DUBAI // The first partially underwater villa, “The Floating Seahorse”, is now in position 4km off the coast of Dubai in The World islands project.
Pictures emerged on social media of the first of the 42 villas in a cluster of islands known as the Heart of Europe.
The villas, described as “the first of its kind in the world”, initially cost Dh5 million each.
The project was launched by developer The Kleindienst Group at the Dubai International Boat Show last March.
Each villa, designed and manufactured on a dry dock in Dubai Maritime City, will have three levels — one underwater, one at sea level, and an upper deck — with a submerged master bedroom and bathroom.
They are also equipped with a kitchen, dining area, and a glass-bottomed jacuzzi.
Plans are in place to also make the concept available for sale, said Kleindienst Group, the developer, adding the company has received interest from investors in Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Seychelles, the Caribbean, and Norway.
“We are confident it will set a benchmark in the luxury lifestyle market worldwide for outstanding innovation, contemporary design and underwater living at its best,” said chief executive Josef Kleindienst. “The seahorse is an endangered species and we will create an artificial coral reef beneath the luxury retreats which will be a protected area in which seahorses can safely live and breed.”
All 42 villas are expected to be in place by the end of this year.