Heart-shaped island to grace Dubai soon
Dubai - The Heart of Europe project comprises six islands namely Sweden, Germany, Main Europe, Switzerland, St Petersburg and Monaco.
Dubai will have another unique landmark after Austrian firm Kleindienst redesigned the Heart of Europe project on The World to establish a heart-shaped island with a hotel and floating homes by next year.
It will be a wonderful occasion to introduce such a novel project in Dubai ahead of Innovative Week starting Sunday.
"We have re-designed St Petersburg Island of the Heart of Europe project into the shape of a heart to develop state-of-the-art hospitality development," Kleindienst Group chairman Josef Kleindienst told Khaleej Times.
The Heart of Europe project comprises six islands namely Sweden, Germany, Main Europe, Switzerland, St Petersburg and Monaco. The re-designed island will have a 109-key Tzar hotel, an arrival marina and 90 new Tzar edition 'floating seahorses' or floating boat home. "We scrap plan to build 30 beachfront villas on the island. The re-shaping of the project will help us to launch the resort on October 1,2016," he said.
He said the 'floating seahorses' will be connected via floating jetties to St Petersburg, which will be inter-connected to Main Europe island at The World.
To a question, he said the first floating seahorse will be ready in December and sales of phase three involving 90 boating homes is set to start this Saturday.
"We have been receiving lot of inquiries about the project as people are keen to make prior booking for the hospitality development that will cost them as low as Dh10,000 per night in off season and as high as Dh25,000 per night in peak time," Kleindienst told Khaleej Times, but declined to comment on the project cost.
He said each floating seahorse will weigh 188 tonnes and feature 25 square metres of underwater glazing while a coral garden will cover 46 square metres area. "The cost of each floating home is Dh7.75 million," he said.
"We are just keeping the record of all potential customers and will contact them early next year to confirm their booking," Kleindienst said.