In the shadow of Dubai’s futuristic Meydan racecourse, thousands of villas and apartments are taking shape.
On a dusty road close to the Dubai Quarantine Centre, one of the first, Sobha Hartland, a planned gated community of 6,000 homes, comes as a shock of landscaped green.
The development by Dubai-based developer Sobha promises, like many others in the area, to provide luxury homes surrounded by peaceful and harmonious greenery.
According to Sobha’s charismatic chairman, PNC Menon, who appears in a white Bentley to talk the media through the new project, about 30 per cent of the 185 acres of land in Sobha Hartland will be reserved as green space.
A first phase of 70 villas is due to be completed by the end of next year and heavily advertised show homes are already up and running.
Certainly the 8,028 square feet five-bedroom show villa opened to the media last week includes greenery at its very core, being built around an internal courtyard. The courtyard also includes a swimming pool and barbecue area connected to the internal areas.
Inside is a large light double height free-flowing reception room big enough to include both a large glass lift and the sort of staircase you only see in hotels and black and white American movies.