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Luxurious, lusciously green living: Al Zahia breaks ground on its Al Yasmeen neighbourhood

  • Al Yasmeen will offer 200+ premium properties upon completion in 2022
  • Residents will find themselves among tranquil surroundings with easy access to a complete variety of amenities
  • Al Yasmeen’s construction moves Al Zahia closer to its 2023 completion

Sharjah, UAE, 13 October 2020: Al Zahia — Sharjah’s premier lifestyle destination — has moved one step closer to completion with the ground-breaking ceremony of its highly sustainable Al Yasmeen neighbourhood.

Scheduled for completion in 2022, Al Yasmeen is designed for discerning families and young couples that demand luxury and tranquillity from the place they call home. The neighbourhood will comprise a mix of more than 200 two and three-bedroom villas and townhouses nestled within lush green surroundings — complementing the other premium neighbourhoods within the masterplan, where more than 800 homes in the Al Jouri and Al Narjis neighbourhoods have already been handed over to the families of Al Zahia, and homes in Al Lilac are currently under construction.

Shadi Al Azzeh, Al Zahia Projects Head at Majid Al Futtaim Properties, said, “Al Yasmeen will be an exciting demonstration of Al Zahia’s unique philosophy of creating memorable spaces. It has been crafted to inspire social connections and is set against a backdrop of relaxing green spaces, reinforcing the community’s position as a one-of-a-kind destination. It will be a place for families to grow, socialise, and thrive — one part of the wider Al Zahia community that offers everything a family could need. Breaking ground is a proud moment for us, and it means we are one step closer to creating more great moments for the people of Al Zahia.”

United Engineering Construction Co. (UNEC), which boasts a portfolio of premium developments in the UAE, will oversee the construction of Al Yasmeen, ensuring the neighbourhood lives up to the high expectations placed on every Majid Al Futtaim community.

Walid Al Hashimi, Sharjah Holding’s Chief Executive Officer, added, “Sharjah is full of ambition, and we’ve been sure to instil the same across Al Zahia. Contrasting the emirate’s urban energy with luxurious modern homes, Al Yasmeen is the next piece in the puzzle. The neighbourhood redefines the modern living experience while reflecting Al Zahia’s commitment to respectfully upholding Sharjah’s rich culture and traditions. Al Yasmeen is also yet another investment in the community, being a place that will empower residents to live the fulfilling lives they deserve. We’re pleased to push on with our partners toward Al Zahia’s completion in 2023.”

Like the wider Al Zahia community, Al Yasmeen neighbourhood will reflect the traditional values of Sharjah in a progressive, welcoming community. Its homes will be nestled among six themed sensorial parks, each designed to stimulate and rejuvenate residents. The exclusive-to-residents Clubhouse will provide resort-style living and a place to socialise and unwind, while a direct connection to the upcoming City Centre Al Zahia — the northern emirates’ largest mall — will ensure ultimate convenience.

Al Yasmeen also upholds Al Zahia’s status as the first development in the UAE and the Middle East to be awarded the BREEAM Communities Interim Certification — a measure of the community’s unwavering commitment to sustainable design and development.

Al Zahia is part of the strategic partnership between Majid Al Futtaim Properties and Sharjah Asset Management. On completion, the entire Al Zahia development will include a total of 3,700 homes. Al Zahia is located off Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and directly on University City Road. To date, 55 per cent of the project has been sold, with 800 families already in residence.

District one creates new trend

As one of the sought after high-end community
By Anitha Lakshminarayanan

District one becomes the sought after community for high-end buyers and creates a new trend.

Over the years and traditionally, Emirates Hills has been the hottest community for high-net-worth buyers, and recently the trends are changing.

Andrew Cummings, co-founder and manager of luxuryproperty.com, said, “District one is the hottest community for buyers as it boasts a stunning crystal lagoon and premium location close to Downtown.”

He added “Particularly, in 2020 and recently District one recorded a Dh 90 million transaction for a contemporary villa “

Mahatma Gandhi Cultural Forum Sharjah, an associate of Indian Association Sharjah, held a Three-day educational workshop For Students

Dr.T.P.Sashikumar’s Be a Warrior, not Worrier Workshop, was a hit among all the wards.

By Anitha Lakshminarayanan

Sharjah, December 16th, 2019 – Mahatma Gandhi Cultural Forum an associate of Indian Association Sharjah held a three-day workshop Be a Warrior not a Worrier for high school students conducted by Shiksha, which was founded by Dr.T.P.Sashikumar, a space scientist with several accolades in various fields such as science, spirituality, and Psychotherapy 

Mr.Sashikumar ‘s Shiksha is a house to inspire and encourage young students, primarily through their teachings, that is similar to the Gurukul style of living and teaching students. 

