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Check Out RAK Properties’ Marbella Villas This Weekend

RAK Properties is holding a launch event for Marbella Villas, a new luxury residential project, on Friday, September 14.

Marbella Villas will be located on Hayat Island in Ras Al Khaimah and will offer a mix of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom villas and townhouses.

According to the developer’s web site, Hayat Island will feature around 2,500 apartments, 238 townhouses and 521 luxury hotel rooms and this new development will presumably add more to that mix.

Two residential communities have already been announced on Hayat Island: Northbay Residences, offering beachfront apartments, and Verde, offering three and four-bedroom villas/townhouses.

The launch event for Marbella Villas takes place at Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah, Dubai and starts at 1.00pm.

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Azizi’s Palm Jumeirah Project On Track

Azizi Developments’ AED780 million (USD 212 million) Azizi Mina project is on track for completion by the end of 2018, the developer has announced.

Mechanical and electrical work is underway on the Palm Jumeirah development with tiling work also reported to be ongoing.

“Palm Jumeirah is one of the most iconic locations in the world,” said Mirwais Azizi, chairman of Azizi Group. “The market is witnessing a high demand for projects on Palm Jumeirah and Azizi Mina was conceptualised to address this need.

“This beachfront project will offer a stunning waterfront view, community amenities and beach access, making it a prized option for residents and investors alike.”

Azizi Mina will feature 174 residential apartments, including 120 one-bedroom and 54 two-bedroom units, as well as four penthouses.

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Dubai’s Real Estate Market Is Getting More Transparent

JLL has singled out Dubai for its improved level of market transparency in its latest JLL Global Real Estate Transparency Index.

The professional services firm, which publishes the index every two years, commended Dubai’s initiatives, such as its building classification project, improved regulatory procedures, new and enhanced online apps for managing contracts and broker information, and unified lease forms. While Dubai wasn’t individually ranked in the report, which looks at countries as a whole, the UAE moved up eight places to 40th out of 100 markets covered in the index.

“Transparency is increasingly important for commercial real estate, where investors are allocating ever more capital,” said Jeremy Kelly, Director, Global Research, JLL. “The availability and quality of information – from prices to ownership – is crucial when trying to make investment decisions, especially in new markets.”

Since the previous report was published in 2016, JLL noted that 85 of the 100 countries surveyed have improved real estate transparency. Technologies such as blockchain, along with brokerage apps and open data initiatives, the company added, could help to continue this positive trend.

Besides the UAE, JLL noted improvements in transparency in other emerging markets. India, it said, has introduced wide-reaching regulations in the last two years, ranging from rules that require brokers to be registered, to mechanisms to resolve disputes with developers.

Foreign investment into India’s real estate sector has risen in parallel with these changes, to USD 6.3 billion in 2017 from USD 2.2 billion in 2014, according to JLL data.

H.E. Sultan Butti bin Mejren, Director General at the Dubai Land Department, pledged to do more to further improve market transparency in Dubai.

“While significant progress has been made in recent years, we recognise that further initiatives are required to enhance the level of market transparency,” he said.

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Deyaar Completes The Atria And Will Soon Begin Handovers

Deyaar Development has announced completion of The Atria residential tower, with the start of handovers described as ‘imminent’. The Atria is the second project completed by Deyaar in 2018, following the handover of the Mont Rose in April.

Located in Business Bay, The Atria is composed of a 30-storey residential tower and a 31-storey, four-star hotel apartment tower. Residents enjoy amenities including a swimming pool and gym, with access to facilities in the adjoining serviced apartments tower. These include restaurants, a retail arena and a central park-plaza atrium.

“The Atria is poised to become an iconic building, taking its place amongst the prestigious towers that Dubai’s skyline is composed of,” said Saeed Al Qatami, CEO of Deyaar.

“With exquisite detailing to set it apart, The Atria is a stunning addition to Deyaar’s portfolio, and we are thrilled to announce the completion of the residential tower as the second project to be handed over this year. Deyaar is committed to delivering quality homes that go above and beyond our residents’ expectations.”

With a total built up area of 1.4 million square feet, The Atria features 219 residential units split into one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments, with three-bedroom duplex options and two four-bedroom penthouses. The hotel apartment tower has 347 bespoke apartments, including studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments, and three-bedroom duplex units.

