Abu Dhabi – A Magical Arabian Oasis

Abu Dhabi is not only the capital and the second largest city of the United Arab Emirates. Is a truly oasis on the north-eastern part of the Persian Gulf in the Arabian Peninsula. Was founded on an island with no more than 300 palm huts, a few coral buildings and the Ruler’s fort. This simple island settlement has since been transformed into the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Abu Dhabi and the high-rise capital of the United Arab Emirates.


The combination of international influences and a strong commitment to local heritage, has created an intriguing mix of new and old. His culture is firmly rooted in Arabia’s Islamic traditions, creating a shining example of Islam’s true commitment to tolerance and hospitality.


One of the most important architectural landmarks is the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, an authentic treasures of contemporary UAE society, and one of the most opulent in the world.


While in Abu Dhabi, don’t forget to have a relaxing walk on the Corniche Road, that spreads across an impressive eight kilometres of manicured waterfront followed by a pristine beachfront awarded with the Blue Flag status.


The best place to start exploring the city and experience the Arabian lifestyle, is the magnificent Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, located within the acclaimed Qaryat Al Beri complex, on a one-kilometre stretch of private beach overlooking the strait that separates Abu Dhabi Island from the mainland.


Whit its lush garden landscapes and its exotic sunset views from the hotel’s gazebo, place it in a serene, faraway world of its own.


Skilfully designed by the international renowned Northpoint architectural firm, and decorated by Trisha Wilson of Wilson Associates, the hotel’s impressive architecture and design, respects and reflects, the local architectural heritage, with its fine and distinctive Arabian architecture and contemporary décor, full of warm tones and organic textures.


Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, comprises 214 luxurious guestrooms and suites and 6 four-bedroom villas with private pools, all furnished to the highest standards in a modern Arabic style, Walk-in monsoon shower, Pillow menu (suites only) and the Interactive Smart TV by VDA that provides all kind of information about the Hotel and local information, while allow the guest to interact with the Hotel, booking its services and facilities, even from his own mobile device.

Each room  also  has a balcony or a terrace providing the perfect place to view stunning beach sunsets and traditional Arabic domes and minarets. Frequent business travellers and leisure guests can experience life’s privileged luxuries personalised service and special benefits at an exclusive retreat, the Horizon Club.


The complex also includes six spectacular villas, each consisting of four bedrooms, while the Shangri-La Residences offer 161 spacious serviced apartments connected to all the facilities via the hotel’s waterway abras(Arabic gondolas) and club cars.





Bulgari Residences Dubai is part of the 1.7 million sq ft Bulgari Resort and Residences that is taking shape on the Jumeira Bay Island. Comprising 165 apartments, eight penthouses and 15 mansions entirely designed by the renowned Italian architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners. The master development, Bulgari Resort and Residences Dubai, is scheduled for completion in 2017.



DAMAC Towers by Paramount Hotels & Resorts is a hotel and residential complex located in the heart of the stylish Burj area, Dubai. This four tower development comprising circa 1,200 luxury serviced hotel apartments in three towers, will offer sumptuous living with a Hollywood flavour. A fourth tower will house the world’s first Paramount Hotel and Paramount Residences and is already under construction, with completion scheduled for Q3 2019.


Dubai Creek Harbour is a joint venture project between Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding, that will be both a financially viable and ecologically responsible city, using every innovation to minimise its environmental impact. Dubai Creek Harbour project sits abreast of Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, which has sheltered around 450 animal species within its 620 hectares for a quarter-century. The project involves construction of a mixed used development consisting of 6 residential high rise towers sit on a podium encircled on the banks of the Dubai Creek. The project will also feature the Vida Hotel and Residences, a new brand of Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality & leisure subsidiary of property developer Emaar Properties. Dubai Creek Harbour at The Lagoons is master planned by the US- based architectural practice RTKL.


dubai sustainable city diamond developers

Dubai Sustainable City by Diamond Developers will be the first residential community of its kind in Dubai and is expected to meet the highest environmental standards by adopting a sustainable approach in its quest to become a regional leader in eco-tourism and global environmental protection. The inspiring architectural designs take into consideration the natural aspects of sunlight, wind and orientation in order to create cleaner air and lower temperatures for a cooler city microclimate. The Sustainable City in Dubai provides owners with unique and highly attractive benefits. It demonstrates that luxury housing is possible while following sustainability standards. The City will generate much of its own electricity through city-wide and rooftop solar panels. The Development promotes the idea of urban agriculture with the inclusion of a 3 hectare farm running across the City’s central spine. This community farm accommodates 38,000 sqft (3,500 sqm) of Biodome Greenhouses dedicated to the growing of fruits, herbs and vegetables allowing residents to enjoy local year round healthy food. Phase 1 of the City comprises five 100-villa residential clusters, a community mall, a central ‘green spine’ an equestrian centre, horse, bicycle, walking and jogging tracks, and all infrastructural works.

