Ab Kuijer

Even the keys of my keyboard have been a holiday as it has been a few weeks since I wrote something that was saved to stay. In our family, we were all overwhelmed by a general feeling of summery laziness, the so-called ‘laissez faire’ or ‘drop everything you can’ to enjoy the wonderful Mediterranean sea and the warm weather that does not seem to stop.

It actually started with the school holiday. Boom. The fixed rhythm of 7 AM wake-up and driving to schools followed by a walk with the dog along the beach was gone. Getting up early was suddenly not necessary anymore and surprisingly we exchanged that school rhythm just as easily for the rhythm of summer: get up when you feel like it and think while standing with your feet on the warm terrace if you would start the day with a lazy bomb or a sporty dive in the pool.

During the afternoon, when the sun is roaring, we embrace each other and the ritual that is called siesta while the children look for a shade near the water. They live these weeks on the beach with friends and come sunburnt home at the end of the day; tired of laughing and full of stories. That is usually the time for a barbeque or a large salad.

Of course, work is still being done; writing and talking about new plans, and talking with project developers who have purchased a new piece of land wherein 2021 a beautiful apartment complex appears. We drive around the backland to the sea and back with clients from all over the world and listen carefully to the stories of buyers from abroad; people who all live nicely, have a good job and still want to reward their lives with a second summer house in the South of France. When we ask about the reason for their purchase, the answer is certainly and clear: ‘South France means enjoying life and offers many possibilities in the immediate vicinity.’

And so it is; it is exactly the reason why we do not leave here anymore. The beach in Tahiti will undoubtedly be more beautiful. But can you also ski there? And the restaurants in the Florida Keys probably have better service and larger steaks, but is the environment varied enough? And in the Amsterdam Vondelpark you can have a nice jogging run, but is it ever quiet? And Portugal has beautiful beaches, but is the water warm enough to swim? The beauty of the Alpes Maritimes region is that it has a place for everyone and for every wish. From a perfectly constructed 18-hole golf course to dizzying water slides and from stylishly strolling on the boulevard to a tough walk through the rugged mountains in the hinterland. It’s all possible on the Côte d’Azur and always accessible within an hour.

Meanwhile, we roll into August and the temperature is now also 30 degrees at night. In a house, without air conditioning, the fans hum on each floor and the dog is panting in the coolest spot. For the animals, it is a tough period and a cooling walk around a lake in the mountains is a nice distraction for all of us. Before we know it , we get up at 7 o’clock again and schools start. And then, the second part of the summer begins. For parents, September and even October is the most beautiful month of the year.

The ‘Indian summer’ means that the parking places near the beach are empty and the sea still beckons invitingly. The permanent beach clubs are happy to see you again; locals who are in no hurry. A pan Bagnat on Plage Salis in Antibes tastes best when the sand is not so hot under your feet and you can park the car normally on the beach front. We roll out the Sup and paddle along the coast over a calm sea while looking at the mountains. Behind it, there lies Europe with the bustle of overcrowded motorways, madness, and polemics. We look at it and praise us fortunately that we can enjoy peace, space and beautiful views at the bottom of Europe.

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Ab Kuijer




The project on the Place des Lices, the large market square in the heart of Saint Tropez has just been completed. The demonstration apartment, you can say the most beautiful apartment, is now going on sale. This is a unique opportunity (and the last) to buy a two bedroom apartment in the heart of Saint Tropez. From here you have everything within walking distance; the restaurants, the beaches and of course the market. And those who live so close to Place de Lices will soon be invited by the locals for a game of boules at the Place des Lices.

This specific apartment is sleek in white and modern in style. This location immediately gives you the feeling that you really live in the city. No free views over the sea or rolling green hills, you walk to the beach. Here you are surrounded by the beloved southern French ambiance and urban . Are you already sitting on that terrace with a fresh croissant and a cup of coffee? Here you live in the heart of Saint Tropez!

Make an offer

The official sales price of the apartment including the garage is 1.038.000 euro. But you are welcome to make an offer on the fully furnished apartment with garage! Mail this to

The charm of Saint Tropez with its legendary port, the lively market, the beautiful beaches and glamorous lifestyle are world famous. Buying a new apartment Saint Tropez is an excellent long-term investment. Unique on the French Riviera, we offer you the opportunity to buy a new apartment in the heart of Saint Tropez, on a champagne cork shot away from the cozy Place des Lices. The exceptional location offers elegant architecture in an oasis of tranquility; the residence is surrounded by a Mediterranean garden.

Saint-Tropez is a favorite destination for the international jet set, who like no other knows how to get the most out of your life. Only the best is good enough, and that also applies to the new apartments built with the best materials and luxury finishes. Life on the Côte d’Azur is a great party here; around the old harbor, beaches, cafes, restaurants, and nightclubs. Mirth is a way of life. And Saint Tropez is the best place to celebrate life.

