Dubai villa fit for an episode of Footballers' Wives

Whoever buys this secluded mansion, surrounded by lush gardens on the outskirts of the city, can have all of the trappings needed for a Dubai magnate.

The completely rebuilt six-bedroom, 11-bathroom villa in Al Barari, a private housing complex aimed at the super wealthy, is on the market for a cool Dh50 million.

For the right price, property broker Luxhabitat says the seller will also throw in a Range Rover, a Porsche and a Rolls-Royce Ghost.

The house also comes with all of the trimmings necessary to set up as a Dubai magnate.

Certainly, a stroll across the silk carpets, the marble floors and past the purple velvet-covered seats and gold sofas of the reception rooms, study and library makes one feel a little bit like walking across the set of the once-popular British TV series Footballers’ Wives.

The villa includes a large swimming pool and deck, a private Jacuzzi, three balconies, three kitchens (one main one and two back kitchens for staff) as well as a maid’s room, driver’s room, dry pantry and storage room.

Having been completely stripped down and rebuilt over two years, the seller, a British national who lives in Monaco, has set about rebuilding and furnishing this villa with the latest technology and the most opulent fixtures and fittings possible.

The villa comes with what its brokers claim to be the most comprehensive home control system in the UAE, where you can remotely switch on lights, security systems, air conditioning, water heating, fountains, blinds, TVs and sound systems in every room of the house or garden via iPads or from your mobile phone anywhere in the world.

The house is also fully wired for new technology.

The basement includes a six-seater home cinema with snazzy special effects including integrated 4DX, meaning that your seat vibrates along with the action of the movie. Each seat includes an integrated drinks cooler.

Elsewhere, the master bedroom has its own 200-inch projector screen with surround sound while the gym and living room also include 100-inch and 65-inch television screens with surround sound. Even the maid’s room has a 55-inch TV.


Luke Jones of luxury broker Luxhabitat, tells Lucy Barnard more about the Dh50 million villa:

Why is this villa on the market for so much money when others in Barari are going for about Dh15m?

There are 189 villas in Al Barari and most of them are valued at between Dh15m and Dh15.5m. But there are a handful of trophy villas – perhaps only four to six – which have been built on an extended plot and are not standard. Moreover, this villa has been modified and rebuilt so it really is a one off.

Who lives in a house like this?

The owner is a British national who lives in Monaco and has a design background. He bought the property from the developer in October 2014. His idea was to set a new benchmark in luxury living.

What sort of buyers are you expecting?

This house would be suitable for someone with a high disposable income. Perhaps it would suit someone who has a pre-existing property portfolio but needs to be in Dubai for tax reasons.

With house prices in Dubai falling, why is now a good time to buy?

Transaction volumes are certainly down in Dubai and the market is always slow in the summer but for a Dh50m villa the market doesn’t really affect the sort of people who would be in the position to buy a villa like this.

What else should we know about this house?

This villa really does have all the mod cons. It has automatic, in-house fingerprint and facial recognition. It has 19 security cameras, to ensure there are no blind spots.