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The Duchess of York; Sarah Ferguson, unveiled Sarah Selects, a new charitable foundation for disadvantaged children in the UAE, during Sunday’s launch of Select Property’s £1.1 billion luxury residential development Aquitainia. The new charity has been created in conjunction with UK based property developer, Select Property, who raised an impressive £500,000 for the charity, and intends to demonstrate the opportunity for charities to benefit from the booming Dubai property market, despite the world’s financial woes!

Sarah Ferguson kicked off the spectacular soiree, with the auctioning off of a luxury one bedroom suite on the Aquitainia development, and following frenzied bidding, raised a staggering £500,000 for Sarah Selects!

Whilst the lucky bidder snagged himself the exclusive suite in Aquitainia, located within the Madrid area of The World, £500,000 was transferred to an Escrow account for the Duchess, awaiting her decision on which charity will benefit from the auction. Potential projects include the Make a Wish Foundation in the UAE, Support to Children with Diabetes and there are talks of supporting a school in a village in Northern Iraq.

The Duchess of York commented; ‘The plight of children is an issue close to my heart, and I intend to devote time to choosing the right causes within the UAE in which to donate the money. The Aquitainia launch party was the perfect opportunity to coincide the launch of Sarah Selects as the event was attended by some of the most influential people in the UAE’. She added, ‘The UAE is the springboard for launching Sarah Selects globally, helping children’s causes all over the World by using Select Property and Select Group’s development locations as the foundations for growing the charity.’

Commenting on the launch of the charity, Mark Stott - CEO of Select Property - said; ‘Select Group and Select Property are incredibly pleased to launch Sarah Selects with the Duchess of York. The Duchess is extremely committed to helping children all over the World, which is an issue cause close to my heart”.

Following the auction, the guests were treated to a live performance from double Grammy award winner Kelly Rowland who gave a dazzling performance and had the guests dancing the night away!

For more information or interview opportunities with The Duchess of York; Sarah Ferguson or Mark Stott, CEO of Select Property, please contact

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Information about Select Property

Since coming into operation in 2004, Select Property has become the UK’s leading specialist in off-plan overseas investment property, identifying and delivering high quality projects, which offer high returns to its customers. The success of Select Property is driven by an innovative and unique approach to the overseas property market, which focuses on exceptional customer service and product innovation.

Select Property is an innovative leader in the overseas property sector, providing customers with unique products and services designed to meet its customer’s requirements. Procuring a mortgage in the overseas property market, particularly emerging ones, can often be difficult. To provide greater flexibility to its customers, Select Property has developed a lengthy payment plan (LPP), currently the only one of its kind in Dubai. The LPP provides the customers with the flexibility of a mortgage by deferring the majority of the purchase amount across monthly or quarterly instalments over a 15-year period.

In July 2006, Select Property achieved another first, becoming the first company to introduce a part-ownership scheme to Dubai. An investor’s version of time-share, the fractional ownership scheme gives investors the ability to purchase two week ‘fractions’ of a property – giving the owner usage rights for their chosen fraction but also giving them the benefit of capital growth of their fraction.

Information about Select Group

Select Group is a success story that is based on foundations of trust, integrity and corporate governance. With leadership of the highest calibre, a team armed with combined experience of 100 plus years and excellent research, the group has made quantum leaps in its years of existence. Select Group has built strategic long-term relationships by providing the maximum possible value to its customers and stakeholders.


Aquitainia. Combining the islands of 'France' and 'Spain' on The World, Aquitainia is a private island paradise and incomparable destination. Located four kilometres off the Dubai coastline, at the centre of The World project, Aquitainia sits amidst the crystal blue waters of the Gulf. Offering contemporary, luxurious property to those residents who demand the best the World has to offer, and complemented by exquisite restaurants, marinas, a spa and boutique hotel, Aquitainia delivers unparalleled luxury, ensuring you want for nothing. Taking its name from the province of 'galia aquitaine’ in the middle ages, a region encompassing white sandy beaches and embracing the Atlantic Ocean to its western side and the Pyrenees to the south, it is a destination of infinite beauty.

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