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Mermaid of Mangaf Update

It looks to me like the Mermaid of Mangaf is getting ready for occupation. One night a couple months ago, we drove by and saw workmen’s laundry hanging from the inner balcony areas as they were putting in electrical conduits and air conditioning.

Recently, a grand entry cover was added. It looks to me like they are getting ready to put in landscaping around the building.

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You can see the dual levels, with the balconies on one level and probably the sleeping level upstairs. The top floor, where the “waves” of glass are the most prominent, appears to be a spacious and elegant fitness center, with a full 180 degree view of the Gulf while exercising.

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All in all, very cool.

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February 2, 2007 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Lumix, Middle East, Photos, Uncategorized

7 Comments »

  1. Very cool indeed!

    Comment by Q8ari ® | February 2, 2007 | Reply

  2. oh wow! i pass by that place every day and go ahhhhh i wanna live there!!! and I WILL! its so beautiful!!

    Comment by princess | February 4, 2007 | Reply

  3. Hi 🙂
    were is this place ? do you know wether they are for sale or rent ?

    Comment by Abdulaziz | February 4, 2007 | Reply

  4. Q8ari – it’s supposed to have car elevators to take your car up to your own garage. . . but with the climate and sand here, I am thinking that could be problematic

    Princess – when you buy your unit, invite all the rest of us!

    Abdulaziz – Hi! The building is in Mangaf, right on Gulf Road. Blogger Shopaholic said that the units were mostly already sold – I don’t know. I think it is Tijari investment who funded and build the building. Don’t worry, if you don’t get in here, it looks to me like there are some other cool places going up.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 11, 2007 | Reply

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  6. Hey all! We went to visit the mermaid a few months ago, and the management was really kind and gave us a whole tour of the place. They showed us two villas, one furnished and the other plain. The villas are absolutely gorgeous, very luxurious and spaceous. The look and feel is completely different from the rest of the housing in kuwait — the Mermaid encompasses a very western style/feel of living. (You might feel as if you are no longer in kuwait!).. The roof contains the pool, party hall with a plasma tv, gym, saunas, squash courts, lockers, a massage centre and even a cafeteria…The view of the sea from the roof is breath taking. And yes there is also a car elevator which tenants can use (at the time we visited they had not finished installing the interiors of the elevator)

    However, the prices are quite high for each villa.. The villas at the very bottom are selling for 310,000 KD and the ones at the very top are for 370,000 KD with ranging prices for villas in between (you cannot simply “rent” the villas). Also, you must pay 90% of price on purhase, and EVERY MONTH you must pay 500 KD for maintenance.

    Honestly, as beautiful as the mermaid is, I dont think its worth THAT much money.. (370,000 KD converts to about 1,365,152 Canadian dollars!) I’m sure you can find much better houses for that amount of money in Kuwait..I know that the villas are stunning but the prices are set too high.

    Recently, we have heard that Tijara changed its pricing and now you can actually rent the villas for about 2,600 KD/month (this is simply what I have heard)…

    I live very close to the Mermaid and pass it every day, and I believe that it is still as empty as it was before.. the clothes some people have seen hanging on the balcony are those of the workers who stay around the villas for cleaning/maintenance. It appears quite empty.

    I do not know the current situation of the Mermaid, but if someone could update us that us that would be nice. I hope my information has helped!

    Comment by -Nzm. | January 27, 2008 | Reply

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