First and foremost, it is with great pride that we announce our successful acquisition of the UAE’s award-winning brokerage, ERE HOMES. Following the recent acquisition, our new brokerage division is spearheaded now by real estate veteran, Chris Whitehead. Today, Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty comprises of over 90 property consultants and continues to evolve with an extensive focus on the verticals of Investments, Sales and Leasing, Project Developments, and External Sales.
In addition to our evolving ventures, we set our focus on providing you with the finest collection of beachfront lifestyle homes and investment properties from around the world. In this issue, we feature Castillo Caribe overlooking the crystal clear water of the Caribbean Sea in the Cayman Islands; a spectacular Turtle Tail estate in Turks & Caicos; and a majestic paradise home in one of the acclaimed world’s best islands, Boracay in the Philippines.
We travel to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines where wilderness and luxury coexist in harmony. We hike to the crater of volcano La Soufrière for 90 minutes. We also take a refreshing dip in the Wallilabou Bay where a scene from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean – The Curse of the Black Pearl was shot. And furthering the laid-back experience, a road trip to the island chains of Bequia, Canouan, and Tobago Cays allows for total unplugging and unwinding.
Of course, luxury beach living is not complete without hearing it from the artisans and connoisseurs of the lifestyle itself. Martin Baerschmidt and Ivar Krasinski, the founding Partners and Directors of Dubai-based architectural practice, EDGE, share the grand aesthetics and metaphor behind the subtle detailing of 1/JBR – Dubai’s latest high-rise beachfront address. Then off the coast, we cruise and chat with Behzad Saberi, CEO and Founder of the MBC Yachts. And to cap off the day, Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten indulges us with seared scallops, snapper ceviche and his signature caviar creations in JG Dining Room at Jumeirah Beach.
For the love of art, we commemorate the works of Zaha Hadid – the architecture legend behind the award-winning Evelyn Grace Academy and MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts. We also highlight the best art scene with a first-of-its-kind sale of Lebanese modern art in London, the Micro Invasion by Masakatsu Sashie in Doha’s Anime Gallery, and the enchanting exhibit of over 267 artworks by Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró in Dubai.
Finally, we are delighted to share our new exclusive ultra luxury projects – Yas Acres, which offers the true spirit of Yas Island living in Abu Dhabi, and The Alef Residences on Palm Jumeirah, which is serviced by the world-renowned W Hotels. With these new striking, upscale projects in the region, once again the Sotheby’s International Realty brand name proves its commanding presence in the luxury real estate market. As we move forward to the next chapter of our strategic ventures in the GCC, we invite you to join us in our evolution beyond the extraordinary.