Chinese buyers boost sales at Abu Dhabi’s Reem Diamond

Developer Smartwill Asia Limited, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based firm Chun Wo Development, recently unveiled its inaugural Abu Dhabi residential project Reem Diamond. Sales at the project have been considerably boosted by Chinese investors’ growing appetite for Abu Dhabi-based luxury residential properties, according to Anthony Poon, director of property development at Chun Wo Development. “The […]

Can Fake Lakes Bait Buyers? Builder of Man-Made Lagoons Is Expanding Into U.S.

Crystal Lagoons Corp. is known for building dazzling man-made lagoons surrounded by white-sand beaches in places like Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh and Chile’s Santo Domingo. Now the company has its eyes on the U.S. The Chilean company said it expects to break ground early next year on a giant lagoon that will be the centerpiece of […]

Dubai and Edinburgh join global property hot spot list

Dubai and Edinburgh are up and coming property investment hot spots, according to the latest IP Global Property Barometer covering the third quarter of 2013. Dubai makes a debut appearance on the property investment company’s global investment hotspot list as it benefits from a rising economic confidence regionally and investors are seeing yields of up […]

Luxury launches and positive outlook in Dubai property market

Dubai-based luxury real estate developer Emaar Properties recently launched its latest high-end residential project, offering buyers the opportunity to own a unit in the exclusive The Address Residence Fountain Views ‘Sky Collection’. One of the first serviced apartment developments in downtown Dubai, the luxury residences are situated in the 60-storey towers near the world’s tallest […]

Luxury launches and positive outlook in Dubai property market

Dubai-based luxury real estate developer Emaar Properties recently launched its latest high-end residential project, offering buyers the opportunity to own a unit in the exclusive The Address Residence Fountain Views ‘Sky Collection’. One of the first serviced apartment developments in downtown Dubai, the luxury residences are situated in the 60-storey towers near the world’s tallest […]

From the Singapore Grand Prix, and Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort in Singapore; to the Ritz Carlton in Dubai Chairman of Confluence, John Taylor talks about some of the challenges and successes in delivering high profile projects around the globe

From the Singapore Grand Prix, and Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort in Singapore; to the Ritz Carlton and Index Building in Dubai; the World Trade Centre in Jakarta; Mandarin Oriental in UK; Chairman of Confluence, John Taylor talks about some of the challenges and successes in delivering high profile projects around the globe. MP: Can […]

World’s tallest hotel officially open for business

Dubai rolled out the red carpet Wednesday night for a roster of celebrities that included British singer Leona Lewis to help open the tallest hotel in the world. In a city already oozing with glitz and glamour, the opening party for the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai amped up the voltage escorting 1,200 party guests into the hotel […]

Dubai to build world’s biggest mall

Dubai on Saturday announced a new development to open the world’s biggest mall and a park larger than London’s Hyde Park. The ruler of the Gulf desert city state, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, announced the plan for a “new city within Dubai,” according to an official statement, naming it after himself. No cost was […]

A Contemporary Renewal in Kuwait by AGi Architects

Project: “Secret House” Location: Kuwait Architecture: AGi Architects Photography: Nelson Garrido Project description from the architects: “Kuwait’s urban fabric mostly consists of detached single-family homes highlighting a clear example of city-sprawl. To adapt to the desert climate, the distances between the built volumes are minimal, resulting in shaded spaces between houses. These spaces that work well as […]

Luxury Yachting at the Heart of Vibrant Yas Island in Abu Dhabi

Ideally located in the centre of the Arabian gulf, YAS Marina has become the leading yachting destination in the Middle East. A sub-tropical, temperate climate, and little rainfall for nine months a year (September to June), the windy shamal gusts and light sea breezes make for both challenging sailing and comfortable cruising. Offering easy access to the […]

Contemporary Brick Cube Kibuts House in Israel

Project: Kibuts House Location: Lehavot Haviva kibbutz, Israel Architecture: Sharon Neuman Architects A small family of two – father and son – are happy to call the modern Kibuts House their home. Living in this modern home in Israel’s Lehavot Haviva kibbutz, is like continuously taking advantage of contemporary design that inspires their daily routine. Occupying 190 square meters on a […]

House K by Auerbach Halevy Architects in Israel

Project: House K Location: rural Israel Architecture: Auerbach Halevy Architects Project description from the architects: “In a rural area in the center of Israel, Auerbach-Halevy has designed a unique house:  at first glance it is not recognized as residential, and even at a second one it is difficult to distinguish what is it used for. The […]

Km-high tower set to rise

Financing for the kilometre-high Kingdom Tower is complete, according to Talal Al-Maiman, chief executive and managing director of Kingdom Real Estate Development Co. The Kingdom Tower in Jeddah will eclipse today’s highest skyscraper – the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai – when completed in 2018. It is expected to cost $US1.2 billion, with construction expected […]

Beautiful Wooden Details Embellishing Tel Aviv Apartment

Project: Rothschild 1 apartment Location: Tel Aviv, Israel Architecture: Charles Zana ‘Attention to details’ is the concept that properly defines the Rothschild 1 apartment in Tel Aviv, designed by Charles Zana. Beautiful, spacious and ‘on the top of the world’, the Rothschild 1 penthouse offers some of the most spectacular views upon a city that never tires from […]

House in Ramat Hasharon by Levy:Chamizer Architects

Architecture: Levy:Chamizer Architects Location: Ramat Hasharon, Israel Photography: Shai Epstein Source: Contemporist

Contemporary K-House in Israel by Paz Gersh Architects

Project: K-House Location: Ramat HaSharon, Israel Architecture: Paz Gersh Architects Photography: Amit Giron Description from the architects: In planning K-house, the main concept was to change the existing orientation into a house that creates a complex relationship with the green belt surrounding it—the thicket behind the house, the front yard, the lower leveled yard, upper level garden […]

Jaffa Apartment by Pitsou Kedem Architect

Architecture: Pitsou Kedem Architect Location: Jaffa, Israel Photography: Amit Geron Description from Pitsou Kedem Architect The 100 square meter residential home is located in Old Jaffa. Its location is unique in that it is set above the harbor, facing west with all of its openings facing the majestic splendor of the Mediterranean Sea. Whilst it is […]