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L’Amandier, Marrakech, Morocco


a view is appreciated for other reasons too. For a second, third or even fourth homeowner it can be helpful to see New York’s Central Park through a window first thing in the morning, so that they know where they are in the world. For reflective and creative types, a view provides spiritual perspective, even inspiration. The world’s problems, our own problems, feel much smaller when looking down from a hilltop, and the same is true when looking at surrounding neighbourhoods from a penthouse or other lofty abode, or looking out at the vast expanse of the ocean from a beachside residence; expansive views of nature help remind us of our place in the greater scheme of things. Views also provide a great backdrop when entertaining at home, and, sometimes, more shallowly, the wow factor with which to impress guests – and even, more desperately, a conversation piece. Having a view helps us to think more clearly: Just as being outdoors or


inside a room with high ceilings can free up the grey matter to think colourful thoughts, so we’re better able to think big when we can see big, and it’s good for our mental and physical health. Through his research at the University of California, Berkeley, American psychologist Professor Dacher Keltner has found that enjoying an impressive view is one of a number of ‘awe-inspiring’ experiences that helps people to see the bigger picture, stimulating wonder and curiosity, as well as making them kinder and more collaborative. It boosts people’s immune systems too, he has found. Dubai, with its towering residential skyscrapers and grand infrastructure


schemes and expanse of the Arabian Gulf beyond, provides some of the world’s great vistas – even if smog can blur those views some days. And, of course, the emirate is home to buildings that provide some of the world’s biggest views, such as the Burj Khalifa. Dubai properties on the market that provide their occupants with an impressive outlook on the world include a penthouse at the Oceana Residence, which has views over Dubai Marina and the Palm Jumeirah’s fronds towards the Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai. There would be no mistaking where you are in the world when looking out of the floor-to-ceiling windows from this place. On the market through Knight Frank for Dhs15 million, the three-bedroom home has a roof terrace from where these views can also be enjoyed, and an outdoor Jacuzzi, bar, gym and seating areas. And more high-rises with big views are being built, including Creekside 18,


located in Dubai Creek Harbour, which has views of Downtown Dubai and the Burj Khalifa. Prices for the 18 apartments under construction there start from Dhs905,888. Another development promising residents breath-taking vistas is 52 42, two towers of 52 storeys and 42 storeys respectively, which Emaar is constructing at Dubai Marina, and from where residents will be able to see the sea and the city. Around the world, many other homes with compelling views can be found


on the market. When it comes to having the ultimate sea-view few properties can rival The Ocean Retreat, a four-bedroom detached house in Tasmania,


The Ocean Retreat, Tasmania, Australia


Samujana, Koh Samui, Thailand


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