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Super-luxury apartments redefine UAE real estate landscape

Opulence takes on newer and more intense forms each year. Pythia Barretto looks at the surge in super luxury apartments that are mushrooming worldwide

Dawn breaks and fingers of sunlight find their way through the expansive panorama of glass, casting a golden hue across the Italian marble floor. A glance outside presents a canvas of the city below, the burgeoning skyline studded with architectural wonders, as the distant waters twinkle in the early sunlight. A click of a button, and a voice-assisted smart home system begins to brew your morning coffee. Welcome to the new face of grandeur and style – the super-luxury apartments.

In a world captivated by grandeur, cities across the globe are scripting their tales of opulence. They’re becoming playgrounds of architectural innovation. They’re going beyond the ordinary and flirting with the extraordinary! It’s no surprise then, that in this era of reimagined affluence, super-luxury apartments are emerging as unparalleled symbols of luxury living. They are, in fact, redefining the essence of elegance. As society continues its quest for the finest living experiences, these apartments represent more than just a residential choice. They provide a passport to an extraordinary lifestyle experience, a gateway into a world of unmatched luxury. They stand not merely as structures of concrete and glass, but as transformative spaces. An embodiment of the timeless adage – ‘home is where the heart is’. And in some cases, where the money is.

Armani Residences, Burj Khalifa

A global upsurge

As the world challenges the status quo of ‘modern living’, opulence emerges not just as an afterthought, but a profound expression of lifestyle. From New York’s sleek sky-high lofts to London’s historic luxury penthouses, and from Singapore’s ultramodern condo suites to Sydney’s harbour-view residences, super-luxury apartments are becoming the new epitome of global upscale living. These opulent residences exemplify the essence of contemporary luxury – a delicate balance of comfort, aesthetics, and exclusivity. State-of-the-art amenities like temperature-controlled pools, private fitness studios, in-house spas, and fine-dining establishments cater to the elite clientele’s sophisticated lifestyle preferences. Seamless integration of advanced smart-home technology guarantees a hyper-connected and smart living environment. Privacy and exclusivity, once considered mere add-ons, have now become pillars of this trend in fine living.

Le Reve in Dubai Marina

The pinnacle of luxury living

While the world is witnessing a shift toward über-luxury, Dubai has upped the ante! They’ve elevated this concept to extraordinary heights. Known for its flamboyant glamour and ceaseless innovation, this city is continually reimagining the parameters of luxury. Dubai is a fertile ground for super-luxury living, attracting an international audience of the rich and famous.

Take, for instance, the world-renowned Burj Khalifa. Its Armani Residences are not just apartments; they are a lifestyle statement, echoing elegance in every nook and corner. From its handpicked designer furnishings to the riveting views of the Dubai Fountain and the city, these residences redefine what it means to live in the lap of luxury. Another testament to Dubai’s ascent is the breathtaking Le Reve in Dubai Marina. The French name ‘Le Reve’ translates to ‘The Dream’, and rightly so. Every residence here occupies a full floor – ensuring absolute privacy. Add to this the breathtaking panoramic views, high-tech smart home systems and concierge services. It’s getting more and more clear why this address is home to an elite list of residents – including celebrities and high-profile business tycoons.

One Palm by Omniyat on Palm Jumeirah

Next on the list is the One Palm by Omniyat on Palm Jumeirah. With its one-of-a-kind architecture, this residential project is a symbol of the future of luxury living in Dubai. It offers extraordinary services, from cinema rooms to temperature-controlled wine cellars. The private beach and the stunning views of the Dubai skyline and the Arabian Gulf are just extra jewels on an already stellar crown.

The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences elevate the living experience to an art form. Nestled on the Palm Jumeirah, these residences offer next-level luxury. The apartments showcase floor-to-ceiling windows that open to mesmerizing views of the Arabian Gulf. The residents have access to the resort’s world-class and high-end amenities, including a private beach, marina, and an eclectic mix of restaurants and bars, giving new meaning to luxury and convenience.

The Opus, a residential marvel in Downtown Dubai, exemplifies architectural uniqueness. Resembling a cube dissected by a diagonal line, The Opus offers its residents enviable views of the Burj Khalifa and the city skyline. The apartments here feature floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, and high-end finishes that reflect a sense of sophistication and modernity.

Dubai has upped the ante! Known for its flamboyant glamour and ceaseless innovation, this city is continually reimagining the parameters of luxury

A project to watch for is Burj Binghatti Jacob & Co Residencies. A luxurious residential development in Dubai, it derives its inspiration from the impossible! The hypertower will be one of the tallest residential buildings in the world, featuring innovative design elements and iconic Jacob diamonds. Residents will enjoy a unique and luxurious lifestyle with amenities like five-star hotel services, private sky gardens, and a helipad. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2025.

