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You’ll no longer have to fly to Venice to partake in the magic that one of the world’s most romantic and sought after cities has to offer.

Kleindienst, the mastermind behind Dubai’s The Floating Sea Horse Villas, has announced that it will be developing the region’s very own Floating Venice. Yes you read that right… FLOATING VENICE.

The project, that is set to start its construction phase in the second quarter of 2018, will be located in The World islands, 4km offshore from Dubai, and will bring an authentic Venetian experience to the Middle East.

The development that is valued at AED2.5 billion will feature a number of restaurants, accommodation and the world’s first underwater spa.

According to a statement released by the luxury company, guests will arrive by boat, seaplane or helicopter to the main Piazza San Marco, where they will then check-in using the underwater lobby. From there, guests will be transported around the development using one of the many gondola’s that will be imported from Venice, Italy.

The project will feature 414 bespoke cabins, artisanal shops and 12 floating beaches. It will also feature 24 pools and 400,000 sq ft of corals that will be planted around The Floating Venice.

The project will also be used as a cultural hub that will host traditional festivals such as Carnivale di Venezia, Binnale di Venezia and Festa del Rendentore.

Speaking on the development, the group’s chairman Josef Kleindienst said: “I am extremely excited and proud of The Floating Venice. Our aim is to enhance the landscape of real estate and hospitality and deliver a new iconic experience. The Floating Venice is the epitome of this innovation and spirit, the world’s first luxury underwater vessel resort.”

He added that the project has been designed to last over 100 years. The Floating Venice is scheduled for completion by the fourth quarter of 2020.

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