Phase 2, meanwhile, will include the construction of an eco-resort, a country club, a green school, a science museum, and The Sustainability Centre of Excellence. The project is expected to be completed before the end of 2016.



A unique iconic landmark on the Chao Phraya River

Thailand hosts over 16 million visitors per year, and Bangkok passed London as the world’s most popular travel destination, by the MasterCard Index of Global Destination Cities.




After being placed at the head of the list of the total projected vis- its by foreigners, followed by London, Paris, New York and Dubai, Bangkok showed a significant growth in size and importance, be- coming a key global hotspot for business and leisure travelers and for foreign investors and buyers, with numerous Luxury hotels and Resort under development. This has led the hospitality to be an increasingly competitive industry that requires something unique in the challenge to make high-end hotel distinction.




Between the projects just completed and under development, the most anticipated one, for its magnificence and prominence, is The Chao Phraya Estate, developed by Country Group Development. A unique iconic landmark on Bangkok’s first paved road along the Chao Phraya River (The River of the Kings – the King of the Rivers), the best-loved location for the latest top luxury developments. Consisting of an ultra-luxury 73 storey residential tower and two premium-brand hotels covering a total area of 36 Rai (approximately 58.000 m2 / 14 acres) and 350 meters of prime waterfront promenade.




Designed to set a new standard in luxury, the Chao Phraya Estate will be home to the new Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, the Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok and the first Capella Hotel in Thailand. The design and the masterplan is developed by the interna- tional studio Hamiltons International, while the interior design by BAMO Group and PIA Interior. The project is followed by the renowned Architect Studio Dhevanand and the Engineering Consultants Meinhardt




The residential tower, one of the tallest in Bangkok and the world’s biggest Four Seasons Private Residence located on a riverbank, is inspired by its spectacular waterfront location, with stunning panoramic views across all 355 world-class residences, from 115 sqm. for a 2 bedroom residence and 1,050 sqm. for a penthouse residence, will feature a collection of exclusives amenities. An entry elegant foyer, a private lounge area, a riv- er-facing infinity pool, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and a rooftop Four Seasons Club triplex with glass walled wine room to store prized vintages, golf simulator, billiards table, cigar-room, a private screening room and an infinity pool overlooking the superb skyline from the 66th floor. The highest quality of the finishes that extends in all the details, reflects the commitment to innovation and the exquisite standards of the finest hotel suites of the brand. Italian marbles, luxury bathrooms, Bulthaup quality built-in kitchen, and the ultimate technology in Home and Build- ing Automation by VDA.




The Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, located on the longest promenade of the Chao Phraya River, is projected to become one of Bangkok’s most exclusive addresses and emblematic of the finest in luxury hospitality, featuring 312 elegant Suites, cascading lush green courtyards, and the largest convention hall among hotels on the river-promenade. The 100-key Capella Hotel includes lushes tropical gardens and riverfront villas, as well as guest rooms and suites with magnificent interiors and spacious outdoor showers. The Hotel will feature two gourmet restaurants, a riverfront bar, a 9000 square-foot spa, a 7500 square-foot ballroom, a series of riverfront designer retail shops, and an outdoor pool.




Vitrum Sense

Vitrum launched the futuristic Vitrum Sense Collection, a totally new concept of material and design, sensually relieved buttons forged in a smooth surface for a seamless fusion of lines, sensations and gestures.




Sense can be installed on common be electric wiring to the electronic module, fix the latter onto the wall box and then apply the external command plate. Sense is totally interchangeable with all Vitrum plates: the best to create a new experience in any location.







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Sense can be installed on common wall boxes and offers full compatibility with traditional systems. All you have to do to use Sense is connect the electric wiring to the electronic module, fix the latter onto the wall box and then apply the external command plate. Sense is totally interchangeable with all Vitrum plates: the best to create a new experience in any location.


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