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Sweden joins ‘The World’ in Dubai project

Sweden is set to become an island in Dubai, complete with Viking longship-roofed villas, a floating restaurant and the chance to celebrate Midsummer with little risk of the customary rain spoiling the party.

Sweden joins 'The World' in Dubai project
The Heart of Europe project in Dubai. Photo: TT

The "Swedish" development is part of the Heart of Europe tourism development which is located off the coast of Dubai. The development is part of "The World" – an artificial archipelago of small islands connected in the shape of a map of the globe.

"The World" project in Dubai. Photo: NASA/Jesse Allen

The luxury villas on the "Swedish" island will each feature seven bedrooms and a private beach. They will furthermore resemble the upturned hull of Viking longships and will be serviced by a floating restaurant modelled on the Saluhall Market place in central Stockholm. The restaurant will serve a slew of traditional Swedish delicacies such as herring, meatballs and toast Skagen.

"The island will not only be home to the finest Swedish architecture and design, but it will also bring the best of Swedish culture and lifestyle to Dubai," Josef Kelindienst, CEO of the developers the Kleindienst Group told thenational.au website.

Construction of the some 300 islands began in 2003 but the project was derailed by the finance crunch. The heart of Europe project was launched in January 2014 and will feature six man-made islands each displaying a version of European life.

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GOLF

Henrik Stenson claims new historic golf double

Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson is now the number one golfer in Europe after winning the season-ending DP World Tour Championship and the Race to Dubai on Sunday in record-breaking fashion.

Henrik Stenson claims new historic golf double
Henrik Stenson takes a shot during the final round of the 2013 DP World Golf Championship. Photo: AP
Henrik Stenson capped a brilliant year on Sunday, winning the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in record fashion and also becoming the new European number one.
 
The Swede shot a stunning round of eight-under par 64 in blustery condition on the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates, for a four-day total of 25-under par 263.
 
That beat the previous lowest tournament total by two shots, and matched the largest victory margin by Lee Westwood in 2009.
 
England's Ian Poulter shot a second consecutive six-under par 66 to finish second on 19-under par 269, while France's Victor Dubuisson could not get on a birdie run on the final day and finished third at 17-under par 271 following a round of 71.
 
For Stenson, it amounted to a double-double. He had earlier won the Tour Championship in Atlanta on the PGA Tour and the FedEx Cup, and he achieved similar results in the European Tour as well, becoming the first player to win both the FedEx Cup and the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour, and the Race to Dubai and the DP World Tour Championship on the European Tour.
 
The 37-year-old will remain the world number three despite the win, but he will close the gap on number two Adam Scott, who won back-to-back events on the Australian PGA Tour by winning the Australian Masters earlier Sunday.
 
Stenson finished the round, and the tournament in great style, hitting a five-wood on the par-5 18th hole to a foot for an eagle.
 
And in between, he hit what he called the 'Shot of the Year', a 5-iron second shot into the wind on the tough par-4 12th hole to a foot for a birdie.
 
"It takes a little time to sink in, same as it was with the FedEx Cup. The feeling gets better and better as time goes on," said Stenson, who won his third tournament of the year and for the eighth time on the European Tour.
 
"To get the double-double of winning the Tour Championship of  both the Tours and the total, that's going to take some beating in the future.
 
"Just very, very pleased with the way I played. I knew it was going to be a tough week, knew the guys would try to keep on charging to try and catch me, so very happy the way I managed may way around the course these four days."
 
Poulter, who was seen waving a white towel to Stenson on the 18th green having lost their personal bet with regards to winning the Race to Dubai, said: "He's beaten me fair and square… I don't know what juice he's drinking at the moment but I want some of that.
 
"He's in phenomenal form and you have to respect it. He has had to work incredibly hard to get where he was to a position he's in today. It's really impressive. I'm very pleased for him. You are witnessing the best golfer on the planet, for sure."
 
Dutchman Joost Luiten was alone in fourth place at 16-under par 272, while three former world number ones and Race to Dubai champions – Lee Westwood (68), Luke Donald (67) and Rory McIlroy (67) – were tied for fifth place at 272.
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