Dubai developer tests demand for Dh10m plus apartments

BARARI Seventh Heaven, luxury residential building in Al Barari which has currently reached 65% completionImage Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

Dubai’s developers are back to stocking up at the super-luxury end of the property market... the Al Barari cluster — opposite Global Village — has just launched a limited collection of 13 ‘Signature’ apartments bearing a price tag of Dh2,500 per square feet and more.

And these units do not stint on size in any way, with the average being in the range of a quite substantial 5,000 square feet (including the terraces), averaging about Dh12 million, or $3.37 million. Al Barari itself takes up 20 million square feet.

They form part of the Seventh Heaven apartment block the developer launched in 2014 and which is now 70 per cent complete.

The 136 units (out of 157 overall) released at the time — with values averaging just under Dh2,000 a square foot — have been sold.

“We remain reasonably confident about the response to the 13 units in The Signature Collection will generate among end-users and the long-term investor,” said Martyn Crook, Al Barari’s CEO for Asset Management. “This is not a relatively huge amount of stock that is being released.

“At Seventh Heaven itself, there will be no such thing as a typical floor or an apartment. In fact, there will be no repetition.”

More of Dubai’s developers are getting comfortable with testing the market sentiments for high-end properties.

Nakheel is expected to announce sales of apartments — including 12,000 square feet penthouses — at its newly unveiled Palm 360 tower, which also includes a hotel.

Nakheel also has another twin-tower — Ibn Battuta Residences — heading into sales mode with more than 500 upscale units.

Another master-developer has had a soft launch of Dh30 million villas, with the public announcement expected shortly. Market sources add that developers with projects at MBR (Mohammad Bin Rashid) City and Dubai Creek Harbour are keeping their powder dry for their own luxury launches.

And the moment the market starts to pull itself up, especially at the top-end, they will be going after buyers at full throttle.

The Signature Collection certainly has what it takes to live up its branding. The finishes that will be deployed at the 13 units will be far in excess of what the other apartments at Seventh Heaven — split into a G + 9-storey and G + 11-storey structure — will showcase. The entire project is headed for completion in the second quarter of 2017.

Al Barari already has a resident base occupying its 189 villas.

A second phase of development will include an upscale hotel, resort-villas and homes for assisted living. (The latter is essentially aimed at wealthy retirees, and properties or communities targeted exclusively at their use have been hugely successful in the US.)

“The hotel and the other residential offerings will be the final piece of the Al Barari jigsaw,” said Crook. “We have always found it best to do things in phases.”

In the near term, the retail options available at the Seventh Heaven will also be keeping the developer busy. This will take up space along a 500-metre stretch on the lower and upper floors of the two buildings.

“We have identified what the mix of retail should be and now we will go on to confirming the companies that will provide them,” said Crook. “It will be a mix of retail, F&B and fine dining and in keeping with the overall feel of the Al Barari community.”

Source: Manoj Nair, Associate Editor,


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