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25 February 2024

Heart-shaped islands of the world... Dubai has one as well

By Parag Deulgaonkar

The St Petersburg isle on The World development in Dubai is being built in a heart shape.

Emirates 24/7 was first to report that Kleindienst Group, the developer, had reworked the design of the isle, which will house a hotel and floating homes. The island, part of The Heart of Europe project, will open in 2017.

St Petersburg Dubai

“St Petersburg Island has now been re-designed into the shape of a heart, taking inspiration from The Maldives and some of the world's finest holiday resorts,” company Chairman Josef Kleindienst had told this website.

There are heart-shape islands elsewhere in the world as well. Here is the list of five of so-often called “Lovers Island.”

1. Makepeace Island, Australia

Pic: www.queensland.com

Makepeace is the Australian home of Sir Richard Branson but also houses a luxury retreat on the Noosa River in Queensland. It offers a unique fusion of luxury, Australian wilderness and authentic Balinese design.

2. Galesnjak, Croatia


Galesnjak is a small heart-shaped island in Zadarski Kanal which lies between Zadar and the Island of Pasman. It is also called “Lovers Island” and became a global sensation after it was spotted by Google Earth viewers.  The tiny island is however is completely deserted and contains only wild vegetation and beech forest.

3. Tupai, French Polynesia

Pic: www.tahitinow.com.au

Located 16 kilometers north Bora Bora, Tupai is a heart put in the middle of the ocean.  The 11 square kilometre atoll looks like a heart when seen from the sky. It is made of a double lagoon and several motu filled with coconut trees.

4. Heart Reef, Australia

Pic www.makepeaceisland.com

Heart Reef, in the Great Barrier Reef of the Whitsundays, is a composition of coral that has naturally formed into the shape of a heart. Located in Hardy Reef, it is best experienced from the air. Visitors are not allowed to snorkel or dive due to its protected status.

5. Tavarua, Fiji

Pic: www.tavarua.com

Tavarua is one of the world's best surfing destinations. Located close to the main Fijian island, Viti Levu, and surrounded by a coral reef, it offers a variety of vacation activities such as sport fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking.