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A Developer Wants To Bring These Floating Homes To Dubai

Every day could feel like a five-star holiday if one developer gets their wish.

Dutch company New Living on Water hopes to entice Dubai residents from their high rises and on to the water with these luxurious floating homes.

The company will exhibit the concept at Dubai’s Cityscape exhibition next month, and hopes to sell Dhs183 million of the sustainable, buoyant residences in the UAE within the next 12 months.

“A lot of people nowadays live in very densely populated areas, and for most of them this is no problem in everyday life,” said NLW’s Managing Director and Co-owner, Menno de Roos. “But the need for some privacy and the inner need of being connected to nature has always been with us, and that’s what we’re offering.”

So, what do you get for your money? Well, sizes can vary, but a 16,000 square foot home with 520 square feet of outdoor space will cost around Dhs40 million to buy.

They’re certainly pricey, but you will be getting a lot of bang for your buck. The homes are split over several floors, accessed by an internal elevator, and a car jetty connects each floating capsule with the land.

NLW haven’t yet started building the homes, but they hope to complete the first ones by the end of next year. That means buyers will be able to have some input into their designs, and can decide what purpose-built rooms they need.

According to floor plans on the company’s website, options include cinemas, gyms, saunas, outdoor pools and wine cellars.

The “organically shaped” pods were designed with the aim of taking “their owners back to nature”, and have been built with an Eco-friendly focus.

“Our newly-developed floating residences guarantee both the privacy and nature that people are looking for, as well as the comfort of being part of a six-star super luxury beachfront resort,” said de Roos.

“They were developed for a very small niche-market, and designed with sustainability in mind in order to create mutual respect between humans and environment. Renewable energy sources are used as much as possible.”

As awe-inspiring as these homes are, they’re not the first partially submerged residences to come to Dubai.

The Seahorse Floating villas

Located around four kilometers off Dubai’s coast, consist of three floors bobbing above custom-created coral gardens.

Around 40 of the Dhs10 million properties are expected to be completed by the end of the year, with one show villa already constructed and open for viewings by clients and investors.

Developer Kleindienst hopes to create around 140 of the villas in total.

You can check out the NLW floating home concept at Cityscape Global, held at Dubai World Trade Centre between September 6 and 8. (Register online first to avoid a Dhs100 fee).

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