making it easy to lap up

the luxury lifestyle.

For further details, call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: BHM-S-169574,

RERA Permit No. 2052807967. Nearby school and nursery: Jumeirah English

Speaking School, Step Up Academy.

Bed: 5

Bath: 5

Parking: 4

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Bed: 5

Bath: 6

Parking: 2

FOR RENT

From AED600,000 per year

3GARDEN HOMES FROND N, PALM JUMEIRAH

Situated on Palm Jumeirah, island living is the feel of this custombuilt

villa, which boasts an infinity pool overlooking Dubai Marina

and its very own private stretch of beach. The spectacular sights continue,

with the master bathroom’s tub boasting direct sea views.

For further details, call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: BHM-R-171078,

RERA Permit No. 0409488766 Nearby school and nursery: iCademy Middle

East, Asya’s Nursery.

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FOR SHORT TERM RENT

From AED28,000 per month

4APARTMENT BUILDING 4,

BLUEWATERS ISLAND

This sleek, short-term rental

apartment is situated on the vibrant

Bluewaters island, just off JBR. Floor-toceiling

windows offer stunning sea views

and bring plenty of light into the open

plan living space, with its big modern

kitchen and fitted appliances. The world’s

largest observation wheel, Ain Dubai,

and a variety of dining venues await

discovery on the doorstep.

For further details, call 04 409 0998 and

quote REF: BHM-R-171375 Nearby school

and nursery: Dubai British School,

Kidville JBR.

Beds: 2

Bath: 2

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FOR SALE

AED3,250,000

5REGIONAL SMALL, JUMEIRAH PARK

Situated in Jumeirah Park, just eight minutes from Dubai Marina and JBR, this

stunning three-bedroom, five-bathroom villa is sure to put you in the holiday

mood. In addition to its large garden and sparkling swimming pool, the property is

great for entertaining thanks to the open plan living and dining area complete with

fully-equipped kitchen.

For further details, call 04 409 0998 and quote REF: BHM-S-169659, RERA Permit No.

1827607900. Nearby school and nursery: Dubai British School; Four2Four Nursery.

Beds: 3

Bath: 5

Parking: 2

FOR SALE

PRICE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

6AAAT VILLA, UMM AL SHEIF

Take this window of opportunity to soak up the the all-year-round sunshine

at this huge, window adorned six-bedroom villa in Umm Al Sheif, Jumeirah.

This brand-new build has a large landscaped garden featuring an outdoor

swimming pool. Inside, a marble topped, open-plan kitchen leads onto a huge living

area and separate dining room. On the upper floors, a spacious family room and

rooftop patio boast stunning views of Burj Al Arab.

Beds: 5

Bath: 7

Parking: 7

For further details, call 04 409 0998 and quote REF:VI362330, RERA Permit No. 1861512431.

Nearby school and nursery: Emirates International School, Kids Palace Nursery.

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THE PLACE TO MOVE TO

Al Raha Beach

A slice of serenity in the bustling

UAE capital, Al Raha is a shoreline

residential neighbourhood in a

prime location. Offering a variety of

contemporary living options for a

range of budgets, these waterfront

properties have something for

everyone. With residents waking up

to views of the Arabian Gulf, it’s easy

to understand why this picturesque

beach community is one of Abu

Dhabi’s most desirable places to live.

WHY MOVE THERE?

Aside from sparkling views, there’s

plenty to keep you busy, with an array

of restaurants, hotels and top-notch

facilities on the doorstep. Those who

love to be in the sea at the weekends

will find plenty of watersports action

along the beach. If you prefer to relax

on dry land, you can unwind in the

quaint beachside eateries or catch a

movie at Al Raha Mall’s Oscar Cinema,

which screens the latest blockbusters.

THE COMMUNITY

Situated along the Al Raha waterfront

are three main sub-communities,

each with their own USP. If a lively

atmosphere floats your boat, Al

Bandar has a large marina surrounded

with restaurants and bars. Al Muneera

is known for its luxurious sea view

properties while Al Zeina is a collection

of apartments and townhouse villas.

TRANSPORT

Conveniently situated on the E10, Al

Raha is an easy drive from central

Abu Dhabi, and is also popular among

commuters to Dubai. A number of

bus routes run from the community

into the city centre and other top

destinations, such as Yas Island.

SCHOOLS

There are a number of schools in

the surrounding area, including

Raha International School and GEMS

American Academy. Yellow Submarine

Nursery accepts children from four

months to four years.

SHOPPING

There are a number of supermarkets

along Al Raha Boulevard while Al

Raha Mall is home to over 65 shops,

with family-friendly entertainment

and a large food court to boot.

Meet the neighbours

Harry Cook has lived in Al Raha Beach for five years

Having lived across the UAE, in Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the community feel and

facilities at Al Raha make it stand out as a firm favourite. It has a great location, just outside

the bustle of the city and with quick access to neighbouring emirates. Plus, it’s a place for

families and individiuals seeking to balance work life with an active and social home life.

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area guide | PROPERTY

Ask the Agent

Wissam Al Hamoud is the

Al Raha beach expert at

Betterhomes. If you would

like to contact him to arrange

a viewing, or to learn of any

open house dates in the area,

simply call 02 556 4122

Al Raha’s waterfront community is a highly coveted

residential area in the capital and it’s clear to see

why. The self-contained area offers a variety of

luxury facilities and a social lifestyle with restaurants,

bars and the beach on your doorstep. Getting into

central Abu Dhabi is easy as the community is

well connected by public buses. It’s also just a short

drive away from many popular attractions.

There is a variety of living options to suit

every lifestyle, from plush penthouses to family

villas. Stunning sea views paired with a vibrant

atmosphere has attracted a mixed community from

all over the world, from young professionals who

enjoy the marina lifestyle of Al Bandar to expat

families who settle in the quieter villa communities

of Al Zeina and Al Muneera. The popular Al Raha

Gardens is especially well-liked by larger families

due to its green landscaped environment.

Currently prices are falling, so now is a great

time to rent or buy. Rental prices for a onebedroom

apartment with sea views start at around

AED120k per year whereas three- to four-bedroom

town houses start from AED220k up to AED265k.

For those wanting to invest, the entry point for

a one-bedroom sea view apartment is around

AED1.25m. Villas and townhouses have an average

price of AED4.5m, although the more luxuriously

styled properties can fetch up to AED8m.

PROPERTIES IN AL RAHA BEACH

For Sale

AED950,000. Al Sana 1, Al Raha Beach.

1 bed, 1 bath, 1 parking, 858 sq.ft.

1.25m

could buy you a

one bedroom sea

view apartment

For Rent

AED65k per year. Al Hadeel, Al Raha

Beach. Studio, 1 parking, 576sq.ft.

OFF-PLAN

PROPERTY FOCUS

EXPO Golf Villas 4,

Emaar South

WHAT IS IT?

An enclave of modern townhouses

alongside an 18-hole championship

golf course, adjacent to the EXPO

2020 site, and the up and coming Al

Maktoum International airport.

WHERE IS IT LOCATED? Along the E611

and just 10 minutes away from the

EXPO 2020 site.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN FEATURES?

In addition to being situated alongside

a golf course, this gated community

boasts a number of facilities including

a clubhouse, outdoor pool, children’s

play area and park. It is conveniently

located next to the EXPO grounds,

which is set to be a hub of activity

from 2020. The nearby Al Maktoum

International Airport is within eight

hours flight time for two-thirds of the

world’s population.

WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS?

Three-bedroom or four-bedroom villas

in two styles: modern for a simplistic

timeless look and contemporary for

sleek, distinctive design.

WHAT IS THE EXPECTED

COMPLETION DATE?

April 2022.

IS THERE A PAYMENT PLAN AVAILABLE?

There is a 5% down payment upon

booking; 5% within 30 days from

booking; 2nd to 58th monthly

payments of 1.50% from July 2019;

finally the 59th installment is 4.50%

(April 2024).

For further information, call

Betterhomes on 04 409 0998

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BACK PAGE | UAE homes

Calling all homebodies

Upgraded your home with magazine-worthy results? We want to hear from you…

Laura Ashley

If you’re looking to turn a dated

villa into a modern masterpiece,

or simply want to make some easy

upgrades to elevate your space,

we’ve got the skinny on how to go

about it. From selecting a design

that will stand the test of time, to

finding the best contractor for the

job and knowing where to shop

for those all-important fixtures…

we’ve done the leg-work for

you. Indeed, Better Living will be

bringing you lots of ideas in future

issues, so if you have completed

a home renovation that you’re

particularly proud of, we’d like

to know about it. Simply send an

email to faye@hotmedia.me with

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