Many schoolchildren in the Sharjah workshop were also mesmerized by their teacher’s style of delivering the lectures and Tina; a Grade 10 student said: “We enjoyed this three-day workshop and would like Sashikumar Sir to extend it for another day.”

Dr.P.Sashikumar is a Space scientist who took voluntary retirement from ADRIN Hyderabad based (Advanced Data Process Research Institute) and was associated with India’s space mission for 20 years.

In addition to being a science enthusiast, he has also written several books on philosophy and life lessons.

Top reasons why residents are ready to move

By Anitha Lakshminarayanan

As the real estate markets soften in Dubai, Many residents are willing to explore and   shift to another community within Dubai and here are the top reasons:

  • The Primary reason being – falling of rents, which will allow them to live in bigger size homes than before.
  • Not only a better quality of living, but expats also preferred to relocate to reduce their time spent on commuting, particularly while enduring traffic. And so, they changed their house to a place that was close to their office.
  • Another reason for moving was because of the landlords, who want to sell their property and also due to maintenance issues.

What do experts feel

Many top property experts commented that “Many are shifting from Palm Jumeirah, and Springs to locations such as Nshama and Mira as the rents are 20-30 per cent cheaper in these places”.

As per a recent study by Service Market

61.4% moved to bigger houses, while 23.4% moved into a house of the same size and only 16.2 per cent downsized.

And the top trend in the move-in market segment

Business Bay is the trending area, particularly when it comes to the move-in market segment

World Green Economy Summit 2018 to kick off in October amid growing adoption of new technologies

The fifth edition to focus on green capital, digital transformation & leadership and social engagement

 Dubai, UAE, 21 May 2018: The annual World Green Economy Summit (WGES 2018) will be organised in Dubai to tackle global issues and important strategies, including the digital age and its impact on building a ‘green’ and sustainable future growth across industries. This was announced today by the organising committee of the fifth World Green Economy Summit ‘WGES 2018’.

WGES is set to take place from October 24th to 25th under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The summit is organised by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the World Green Economy Organisation (WGEO) in collaboration with international partners under the theme ‘Driving Innovation, Leading Change’.

WGES 2018 will focus on three main pillars, green capital, digital transformation, and leadership and social engagement. The event will gather financial executives, investment professionals, and thought leaders to discuss ways to increase green capital flows into regional and global environment-friendly projects and how to de-risk those investments.

WGES 2018 will also focus on developing the digital economy and integrating it with the green economy. The summit will discuss the latest smart technologies and digital breakthroughs that promise to accelerate green growth and sustainable development.

On leadership and social engagement, the event will examine the ongoing shift to a green economy – a phenomenon that many fears may lead to human insecurity and inequalities, job losses, and social deficits. Participating leaders and supporters of green innovation initiatives are expected to exchange knowledge and best practices to address the economic and social impact of these programmes.

“Holding WGES 2018 comes in line with the far-sighted vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to enhance sustainable development in the UAE as well as reinforcing Dubai’s position as a global capital of green economy. The summit also forms a vital aspect of the UAE Centennial 2071 for the UAE to become the best country in the world in 2071;the UAE Vision 2021; the Dubai Plan 2021 and our continuous efforts to achieve the goals of Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 that aims to provide 7 per cent of Dubai’s energy from clean energy sources by 2020, 25 per cent by 2030 and 75 per cent by 2050, not to mention the UAE Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution that aims to achieve a competitive national economy based on knowledge, innovation and futuristic applications by integrating physical, digital and vital technologies,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy in Dubai, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, and Chairman of WGES.

H.E Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer MD&CEO – DEWA

“New and advanced technologies are the key to a successful and genuine digital transformation and green economic growth. It is important therefore that all of us in the green economy to formulate major policies and frameworks encouraging relevant technological developments that will benefit society as a whole. Focusing on three main pillars, DEWA and WGEO are organising WGES 2018 to strengthen Dubai’s leading position as a global model for clean energy and green economy by using the disruptive technologies of the 4th industrial revolution, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), UAVs, energy storage, blockchain, the Internet of Things and many more,” added Al Tayer.

Abdul Rahim Sultan, Director of WGEO, added: “The Summit will be crucial to promoting the widespread acceptance and increased importance of the green economy in the context of sustainable development. We are confident that the inputs from this year’s WGES will contribute to promote implementation of green economy policies at all levels, in a manner that endeavours to drive sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth through providing us an interactive platform where we can share relevant best industry practices and latest innovations.”

The UAE is the first in the Arab world and the region as per the index of realising global green economy and it is at the forefront of the green transformation and renewable energy. In this regard, Dubai has launched Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world based on the Independent Power Producer model. Supporting the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, this ambitious project aims to transform Dubai into an international hub for clean and renewable energy.

