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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Dubai Marina Top 10

Dubai Marina is one of the world's great Mega Projects. Master-Developed by Emaar, Dubai Marina is one of the most spectacular marinas in the Middle East. In fact I would take that a step further and say Dubai Marina is one of the most spectacular marinas in the entire world. There is an enormous amount of real estate development going on at Dubai Marina. In this post I am going to give you my Top 10 real estate developments in the Marina, the projects I consider the Best Of The Best. I will list each of my ten project choices along with the developer of the project and then give you a short explanation of why I like the project so much. After that a more complete description is given directly from the developer's website followed by a link to the site where you can get more information.


1.) INFINITY TOWER, Cayan Investment & Development

A true iconic development Infinity Tower actually curves at a 90 degree angle making the tower an architectural wonder. Infinity Tower is already becoming famous internationally as another Dubai Wonder Of The World.

From The Developer:

Infinity is an 80-storey residential tower that spirals in a smooth curve by an astonishing 90 degrees to give every apartment a stunning view of the sea or marina. Infinity’s dynamic twisting shape challenges conventional architecture and redefines standards of luxury. Infinity is also situated in a key location at the mouth of Dubai Marina thus enjoying great views on to the marina, sea and The Palm.

Infinity is a true architectural vision, certain to take its place as an icon not only in Dubai but in the world. Designed by world-renowned Skidmore Owings and Merrill, also known for projects such as Burj Dubai, Trump Tower in Chicago, Jin Mao in Shanghai among many others.

http://www.infinitytower.com/index.php?id=6


2.) OCEAN HEIGHTS, DAMAC Properties

One of the most beautiful towers in Dubai. Ocean Heights twists as it rises giving the tower a stunning look that cannot be forgotten. A great tower in a great location offering first class living. Good job DAMAC.

From The Developer:

Ocean Heights, a Dubai apartment development situated in the premium acreage of Dubai, surrounded by five-star resorts, boutique hotels and breathtaking futuristic developments. Where you can choose between the refined pleasures of luxury hotels and entertainment plazas, and a sundown barbecue with your family and friends.

The majestic tower spirals skywards, creating a dramatically different view from every angle of your apartment. Gaze at the Palm Jumeirah over your morning coffee, or admire the glittering lights of Dubai in the evening.

http://www.damacproperties.com/plot-development/UAE/Dubai/Dubai-Marina/Ocean-Heights/53/overview.xhtml?p=13


3.) 23 MARINA, Hircon Group

Currently the second tallest residential tower in the world, 23 Marina is extremely impressive with a massive 6 storey high entrance. The tower is big, bold and extremely luxurious with three levels of spas, fitness centers, indoor and outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pools, lavish decks and each duplex in the tower is equipped with its own private elevator and its own plunge pool! Wow!

From The Developer:

Discover life beyond the ordinary existence known to man. Step up to 90 levels of luxury at 23 Marina. A waterfront world far above the mundane; where magnificence, opulence and convenience seamlessly blend to create an entirely new experience to living.

http://www.hircon-me.com/


4.) PRINCESS TOWER, Tameer

Princess Tower holds the record as the world's tallest residential tower making it a true architectural icon. It incorporates Arab eclectic design perfectly combining the traditional with the modern all in one spectacular tower.

From The Developer:

Princess Tower is the world's tallest residential building at 414m and 100 floors above ground! (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and Guinness World Records - May 2012)

Rising proud among the many Dubai wonders like Burj Al Arab, Madinat Jumeirah and the Palm Jumeirah, Princess Tower is surrounded by world renowned 5-star hotels, flourishing beach resorts, cosmopolitan restaurants, stylish bars and night clubs. Princess Tower offers the mixture of a dynamic and exciting lifestyle with the calm and serenity of living by the sea.

http://www.tameer.net/princess-tower.aspx


5.) GROSVENOR HOUSE & RESIDENCE, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

One of the most luxurious developments on Dubai Marina! Tower One is home to 217 deluxe rooms, suites and 205 apartment suites. Tower Two comprises of 106 premier rooms and suites, 216 residence apartments and 5 premier villas. Guests of both towers have access to facilities in each tower including an outstanding choice of 17 lavish restaurants, world renowned business and conference facilities, swimming pools and gyms, as well as the two uniquely different spas.

