Interaction with gardens and natural spaces offers various mental, physical, and social benefits for humans. In addition, sustainable sites consider human energy and creativity as renewable resources, recognizing the potential for healthy living. As a concept, Dubai Hills Estate stems from Emaar’s realization of the tangible benefits of green spaces and their role in improving the quality of life in urbanized areas.

Designed with an idyllic central park, basketball and volleyball pitches, children’s play areas, skate park, walking and cycling trails, Dubai Hills Estate provides you with an unparalleled array of entertainment options in complete harmony with nature, right at home in the neighbourhood. Adding to the available leisure choices, the community is home to Dubai Hills Golf Club and Dubai Hills Mall.

The Estate’s parks, garden spaces, street trees, and landscapes provide more than a pretty panorama, effectively reducing the stress of daily life by invoking a feeling of tranquillity. Studies have shown that stressed individuals feel better after exposure to natural scenes.

Interaction with gardens and natural spaces offers various mental, physical, and social benefits for humans, ranging from stress reduction, quicker healing, and decreasing air pollution. In addition, sustainable sites consider human energy and creativity as renewable resources, recognising the potential for healthy living. The concept of Dubai Hills Estate stems from Emaar’s realisation of the tangible benefits of green spaces and their role in improving the quality of life in urbanised areas.

Scientists assert that green spaces increase our ability to concentrate, both on the tasks at hand and our subconsciously-viewed surroundings. Our voluntary attention forces us to ignore distractions every day and remain intensely devoted to work or stud. In contrast, involuntary attention provides us with an effortless and enjoyable awareness of sensory stimuli in the environment. Focusing on natural scenes gives voluntary attention a rest and allows involuntary attention to take over and recharge the human psyche.

Additionally, studies throughout the world have proven the power of green spaces to improve human health. Cities with high numbers of parks battle obesity and diabetes. Even relatively passive contact with nature—such as viewing it from a window—lowers blood pressure and anxiety levels.

Fueled by community events, celebrations, and a sense of togetherness that transcends all cultural boundaries, you’ll realise that Dubai Hills Estate is a thriving microcosm where ‘home’ extends far beyond your four walls. It is a place that touches the lives and speaks to the hopes and dreams of the people in the whole community.

Thinking of buying a property in Dubai using a more convenient payment method? Emaar and Visa have the perfect solution for you!

Following the launch of our easy-to-use mortgage calculator, Emaar continues to provide more omnichannel payment solutions to help new homeowners make easy and secure payments in the UAE. You can now visit Emaar’s website, browse our latest developments, find your dream home, calculate the mortgage and payment installments using our mortgage tool, then simply use your Visa credit or debit card!

There are several payment options available in the real estate industry. They include cash payment, check payment, bank deposit payment, wire-transfer payment, auto-debit account payment, and credit card payment. However, the digital market is growing rapidly and the number of people that use digital payments has grown by 5.4% in 2020, according to Statista.

Advanced payment methods make our lives easier by providing us with the most efficient, convenient, fastest, and secure ways of dealing with money. In the past four to five years, there have been some impressive developments in digital payment methods, and we will see even more changes in the coming future. One thing is certain: Emaar will always be a step ahead at providing the safest and most convenient methods to make your home buying experience a delightful one on all levels!

A home in Burj Khalifa is the utmost expression of luxury living in the world. For those with a taste for the finest in life, now is the chance to own a luxurious apartment in the world’s most iconic landmarks, Burj Khalifa.

It is no secret that the Earth has become an increasingly urbanized planet, with over 50% of the population living in cities. What is more, people are living higher above the ground than ever before with more than 2000 residential buildings globally that are above 150 m tall, most of them built in the past decade. In Dubai, high rise buildings and towers have shaped the city’s futuristic skyline, including Emaar’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, towering over the city at a world record height of 828 metres (2,716.5 ft), comprising 200 floors, including 158 habitable levels.

For those with a taste for fine living in the world’s most iconic landmark’s, a golden chance has arisen for them to own an exquisitely luxurious apartment in Burj Khalifa, in the heart of Downtown Dubai, above the clouds, surrounded with the breathtaking views of the city, the desert, and the Arabian Sea. It is an incredible opportunity to live in one of the best cities in the whole world. From its thriving multinational culture to its monumental success in the business world, Dubai has evolved to become one of the most luxurious cities, with ultra-modern buildings and architecture. It is also a lifestyle haven with ultra-modern shopping and entertainment destinations to assuage every sophisticated style.

