It may be plus 40°C outside in Dubai, but it’s a white July at The Heart of Europe.
And to mark the anniversary of the hottest day ever recorded in the UAE – 52.1°C on July 30 2002 – The Heart of Europe has built a snowman. Not quite the one from Raymond Briggs’ famous film – but he has a carrot nose and a woolly hat, à la Frosty.
The snowman has been built in the collection of islands just off the coast of Dubai that Time Out Dubai went to visit recently (see how we got one here).
As part of the project there will be “climate controlled” streets, which will be the first of their kind in the world. So if you fancy taking a stroll in the rain, or having a snowball fight in a European plaza, you’re in luck. The Heart of Europe will boast snow-lined streets, and more.
To demonstrate the viability of the prototype machines, The Heart of Europe decided to put them to the test, by producing enough snow to make Dubai’s first outdoor summer snowman. And it was a success, with a real-life (you get our drift) snowman now chilling out, right here in the UAE.
The Heart of Europe will be made up of six islands when it’s completed – Main Europe, The Floating Venice, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and St Petersburg. The whole area will cover six million sq ft and be able to hold up to 16,000 people. There’s also the Floating Seahorses – if you fancy opening your bedroom curtains to a shoal of fish.
Set around 6.5km from the coast of Dubai, you’ll be able to get there via seaplane, helicopter and boat, with it taking around 20 minutes to reach on board the latter. A whopping 51 countries will be represented at the complex thanks to restaurants, streetside cafés and bars – some floating. There will also be holiday homes and hotels as well as European-style shopping and more when it all opens at the end of 2020.
Do you fancy getting ice-cold in Dubai but can’t wait to visit The Heart of Europe? Check out our pick of the coldest places in Dubai from ski slopes to ice cafés.