For­mer con­sul gen­eral dies

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Pen­t­houses across Dubai worth mil­lions of dirhams are cur­rently in high de­mand be­cause more CEOs and VIPs are re­lo­cat­ing to the city, ac­cord­ing to one lux­ury es­tate agency. Lux­habi­tat agents said they have sold more than 55 pen­t­houses in Dubai be­tween Jan­uary 2015 to Au­gust 2016 - as well as rented five pen­t­houses in the past 50 days. In the past year, the firm sold four worth more than Dhs18 mil­lion in Dubai Ma­rina, Palm Jumeirah and Cul­ture Vil­lage. The to­tal value of th­ese prop­er­ties ex­ceeded Dhs78 mil­lion. The most ex­pen­sive pent­house sold by the firm was in Au­gust 2016 for a Dhs20 mil­lion apart­ment at Palazzo Ver­sace. Ryan Kasper, Lux­ury Rentals Di­rec­tor at Lux­habi­tat, said: “The rea­son for the in­flux in pent­house ten­ants is due to many in­com­ing cor­po­rate global ex­ec­u­tives (CEOs, VPs) ar­riv­ing in Dubai this time of year with very­high bud­gets. “Half the clients who are rent­ing are at the very se­nior level in the ca­reers and are emp­tynesters, the other half own their own busi­nesses and are liv­ing in the pen­t­houses with fam­i­lies.” The for­mer Philip­pines Con­sul Gen­eral to Dubai and the North­ern Emi­rates has died at the age of 60, the con­sulate has an­nounced. Ben­ito Va­le­ri­ano, who was Chief of Mis­sion be­tween 2008 and 2012, suf­fered a heart at­tack. Paul Ray­mund P Cortes, the cur­rent Con­sul Gen­eral, shared a photo and trib­ute on his Face­book page that read: “We cel­e­brate the life of for­mer Philip­pine con­sul-gen­eral Ben­ito Va­le­ri­ano who served in Dubai from Jan­uary 2008 to Septem­ber 2012. Gen­tle­man. Diplo­mat. Pub­lic Ser­vant.” A re­quiem mass will be held at the con­sulate at 7pm to­day.

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