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Dubai's forest homes project Ashjar '75% sold out'

Developer Al Barari says 52 of 203 homes surrounded by dense forest available; handovers set for Dec 2017

Dubai's forest homes project Ashjar '75% sold out'

Luxury developer Al Barari has announced that 75 percent of its Ashjar project in Dubai is sold out, with only 52 of the 203 homes remaining available.

Construction of the 13 low rise, low density buildings began in May and, with 36 percent of the project now complete, the first set of keys will be handed over in December 2017, the developer said.

Each cluster is separated by dense forest, creating secluded havens among Al Barari's 18.42 million square foot community, where over 80 percent of the area is set aside to nature, it added.

Martyn Crook, Al Barari's CEO of Asset Management, said: "We are very pleased with the significant interest that the Ashjar residences have attracted. Al Barari has targeted a different segment of the market with this unique proposition of spacious luxury apartment living surrounded by nature, which truly is a gap in the market."

Ashjar, meaning trees in Arabic, is part of Al Barari's phase 2, and includes luxury apartments in the Seven Heaven building and family villas at The Nest plus a boutique hotel, dining venues, retail including a floating market, and education, assisted living and medical facilities.

Phase 1 has seen the handover of the majority of The Residences and The Reserve, and the opening of the plant nursery, Green Works, restaurant brand The Farm, the health club Body language and the Heart & Soul spa.

First envisioned by Emirati businessman Zaal Mohammad Zaal in 2005, Al Barari is the flagship development of the Zaal family. Literally meaning "wilderness", Al Barari was designed to be a true desert oasis. Garden maintenance and landscaping services are provided onsite by Al Barari's green arm, Green Works.

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