Residents of Burj Khalifa can also join the thriving communities of great neighbourhoods surrounding Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. The 500-acre settlement houses numerous developments that are home to tens of thousands of residents. The Dubai Mall and Dubai Opera rest on either side of Emaar’s crown jewel, Burj Khalifa, with opulent hotels and multiple other shopping and leisure venues scattered throughout open green spaces dotted with lakes and fountains and notable works of art.

Apart from that, Burj Khalifa itself is a ‘vertical city’ within a city offering residents and visitors outstanding dining venues and recreational facilities including tennis and basketball courts, meeting rooms, a residential lounge, two swimming pools, state of the art gym facilities, children’s indoor and outdoor play areas, and over 3000 car parking spaces on four levels. To complement the residences, offices, and hotel, Burj Khalifa offers a range of fully integrated facilities management and customer care services. These conveniences are managed by a team of highly trained professionals and include retail kiosks, concierge, courier and deliveries and laundry services.

The interiors are another aspect that was thoughtfully designed with the utmost attention to detail. Stunning silver travertine floors flow towards Venetian stucco walls throughout the tower, and gorgeous handmade rugs merge into polished stone floors. An intricate inter-weaving of steel, Brazilian Santos rosewood and glass finishes, and the finest detailing all work together to reflect shelter, comfort, and the highest level of luxury.

So, hurry and book one of the few available apartments in Burj Khalifa and be the proud owner of a unique and exquisite property in an iconic landmark that encapsulates the extraordinary union of art, engineering, and meticulous craftsmanship.

Luscious greenery is the hallmark of Emaar’s latest developments in Dubai Hills Estate and Arabian Ranches III. This feature is put more into context in the recently launched townhouses and villas featuring front yard private gardens. As we welcome the summer season, we narrow down the most suitable and enduring plants for an exquisitely landscaped home garden in the UAE.

Flame tree (Delonix regia)

Also called the Royal Poinciana, this is a fast-growing evergreen tree that features an abundance of scarlet blossoms. Native to tropical forests, it does well in warm, humid environments. This tree is renowned worldwide for its clusters of exquisite red flowers that blanket the tree and show up in the summer months during warm weather. Each of the five petals is reddish-orange or scarlet colour. One petal is bigger than the others and has yellow and white markings. The fruit is a seed pod that can be over a foot long. Plant it in a location where it has enough space to grow. Not only can this variety of tree reach up to 40 feet, but it can also spread to between 40 and 60 feet wide.

Yellow trumpet flower (tecoma stans)

Native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Mexico to Argentina, Yellow trumpetbush is known for the stunning bright yellow trumpet-shaped flowers it produces. The clusters of flowers are pleasingly fragrant; it blossoms throughout the year but most heavily from September to November.

This tree prefers total sun exposure and has a high drought tolerance, making it perfect for the hot climate. The flowers are bright yellow trumpet-shaped up to three inches long. Each is produced in clusters at the ends of the branches.  It also has long thin green pods that reach up to a foot in length.

Yellow trumpetbush does well in rock gardens. It makes an attractive shrub border or can be kept in pots on a patio.

White Frangipani tree (plumeria alba)

The white frangipani is a deciduous plumeria tree that is native to tropical areas and grows to about 15 to 25 feet. Like other plumerias, its flowers are famously fragrant and beautiful, and it blooms from early summer into fall. White frangipani’s flowers have a yellow centre and five white petals arranged in a spiral. As a tropical plant, this tree grows only in warm climates or in greenhouses. It undergoes a dormant period in the dry winter season when it loses its leaves and blooms before bursting back to full colour in spring.

White frangipani is commonly grown as a landscape plant and remains relatively small and self-contained. Plumeria is drought-tolerant and can grow in the sea air.

Bougainvillaea (bougainvillea glabra)

These tropical vine-like shrubs grow effortlessly nearly year-round in the UAE warm climate. They are drought-tolerant, love the sun, and pack a huge punch of colour. However, they are vigorous growers that can become overgrown if not kept in check. The actual flowers on bougainvillaea are pretty small, usually white, and are surrounded by colourful bracts. The bracts are the real showstoppers and come in shades of red, purple, magenta, hot pink, light pink, orange, apricot and white. The bracts, often called “false flowers,” attract pollinators to the actual flowers hidden within their brightly coloured backdrop.

