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Taking a tour of a lavish Al Barari villa

Al Barari's palatial villas combine traditional flair and contemporary good looks with a lush outdoor landscape

  • By Aidan Imanova and Angela Boshoff Hundal
  • Published: 00:00 April 15, 2012
  • InsideOut

Al Barari villa
  • Image Credit: Supplied picture
  • Al Barari is ideal for those with a taste for the luxe life and environmentally friendly living.
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Dubai’s luxury Al Barari development is situated just off Emirates Road in what is known as the ‘royal’ area of Nad Al Sheba. Derived from the Arabic word for ‘wilderness’ and bordered by a wildlife reserve, when driving up the long tree-lined road that leads to the secluded community’s villas, it’s easy to see why people describe it as one of the most beautiful and exclusive areas in Dubai.

With the construction of Greenworks plant nursery, lifestyle apartments and a boutique hotel taking place in the near future, Al Barari is a property de rigueur, ideal for those with a taste for the luxe life and environmentally friendly living. Residents and visitors can also enjoy public gardens, winding paths, The Farm restaurant and other amenities that are already available.

“This development is the region’s lowest-density one and around 80 per cent of its land is dedicated to open green space,” says Mohammed Zaal, chief executive officer of Al Barari. “Not only does it contain 14km of naturally landscaped lakes and freshwater streams, but the villas have been grouped in leaf-shaped clusters to minimise the impact of the infrastructure on the land.” The layout of the community also encourages residents to walk and cycle rather than drive.

There are four villa styles on offer at Al Barari – Acacia, Bromellia, Camellia and Dahlia. The InsideOut team spent an afternoon visiting a Dahlia-style home; a lavishly designed six-bedroom show home with a beautiful garden.

“While the majority of our luxury villas have already been purchased, there are some homes that are currently available for lease including some of the Dahlia villas,” Mohammed says. “Featuring an authentic Arabian architectural style paired with contemporary design, these homes bring the indoors and outdoors together, paying homage to the heritage of the UAE.”

Stepping inside, the detail with which the interiors have been crafted is palpable. Rich colours and textures create a space that’s both elegant and homely. “The Dahlia villas feature three-levels and boast six master en-suite bedrooms with dressing rooms, a study, separate living room and dining areas, two fully fitted kitchens, a powder room and a basement room with bathroom,” Mohammed says. “The home also offers a maid’s quarters with a bedroom, kitchenette, a terrace and a private entrance.”

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The villas are all built in accordance with a strict environmental management plan and landscape architects have ensured conservation of biodiversity by using a variety of local species. The gardens have pools, outdoor showers, bathrooms and barbecue areas.

Mohammed says the homes are perfect for large families that enjoy luxury living in a secluded space. “Al Barari residents are well-travelled and cosmopolitan individuals seeking an exclusive, opulent lifestyle with environmental credentials,” he says. “Having said that, the community is close knit and we often host events like outdoor cinema screenings to thank the residents for making their homes here. The fact that most of the development is green is unique, and I believe that makes a world of difference to the people living here.”

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How much does it cost to rent in Al Barari? Annual rental rates start from around Dh425,000 but can vary based on the type of villa. The villas can be leased directly from Al Barari or directly from the owners.

What are the benefits of living in Al Barari? Al Barari is the region’s first integrated, luxury eco-conscious development. Al Barari’s design offers its residents a balanced and peaceful living space that brings the outside and indoors together.

What are the amenities that Al Barari residents have access to? Apart from The Farm restaurant, there will be a health club, a nursery and a spa that are expected to be finished within the next six months. A luxury boutique hotel in the community is set for completion in the next three years.

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