EME Outlook - - X X I I Carat - Writer: Jonathan Dy­ble

With prices rang­ing from just over $10 mil­lion to $25 mil­lion, it is not sur­pris­ing to dis­cover that prop­er­ties on the XXII Carat devel­op­ment are awash with fea­tures. These in­clude:

• A pri­vate beach­front gated com­mu­nity. The largest gar­dens on the Palm Cres­cent. In­te­ri­ors fin­ished with high-end ma­te­ri­als and equip­ment im­ported from France and Italy, such as La Cor­nue, Baldi, La Cui­sine Française, Devon&devon, Schuco and Miele. Un­spoilt views of Dubai’s iconic sky­line.

“We took our time be­fore break­ing ground to care­fully cre­ate and per­fect our mas­ter plan to ad­dress un­ob­structed water views, pri­vacy, pool lo­ca­tion and villa rooms,” adds Yachmenev. “We have in­vested a con­sid­er­able amount of re­sources to en­sure that our prop­er­ties ex­ceed ex­pec­ta­tions.”

“We have a sim­ple mis­sion, which is driven by the be­lief that true lux­ury is about more than just the ad­dress.”

So, what is lux­ury in the eyes of Yachmenev?

“Lux­ury liv­ing used to mean lav­ish fin­ishes and fur­nish­ings, a nice big swim­ming pool or two and exclusive, un­ob­structed views of the ocean or sky­line,” he says.

“But with the emer­gence of the ul­tra-prime seg­ment, these so-called tra­di­tional trim­mings are sim­ply not enough, and to­day’s lux­ury buyer is search­ing for some­thing al­to­gether more unique and mean­ing­ful.

“As the num­ber of high net worth in­di­vid­u­als in the world steadily in­creases, so too does de­mand for one-of-a-kind ul­tra-prime prop­er­ties. De­vel­op­ers the world over are com­pet­ing against each other to truly stand out and ar­chi­tects and de­sign­ers are des­per­ately try­ing to come up with more cre­ative ways to in­cor­po­rate things like cus­tomi­sa­tion, per­son­al­i­sa­tion and com­fort.

4, 1957 marks what can only be de­scribed as a his­toric event for hu­man­ity.

Sput­nik I, the world’s first ar­ti­fi­cial satel­lite that was about the same size as a beach ball, was launched into or­bit by the Soviet Union, sig­ni­fy­ing the be­gin­ning of the mod­ern-day space age and spark­ing a new wave of po­lit­i­cal, mil­i­tary, tech­no­log­i­cal and sci­en­tific dis­cov­er­ies.

In the 60 years since, more than 8,100 satel­lites have fol­lowed suit, pro­pelled into the at­mos­phere from dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions all around the world.

How­ever, of the thou­sands of dif­fer­ent man-made ob­jects that are now or­bit­ing our planet, only 11 coun­tries have suc­cess­fully launched satel­lites in­de­pen­dently on their own in­dige­nously de­vel­oped launch ve­hi­cles.

While the glob­ally renowned stal­warts of space travel in­clud­ing the US, Rus­sia and China are in­cluded in this list, so too is Is­rael, hav­ing launched its Ofeq 1 satel­lite on the Shavit rocket on Septem­ber 19, 1988, be­com­ing the eighth coun­try in the world to achieve such sta­tus.

Three decades on, Is­rael’s space pro­gramme has grown ex­po­nen­tially, largely in­flu­enced by the work­ings of Meir Moalem – a former Is­raeli Air Force pi­lot who tran­si­tioned his ca­reer into space-cen­tric re­search, pre­vi­ously head­ing up the coun­try’s national space pro­gramme.

When it comes to global con­nec­tiv­ity, Meir Moalem, CEO and Founder of Sky and Space Global, be­lieves that the sky is just the lower limit

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