In this edition of Open House, we take a tour of a striking Pearl Jumeirah villa. Influenced by Madrid-based interior designer Gaudi, the owner developed the home with plenty of entertainment spaces to cater to his needs.
Owner: After renting in Jumeirah for over 15 years, I received the opportunity to buy freehold land and build the home of my dreams and design it to my specifications. I worked with Eng. Khaled Shamaah who really listened to my needs in order to create the home of my dreams.
I love Latin music, and so wanted to design my home where I can listen to what I want, invite my favourite people in a smoke - free environment. I'm a private person, so I wanted somewhere where I wouldn't have to leave my front door. There is a gym, sauna, massage room, BBQ, 3 kinds of swimming pools, 6 jacuzzis, billiards room, cinema, club and guest house, making this home perfect for those who love to entertain their guests in a private environment. I've also added an air conditioned car park garage that can be used also as a reception area linking to the main home. There is nowhere in Dubai that offers this value for the size and such a unique villa in an up and coming location. This plot was carefully chosen to give absolute privacy to the resident. From the rooftop, you have 360 degree views of the Downtown skyline, Burj al Arab and sea.
Owner: I'm creative and artistic by nature and the idea of the jewelled facade was taken from my favourite chocolate box. I had asked Madrid-based interior designer, Gaudi, who is famous for stylish, unique interiors to help me design this aspect. I wanted one side of the villa to be modern Arabic using stone, and the other side to be very stylish, hence the jewel design. I didn't want an overall classical look, and wanted to create something special.
Gaudi and I also designed the staircase very carefully - I wanted something open and made of glass to benefit from light throughout; and not just see concrete and feel like there are blocks. It took almost 2 years just to fit the staircase as I wanted to do it very well.
It has taken several years to complete the villa and in that time, my personal circumstances have changed. No one is living in the villa right now, it is completely brand new and ready to move in. I think the ideal buyer for this villa would be someone who values their privacy and space, where they can invite their inner circle and make use of the entertainment space.