From The Developer:

Introducing the new Grosvenor House and its two iconic 45 storey towers, Tower One and Tower Two, each redefining the world of luxury.

Glittering against the skyline, the Grosvenor House stands majestically as a landmark of modern elegance and grandeur in the heart of Dubai Marina.

Boasting an ideal location close to the city centre within easy reach of business and leisure facilities, the hotel is an ideal base for exploring local attractions such as the Dubai Internet City and Media City, Jebel Ali Free Zone, Emirates Golf Club, Montgomerie Golf Club, and Mall of the Emirates.

http://www.grosvenorhouse-dubai.com/


6.) ELITE RESIDENCE, Tameer

The name says it all! Elite Residence is one of the finest residential addresses in Dubai, truly for the elite. The super-tall tower has over the top luxury including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gym and health spa, ballroom, electronic game hall, concierge service and even a business center. A true Dubai Marina landmark development.

From The Developer:

Standing amongst prominent Dubai landmarks such as Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah, Elite Residence combines the best a modern city life has to offer, blending Dubai's energetic and dynamic buzz with the calm and tranquility of laidback living by the sea. Just moments away from the world's most luxurious hotels, exclusive clubs and high class shopping destinations, Elite Residence is centered in one of the most envied neighborhoods in Dubai.

Situated in the heart of one of the most renowned destinations in Dubai, Elite Residence is a spectacular new addition to the Marina's dazzling skyline, and one of its most sought after residential properties. Amongst the world's tallest buildings, Elite Residence reaches high above the exclusive Dubai Marina. The imposing 91-storey tower makes a statement of luxury living in a city that has it all.

http://www.tameer.net/elite-residence.aspx


7.) THE TORCH, Select Group

The Torch is a Dubai Marina monument and one of the tallest residential towers in the world. The tower has superlative design thanks to the architects Khatib & Alani as well as first class amenities. It is one of Dubai Marina's finest developments.

From The Developer:

The Torch is destined to become a defining landmark on the rapidly growing Dubai skyline. The Torch is the first freehold development fully conceived, project managed and promoted by the Select Group. With an impressive height of 351 meters, this residential super tower boasts 86 floors consisting of 658 apartments. Located in one of the much envied positions of Dubai Marina, this development possesses stunning views spanning the length of the marina itself across Jumeirah Beach and beyond.

Designed specifically by award winning architects Khatib & Alami to compliment this fantastic marina location, the development offers its residents luxurious amenities including 24 hour security, concierge desk and valet service.

http://www.select-group.ae/torch.html


8.) BAY CENTRAL, Select Group

A unique 3 tower development, Bay Central offers two residential towers and the third tower will be home to the Renaissance Dubai Marina Hotel. Bay Central is a very well rounded upscale development and one of Dubai Marina's best.

From The Developer:

Bay Central is one of the most iconic mixed use developments undertaken by Select Group. A focal point in itself, Bay Central occupies the foremost position in Dubai Marina. The presence of a five star hotel within the development ensures its title as “The Jewel of Dubai Marina.” Located in district 8 at plot V,W,X, this exclusive development of 3 towers will share a common podium. The West and Central Towers are residential while the East Tower is designed to be a five star hotel & apartments, each offering magnificent panoramic views.

http://www.select-group.ae/bayCentral.htm


9.) AL FATTAN MARINA TOWERS, Al Fattan Properties

Two of the most impressive towers in Dubai, one called the Al Fattan Tower and the other called Oasis Beach Tower. They look like something from the future with their cutting edge design. Great location with great views and first class amenities.

From The Developer:

The stunning and majestic Al Fattan Marina Towers stand 50 storeys high overlooking both the Arabian Gulf and the newly developed Dubai Marina lagoon inlet. Located in the heart of The Jumeriah Beach Residence development. The two kilometer strip of retail shops, international hotels, boat marina and beach clubs makes this development one of Al Fattan's most talked about and envied properties.

http://www.alfattan.ae/projects.html


10.) SILVERENE TOWERS, Cayan Investment & Development

The Silverene Towers always look fantastic to me. They were built with a special proprietary interior treatment of glass and mirrors that reflect the blue waters of Dubai Marina and maximize the views on each floor of the development. Silverene offers top of the line Dubai Marina living.

