Real Estate

Raising the bar

December 2015

The Alef Residences in Dubai promises to take beachfront living to new heights of sophistication

Construction work has kicked off on the Alef Residences in Dubai, UAE, which promises to set new standards in the luxury lifestyle sector.

Located on the west crescent of The Palm Jumeirah island, the residential project  will be serviced by W Dubai – The Palm hotel.

The project is being undertaken by Al Sharq Investment, a joint venture between Qatar’s Al Mana Global and Saudi Arabia’s Al Sharq Group, two of the region’s largest and most respected business conglomerates.

Commenting on the development, a spokesman for the project says: “The Alef Residences is being built as a response to a distinct gap in Dubai’s residential market, a need for quality on another level, leading to residences made from only the finest materials, delivering spacious and comfortable apartment living beyond the current industry expectations.”

Inspired by the wadis and bastakiya, it will be the first development under the Alef brand, which is set to have a global reach starting in the Middle East, he adds.

Currently under construction on a 46,840-sq-m plot of land, the Alef Residences is scheduled for handover in Q2 2017.

The spokesman further says: “The Alef Residences will bring together a community of like-minded individuals, hailing from diverse cultures and destinations, specially designed to deliver a new sense of belonging.”

The materials used in the construction of the development have been meticulously sourced, including the finest timber, marble, stone, and bespoke finishes. The 104 homes, all with unique floor plans, are located across eight mansions featuring their own dedicated lobbies and private elevators, shared by only two apartments on each floor for the ultimate in discrete living.

Alef Residences ... bird’s eye view.

Alef Residences ... bird’s eye view.

A selection of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom luxury homes offer from 4,800 to 15,000 sq ft of spacious accommodation, with stunning floor to ceiling panoramic ocean and skyline views, large balconies and gardens, some even with their own pool. The pinnacle is reserved for two ultra-luxurious single penthouses and three duplex penthouses.

“The project has been uniquely tailored to cater for a diverse range of cultures with the top two floors just shell and core so owners can take advantage of world class interior designer partners to customise their apartments to their individual sense of style,” says the spokesman.

The contemporary and sophisticated residences are surrounded by a tropical landscaped garden and a 475-m-long white sandy beach – the largest private residential beachfront location in Dubai.

“The beachfront promenade will become a haven for relaxation and recreation, with private cabanas and a range of water sports,” he says.

The residences will also boast an exclusive private members’ club – the Club 104, available to residents and select VIPs to unwind, socialise and dine. In addition, residents will have VIP access to the W, its 24/7 concierge service and amenities, including six innovative dining destinations. Alternatively they can choose to relax in the comfort of their own home and take advantage of the in-residence catering service, ordering from a broad selection of W delicacies.

Established in 1975, Al Sharq Group is recognised as one of Saudi Arabia’s industrial pioneers, having forged a reputation as one of the region’s biggest producers of plastics materials. Ensuing expansion has seen it successfully branch into other industries, most notably agriculture, real estate development, and hospitality.

Al Mana, on the other hand, ranks as one of the Middle East’s most diversified conglomerates, with more than 55 companies under management in eight countries across the region. Established in 1951, Al Mana’s business interests extend from automotive, real estate and retail investments, to food and beverage, technology, media and entertainment. Its property portfolio spans the Middle East and the UK, and it is currently assessing further opportunities in continental Europe. In its home market of Qatar, Al Mana represents some of the world’s most prestigious luxury brands, from Hermes to Giorgio Armani. Other strategic brands includes Harvey Nichols and Le Meridien.

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