Dubai at the forefront of water-themed design


Heart shaped islands, aquarium restaurants and even an underwater tennis court — Dubai is at the forefront of water-themed design.

Now “floating homes” will be at the centre of an exhibition by the Dutch developer New Living on Water at the emirate’s Cityscape Global show in September.

New Living on Water has tapped shipbuilder and industrial conglomerate CIG for the project, which entails “deluxe, organic-shaped” circular homes that evoke spaceships hovering over water. With the first floating residence to be built by 2017, the developer is looking at regional sales reaching USD50 million within 12 months of the Cityscape launch and double that by 2018.

“A lot of people nowadays live in very densely populated areas, and for most of them this is no problem in everyday life,” said New Living on Water managing director and co-owner Menno de Roos. “But the need for some privacy and the inner need of being connected to nature has always been with us, and that’s what we’re offering.”

A typical floating residence will have multiple floors, linked by lifts and stairs, above water. These include a main ground floor with four en suite bedrooms, plus a dining room, kitchen, and living room. There will also be spaces for a home theatre, entertainment den, fitness room, and storage area.

There is also outdoor space with a pool as well as a roof light garden. A car-jetty will link the dwelling to land, and the owner can park six vehicles in the basement-cum-garage.

A model unit at Cityscape with 16,000 square feet of internal space will cost around USD11 million, The National reports.

“Our newly-developed floating residences guarantee both the privacy and nature that people are looking for, as well as the comfort of being part of a six-star super luxury beachfront resort,” de Roos stated. “They were developed for a very small niche-market, and designed with sustainability in mind in order to create mutual respect between humans and environment. Renewable energy sources are used as much as possible.”

Kleindienst Group, the real estate company behind The Heart of Europe islands, launched a similar development last year in Dubai called “floating seahorses,” three-storey “static yachts” that feature submerged rooms.

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