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Work restarts on The World's Heart of Europe

Developer Kleindienst Group says contractors mobilised on six islands; completion set for end-2016

Work restarts on The World's Heart of Europe
The World, Nakheel

UAE-based developer Kleindienst Group said on Monday that contractors have been mobilised on its flagship The Heart of Europe project - a cluster of six islands forming part of The World, Dubai's iconic man-made island development.

The company said in a statement that work has now started with the dispatching of 600 tonnes of materials and equipment from the main land to the islands.

Vibro-compaction of all six islands is the first step in the construction process, preparing them for buildings to be erected.

The construction process is anticipated to last until the end of 2016, Kleindienst said.

The Heart of Europe project includes islands for mainland Europe, inspired by Austrian, Italian, Spanish, German and French architecture; Monaco; Sweden; Switzerland; St Petersburg and Germany.

The statement said: "Once complete, The Heart of Europe will offer visitors and holiday makers the authentic charm of each of its European countries."

It said Monaco will boast "all the elegance and opulence of the French Riviera" with contemporary villas and luxurious yachts, while Sweden will feature a central marketplace that encompasses the tradition of Stockholm's famous Saluhall markets.

Josef Kleindienst, CEO of Kleindienst Group, said: "I am delighted to announce that compaction has now started on The Heart of Europe project.

"This will be a truly unique vacation destination providing an authentic experience of some of Europe's most charming and timeless features. The six stunning islands will offer leading hotels for families and wedding parties, landscaped gardens, climate controlled plazas, street performers, snow and rain-lined streets and much, much more."

He added: "Dubai is well-known for its innovation, ambition, excitement and intrigue. It is not afraid of dreaming big and this development is a perfect fit for the emirate."

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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Ally 6 years ago

You might want to do a bit of research into Kleindeinst' s history, Andy, rather than just rcycle a press release.

Mike 6 years ago

Snow and rain lined streets?? LOL.

SA1 6 years ago

another one of the zombie projects

Waqas 6 years ago

There were lots of people saying "LOL" when the ideas of Ski Dubai and the Palm were made,but they are all eating humble pie. Dubai created snow in the desert and life in the seas, and they can do a lot more and embarass people like you. Dubai is the future.

John 6 years ago

And that CEO guy, in another article, compares his project to electricity and trains. If ridicule could kill...

Mike 6 years ago

I'm not embarrassed at all, actually I love Dubai. But would in their right minds go on a boat to take a walk in a snow and rain lined street??? If I want to enjoy the cold weather, I will fly to Europe to experience the real thing, London for the rain or NYC for the snow, not some ridiculous project that will never get built.
Palm Jumeirah is amazing, Ski Dubai is an activity you can enjoy while shopping in the mall and that's fine but this is absolutely ludicrous!!

Mark Williams 6 years ago

@Waqas : Dubai maybe the future but many invested in that future in 2008/9 and lost a great deal on crazy schemes that took and never gave so these people including myself can be skeptical, we have earned that right however I would like nothing more than to see this rain and snow on the streets of the World, it would be wonderful and that’s what I love about Dubai it’s a whirlwind of never say no! Just remember though some of us have a little more wind in our hair : )

Victory 6 years ago

@Waqas so no environmental impact then of creating Ski Dubai and maintaining the temperature at minus xx degrees 24/7/365?

As for 'life in the seas' what actually happened was the entire destruction of marine life, including coral reefs, along the entire coast line. The reclaimed materials came straight from the seabed. If you have ever dived off the coast of Dubai, there is nothing just offshore.

Dubai is a great place, but please don't assume that the place was built without any significant loss along the way.

CAJ 6 years ago

Oh no, I thought we'd moved on from the la la land bright ideas touted in 2008. Whilst this kind of press may be taken up by news agencies throughout the world thus gaining exposure for Dubai, it makes the property market here look mickey mouse.

Dada 6 years ago

Why Press gives so much of importance to Mr. Kleindeinst's stories. I remember he was headline for many months, some years back for being the first Developer to develop holiday homes in these islands and after doing lot of media coverage the project never took off. and suddenly after 3-4 yeas he wakes up and comes up with new ideas and stories. Can his talks be taken seriously?