Elephant bush (portulacaria afra)

Also known as the Elephant Bush, Elephant’s Food, Spekboom (in South Africa), or Miniature Jade, this succulent is an adorable exotic plant. It can be ideal for your outdoor garden for many reasons: It is edible, fits almost all types of environment, and absorbs carbon dioxide, thus cleaning the air much more efficiently than other plants. in Southern African cuisine, this plant is considered a delicacy being high in Vitamin-C, Elephant Bush it is often added to soups and salads. Portulacaria Afra can tolerate the desert sun, extreme heat and high humidity. In optimal conditions, it can reach 6 to 8 feet tall and can spread indefinitely.

Golden barrel cactus (echinocactus grusonii)

As the name implies, the Golden barrel cacti are almost perfectly round when juvenile, making excellent display plants. They are beautiful, with evenly spaced rows of spines on their deeply ribbed lobes. As they grow, they tend to stretch out, so they are more oval than circular.  This can be quite a large plant when fully mature (as much as 6 feet), but it grows very slowly. Golden barrel cactus is now quite rare in its native habit, but it is frequently grown in cultivation as a houseplant. Less often, it is used in the outdoor garden in dry climates. However, the cactus is less likely to flower indoors than when grown in a garden or yard.

Desert or foxtail grass (alopecuroides)

Foxtail grass, also known as Pennisetum alopecuroides or “fountain grass,” is an ornamental grass that is simultaneously beautiful and durable. In the fall, it can bloom with a beautiful dusty feather. Foxtail grass can grow to reach anywhere from 18 inches to three feet tall, making it the perfect height to shade shorter flowers in your garden that don’t require direct sunlight. Use it as a decorative filler plant for open patches of soil in your garden or yard and be sure to prune the perennial versions to the ground before the new growth appears in spring.

The total white décor trend has been booming for years. And now more than ever, it has established itself as one of the essentials colours, especially in minimalistic developments such as Bliss at the Arabian Ranches III where whitewashed townhouses perfectly reflect the idyllic feel of this first-of-its-kind urban village concept in Dubai. 

When decorating a room, or a home, we generally use a range of two or three colours. However, if you want bright, elegant and pure spaces, total white is a perfect choice.

Nevertheless, there are different variants and adaptations to the total white tendency. You can go white all the way and choose to decorate your space in all-white elements from floors to ceilings, including doors and walls. Alternatively, you can introduce some features in some colour to break the structure. This can be done with subtle elements, like a rug, or cushions, a lamp or a vase.

Another variant is introducing bold colours in an all-white room, trendy colours like red, blue, pink. Or you might opt for different shades of white or light amber (like in our Bliss Ivory and Amber townhouse collections where the whole palette is designed to accentuate the idyllic and peaceful feel of the place).

The perfect total white

At first glance, it would seem that an all-white décor is less complicated, but in reality, it is a tricky trend that requires a lot of creativity to make it stand out and to convey the right vibes. This is why our Emaar architects introduced a play of shapes and textures in the building materials to create a luxurious effect without losing any of the purity of the all-white surroundings.

When decorating the interiors of your townhouse, you can create more textures by choosing contrasting textures between the carpet and the curtains or the main sofas that you can choose in different shades of white.

The lighting is another crucial element that dictates the success of an all-white trend. Cosy lamps, in this case, are perfect for adding warmth and avoiding excessive brightness.

In a nutshell, an all-white décor brings a lot of light and create a feeling of spaciousness, elegance and purity. It also fits any decorative style you might choose and could be refreshed effortlessly by updating your accessories and wall art occasionally.

DUBAI IS KNOWN WORLDWIDE FOR THE INCREDIBLE LIFESTYLE IT OFFERS INVESTORS WHO WISH TO LIVE IN THEIR PROPERTY. IT ALSO HAS A PROVEN TRACK RECORD OF PROVIDING EXCELLENT RETURNS FOR PROPERTY INVESTORS WHO CHOOSE TO LEASE THEIR PROPERTIES. AND WITH THE NEW LONG TERM RESIDENCY VISAS AVAILABLE FOR PROPERTY INVESTORS, THE PROSPECT OF INVESTING AND LIVING IN DUBAI HAS BECOME MUCH EASIER AND MORE APPEALING.

