Property developer Kleindienst has started construction work at the Heart of Europe project on Dubai’s Palm Islands.
The project will be a cluster of six small islands forming part of The World, which will be constructed in the shape of a world map. The project is located 4km off the coast of Dubai and is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2016.
Heart of Europe’s six islands are named as Mainland Europe, Monaco, Sweden, Switzerland, St. Petersburg and Germany, while six further islands will be added later, namely Sochi, Belgium, Luxembourg, Geneva, Monte Carlo and Poland.
The project will feature luxury hotels, restaurants and retail spaces and serviced villas intended for private sale.
Kleindienst Group CEO Josef Kleindienst said the six islands will offer hotels for families and wedding parties, landscaped gardens, climate-controlled plazas, street performers, snow and rain-lined streets.
"This will be a truly unique vacation destination providing an authentic experience of some of Europe’s most charming and timeless features," Kleindienst said.
The World project was developed by the Nakheel’s subsidiary. It will cover an area of more than 9.34 million square feet and be visible from space.
The project spans about 9km in width, 7km in length covering an area of 931ha.
The World’s 300 islands and 27km breakwater were completed in 2008. The development adds an additional 232km of beach-front to Dubai’s natural 67km coastline.
The development was created by placing 320 million cubic metres of sand and 34 million tonnes of large rocks.