Lovers of straight lines, rejoice. This angular four-bedroom flat with five-and-a-half-bathrooms stares stridently at the Burj Khalifa from its vantage point in the Dubai International Financial Centre.
Scions of capital and captains of industry will lust for this luxury penthouse in the Index Tower, built in 2010, in the beating heart of finance.
A bankers’ pad with an electroplated heart of chrome, it will cost you Dh35 million.
Of course, the kitchen surfaces are granite; of course, the elevators are ultra high-speed; of course the internet access is also high-speed and, of course, the building houses a Jacuzzi, sauna, gym, and swimming pool. And naturally there are two secured parking spaces for your luxury vehicles.
It is the perfect arena in which to recreate scenes from The Wolf of Wall Street – if you were lucky enough to have any idea what happened in that film.
Either way, this penthouse’s purchaser must be wealthy enough to splurge funds on bathing suits made out of cash, and a flotilla of yachts.
And they will need a lot of furniture to fill this pad’s rather generous 7,901 square foot of space.
Set over two floors, the flat has formal and informal dining rooms, and formal and informal living rooms. This enables you to live and eat casually, smart casually, or smartly, depending on your mood.
The flat offers a separate TV room, because it would be deeply inappropriate to watch TV in the living room, and frankly shocking to do so in the formal living room.
All the bathrooms have en-suite bathrooms, there is a maid’s room for your helper and there is even a “powder room” for the ladies.
A pair of balconies allow you to attempt to outstare the Burj Khalifa of an evening, and also provide relaxing spaces for the owner to enjoy a decadent morning cigar while welcoming the sunrise.
Set up a Bloomberg trading machine in one of your two studies, and you’ll be all set to make margin calls, bet on derivatives, and unironically use the word “leverage” in the context of your own daily life.
Q&A: One very wealthy wolf
Why should I buy this? It’s one of a kind. The finishing is extremely high-quality, and it has been furnished by an exclusive designer. The size is really good – it’s huge – you get a double ceiling-height living area. You get a full view of Downtown, the sea, and the towers on Sheikh Zayed Road.
The design of the well-positioned Index Tower has everyone who stays there wishing they owned an apartment in the building. When units come up for rent, they tend to go very, very quickly.
What kind of person would suit it?
A very high net worth individual. A multimillionaire for sure. Or a billionaire. You would have to really want something like this. Someone with attention to detail. Someone who has an extravagant lifestyle, and who has a lot of cars – including a Rolls-Royce and a couple of yachts. Chief executives or owners of big companies. And someone who needs a lot of space, since it’s 7,901 square feet.
You could probably ride a horse around the corridors with that much space.
Tell me about the area. What is there to do around there?
Anything financial. And you can walk right across the street to the Dubai Mall. There is a nearby Rotana if you want to keep guests at a distance. And there are fountains and parks, and upmarket restaurants, like Zuma. It’s a good location – very central.
Would living here be at all like being in The Wolf of Wall Street?
Yeah, I would think so.