EXPERIENCE THE TRADITIONAL FLAVORS OF RAMADAN AT RAMADA PLAZA JUMEIRAH BEACH

cropped-255-e1411031451419.jpgDubai, UAE; May 2018: Embrace the spirit of the Holy Month of Ramadan with your family and friends and share truly memorable moments at Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach.

Centrally located in the heart of Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Residence and overlooking the exquisite beach promenade “The Walk”, Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach is a four-star deluxe hotel with magnificent views of the neighboring Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah and a mere walking distance from the vibrant culture and upscale shopping destination, “The Walk”.

The hotel features a variety of dining options that are sure to satisfy the cravings of fasting guests as well as those looking for a private dining spot. Share a blessed and bountiful Iftar at Shores restaurant to enjoy a variety of International palates, chill out after Iftar until Sohour late hours in an Oriental ambience at Sama Lounge, delve into an All-You-Can-Eat meat experience at Fogueira Restaurant & Bar.

With so much on offer, your Iftar and Sohour will surely be an astonishing gastronomical experience!

Shores Restaurant Ramadan Buffet

Starting from Iftar until to 9:00 pm

Celebrate the spirit of the Holy Month with family and friends this Ramadan at Shores Restaurant and partake into sumptuous traditional palates, traditional Arabic Mezzas, an array of International salads, complemented by live cooking stations, whole Ozzy, Shawarma station and so much more. Break your fast with your favourite Arabic juices and drinks and end your meal with your choice of traditional Arabic desserts, exotic fruit selection, Kids’ candy station, crepes and plenty of chocolate fountain fun for all!

AED 145 per person inclusive of Ramadan Juices

Kids between 6-12 years old dine at 50% discount; Kids aged 5 years & below dine for free.

For reservations & more information, please call +971 (0) 4 439 8888, or email restaurants@ramadaplazajbr.com.

For Groups Rates, please email: groups@ramadaplazajbr.com

Enjoy Ramadan with a Brazilian Twist

Starting from Iftar until to 12:00 midnight

Located on the 35th floor, the Brazilian churrascaria, Fogueira Restaurant & Lounge offers an all-you-can-eat Brazilian Barbecue experience offering 20+ meat cuts. With stunning views of Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina, guests can dine in or enjoy al fresco dining with a view on the terrace.

Ramadan Packages:

AED 249 per person with soft drinks.
AED 349 per person with Brazilian cocktails.

For reservations & more information, please call +971 (0) 4 439 8888, or email restaurants@ramadaplazajbr.com.

An Oriental Ambiance at Sama Lounge

Starting from Iftar until 2:00 am

Relax with your friends and loved ones under the stars and enjoy a variety of authentic Arabic Mezzas, refreshing traditional Ramadan juices, an exceptional variety of your favourite Hookah flavors complemented by the picturesque views of Dubai Marina and The Palm Jumeirah.

AED 52 per person for your choice of Shisha flavor and Moroccan tea

For reservations & more information, please call +971 (0) 4 439 8888, or email restaurants@ramadaplazajbr.com.

 

Zulekha Hospital cordially invites you to attend the announcement of the World Labor Day initiative conducted by Sharjah Health Authority.

 As a member of the initiative, Zulekha Hospital will provide quality medical treatments at discounted rates to the Authority’s beneficiaries. This includes Sharjah Government employees, their dependents and retirees covered under insurance, elderly residents in the Emirate of Sharjah not holding insurance coverage and additionally UAE nationals based in the Emirate of Sharjah.

 The event will be attended by senior officials from Sharjah Police Headquarters, Sharjah Health Authority, Sharjah Municipality,  Bee’ah, Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority

 Date: Monday, 23rd April ‘18

  Timing: 10.00 am to 11.00 am

                         Venue: The Chamber of Commerce, Sharjah

Sooma delivers Al Fouad in Al Furjan

cropped-255-e1411031451419.jpgReady apartment building Al Fouad, located in Dubai’s Al Furjan community, offers unique urban living experience with family-friendly amenities

Sooma Real Estate Developer LLC, a Dubai-based real estate company, announced the completion of Al Fouad, one of the first ready residential buildings located in Al Furjan, a 560-hectare master development from Nakheel. The developer’s focus was to ensure timely delivery of Al Fouad along with the display of high-quality fixtures and finishes of their flagship project. The official public launch took place earlier this month and so far, 51 percent of the apartments are sold out. Attractively priced and strategically located between Sheikh Zayed Road and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, adjacent to the Discovery Gardens community, the property houses studios, one, two and three bedroom units.

