Omniyat Properties made headlines last year when it sold the most expensive apartment in Dubai to a GCC buyer for Dh102 million at the One Palm by Omniyat. It beat the previous sales record for a Dubai apartment of Dh60 million.
The developer now has two more penthouses, a tad smaller, at the project for sale now. “We have 3 penthouses in total, of which the largest has been sold. Two more smaller penthouses costing Dh88 million and Dh91 million are available. We have seen several expressions of interest. But these things take time and we are working on it. Interest is coming in from the GCC, New York, London, Moscow, Australia and Italy. Celebrities and athletes are likely to come on board as well,” said Mohammed Hmeid, general manager, Omniyat Properties.
The new owner has commissioned London-based design studio Elicyon to design the interior of the penthouse, which is due for handover towards the end of the year.
“It’s in the design process. The triplex penthouse has 20,000 sqft liveable area and a terrace on the top floor spanning 10,000 sqft,” said Charu Gandhi, founder and director of Elicyon.
Elicyon has now unveiled two new show apartments at the One Palm. “We are bringing the London aesthetic to Dubai while also paying homage to Arabesque designs. There is a reference to water throughout the design. The view was my brief,” added Gandhi.
The British firm has projects such as the One Hyde Park on its resume.
The Dorchester Collection will be managing the apartments at the One Palm which includes around 94 units and will be delivered by the end of this year.
“We have sold up to 70 per cent of the apartments. The average price per sqft at the One Palm is around Dh4,500. Demand has been good. We have a very specific target audience for this project. The smallest unit is around 8,000 sqft. In the beginning, there was more demand for smaller units,” observed Hmeid.
Omniyat has started handover of The Opus, designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid, in Business Bay. Fitout work has started on the hotel, which will be operated by ME by Melia. There will also be serviced apartments and office space.
“We are also working on Anwa [reached 23rd floor] in Dubai Maritime City, The Sterling in Downtown Dubai and are doing final touches on The Pad as well. This is going to be a big year for us,” Hmeid added.
Omniyat says its projects The Sterling and Langham Place are in the premium mid-market space.
However, the Omniyat executive said the developer currently had no plans for projects outside the UAE. “Our primary focus in the short term will be on Dubai,” added Hmeid.