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You Can Check Out The Azizi Grand Project This Weekend

Azizi Developments is holding a sales event this weekend for its Azizi Grand project in Dubai Sports City.

The event takes place on August 18 between 10am and 10pm at the Sky Bubble, on level 7 of the Meydan Hotel

Azizi Grand is a 70 metre tower with 431 apartments, including studios and one, two and three bedroom apartments.

The building includes a gym, swimming pool, outdoor play areas and lounge.

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Meraas Launches Port De La Mer, First Residential Community At La Mer

Meraas has unveiled Port de La Mer, a new residential neighbourhood at La Mer, a leisure area located next to Dubai Marine Beach Resort.

With a Mediterranean theme, the freehold development will include apartments and a 192-berth ‘superyacht’ marina.

La Mer includes a water park, shops and dining areas and retains part of the public beach that used to cover the area prior to its redevelopment. Port de la Mer will offer a mix of apartments, ranging from one to four bedrooms, with sea views.

“In line with a focus on developing enriching living experiences and environments, as outlined by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in the Dubai Plan 2021, Meraas is committed to creating places where families can come together to share and enjoy more of the things that they love,” said HE Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman of Meraas.

“This journey ultimately begins in communities where people have an opportunity to make a home and a life for themselves, and is essential for Dubai as the city strives to set a global benchmark for happiness and positivity.”

Work is already underway on the first properties at Port de La Mer in an area called La Côte, which will feature around 400 apartments.

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8 Ways To Renovate Your Kitchen In The UAE

These top tips from The Big Fitout will save you time and money on your kitchen renovation in Dubai.

The kitchen is the heart of any home, so it’s little wonder that UAE residents want their kitchens to be at their very best.

Indeed, according to mortgage and home finance experts in Dubai, the most popular home improvements for new homeowners are carried out in the kitchen. Some local banks even advise setting aside additional budget for kitchen improvements when saving up for a deposit on a new home.

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Either way, if you’re going to renovate your kitchen, it pays to do your research ahead of time. That’s why we’ve asked The Big Fitout, a Dubai-based, British, design-and-build fitout company, for its take on how to do kitchen renovations properly.

The Big Fitout specialises in kitchen and bathroom renovations, and has an amazing portfolio of work on residential villas – as you can see from these pictures. As a result, the team really know their stuff, so it’s worth taking their advice on board before jumping in at the deep end.

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Hire a professional

You may be tempted to take the DIY route, but a professional will always do a better job. Ideally, you want a company that will understand the look and feel that you want from your kitchen, and then create a design that fits the brief. Opt for someone who’s willing to show you in-depth designs and 3D models before the renovation has even begun, and has demonstrated an ability to follow through on those designs with previous projects.

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Have a plan and stick to it

This is where having a professional on board really pays dividends. If your designing and 3D modelling is done correctly, you’ll have the perfect blueprint for a brand-new kitchen. And you’ll know exactly how much the renovation will cost, what materials you’ll need, the sort of labour you’ll be using, and how long the whole thing will take. Deviating from the plan is how many projects turn sour, so it’s worth spending a little bit of extra time (and money if necessary) to get this part right.

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Make the most of your space

This is kind of an obvious one – and something you’d hope your professional fitout firm would manage. But you’d be surprised at how many kitchens suffer from wasted space. Work out what you use in your kitchen, and how often, and plan the space around that. Perhaps you’re often cooking for four people or more, in which case you’ll need easy access to larger pots and utensils. Or maybe your kitchen is less about cooking, and more about relaxing, in which case you’ll need comfortable seating and plenty of surface space. Either way, it’s worth noting down how you use your kitchen from day to day and working out where improvements can be made.

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What’s on the island?

The island is often a major feature in any kitchen remodel, but to really create a kitchen island you love, you’ll need to work out what you’ll most likely use it for. Will it be a place to eat quick meals, or will it be your main cooking station? If it’s both, you’ll need to ensure there’s enough space between the dining area of the island and the cooktop. Go over some options with your fitout company and work out what would suit your family best.

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Do you need all of that storage?

It’s always great to have a lot of storage available, but if your kitchen features five cupboards that are pretty much empty, it’s clear you don’t need as much storage as you’ve got. Consider rearranging the storage to create free blocks of space that could be put to better use. Maybe you could trade a few empty cupboards for some much-needed surface space. Or, if the opposite is true, and your kitchen is overflowing, have some more cupboards put into the design of your new kitchen.

