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If you’d like to relax and spend a day golfing, it’ll cost you about $1,200. But most people are too busy for that.
Instead, they’re willing to shell out a lot more — $8,500 to be exact — for a luxury villa on the golf course on an unnamed course in the middle of the desert.
You can fly to Marrakesh, hit the links, and back to the airport in just four hours.
This is one of the wackiest new ideas in build and design — reality-based and artificially-illuminated, of course.
At 18,000 square meters, this six-bedroom, seven-bathroom villa is virtually the size of two tennis courts. It’s in the palm-fringed desert of Khour El Mechra, near the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai.
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In the four weeks since CNN Travel toured the concept, which comprises a striking natural-building that looks like you’re in a spaceship, it’s already gone on sale, at about $5 million for a one-bedroom.
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The dream of building super-size and uber-premium homes out there in the unknown – in the driest place on Earth, no less – certainly appeals to designers from Eastern Europe, the United States and Singapore.
What the concept essentially is is getting away from the bubble-beyond-time – Dubai isn’t Dubai, and the compound lacks any infrastructure (no roads, no electricity, no running water). It has a very personal feel.
The plot was created for International Hospitality Investments by Garezdo Bayt, one of Iran’s top architects. It’s so remote and clearly conceptually ground-breaking, you can almost taste the novelty.
Most modern developments in the desert are an immense oasis of concrete and canvas.
Many people don’t want to go there, because they can see the madness. But here in the Khour El Mechra desert, it’s beautiful. It’s open, flat, and uncrowded.
“It’s quite the opposite of most projects in this climate,” says Garezdo Bayt, who was born in Iran but then has lived in Tehran, East Africa, the US and Dubai.