There is no doubt that the UAE is home to some spectacular properties. From penthouse apartments to plush villas with sprawling gardens and incredible pools, it’s a real estate haven.
Each week, The National showcases some of the finest homes on offer in its Property of the Week. Here, we take a closer look at a penthouse in the Damac Heights tower in Dubai Marina.
The key details
This four-bedroom, five-bathroom penthouse is set within one of Dubai's tallest towers at 84 floors and 335 metres. It is in a prime location within the Marina and makes up part of the city's most recognised skyline.
The property is spread across 3,699 square feet and fully upgraded with Fendi interiors and Crate and Barrel furniture.
What's the story?
"Come and see the view."
Potential buyers, and visiting friends of the new owner, will be heading straight for the terrace once they step inside. There's no shortage of stunning vantage points across the city with so many high-rise towers, but this is among the very best.
It isn't simply that you can see a long way (and you obviously can from the 84th floor); it's more about the variety of what you can see from up there. The terrace, which is huge, looks into the cluster of skyscrapers at the end of the Marina, with their differing tower tops far more appreciated than at ground level.
To one side is Palm Jumeirah and the Burj Al Arab, and on the other, the green grass of Emirates Golf Club and the city spreading out away from the coast. And then there's a close-up view of the top of the neighbouring Cayan Tower from the bedrooms.
Just don't look down.
When you manage to tear yourself away from the terrace and back inside, there is a rather snazzy apartment to be found. Predominantly white walls are funked up by the marble flooring while the furniture is modern and fresh.
The living area is open plan with a further dining option available in the kitchen. It may be slightly more compact than some of Dubai's other penthouses, but you have to remember the outside space that it comes with.
An added bonus is a spa room complete with massage beds – as if looking out at the world around you wasn't relaxing enough.
What the brokers say ...
How does Damac Heights rank in terms of Dubai Marina’s best towers?
Damac Heights is situated in the northern end of Dubai Marina in the last area of "platinum" real estate. The top 40 floors have crafted interiors by Fendi and, having been handed over in 2018, it has really maintained itself. The facilities in the building are amazing, with an infinity pool overlooking Dubai Marina, health clubs for men and women, cinema room and lounge, spa and salon, convenience store ... the list goes on. Not many buildings have all of these facilities within the building and residents like the convenience of the area and location, too.
The terrace must be a candidate for most dramatic in the entire city … how would you describe it?
The terrace is incredible; it is between 800 and 900 square feet where you have close to 360° views. You're almost sitting amongst the clouds at more than 80 floors high and, as long as you're not scared of heights, it's breathtaking.
How long has it been on the market? How are prices moving in the Marina area?
It has been on the market for a couple of months and we have been renting it on a short term basis as there has been a demand for luxury penthouses for rent. The prices are moving in the Marina, as there has been a high demand of buyers wanting seafront and waterfront properties. The luxury market especially is moving.
Who would this property suit? Does it come furnished?
The property can come furnished; it is completely up to the prospective buyer. It would suit a diverse range of people - with four bedrooms and a maid's room, there is plenty of space. Fashion and Fendi lovers will also love the penthouse, with its beautiful Fendi marble floors. It's a showstopper penthouse.
- Lorna Bruce, senior global property consultant at Luxhabitat Sotheby's International Realty