Fueled by the growth in the economy, combined with the emergence of more affordable housing options, the UAE’s property market is starting to gain momentum once again, with a focus on community-based living spaces. According to the Dubai Land Department (DLD) 69,000 real estate transactions in Dubai accounted for approximately AED 285 billion transaction value.

The completed and ready to move in Al Fouad development houses 105 apartments all with DEWA connection in place. The building boasts two retail units on the ground floor, a rooftop swimming pool and gym, and underground/over ground shaded parking. Buyers are given a choice of closed or open kitchens, and all apartments come with balconies offering villa community and Dubai Marina views. Prices start from AED 850 per sqft and the Dubai Islamic Bank is providing mortgages to buyers.

Omar Hafez, CEO of Sooma Real Estate Developer LLC, said: “The completion of our first residential project in one of ‘New Dubai’ popular locations address the emirate’s rising demand for family-friendly and affordable communities. With forecasts hinting at a rise in the number of first-time home owners in Al Furjan, thanks to enticing returns, attractive prices, post-completion payment plans, and proximity to the upcoming Dubai Metro station, we aim to set a new standard of living with our unique development. As a ready property, Al Fouad apartments bring investors immediate returns.”

Engel & Völkers, exclusive sales partner of Sooma, have announced an attractive payment plan for the prospective buyers, which gives them a chance to pay 30 per cent of the purchase price after moving into the property. The company also provides around the clock assistance including renting the property to the right tenant. Show apartments are now ready for daily viewings.

Al Furjan, one of Nakheel’s most popular and fastest-growing communities, is currently home to more than 5,000 people–with a projected population of over 65,000 when completed. The mixed-use community blends unique urban living experiences with a wide range of amenities, including parks, landscaped walkways and kids’ play areas, schools, medical facilities, mosques and retail and community facilities. Al Furjan is home to its very own retail unit, Pavilion, with a second under construction, as well as the recently-opened Al Furjan Club, which is a new dining and leisure complex with restaurants, pool, gym and sports courts.

Al Fouad is just a 15-minute car drive away from Ibn Battuta Mall, 15 minutes away from Dubai Marina, 18 minutes from Al Maktoum International Airport and 30 minutes from Downtown Dubai. The extension of the Dubai Metro network to connect the Expo 2020 site will make Al Furjan accessible by metro, further enhancing the connectivity. Besides Al Fouad, Sooma Real Estate Development has many new projects in the pipeline in the same area.

Falconcity of Wonders fosters knowledge exchange in first Arab Land Conference as key to addressing sustainable land use  

Developer supports pioneering regional platform as Platinum Sponsor

 February 26, 2018

As part of its commitment to sustainable land use development in the Arab region, Falconcity of Wonders LLC, the developer of the Falconcity of Wonders (FCW) multipurpose mega project currently being built in Dubai, has provided support as the Platinum Sponsor, for the Arab Land Conference, being held for the first time under the patronage of the Dubai Government and the Arab League. The event is serving as a strategic platform for discussing the latest research and innovation in land governance and other regional experiences in partnership with the World Bank, Global Land Tool Network, UN-Habitat, and the Arab Union of Surveyors.

The conference saw the participation of ministers and other top-level government officials across the region, land experts, the academe, businesses, international organizations, aid agencies and civil society representatives.

H.E. Salem Ahmad Almoosa, Chairman and General Manager of Falconcity of Wonders LLC, was also presented with an award in appreciation of the strategic role as Platinum Sponsor of the first Arab Land Conference.

Commenting on the conference, H.E. Salem Ahmad Almoosa, Chairman and General Manager of Falconcity of Wonders LLC, said: “Dubai’s hosting of the first Arab Land Conference is a landmark event and a timely initiative which highlighted the trends in land use and regulations in the region. Falconcity of Wonders fully supports such activities and we are positive that our participation helped in facilitating the exchange of knowledge amongImage (15).jpg stakeholders and further contribute towards meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. We find it a valuable endeavour to support such events that contribute to social and economic development, particularly in real estate development in the Arab region. We are thankful for this opportunity and we remain supportive of such activities in every feasible way.”

Ministry of Health & Prevention launches medical examination center for residency in Ibn Battuta Mall in partnership with Nakheel Malls

 UAE, February 24, 2018 – The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) launched the medical examination Center for the issuance of residency visas and visa renewals at Dubai’s Ibn Battuta Mall, in partnership with Nakheel malls, to improve the clients’ journey and reduce waiting time by providing the best medical examination, electronic systems and smart technologies. The initiative forms part of the Ministry’s strategy to outsource health screening services to expatriate workers in partnership with the private sector. Continue reading Ministry of Health & Prevention launches medical examination center for residency in Ibn Battuta Mall in partnership with Nakheel Malls