Remember those spectacular underwater villas announced last year and currently slapped all over billboards on Sheikh Zayed Road? Well, photographs are currently floating around on Instagram showing those luxurious homes set up close to their final location on the World Islands.
One solitary Floating Seahorse is now in position at The Heart of Europe in the archipelago of 300 manmade islands off the Palm Jumeirah. The first of the 42 villas is offshore from the European cluster, and is only a short boat ride away from Dubai’s coast (unless, of course, you’re fit enough to kayak).
Built on a dry dock in Dubai Maritime City (just check out the awesome video below), it weighs 188 tonnes, and features 269 square foot of underwater glazing which will provide a view on an a yet-to-be-manufactured underwater coral garden.
This three-storey private villa will host an underwater bedroom, a sea level lounge room, and an open-air upper deck, all dressed with every bit of luxury you would expect; think glass-bottomed Jacuzzi, fully-equipped kitchen, outdoor shower, floor-to-ceiling windows, and uninterrupted views of the Arabian Gulf. They are expected to fetch up to $2million.
These villas have been sold to private investors from around the world, however, they will be serviced under the Tzar Hotel group and will be fully accessible to the general public.
Austrian company Kleindienst Group are the chief development firm heralding the construction of Floating Seahorse villas on the St Petersburg islands.
Josef Kleindienst, CEO, previously explained to Time Out Dubai the significance of the name of the afloat property.
“The seahorse is an endangered species and we will create an artificial coral reef beneath the luxury retreats which will be a protected area in which seahorses can safely live and breed,” he said. “People will be able to see up-close and personal, the beautiful and elegant Arabian horse of the ocean: the seahorse”.
The Heart Of Europe is the first significant development on World Islands for some time, and has a USP of attempting to create climate-controlled streets and make al fresco dining a year-long phenomenon.
HERE'S HOW THEY LOOK INSIDE
AND HERE'S WHAT THEY'LL LOOK LIKE WHEN THEY'RE DONE