Dubai's Heart of Europe islands to have six hotels

World Island project to include climate-controlled outdoor retail area

The Kleindienst Group's The Heart of Europe project on the The World islands, Dubai.
The Kleindienst Group's The Heart of Europe project on the The World islands, Dubai.

UAE-based developer Kleindienst Group has revealed details of the recently restarted The Heart of Europe project, a cluster of six islands forming part of Dubai’s man-made The World islands.

The AED 3.12 billion (US $850 million) project, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016, is to include a total of six hotels, with two of the islands to house hotel villa developments, while the other four will host a mixture of hotels, F&B and retail. The largest island, the titular Heart of Europe, is to feature a 1.6km stretch of climate controlled outdoor retail and F&B space.

Speaking exclusively to Hotelier Middle East, Kleindienst Group CEO Josef Kleindienst said: “The project that comes closest to our concept is the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, in that this is to be a combination of hotels, retail, entertainment and F&B.”

“The main island will be divided up into different areas themed around different European countries including Austria, Germany, Spain and France, with each area offering different mixtures of hotels, F&B and retail,” he added.

The project is to also feature an outdoor climate control system which will regulate the island’s wind speed, humidity and temperature. The developer claims the system will keep guests cool by spraying them with a fine mist of ‘rain and snow’.

The company also revealed that work has now started to dispatch the 600 tonnes of materials and equipment from the main land to the islands, while vibro-compaction on all six islands has begun to prepare for buildings to be erected.

The World, master developed by the Nakheel Group's The World subsidiary, was first announced in 2003. The entire project spans approximately nine kilometres in width, seven kilometres in length, and is 4.5 kilometres from the Dubai mainland coast.

The World's 300 islands and 27km breakwater were completed in 2008, cover over 9,340,000 square feet and are visible from space.

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