Posh Dubai Digs
Posh Dubai Digs

Since it opened to foreign investors in 2002, Dubai has experienced a property boom of epic proportions. Almost overnight lavish developments began to spring up, from gated golf communities to skyscrapers to man-made island communities. Thanks to the global credit crunch that began in 2007, real estate prices have tumbled, making this a great time to invest in the emirate's posh digs. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Emirates Hills
Emirates Hills

In an exclusive gated golf community dubbed Emirates Hills, a super-sized villa with 18,500 square feet has an asking price that's just under $8 million. The seven bedroom/seven bath manse has a private sitting room, plus a spa-style en suite with a jetted tub. Photo Credit: Dubai Luxury Homes

Emirates Hills
Emirates Hills

A foyer spills into a voluminous sky-lit atrium, where one finds a lily pond, inlaid marble floors and lacy Spanish detail. The home is outfitted with a state-of-the-art automation system and all-important A/C. Photo Credit: Dubai Luxury Homes

Emirates Hills
Emirates Hills

There are two living rooms downstairs, plus a third on the second level. From one side of the atrium, a large family room opens to the backyard while the other side opens up to a lavish kitchen with marble counter tops, top-end appliances and custom cabinetry. A second prep kitchen lies directly behind the main kitchen. Photo Credit: Dubai Luxury Homes

Emirates Hills
Emirates Hills

The sprawling lower level has hardwood floors throughout and a variety of entertainment options, including a movie theater with HD projection, a fitness room, a snooker room and a play room, where the wall of windows opens up to a lower level terrace. Photo Credit: Dubai Luxury Homes

Emirates Hills
Emirates Hills

The walled and fully landscaped backyard isn’t expansive by Beverly Hills standards, but it does include plenty of upscale amenities, including multiple terraces, a mosaic swimming pool, a wee patch of grass for the kiddies, and a pool-side pavilion for outdoor lounging and dining. Photo Credit: Dubai Luxury Homes

Palm Jumerirah
Palm Jumerirah

The Palm Jumeirah, a man-made series of islands in the form of giant palm tree, offers a variety of housing options including the Marina Residences, where a four-floor penthouse with 13,000 square feet of living space boasts five bedrooms, six-plus bathrooms, two-car underground parking spaces and an asking price of almost $3.7 million. Photo Credit: Dubai Luxury Homes

Palm Jumerirah
Palm Jumerirah

A private elevator with security card access whisks passengers up to the 14th floor penthouse, where there’s a cavernous double height living room with gray-veined white marble floors and a two-story wall of glass with views of the sea. Also on the main level, notes the listing, are the dining and study areas, a sleek and modern kitchen, staff quarters and laundry facilities. Photo Credit: Dubai Luxury Homes

Palm Jumerirah
Palm Jumerirah

The second level contains four family bedrooms, all with private bath and balcony access. The third level is devoted to the master suite, which boasts dual bathrooms, walk-in closets and dressing rooms. Photo Credit: Dubai Luxury Homes

Palm Jumerirah
Palm Jumerirah

The top floor opens up to an expansive roof terrace, where one finds a killer panoramic view of Dubai City, the arching fronds of the Palm Jumeirah and the Persian Gulf beyond. Photo Credit: Dubai Luxury Homes

Palm Jumerirah
Palm Jumerirah

Near one of the 16 fronds of the Palm Jumeirah lies a 7,000 square foot beachfront villa with six bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms. There are also two additional staff rooms with private baths. The villa is currently listed for nearly $4.1 million. Photo Credit: Dubai Luxury Homes

Palm Jumerirah
Palm Jumerirah

A large motor court with a two-car garage leads to a glitzy, Art Deco-styled entertainment room. Photo Credit: Dubai Luxury Homes

Palm Jumerirah
Palm Jumerirah

The other ground floor spaces include a formal dining room, a family room, a breakfast room and a gourmet kitchen with a black and white checked marble floor. Photo Credit: Dubai Luxury Homes

Palm Jumerirah
Palm Jumerirah

Two bedrooms open up to a covered terrace that overlooks the private stretch of sandy beach and a row of mansions on the other side of a waterway. Photo Credit: Dubai Luxury Homes

Kempinski Palm Jumerirah
Kempinski Palm Jumerirah

On the outside crescent of the Palm Jumeirah at the luxurious Kempinski Hotel and Residences, a Beaux Arts-style townhouse has almost 11,000 square feet of space spread over four floors. There, you'll find a single car attached garage, a fitness room, game room and two staff rooms with private baths. Photo Credit: Dubai Luxury Homes

Kempinski Palm Jumerirah
Kempinski Palm Jumerirah

The main floor has a vast living/dining room with marble floors and floor-to-ceiling windows. A large butler’s pantry connects the dining area to the eat-in kitchen; a guest suite lies on the opposite of the house. Each of four principal bedrooms on the second floor also includes private baths. The two smaller bedrooms open to a small terrace, and two larger bedrooms provide access to a terrace with views of the lushly landscaped grounds. Photo Credit: Dubai Luxury Homes

Kempinski Palm Jumerirah
Kempinski Palm Jumerirah

The top floor is simply a massive roof terrace with dining and lounging areas and an elevated swimming pool with views of the Kempinski grounds, the Atlantis resort and the 1,000-plus feet tall B’urj al Arab’ tower. Photo Credit: Dubai Luxury Homes

Al Barari
Al Barari

Inside the gates of the über-upscale Al Barari development, a six bedroom and 10.5 bathroom villa offers lavish living in 16,000-plus square feet of space. There's a gigantic guest suite and staff quarters. Photo Credit: Dubai Luxury Homes

Al Barari
Al Barari

The mansion’s public spaces include a generous foyer, formal living and dining rooms, plus a secluded study. Informal family quarters include a family room, dining room, a colossal kitchen with high-grade finishes, laundry facilities, a three-car attached garage and a pair of bonus basement rooms--one with a private bath. Photo Credit: Dubai Luxury Homes

Al Barari
Al Barari

Each of the six bedrooms has extensive closet space. The main floor master suite includes a dressing room and a private patio with a pool just off the bathroom. Photo Credit: Dubai Luxury Homes

Al Barari
Al Barari

In addition to the large second floor terrace, there are private terraces off the kitchen as well as the lower level master (and guest) bedrooms. The slim backyard has a covered dining terrace, a swimming pool and a party-sized spa. Photo Credit: Dubai Luxury Homes

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