Who can buy property in Dubai?

Anyone can buy a property in Dubai, providing they have the funds. You don’t need to live in the emirate or work here, and there is no age limit. Freehold properties can only be purchased in designated areas for foreign investment. This is not limiting, however, since there are many freehold areas across Dubai.

What type of property will be considered and for what value? 

The property or properties should be 100% ready, not on a construction plan, and most importantly, not subject to a dispute. The purchase value (not the current market value) of your property needs to be at least AED 1,000,000 or above, and you have paid off a 50% mortgage (you should be mentioned as the property owner). The Dubai Property Visa can be issued against residential properties purchased in a freehold area (Apartment, Serviced Apartment, Villa, Townhouse) and/or commercial properties (Hotel Room, Hotel Apartment, Office, Warehouse).
You are eligible for a UAE investor visa as long as your total investment is AED 1,000,000 or above in one of a maximum of three properties. If multiple people own the property, everyone can apply for a Dubai investor visa as long as they have a share of AED 1m or above in purchase value.
If the property is owned jointly by husband and wife, both can apply for a UAE investor visa even if the property’s total purchase value of AED 1m is divided between both of them. An attested marriage certificate has to be presented in this case.

What are the types of property visas available in Dubai?

Six Month Multiple Entry Dubai Property Visa: 

This visa costs less and can be obtained quickly. However, you will not be issued an emirates ID, so it is technically similar to a tourist visa. The six-month visa can also be used to facilitate the completion of obtaining a golden residency.

Three Year Dubai Property Visa: The visa is issued for three years tenure and can be renewed before or upon expiry at a nominal cost.

Five Year Dubai Property Visa: If you have invested at least AED 5 million in properties (can be split across three properties) and have no mortgage on any of the properties, you can qualify for a five-year Dubai property visa. Unlike the 10-year visa, you do not need to make additional investments.

This visa is a resident visa which means you or your family members will not be allowed to work on that visa. If you or any of your family member wish to work, the visa status will have to be changed, and the organization which offers the job will have to issue a sponsoring visa.

Ten Year Residency Visa (Golden Visa):

This visa is available to any individual who invests at least AED 10 million into the UAE. It is stipulated that a maximum of 40% of the investment, or AED 4 million, can be in real estate. This may be split across up to three properties to a total value of AED 4 million. The other 60% of the investment must be made in other sectors. A six-month multiple entry visa can be issued for the applicant and used to facilitate obtaining a golden residency. This visa can be extended to facilitate the completion of the process.

UAE Retirement Visa:

This visa offers resident expatriates and foreigners over 55 years of age the opportunity to stay in the emirate even after completing work. can get a long-term residence visa for 5 years with the possibility of renewal if they meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Invest in a property worth AED 2 million.
  • Have financial savings of no less than AED 1 million.
  • Have an active income of no less than AED 20,000 per month.

The Advantages of Having A UAE Residency Visa

  • Being able to spend as much time in Dubai as you like during the visa’s valid period and to come and go as you please.
  • Having access to UAE bank accounts and financial services.
  • Being able to apply for a UAE driving licence.
  • Possible visa-free travel to certain countries.
  • Being able to sponsor your spouse and dependents. If you are successful in obtaining a 10-year residency visa, you can extend your sponsorship to an executive director and one advisor, in addition to your family.
  • Both the 5-year and 10-year visas can be easily renewed, provide you continue to retain your investment.

Buying a new Emaar property is more than a financial investment simply because acquiring a beautifully designed, high-quality property inspires optimism, beauty, and hope. Whether your new home is a villa, a townhouse, or a plush apartment in the heart of the city, you will realise that nothing pulls a room together like beautifully decorated walls and space, even the most elegant furniture and décor. After all, when you choose art for your home, it will ultimately become an integral part of your life, and it must reflect your style, character and personality.

Seeking advice on where to start and how to buy art in Dubai, we met Giuseppe Moscatello, renowned artist, cultural developer, founder of Evolve, and curator of Foundry, the celebrated art space in Downtown Dubai, to give us a bit of essential advice.

By: Souha Abbas

First, can you tell us more about yourself and your role with Foundry?

