Fast facts on boys' toys



More manufacturers are customising vehicles. Here are some fast facts about a few of the models that were showcased in the UAE last week:

The Vehicle: Luxury 4x4 RV

The Maker Dunkel Industries

The Features If you ever wondered what could be created if a motorhome mated with an off-road vehicle, this is it. Besides sleeping six passengers and entertaining them with two flat-screen TVs, this vehicle can also haul dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles and other motorised desert toys - without a trailer.

Cost $500,000

The Vehicle: LiveRacer

The Maker Sijatec

The Features Talk about fuel efficiency. This racing simulator, which is designed for use at home, relies on a computer and built-in technology that can lift, shake and move the frame of an entire car of your choosing while you sit inside. Race tracks, including some sand-based courses for desert lovers, are displayed on the inside of the windshield.

Cost Starts at £300,000

The Vehicle: Wildcat 300STR Rover

The Maker Qt

The Features This off-roader also races on regular roads and boasts features such as an iPod dock, Bluetooth connectivity and a heated windscreen with powerful wipers to keep the view of the road clear in harsh conditions. Each customer also gets to work with an engineer at Qt on their model's specifications.

Cost Starts at £130,000

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance: the specs

Engine: 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 plus rear-mounted electric motor

Power: 843hp at N/A rpm

Torque: 1470Nm N/A rpm

Transmission: 9-speed auto

Fuel consumption: 8.6L/100km

On sale: October to December

Price: From Dh875,000+(estimate)

Gulf Under 19s final

Dubai College A 50-12 Dubai College B

The specs

Engine: Single front-axle electric motor
Power: 218hp
Torque: 330Nm
Transmission: Single-speed automatic
Max touring range: 402km (claimed)
Price: From Dh215,000 (estimate)
On sale: September

Difference between fractional ownership and timeshare

Although similar in its appearance, the concept of a fractional title deed is unlike that of a timeshare, which usually involves multiple investors buying “time” in a property whereby the owner has the right to occupation for a specified period of time in any year, as opposed to the actual real estate, said John Peacock, Head of Indirect Tax and Conveyancing, BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates, a law firm.

Director: Nag Ashwin

Starring: Prabhas, Saswata Chatterjee, Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan, Shobhana

Rating: ★★★★

Tips on buying property during a pandemic

Islay Robinson, group chief executive of mortgage broker Enness Global, offers his advice on buying property in today's market.

While many have been quick to call a market collapse, this simply isn’t what we’re seeing on the ground. Many pockets of the global property market, including London and the UAE, continue to be compelling locations to invest in real estate.

While an air of uncertainty remains, the outlook is far better than anyone could have predicted. However, it is still important to consider the wider threat posed by Covid-19 when buying bricks and mortar. 

Anything with outside space, gardens and private entrances is a must and these property features will see your investment keep its value should the pandemic drag on. In contrast, flats and particularly high-rise developments are falling in popularity and investors should avoid them at all costs.

Attractive investment property can be hard to find amid strong demand and heightened buyer activity. When you do find one, be prepared to move hard and fast to secure it. If you have your finances in order, this shouldn’t be an issue.

Lenders continue to lend and rates remain at an all-time low, so utilise this. There is no point in tying up cash when you can keep this liquidity to maximise other opportunities. 

Keep your head and, as always when investing, take the long-term view. External factors such as coronavirus or Brexit will present challenges in the short-term, but the long-term outlook remains strong. 

Finally, keep an eye on your currency. Whenever currency fluctuations favour foreign buyers, you can bet that demand will increase, as they act to secure what is essentially a discounted property.

If you go

The flights

Fly direct to London from the UAE with Etihad, Emirates, British Airways or Virgin Atlantic from about Dh2,500 return including taxes. 

The hotel

Rooms at the convenient and art-conscious Andaz London Liverpool Street cost from £167 (Dh800) per night including taxes.

The tour

The Shoreditch Street Art Tour costs from £15 (Dh73) per person for approximately three hours. 

Our Time Has Come
Alyssa Ayres, Oxford University Press

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Wilson 44'

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