A Modern Arabic Home in District One

January 16, 2018
Written by Arpan Ghosh
As one of the key residential developments in the upcoming Mohammed Bin Rashid City, District One represents Dubai luxury living at its finest. Potential homeowners can choose from an exclusive collection of colossal mansions in three distinct architectural styles, offering them not just a choice in terms of aesthetics, but also for the lifestyle they wish to lead.
 
This modern Arabic mansion, for example, is a perfect blend of past and present, combining facets of Dubai’s rich cultural heritage with the amenities of contemporary suburban living. It is fashioned after a traditional Arab home, characterized by its distinct cube-like design, sand-hued exterior walls and ornate lattice windows. Many of the more common flourishes, such as turrets and minarets, are toned down for a more minimalist silhouette.
 
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The interiors are where the fusion of past and present really come to life, however. The main entrance leads into a yawning cavern of a foyer, with a majlis, or sitting room, located just off to one side. The majlis is a key feature of typical Arabian homes, as a place to gather with family and close friends, and the basic concept is incorporated into all of the living areas of this fine home. Whether it is the courtyard-style lounge at the centre of the ground floor hallway or the private sitting area in the master bedroom, each has been designed with a sense of openness that truly reflects the spirit of Arab hospitality.
 
A contemporary open plan layout, beautiful outdoor pool and smart home technology break the illusion of tradition, but in the best possible ways. An indoor gym, private cinema and expansive parking garage aren’t exactly the sort of things you would find in a rustic domicile, but are just the sort of amenities that turn this home into one of Dubai’s finest mansions.
 
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District One is a truly unique community in the heart of Dubai, sitting on the shores of the world’s largest man-made lagoon, known as the Crystal Lagoon. Though completely inland, the community has over 14 km of private beachfront, and is encircled by a 9 km cycling and jogging track.