I studied art and design at the University of Art in Rome. I moved to the UAE in 2007 and co-founded two art entities in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, working with artists, designers and creative practitioners, museums and international art organizations. Being an artist myself, I bring a broad perspective and a deep understanding. I started working with Emaar in 2018 on the idea of establishing an art initiative in Downtown Dubai that would be of cultural value for the city and would eventually expand to other cities and possibly other countries. This is how Foundry was conceived to be a fresh take on art in the middle of Dubai. Our exhibition space is not your typical art gallery white cube; it is a concept where the artists have to interact with space and develop something specifically for every corner and niche.

In what way does Foundry standout among other art spaces in Dubai and the UAE?

Foundry’s space is quite different from any other gallery because it has several galleries that are all interconnected so that the visitor can move easily and follow a very transitional flow from one exhibition to another. Added to the fact that we can have our own exhibitions or host other galleries or projects.  Our first line of exhibition opened in December renowned artist Jeffar Al Khaledi, and Iranian artist Navid Azimi Sajjadi. We also hosted the Akka Project gallery, and that was our first collaboration with an external gallery, with an exhibition for Mozambican artist Goncalo Mabunda. In the last unit, we presented an exceptional private collection of old photos owned by Emirati designer and collector, Khalid Shafar, representing works by different Khaleeji photographers. This exhibition was our way to encourage art collectors from the community to show their collections to the public for the first time. It was also an ideal opportunity to promote khaleeji photographers. We also opened recently a new line of exhibitions with international artist Harif Guzman, Russian/Kazakh artist Adil Aubekerov, Rex; and from the emerging scene Enforce One, Karim Al Tamerji and Kapil Bhimekar.

What can you advise new Emaar property owners when it comes to finding the best art for their homes?

Art is very subjective, you can decide to buy aesthetically appealing art, or more conceptual, and both options can be found in the Emirates since it has a lot to offer in terms of artists and galleries from both local and international art scene. Even better, if you are connected with the locally based art community, you can interact with the artists, visit them in their workshops, and talk to them to understand better the philosophy behind their work and see if you feel aligned somehow with that philosophy. Visiting Art Dubai and Abu Dhabi Art will also help to identify the right artworks that can suit your needs.

In your opinion, what’s the best way to decorate a large space?

If you have a massive property with a lot of space to fill, you can diversify the artworks between paintings, sculptures and art installations. And because art, as I said, is subjective, it’s better to have a good understanding of your space, the ambience you want to achieve, and what you want to surround yourself with. That said, some experts and curators can help you with this; I have been doing this for many years. I believe that developers should start to work closely and in parallel with artists during the finishing and final fit out of certain properties where a special creative touch can add a huge value.

What’s your advice about buying art from emerging artists?

In Dubai, we have the opportunity to access a wide variety of art from many countries and cultures. Buying art shouldn’t be only about investing in expensive works by known artists. Many emerging artists have fascinating pieces that would make a fine addition to your collection. Some universally renowned art collectors, like François Pinault, for example, invest heavily in artwork created by emerging artists. His collection is featured in Venice’s Pinault Museum, which has become a hallmark in the city. Likewise, you can buy from emerging artists not only to encourage them but also because you can find pieces that you connect strongly with, and they can become an essential part of your household. The bonus here is the possibility of an increase in your investment if the artist becomes better known.

What are your views on the future of art in Dubai?

I think the art scene in Dubai will continue to witness a potential growth, especially now that the UAE has launched the Golden Residence Visa initiative, which has allowed many Dubai-based artists and creatives to consider staying in the city and call it their home. That’s a very positive message because it will make all those creatives feel more stable and productive and more confident in establishing their network firmly in the UAE. On the other hand, Emirati artists are maturing more and more, establishing themselves, and leaving a legacy to new generations.

A sanctuary of relaxation, your bedroom should be a refuge from the pressure of everyday life. Sure, you want your bedroom’s style to reflect your design preferences, but you also want to make sure it functions as the retreat you deserve. But when you have a 3-bedroom-apartment and above, you have the opportunity to diversify and think of different styles that can be tied up to the main theme of your interiors. Here are a few tips that will help you find your perfect designs:

– Black Chic

The black wall looks exceptionally luxurious, contrasting against the floors and a colour block wall (emerald or terracotta). This feature works best in ultra-modern apartments (think Downtown Dubai or Dubai Hills Estate high rise developments). When using black in a bedroom, make sure that there is plenty of contrast, space, and light to ensure the room doesn’t feel gloomy and closed in.

