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See here what points you can't miss when visiting or living in Al Bandar!

Explore Al Bandar: Ornina View

Al Bandar, placed in the north of Al Raha area, is a great location to visit. It’s built on an artificial island and you can be sure that there are lots of things to see here, even though it has been developed quite recently. Stick with us to see what tour we prepared you if you want to explore Al Bandar!

If you want to make your taste buds extremely happy, you should not miss Ornina. It’s a fine dining Mediterranean restaurant which offers gourmet seafood. While you enjoy some smoked duck, beetroot or orange salad, you should admire the fascinating decor: there are wooden panels that recreate the aspect of a yacht, together with large windows and a sleek design.

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For those who live here or are simply interested in doing some exercise before or after they explore Al Bandar, we have to recommend Cobra Fitness. Here you can find everything you want when it comes to sports and fitness, from Muay Thai to boxing or mixed martial arts. Here you can take yoga or Pilates lessons, use the weights gym and swim in a 25 meters lap pool. The prices are 70 AED for one session, a subscription for 10 sessions costs 550 AED and a monthly one is 800 AED.

Hydro Marine Sports Dhow. An one-hour cruise in a traditional dhow is a perfect way to explore Al Bandar and discover new attractions and beautiful sights. On weekdays a ticket for an adult costs 50 AED, in weekends AED 60 and children below 10 have a special price of AED 30. If you want, you can rent the boat for a party. In this case, the first hour costs 1.200 AED, and each hour after that will cost 1.000 AED more. The bright side is that you can have 22 guests at the party!

Those who want to explore Al Bandar in a more high class way are invited to the Juli Music Institute. This music school offers various instrument lessons (piano or woodwind ones, for instance) or singing classes (from pop to classical). A 30-minute lesson costs 120 AED. For kids there are special ballet classes or jazz lessons for prices starting with 67 AED.

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Relax and explore Al Bandar by trying Afghani cuisine at Nolu’s Cafe. One of the most popular cafes around, here you can taste the true Afghani dishes, but with a Californian touch. Try out salads with more than ten different toppings or choose chapli kabob, which is a special mound or brown rice, combined with onions, jalapenos, coriander and minced beef. Enjoy!

Those who are not interested in trying exotic cuisines will be happy to know that in Al Bandar you can find an excellent Italian restaurant, Bricco Pasta & Pizza. Classic dishes are available here, from mozzarella pizza and spaghetti carbonara cooked with turkey bacon and egg. If you want to cook some Italian dishes yourself, you can find here also an Italian grocery shop with pasta, risotto, chocolate, cakes, olive oil or balsamic vinegar. For the chef in you!

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Whether a tourist or with business in Abu Dhabi, you certainly need some information on where to rent and what type of apartments would suit you better.

Short Term Accommodation in Abu Dhabi: Apartments with a view

Whether you’re a tourist or simply looking for a short term accommodation in Abu Dhabi, you certainly need some tips about the types of accommodation here and the prices. A hotel is sometimes the easiest and the most obvious solution when you need a place to stay a couple of days here, but did you know there are other types of lodgings? Check them out!

Serviced apartments, for instance,  are a  great alternative to hotels. Usually preferred by people who are waiting for the visa or by professionals who travel a lot and don’t need many facilities, these apartments offer the minimum comfort, plus some extra services. It comes fully furnished and most of time it has a kitchen and a living area, so that you can receive guests too.

If, however, you think the best solution for short term accommodation in Abu Dhabi is a hotel apartment, we have several suggestions for you. if you want to have a fully Arabian experience, you should try the Asfar Hotel Apartments. Here you can find studios starting from 350 AED per night or 9.000 AED per month. Placed in Al Zahia, they include a lounge and a kitchen with microwave oven, toaster, electric oven and a fridge.

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Another place to go if you need short term accommodation in Abu Dhabi are the Ramee Garden Hotel Apartments. They also include a kitchen with everything you need basically, from a fridge, toaster, utensils, microwave, but even more so, a dining table and a washing machine. The prices here start from 350 AED per night, but can reach 9.500 AED for one month.