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Materials matter

If you’ve always dreamt of a kitchen in which every surface is made of luxurious marble, you’ll probably be disappointed to hear that such a thing won’t come cheap. Thankfully, there are plenty of other amazing materials to work with that won’t break the bank. Set your budgets, and your fitout company will be able to come up with an amazing design for the price you want to pay.

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Don’t scrimp on fitted appliances

We get it, fitted appliances are just cool. But they’re not so great when the fridge door won’t sit flush against the cupboard, or when the dishwasher goes and your maintenance man can’t access it. When it comes to fitted appliances, it pays to spend a little bit on both high-quality white goods and high-quality workmanship. That way you won’t see any of the usual drawbacks further down the line.

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Use light to make your small kitchen bigger

If your kitchen isn’t quite as big as you’d like it to be, you can still create an inviting and comfortable space out of it. In smaller spaces, you’ll want to use light colour schemes and materials, as darker colours tend to close the space off even further. Clever design paired with plenty of light will mean you’ll never want to leave your new kitchen. Cosy, rather than small, is what you want.

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Al Furjan Azizi Plaza Set For Completion Before End Of 2018

Azizi Developments says its Al Furjan Azizi Plaza development is set for completion in the second half of 2018.

Work is currently progressing on internal finishings and elevations on the external façade. The development comprises 434 apartments made up of studio, one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom units.

“Our Al Furjan projects have been selling rapidly because of the marked infrastructure progress during the past year in and around the community,” said Mirwais Azizi, Chairman of Azizi Group.

“Residents and investors alike value the excellent and convenient transportation access, facilities such as malls and schools as well as enhanced amenities that ultimately provide a promising and attractive return on investment.”

Azizi’s other projects include the waterfront lifestyle project, Azizi Riviera in Meydan One and the mixed-use urban project, Azizi Victoria in Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum City – District 7.

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Meraas And Bvlgari Begin Bvlgari Residences Handovers

Meraas and Bvlgari have started the handover of units at Bvlgari Residences Dubai.

The high-end development is is made up of 168 apartments ranging from one- to three-bedroom units, six four-bedroom penthouses, and 15 mansions ranging from three- to six-bedrooms.

The residences are located within the 1.7 million square foot Bvlgari Resort & Residences Dubai, which includes the world’s first Bvlgari Yacht Club. Units were designed by the Italian architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and are managed by Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts. Residents can avail of hotel-style services, including housekeeping, catering, butlers, personal shoppers and 24-hour concierges.

“We are thrilled to welcome our first residents, who will be living in the Bvlgari residential community on the island,” said Pep Lozano, General Manager of Bvlgari Resort & Residences.

“Everything is set for their arrival and the Bvlgari Resort Dubai is ready to create for them a remarkable experience defined by comfort and convenience and to ensure that their every need will be catered to.”

While the development’s penthouses and seaview mansions are sold out, some apartments with designer kitchens are still up for grabs. Residents can claim perks such as priority berth rental for their boat and complimentary access to the Yacht Club Member Lounge.

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Why Dubai Office Space May Make For A Smart Investment

Dubai office space may be a good place to invest your money, according to real estate investment specialist, JLL.

In a new report, the company says two key announcements made in the second quarter of 2018 are likely to boost demand for office space in the city in the medium term.

These include a reduction in the fee charged on businesses by Dubai Municipality from 5% to 2.5% and the relaxation of existing regulations to allow 100% foreign ownership in businesses outside free zones.

“These new government announcements should help improve market sentiment and have the potential to directly increase investment and office occupancy across the emirate,” said Craig Plumb, Head of Research, JLL MENA. “The potential surge in foreign investment, particularly from businesses operating in the non-oil sector, could ultimately lead to a boost in demand for quality commercial space.”

Plumb said the amount of office space available in the central business district has increased over the past year and around 10% of stock is vacant. Demand may start to increase as the new foreign ownership rules come onto the statue books.

JLL recently singled out Dubai for its improved level of market transparency in its latest JLL Global Real Estate Transparency Index.

The company commended initiatives such as the building classification project, improved regulatory procedures, new and enhanced online apps for managing contracts and broker information, and unified lease forms.

While Dubai wasn’t individually ranked in the report, which looks at countries as a whole, the UAE moved up eight places to 40th out of 100 markets covered in the index.