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An “impossible dream” more than a decade in the making has become a reality, as the first country in The Heart of Europe at The World island development in Dubai is set to open a permanent residence.

The fabled Floating Seahorse villas will also see residents move in before the end of the year.

The first tenants will set up home before the end of the year at the Dh100 million Sweden Beach Palace on Sweden Island, part of the six-island cluster that makes up The Heart of Europe.

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Dubai's The World islands: inside the first 'country' set to open at The Heart of Europe

Pictures: Inside the Dh100m Sweden Beach Palace on Dubai's The World islands