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 is showcasing some of the best homes on offer with its Property of the Week. This week, we take a look at a penthouse at The Residences Dorchester Collection Dubai, a development by Omniyat.
The key details
This penthouse at The Residences Dorchester Collection Dubai is spread across 17,712 square feet and three floors, with the lowest level on the 30th floor of the residential tower. It has five bedrooms, several terraces (all contenders for the best in Dubai), and comes with a price tag of Dh72.9 million ($19.8m).
The development is in Business Bay, a stone's throw from Burj Khalifa, is opposite Marasi Marina and overlooks the Dubai Canal. Although the tower is spread across 32 storeys, there are only 39 residences.
What's the story?
You know you are in for a treat when residents have a 100-foot luxury yacht available for their personal use – in this case the Dolce Vita – which can take you on a cruise to Palm Jumeirah.
That's if you'd ever want to leave a home as opulent as this.
The hospitality brand Dorchester Collection will be familiar to the well-heeled and well-travelled given it is one of the most well-known hotels in London and is famed for its standards of service.
In 2006, the brand went global with the launch of Dorchester Collection, which was founded to manage a portfolio of luxury hotels in Europe and the US.
Soon, residents of Dubai will be able to enjoy that same service with the completion of the world's 10th Dorchester Collection hotel, and its first in the Middle East.
The Dubai iteration consists of two towers – one the hotel and the other the residences – designed by renowned architect Foster + Partners.
And when it comes to the residential side of things, we're talking serious sophistication, thanks to the work of Parisian design house Gilles & Boissier, which has cleverly combined European detailing and traditional decor with contemporary living spaces.
Oak flooring is prominent, as is marble – and not only in the bathrooms.
The lower two levels feature a double-sized living room, four spectacular bedrooms, a private study and a presentation kitchen with Miele and SubZero appliances, as well as a Quooker faucet offering chilled and sparkling water at the touch of a button.
The third level ramps it up a notch with a grand master suite featuring his-and-hers dressing rooms, a master bath with Jacuzzi and a family lounge. Each level has a terrace, one of which has its own swimming pool with views out across the Dubai skyline.
We ask the broker ...
Is there anything comparable to The Residences, Dorchester Collection in Dubai?
In terms of luxury residences, The Residences, Dorchester Collection, Dubai is synonymous with the finest addresses around the world, so you might say that nothing is truly comparable to it. However, Volante along the Dubai Canal is a spectacular development, and The 118 in Downtown Dubai has a sense of prestige and an allure that could possibly rival The Residences, Dorchester Collection, Dubai.
What kind of buyer will this attract?
This really is a project for the discerning buyer, one who appreciates quality and has an eye for the finer things in life. Dorchester Collection, throughout its history, has become the personification of luxury living. It will attract any buyer who is looking for a primary residence with an incredible wow factor, or a pied-a-terre that takes you away from the cares of modern life.
When does the development open?
The project was originally slated for completion in 2021, but due to current circumstances, the current completion date is Q1 2022. It will be well worth the wait.
There's another Dorchester Collection coming in Dubai ...
Yes, One at Palm Jumeirah managed by Dorchester Collection, is another stunning project that benefits from the hospitality of Dorchester Collection. It, of course, provides a completely different lifestyle to the one at The Residences, Dorchester Collection, Dubai. Although one is more of a resort with a private beach, the other gives you urban waterfront chic. And architecturally, both projects are quite distinct.
Q&A with Dean Charter, sales manager, LuxuryProperty.com