Show homes open at DFC waterfront of Dubai Creek

Officials say housing at Dubai Festival City is to be ready by August this year for owners to move in

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By  Eudore Chand Published  April 3, 2004

Prospective residents of Dubai Festival City will be able to start moving in by August this year, said officials at late last week’s opening of the first show homes at the waterfront project that is taking shape on the banks of Dubai Creek. The two show homes, a three- and a four-bedroom town home, showcase the first phase of the Al Badia Golf Resort residential offering, Dubai’s rental alternative on a golf course. The show homes reflect a selection of the first 64 units of the Al Badia’s Mediterranean hillside terrace. The initial offering will comprise 11 three- and four-bedroom town homes, all with their own private walled gardens, 43 apartments, which will be a mix of two, three or four bedroom units and 10 terraced homes constructed above the apartments. “The huge appeal of Al Badia Golf Resort residential development will be its resort atmosphere,” said Omar Al-Futtaim, CEO of Dubai Festival City. “It has large terrace areas and incredible views over the golf course. Homes have generous living areas and private balconies, while the landscaping will be lush with many palm trees to create the Mediterranean resort feel.” Environmental sensitivity will also be a hallmark of the Al Badia Golf Resort residential development. “To maintain the peace and quiet, central air conditioning chiller plants will be located off-site,” said Phil McArthur, DFC director of leasing and marketing. “Specifications of the homes are high in acoustic and thermal insulation, delivering a higher degree of quiet enjoyment.” The interior finishes combine a mix of traditional and contemporary. The design of the community centre is currently being finalised. It is due to open in early 2005 and will have a wide range of sports and leisure facilities, including squash courts, tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, which will be temperature controlled during the winter and summer months, the very latest gym facilities, a function room as well as a multi purpose exercise studio. There will be outdoor and indoor play areas for children, as well as a kids’ pool. Value-added service initiatives include a planned incentive scheme for the first group of residents, which will give them special discounts on products and services from within the Al-Futtaim Group of companies. Dubai Festival City is being developed on 1600 acres, and will comprise 15 development zones. It is promoted by Al Futtaim Group and is the Middle East’s largest, privately funded, mixed-use, real estate project.

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