The World Islands off Dubai's coast edge closer to completion
Confirming seaplane operator
The Dubai developer responsible for the Heart of Europe (THOE) project located within the World Islands has signed an agreement with a seaplane tour operator. After its inception in 2009, construction at THOE projected recommenced late last year after the legal scandal that saw developer Kleindienst Group pay 622 million AED to the master developer Nakheel in an out-of-court settlement.
The first phase of construction at the Germany island is currently underway and now the company is said to be kickstarting the second phase of the project, the Sweden island, which is expected to launch in September. There are also plans for a main island called Europe, and islands named after Monaco, St Petersburg and Switzerland.
With the Dubai-based seaplane operator in place, the developers will be able to promote tourism to The World Islands, and will offer THOE guests preferential rates to fly over the man-made "countries" as well as Dubai's coastline. The seaplane will also be able to collect visitors from all over the Arabian Gulf to visit the impressive islands.
"This partnership offers prospective investors in Dubai and Seawings passengers a completely unique way to experience The World," said Stuart Wheeler, the chief executive of Seawings.
This marks the latest in a series of transportation deals to link the project to the mainland – a positive sign that completion is finally on the horizon after years of setbacks have stalled the project. Back in April THOE announced an agreement with Dubai's RTA to create water taxi and ferry links, and in July the project signed an agreement with Ultimate Charter to provide access to luxury yachts.
On completion THOE will provide many mind blowing experiences and unprecedented technologies including climate-controlled areas with rain showers and snow-lined streets, an open aquarium, a convention centre, and various luxury hotels, including the Empress Elisabeth Wedding Hotel and the Mont Royal family hotel, which will have a floor under water and floating villas.
An artist's impression of the Heart of Europe, a major development planned for several islands on The World - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden and St. Petersburg.