– Steel Grey

You might think of the grey colour as too industrial, but you’d be surprised how vibrant it would make your room look when coordinated with a lively colour like yellow, red, or any contrasting colour. When combined with grey, any of these colours would create a contemporary feel with a futuristic twist that perfectly matches any modern furniture.

– Textures

Our Emaar architects are big on textures (floors, walls, doors and windows), making it easier for you to get more creative when decorating your property, from the paint on the wall to the furniture textiles and curtains. You can even add a mirrored wall for additional dimension and to reflect the natural daylight.

– Hospitality Haven:

No matter how welcoming your apartment is, a more “convivial” approach would turn your guest room into a real haven. Warm colours and a sitting area with a view would make your guests feel right at home.

– Young Vibes

Against common belief, neutral colours work best for teenagers or kids’ room as they inspire relaxation and create a space to unwind. Besides, kids will most likely personalize it with their own colourful elements and belongings.

Dubai’s property market is booming, and this fast-growing city is becoming one of the most desirable places to live in the world. Offering premium quality accommodation at a reasonable price, along with brand new facilities that have been carefully planned and designed to provide the best of everything, it’s particularly popular with young professionals and young families. Here’s our quick guide to buying property in Dubai.

Where to start looking

A villa or apartment in Dubai is a big investment, so you’ll need to choose carefully. Looking at developer’s websites can give you a good idea of what’s available, but nothing beats being ‘on the ground’ and looking at villas and apartments in person.

Ask yourself what kind of property you want – do you want to be in the very heart of the city (for example, at the stunning Emaar Property’s Grande complex in downtown Dubai), or are you looking for a more family-friendly property in a suburban setting such as the ever-popular Ranches development? Is a beachfront property with an uninterrupted sea view an absolute must? If that’s the case, a look at Emaar Beachfront should tick all the right boxes. Or does the thought of being surrounded by green open spaces and the friendly neighbourhoods of Dubai Hills Estate feel more homely?

Dubai’s property boom has been extraordinary and since foreign nationals were given the right to buy property in Dubai, the building bonanza has resulted in some exceptional properties for sale in the UAE.

Take a look at websites, book viewing appointments, and make sure you thoroughly research what’s on offer before you think about putting in an offer.

The legalities of buying a house in Dubai

Having a realtor you can trust is absolutely paramount when you’re buying property in Dubai. They’ll take you through the process step by step, whether you’re buying off-plan, or putting in an offer for an existing villa or apartment.

Anyone of any nationality can buy property in Dubai, as long as those properties are in designated areas as authorised by the Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai. You don’t have to be a fully-fledged resident to buy property, so if you live abroad you can still buy property to rent out or use as a private residence when you’re in the UAE.

Should you consider freehold or leasehold when buying property in Dubai?

As with many other cities around the world, there are two main types of property available – freehold (where you own the property outright) and leasehold (where you buy the lease of a property for a set period of between 30-99 years).

Bear in mind that if you do go for a leasehold (which may be slightly less expensive than freehold properties, especially in the heart of Downtown Dubai), you will have to factor in additional costs such as ground rent, service fees, and maintenance charges.

How long does it take?

Once the Agreement of Sale has been signed, it usually takes around 30 days to complete the transaction, so timeframes are very similar to buying property in other countries such as the UK.

Once you’ve found a property or villa in Dubai that you like, a Memorandum of Understanding is signed, and a deposit is paid (usually around 10%). That gets things moving, and the next stage is for the buyer and seller to meet and apply for a No Objection Certificate so that the property can be sold. The developer will be happy to issue this on payment of a fee, and if they are certain that the buyer has the correct funds to buy the property. So if you do need finance to buy a property in Dubai, make sure you have it in place before you start the process. Otherwise you may be refused the NOC and the sale will fall through.

Once you’ve obtained the NOC, you can then go to the Dubai Land Department and transfer ownership of the property. You will need to pay the purchase price in the form of a manager’s cheque payable to the seller on the transfer date.

Once all that is completed, you’ll be issued a land deed in your name for the property.

Buying property with a mortgage in Dubai

If you’re buying property in Dubai with a mortgage, then the NOC won’t be issued unless your bank or lender has sufficient funds set aside to pay for the property. If you’re buying with a mortgage, the timeline may be slightly longer and more protracted than if you’re doing a straight cash buy.

