Sweden joins ‘The World’ in Dubai project

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

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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