With flats that feature an outside dining room and a “loo with a view”, Abu Dhabi’s newest apartment block, Reem Diamond Residence, is certainly on the quirky side.
The 10-storey block of 48 flats in the Shams area of Reem Island, opposite Boutik Mall, was officially handed over to buyers last month by its developer, the Hong Kong construction conglomerate Chun Wo Development, at a Chinese New Year-themed party.
Facilities include a private beach (currently under construction), a gym with its own water feature and a rooftop infinity pool with seating and barbecue area.
“Everyone who lives in this block will be able to hire the whole rooftop once a year for free for a private party,” said Anthony Poon, director of property development at Chun Wo, as he showed visitors around the development. “People will see you having fun up here and they will be jealous.”
Certainly with most of the plots on Reem Island still empty, under construction or stalled because of the financial crisis, a rooftop party could well be visible for miles around. However, looking from Reem Diamond’s infinity pool to the far larger health complex on neighbouring Sun & Sky Tower next door, one gets the feeling that the waves of jealousy could well be flowing the other way.
Nonetheless, Mr Poon was undaunted as he showed off the show apartment in the block, displaying a large balcony which has been designed to include a glass roof on which water ripples, throwing light on to the people underneath; an outdoor dining area; and, most surprisingly, a lavatory offering views of the Arabian Gulf.
“We like to design so that indoors and outdoors are all connected,” Mr Poon said. “Here you can sit and relax and just enjoy the view.”
All that relaxation and enjoyment comes at a price. Chun Wo said that it intends to retain a number of the apartments and is offering them for rent at Dh95,000 a year, while others are being offered for sale with prices available on application.
The developer said that overseas investors, especially from China, had already booked a number of the apartments.
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