From The Developer:

Designed by RMJM, one of the world’s top architects, this marvel of architecture offers 35 floors in Tower A and 26 floors in Tower B. Silverene is located in Dubai Marina, possibly the world’s most exclusive waterfront development, where a stylish, sophisticated lifestyle has been created to delight its residents. In between the new Marina Mall and Al Majara community, Silverene enjoys boat harbors in front of the towers and is only minutes away from one of the region's largest boat harbors.

Within the towers, you have a large swimming pool, a kids pool, sun deck, and a state-of-the-art gymnasium in each tower. Residents can indulge and enjoy the towers’ coffee shops, restaurants and retail outlets. And in each apartment, floor to ceiling windows give residents a panoramic visual treat. Fully equipped kitchen, high-end finishes and fittings enhance the cutting-edge design.

http://www.silverenedubai.com/

Friday, August 3, 2012

Park Towers at Dubai International Financial Centre

Park Towers, located in the Dubai International Financial Centre(DIFC), has to be one of the most beautiful and functional real estate developments ever built in Dubai. It is one of my personal favorites and in my November 27, 2011 post entitled 'My 12 Favorite Mega Projects For 2012' I chose Park Towers as one of the twelve. Park Towers has been developed by DAMAC, one of the leading developers of Dubai real estate, and designed by the architectural firm Gensler of San Francisco. DAMAC has developed some of Dubai's best real estate projects including: Ocean Heights, Business Tower, Emirates Gardens, Executive Heights, Marina Terrace and many others.

DIFC OVERVIEW:

DIFC is a financial free zone aiming to position Dubai as a universally recognized hub for high finance. The mission of the DIFC is to be a catalyst for regional economic growth, development and diversification by functioning as a globally recognized regional financial centre akin to Wall Street in the USA, Hong Kong in Asia and London in Europe. DIFC is being developed as a city within a city and is an ideal location for a business and/or residence in Dubai.

PARK TOWERS OVERVIEW FROM DAMAC:

A two tower mixed-use project in the heart of DIFC with a freehold facility for UAE nationals and expatriates, Park Towers is one of the most architecturally impressive properties in Dubai. Each tower is 49 storeys high, and offers exquisitely designed 1, 2 & 3 bedroom Dubai apartments.

Park Towers at DIFC offers panoramic views of the financial hub and provides for the ultimate in exclusivity and comfort. With a choice of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments in various configurations, the residences at DIFC are bound to appeal to discerning tastes. The two towers are designed to provide a luxurious yet comfortable apartment - a masterpiece of contemporary architecture and distinct styling.

The intelligent design of the towers ensures that every apartment has a wide balcony offering the freedom to relax and enjoy the stunning views of the financial district, with its parks, caf├ęs and entertainment facilities.

PARK TOWERS FEATURES:

~ State Of The Art Office Space Located on First 5 Floors of Each Tower
~ Temperature Controlled Pool
~ Tennis Court and Barbecue Area
~ Health Club and Gymnasium
~ Spacious Steam and Sauna Room
~ Jacuzzi
~ Banquet Hall
~ Meeting Rooms
~ Shopping Boulevard
~ Restaurants
~ Concierge Desk with 24-Hour Service
~ Professional Housekeeping
~ Individual Post Boxes
~ Secured Parking Bay for Residents
~ 24 Hour Security
~ Panoramic Views of Dubai

"Park Towers was designed with the corporate executive in mind. It is a high-end mixed-use development which was designed to allow its residents to live, work and play within the perimeter of the development, whilst being within walking distance of the Dubai International Financial Centre and all it has to offer" said Niall Mc Loughlin Senior Vice President of DAMAC.

Park Towers is such a superlative development that it received a total of three Arabian Property Awards in the categories of 'Best High Rise Architecture,' 'Best Mixed-Use Development,' and 'Best Commercial High Rise Development.' In addition, Park Towers received 'World’s Best' in the 'Best Mixed-Use Development' category at the prestigious International Property Awards in London!

Park Towers stands out to me as a shining example of Dubai real estate development at its best. As I have said before I believe that Dubai real estate is at the beginning of a new 5-10 year upward cycle, and projects like Park Towers will lead the way!

Here is a link to the Park Towers section of the DAMAC website:
http://www.damacproperties.com/plot-development/UAE/Dubai/DIFC/Park-Towers/59/overview.xhtml?p=0

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