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05 March 2024

Heart of Europe in Dubai: Streets with snow

An artist's impression of the Heart of Europe. (Supplied)

By Parag Deulgaonkar

A mega project on The World, Dubai, will have “snow- lined streets,” Emirates 24|7 can reveal.

“This will be an exciting part [the world’s first ‘rain and snow’ lined streets] of the development and we'll be using state-of-the-art German technology to make it happen,” a  spokesperson for Kleindienst Group, the developer of The Heart of Europe, confirms to this website.

“Construction is only just starting and will continue until end of 2016. Vibro-compaction of all six islands is the first step in the construction process, preparing them for buildings to be erected,” he said.

The project will offer visitors many five star luxury plaza boutique hotels with a vast array of dining and nightlife options with the “only outdoor climate controlled areas in the world”.

Visitors will also have the choice of unique floating homes. No further details were shared by the company.

Besides, as part of the Mont Royal Family Hotel, there will be several slides and lazy rivers on display amongst other attractions. A large floating bridge links the islands of Monaco, Switzerland and St Petersburg to the main island of Europe.

The lagoon bridges will also enclose the world’s largest open aquarium, a natural pool of saltwater that is home to coral reefs and hundreds of species of underwater creatures.

Asked about the villa prices, the spokesperson said: “We have a had a lot of interest in the project and the concept villas.

“We are currently negotiating with some investors looking at hotel villas in our family hotel at a price of Dh3,700 per square foot.”

In May 2013, Nakheel, the master developer of The World, said work on The Heart of Europe development is all set to start soon as Kleindienst Properties had amicably resolved their dispute.

The Heart of Europe comprises six islands: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden and St. Petersburg with six additional destinations being Sochi, Belgium, Luxembourg, Geneva, Monte Carlo and Poland.

The islands are linked by unifying architectural principles and characterised by sleek designs inspired by their namesake countries.

According to Nakheel, all the islands are completed and ready for development by individual investors.

The World

The World project is nine-kilometres wide and seven kilometres-long. It covers an area of 931 hectares and will add 232km to Dubai’s natural 67km of beachfront.

The islands range from 150,000 to 450,000 square feet in size.

The project is divided into private estate island zones, commercial zones, which have low/mid/high density resorts, hubs for ferry transfer points and public visitor areas.