Sahara Hotel Apartments 9 is yet another place to go for some quality lodging. There are smaller prices here, starting from 477 AED per night, up to the usual 9.500 AED monthly. You can find these apartments on the corner of Najda (6th) with Zayed the First Streets, and take into account the fact that they have a kitchen with the necessary facilities and laundry services.

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For those who are looking for a more high-class short term accommodation in Abu Dhabi, know that Grand Millennium Hotel also offers apartments. These ones though have two bedrooms, large living areas and kitchen with everything you need. Of course, the prices are also higher: one night for a one-bedroom apartment costs 1.400 AED, while a two-bedroom apartment costs 1.650 AED. And if you’re interested, you can find the hotel right next to the Al Wahda Mall.

Aparthotel Adagio Al Bustan is another place you should put on your accommodation list. Here the prices are quite low, starting from 600 AED per night for a studio and 800 AED for a one-bedroom apartment per night. The apartments come with a kitchen with decent utilities and laundry facilities. You can find this hotel on the Airport Road, right across the American International School. Good luck with finding the right accommodation for you and don’t forget to find the proper information!

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Reem Island is a fascinating place, but learn here how to discover a more unusual side of its touristic part.

EXPLORE AL REEM ISLAND

Reem Island is a great place to be, whether you live there or you’re just visiting. And sometimes, visiting a place and understanding its essence isn’t just about tourist landmarks and cultural places, but also random walks and rambling through the streets when you simply need something. That’s why we prepared you a virtual and unusual tour and we invite you to explore Reem Island like you never did before!

One of the places you need to visit if you want to complete your experience in Reem Island is the Boudoir Beauty Lounge. A beautiful experience in visiting Reem Island needs to be completed with a spoiling session. Check out the newest make-up trends, girls, and let yourself spoiled with nail and hair services, from styling to experiments you wouldn’t have thought of ever trying! Not to mention the facials and massages that feel absolutely heavenly and will leave you with a great memory of when you decided to explore Reem Island!

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Next stop on our unusual tour here is Italianissimo. Yes, we know, you don’t go to Reem Island to try Italian cuisine, but if you live here or if you simply miss eating some good Italian food,  you should definitely check out this wonderful restaurant. It has a very comfy and homey atmosphere, plus you can find here a shop to buy souvenirs, from sunglasses to shoes, jewelry and many other items. Relax here with a cocktail or a sophisticated drink and take a break, observing the rest of the bustling city!

If you’re a coffee fan, you have to include on your list when you explore Reem Island Cafe Macondo. Stop for a moment of relaxation at this coffee shop and enjoy a quality coffee with beans brought from Colombia. Complete this delicious drink with croissants or empanadas and even meat pasties if you like, here you find it all.

Smoking Doll is another place you can’t miss when in Reem Island. It’s an Asian restaurant decorated in a minimalist style and it’s the perfect spot to try out new things. Why not remember Reem Island as the place where you first tried Thai cuisine (massaman curry is a great recommendation) or Singapore specific dishes (like chilli crab). You can find there lots of selections that will prove to be absolutely delicious. Yummy!

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Next stop to check whether you’re a tourist or not is the Ohara Flowers. Surprise your partner with a nice bouquet, gentlemen, or simply decorate your home with extremely beautiful flower arrangements. It’s the perfect place to be if you’re hosting a party or simply want to surprise someone, so  make sure you know where the point is located and how you can reach it.

The last stop of our plan to explore Reem Island is a high-class place, the Paris-Sorbonne University, Abu Dhabi branch. If you’re young, you might want to consider enrolling here, it’s a great university and the city is awesome to live in. But if you don’t have such plans, you should simply visit the place for its architecture, art exhibitions or cultural events that are held there.

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If you're interested in moving to UAE, you have to know that Al Reem Island is a very popular place when it comes to buying properties.

