Work on The World leisure islands in full swing
Kleindienst Group, the UAE-based property developer, has announced that work is in full swing on its flagship leisure destination – The Heart of Europe, with Phase One and parts of Phase Two of the project set to be delivered in October 2020.
As per a statement from the developer, the Heart of Europe project is a cluster of seven man-made islands reclaimed from the Arabian Gulf – part of The World, a 300-island project that will make up a miniature version of the World, 4km offshore from Dubai’s coast off the Jumeirah 1 beach.
Part of the Dubai Government’s vision to create a number of island resorts that will reinforce Dubai’s global reputation as a major tourism destination, The World project aims to help the emirate attract 20 million tourists per annum by 2020.
More than 1,500 construction workers, technicians, engineers and environmental experts are already working on the site to deliver the island destination on time, Kleindienst said.
Phase One of The Heart of Europe consists of three islands – Sweden, Germany and Honeymoon Island. It also includes 78 floating Seahorses – three-level floating homes with underwater views, and the Portafino Hotel, which will be delivered by Expo 2020 Dubai, adding to the emirate’s cultural and entertainment attractions.
Once complete, the Heart of Europe will deliver 15 hotels with 4,000 holiday homes, including the floating Seahorse villas and more than 3,500 hotel keys that will create 4,000 jobs and help boost the UAE’s sustainable tourism sector, the group’s statement added.
On the steady progress, Group Chairman Josef Kleindienst said: “The Heart of Europe is an out-of-the-world luxury leisure and hospitality island destination that one could only dream about. However, the dream is about to come true as we have substantially scaled up construction activities on all the seven islands.
“Today we can confidently say that Phase One of The Heart of Europe will be delivered as the emirate gets ready to receive 25 million visitors during the World Expo 2020,” he stated.
“Some of our facilities including holiday homes and hotel facilities will be ready to receive the Dubai Expo 2020 guests and offer them unforgettable experiences and the sweetest memories that will inspire to keep coming back to Dubai again and again,” he added.
Kleindienst pointed out that the first nine Floating Seahorse Villas (FSV) have already been ‘floated’ into position in the sea.
The developer explained that the villas are being hoisted into place by construction cranes and anchored into position on the seabed. The final ballast will be set up, once the fit out has been completed. Cleaning and maintenance below the waterline will be carried out by a specialist diving team in the next few weeks.
Anchored next to Germany, the heart-shaped, Maldivian-inspired Honeymoon Island and Portofino hotel, a total of 78 FSV villas are being built ready for handover in the fourth quarter of 2020 when Phase One of the overall project is completed.
Phase One also includes 10 beachfront palaces on Sweden Island; 15 contemporary style beachfront villas and 17 lagoon villas on Germany Island, as well as the 489 Princess Suites at the Portofino Hotel on the main Europe Island, it added.
“Our Floating Seahorse Villas are designed with creative imagination and engineered through innovation, ingenuity and precision. We were the first in the world to develop a luxury floating, above and underwater living experience,” explained Kleindienst.
“Each of these $5.4 million Floating Seahorse Villas offers 4,000sqft space besides over three levels and can sleep up to eight people and includes a spectacular underwater floor and marine life, and four flexi-living or sleeping areas, featuring state-of the-art technology and outdoor climate-control features,” he stated.
One of the most striking features is the 60sqm coral gardens situated outside of every underwater window, with up to 11 species of coral and illuminated by a wealth of marine life from the Arabian Gulf, he added.
“These underwater gardens protect and nurture marine life and are a classic example of our sustainable outlook and ambition,” Kleindienst said.
According to him, the group has till date sold more than 80 of the total 131 units; of these 78 will be delivered by Q4 during the first phase and the rest will be completed during the third phase, along with the handover of Switzerland and its 60 waterfront villas.
Kleindienst, he stated, was also gearing up to deliver the Monaco and Nice boutique hotels at Côte D’Azur beach at the Main Europe island by the year-end.
The hotels feature courtyards, lagoon-shaped swimming pools, and hotel suites with en-suite viewing decks and sea views. With white sandy beaches and over 500,000 sqm of coral reefs, the project will also feature Spanish olive trees (aged between 100 and 1,500 years specially sourced from Andalusia, a region in Spain’s southern coast) and the world’s first climate- controlled rainy street and snow plaza, he added.
The group chairman said Heart of Europe had been designed with a zero-discharge policy and zero micro-plastics policy to ensure the protection of the Arabian Gulf and species of marine life that reside around the seven islands.
“Sustainability and the protection of marine life have been pivotal in the development of the Heart of Europe. The project is home to the Coral Institute which spearheads a pioneering coral reef programme that aims at developing marine life in the surrounding waters,” he noted.
“Euronews recently completed a documentary as an example of how creativity and sustainability could work wonders in a destination tourism project that not only preserves underwater coral reefs and marine life but also enhances the marine eco-system,” he concluded.