The World Islands is a new large-scale development by Nakheel Properties. The project consists of a group of 300 individual islands in the shape of the Earth’s continents. The World Islands is located between Burj Al Arab and the Port Rashid transport hub and is four kilometres off the Arabian Gulf.
Construction on the project began in 2003, and the idea was initiated by the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Each island was to be sold to a select number of private developers. However, due to the 2008 financial crisis, construction was delayed for many years. Of the total number of islands, fewer than a dozen currently have accommodations, and residents include notable public figures and titans of industry who own approximately 70% of the development.
The World Islands became the second man-made archipelago in the UAE after Palm Jumeirah. The total area of the project is 54 square kilometres. Islands vary in size from 250,000 sq. ft. (23,226 sq. m) to 900,000 sq. ft. (83,613 sq. m), and the space between islands ranges from 164 ft. (50 m) to 328 ft. (100 m). The islands are surrounded by an oval breakwater, and watercrafts provide the only mode of transportation between islands.
The World Islands offers the ultimate accommodations for residents who value luxury and privacy. The islands can only be accessed by residents or owners, and they are overseen by an on-site security team.
The Royal Island Beach Club is located on the island of Lebanon. The club offers recreational facilities, such as a swimming pool, volleyball court, bar, and Mediterranean restaurant. The island has two beaches with beautiful views of the Dubai skyline, and the community hosts regular events for children and adults.
Anantara World Islands Dubai Resort, a five-star property, is situated on one of the South American islands, and there are plans for luxury hotels to be built on the six islands that make up the Heart Of Europe.
The World Islands are not connected to the mainland. Therefore, the islands are only accessible by sea or air. There is a boat that travels between the Fishing Harbour Jumeirah One Station and the island of Lebanon every 30 minutes, and the nearest public transport stop is Rashid Al Hadees Masjid 2.
From the Fishing Harbour Jumeirah One, residents can access several city attractions within a short drive, including:
The World Islands is a project where residents can expect to live on a remote island away from the mainland. Properties are secluded from the hustle and bustle of the city. Villas and hotels are currently under construction and are available to purchase. Property owners will be able to generate rental income from the hotel managed-apartments, minus maintenance costs and taxes.
The World Islands offers properties that can be purchased through an off-plan programme, which means buyers can purchase a property during the planning or construction phase. To calculate the return on investment rates, potential buyers should use the functioning Anantara World Islands Dubai Resort as an example. A two-night stay costs approximately AED 5,000 (USD 1,350). Thus, on average, the annual ROI rate would be around 10%.
The World Islands offers a variety of popular residential projects, including the Portofino Hotel, Cote D’Azur Hotel, and Floating Seahorse. These projects are located in the Heart of Europe, a combination of six themed islands that include Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, St. Petersburg, Venice, and other parts of mainland Europe.
The Portofino Hotel is a family-run five-star hotel that offers plenty of water activities for adults and children. Its three interconnected buildings were designed using Italian architectural styles, such as Bellissima, Dolce Vita, and Felicita. Furnished studios range in size from 234 sq. ft, (22 sq. m) to 828 sq. ft. (77 sq. m), and prices range from AED 1,000,000 (USD 272,000) to AED 2,050,000 (USD 558,000).
Cote D’Azur Hotel offers studios ranging in size from 350 sq. ft. (32.5 sq. m) to 533 sq. ft. (49.5 sq. m). Units range in price from AED 889,000 (USD 242,000) to AED 1,400,000 (USD 381,000). The hotel complex will be equipped with a well-developed infrastructure, and the architecture and surrounding area will resemble the resorts on the French Riviera. The project consists of four four-storey boutique hotels connected by a common podium, which links the areas of Monaco, Nice, Cannes, and Saint-Tropez. Each area has 250 rooms.
The Floating Seahorse complex consists of 130 freestanding villas with underwater floors that were designed using a contemporary architectural style. Units offer a unique retreat into nature and the underwater world. Properties include Jacuzzis and outdoor dining terraces. Two- and three-bedroom villas range in size from 3,100 sq. ft. (288 sq. m) to 5,175 sq. ft. (481 sq. m), and units range in price from AED 6,440,000 (USD 1,753,000) to AED 20,000,000 (USD 5,445,000).
The World Islands is only accessible from the mainland by water and air transportation, and the nearest boat station on the mainland is the Fishing Harbour Jumeirah One. From there, residents can travel to other parts of the city.
The World Islands is located within 15 minutes of the Dubai Mall, a major shopping centre with several entertainment venues and restaurants. The centre was developed by Emaar Properties and offers plenty of leisure facilities, including:
Dubai Garden Glow Park is situated within a 15-minute drive away and is a glowing garden with a wide variety of displays and lights. More than 500 designers, engineers, and architects were involved in its development. The park is popular among families and visitors.
La Mer Beach is a coastal neighbourhood that includes landscaped beaches with sun loungers, restaurants, cafés, and shops. Residents can also enjoy the nearby Laguna Waterpark for children and the La Mer promenade, which are located within a 10-minute drive away.
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