You might be surprised to know that the quality of the expat experience revolves around one thing and as it turns out this one thing is the glue, the ultimate party popper, and the generator of gargantuan good times. It’s the thing that keeps us sane. Continue reading “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before”
Never to be out done, Dubai makes sure Santa’s visit is one to remember as he drops in at Horizon Elementary school.
Images @7DaysContinue reading “Santa Claus comes to town Dubai style”
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere we go
Right here in the Middle East its such a sight to see
Santa Claus, dancing elves, and mistle toe Continue reading “Merry Christmas to our Muslim Friends”
As we expats say — only in the UAE! Because you know, it gets totally boring living here on top of the earth. And now that I think about it, all of the excitement, the grandeur, and the shock have worn off and we need something new. We need something outlandish just so we don’t forget why we came here in the first place.
TADA!Take a look at this 7DAYS UAE article on underwater living.
The world’s first underwater villas will be under the sea in the UAE next month, the developer behind the audacious Dubai project has revealed.
The Kleindienst Group launched the ‘Floating Seahorses’ – a cross between a villa and a boat, with one floor submerged – at the Dubai International Boat Show earlier this year.
Kleindienst’s group marketing and PR manager Charlotte Sky Ferrey told 7DAYS: “The first floating seahorse is under fabrication now and will be in the water next month. It’s the first one in the world, there’s nothing like it currently existing.”
The project is part of The Heart of Europe development that includes six islands.
The seahorses have been designed and developed in Dubai and will be located offshore from St Petersburg, a short boat ride from the coast of the emirate.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Dubai Property Show in Mumbai, India, this weekend, Ferrey said the developer is expected to officially launch phase three of the project later this month after the earlier two phases – a total of 51 villas – sold out. The project holds 132 seahorses overall.
But some seahorses are already on offer at the exhibition to Indian investors and serious buyers are being invited to view the model home next month.
However, the price of a seahorse is up by a whopping Dhs2.75 million since launch.
Ferrey revealed: “We launched at Dhs5 million. Then straight after the boat show they went up to Dhs5.5 million, then Dhs6 million in the summer… since selling out we’re now launching at Dhs7.75million.”
Majority of the investors – about 60 per cent – are from the GCC, while about 30 per cent are Indian, she said.
“Of all our products the sea horse is the best seller. Everybody is interested because it’s iconic, it’s different, it’s never existed in the world,” she added.
Ferrey insisted Kleindienst underwater villas have been unaffected by the slump in property prices in Dubai.
“Currently everyone is saying that the real estate market is flat but we’re not, we’re something exclusive, not everybody can afford it,” she explained.
The seahorses will be ready to move into in October 2016, while facilities on St Petersberg will also be up and running with cafes, restaurants and more.
Meanwhile, St Petersberg is also currently being reshaped.
“It will be shaped like a heart in line with the project The Heart of Europe,” Ferrey disclosed.
“This will be our first complete project on The World,” Ferrey confirmed.
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“Can you work over there?” is a question many people ask me.
Well, I could work over here. It is not like there’s a law that states women can’t work. But instead, I spend my time drinking coffee and blowing spit bubbles. And more often than not, I talk about crap that doesn’t really matter so much. It kind of feels like one of those lake amoeba is slowly eating my brain.Continue reading “Rosie the Riveting Coffee Drinker”
“Will they cut off your hand?” my friends ask me. “You know, if you commit a crime or do some other insulting thing.”
Come on please learn your geography.
Does the UAE look like some sort of hillbilly nation? Do you think we live in the dark ages with uncivilized rules — Where they are stoning women in the square and burning little girl’s schools? Continue reading “Watch Your (bleep) Mouth!”
If there is ever a reason not to leave the UAE it would be that we are totally spoiled to luxury airline travel. It’s like an unfiltered Camel cigarette. It’s powerfully addictive. One flight and you are hooked — and sadly, so are your children. Remember when American Airlines would pass out little toy airplanes to the kids on board the flight and their faces lit up like a Christmas tree? Not anymore of course, because they are broker than Cooter Brown but at the time we thought it was a really, really big thing. Then imagine the first time my little Mini Me boarded an Etihad business class flight. It was like the Christmas of his dreams — his eyes were the size of saucers as if he were staring at Santa Claus AND his eight tiny reindeer. The personal seating pods, the stylish decor, the supermodel flight hostesses with impeccable British-trained manners, and the sound the seat makes as your bottom hits the well-fluffed cushion. I can almost envision Robin Leach sitting next to me giving me a big thumbs up.Continue reading “The Poop Plane”
After living in the UAE for a few years super cars become no big deal. Seriously, in order to turn my head you will need a pyramid of tigers jumping through flaming hoops on top of a Lamborghini….while eating a grilled cheese sandwich….and then I might turn my head. Living in the land of excess and awe has its pros and cons. In the UAE, there is never a dull moment but we quickly become conditioned to the extravagance around us and our expectations become higher and higher with every year that we live in the country. Occasionally, you will see someone either a kid, tourist or a new expat photographing super cars as they sit outside a hotel valet but to most expats it’s common sight — it just kind of goes with the territory. Continue reading “A Wealthy Arab Vacay”
In 1903 Angelina opened in Paris and earned the reputation of sophistication and indulgence. Angelina quickly became the place to be seen and served many Parisian aristocrats such as Coco Chanel and Proust, just to name a few. Angeline is a place of elegance and refinement, combining poetry, romanticism and serenity, and now after 110 years in business, Angeline is now located at Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi. Continue reading “Angelina – Yas Mall”
Have you ever visited Cafe Bateel, Dish Dash, Giraffe, Elli, or Guylian at Yas Mall? Well, me neither until I took the dine around Yas Mall trip and found that there’s so much more to savor than the typical food staples. If you take a trip off the beaten path you will find an abundance of restaurant choices that you may have overlooked. Continue reading “Dining Around Yas Mall”