The cost and fees when buying a house in Dubai

As well as the cost of the property you’re buying, you’ll need to budget for a raft of other fees and charges.

 NOC fees – the cost of the No Objection Certificate is between AED 500-5,000, depending on the value of the property. These are usually paid by the seller to the developer. You may also be subject to an additional charge from the developer, but this is a refundable deposit which is repaid once you present the new title deeds and they update their records.

 Estate Agent’s commission – this is usually around 2% of the purchase price

 Transfer fees – approximately 4% of the purchase price, and an additional fee of not more than AED5,000 payable to the Dubai Land Department.

 Mortgage Registration Fees – If you are buying with a mortgage then you may be subject to mortgage registration fees at a rate of 0.25% of the loan amount, again, paid to the Dubai Land Department.

You’ll also have to pay your annual service charge to the developer in advance.

Where are the top spots for buying property in Dubai?

Downtown Dubai has countless developments offering high-quality apartments just minutes from the very centre of the city. Apartments in the Emaar Forte block are highly sought after, and command a premium price, while the Harbour Views tower development at Dubai Creek Harbour offers real luxury and the very best in modern city living.

The Emaar Ranches development has large family homes in safe, comfortable communities with plenty of amenities and wide open spaces, perfect for young families who want a more secluded and peaceful environment.

Apartments at BLVD Heights in Downtown Dubai offer larger city apartments, or the low-rise Park Point at Dubai Hills Estates is an interesting alternative to high-rise living in the centre of Dubai.

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ARABIAN RANCHES IS ONE OF DUBAI’S MOST ESTABLISHED GATED COMMUNITIES AND HAS A REPUTATION AS A HAVEN FOR PROFESSIONAL FAMILIES WHO WANT AN EXCEPTIONAL LIFESTYLE WITH ALL THE BENEFITS OF A PURPOSE-BUILT COMMUNITY. LET US TAKE YOU ON A BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK.

At the Arabian Ranches Gated Community in Dubai, you’ll find desirable homes, perfectly maintained gardens and a warm, communal welcome. You’ll discover a community that lives together, plays together, and enjoys some of the very best luxuries in the heart of Dubai. This oasis of tranquillity is a unique location where absolutely no compromise has been made on the quality of the homes, the surroundings or the facilities.

The homes

Set in over 1,650 acres, the luxury properties range from smart, modern townhouses that take their architectural cue from traditional Arabic and Spanish themes. Every property is unique, built to high specifications and is surrounded by beautifully designed gardens, giving each resident their own space. The inside generous living space is ideal for families, while balconies and private terraces overlook a golf course with stunning views.

Why choose a gated community?

Life in a gated community offers a high degree of privacy and protection for your family and your home. It also creates a unique and very intimate atmosphere, where everyone gets to know their neighbour, whilst still enjoying their personal space. You’ll never feel isolated in a gated community – it’s a warm and welcoming environment where everyone works together to build an extraordinary location.

A true community feel

Within the confines of the community is its very own town centre with elegant retail outlets, premium quality restaurants and all the infrastructure families could want, including healthcare and schooling.

A haven for golf lovers

Arabian Ranch isn’t just a living community – it also offers one of the best golf courses in the Emirate. Arabian Ranches Golf Club has a challenging, 18-hole course designed by Ian Baker-Finch in association with Nicklaus Design. The course makes the most of the desert terrain. The result is a difficult but playable course that will stretch seasoned golfers’ abilities and allow those new to the sport to learn their game at one of the most innovative and beautifully designed courses in the world.

The Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, situated just next to the Arabian Ranches, offers a premium experience for horse lovers. This purpose-built establishment set in 68 acres of spectacular desert landscape holds top-level polo matches as well as equestrian events, showjumping and dressage. Ride outs take you into the heart of the desert for an unforgettable experience.

The Hacienda-style clubhouse is the epitome of luxury, offering banqueting facilities for personal or business use, making it a unique location for a conference or wedding.

Cycle and run in peace

Criss-crossing Arabian Ranches is a network of cycle routes and pathways that are perfect for runners, joggers and those who want to take a little time out to relax. Communal open spaces and parkland give the entire community somewhere to come together and enjoy being out in the fresh air. There are plenty of social events and gatherings all year round to enhance that community spirit.

New developments

Arabian Ranches has proved to be so popular that new developments like Arabian Ranches II are being planned, presenting an ideal investment opportunity.