Al Reem Island is a great area that has become more and more popular along with its continuous real estate development. It’s a natural island found at 600 meters distance from the coast of Abu Dhabi. The developers have been pumping more than 30 billion dollars in the entire area, and the real estate is definitely worth it. What makes it even more interesting, besides the magnificent views and the high standard of living, is that it was among the first free zones in Abu Dhabi, which means that foreign nationals can now buy a property in Al Reem Island as leasehold. Therefore, it’s an area of international interest, and it’s centered both on commercial and residential estate.

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If you’re a bachelor looking to buy a property in Al Reem Island or if you’re simply satisfied with the comfort of a studio, you should know that the prices for this type of apartment range from a little less than 600.000 AED and can go as far as 1.000.000 AED for a surface of around 800 square meters.  Generally, this type of apartment comes together with only one bathroom, which should be enough. For those who want more space or simply want to share a two-bedroom apartment, the prices for this type of lodging start around 1.400.000 AED and can even reach a little more than 3.000.000 AED.

Families who have several children or who need more space can orient themselves towards three-bedroom apartments. They are very spacious and can cater well to a family with one, two or even three children. The prices for the cheapest ones are a little bit above 2.000.000 AED, while a really expensive apartment can cost 5.500.000 AED.

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Four-bedroom apartments are also a great idea if you want to buy a property in Al Reem Island. They’re great for very large families, but also for several bachelors or couples who want to share an apartment. The advantage when sharing a large apartment is that you also share the expenses, which might come out even cheaper than if you were to buy a smaller apartment. The cheapest four-bedroom apartments cost around 3.700.000 AED, while the most expensive ones can reach even 5.800.000 AED.

A penthouse is really a great investment for a home. And if on your quest to buy a property in Al Reem Island you decide on it, you should know that the best ones are those with four bedrooms. Even though it might look a little bit too expensive, the luxury and the comfort of such a lodging is definitely worth it! The cheapest penthouses can be found for somewhere around 5.700.000 AED, while the most expensive and luxurious ones can cost up to 9.000.000 AED. But you have to know that such high prices include a wonderful view from high floors, an area of more than 6.000 square feet, access to pools, parking spots and a short distance to the beach. Good luck in finding the right lodging for you!

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Everybody fears that the oil crisis might affect the real estate market in UAE and implicitly in Dubai. Read more to find out the truth and the predictions for this in 2015!

Dubai Real Estate: Downtown Dubai Buildings

Even though the oil prices have collapsed recently, the UAE real estate status has shown no panic. No investors have offloaded their properties for fear of any correction and the asking prices haven’t been slashed at all. We can all relax for now, because the current oil crisis will not affect the Dubai real estate immediately. However, if the state of things will remain like this for a long period of time, the Dubai real estate dynamic might be affected.

Phidar Advisory says in a recent report that the declining oil prices can influence the GDP, but even so, it’s unlikely for it to affect the Dubai real estate prices. However, the GDP can impact the job growth and therefore the demand, but there is no direct connection between the oil prices or the GDP and the real estate prices.

For the moment though, the transactional activity is flowing without any problem. Even so, a gap is starting to crack between the offer and the demand. Investors make a longer transaction time in general, and this translates through the fact that the sales of high-end villas (between Dh 15 million and Dh 50 million) have stagnated.

According to Andrew Chambers, the CEO of GGICO Properties, the sellers will not go for a price lower than they expect. The current state of things shows that they actually choose to hold or lease instead of selling to a lower price. The oil prices however are expected to create an agitated context, except for the case in which Opec decides to make an intervention. Until now, no key launch scheduled for this first half of the year has been cancelled or affected in some way. All the developers carry on with their projects, even those planned for the Expo 2020.

However, this is not the case with the private developers, who have to pay more attention to their cash flow. For now, the Dubai real estate market keeps its equilibrium and there is no need to worry. Even so, there are some differences between the residential market and the commercial one. As more and more office buildings have been built in the recent years, the take-up rates have grown bit by bit.

Taking into consideration the current oil prices, the commercial spaces might become vulnerable. And this might happen because businesses in general seek to enter the market or to relocate and might expect to catch the best price instead of hurrying to buy or rent.