Exclusive living in new apartment Saint Tropez

The new apartment complex is located next to the famous Place des Lices, a prestigious location that has been painted by many artists. Here time seems to stand still and yet, every afternoon imperturbable jeu-des-boules is played while Lamborghini’s are coming and going. The magic of Saint Tropez has inspired artists and culture lovers. Painters and writers have extended the bright landscape defined and painted; the atmosphere is second to none. Like them, you can enjoy the authentic roads and the serene surroundings of the Var. The town itself overlooks the turquoise blue waters of the Mediterranean. Although it is a mecca for water sports, the old maritime traditions are well preserved. With Nioulargue and Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, the Gulf of Saint Tropez is annually at the center of a regatta and rallies through the most beautiful yachts.


Buy a new apartment in Saint Tropez

Your new apartment Saint Tropez is an exceptional location in a quiet, discreet and secure environment. Here two small buildings appear with spacious apartments with 2 to 5 bedrooms, up designed in detail for your comfort. Each room combines the quality of services and materials with a modern interior and a detailed finish. The large volumes are designed to let you enjoy the Provençal sun. Some apartments have a special view of the old city. The port is located just minutes from the center of the city, the Pampelonne beaches and the international shops of reputed brands.

The harmonious living environment is particularly; your high-class apartment is surrounded by a large residential garden and private gardens; a pleasure to watch from your patio or covered balcony; all over a great location to enjoy fully. The landscaped gardens are decorated with authentic Mediterranean species and intertwine with the pedestrian walkways. These beautiful gardens emphasize the fine, traditional architecture and offer peace and serenity. The interior of each apartment is warm personalized with a choice of high-quality traditional materials: wall plaster, porcelain tiles, oak flooring.

In this range money might not matter, but energy-conscious life speaks for itself on the performance of the heating and cooling system. The detailed design of the living room completes the outdoor area open to such gardens, terraces and/or balconies. Access to the property is secured by an express elevator to each floor from the parking lot.

Come to Saint Tropez

More pictures or book a visit? Contact Jolanda Marinus at Living on the Côte d’Azur. Send an email to We are happy to show you the property!

Mohamed Dekkak

Dubai Roads and Transport Authority has awarded its $132 million or AED488 million Union Museum project to a Dubai-based construction group.

The chosen construction group will build the Union Museum adjacent to Dubai’s Union House, the site where the signing of the rules and documents that formed the UAE was held more than 40 years ago. It is said that this new museum will chronologically showcase the history of the UAE.

The company will be responsible for the building of eight distinct sections, each corresponding to particular historical periods or themes, together with other supporting facilities.

According to the group, the facility will commemorate UAE’s profound heritage and will inform present and future generation and the tourists on the history of this country.

Last year marked the completion of the first phase of the project and the works included the site preparation, knocking down of the old buildings on site, moving utility lines, putting up a six-meter high boundary wall,  and moving and protecting the artifacts and exhibits.

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Mohamed Dekkak

The President and CEO of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), Zane Kirby,  expressed that Morocco is one of the most fascinating, interesting and known destinations that must be noticed.

According to Mr. Kirby, who had headed a delegation of approximately 300 representatives of American travel agencies to Morocco, uttered and conveyed his  great satisfaction after his visit to the kingdom which allowed him to interrelate with the local counterparts and to notice the nation’s tourism potentials.

He also averred that during their stay in Morocco had surpassed all prospects, noting that this feeling is shared by all the professionals, specialists and experts, who justified as “serious and credible” the conventions held in Morocco.

Following the success of the vacation, ASTA President chose to extend his stay in the kingdom with his family, expecting at the same time a rise in the numbers of American tourists who would choose Morocco as their next holiday destination.

Information stated that the Moroccan National Tourist Office in New York, 300,000 tourists from North America visited Morocco between January and November 2014, a 5% upsurge compared with the similar period of last 2014.

Considering these information, Abdul Ali Zouiten, the General Director of the Moroccan National Tourist Office, disclosed that his office desire to take benefit of this increasing trend and concentrate on new segments so as to adjust to the new needs of American patrons who are seeking commonly for high quality standards.

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Mohamed Dekkak

The United Arab Emirates plans to boost its gas import capacity and will increase the amount of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to have more means in producing power.

The considerable decrease in the price of LNG has become an opportunity for other countries to use LNG as an option to expand gas resources.

LNG can be easily contained in special tankers for its liquid form. The liquid will be sent to a station for regasification and the gas is pumped into onshore pipelines.

There are also plans to upgrade the current 3 million tonnes per year capacity of the floating LNG regasification import facility located at the Jebel Ali port. EmiratesLNG import facility which has a capacity of 9 million tonnes a year is also underway at the busy oil port of Fujairah,

The country is on its way to upgrade the production capacity in the Dolphin pipeline and is currently building its own gas reserves such as the Shah and Bab sour gas fields,

The operations in the Shah project, just kicked off this year, and the field is expected reach its full production in the second quarter.

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