Dubai's floating home builder eyes construction record

Kleindienst Group said its Portofino Hotel will bag a Dubai record in 2018 as its Floating Seahorse villas prepare for handover

The first Floating Seahorse villas at Dubai's Heart of Europe will be handed over in 2018, Kleindienst Group said.
The first Floating Seahorse villas at Dubai's Heart of Europe will be handed over in 2018, Kleindienst Group said.

The Dubai record for a hotel’s fastest launch – from construction to soft opening – could be coming in 2018. This announcement was made by developer Kleindienst Group, which has also promised that the “world’s first luxury underwater residences”, the Floating Seahorse villas, will be handed over as part of its The Heart of Europe (Thoe) development later this year.

The company said the soft launch of its Portofino Hotel was 100 days away. The five-star hotel, according to Kleindienst, will “break Dubai’s record for the fastest hotel to soft launch in the same year” as its construction commencement.

Concrete was first poured for the project in January 2018 and is now at roof level. The property’s soft opening is set for this December, with more than 1,000 people working at the project site.

Meanwhile, in a press statement, the developer said Thoe’s Floating Seahorse villas are also “set to be handed over by the turn of the year”.

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Construction Week is awaiting additional project details from Kleindienst’s media representative, which includes the exact date and number of floating homes that will be handed over; which island(s) these homes are located in; and how Portofino Hotel’s fast-track construction programme is being implemented.

According to construction intelligence website ProTenders, the main construction contract for Portofino Hotel was awarded to JK Bauen Building Contracting in December 2017. The construction contract for the Main Europe, St Petersburg, and Germany Islands was awarded to JK Bauen Building Contracting, China’s Wuchang Ship Building Industry Group, and Sino Great Wall International Engineering in November 2016, according to the platform.

Construction Week has requested the Kleindienst media representative to confirm these details.

In its statement, Kleindienst said it had also recently noted “major progress” on Thoe, with the Sweden Beach Palace hotel’s completion within the project’s Sweden Island.

Thoe is a cluster of six islands – Germany, Sweden, St Petersburg, Switzerland, The Floating Venice, and Main Europe – comprising 13 hotels and resorts.

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