Thankfully, this new supply of real estate options is expected to keep the rents stable throughout 2015, even though the sale prices might drop a little bit below average. Overall, the Dubai real estate market has a certain maturity that will allow it to adjust to a slower rhythm of the demand. This rhythm is set by the current oil prices, but even if the demand will be quite slow, the developers will need to adjust and to find new ways to attract customers because a slow pace does not mean that there are no buyers or renters at all.

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Source: www.gulfnews.com

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If you intend to buy a property in Dubai Marina, you should inform yourself very well on the price variations and on the types of properties you can find there, so read on for more tips on this!

Buy a Property in Dubai Marina: Dubai Marina at night

Dubai Marina is a marvelous area, actually an artificial canal city that is built along a stretch of 3 km right on the shoreline of the Persian Gulf. It is designed to accommodate more than 120,000 people in luxurious residential towers and wonderful villas. One reason for which the area is quite popular is that it’s easy reachable. It’s placed on Interchange 5, right between the Jebel Ali Port and the zone with Dubai Internet City, the American University in Dubai and the Dubai Media City. It’s an easy to reach area, being accessible by the Dubai Metro and also by the Al Sufouh Tramway. It’s a wonderful area to move in, very popular due to its very modern facilities you can find anywhere (spa, sauna, pools, modern malls and shopping centers or parks), but also for the fabulous beaches and the extraordinary view.
If you’re a bachelor, a studio might prove to be more than enough for your needs. The cheapest ones start from 900.000 AED, with a smaller area to cover. They can also come unfurnished if you wish to furnish it according to your own principles. However, if you decide to do a great job when you buy a property in Dubai Marina, you can go for the most expensive ones, which cost around 2.000.000 AED.
The prices for a 1 bedroom apartment in the Dubai Marina area start from around 1.000.000 AED and can even go as far as 2.000.000 AED. The most expensive ones come together with a lot of luxurious facilities, such as pool, spa, sauna and of course, the marvelous sea view. For those who seek a 2-bedroom apartment, you have to know that the prices start from 1.250.000 – 1.300.000 AED. The most expensive ones cost 7, 8 or even up to 9 million AED.
If you’re looking for 3-bedroom apartments when you plan to buy a property in Dubai Marina, you need to know that prices start somewhere around 1.600.000 AED and can rise up to 15.000.000 AED or even more. It all depends on what facilities you wish to have around and, of course, what view you want to the sea. On the other hand, the cheapest 4 -bedroom apartments here cost 2.500.000 AED more or less. The most expensive ones can cost 28.000.000 AED.
Villas are another option for those who are interested to buy a property in Dubai Marina. A 1-bedroom villa costs around 2.500.000 AED, but a 4-bedroom one can cost as much as 15.000.000 AED. The cheapest 4-bedroom villas cost around 8.000.000 AED. Those who want to spoil themselves might want to know that for a penthouse with 1 bedroom you will need around 1.900.000 AED and for a 4-bedroom penthouse you have to pay at most 29.000.000 AED.
Regardless of the type of housing and building you choose to live, you need to pay attention to the maintenance costs and also, to the prices you find in the agencies. As attractive as a low price may seem, be very suspicious of these, because the market is full of fake prices.

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If you want to move to Abu Dhabi, it's a good idea to buy a house here in Al Raha Beach, since this is the most popular area where people seek to move.

