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”
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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Home Strange Home.
Many expats will be moving home this year after living abroad and although one might think it will be a smooth transition to return to our previous lives, experts say — think again. Continue reading “Home Strange Home”
For those on the outside, the life of an expat seems glamorous or exotic….grass is always greener….right? Truthfully, it is a never boring set of challenges that keeps us slightly addicted to the what’s next lifestyle. Here’s my short list of things that make being an expat so great. I am sure I am missing a few things so be sure to share your own thoughts in the comments. Continue reading “15 Best Things About Being an Expat”
Looking for something a little different? How about grabbing your braut loving friends and getting your German on at Brahaus’ 2015 Springfest at the Beach Rotana Hotel April 15-24th? Set up in the courtyard of the Beach Rotana it looks like a mini Bavarian village with all things needed to enjoy an authentic German party. Serving up freshly tapped German brews and delicious pitchers of Sangria, along with hearty platters of your favorite spit roasted carnis, this festival is just for you if you want to party like a German. German music, pretzels, ginger bread cookies, gift store and more. Go and party like your in Munich and never leave Abu Dhabi!
For more detailed information go here: Springfest 2015.
Brahaus: Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
Sunday – Saturday starting from 17.00
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My first love has always been candy. I love CANDY! Maybe it’s in my genes. Maybe I OD’d on Disney as a child or watched too much Willy Wonka but I have to tell you it is definitely my absolute, jelly in the knees, worst weakness so when Yas Mall called and asked me to tour their new Candylicious location I said, BINGO — I am your girl! Continue reading “Candylicious: Mommy in a Candy Store”
“That’s a real pisser!” Mini said to me.
Whoa…what do you mean that’s a real pisser? I am no Lily Librarian. I have seen and heard a fair amount in my life but I didn’t expect my ten year-old to use the word pisser straight in my face. Continue reading “That’s a Pisser”
Living in possibly the world’s glitziest city takes cash. Cold. Hard. Cash. There might be an oil field a few kilometers from my villa but I am not on the payroll. So therefore, we expats have to find ways to make the biggest splash with the least amount of cash — because this awesome lifestyle doesn’t come cheap! Those gold flaked cappuccinos… well, they don’t grow on trees.
The expat secret to living the luxury lifestyle can be found in one little book or now that we are in 2015, should I say, one little mobile app. And everyone knows it. It’s called The Entertainer. Continue reading “The Glamorous Life”
Like a sexy new friend, you mesmerized me. You were the answer to all that was missing in my life. I could rely upon you for everything between laundry detergent to a 7 star hotel. In awe, I shopped your malls. I marveled at your architecture. I salivated at your restaurants. I gorged on your ostentation. And then with a belly ache, I hobbled home and dreamt of when we would meet again.
Goodbye Dubai I do not need you anymore.
I loved you for what we were. You dazzled me with your sparkly and I fed it on it like a school girl. Bright eyed and in admiration of your grandeur and your resources. In you, I found what I was missing. No one within miles could fill your shoes. I talked about you to everyone I knew. And ended all of my sentences with, but in Dubai…..
Hello Abu Dhabi.
I love your new found glamour and your worldly culture. You’re so approachable and within my reach, I can wrap my arms around you and give you a big hug. You’re like the friend I overlooked because I was busy with someone more chic. You’re comfortable like an old habit. Pleasing, enjoyable and never in your face.
Hello Abu Dhabi.
I think I’ll shout to the word that you’re enough for me. I do not need to travel for amusement, entertainment or to be wooed with a promise of something blingy. I can get my laundry detergent, my hot dogs and my Cherry Coke right here. I’m really very easy. You cannot beat Abu Dhabi’s beautiful beaches, the mesmerizing skylines, and the incredible Emirates Palace.
Goodbye Dubai. Hello Abu Dhabi.
There’s room enough for two. When I need a place to blow my mind. I’ll pick Dubai anytime. But when I need a place to call my own; cozy, comfortable and nothing over-the-top, I’m calling Abu Dhabi home.
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Thank you for everything you do.
For working in miserably hot conditions that would make others crumble. For leaving your families for an opportunity that some cannot comprehend. For all of the difficult work you do to make our lives more enjoyable.
Thank you for cleaning the toilets. The floors. The laundry. The sidewalks. The dishes.
Thank you for being kind.
The kind of person we feel comfortable allowing into our homes, our lives, and into the hearts of our children. The kind of person who has our best interest at heart. The kind of person we will miss when we return home. The kind stranger that does their job with a smile on their face.
Thank you for being that kind of person.
Thank you for being there.
There to carry our groceries and to clean our pools. To wash our windows and our car. To drive us around. There to manage the things that make our lives possible. To maintain all things that seem impossible. Being there to do the mundane. As we sometimes pass by without seeing you.
Thank you for being where you are needed.
Thank you for doing that thing.
That thing that is beyond understanding. The thing that springs from the ground and becomes a community before our eyes. The thing that nobody else really wants to do and the things you don’t fully understand. The things that we need but don’t realize it. The things you do knowing it will not be appreciated or acknowledged.
The things that make a difference.
Thank you for giving us a gift.
A little glimpse of the globe and a better understanding of our place in the world. Thank you for extending a helping hand with only the best intention. Thank you for the new definition of community and the lesson in compassion.
Thank you for your work which has created our beautiful memories.
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