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.

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.

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.

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.

WHEN DESIGNING A NEW EMAAR DEVELOPMENT, WE THINK OF THE ‘BIG PICTURE’, THE OVERALL EFFECT, THE ‘WOW’ FACTOR. WHETHER IT WAS FOR ONE OF OUR SERVICED FURNISHED APARTMENTS OR A PROPERTY THAT NEW OWNERS WILL BE DECORATING ON THEIR OWN, WE SHARE FIVE INNOVATIVE WAYS TO MAKE USE OF CORNERS WITHOUT IMPACTING ON YOUR OVERALL DÉCOR.

A reader’s retreat

A corner sofa with plenty of plump cushions, a small side table and a stack of cleverly-designed shelves above with a reading light on the underside of the bottom shelf, and you’ve instantly turned a dull, boring corner into a gloriously snug bookworm’s retreat. If you love curling up with the latest bestseller (or if you’re a tech lover, an e-reader), then why not designate a quiet corner as your library away from the distractions of the TV?

A green oasis

Indoor plants can make a room feel more alive, more vibrant and improve your sense of well-being. As long as it’s not too dark, a corner can make a great place to create a small green oasis, even in a contemporary or minimalist design. Strong architectural plants or something a little more unusual such as a large cactus or a single elegant orchid, can transform an internal space.

A miniature art gallery

You don’t need a huge expanse of blank wall to display art. A corner can act as a show-stopping point to position a striking piece of art – art that stops the passer-by in their tracks. Corners are also ideal for three-dimensional art such as porcelain or small sculptures (and they also act as a haven for fragile pieces, offering solid protection on two sides!). Lighting is vital if you want to present fine art in a corner space, so be aware of how shadows are thrown from different angles to achieve the best result with the minimum amount of intrusive lighting to ensure the focus stays on the artwork.

A quirky conversation piece

A 1960s jukebox, a Victorian letterbox… quirky conversation pieces gravitate to corners. They’re unexpected, they’re cheeky, they’re fun, and they show your personality, your individuality and your lighter side.

They’re usually large, imposing pieces that would dominate the room if you positioned them in the centre of the living space. While this may be the effect you’re after, a corner space makes more practical sense, especially if your conversation piece is something that would end up breaking toes or tripping up guests if placed in the heart of your room!

Give it its own space – create the corner around the conversation piece, again using clever lighting and decorative wall art that draws attention to the main feature.

A practical storage area

Corners don’t need to be ‘wasted space’. A tallboy is a perfect corner piece, as are clean, no-fuss, minimalist shelves. If you want to use it as a coat storage area, then don’t go for boring, straight lines of hooks – space them randomly so that even when the coats have gone, the patterns and shapes created by the hooks add interest to an otherwise blank wall.

If you have a 3BR apartment, a townhouse, or a villa, you can increase each room’s storage. Make more space for your tasteful furniture and avoid interrupting the stunning views of our beautiful Emaar locations. Opt for subtly fitted closets, and storage enabled ottomans and bedroom benches.