Property in the UAE 'does not have to be tall to excite'

15/06/2012 - Dubai Property News Posted by Bob Brunskill
Property in the UAE 'does not have to be tall to excite'

Property in the UAE appears to be growing taller and taller, with Dubai being home to the highest-reaching tower in the world, the Burj Khalifa.But buildings do not have to be skyscrapers to attract the interest of those who appreciate good design, the National suggests.Rasheed Saeed owns a property in Ras Al Khaimah that he built from scratch, incorporating some art deco touches from the 1920s with pink and red accents and tinted windows.His design is a nod to traditional Emirati architecture with unique touches such as a spiral staircase, columns, marble floors and turrets."I wanted something new. [This is] the first time I built my [own] house. It must [look] expensive and at the same time it must be different," Mr Saeed remarked.The UAE culture for architecture cherishes the traditional, but more and more residents are striving to out-do their neighbours by making their dwellings increasingly ambitious.So, as the building materials such as the palm frond and mountain stone previous generations would have used are put aside, modern designs use newer materials such as Levantine facades and bright pigments.Still, many people are embracing their surroundings and allowing their environment to inspire them when they build a house, even if these influences are not necessarily the landscape or local geology.For example, Abdulla Al Ali lives in a pink house that resembles the watchtowers dotted along the UAE's busy highways.The 37-year-old lived in a traditional palm and coral house with his family until the advent of oil in the emirates brought about more modern homes.Since then, the cross-cultural exchange experienced in the UAE had influenced how buildings are designed, which led to the emergence of the uber-modern high rise structures dotted along the Gulf coast.Chairman of the Abu Dhabi University architecture and design department Dr Ahmad Okeil believes the UAE is yet to find its own style in the contemporary world of design."What I tell my students is that you need to look at the past only to learn how people think but not to copy," he remarked. If you need help finding property in the UAE then get in touch with The First Group