Azizi Forays into Hospitality: Launches its First Serviced Residences Project, CANDACE

Dubai, UAE, April 18, 2016: Azizi Developments marks its entry into Dubai’s booming hospitality sector with the launch of its first serviced residences project, Candace, at Al Furjan. The AED 460 million project will witness the launch of two towers by the name of Candace Aster and Candace Acacia at Dubai’s upcoming Al Furjan community, where Azizi Developments is the biggest private-developer with many projects at different stages of construction. To be run and managed by Candace Hotel and Resorts, the high-end serviced residences will be delivered by third quarter of 2017. Construction work has already begun. Future projects worth AED 1.8 billion are planned for Healthcare City, Palm Island and Al Furjan. The group plans to launch over 2000 units of serviced residences by Dec 2016. Commenting on the launch, Farhad Azizi, CEO and Vice Chairman, Azizi Developments, said: “The AED 460-million worth Candace project marks Azizi Developments entry into the Dubai hospitality market. We feel that this is the best of time to invest in long- and short-term service residential projects for a number of reasons. To begin with, the Dubai government has great plans to double the number of tourists from 10 million to 20 million over a period of close to 10 years. This alone opens up a host of investment opportunities, particularly in hospitality sector where, coupled with the positive expectations from Expo 2020, property buyers can look forward to exceptional returns. At Candace, for example, we are forecasting 10 to 12 percent return on investment, without factoring property appreciation.” “Unlike other serviced apartment operators who restrict investors in a pool system, Candace Aster and Acacia allow both users and investors to rent out their property or avail services of a management company – Candace in this case – to manage it out for them. Obviously, they have the option of living there as well. We also feel that serviced apartments are fast gathering popularity in Dubai since they provide all the services of a standard hotel service, but at a much lesser cost and with a homely feel. The fact that we’ve already sold 80 percent of the 1st building should speak of the demand for such accommodations,” added Farhad Azizi. “We are offering decent sized units with all the amenities of a 4 star hotel, fully equipped and furnished apartments at a very reasonable price. The studios at Candace start at just AED 433,000 and I think it makes a great deal for investment,” further explained Farhad. Both Candace Aster and Candace Acacia will be high‐end serviced residential apartment buildings with hotel facilities. The towers feature a urban design creating a unique look that is not available anywhere else in Al Furjan. CANDACE ASTER features 227 luxurious apartments with 160 studio apartments, 58 one-bedroom and 9 two-bedrooms whereas CANDACE ACACIA feature total 316 units with 236 Studio apartments and 80 one-bedrooms. Both the towers are G+ 11. Sizes range between 440 sqft to 1,380 sqft for the apartments, while price for a studio starts at AED 433,000; 1 bedroom apartments range between AED 800,000 to 1 million and the 2-bedroom apartments are available for approx AED 1.2 million. The facilities include landscaped gardens, gymnasium, swimming pool, kids’ pool, SPA, restaurants, café and prayer rooms, room service, laundry and valet parking. All the apartments will be fully furnished and equipped with a modern and fresh look at the time of delivery. Positioned meters away from the metro line, the location provides an easy access to businesszones, such as Jebel Ali, Dubai Investment Park, Al Maktoum Airport, Expo 2020 site, Industrial city and even JLT. From the tourism perspective, the project is at a convenient distance from Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai Marina, Palm Island and Dubai Parks & Resorts, among other tourist hotspots. Statistical evidence supports that almost one-third of people coming to Dubai prefer long-stay serviced residences. This is mainly because of the convenience it offers in terms of maintenance, logistics and comfort. Visitors searching for temporary-long-term accommodation do not have the hassle of buying furniture that they may have to dispose off later, while the home-like comfort zone with hotel facilities are a big appeal. Moreover, serviced residences provide housekeeping which erases the efforts of employing a maid. This ‘best of both worlds arrangement’ has found an increasing appeal within those visiting Dubai with families.The trend has further gained momentum with Dubai offering more family-friendly entertainment. As per a recent news report, the inclination for serviced residence is found more among younger people who like to keep control of their routine. Expecting a much stronger market in 2019, Farhad Azizi was confident that property investors will benefit from the growth, prices and occupancy that will revolve around Expo 2020. Keeping the year 2020 in view and the great returns it promises, Azizi Developments has been speeding up constructions and launches with an aim to secure the most benefits for its clients. “For people to capitalise from all that Expo 2020 has to offer, they have to buy property now, at today’s low prices,” advised Farhad Azizi. Besides Al Furjan, where Azizi Developments is the biggest private-developer with 24 plots and counting, the company also owns an ongoing project in Palm Jumeirah, Royal Bay Residence. The company, which is owned by the chairman Mirwais Azizi, owner of two large commercial banks, has witnessed around US $217m (AED800m) worth of sales in 2015 for its projects in Dubai. Starting this April, Azizi is expected to deliver 8 projects at Al Furjan – Azizi Feirouz, Azizi Yasamine, Azizi Liatris, Azizi Orchid, Azizi Iris, Azizi Daisy, Azizi Tulip and Azizi Freesia during 2016.

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