It would be remiss not to mention one of the most expensive homes in the world – reportedly the 750 million AED Versailles-styled villa in Dubai, also known as the Marble Palace, is located in the exclusive Emirates Hills neighborhood and has 60,000 square feet of living space. The villa is decorated with Italian stone and gold leaf, and it has several luxurious amenities, including a 15-car garage, a coral reef aquarium, and a panic room.

In its relentless pursuit of luxury, Dubai isn’t just building apartments; it’s curating experiences. The city continues to craft a niche for itself as a global hub of luxury living, curating a lifestyle that seamlessly merges opulence, comfort, and modernity.

Jacob Arabo, Founder, Chairman and Creative Director of Jacob & Co with CEO and Head of Architecture, Muhammad Binghatti
Burj Binghatti Jacob & Co. Residences – the crown jewel of Dubai
Burj Binghatti Jacob & Co. Residences

The bespoke experience

However, today’s high-net-worth individuals seek more than just opulence. They crave unique, bespoke experiences crafted to their individual tastes and preferences. The world of super-luxury apartments is responding to this trend. It’s evolving beyond the concept of one-size-fits-all luxury to offer residences that can be as unique as their owners.

In Dubai and other luxury hubs, customization has become an essential aspect of the super-luxury experience. Developers are working hand-in-hand with buyers to create homes that reflect their personal aesthetic, from the architectural design to the interior décor. This can include anything from personalized floor plans to curated art collections and custom-designed furnishings. In addition, residents often have access to a range of bespoke services, from personal chefs and concierge services to in-home spa treatments and personalized fitness coaching. In this sense, these apartments are more than homes; they’re a platform for creating unique, luxury lifestyle experiences that are tailored to the individual.

This focus on bespoke experiences further elevates the appeal of super-luxury apartments, positioning them as the epitome of personal expression within the world of luxury living. It demonstrates that in today’s luxury market, the ultimate amenity is the freedom to customize your living experience to fit your own vision of luxury.

Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences

The luxury of the future

But among all the glitz and glamour of the super-luxury landscape, a new dimension is emerging. One that complements and enhances the opulence – sustainability. It’s a promising sign that the global elite is becoming more conscious of their ecological footprint. Therefore, the integration of eco-friendly design, renewable energy sources and green spaces in these luxurious spaces is no longer a bonus but an expectation. Developments around the world are embracing this principle, integrating state-of-the-art technologies to reduce their environmental impact. And, in Dubai, the trend is taking a firm hold. With the city’s ambition to be a global hub for sustainability, many of its super-luxury projects are incorporating elements like solar panels, water-saving fixtures, and indoor vertical gardens. These initiatives are establishing an era where sustainability and luxury live side by side and these are only amplifying the appeal of these super-luxury apartments.

Marble Palace, located in the exclusive Emirates Hills

Luxurious returns

The appeal of super-luxury apartments goes beyond their aesthetic charm and the lifestyle they promise. From an investor’s perspective, they offer an intriguing value proposition. The exclusivity and global demand for these residences contribute to their strong value appreciation. Cities like New York, London, and Singapore have historically shown strong real estate value retention. Dubai, with its competitive luxury market and international appeal, has joined this league. Many see investment in Dubai’s super-luxury segment as a strategic move – it’s a tangible asset that offers both opulent living and attractive returns. Super-luxury apartments have thus become an attractive asset class, promising not just a luxurious lifestyle, but also an investment that may withstand the test of time. The rise of this super-luxury lifestyle reflects a new global attitude – one where the pursuit of excellence in living is seen as an investment in quality of life, rather than a mere indulgence.

Customization has become an essential aspect of the super-luxury experience. Developers are working hand-in-hand with buyers to create homes that reflect their personal aesthetic, from the architectural design to the interior décor

Vision meets innovation

The global appeal of super-luxury apartments stems from their ability to evolve with their residents’ sophisticated expectations. This shift isn’t just a trend; it represents a new way of life. It’s an aspiration for the highest quality of living, combining modernity, exclusivity, and sheer sophistication. Dubai stands at the forefront of this evolution, with its unwavering commitment to innovation and its inherent understanding of luxury. Developers here are selling not just homes, but lifestyle experiences that cater to every nuanced need of the modern elite. The rise of super-luxury apartments worldwide, and especially in Dubai, is a testament to the boundless possibilities of architectural creativity and luxury living. These structures are more than just residences; they are an embodiment of a vision, a testament to the extraordinary, and an inspiration for the future of luxury living.

As the sun sets, casting its enchanting glow on the city, it’s impossible not to marvel at the journey of luxury living. From being merely an idea, super luxury apartments have become the gold standard in the modern-day quest for affluence. They’re pushing boundaries, setting trends, and redefining the very notion of what a home can mean. 

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