Buying a Property in Al Raha Beach: great nightlife

Al Raha is a wonderful flourishing community in Abu Dhabi. It has residential areas, but also leisure parts suited for any kind of taste. It’s close to the Abu Dhabi International Airport and it has waterfront access through a wonderful beach. More than that, it has direct access to the main highway between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Due to the fact that it’s a very popular community and many people wish to live here, it’s under continuous development. There’s a special port here for the residents where you can park your yacht and where you can take long beautiful walks in the evening.
The prices in the area are quite high, so you can say the not anybody can afford to live here, but you need to be very well informed when you want to buy a property in Al Raha Beach. You can find a studio starting from 1.2 M AED. The price for a studio however can go for as much as 1.600.000 AED, with a terrace and a wonderful sea view or a 1 bed apartment starting with 1.3 M.
For those who are interested in more space, prices for villas vary there too. You can find a wonderful villa with 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms for less than 5.000.000 AED, with an area of 4,000 square feet, if you want to do a good job and buy a property in Al Raha Beach. The more you go towards the beach, the prices rise, but the landscape and the view you could have every morning from your window are totally worth it. For the villas near the beach prices vary around 18.000.000 AED, with direct access to the beach, a wonderful view, minimum 3 bedrooms and up to 7 bathrooms.
Another option for two couples or simply two friends is to buy a duplex. You can find duplex apartments with 2, 3 or even 4 bedrooms, and the price range is not that high. Generally, the 2 or 3 duplex apartments cost between 2 and 3 million AED and have an area of less than 2.000 square feet. The most expensive ones cover up a surface of 4.000 square feet and can cost up to 4.600.000 AED, having 4 bedrooms.
The epitome of luxury are perhaps the penthouses. For a penthouse in the most sought after place, Al Raha Beach, plus a full sea view, be ready to get the cash out because you’re going to need it. The cheapest penthouse you can find costs around 6.000.000 AED, has 4 bedrooms and it covers an area of roughly 1.500 square feet. The most expensive penthouse can go up to almost 9.000.000 AED and for good reason, since it has almost 5.000 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and full sea view.

Even if you are a bachelor, you can easily enjoy the facilities of this community, especially when you really want to buy a property in Al Raha Beach. There are lots of pubs, restaurants, clubs and the nightlife is truly fascinating, not to mention that you can spoil yourself all day long with sauna, spa, gym and virtually anything you can think of. For families, the place offers a wonderful view for evening walks, places to relax and to have dinner together. More than that, another advantage that should convince you to buy a property in Al Raha Beach is that it’s very close to Yas Island, a great destination and a place you definitely have to visit.
You will only need to decide which option suits you best and what are your preferences when it comes to facilities. However, be careful when you buy a property in Al Raha Beach and always double check any information you might have about that specific property. Good luck!

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Sometimes buying a house can be the best solution for whoever wants to live in the UAE. Even though it may not seem the best idea, there are lots of advantages to buying a house here.

Dubai tower, cityscape

UAE is an exotic destination and a wonderful place to live in. Who does not like to enjoy the beach, the technology and the comfort there? Sun, beaches and pools and you have the perfect recipe for a great home there. Yes, of course, you could rent a house too, but why rent when you can have an entire house all for yourself? Check the next advantages of buying a house in UAE for a more informed decision on this!

The security of your own home. Once you decide to buy a house, you can be sure than nobody can take it away from you. Plus, you don’t need to have a permanent stress of paying the rent, only the utilities and any other comfort you would like to add to your home.

You can decorate it however you want. If you want to change the way it’s decorated and furnished every three months, you can do that, there’s nobody to stop you because it’s your own home! You can even make changes to the permanent structure of the house, transform the rooms, create new spaces and combine them as you wish in order to best suit your needs.

Save money. Even though it might not look like this at all at a first glance, buying a house in the UAE can even save you some money on the long run. If you think you don’t have enough money to buy a house, there are banks there that can help you with that. Some of them have loans specially designed to help you buy a house and manage to pay the utilities. Just think that after you repay the loan, you will be happy to have your own home.

The pride of owning a home in the UAE. Since UAE is such a sought-after country with such a high standard of living, not many can be proud of having their own home there. Although it may seem quite an investment, you can be sure that it’s totally worth it and you won’t regret the choice you have made. With all the cosmopolitan centers there, the level of technology and development and the standard of living, it’s better to buy a house here than in any other part of the world.

Returning the investment. You could have more to win from buying a house in UAE than you might think. The real estate market is continuously changing, but if you get informed and think it through, you could actually sell your current house in a couple of years and maybe even double your initial investment. Although it’s pretty risky, it’s an option and an advantage that deserves to be taken into consideration when thinking about buying a house in the UAE.

This being said, all that is left is for you to take your precautions when deciding to buy and make sure that the house you are going to buy it’s worth the money.

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