Update 04/27/2016: We're one step closer to living under the sea.
Last year, Dubai-based real estate and property management company Kleindienst Group announced plans to build an archipelago of more than 125 floating villas located 2.5 miles off the coast of Dubai, according to . Thanks to new images released this week, we now know what they're going to look like.
The development will consist of six islands of hotels and resorts inspired by different countries. Amenities of note include a members-only floating yacht club, a nightly fireworks spectacular, and the world's first climate controlled streets, which let you experience the same rainy streets and snowy plazas you would in Europse, all year round. So, basically, this place is Disney World for the 1%.
The first of "The Heart of Europe" properties, "The Floating Seahorse," is set to open on December 15th of this year, and the renderings are pretty mind-blowing. According to a press release, 42 villas will be available for rent. The master bedroom and bathroom of each unit will be completely submerged under water, offering pretty incredible views of the sea. The remaining villas will be rolled out through 2019.
Dubai is no stranger to insanely luxurious design – the Emirates first-class airport lounge boasts a cigar bar and in-lounge designer boutique, and development firm Meydan Group announced plans to build an over-the-top leisure, retail, residential, AND hotel complex that will break five world records when it's completed in 2020.
Take a look at "The Floating Seahorse" below.
Previously: When it comes to eclectic real estate developments that range from innovative and cool to borderline bizarre, Dubai is unquestionably the leader. Case in point: A new project called encompasses six islands off the coast of Dubai, and each one "takes inspiration from some of Europe's most captivating locations," according to the Kleindienst Group. The development, which sounds like a fancier, gaudier Epcot Center, includes a resort that features 42 three-story floating villas with a $1.36 million price tag. The lower level of the 1,700-square-foot villas is underwater and includes kitchen, dining room, living room, and bathroom. The second level has a master bedroom and bathroom, and there's a roof deck terrace on the third level. And in case you get bored sunning yourself on the roof deck and crave an authentic European experience, don't worry -- The Heart of Europe features the world's first climate-controlled outdoor areas, so you can stroll through (artificially) rain and snow-lined streets.