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The Team

The Team

Developer – Shaikh Holdings

Shaikh Holdings is a private holding company that specializes in the acquisition, development, marketing and sale of exclusive properties worldwide.

The company is a family enterprise with entrepreneurial roots in the GCC region dating back to 1913. Over the years, the Shaikh family has diversified its business interests and activities. Expansion into real estate investments and development has driven the company to look at both regional and international markets.

Shaikh Holdings has developed Sanctuary Falls at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, UAE. The company’s real estate development activities involve quality lifestyle communities that feature waterfront and golfing elements around the world. The company is currently exploring opportunities through strategic partnerships, investments and acquisitions, to develop golf and waterfront projects in North America & Asia.

With its passion for perfection in real estate development, Shaikh Holdings continues to invest its vision of building quality communities.

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Architectural Design – DSA Architects

The expertise to create unique and truly exciting resort experiences is what DSA Architects (DSA) has brought to Dubai and to the world. The Madinat Jumeirah Resort (Dubai), One & Only Royal Mirage (Dubai), La Residencia (Spain), Park Hyatt (Dubai), One & Only St. Géran (Mauritius) and The Fairmont on the Palm Jumeirah (Dubai) are just a few of their remarkable works. Known for a signature style that has created landmarks in hospitality, Sanctuary Falls has the distinction of being the first-ever residential project undertaken by DSA.

Moving from resorts to resort-style homes, the challenge for DSA has been to design villas that display a diversity of architectural styles, yet share a commonality in their use of materials. To achieve this for Sanctuary Falls, DSA has succeeded in integrating leading international design concepts with the use of natural elements.

Distinctly styled resort homes with traditional, modern and contemporary architecture have been designed for Sanctuary Falls. Although each home has a unique identity, the homes collectively represent the unified essence of the community, and succeed in creating a diverse and interesting streetscape for Sanctuary Falls. The result has been an exceptional residential community with diversity at its heart and choice as its hallmark.

Some world-class properties designed by DSA:

  • One and Only Royal Mirage (Dubai, UAE)
  • Madinat Jumeirah Resort (Dubai, UAE)
  • Fairmont Residences, Palm Jumeirah ( Dubai, UAE)
  • Park Hyatt at Dubai Creek (Dubai, UAE)
  • La Residencia (Mallorca, Spain)
  • One & Only Le Saint Geran Hotel & Resort (Mauritius)
  • Beau Vallon Resort (Seychelles)
  • Mövenpick Beach & Spa Resort (Zanzibar)
  • Grand Hotel Europe (St. Petersburg, Russia)
  • Mount Nelson Hotel (Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Hotel Ritz (Madrid, Spain)
Interior Design – Hirsch Bedner Associates

They have enchanted you with elegantly appointed luxury during your getaways to some of the most exotic resorts in the world. And now, Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), world-renowned interior designers of hotel and resorts, bring some of that magic to your home interiors at Sanctuary Falls.

HBA combines a detailed knowledge of design with the depth of 40 years of experience, having designed the interiors for Ritz Carlton properties worldwide, the Mandarin Oriental New York, Grand Hyatt Dubai, St. Regis Shanghai, Four Seasons Singapore among many others. From continent to continent, each HBA interior is the result of a unique and sensitive response to location, architecture, and project vision.

They are open to the influences of new technology, and fresh ideas, giving projects strong, inspired identities. HBA’s design professionals have always been guided by the philosophy of creating a sense of belonging – through a welldesigned and integrated package of imagination and earthly comforts. In creating the villas at Sanctuary Falls, careful attention has been given to the detailing, use of materials, and interface between interior and exterior spaces. This has been vital to produce a resort-like experience for each of the contemporary, modern and traditional villa styles.

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Landscape Design – 40 North & LMS

Every square foot of Sanctuary Falls is inspiring. 40 North & LMS have sculpted a signature perspective and theme into its outdoor spaces and lush landscapes. Specializing in hotels and resorts, 40 North & LMS are the international landscape architects that have designed the environs of One & Only Royal Mirage Dubai and Park Hyatt Dubai.

For every villa type at Sanctuary Falls, 40 North & LMS have developed unique landscape solutions to strengthen the connection between indoor and outdoor living spaces. This seamless existence, both functionally and visually, is the key to relaxed, spacious and elegant resort style experiences.

Formal or casual, you can conduct get-togethers in the sprawling spaces, well appointed for a range of leisure and recreational activities. Each home has been designed with a resort style swimming pool, children’s pool area, relaxation areas and lush private gardens. The large swimming pools are detailed with custom water fountains, bench seating, timber bridges and stepping stones over water, to give a true resort atmosphere. The poolside majlis seating area provides a shaded venue for barbeques, while the dining and entertainment terraces provide ample room for formal outdoor parties.

Every home also features an arrival water fountain and meandering stepping stone paths. These pathways around your home are shaded by dense palm trees, allowing an experience of exploration and discovery as you make your way through your sanctuary.

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Quantity Surveyor – DG Jones

DG Jones is the quantity surveyor for Sanctuary Falls. Established in 1962 by Donald G Jones, the company started out with a vision to provide the Middle East with a service that would give its clients cost effective solutions to their construction needs. This construction project consultancy would be built upon professional staff working out of local offices that would integrate their collective knowledge across the region and make an unequalled and market leading Middle Eastern company.

Since then, DG Jones & Partners has operated continuously in the Middle East and uniquely is the only professional Middle East based construction consultancy specialising in Quantity Surveying and Project Management together with its extensive value added services. Since DG Jones & Partner’s first office opened in Beirut, through its record in successfully delivering projects to its clients, the company has grown organically so that it now has more than ten offices across the Middle East.

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Permitting Consultant – U+A

U+A is the permitting consultant for the Sanctuary Falls project.U+A is an international multidisciplinary design practise that was founded in 2006 in Dubai by chartered accountants Pedram Rab and Pierre Martin Dufresne. Led by their combined 30 year global experience, gained from countries in Asia Pacific to those in North America and the Middle East, U+A has grown into a fortified award-winning firm with offices in Dubai, London, Toronto and Cape Town. U+A offers comprehensive design solutions in architecture, interior design, master planning, landscape design and construction supervision for all types of projects across all regions.

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